LIBRARIES AND HEALTH

Extraordinary Libraries

Sharing stories of extraordinary people who share a love of books and libraries in amazing spaces

Libraries are not just about books: A Place for Arts and Health

“The arts call us to wake up, to feel, to communicate and share. For
this to happen a room needs to feel convivial, not medicalised - so many
spaces now seem to be boxes where the body is shut off from natural
light thereby losing a vital sense of connection to the time of day, to
the outside world, to seasons and weather all of which contribute to our
vital sense of connectedness.
A room needs to be easy to clean - a place where paint, chalk or clay
can be used and washed away after without the pressure of keeping the
room pristine during a session. A room, studio, needs to be a place that
invites creativity - where paintings, images, poems, music can be shared
The room needs to feel it can be owned by a group for the brief time they
gather and create within it, room to move”. Miranda Tuffnell

Posted 1 day ago

South Lockleaze

Old Library Gardening
The garden gathering on Saturday morning was a great success, with our largest turn out yet of people helping out in the garden, getting seeds planted, tidying up the front beds (to rid them of the Sycamores!), weeding the paths and coming up with a plan for the growing beds moving forwards.
Two of the beds are on their way to becoming Salad & Medicinal beds, so we can both grow food & plants for picking, sharing, eating and learning! If you have any plants, plugs or seeds you think might fit, then do let the garden group know - they’d be most welcome!
The morning session had a total of 6 adult volunteers and 3 children volunteers, but with ongoing gardening needed now the Spring is with us, do get the 1st Saturday of the month into your diaries if you think you can join in with this lovely little group! There’s also a bench in the garden that could do with some love & attention - fancy an upcycling project? You’re welcome to get stuck in :)
South Purdown
Yesterday morning, Sunday, we had our South Purdown tidy up & bug hotel fix up. Unfortunately with only a turnout of 4 people this time (myself & my partner, + two from North Lockleaze), we didn’t get as much done as we’d have liked to, however managed to move all the wood and fill up the bug hotels, plus fill 3 bin bags of rubbish, so considering the numbers, it was a successful morning!
Still lots to do, but of course trying to keep such a large area for us all to enjoy tidy & clean is a project that needs more hands on board, so i’d be really keen on knowing if there would be a better time or day that would be more suitable for you to join in, or whether anyone has other ideas on how we can make this more successful in the future.
Please do let me know! Do remember that our green space is a place for us all to enjoy, but with the recent council cuts & park cuts, looking after these spaces is no longer in the council remit aside from cutting grass and emptying full bins, so anything we as a community can do to look after this space is more important now than ever.
Keep Up-to-date
Do keep an eye on the Facebook groups for upcoming events, activities & workshops, and do share any local news on the South Lockleaze & Purdown Neighbourhood Group page, to keep everyone updated. This is a place for us to chat, share, inform and learn together, whereas many of these emails are one way, so it would be great to hear from more people as to what we are doing as a community or what we can do, to improve this beautiful neighbourhood!
You may have also seen the lovely new noticeboard that was installed last Friday! Thanks to Steve England & his son for coming down and hope this will help keep you all updated when the Old Library isn’t open or for those not on Facebook - have you seen it? What do you think!? :)
Look forward to hearing from you soon, lots of neighbourly love,
Emily

On behalf of the South Lockleaze and Purdown Neighbourhood Group C.I.C.

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Posted 4 weeks ago
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Children's’ Book Space Life Rooms Walton Liverpool (Former Carnegie Library)

