North Somerset Council launches ‘Reading Well for dementia’ scheme


A collection of 20 books and additional digital resources are now available to support people living with dementia in North Somerset’s libraries, as well as their carers, friends and family. 

These materials have all been chosen and endorsed by leading health professionals, and co-produced with people with lived experience. Some of the recommended books provide information and advice, and there are also personal stories and children’s fiction for a range of ages. The collection includes formats to suit different learning styles, including eBooks and audiobooks. 

‘Reading Well for dementia’ is a national scheme designed to promote understanding and help break down the stigma around dementia. It launched across England and Wales today (13 May 2024), at the beginning of Dementia Action Week.

Reading Well books are free to borrow from local libraries. Customers can reserve books from the collection for free, if they can’t find them on the shelf. All Reading Week books have a longer loan period of six weeks, and no overdue fees. To find the full list of available books and resources, visit:

Councillor Mike Solomon, North Somerset Council’s executive member for culture and leisure and the council’s mental health champion, said: “Dealing with dementia can be hugely difficult, for people living with the condition as well as for their friends and family. 

“I’m very pleased that North Somerset Libraries have joined this national scheme to provide books and resources to help those who are affected by dementia. Research also shows that reading is a great way for people to keep their minds active, and help prevent the risk of cognitive decline.

“Whether you’re looking for information and advice, or fiction designed to appeal to younger family members, there is something for everyone.

“Our libraries offer a fantastic range of services. If you haven’t joined yet, it’s free and easy. Simply pop in to your local library, or join online at”

Reading Well has been developed by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected and the Society of Chief Librarians Cymru, and is delivered with public libraries. It is funded by Arts Council England and the Welsh Government.