Award Winning Citywide Memories Reminiscence Library

Care & Repair Leeds are delighted to announce that their Citywide Memories Reminiscence Library has won an award for Innovation in Service Design and Delivery.

older people

The Award was presented to Care & Repair Leeds at the recent Foundations National Home Improvement Agency Award Ceremony, which was hosted at the House of Lords by Lord Best. The Award is great recognition of the hard work that has gone in to setting up the service. Principal Social Enterprise Manager, Janet White, and Project Development Officer, Lisa Stones, have spent two years making the idea of a reminiscence library become a reality, by researching and sourcing funding in order to create a holistic service that helps improve the wellbeing of families living with dementia.

About the library

The library is completely free to use, and has been set up for family members and friends of those living with dementia to help stimulate conversation and reminiscence. The resources available are enjoyable to use, aiding communication and reviving relationships that may have been lost due to the symptoms of dementia. The resources are delivered to and collected from the clients’ home, ensuring even the most isolated clients have access to the library. On delivery, the full range of Care & Repair’s services are explained and referred into, we also signpost to other support services such as Neighbourhood Network Schemes, Carers Leeds, Age UK and Leeds City Council Peer Support.

More information and thanks

Care & Repair Leeds would like to thank the Henry Smith Charity and Jimbo’s Fund for providing further funding, enabling the citywide expansion of the Memories Reminiscence Library, and to Leeds City Council for their valued support. If you or anyone you know would be interested in borrowing items from the library, please call 0113 391 8338 or email memories@crleeds.org

More information about the service can also be found online www.care-repair-leeds.org.uk/memories-dementia-project.