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Health and well-being

Information regarding health and well-being at East Riding Libraries.

What support, books and resources are available to adults with mental health conditions?

We stock a range of self-help books that are recommended by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Common Mental Health Conditions

We offer an excellent range of books on the Reading Well scheme, called Books on Prescription - Common Mental Health Conditions. 

These books are aimed at helping you to understand and manage your health and well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing various types of common mental health conditions.

The following PDF document provides a list of all the titles and more information on the scheme:

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Common Mental Health Conditions (pdf 244kb opens in new window)

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library: 

Library catalogue (external website)

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a personal identification number (PIN) is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or if you forget your PIN, you can reset it here:

Reset Your PIN (external website)

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

What support and books are available to young people to support mental health and wellbeing?

The Reading Well Books on Prescription - Young People is a variety of books and eBooks for young people. It provides 35 titles recommended by young people and health experts.

Read more to find out what we offer.

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Young People

The scheme provides 13 – 18-year-olds with high-quality information, support, and advice on a wide range of mental health issues.  The twelve topics covered include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and difficult life pressures like bullying and exams.

Reading Well: Books on Prescription -  Young People (pdf 642kb  – Opens in new window) 

The books are free to borrow and reserve from any East Riding library or mobile library, and so copies are available to both young people and parents in a safe place - a neutral nonthreatening library environment.  They can be reserved online, and a selection of them is also now available in eBooks format to download with your library card and PIN.

Library catalogue (External website)

We also provide many of the titles in eBook format.

Visit our eBooks website (external website) and browse the collections for Shelf Help for Young People

Find out how to borrow eBooks (external website) 

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

What support is available to carers and people living with memory issues or dementia?

We have a range of books to support you whilst caring for someone with Dementia. A selection of these books are available as eBooks for you to download from home. We hold activities and groups in libraries for you to attend either alone or with the person you care for.

Read more to find out what we offer.

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Dementia

Reading Well: Books on Prescription for Dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

The books have all been recommended by health professionals and have been tried and tested by people with experience of dementia:

Reading Well: Books on Prescription – Dementia (pdf 334kb opens in a new window)   

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library. 

Library catalogue (external website)

We also provide many of the titles in eBook format.

Visit our eBooks website and browse the collections for Reading Well: Dementia:

eBooks website (external website)

Find out how to borrow eBooks (external website) 

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone.

Dementia Friends

All of our library staff are trained ‘Dementia Friends’, so they have a good understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia.

Dementia Friends - (external website - opens in a new window)

Reminiscence

Take a trip down memory lane at your local East Riding Library. Use our great range of memory boxes containing items such as photographs, books and even food packaging to relive the sights and sounds of days gone by.

'Reminiscence' is a social group for older people to meet new friends and to have fun sharing stories. Reminiscence is also proven to be beneficial for those living with Dementia and their carers and is endorsed by the Alzheimer’s society. 

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services 

Thursday. Every four weeks. 11am - 12 noon 
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Haltemprice Library and Customer Services (01482) 393939 for availability and future dates.

Beverley Library 

Thursday. 2 - 3pm
 *This activity doesn't happen every Thursday and places are limited so please phone Beverley Library (01482) 392750 for dates and availability. 

Bridlington Central Library 

Fourth Wednesday of the month. 10.30 - 11.30am 
No need to book, just turn up.

Bridlington North Library

Second Thursday of the month. 2 - 3pm
No need to book, just turn up.

Driffield Centre 

Second Monday of the month. 2 - 3pm 
No need to book, just turn up.

Hedon Library 

Last Tuesday of the month. 2 - 3pm
No need to book, just turn up.

Hessle Centre 

Last Friday of the month. 10 - 11am.  
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Hessle Centre (01482) 393939 for availability.

Hornsea Library 

Monthly. 2 to 3pm
Please phone Hornsea Library (01964) 532561 for details about the next event. 

North Ferriby Library 

First and second Tuesday of the month. 10.15 - 11.15am 
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone North Ferriby library (01482) 632227 for availability.

Petuaria Centre  

First Thursday of the month. 2 - 3pm 
No need to book, just turn up.

Pocela Centre

Third Monday of the month. 2 - 3pm
No need to book, just turn up.

