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

15 January 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Libraries will once again be offering a wide range of free activities to help improve your mental and physical wellbeing during their Health and Wellbeing Week from 27 January to 1 February.

The Library Service is teaming up with a range of partners to provide something for everyone.  There will be advice sessions from a whole host of health organisations and partners, including Age UK, Brightlife, Bright Memories, Carer’s Trust 4 All, Cheshire Dance, Cheshire West Communities, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Citizens Advice, Healthwatch, Healthbox, Motherwell, Road Safety Team, Snow Angels and Starting Well, 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 Starting Well will offer support to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.  

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “There is so much going on in libraries for Health and Wellbeing Week.  Our events and activities list is very long and there is definitely something for everyone – and it’s all free.

“It’s really important for wellbeing to keep learning and keep your brain active; why not find out more about family or local history, or, join in craft session for the Social Butterflies project.

“You can also connect with other people at a coffee morning or reading group. Be active and try a keep on dancing taster session with Cheshire Dance, or get out and about on a walk with one our Greenspace Rangers.

“Why not consider volunteering, if you’ve got lots of free time, 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:
  • Greenspace Ranger Walks at Winsford Library and Northwich Library
  • Health MOTs at Frodsham Library
  • Launch of Blacon’s Shared Reading Group with Better Together Chester
  • Keep on dancing taster session at Ellesmere Port Library and Lache Library
  • Drive Safely for Longer with the Road Safety Team at Helsby Library, Lache Library, Neston Library, Northwich Library, Tarporley Library, Upton Library and Winsford Library
  • Create your own Mindfulness Jar – full of positive thoughts and favourite objects at Great Boughton Library, Helsby Library and Neston Library
  • Ancestry Awareness session at Tarporley Library
There will also be wellbeing coffee mornings with adult crafts including Social Butterflies, the Age Friendly Cheshire art project so come along for a coffee and a chat, 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. 

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 Your West Cheshire website to find a list of all the activities available, or pop into your local library. 

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