Libraries for health and wellbeing
Health and wellbeing
Our libraries contribute to all aspects of health and well being as part of their daily activities and services. Libraries also help people improve their health through provision of trusted, quality health information, signposting people to appropriate resources and organisations, and with health events often in partnership with other groups.
With rising health issues, the Reading Well collection is available for both adults and children and promoted on a rolling programme in all libraries. Reading Well helps people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take out a book for free. View Reading Well Booklists
Libraries also offer opportunities to join a local reading group that can enhance wellbeing, improve confidence and social interaction-See the website page for your local library to find out what’s on, where and who to contact if you’d like to join.
Hearing Aid Batteries
All libraries provide Hearing Aid Batteries through partnership working with NHS Forth Valley Audiology Department. Wearers of NHS hearing aids are given a yellow record book at the time of hearing aid issue, bring this along and show to library staff when requesting batteries. Patients are able to obtain 2 packets of batteries per hearing aid. Patients requiring further assistance should contact Forth Valley Audiology on 01786 434171.
Stop Smoking Service
Working in partnership with NHS Forth Valley several libraries are venues for the Quit your Way-Scottish NHS Stop Smoking Service. Stop Smoking Advisors provide free treatment-Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and support to stop smoking, usually over a 12 week programme to help people reduce nicotine dependency. See the website page for your local library to find out what’s on, where and who to contact if you’d like to join.
Step on Stress
Working with our colleagues from NHS Health Promotion Service, several libraries are hosting Step on Stress, a free stress management course for anyone living or working in Forth Valley over 16 years of age that helps people learn to manage their stress. Step on Stress comprises of 3 sessions and runs once a week for 3 weeks. Each session lasts for about an hour and covers a different aspect of stress management:
Session1: Introduction & how to manage stress in your body
Session 2: Manage your thoughts
Session 3: Manage your behaviour
See the website page for your local library to find out what’s on, where and who to contact if you’d like to join.
Reminiscence is known to be a powerful tool for improving health and wellbeing. Libraries in Stirling are part of a new Scotland- wide network of Memory Groups using the Memories Scotland archive to aid reminiscence and prompt conversation with this outcome in mind. In sharing experiences and stories, we aim to focus on wider social history along the themes of Working Life and Social Life. These groups are inclusive and open to all-providing a forum for participants from all walks of life to come together and make connections. See the website page for your local library to find out what’s on, where and who to contact if you’d like to join. View Memories Scotland
Information for Wellbeing Course-Learning opportunity for all staff
Training is being rolled out to all staff in the library service. It is a key deliverable from the Collective force for health and Wellbeing Action Plan, which aims to develop libraries as key partners in health and wellbeing in their communities. The course provides front-line staff with new insights into health and wellbeing needs, improves knowledge and confidence and helps managers to plan a delivery of health and wellbeing services.