Help Point Network Hits 1,000!

We’re thrilled to share this exciting milestone for our Help Point Network, driven by the efforts of organisations across the UK who are passionate about bringing the power of personal playlists to their local communities.

Around 60% of people with dementia live at home in the community. We partner with the organisations offering dementia support in their local area to set up Help Points, sharing our materials and resources to reach even more people who could benefit from a personalised playlist.

With Orkney Library and Archive joining as the 1,000th partnership, we now have over one third of Scottish libraries signed up as Help Points!

Thank you to our partners at the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) who helped us reach this milestone. This is what their CEO had to say:

“It’s great to see the addition of another Playlist for Life Help Point in a Scottish library. The charity provides a real opportunity for libraries to use their unique position to support better inclusion and wellbeing in local communities. During lockdown Scottish libraries adopted various digital methods to continue to communicate with their broad base of service users. As shown by the work of Orkney Library and Archive, these links present the perfect point to share information and materials with families living with dementia The growth in Help Point sign-ups leading to today’s milestone is a testimony to the caring attitude of people in many local organisations. Despite the pandemic presenting complex barriers, staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to maintain a positive impact in their area, and I’m delighted that libraries have played an essential role in this.”

Pamela Tulloch, CEO at the Scottish Library and Information Council

Michelle Armstrong-Surgenor, our Executive Director said:

“This is a hugely exciting milestone for the charity and all our wonderful community partners, who play a pivotal role in helping us to reach every person living with dementia, their families and carers. We now have Help Points in every corner of the country from Orkney to Penzance. Partnerships are key to our work and helping us to reach anyone who could benefit from the power of personally meaningful music. Our partnership with SLIC [The Scottish Library and Information Council] has resulted in over a third of libraries in Scotland signing up as Playlist for Life help points. These are key community hubs where anyone affected by dementia can access free advice and resources to improve their wellbeing and bring joy through music.

Michelle Armstrong-Surgenor, Executive Director at Playlist for Life

Orkney Library joins 999 other community groups and organisations across the UK which are Help Points.  It will work in partnership with Age Scotland Orkney to distribute Playlist for Life’s materials to people living with dementia in the community.

Here’s what our latest additions to the Help Point network had to say:

"It’s an honour to be the 1000th Playlist for Life Help Point. We are ideally placed to distribute the helpful information and support provided by the charity for those suffering from dementia along with their families and carers. We look forward to working with the team from Age Scotland Orkney to get this information out to those who can benefit the most from it.”

Karen Walker, Team Leader at Orkney Library and Archive

“We are delighted to be part of this project and working in collaboration with Orkney Library and Archive. Between our local organisations we can help to make people living with dementia and their carers feel more supported through this innovative approach, and experience improved health and wellbeing as a result.”

Gillian Skuse, CEO at Age Scotland Orkney

Become a Help Point

We want to help support your organisation’s activities, so we’ve created a pack of materials which can be distributed to any person living with dementia who you think might benefit. This includes:

  • 50 Get started leaflets
  • 50 Conversation starters
  • 50 Create the soundtrack to your life workbooks

Any organisation that can provide free advice, support or activity to people affected by dementia are invited to apply, from grassroots community groups to libraries, dementia cafes, sports clubs, community Police stations and GP Surgeries. No matter how you reach your community, there are multiple ways for you to set up your Help Point and share the power of personal music.

Translated Materials

Our free resources are now available in simplified Chinese, Gaelic (Scottish), Gujarati, Hindi, Nepalese, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Urdu and Welsh

If you would like to request more printed materials or have suggestions on other languages that would be helpful for your community, please get in touch.