Health Information Week – 3rd-9th July

HIW LogoThe 3rd to 9th July is Health Information Week, an annual campaign to promote high quality health information resources that are available to the public so we thought we would highlight some of the things Swindon Libraries are doing to support you to improve your health and wellbeing.


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A fantastic new project is our Wellbeing Zone, an initiative born of a partnership between Libraries and Public Health’s Community Health & Wellbeing Team. Library members and visitors are being offered 1-2-1 support to gain a healthier lifestyle, including stopping smoking as well as free health checks. Wellbeing Zones can be found at the Central , North Swindon and West Swindon Libraries where you can arrange to meet a Health Ambassador.


A Health Ambassador can meet you up to six times and support such goals as eating healthier and increasing physical activity. A Specialist Health Ambassador can meet regularly to support stopping smoking and arrange prescriptions accordingly. If aged 40 – 74 with no long term health condition, a health check can be carried out.


Within The Wellbeing Zone you’ll find a wealth of information in the form of Health & Wellbeing books offering support to people who want to explore ways to improve their physical and emotional health.


To book an appointment on a weekday morning, afternoon, early evening or a Saturday morning – please ring 01793 465513 or email


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Working together with The Reading Agency, Swindon Council’s Public Health Department, LIFT Psychology and the Clinical Commissioning Group, Swindon Libraries and Information Service provide books to help people with a range of common health problems.


There is a general list of self-help books on topics such as stress, panic, depression and anger.

A list specifically for people living with Dementia and those caring for people living with Dementia.

A list specifically for Young People with books giving advice on things such as bullying, ADHD, body image and stress.

And, launching later this month a list on Long Term Conditions such as Arthritis, Stroke and chronic pain.

These books are available in all 5 core Swindon Libraries; Central Library, North Swindon Library, West Swindon Library, Highworth Library and Park Library and can be borrowed by anyone however a healthcare professional may prescribe you a book from one of the collections through the scheme.

See full details and lists here:

For more information pop into your library or contact