Health and wellbeing news, from Welwyn Hatfield. Week ending 8th July 2022

Sharing local updates on health and wellbeing services, events, training courses, funding etc.


News for the week ending 8th July 2022 

Have you heard of Bibliotherapy?


'Bibliotherapy' is a term that has long been used for using books to help people to feel better. Drs regularly prescribe books through a book prescription. 

There is a huge evidence base around the value of reading to support health and wellbeing, as well as the value of public libraries as a non-stigmatised space that is both welcoming and empowering for people seeking support.

Reading Well providing books for long term health conditions

Uplifting resources: for the NHS, from the NHS for Health Information Week

Health Education England and The Reading Agency have created a crowd-sourced uplifting book collection and a supporting list of digital resources, all recommended by NHS staff, for NHS staff.

The collection of ten books have been recommended via a survey circulated by the NHS and the final list was selected by a panel of NHS staff.

The book collection contains fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and a supporting collection of uplifting digital resources, including poems, websites, videos and apps, is available here and can be accessed at your leisure via any computer or mobile device.

The Healthy Hub Team has selected a couple of the books and a couple of podcasts which we highly recommend.


  • The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

"Life-affirming...a testament to strength when everything is against you and life seems at its very worse. It is about rediscovering what is important...a book that helps me put things into perspective" Community Nurse

  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesey

"Beautiful, heart-warming and soothes the soul. It makes you realise life is good." Senior Staff Nurse


Don't Tell Me the Score

What can sport teach us about life and how best to live it? Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert and uses sport to answer life's big questions.

Nothing Much Happens - Bedtime stories for adults, to aid relaxation. "It has really helped me when I feel anxious or I am finding it difficult to fall asleep."

Women and girls festival 2022

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Another opportunity for women and girls to take part in different sports for FREE!

Following the success of 'This Girl Can' that took place between the 13-19 June, we are pleased to announce that we're joining forces with Herts Sport Partnership again to deliver a Women and Girl's Festival to once again help raise the profile of women's sport. 

The festival will take place on Saturday 16 July at Peartree primary school between 10 - 2pm, where women and girls will have the opportunity to participate in free sport and physical activity sessions led by local sports clubs. 

Woman and Girls Festival

H'arts in Mind offer free and low cost online art wellbeing sessions 



Zentangle free fortnightly (online)

Art Club Fridays 1.30-3pm free (online)

Low cost 

Art with Meditation Mondays 10am-11.15am. Costs £20 for six sessions ( online)

Person Art Club held at Eden House, Countess Anne School, Hatfield Thursdays 10am-1pm. Cost £3

Find out more about H'arts in Mind courses

Struggling with sleep then join Just Talk's Sleep Challenge

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Sleep is so important for young people's emotional wellbeing, but it can be difficult for them to get as much sleep as they need. Poor sleep can affect their concentration, behaviour and energy levels at school, as well as their mental and physical health.

That's why Hertfordshire's Public Health programme, Just Talk, has worked with a range of partners to launch the 'Let's Just Talk About Sleep' campaign. This includes a 2-week summer sleep challenge, along with a range of advice to help young people and their families work out how much sleep they really need - and how to get the best night's sleep possible.

Just Talk Sleep Challenge