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Health and wellbeing

Book lists, online activities and other resources that can help you maintain your health and wellbeing.

Digital Health Hub

Have you ever thought of signing up to access your GP's online services? 

Library staff can help you or someone you care for, to gain the digital skills to be able to sign up for and access the online services offered by their GP surgery - this includes things like how to make an online appointment with a GP and ordering online repeat prescriptions.

We can also show you how to find reliable health information on NHS websites and NHS Apps.

The 1 to 1 sessions are currently delivered online over Zoom, or in person in Norfolk Libraries. We can even help you get started with Zoom!

To book a place, please call 01603 774777 or email our Digital Health Hub at libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk

Healthy Libraries Connect

We also have a series of videos to help you find reliable health and wellbeing information online. Topics include finding mental health resources on websites such as the NHS and MIND, reliable information online about physical activity and adult and children's sleep. View the videos on YouTube.

Symptom-free self-testing kits

All our libraries in Norfolk stock self-test kits. You can collect one box (which contains 7 tests) per person. The test kits are free. They come with instructions that tell you what to do. You don't need to book to collect a test - just turn up. Remember to check library opening hours  before you visit.  

Just a Cuppa on Zoom

Are you missing your local library? Would you like to connect with other people?

We're running 'Just a cuppa' chats on Zoom at 4-5pm every Thursday (starting 30 September 2021).

To take part, please email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk and you’ll be sent your personal invite.

If you’re unsure about using Zoom, you can call 01603 774777 and library staff will help get you started. 

Read my mind

Read my mind is a library project which encourages men who are either experiencing depression or low mood levels, to take part in social reading activities.

Visit Read my mind to find out more.

Reading for wellbeing sessions on Zoom

As part of the Read my mind project, we’ve been hosting a series of online sessions called Read my mind-Reading for wellbeing.

These are relaxed social events to chat about reading for wellbeing and share book recommendations. There is also an opportunity for you to read aloud an excerpt from a book but this is purely voluntary, you can sit back and listen if you prefer. The sessions are open to everyone  aged 18+.

Reading for Wellbeing sessions take place fortnightly over Zoom on Thursdays at 7pm.

The sessions will take place on:

  • Thursday 4 November
  • Thursday 18 November
  • Thursday 2 December
  • Thursday 16 December

The sessions will then continue to run fortnightly. 

Find out more by joining our Read My Mind Facebook group.

To book your free place, please email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk and we’ll send you a personal Zoom invite.

Reading Well

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books provide information and support for managing common health conditions and dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.

There are currently 5 Reading Well lists for adults, young people and children. All of the books in the collections are free to reserve from your library of choice and can be borrowed for up to 6 weeks. Many of the books are also available as eBooks and eAudio books.

Information about the lists is available on our Reading Well page.

Healthy Libraries catalogue

Visit our Healthy Libraries Catalogue where you can search for books to help your health and wellbeing. In the discover more section, you'll find all 5 of the Reading Well booklists and a Mood-boosting booklist. All of these booklists contain eBook and eAudio titles which can be downloaded from the Library.

Come Singing at Home

We’ve really missed our regular “Come Singing” sessions with Heather at The Millennium Library. If you are missing them too then you will be delighted that Heather has filmed “Come Singing” for us to share with you. It’s almost as good as seeing Heather and the Come Singing team in person but the best part is that you can watch the videos via YouTube whenever you like and as many times as you like. Plus we won’t run out of chairs or songbooks! Watch the video on our YouTube channel. Music is a gift beyond words but for people living with dementia it can also be a vital lifeline to happiness – Heather Edwards

Online Reminiscence Resources

Missing our library reminiscence kits?

Take a look at a video we've put together, which talks through useful online resources to keep you sharing memories. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

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