Library promotes wellbeing as part of Libraries Week 2018

Hereford Library is holding a wellbeing event this Wednesday (10 October 2018) to celebrate Libraries Week 2018.

The wellbeing event, open from 10am to 2pm, will showcase the various organisations across Herefordshire which promote positive wellbeing across the generations:

* Adult social care and healthy lifestyle advisors
* Herefordshire Mind
* No Wrong Door (support service for young people aged 11 - 25)
* Active Here
* WISH (Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire)
* Royal National College for the Blind will bring massage chairs to try
* Abi Nim Gym CIC will bring fitness bikes to sample

Jan Nesaratnam, Senior Librarian for Herefordshire Council's library service, said: “With over half a million visits every year, our libraries have always had a role to play in supporting people with their mental health. Although the main reason people visit a library is to loan a book, the scope of what people can do is increasingly diverse – from providing a space for reading and creativity to free Wi-Fi access, libraries combat isolation and promote positive wellbeing throughout the community.”

Across Herefordshire's libraries, the free bounce and rhyme sessions held in Hereford, Leominster, Ross and Bromyard promote early literacy development in children and offer a great chance for new parents to meet other families. Recent research has also found that mums who take part in group singing sessions with their babies recover from post-natal depression more quickly[1].

The 'Books on Prescription' scheme provides self-help for people with mental health problems and support for those living with long term conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or stroke. The library service also supports 200 reader groups and provides a home delivery service for housebound customers.

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About Bounce and Rhyme

Our popular Bounce and Rhyme sessions run in Hereford, Ross, Leominster and Bromyard libraries. These are lively sessions with rhymes, songs, and musical instruments. The sessions are free, and all little ones are welcome. It's a perfect way to introduce your baby to the love of books.

Wednesday: Hereford Library 11.15am - 11.45am (term time only)

Thursday: Hereford Library 2.15pm - 2.45pm (term time only)

Friday: Leominster Library 11.15am - 11.45am
Ross Library 2.15pm - 2.45pm
Bromyard Library 10.30am - 11.15am (run by the Hope Family Centre in conjunction with Herefordshire Libraries and Halo)

[1] BBC News, Singing 'speeds up' recovery from post-natal depression, 9 January 2018
Posted : 08/10/2018 20:10:33