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Leeds dementia library scheme lands top award for support

Lisa Stones and Janet White from Care and Repair with their Reminiscence Library.

Lisa Stones and Janet White from Care and Repair with their Reminiscence Library.

A treasure trove in Leeds that helps to reconnect families affected by the heartache of dementia has scooped a national award.

The Reminiscence Library by Care and Repair was presented with an accolade at the Foundations National Home Improvement Agency Award Ceremony at the House of Lords.

The special library helps families to reconnect with loved ones who suffer from dementia.

They can hire out old games, scrapbook collections of singers and memorabilia packs from the war to help evoke memories and start conversations.

Principal social enterprise manager Janet White and project development officer Lisa Stones spent two years making the library become a reality, by researching and sourcing funding to create the service.

Lisa, who attended the special ceremony, said: “All staff at Care and Repair Leeds were thrilled to hear the news that we had won the award.

“To have the chance to visit the House of Lords to receive the award was a real treat.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the service develop so we can help more families living with dementia in Leeds.

“The items make a huge difference to family members and friends who are looking for inspiration in order to communicate with their loved ones during difficult times.”

The service has also received funding from the Henry Smith Charity and Jimbo’s Fund to roll the library out across Leeds.

Research reveals more than 8,500 people in Leeds are battling with dementia – robbing them of their independence and dignity.

And health chiefs have warned that figure will soar to 12,000 by 2028.

For more information about how to access the free library service visit www.care-repair-leeds.org.uk.

 

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