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Libraries connecting communities and getting active this January


During January, the 50 libraries across Devon and four libraries in Torbay will be hosting events and activities designed to get people of all ages exercising their mind, body and soul. 


Our annual, month long programme sees over 250 events taking place across the county, including meditation, interactive sound games, chair yoga, blood pressure checks, dance fitness sessions, singing for wellbeing, craft for adults, Dementia Friends sessions, Torbay Climate Action, Zumba and much more. 


The New Year brings a new outlook and new opportunities, but for some, this time of year can be somewhat challenging and isolating. Libraries are the perfect venue to bring people together - our spaces are welcoming, and our staff are warm and friendly. Active Life Active Mind encourages people to try new activities and learn new skills or simply to meet like-minded people. Our programme helps promote positive mental and physical health and wellbeing in a range of ways working alongside a number of specialist partners. Libraries also signpost to local services and places for support. Not only that, but joining the library gives access to a range of free online material including print and e-books and magazines.


Libraries will be working closely with a number of partners, including, Prostate Cancer UK, Active Devon, Home Instead, The Stroke Association, Library Friends Groups and numerous local teachers and organisations. Each partner has been specially selected for their knowledge and expertise and their role in supporting and advising people to live happy and healthy lives. 


Our full Active Life map of events is available here

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