A new Information for Wellbeing Course is now available to all library and third sector staff – helping their readiness to provide information for wellbeing services.
The Course is a partnership initiative between the Scottish Library and Information Council, the ALLIANCE and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre. Library staff from services like North Ayrshire Libraries are already accessing the course and learning how they can support people with their health and wellbeing needs
The Information for Wellbeing Course is a key deliverable from the Collective Force for Health and Wellbeing Action Plan, which aims to develop libraries as key partners in health and wellbeing in their communities.
The blended learning course consolidates learning through inbuilt quizzes, workbooks for self-reflection and discussion in facilitated groups. It supports self-directed learning and encourages networks of libraries and third sector staff to come together in facilitated learning sessions – using the workbook exercises to share experiences and explore collaboration.
Staff can choose from seven e-learning modules:
Module 1: Good conversations and empathy
Module 2: Communicating using remote technology
Module 3: Health literacy
Module 4: Providing quality assured health information
Module 5: Words for wellbeing
Module 6: Managing boundaries and difficult situations
Module 7: Enabling everyone to participate
Participants who took part in a pilot project earlier this year strongly endorsed the course. They reported that it increased their readiness to provide information for wellbeing services 10-fold, from 6% prior to the course to 59% afterwards. It also gave frontline staff new insights into health and wellbeing needs, improved their knowledge and confidence, and helped managers to plan delivery of health and wellbeing information services.