Become a volunteer reader

Background
Name of your initiative: 
Become a volunteer reader
Short name (acronym): 
Become a volunteer reader
Website title and address: 
www.muistiyhdistys.fi
Which organization is submitting this initiative?: 
Etelä-Pohjanmaan Muistiyhdistys ry
Please specify in which regions/provinces: 
SUOMI / FINLAND
City: 
Ylihärmä
Where is this organization located?: 
Finland
Please enter the name of the contact person for this initiative: 
Minna Huhtamäki-Kuoppala
Please enter the email of the contact for this initiative: 
m.huhtamaki-kuoppala@netikka.fi
Part of larger strategy or programme: 
Local
If you answered "other", please specify: 
Please provide us with more details of this programme or strategy: 
The concept was developed as part of the Memories Through Culture project, which was run in Southern Ostrobothnia.
The status of the initiative: 
On-going
Please give a summary of your initiative (in English): 
Become a volunteer reader Target group:Care home residents How does the concept work in practice? The role of the care home (care home as part of the service concept) • The care home suggests a regular reading time that suits the home’s weekly routines for the residents • The care home names a contact person who can be contacted by a volunteer reader, in case they would like to know more about the care home or if they need to cancel an agreed reading session • Care home staff are informed about the reading sessions and they organise the session The role of the library (an example) • The library agrees with a local care home on time slots for reading sessions; for example, Mondays 10.00–11.00 or 16.00–17.00 • When the time has been agreed on, the library starts advertising for volunteer readers and anyone who would like to sign up can pick the time on the rota that suits them best • The library prepares the rota and makes suggestions to the volunteers on suitable books • Once the list of volunteers and rota is complete, the library will send it to the care home and the reading sessions will begin as agreed. Example: the reading sessions are scheduled to begin in mid-February. The library signs up volunteers on the February–April rota until the end of January. The library sends the rota to the care home at the end of January. The care home has 1–2 weeks to inform their staff about the reading sessions. Having sent out the first rota, the library will then begin filling out the next rota, this time from May onwards. This ensures that there are no gaps in volunteering. The role of the volunteer (library customer named Marja) • Marja spots an advertisement for volunteer readers on the library notice board and goes to the library staff to ask for more information • The staff tells her more about the scheme and she decides what times would suit her best • Marja is retired, and her days are free, so she chooses the time slot from 10 am to 11 am. • Marja knows that even one session is enough but she decides to become a regular volunteer and signs up for several sessions at once • Marja is an avid reader but she needs suggestions on what type of material would be best to use in the care home, and the library staff are happy to help How does the concept help people with memory disease? The concept aims to support the well-being of care home residents and enrich their daily lives at the home. The concept gives libraries an opportunity to provide a new service to the local community and specifically to a customer group that typically received little attention: care home residents. Library customers, the volunteers, have the opportunity to participate in promoting the well-being of their own community. The concept works because... The programme requires no extra funding or resources from libraries or care homes. The concept is easy to implement as part of the existing service structure. Library staff advertise for volunteer readers and prepare the reader rota as part of their customer service work. For care homes, the reading sessions are a way of adding variety to the activities they offer to their residents with the help of volunteer resources. Background information The concept was developed as part of the Memories Through Culture project, which was run in Southern Ostrobothnia. The pilot programme involved 18 libraries, who recruited some 140 volunteers. The number of participating care homes was 23. The concept has spread throughout Finland through the Year of the Book 2015 campaign and the Active Age programme (incl. Helsinki City Main Library, Turku Region).
The geographical scope: 
Local
Type of initiative: 
Public
Environment or setting of the initiative: 
The economic environment or setting of the initiative: 
Rich
The most important source of funding for your initiative: 
Other
If other, please specify your source of funding: 
What triggered this initiative?: 
Residents in care homes quite often have little variety of daily activities. Become a volunteer reader is quite easy volunteering model.
Objectives
What are the main objectives of your initiative? Choose a maximum of 3 objectives.: 
Respect and social inclusion: increase in number of policies/strategies targeted at older peopleCivic participation: increase in possibilities for active civic participation of older people
Please describe any subgoals of your initiative: 
The concept has spread throughout Finland through the Year of the Book 2015 campaign and the Active Age programme (incl. Helsinki City Main Library, Turku Region).
Target group
Does your initiative target people with a specific impairment or disease?: 
Care home residents who have memory diseases
How many people have you reached or do you expect to reach with your initiative?: 
1000 - 10.000
Does your initiative target a specific age group?: 
50 - 6465 - 7980+
Does your initiative target men or women?: 
Irrelevant
Approach
Please indicate what best describes your initiative: 
Other
What type of intervention strategy is used in your initiative?: 
User-empowerment and participation
Please indicate the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of your initiative: 
Not applicable
Who executes the initiative: 
Non-governmental organisation
What is the relevant physical scale of your initiative?: 
City/municipality
Please indicate how you think your initiative could be scaled up (made to reach more people): 
The concept gives libraries an opportunity to provide a new service to the local community and specifically to a customer group that typically received little attention: care home residents. The programme requires no extra funding or resources from libraries or care homes. The concept is easy to implement as part of the existing service structure.
Please indicate the type of stakeholders concerned with your initiative.: 
Cultural institutionNon-governmental organisationResidential long-term care facilities
Please describe how you think your initiative could be transferred to other regions or contexts: 
The programme requires no extra funding or resources from libraries or care homes. The concept is easy to implement as part of the existing service structure. Library staff advertise for volunteer readers and prepare the reader rota as part of their customer service work. For care homes, the reading sessions are a way of adding variety to the activities they offer to their residents with the help of volunteer resources.
Is your initiative economically sustainable and does it contribute to economic development?: 
If you selected "other" neighbourhood, please specify:: 
Impact & outcome
Will you collect or have you collected outcome data for this initiative?: 
No
What do you consider the key success factors of your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the key success factors to be: 
The concept is easy to implement as part of the existing service structure. For care homes, the reading sessions are a way of adding variety to the activities they offer to their residents with the help of volunteer resources. The concept has spread throughout Finland through the Year of the Book 2015 campaign and the Active Age programme
What do you consider the main barriers to overcome in your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the main barriers to be.: 
The concept must be very simple so that it`s easy to implement.
What instruments will you use/have used to collect data?: 
If you selected "other" instrument to collect data, please specify: 
If yes, how will you/have you collected those data?: 
Will you collect or have collected socio-economic impact data for this initiative?: 
No
Will or are the collected data in the initiative publicly available?: 
No