The Health Information Project attends Community Events on Saturdays. Most are in Community Hubs such as North Westminster’s Beethoven Centre, where Health Hub Co-ordinator Debbie put on a very successful World Heart Day Event in September. The event was great fun and thanks must go to Church Street Library Advice Plus Co-ordinator Emma, who wore the costume!
Advice Plus is a community gathering of local organisations who will give advice and information on a wide variety of topics: housing, employment, environmental health, health information, legal advice childcare etc. There are Advice Plus sessions on a Monday afternoon at Beethoven Community Hub and on a Wednesday morning at Church Street Library.
I went along too, to represent Westminster Libraries and to hold a book sale of ex-library health stock. Some students of health promotion and some going into nursing took eager advantage of the bargains, as well as one little six year old who was already certain that she wanted to be a midwife! There were also some very popular self-help titles available, such as Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life – these copies had been loved and read too much to stay on our shelves but were snapped up nonetheless.
We have also started running Health Information events at Queen’s Park Library on a Saturday. In late September the Women’s West African Development Network (originally set up for victims of domestic violence) brought along information about their Happy Health Family Club and I was on hand to serve delicious fruit kebabs.
The day before that, Davendra from the Expert Patient Programme was at Maida Vale Library promoting this excellent series of free courses for those who suffer from chronic conditions and want to have a say in how their treatment is managed.
Our partners in health promotion are increasingly keen to come into libraries late on Friday afternoons and on Saturdays in order to be available to the widest range of library users, especially families.