Wicstun Centre

Last Wednesday of the month. 2 - 3pm 
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Wicstun Centre (01482) 393939 for availability.

Willerby Library 

First and last Tuesday of the month. 3 - 4pm
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Willerby Library (01482) 658077 for availability.

Withernsea Centre

First Friday of the month. 10.30 - 11.30am
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Withernsea Centre (01482) 393939 for availability.

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Digital Reminiscence Unit 

Digital Reminiscence Units enable anyone to build a digital life story with photos, music and captions. A fun activity for families or friends to share valuable memories and experiences.

Reminiscence and life story work has also been proved to: 

  • improve the mood, cognitive ability and well-being of those with mild to moderate dementia or memory issues
  • improve the relationship, whether family or professional, between the person with memory issues or dementia and their carer.

Digital Reminiscence units are available to book for use in your local library, to get in touch:

Tel: (01482) 392699 or 

Email:  lama.admin@eastriding.gov.uk

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What support is available to people living with long-term conditions?

You can view an interactive list of recommended self-help books on long-term conditions and then reserve them free of charge to be delivered to your local library. Many of the titles are also available in eBook format.

Read more for more information.

Reading Well: For Long-term Conditions

Reading Well for Long-term Conditions recommends books you might find helpful if you have, or are caring for someone with a long-term physical health condition.

Reading Well offers practical support to help you live well with a long-term condition. The books provide information and advice to help you understand and manage selected conditions and common symptoms. They also tell personal stories and provide practical support for family, friends and carers.

The following PDF document provides a list of all the titles and more information on the scheme:

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Long-term Conditions (pdf 435kb opens in a new window)

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library: 

Library catalogue (external website)

We also provide many of the titles in eBook format.

Visit our eBooks website (external website) and browse the collections for Reading Well for Long-term Conditions.

Find out how to borrow eBooks (external website) 

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

Are there any health related events or activities in my area?

Yes. We currently have a wide selection of different events and activities that may help you or someone you care for. 

  • The Memory Project by Elizabeth Godber
  • Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire on mobile libraries
  • Reminiscence
  • Knit and Natter
  • Writing Groups  
  • Reading Groups
  • Dementia-friendly Sessions in Leisure Centres.

Read more for further details.

The Memory Project by Elizabeth Godber

Smashing Mirrors Theatre brings a touching and emotional new show based on interviews with real East Yorkshire families, looking at the difficult, trying, and at times hilarious journey through dementia. 

From the team that brought you 'Ruby and the Vinyl' come and catch this new show at a library near you. All tickets at £5.00. 

Bridlington Central Library, Monday 5 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website) 

Bridlington North Library, Monday 5 November, 1.30 to 2.15pm, book tickets (external website)

Goole Library, Tuesday 6 November, 1.30 to 2.15pm, book tickets (external website)

Hornsea Library, Wednesday 7 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website)

South Cave Library, Wednesday 7 November, 1.30 to 2.15pm, book tickets (external website)

Willerby Library, Thursday 8 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website)

Hessle Library and Customer Service Centre, Friday 9 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website)

Beverley Library, Saturday 10 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website)

For all shows you can also book by phone, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm, (01482) 392699 or purchase tickets in person from the relevant library.

Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire on mobile libraries

Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow, Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. 

Healthwatch is the independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch will play a role at both national and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.

Healthwatch will be on a wide variety of mobile libraries during the summer and autumn of 2018 to answer your questions and show how you can have a role at national and local level.

