Norfolk project scoops national award

29 September 2016

An innovative project at the heart of Norfolk communities that offers information, advice and guidance on healthier living has won a prestigious national award.

Healthy Libraries – run by the County Council’s Library and Information Service and Public Health has won the national Libraries Change Lives Award from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of the Communities Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “Congratulations to my wonderfully committed and hard-working colleagues in libraries and public health who are making a positive difference to the lives of people right across Norfolk.

"We want everyone to live well and for longer. People are not alone in trying to achieve their goals – we’re here to help by providing information and support at their local library, at the heart of their community, so people can make healthier choices, not just for themselves but for their whole family.”

The project involves all 47 of Norfolk’s libraries offering information, advice and guidance on healthy living.

As part of the award, the County Council’s library and information service will receive a £4000 prize to support the work – which includes monthly wellbeing activities, health and wellbeing neighbourhood lunches, adult ‘colour-me-calm' sessions, as well as exercise-based activities such as hula hoop challenges and pedal powered smoothie bikes.

Libraries Change Lives is the annual award for best practice in UK library services. 

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