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Are you a carer?
Finding what you want
It is estimated that there are six million people in the UK who
are caring unpaid for a friend or member of their
family. Carers can be any age, supporting someone close to
them who could not manage without their help. If you are
one of these carers, the library holds some resources that you
may find helpful.
Let the library service come to you
Medway's libraries provide a home library service to residents
who are unable to visit a library in person. If you have caring
responsibilities that prevent you from leaving your home and
no one can visit the library on your behalf, Medway Libraries' home
library service may be able to help you. Please complete the
Home Library eform and a member of staff will contact you.
If a particular title you want is not available at your local
library it can be reserved by visiting a library or through the
online catalogue. Medway Libraries are part of a consortium of
libraries in the south-east, so if you cannot find what you want in
Medway it can be reserved from one of the other library
- Reading well: books on prescription is a
collection of titles dealing with the difficult emotions that
everyone experiences at some point in their life. The collection
includes titles about depression, anxiety, anger as well
as positive self-help books.
Macmillan collection is a collection of books and
materials for people who are dealing with or looking after people
who have been diagnosed with cancer
- Reminiscence collection. The library
holds several collections of illustrated, easy to read, sturdy
books called pictures to share. The
books help individuals with dementia, their families and
carers enjoy activities and time together.
- Books beyond
words. This collection of books tells stories in pictures
to help people with learning and communication difficulties explore
and understand their own experiences, including love and
relationships, health, death and crime. Books Beyond Words also
provide a written storyline, guidelines and resources for
supporters and professionals on the topic of each book.
eBooks and eAudiobooks
Medway Libraries offer eBooks and eAudiobooks, these can be
downloaded at any time from the eBooks web page. Library card
holders can now borrow and download digital media anytime,
anywhere, free of charge. Details about the collections are
available on the eBooks
Medway libraries subscribes to several online resources,
including encyclopedias. These are listed along
with local information and much more on the library online
For more information and advice:
Carers Centre provides advice, information and support to
family carers in the Medway area
- If you are a Medway carer, I
am a carer will provide you with information on a local
carers’ helpline, claiming carers’ allowance and disabled
facilities grants, and where to find support
it well offers local information and support for carers.
Carers Direct provides information, advice and support for
- Medway crossroads provides
respite care in Medway.
provides information by the UK government on caring for
someone, including support services, rights and financial