The 2016 Libraries Change Lives Award Shortlist

Norfolk County Council: Library and Information Service - Healthy Libraries

On a countywide drive to actively promote healthier living, staff at all 47 of Norfolk’s libraries have been trained in understanding health improvement and mental health first aid to offer information, advice and guidance on local health services - signposting to suitable local health projects’. Dedicated awareness activities at Norfolk Healthy Libraries include slipper swaps targeting fall prevention and a smoothie bike aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of the government-recommended target of five a day fruit and vegetable portions.


Renfrewshire Libraries - Skoobmobile 

Skoobmobile is Renfrewshire’s specially adapted mobile library outreach service which travels around the county to schools, nurseries and community events to encourage early years’ wellbeing through combined reading, play and exercise. Over the school holidays, ‘Play In the Park’ takes the mobile to parks and green spaces and encouraging families to get onboard to listen to a story and complete an outdoor activity trail.  The primary aim of the service is to help improve children’s life chances by encouraging a lasting interest in reading, literacy, physical activity and learning, bringing the opportunities of the public library service directly to children and families where they are gathered in the community.


Sefton Library Service - Lost Voices

Sefton Library Service goes out into homes and care homes to record the life stories of local people in the first stages of memory loss, to provide a reminiscence tool for the patient’s care and a valuable primary history. The work is delivered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Age Concern, Age UK and care homes in the Sefton Area, who refer people recently diagnosed with memory loss. Residential care workers are using the material to establish a rapport with their residents and find topics of conversation. Reminiscing to rekindle forgotten memories (cognitive stimulation therapy) has been shown to slow the progression of the condition. Memories recorded include wartime experiences, accounts of childhood times, and family and working lives spent in what is now the Sefton district of Merseyside. The recordings are accessible to the public via the local history archive at Crosby Library.