New reminiscence packs added to West Sussex Library Service collection during Dementia Action Week

West Sussex Library Service’s collection of reminiscence packs which help people with dementia and memory loss is being expanded with three new additions during Dementia Action Week.

The new reminiscence packs will be available from Friday, 20 May, as Dementia Action Week draws to a close.

They have been compiled to help people from South Asian countries and communities. The packs contain objects, music, photographs and replica items which can help re-awaken people’s memories of their experiences and lives.

Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, said: “Dementia and memory loss can impact people from any walk of life and previous experiences, so I’m delighted that the latest reminiscence packs will expand our collection and support even more people in our community.”

The new packs will be located at Crawley Library but can be requested free of charge from any library in West Sussex or by using the Library Service online catalogue.

There are more than 200 reminiscence packs already available through the County’s Library Service for those living with dementia and their carers. Different themes include baking, gardening, afternoon tea, sports, hobbies and many more.

To find out more go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries then click on ‘More library services’, then ‘Wellbeing resources in libraries’ before scrolling down to ‘Reminiscence Collection’.

The new reminiscence packs have been paid for using funding allocated to the West Sussex Joint Dementia Strategy.

The strategy was launched in 2020 with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of people living with the condition in West Sussex.

It was developed in partnership between West Sussex County Council, NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, District and Borough councils as well as community and voluntary providers and includes the views of people with the lived experience of dementia.

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