Social-Ability

Enabling libraries to offer sensory and interactive activities for

Dementia cafes

Community groups

1:1 and family sessions

Drop in sessions

Support with community outreach

We’re passionate about the role that libraries play in reaching people and providing a vital service to those with care needs living out in the community. 

We’re working with Limerick City Council, Waterford Council, South Dublin County Council and many others to support libraries in offering a totally different type of activity, enabling them to offer a more diverse range of services for their communities.

Cashel library case study

The staff at Cashel library have used the Happiness Programme to offer after school activities for the traveller community. 

Gemma, the manager, says: “many of the children coming to us couldn’t read or write and many hadn’t visited a library before. For us to offer these types of activities was a huge string to our bow. 

From the moment we showed them the magic table 360, they loved it. Their engagement levels and social interactions went up as soon as they started playing on it. 

It allows us to offer something different and, once Covid-19 restrictions ease, we plan to use this on our day centre visits, and with other groups that visit the library. We also have children with learning disabilities and autism who visit – we can’t wait to use it with them too”

Gemma Larkin, Librarian, Cashel library