10.30am: Promoting Positive Mental Health FREE Bite-sized Course
A 90 minute introduction to mental health awareness covering:
- What do we mean by ‘mental health’?
- Ways to build resilience and wellbeing into our personal lives and in our work roles
- Information on local mental health wellbeing services and how to access them
- Information on where to turn in a crisis
This workshop is aimed at members of the public, volunteers and any professional who comes into contact with the public.
The workshop is free. If you or your group are interested in attending contact Carole at Volunteer Centre Yate to book a place by email below or on 01454 324102. Numbers are limited, so please book early.
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Yate Library offers:
Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, South Gloucestershire BS37 4AX
Phone: 01454 868006
Librarian: Neil Weston
South Gloucestershire Libraries are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help children do The BIG Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016.
Volunteers will work as part of a team and do a variety of activities including talking to children about the books they've been reading, helping children choose new books and assisting with holiday events.
This is an opportunity to develop skills in communication, team working and creative projects whilst having fun and making new friends. Eloise, aged 16, who volunteered last summer explained the benefits of getting involved: ‘It’s been a rewarding experience, interacting with enthusiastic children, while improving skills for future working scenarios – time definitely well spent!’
Encouraging young people to take part Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire said “Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge offers young people a unique and powerful volunteering opportunity to gain confidence, life skills and team work. There's nothing more inspiring for a child than having a teenage volunteer from their own community encouraging them to read.”
The theme of this year’s challenge is The Big Friendly Read which celebrates 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl. It begins in all South Gloucestershire Libraries on 16 July and runs until 10 September. More than 6,700 children took part in Record Breakers last summer helped by over 70 volunteers.
The closing date for applications is 18 June. Volunteers must be aged 13 or over. For more information ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, email or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries.
South Gloucestershire Council is consulting with residents about changes to the library service, which are required because of reduced funding from government.
The consultation is based on proposals that would allow the service to reduce funding by £650,000 a year, however it is important to note that no decisions have yet been made on how these savings could be delivered.
There are a range of options and proposals described in the consultation. The current consultation runs for 12 weeks, until 13 May.
During that time there will be a consultation forms for people to make their views known and these are supported by a number of drop-in sessions at libraries to allow residents to find out more about the current proposals and to make their views known.
We are encouraging people to let us have their views on the proposals details of which can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/librarychanges
At the end of 2015 we invited readers to share some of their favourite books with us, as part of #Time4Reading – South Gloucestershire Council’s year to get everyone reading. Thank you to everyone who shared their choices with library staff.
Here are a selection of your reading recommendations: “The Lovesong of Queenie Hennessy” by Rachel Joyce; “The Disappearance Boy” by Nick Bartlett; “The Light Between Oceans” by ML Stedman; “Lamentation” by CJ Sansom; “Terminal” by Kathy Reichs; “Cleo and After Cleo” by Helen Brown; “The Diving-Bell and The Butterfly” by Jean Dominique Bauby; “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde; “Sovereign” by CJ Sansom.
Are you aged 65+, registered disabled, on a low income or an unpaid carer?
South Gloucestershire Council have teamed up with an IT provider to offer a range of low cost, professionally refurbished starter computers at special discounted prices to eligible residents and registered UK charities.
Prices start at £90 including Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 plus a 12 month return to base warranty. To find out of you are eligible and for more details visit www.southglos.gov.uk/goonline or enquire in person at the Library.
Did you know that popular magazines are available for free download 24/7 to library members?
Titles include HELLO, TOTAL FILM, TOP GEAR, MEN’S HEALTH, COSMOPOLITAN …and many more NEW titles now added.
Full details available at: www.southglos.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/library-e-resources/
If you need a hand to get started, please speak to a member of staff to book an appointment. Bring your device with you and we’ll be happy to help.
If you are living with autism or Asperger’s, or know someone who is, you might find a new collection of books available in South Gloucestershire libraries helpful.
Your local library has a new collection of books that has been recommended by people with autism and those who live and work with them, including the library service and the South Gloucestershire Autism Planning Group.
The recommended books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, plus personal stories.
Communities Chair Cllr Heather Goddard said: “These books are free to borrow for a special extended loan period of six weeks, and if the book you want is not on the shelves when you want it, the library can get hold of it for you free of charge. “Libraries provide great places for people to meet and find free entertainment as well as information. The library staff are always very welcoming and libraries belong to the Safe Places Scheme.”
The interactive list of new autism books can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/reading4health.
If you have any questions about these books or library services generally please contact or phone 01454 868006.
Alternatively visit the Libraries West website where you can order books, borrow ebooks and download e-magazines for free, or download our library app.
The Safe Places Scheme provides locations for adults with a learning difficulty or vulnerable people to get help when they are out and about. For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/safeplaces.
Become a Reading Hack Volunteer and meet new people, learn new skills and inspire others to read
South Gloucestershire Libraries are seeking young people aged 13 to 24 to take part in their exciting new volunteer scheme.
Getting involved gives young people the chance to meet new friends and learn skills including: marketing and promotion, creative skills, team working, communication skills and many more.
Volunteers will work as part of a friendly team and there are a range of volunteering opportunities available depending on the volunteer’s skills and interests.
This new, year round volunteering scheme is part of Reading Hack, a programme led by young people who do reading activities and volunteering to gain skills and experience.
One 17 year old Reading Hacker said, “It’s an amazing idea in that it tries to actively engage teenagers to read and get involved with changing their community for the better.”
Encouraging young people to take part, Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire said, “Volunteering with South Gloucestershire Libraries offers young people a unique opportunity to gain new skills and experience, supporting them in their college, university and job applications.”
For an application form or more information, ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or email .
