Something for everyone during Health and Wellbeing Week at Cheshire West Libraries

21 January 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Libraries will be offering a variety of free activities to help improve your mental and physical wellbeing during their Health and Wellbeing Week from 28 January to 3 February.

The Library Service is teaming up with a range of partners to provide something for everyone at libraries across the borough.

There will be advice sessions from a whole host of health organisations and partners, including Healthbox, Citizens Advice and the Macmillan team based at Brio, they’ll have an array of offers available throughout the week. 

Healthwatch will be on hand to hear your views, needs and experiences of health and social care in the area, and Motherwell will be providing information for mums to support all stages of their motherhood journey.  Staff from NatWest will also be offering advice on how to be scam aware when online.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “Take the opportunity to visit your local library during our Health and Wellbeing Week and connect with other people at a coffee morning or reading group.  Be active and try a yoga taster session, or join a Greenspace Ranger walk.

“It’s really important for wellbeing to keep learning and keep your brain active too; why not find out more about family or local history.  Even doing jigsaws is great for stimulating your brain.

“If you’ve got lots of free time why not consider volunteering, the Library Service has information on lots of different opportunities and it’s a great way to meet new people and feel valued.”

Activities include:
  • Defibrillator and emergency first aid training at Barnton Library
  • Adult and Toddler Yoga at Ellesmere Port Library.
  • Greenspace Ranger Walks at Winsford Library and Northwich Library
  • Community sing-along at Upton Library
  • Health MOTs at Sandiway Library
  • Textile Taster session, at Tarporley Library
  • Zest Fitness session at Neston Library
  • Gentle Chair Yoga at Little Sutton Library
There will also be wellbeing coffee mornings so come along for a coffee and a chat, reminiscence sessions, scrabble clubs, adult colouring, jigsaws and LEGO activities, Knit and Natter sessions, digital buddy and family history support, as well as special rhymetimes and storytimes
and much more.

Health and Wellbeing Week will also see the launch of a free loanable Micro:Bits scheme across all Cheshire West and Chester Libraries. From 28 January, children and adults alike will be able to borrow a ready-made Micro:Bit kit from their local library, which includes everything needed to learn the very basics of coding and programming. 

To get you started, there will even be instructions included for coding some easy health and wellbeing themed games, such as making your own “fit-bit” step counter and coding a stop-watch for timing exercises.  All Micro:Bit kits will be available to borrow free of charge; ask in your local library for more information. 

Cheshire West and Chester Libraries also support mental health and wellbeing through a range of Reading Well Books on Prescription, which are available to borrow free of charge. Some of the titles are also available as eBooks, through the Cloud Library. The Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme helps people manage their wellbeing, using self-help reading. It consists of a collection of recommended self-help books for common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia includes a range of books offering information and advice about dementia and normal ageing, support with living well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers, personal accounts, and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities.
‘Shelf Help’ provides 13 to 18 year-olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.

Councillor Gittins added: “If you know someone who loves reading but can’t get to the library tell them to contact us and ask about our Home Library Service.  We work in conjunction with volunteers to deliver books, large print books and talking books to elderly people who can’t visit the library.”
Visit the Libraries Service’s web page to find a list of all the activities available, or call into your local library.

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