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Wellbeing in Children and Young People: how libraries can help

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Saffron Walden County High School

Audley End Road

Saffron Walden

CB11 4UH

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This training day is going to focus on how those working with children and young people can support their mental well-being. The speakers represent a range of perspectives and experiences and is will be useful to all those who work with children and young people.

There will be a book stall provided by Heffers to purchase some relevant books. Tea and coffee will be provided, but you will need to bring your own lunch.

Organised by Cilip's Youth Libraries Group - Eastern, and supported by ASCEL.

The programme:

9.30-9.50 - arrival and registration & tea/coffee

9.50 - 10.00 - Housekeeping and intros to the day

10.00 -10.45 - Alison Rainton - "Public Health for Children and Young People"

Alison will be talking about the award winning programmes happening in public libraries across Norfolk, with a particular focus on the programmes for younger children.

"Working in partnership with Norfolk Public Health, the Healthy Libraries initiative is delivered across Norfolk’s forty seven libraries. Socially-based group wellbeing activities include a monthly wellbeing or nutrition themed ‘neighbourhood lunch’ and adult colour-me-calm sessions. Exercise based activity has included hula hoop challenges and a pedal-powered smoothie bike, used to raise awareness of the benefits of the government-recommended target of five a day fruit and vegetable portions. Practical sessions include slipper swaps to prevent and reduce falls among the elderly." - From the Cilip website (http://www.cilip.org.uk/advocacy-campaigns-awards/libraries-change-lives-award/2016-libraries-change-lives-award-winner)

10.45-11.30 - Joanne Limburg - 'Reading, Writing and Mental Health: a Personal Perspective'.

Joanne Limburg was born and grew up in London, at the northern end of the Jubilee Line, but now lives in Cambridge with her husband and son. She has published two collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books: Feminismo, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and Paraphernalia, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has written one collection for children, Bookside Down, which was shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Prize and Highly Commended.

Her latest poetry collection is the pamphlet The Oxygen Man, published by Five Leaves Press. Her non-poetry book The Woman Who Thought Too Much, a memoir about OCD, anxiety and poetry is published by Atlantic Books and her debut novelA Want of Kindness was published in July 2015. Her next collection, The Autistic Alice, is due out in March this year, and a new memoir, Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations, will appear in July.

11.30 - 11.45 - comfort break

11.45 - 12.00 - AGM

12.00- 13.00 - Miranda McKearney - "An Introduction to EmpathyLab"

EmpathyLab is a small start-up, passionate about the creative power of words to build empathy, and the power of empathy to make the world a better place. Empathy skills are vital in helping children and young people tackle some big challenges, at home and globally. We need to wake up and act on exciting new thinking and neuroscience research showing that humans have a strong empathic, co-operative side to our natures. Neuroscientists and therapists are finding that words and stories have a unique role to play in building empathy skills.

Miranda McKearney is a social justice entrepreneur who has spent 35 years turning kitchen table ideas into nationwide campaigns, culminating in founding The Reading Agency, a national charity, in 2002. She received an OBE in 2005 for services to education and libraries. Miranda is now leading EmpathyLab’s work, alongside acting as a consultant and mentor to future leaders. She is also incredibly proud of her Honorary YLG Membership.

From the Empathy Lab website.

13.00-14.00 - Lunch - Please note: you will need to bring your own lunch as this venue is not close to shops or cafes. Coffee and tea will be provided.

14.00-14.45 - Matt Whyman - 'The Problem with Boys'

YA novelist and agony uncle, Matt Whyman, discusses the problems and possibilities of providing info, support and advice to young men in a culture that expects them to know everything by default.

Matt Whyman is the author of YA novels including THE SAVAGES, BOY KILLS MAN and BAD APPLE. He is also well known as an agony uncle for numerous teen magazines and on BBC Radio 1's The Surgery, and has written young people's health awareness campaigns for Macmillan, CLIC Sargent, Brook Advisory and the Department of Health.

14.45-15.30 - Chantek McNeil - "The relevance of Mindfulness for Todays Youth"

To end the day Chantek McNeil will talk us through the importance of mindfulness, and how we can encourage this in our readers, and ourselves. Chantek is registered with the UK Networks for Minfulness Teaching, and works with staff and students at Saffron Walden High School.

15.30-16.00 - Evaluation, book draw and certificate of attendance

Cost:

This day will cost £30 for members and £35 for non-members (we use the 'free' tickets on eventbrite to save you the booking fee). This can be paid by cheque on the day or via invoice to your organisation. If it helps we can delay invoicing until the new financial year.

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