A joint Health & Wellbeing event takes place between SLIC and the ALLIANCE today, sealing the recent partnership agreement between the two organisations.

The all-day event – which takes place at The Studio in Glasgow – focuses on the role of libraries in promoting health & wellbeing. It is aimed at library staff who are involved in developing and delivering health related programmes and events as well as colleagues from the 3rd sector and health organisations.

Both NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government are also supporting the event, which is a mix of practical sessions and workshops.

The event takes place at the start of both Libraries Week and Self-Management Week, highlighting the central part libraries can play in helping people take control of their own health decisions.

Sharing Learning, Making Connections

Keynotes and updates during the day will provide an opportunity to highlight the important role of libraries as well as the chance to share learning and make connections. Meanwhile practical interactive sessions have been designed to ensure delegates leave with ideas, contacts and resources to develop and run their own health & wellbeing sessions.

Lindsey Henderson, SLIC Head of Programme, said: “Our Health & Wellbeing event with the ALLIANCE highlights the important role libraries play in the health and social landscape. It is a unique opportunity to work with colleagues across libraries, voluntary and community organisations, developing ideas, working in partnership and deliver local programmes.”

The Scottish Library and Information Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ALLIANCE in August. It builds upon joint events between the two organisations which have taken place in recent years.