Do you know someone who likes reading but is unable to visit the library, due to disability or illness?
Our Home Library Service Volunteers visit people in their own homes. Please ask at the library for more details about this free service.
Library charges are a thing of the past for young people at South Gloucestershire Libraries. This is one of the changes introduced in response to comments made from the children and young people’s library user survey.
To get this message out, teenagers Rebecca and Dan have designed a poster to promote what’s awesome about the library including: free Wi-Fi, borrowing best sellers for free, no charges to reserve books or for overdue books and the chance to make new friends at one of the teen book groups.
For a closer look at the poster, click here to download the .pdf.
Find out more – either in person at the library, online at www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or download the FREE LibrariesWest mobile app on Google Play or App Store.
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The latest Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme has launched in South Gloucestershire, and all of the books on the recommended reading list are now available to borrow from your local library.
The Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme has been developed to support people with dementia and their carers. There are 25 titles on the scheme's reading list, which have been recommended by health experts as well as people with first-hand experience of dementia. The list includes a range of books offering information and advice about dementia and normal aging, support with living well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers, personal accounts, and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities.
Supporting the launch of the scheme Communities Chair Cllr Claire Young said: "Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia means that libraries will play a significant role in helping to build dementia-friendly communities in South Gloucestershire. It provides quality assured information and advice, support following diagnosis and with early memory loss, practical and emotional help for carers and suggested activities to help people remain active and independent for as long as possible. We are delighted to be working together with health partners to deliver this exciting development in libraries' health offer."
Minister of State for Care and Support Norman Lamb said: "Dementia can be devastating and it's vital people have as much information as possible so that they can live well with the condition. This is a fantastic project which has already helped thousands of people with mental health conditions and I hope the new dementia scheme will be just as successful in giving people and their families access to valuable information and support."
Research shows that dementia presents a key national health challenge with a profound social, personal and economic impact on the estimated 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition, as well as their carers and families. The new scheme will also help the many people living without a formal diagnosis, who may be worrying about symptoms and wanting to find out more.
Health professionals will be able to recommend helpful reading to support people with dementia and their carers but people can also borrow titles for free from their local library. At a national cost average of £1 per person, Reading Well Books on Prescription is a cost-effective way of delivering community-based dementia care and support.
Leaflets with details of the scheme are available from all South Gloucestershire libraries and on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/booklist.
Shopmobility offers scooter and wheelchair (powered and manual) hire to anyone with limited mobility, to give them the freedom to visit shops and leisure facilities in Yate.
Anyone is welcome: young and old, with temporary or permanent disabilities or injuries. You do not need to be registered disabled to use Shopmobility.
For more information, visit Shopmobility's web page.
*FREE WiFi* now available at Yate Library
*FREE LIBRARIESWEST MOBILE APP* available from Google Play or the Apple App Store: make the most of your library membership on-the-go. Search the catalogue with the built-in barcode scanner. Simply scan the ISBN barcode of any book to check availability in libraries and reserve online. Borrower number and PIN required.
Yate Library Exhibition Space
Yate Library exhibition space has opportunities to host visual arts and crafts exhibitions and is inviting artists to submit their work for consideration.
The space is designed to give local and regional professional artists an opportunity to showcase their work.
The library reference and community meeting area has a hanging system for framed work and three large display cabinets for craft work.
Spaces are limited and we aim to show a cross section of work throughout the year. Preference will be given to professional local work which will enhance the wider library programme.
Use of the exhibition space is free though the library does charge a small commission on work that is sold during the exhibition.
If you are interested in exhibiting your work, please send a cv and examples of your work or a link to your website to
The Mobile Library is free to join and borrow books from. Books in Large Print and Children’s books are available as well as popular authors and recent publications.
If we don’t have the author or subject available on board it can be reserved for free to be collected next visit. We also stock Talking Books (in both CD and Cassette format), Jigsaws and a selection of films on DVD.
You can use the Mobile Library service even if you also use another library so South Gloucestershire library cards or Active Cards are valid on board.
The Mobile Library is equipped with a lift for people with mobility problems.
Send us your Videos
Yate Library welcomes your videos to display on its new plasma screen.
They can be about anything Yate-related, and can publicise your events and activities.
Ideally we would like Windows Media Video files up to 4 minutes long, loaded onto a memory stick, which staff can upload onto our plasma screen using Microsoft powerpoint. Ask the staff for more information.
Active card - an active mind in an active body
The Leisure Trust, Council and NHS of South Gloucestershire have created a new Active card to cover library and leisure.
Now one card fits all - it lets you borrow books, access the Internet at libraries, have a swim or use the gym. This is not all about sport and fitness - more about a balanced lifestyle, full of interest, vibrancy, reading, learning, playing and health.
All this on offer, and it's free to join! Pop in to the library or leisure centre to join, or visit: www.activecard.co.uk
The Active card replaces many of the existing cards you currently use in South Gloucestershire. When you join the Active scheme you'll have access to information and updates about what's going on, so you and your family can get active.
You also have the oppportunity to upgrade your card and save money on activities.
For more information on any of the above items please ring the library on 01454 868006 or visit our web-site: www.librarieswest.org.uk
You can use the website to renew your books, check the catalogue, reserve items and consult a wide range of on-line reference materials including Ancestry and Newsbank – local and national Newspapers online. You will need your borrower number and pin number (available from the library).
We can inform you of reservations and overdue items either by email, text or voice message. If you would like to opt into any of these you can change the details online, ask at the counter or ring on the above number. Please note to access many of these services you may be asked for your PIN number, please ask the staff for this.
For reference enquiries try our Library Enquiry Centre on 01454 866900 or email .
We also offer free Internet access and word processing.