Lancashire libraries are taking part in a national scheme which aims to help people to look after their own health and wellbeing.
Libraries across the county will take the opportunity during Self-Care Week, which runs from Monday 12 November to Sunday 18 November, to remind people about effective ways of looking after their own health and helping to prevent avoidable conditions.
Supporting this year’s theme of ‘Choose Self-Care for Life’, activities and events taking place in libraries during the week include time to unwind and art to unwind sessions, mindfulness activities and drop-in advice from Age UK and the Lancashire wellbeing service.
In addition to holding a variety of special events, some of the regular weekly activities will also include information specific to self-care week. Information on initiatives including ‘Reading for Health’ which provides helpful information and self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including anxiety and depression, will also be featured.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I’m pleased that we are taking this extra opportunity to promote health and wellbeing, and taking part in this national initiative. Making sure that people are aware of how they can treat common illnesses, manage long- term conditions and avoid preventable illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers is obviously incredibly useful.
“I hope that people take the opportunity to go along to a library and see what has been made available for them. I firmly believe that libraries have a significant and important role in providing health literacy and information to the public.”
To find out about all the events and activities that are available in libraries for Self-Care Week visit: bit.ly/selfcareweeklancs
Self-Care Week is run by the Self-Care Forum.
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. It’s free and there are no age restrictions.
For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries
Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.