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Reading Well schemes to improve health

Reading Well schemes to improve health

Reading Well Books on Prescription

This is a scheme that uses reading to help people who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Reading Well Books on Prescription means GPs and other health professionals can recommend 30 self-help titles for people to borrow from their local library.

For more information visit the Reading Agency website.

Self-help books available

We have a list of 30 titles available covering issues such as anger, anxiety, chronic pain and depression. 

To find out more about what this list is and how it's being developed visit  the  Reading Agency website.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia is also available in our libraries.

The 25 titles on the dementia list have been recommended by health experts and people living with dementia.

Visit the Reading Well Agency website for more details.

Services for memory loss and dementia groups

We provide 'forget me not' collections containing items from social history from the 1940s to the 1970s. Handling the items and discussing them can help trigger memories and spark discussions. Forget me not boxes are available to borrow for a yearly subscription of £29.50. They come in a variety of themes. Read the Forget me not box themes (PDF Document) to find out more.  

We also have a reminiscence collection consisting of

  • Memory joggers
  • DVDs
  • Specialised puzzles and quizzes

Contact Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304for more information.

Reading Well for young people

Reading Well is a collection of books that can help you cope with the pressures of life, boost your confidence and help you with difficult feelings and experiences.

The 35 books have all been chosen by young people and health experts and can be borrowed from our libraries. They contain information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress, or experiences such as bullying. Visit the Reading Agency website for more details.

Reading Well for children recommends reading to help children understand their feelings and worries and cope with tough times. The books have been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians. They are endorsed by leading health organisations such as NHS England, Mind and the Royal College of GPs. The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) and includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. For more information about the scheme visit the Reading Well website.

Mood-boosting books

We also offer mood-boosting books. We have 20 uplifting titles recommended by readers. These are a mixture of novels, poetry and non-fiction. Find out more by visiting the Reading Well Agency website. You can also find out more about the mood-lifting benefits of joining a book group at the  Reading Groups website.

All of our book groups are listed on our book groups web page. You can find out about our adult colouring clubs, craft activities on our creative activities web page

Reading Well for people with long term conditions

Reading Well for people with long term conditions is now also available in our libraries. The scheme recommends books that can help people and their carers with a long term physical health condition. The 28 titles on the list have been recommended by health experts and people living with long term conditions. For more information about the scheme visit the Reading Well website.

Booklist for children on supporting wellbeing

We have a range of books available to support children and families. The booklists cover the following areas: Feelings and Emotions, Worries and Anxiety, Self-Esteem and Confidence, Resilience, Growth Mindset, Coping Skills and Relaxation.

You can see recommended booklists below:

How health professionals can join the scheme

GPs or other health professionals interested in joining the scheme should contact Heather Dyson, Adult Outreach Development Officer on 0118 974 3712.

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