Norwich prison’s library scheme with older prisoners wins award

Norwich Prison. Photo: Steve Adams

Norwich Prison. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

A prison library's work with older prisoners suffering from dementia and memory loss has been recognised with an award.

HMP Norwich's Cognitive Stimulation Therapy programme - in partnership with the Forget-Me-Nots charity - has won a Libraries Change Lives Award.

The scheme provides interaction and stimulation for inmates with mental health issues who often become extremely isolated. Since offering the service, staff have reported a more calm, positive and social atmosphere throughout the prison.

The library was presented with the award by illustrator Chris Riddell during the inaugural UK Libraries week. This is the second year running that a library service operated by Norfolk County Council has won the award, with the county-wide Healthy Libraries initiative claiming last year's award.

Head of Norfolk County Council's library service, Jan Holden, said: 'It is a real honour to receive this award. This project is a great example of partnership working in a demanding and challenging environment that delivers great outcomes.'

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