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Heath Hayes Community Library formally celebrated its new status as a community managed library with an opening ceremony on Friday 17 February at 3.00pm.

Heath Hayes Community Library is one of eight libraries which are being provided by a team of local volunteers under the management of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and supported by Staffordshire County Council (SCC). 

Since becoming a community library in August, over 5000 items have been issued and over 70,000 people have come through the doors.  There have also been 65 new members joining up, an increase of 30% on the previous year.

A service for people with low mood and/or anxiety is making a real difference to patients in Telford & Wrekin.

The Telford Primary Care Wellbeing Service offers a choice of talking therapies to anyone aged over 16, living in the Telford & Wrekin area who may be feeling low, worried or fearful, with relationship problems or problems linked to past events.

The service is one of the best performing IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) sites nationally, with a recovery rate of 60% against a national average of 47%. This has been achieved by offering only NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) approved treatments and ensuring these are delivered at the highest quality. Staff each have a specialist area and are responsible for keeping abreast of latest research and best practice which can be applied locally.

The team have now been asked to launch a new initiative, focusing on improving mental health support for people with long term physical conditions such as diabetes or respiratory conditions. Two thirds of people with such long term physical health conditions also have a mental health problem, mostly anxiety and depression. These common mental health disorders are detectable and treatable.

Heath Hayes Community Library will formally celebrate its new status as a community managed library with an opening ceremony on Friday 17 February at 3.00pm.

Heath Hayes Community Library is one of eight libraries which are being provided by a team of local volunteers under the management of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and supported by Staffordshire County Council (SCC).

Jean Shepherd, Volunteer Coordinator at Heath Hayes Library, says “There is an amazing group of volunteers, who each bring different skills to the job. They have been passionate about keeping the library open for the community of Heath Hayes and have been rewarded for their efforts by the grateful thanks of the library users, some of whom are unaware that we are volunteers and most have never worked in a library before.

Hednesford Community Library formally celebrated its new status as a community managed library with an opening ceremony on Wednesday 1 February at 3.00pm.

Hednesford Community Library is one of eight libraries which are being provided by a team of local volunteers under the management of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and supported by Staffordshire County Council (SCC).

Volunteer Sue Horton says, “It’s been fantastic the amount of support we have received from the local community, both in the number of people coming forward to volunteer and the patience and good wishes of library users. It’s always nice to know you’re appreciated so if anyone has a few hours a week to spare do come and join us, we can always use more volunteers as we hope to extend our services to include such things as home reading and baby bounce and rhyme”.

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