To support this new approach to adult social care, Doncaster Coundil have developed a new website called Your Life Doncaster. This new website will help provide the necessary resources for Doncaster’s residents to stay independent within their community; focusing on keeping well, safe and connected.
As well as being a portal for information and advice, the website also hosts a community directory of over 1500 groups and activities across Doncaster, helping residents to connect with their local community.
Be happy and healthy with Doncaster Libraries. Now you need look no further than your local library to access a wide collection of health and wellbeing books that can be searched and requested online. The service also promotes health information and initiatives by:
- Providing Health & Wellbeing Collections in their staffed libraries
- Offering the Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme
- Providing health information resources
- Supporting local and national health groups and organisations by promoting and publicising health related events
Everyone wishes to have a happy, healthy and contented lifestyle and so our health can play a major part in contributing to our overall wellbeing. At Doncaster Libraries we offer a range of books and resources for adults, carers and children which aim to help people improve their health and wellbeing.
The Health & Wellbeing Collections are located across libraries in Doncaster. The books can be searched and requested online or staff are available to give help and request them for you free of charge. The full collections are available at:
- Central Lending Library
- Edlington Library
- Mexborough Library
- Thorne Library
Smaller collections are available in all other Doncaster libraries.
Additionally, in partnership with Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster Royal Infirmary holds a Health & Wellbeing Collection containing a wider selection of material - these books can be found on Doncaster Libraries catalogue and can be requested via your local library. Contact staff in your local library for further information.
Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme helps people manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books. Because everything changes when we read.
Launching in June 2013, the national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme helps you manage your well-being using self-help reading. Books in the collection may be recommended to you by your GP or other health professional as part of your treatment or you may choose to go into your local library yourself to borrow or request them.
Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions
There is good evidence from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help books can help people understand and manage common conditions, including depression and anxiety. The books have all been recommended by experts, have been tried and tested and found to be useful. The collections are also available to browse at the libraries listed above.
You may request them from any library in Doncaster. They are free for anyone to request and borrow. If you are not already a member of Doncaster Libraries, library staff are available to give you assistance.
The full list of books in this Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme can be viewed in the document below.
You may also wish to download the Books on Prescription: Find self-help books at your local library or the Books on Prescription: Guide for health professionals to find answers to the following questions:
- What is the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme?
- What health problems are covered?
- Who chooses the books?
- How do I get the book from the library?
- How do I find out more information about the scheme?
Reading Well Books on prescription for dementia
Launched in January 2015 the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia provides help and support for people with dementia, carers of people with dementia and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition or is worried about symptoms.
Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia has been developed to support people with dementia and their carers. It is also helpful in raising public awareness of the causes and symptoms of the condition and helping to create dementia-friendly communities.
- Information and advice about dementia and normal ageing
- Support following diagnosis
- Practical help for carers
- Personal accounts of people with dementia
You may also wish to download the Books on Prescription for dementia: Find self-help books at your local library or the Books on Prescription for dementia: Guide for health professionals to find answers to the following questions:
- What is the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme for dementia?
- Which organisations and charities support the scheme?
- Who chooses the books?
- How do I get the book from the library?
- Where I can go for further help and information?
A video has also been produced called Dementia Safe & Found. This video provides information about how the Herbert Protocol can help if a person living with dementia goes missing. Follow the link below to view the video
The Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers. Reading is known to have many health boosting properties including reducing stress, improving memory and providing relaxation and enjoyment. The 2013 list of 20 titles have been recommended by individuals and reading groups from around the country:
There are several Reading Groups in Doncaster. Visit the Reading Groups page for more information.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books – MacMillan Cancer List
The Reading Agency has worked with MacMillan Cancer Support to involve people who have been diagnosed with cancer to recommend a list of books that have helped them. Most of the books are not specifically about cancer but are what have helped improve their mood during or after their treatment.
All libraries in Doncaster offer a wide range of information and leaflets to help your health and wellbeing – please call in and have a browse. The links attached to this page will also provide you with useful information.
With support from the library service at DRI, Doncaster Libraries offers a Health Information Service. If you need further assistance with obtaining health or patient information on a condition or following diagnosis of an illness, we may be able to help. Call into your nearest library offering Health & Wellbeing services for assistance. You may also find the Health & Wellbeing/Patient Information site managed by DRI library useful
Disclaimer:any information provided is not an endorsement of how your condition or illness should be managed. You must always seek help and advice from your local GP or other healthcare professional.
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Doncaster Libraries will promote a variety of health events and activities throughout the year, of which some will be in partnership with national and local NHS providers and charitable organisations.
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- Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group – for information about local NHS services in Doncaster (note: currently under development)
- DIAL Doncaster – Disability Advisory Service
- Healthwatch Doncaster– the consumer champion for health and social care in the borough of Doncaster
- SYCIL – South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living
- NHS Choices – search for doctors, dentists, hospitals and other health services in the UK. It also features an A-Z of treatments and conditions.
- NHS Direct – provides expert health advice, information and resources 24-hours a day
- Patient UK – contains information leaflets on medicines and drugs as well as information