Somerset Libraries launch two new Wellbeing Zones

Somerset Libraries are launching two new Wellbeing Zones in Yeovil and Taunton libraries next week.

The Wellbeing Zones, which have been part funded by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, will provide a dedicated space in the library for people to access a range of health and wellbeing information and services

They have been specially designed to be comfortable, welcoming and safe, with expert health information and a collection of health-related books. There will also be free space for health and wellbeing organisations to host health-related activities and events.

Activities already include a range of drop-in services such as Community Connect and the NHS Symphony service, as well more light-hearted activities such as knitting and mindfulness groups.

The zones will be hosting a wide programme of drop-in events for the public during launch week.

In Taunton Library this means poetry, knitting and colouring workshops on Thursday 28 September, while Yeovil Library will have a visit from a PAT dog alongside a range of interesting health talks on Tuesday 26 September.

Full detail of the activities available can be found at the bottom of this page and also on our website http://somersetlibraries.co.uk/categories/

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Our partnership with Somerset Libraries provides an ideal opportunity to diversify the ways in which we support the health of our community. The health and wellbeing zones will provide an informal and non-medical
environment where people can give consideration to how they can improve their own health and wellbeing.”

Councillor Clare Aparicio Paul, Junior Cabinet Member, Resources and Economic Development said: “The new Wellbeing Zones provide an exciting addition to the services already provided by our libraries. As community hubs, we know that libraries support the public in many different ways and we look forward to seeing the
impact that these zones will have.”

Last month Somerset Libraries also expanded their successful Books on Prescription scheme, which aims to provide the public with easily accessible, expert advice through a collection of self-help books.
The books, which are chosen by experts, now include titles on long-term conditions in addition to the existing titles on dementia, mental health and young people’s mental health.

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For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk
Notes to Editors:

Media Invitation: Media are invited to both launches:
Yeovil Library, 26th September, 2017 at 2pm
Taunton Library, 28th September, 2017 at 3pm

TAUNTON

Monday 25th
11:00 – 12:30: Memory Group
14:00 – 15.30: Feel Better with a Book Group

Tuesday 26th –

Wednesday 27th
09:30 – 11:30: Somerset Community Connect (Adult Social Care drop-in)
13:30 – 15:00: Knitting Group

Thursday 28th (LAUNCH DAY)
10:30 – 12:00: Poetry Morning – share your favourite poem
14:00 – 16:00 Taunton Deane Symphony Service
14:30 – 16:00 Knitting Group drop in
14:30 – 16:00 Colouring for Mindfulness drop in
15:00 – 16:00 LAUNCH

YEOVIL

Monday 25th SPARK Health Services Talk (tbc)
14:00 – 16:00 Knit and Natter

Tuesday 26th (LAUNCH DAY)
12:00 – 13:00 PAT Dog visit
13:00 – 14:00 Talk by Sue Finer on her book Surviving the Alzheimer Tsunami
14:00 – 15:00: LAUNCH
14:00 – 15:00 Feel Better with a Book Taster session
15:00 – 16:00 Talk from St Margaret’s Hospice

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