Leeds memory library’s milestone

Lisa Stones and Janet White with the library collection last year.
Lisa Stones and Janet White with the library collection last year.
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A caring scheme which helps to reconnect families affected by dementia has reached its latest milestone.

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More than 1,000 people have been offered support over the last year by Care and Repair Leeds’ Library at Home project in the space of a year.

The award-winning scheme helps families to reconnect with their loved ones through the use of scrapbooks and nostalgic games.

The scheme, which received funding a year ago to extend its services, hires out old games, scrapbook collections of singers and memorabilia packs from the war to help evoke memories and start conversations.

And now they are appealing for donations of memorabilia to help support event more families across the city.

Outreach worker Karen Bentley said: “It’s been a real privilege for me to work with members of the local community using our reminiscence items.

“A DIY manual from the 1970s and some original 78 records have been recently donated and proved very popular.

“If you have any original memorabilia from the 1940s-1970s that you would like to see used in the community, please get in touch.

“Users of the library have particularly requested items on fashion, classic cars, trams, woodwork and dance halls.”

In the last year, the library has benefited more than 150 people through individual loaning from the library and the group packs have reached more than 1,000 people.

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.

To donate or for more information contact Karen Bentley on 0113 391 8338 or karen.bentley@care-repair-leeds.org.uk.

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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