Healthwatch mobile library schedule 2018

November 

Friday 9 November - Skipsea, 9.45 to 10.10am
Friday 9 November - Atwick, 10.20 to 10.40am
Friday 9 November - Mappleton, 10.55 to 11.15am
Friday 9 November - Aldbrough, 11.25 to 11.50 am
Friday 9 November - Garton, 1 to 1.20pm
Friday 9 November - Withernwick, 1.30 to 2pm
Friday 9 November - Sigglesthorne, 2.15 to 2.45pm
Friday 9 November - Long Riston, 3 to 3.45pm
Thursday 15 November - Scalby, 1.30 to 1.50pm
Thursday 15 November - Newport, 2 to 2.30pm
Thursday 15 November - North Cave, Nordham, 2.40 to 3.10pm
Thursday 15 November - North Cave, Primary School, 3.15 to 4.15pm
Wednesday 21 November - Barmby Moor, 11.05 to 11.30am
Wednesday 21 November - Full Sutton, 11.45am to 12.15pm
Wednesday 21 November - Shiptonthorpe, 1.40 to 2pm
Wednesday 21 November - Sancton, 2.15 to 2.35pm
Wednesday 21 November -  North Newbald, 2.45 to 4pm
Thursday 29 November - Broomfleet, 9.50 to 10.20am
Thursday 29 November - Newport, Grebe Road, 10.35 to 10.55am
Thursday 29 November - Sandholme Landing, 11.05 to 11.25am
Thursday 29 November - Eastrington, 11.40am to 12.10pm
Thursday 29 November - Seaton Ross, 2 to 2.30pm
Thursday 29 November - East Cottingwith, 2.45 to 3.10pm
Thursday 29 November - Melbourne, 3.25 to 4.15pm

Mobile library locations

Reminiscence

Take a trip down memory lane at your local East Riding Library. Use our great range of memory boxes containing items such as photographs, books and even food packaging to relive the sights and sounds of days gone by. 
'Reminiscence' is a social group for older people to meet new friends and to have fun sharing stories.Reminiscence is also proven to be beneficial for those living with Dementia and their carers and is endorsed by the Alzheimer’s society. 

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services  

Thursday. Every four weeks. 11am to 12 noon 
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Haltemprice Library and Customer Services (01482) 393939 for availability and future dates.

Beverley Library   

Thursday. 2 to 3pm
 *This activity doesn't happen every Thursday and places are limited so please phone Beverley Library (01482) 392750 for dates and availability. 

Bridlington Central Library   

Fourth Wednesday of the month. 10.30 to 11.30am 
No need to book, just turn up.

Bridlington North Library

Second Thursday of the month. 2 - 3pm
No need to book, just turn up.

Driffield Centre  

Second Monday of the month. 2 to 3pm 
No need to book, just turn up.

Hedon Library  

Last Tuesday of the month. 2 to 3pm
No need to book, just turn up.

Hessle Centre  

Last Friday of the month. 10 to 11am.  
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Hessle Centre (01482) 393939 for availability.

Hornsea Library  

Monthly. 2 to 3pm
Please phone Hornsea Library (01964) 532561 for details about the next event. 

North Ferriby Library 

First and second Tuesday of the month. 10.15 to 11.15am 
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone North Ferriby library (01482) 632227 for availability.

Petuaria Centre   

First Thursday of the month. 2 to 3pm 
No need to book, just turn up.

Pocela Centre

Third Monday of the month. 2 to 3pm
No need to book, just turn up.

Wicstun Centre 

Last Wednesday of the month. 2 to 3pm 
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Wicstun Centre (01482) 393939 for availability.

Willerby Library  

First and last Tuesday of the month. 3 to 4pm
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Willerby Library (01482) 658077 for availability.

Withernsea Centre 

First Friday of the month. 10.30 - 11.30am
Spaces are limited and booking is essential so please phone Withernsea Centre (01482) 393939 for availability.

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Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter is a knitting group open for anyone to attend. Research has shown that knitting has therapeutic qualities similar to meditation; it can also help prevent and manage stress and pain. 

Library knitting groups offer improved health and wellbeing and a lively group of new friends for all ages and abilities.

This activity is suitable for adults or any ability level. Please phone your local library for more information:

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Writing Groups 

Creative writing has been linked to improved mood and well-being, as well as more physical benefits such as lower blood pressure.

Share your love of writing with others, and take steps to get your work to print. From short stories, poetry, book reviews, magazine articles, there’s a writing experience to suit everyone. 

For information on your nearest session contact your local library.  If you can't find a group near you and would like to start a writing group, please talk to a member of staff who can help advertise this for you:

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Reading Groups

Reading reduces stress by 68% and risk of dementia by 35%. Broaden your horizons, meet like-minded people and explore the fascinating world of literature. 

All are welcome, for information on your nearest session please contact your nearest library: 

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Dementia-friendly Sessions in Leisure Centres

Dementia Friendly Sessions are now running at all of our East Riding Leisure centres. For more information please visit the Leisure centres website. Terms and conditions apply.

East Riding Leisure centres (external East Riding website)