Dementia books prescription scheme launched

L-R: Cabinet member Councillor Christine Mills, Head of Libraries and Culture Nick Stopforth, Knowledge, Library and Information Services Manager Janet Sampson, Donmentia founder Eileen Harrington and Head of Strategy and Delivery (Vulnerable People) for NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, Wayne Goddard.
L-R: Cabinet member Councillor Christine Mills, Head of Libraries and Culture Nick Stopforth, Knowledge, Library and Information Services Manager Janet Sampson, Donmentia founder Eileen Harrington and Head of Strategy and Delivery (Vulnerable People) for NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, Wayne Goddard.

Residents living with dementia can take advantage of a books on prescription scheme as part of a plan to make Doncaster dementia friendly.

Doncaster Health and Wellbeing Board is supporting the national ‘Read well: Books on Prescription for Dementia’ scheme as part of their on-going commitment to making Doncaster dementia friendly.

Around 3700 people in Doncaster are living with dementia and providing help and support for them and their families is one of the five identified priorities for the board.

A number of books about the illness will be made accessible to all, free of charge, through Doncaster libraries.

Speaking at the launch Councillor Christine Mills said: “This scheme supports our partnership approach of making Doncaster Dementia Friendly. Libraries are a great provision to bring people together so these books are a welcome addition to the resources available and will help to further support people with dementia and their carers.”

Dr Nick Tupper, Chair of NHS Doncaster CCG, said: “The more people know the more they will understand about how to live well with dementia, which is why this is such an important scheme for Doncaster.”

The books included in the Health & Wellbeing collections are available to for library members free of charge.