Posted 4 weeks ago
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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN THE LIFE ROOMS, RICE LANE, WALTON,<br/>“OLD INTO NEW”.<br/><br/>Dr Robert G MacDonald RIBA,<br/>Design Panel Member,<br/>MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust.<br/><br/>INTRODUCTION;<br/><br/>The former Walton Carnegie Library (Built 1911) has been converted into a centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing. The MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust plans to improve the community’s local connections by forming partnerships with various environmental, community, health and learning partners and become a one stop well being shop for the public and service users.<br/><br/>THE LIFE ROOMS CONCEPT;<br/><br/>Within the Life Rooms is the recovery college, where people who are in a health improving condition, can drop in for variety of activities. The Life Rooms are a therapeutic link between hospital and the community. The Life Rooms are challenging stigma and building confidence amongst mental health service users. Drama is being used to build confidence and creating positive body image. Creative writing is used in creative arts and using comedy and the arts. All these new skills can lead to getting a job and mental health issues of anxiety, depression and the complexity of psychosis can be talked about with councillors in a quiet and safe discrete place. All these positive experiences take place in the Life Rooms and Recovery College and can lead towards well being and good mental health.<br/><br/>MerseyCare have plans for more Life Rooms in the future and a new one has been developed on Lord Street in Southport. The intension is to engage and develop partnerships with more local communities. There plans to enlarge the book stock and reading books for young and old is still important and there is awareness of libraries<br/>for health and combinations with GPs surgeries. There will be more memorabilia in the library and evidence of increasing footfall. The question was posed and asked can the<br/>building reduce stigma of mental illness ?<br/><br/>FEEDBACK & CONVERSATION;<br/><br/>The group of MerseyCare users provided feedback about the project. The built environment is very good, clean, tidy and even posh ! The reception is welcoming.<br/>Should staff wear badges but they are very friendly and helpful.<br/>There are a good number of of accessible PCs. Food and drink costs are running at loss because of being run by a Children’s Charity and the. Competition of McDonalds.<br/>Musicians are asking for space for music performance and to hold Festivals.<br/>The Acoustics of domed roof was discussed and should music be playing in background ? We need to understand the psychology of cafes.<br/>The spaces are quiet, roomy and  spacious with warm light warm light at times.<br/>The book and computers stock is good. The Local groups are a good resource<br/>and the Prospectus for the recovery college is informative and helpful.<br/>Friendship groups could be organised and perhaps clubs for watching  movies.<br/>Craft clubs and a crèches could be organised. There are reading difficulties in the<br/>local community and post school reading clubs could be held. Could there be exercise  clubs, Yoga classes and healthy eating groups that would assist physical health and well being ? These classes could focus on over fifty groups and incorporate outside walking groups. Self employment advise is needed because local unemployment is high.<br/><br/>SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS;<br/><br/>Professional bodies, Different Church Denominations, Dog walking groups with families, The Cinnamon Trust, Liverpool Architectural Society LAS,<br/>Merseyside Civic Society MCS, West Derby Society,<br/>Alt Valley Community Trust, Links with volunteering groups, Community nurses,<br/>Associations with the Three Universities, LJMU, Hope and Liverpool University to develop Mental Health as Action Research.<br/><br/>RGM

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Life Rooms

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN THE LIFE ROOMS, RICE LANE, WALTON,
“OLD INTO NEW”.

Dr Robert G MacDonald RIBA,
Design Panel Member,
MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust.

INTRODUCTION;

The former Walton Carnegie Library (Built 1911) has been converted into a centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing. The MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust plans to improve the community’s local connections by forming partnerships with various environmental, community, health and learning partners and become a one stop well being shop for the public and service users.

THE LIFE ROOMS CONCEPT;

Within the Life Rooms is the recovery college, where people who are in a health improving condition, can drop in for variety of activities. The Life Rooms are a therapeutic link between hospital and the community. The Life Rooms are challenging stigma and building confidence amongst mental health service users. Drama is being used to build confidence and creating positive body image. Creative writing is used in creative arts and using comedy and the arts. All these new skills can lead to getting a job and mental health issues of anxiety, depression and the complexity of psychosis can be talked about with councillors in a quiet and safe discrete place. All these positive experiences take place in the Life Rooms and Recovery College and can lead towards well being and good mental health.

MerseyCare have plans for more Life Rooms in the future and a new one has been developed on Lord Street in Southport. The intension is to engage and develop partnerships with more local communities. There plans to enlarge the book stock and reading books for young and old is still important and there is awareness of libraries
for health and combinations with GPs surgeries. There will be more memorabilia in the library and evidence of increasing footfall. The question was posed and asked can the
building reduce stigma of mental illness ?

FEEDBACK & CONVERSATION;

The group of MerseyCare users provided feedback about the project. The built environment is very good, clean, tidy and even posh ! The reception is welcoming.
Should staff wear badges but they are very friendly and helpful.
There are a good number of of accessible PCs. Food and drink costs are running at loss because of being run by a Children’s Charity and the. Competition of McDonalds.
Musicians are asking for space for music performance and to hold Festivals.
The Acoustics of domed roof was discussed and should music be playing in background ? We need to understand the psychology of cafes.
The spaces are quiet, roomy and  spacious with warm light warm light at times.
The book and computers stock is good. The Local groups are a good resource
and the Prospectus for the recovery college is informative and helpful.
Friendship groups could be organised and perhaps clubs for watching  movies.
Craft clubs and a crèches could be organised. There are reading difficulties in the
local community and post school reading clubs could be held. Could there be exercise  clubs, Yoga classes and healthy eating groups that would assist physical health and well being ? These classes could focus on over fifty groups and incorporate outside walking groups. Self employment advise is needed because local unemployment is high.

SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS;

Professional bodies, Different Church Denominations, Dog walking groups with families, The Cinnamon Trust, Liverpool Architectural Society LAS,
Merseyside Civic Society MCS, West Derby Society,
Alt Valley Community Trust, Links with volunteering groups, Community nurses,
Associations with the Three Universities, LJMU, Hope and Liverpool University to develop Mental Health as Action Research.

RGM

Posted 4 weeks ago

Are you sitting comfortably?

