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Posted on 25 May 2021

Talking MemoriesNew Talking Memories Reminiscence Collection launched across Devon and Torbay libraries

A special collection of puzzles, games, books, items to touch and replica vintage pieces has been put together by Libraries Unlimited to help people with dementia and memory loss.

The Talking Memories reminiscence collection has been gathered together in Barnstaple Library. It’s the first of its kind but it’s hoped further collections will be put together for loaning out.

Lisa D’Alberti, Senior Supervisor at Barnstaple Library, said: “We’ve worked hard to ensure all our libraries are Dementia-friendly places. This means they are welcoming and easy to use for people who have the condition, and their carers, who come to us for books, DVDs, computer use, music, our groups and many other services. But we’re aware that for many with a more advanced stage of the condition, visiting our buildings is impossible. This special collection is being loaned out to care homes, groups, day care and individuals to use in workshops or just as a springboard to spark conversations, and is completely free to borrow.”

The collection is extensive and can be curated on request into themed packs such as childhood, home, garden, holidays, sport and World War II.

The Talking Memories reminiscence collection is free to borrow. Although it’s based at Barnstaple Library it can be reserved and collected from any library in Devon and Torbay.

Lisa D’Alberti added: “We are also looking to increase the collection to include items from more recent decades to cater for those with early onset dementia in their 40s or 50s.”

There are staff trained as Dementia Friends at most libraries in Devon and Torbay. They can give advice and ideas about living with dementia or caring for someone with the condition. Libraries Unlimited also stocks a range of Reading Well books to support carers, family and friends. Longer loans can be arranged as well as loans through a nominated person with a Good Neighbour library card. The Home Library Service in Devon and Books on Wheels in Torbay can deliver a range of items including large print books, audiobooks, DVDs and picture books to people’s homes.

To register and borrow from the Talking Memories collection visit Devon Libraries or Torbay Libraries.

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