Get well with libraries
Your local library has the tools you need to take control of your own health and wellbeing. Or join in our groups and make friends to stop loneliness and learn new skills. What are you waiting for? Get well and stay well with East Riding Libraries.
Just six minutes of reading has shown to reduce your heart rate and muscle tension faster than other relaxation methods, like listening to music or having a cup of tea (2009 study by University of Sussex).Reading is the simplest form of brain training to help memory, vocabulary and concentration, and best of all its done using a topic you enjoy.
The Reading Well initiative is here to help you understand yourself and those you care for, increase your ability to communicate your concerns and learn ways to live healthier, happier and more confidently. Remember, you can reserve any books and pick them up at your local library using your online library account. All facts from The reading agency and Libraries Connected.
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Living with memory loss
Many of our libraries hold reminiscence groups where members take a trip down memory lane, look at memory boxes with items to remind them of days gone by and it is also a chance to make friends and share their own stories. The groups welcome people with dementia or any memory problems and their carers.Search for reminiscence groups
Build your life story with photos, music and captions with our Digital Reminiscence Unit. A fun activity for families or friends to share valuable memories and experiences. Creating life stories has been proven to help improve the wellbeing and cognitive ability for people with mild to moderate dementia and memory loss. It is also an important treasure for friends and family, helping to improve relationships with loves ones. Get in touch to start building your story
East Riding of Yorkshire is a dementia-friendly county. All of our staff at East Riding Libraries are trained Dementia Friends from the Alzheimer's Society, so they have a good understanding of how dementia affects people.
Training available for care staff
East Riding Libraries offer a full Reminiscence package for those people who cannot access Reminiscence in our branch Libraries. Care settings can access our high quality training to train their staff and ensure their residents demonstrate high levels of wellbeing and plenty of 'magic moments'.
Sessions are £100 (we recommend six sessions). Please call the library health team on (01482) 39704 for more information.
As an East Riding Libraries member, you can now get FREE access to Boditrax machines that check and monitor your health and wellbeing. Book a consultation and start your personal plan to better wellbeing.Go to Boditrax page
Cuppa and a Chorus Online
The hugely popular 'Cuppa and a Chorus' events are now online. There is no requirement for participants to be able to read music or have any previous experience of singing. The sessions are pre-recorded and are released fortnightly on Thursdays.View all weekly sessions
Chatter and Natter
East Riding Libraries is part of the Chatty Cafe Scheme. This means at each library you can find a table where you are free to sit and chat with anyone else who sits there. We have seven permanent chatter and natter tables , while all other libraries have weekly sessions. Find your nearest library to find out when the chatty cafe is available.
Find out more about the Chatty Cafe Scheme.
All branch East Riding Libraries are part of the Safe Places scheme. Just show a member of staff your Safe Places card and they will assist you. Find out more about the Safe Place scheme, including how to get a free card, finding other safe places or registering your business to be a Safe Place on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website.Visit eastriding.gov.uk
Be happy and well
Want to find more ways to improve your wellbeing? Visit East Riding Health and Wellbeing and search for nearby groups and clubs for sports, activities, creativity and learning new skills. Find local and national services for your health, such as dementia support at home, anxiety and stress, help to quit smoking, losing weight, how to improve wellbeing in the workplace and much more.Visit HappyAndWell.Me
64 Million Artists: Create to Connect
Creative challenges to keep you connected, curious and creative at home. Download a free activity pack to help you engage your communities in the challenges - online and offline.Find out more