Then we will begin…

Hello! We are Dr Malcolm Rigler GP Somerset and Artists Moira Kenny and John Campbell The Sound Agents based in Liverpool. We have a love of libraries, stories and extraordinary people. 

Together we set up H. A. L Health Arts Libraries a while ago to bring like-minded people together more here http://librariesandhealth.com/

This blog is to highlight the wonderful work that is going on in libraries and other amazing spaces like cafes, shopping centers, phone boxes, extinct library buildings… anywhere where people are sharing a love of books, community, health and well-being or just being sociable! 

Send us your stories and photo’s and we will post it here.


Looking forward to hearing from you

Malcolm, Moira & John

Posted 13 weeks ago

 DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS  

HUMANISING HEALTHCARE

The inaugural meeting to discuss the potential development of a new SIG titled HEALTH AND LIBRARIES took place in Liverpool January 2016 in the John Lennon Art & Design building Liverpool John Moores University LJMU. 

Attendees included: 

Dr Malcolm Rigler, Dr Simon Abrams, John Campbell, Moira Kenny, Dr Robert MacDonald, Andy Wright, Susan J. Thomas, Jill Beswick, Liz Stafford, Rachel Byron, Jayne Plant, Cath Shea, Matthew Wheeler, Sue Cook, Anna NBDT. The meeting was organised by Dr Malcolm Rigler and facilitated by The Sound Agents.

Background 

One of the most important responsibilities of the GP and the GP practice is to ensure that patients are given: “information in language and terms that they can understand”. 

In fact  this is one of the key responsibilities listed by the GMC  in the document "duties of a doctor".  

Over recent decades the Health Education Authority ( HEA) –  the Pharmaceutical Industry , some NHS GPs and Hospital  Consultants and NHS Trusts, writers of health and social care books, health  charities and self help organisations and many others have all been writing leaflets, booklets and books to support the GP in his/her attempt to share health and social care information with patients and carers.  

There is now such a profusion of leaflets, books, video films, CDs, sound tapes and  more recently websites that no GP or GP practice could possibly hold all this material together  or even know of its existence. 

As a result patients and carers continue  to complain more and more loudly that 'the doctor did not explain anything to me' or quite often 'the doctor tried to explain things to me but I did not understand a word that he said'.  

There is now such a   profusion of information sources and learning materials that  many people believe that  the development of a “Libraries and Health” partnership is long overdue. 

Only libraries and librarians can ensure that up-to-date , good  quality health and social care information can be brought together and made available to patients and carers when it is needed. The  librarians professionalism , their  skills in archiving material and the use of ICT are crucial in this regard.  

At  present making  sure that “the right information" reaches "the right patient or carer" at the "right time” continues to be just an   aspiration within the GP community. 

It now seems clear that with  careful planning and political commitment  the development of “Health and Social Care  library services”, including  ICT serviceswithin libraries  could soon become a reality.  

It is also possible, using the new technologies , to make sure that health and social care information is available in  many different languages. 

Many people are now seeing this development to be just  as important as the provision of clean water to every household in the UK 

Ensuring that the “Libraries and Health” partnership  really does lead to the changes needed will require change and development both within UK Hospital and GP practice and within the Library Service. 

We shall also need the support of  the Legal Profession to secure "statutory standards of library provision" as already exists in Wales 

Changes needed  in the Medical Practice.  

  • Doctors  to become aware of,  and respond to  their patients learning needs. 

  • Doctors  to alter consultation style to signpost patients to better information sources and to write:

  •  "prescriptions  for information" 

  • Doctors  waiting rooms to be the start of the journey towards learning.  The  environment of the GP practice needs to encourage questioning whilst at the same time signposting patients to the library  service that can respond to questions. This will need to be a joint "medical/nursing/community education" development.  

  • Development of  CCG Commissioning   to support the above i.e. patient and carer learning and self  management.  

Changes needed in the Community Library Service.  

Libraries need  to learn  from the "exercise on prescription scheme"  and the need to focus on “meeting and greeting” patients and carers who may not have ever  entered a  library before and who did not enjoy their school days.  

Library developments to be in close partnership with education professionals:  

  • Need to alter the  environment  both outside and inside the library to be more welcoming of NHS service users.

  • Need to employ  “explainers”  - usually nurses skilled in “guided web-surfing” as is now being offered at  Maggies Cancer Care Centres. 

  • Need for crèche and rooms/venues for group meetings / place for tea/coffee /toilets / free car parking  

  • Development of online  “Libraries and Health”  website for each administrative area with  links to  all  or most languages  spoken and read in the UK

  • Need to develop international links with Libraries Eg: Harare led by Pettina Gappah  Chief Librarian and former Civil Rights Lawyer in Geneva.  Dr Malcolm Rigler 2015       

                                    This project is created jointly by THE SOUND AGENTS & PARTNERS IN HEALTH (Midland) Ltd