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Health and wellbeing in Cheshire West and Chester Libraries

Cheshire West and Chester Libraries offer a range of activities and resources to help people lead happier and healthier lives.

All of our activities connect with the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which is a great way for everyone to make positive changes to their health, and the way they feel about themselves.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing encourage you to Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give:


Libraries are about so much more than books and can help you connect with the people around you. If you enjoy reading and talking about books why not join a Reading Group? Chester Library at Storyhouse runs a regular Wellbeing Reading Group on Friday afternoons, and Northwich Library runs a ‘Relax and Read’ session every Monday. Our Memory Boxes are ideal for using in reminiscence activities and are available for use with social/community groups and other local organisations.

Find your place in history and connect with your local community by using the Library to access and Find My Past, and create your own family tree.

Be Active

Borrow a book from the Library that will help you to Be Active. We’ve got books on all sorts of activities, from football to yoga, mountain climbing to pilates!  Get some information and advice from Arthritis Care or Action on Hearing Loss at one of their drop- ins. Read an eMagazine for free, via Magzter. Titles available include Cycling Weekly, Golf Monthly and Health and Fitness.

Take Notice

Next time you visit your local library Take Notice and discover what is on offer. Look at the book displays and notice boards, and see what is available online through the eResources and eBook collections. There is a whole world of information available at your fingertips, 24/7.

Keep Learning

Explore your library for ideas for new hobbies, find out about clubs and societies in the area, or adult education classes. Why not join a Knit and Natter group or stimulate your mind with a game of Scrabble? Lache Library has a fortnightly Adult Colouring Group, on a Friday, which is a great way to de-stress and unwind.


It’s always rewarding to Give something back to your local community. Could you volunteer as an IT Buddy and help other people to get online? Visit our volunteering page to find out more.

Just Six Minutes

Let’s not forget about reading! Did you know that reading for Just Six Minutes can have a direct and significant impact on stress levels, thereby improving individual mental health? If you have trouble reading a book, why not listen to one? We offer a range of books on cd, or you can even download them online for free via our website. If you know someone who loves reading but can’t get to the library then the Home Library Service can help. The Home Library Service is a service run in partnership with the RVS to provide library material direct to the homes of readers who are unable to collect their own items from a library. Just ask at your local library for more information.

Reading Well Books on Prescription

The Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme helps you manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals. As well as the Books on Prescription Scheme for Dementia there is also a reading list for common mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression.  ‘Shelf Help’ provides a range of titles especially selected for 13-18 year olds, providing advice and information about issues such as anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.  Copies of the books in the schemes can be borrowed through your local library. Also choose from our selection of Mood Boosting Books, for an uplifting read.

All of our library staff attend Dementia Friends awareness sessions, and we are working towards making our service Dementia Friendly. Our libraries also provide Autism Friendly Guides on how to join and use each library.

Online resources

  • Age Friendly Cheshire West – you are not alone: information from all our age-friendly partners as well as fantastic ideas about how to keep in touch, feel less isolated and help others.
  • Brio Leisure – quick workout videos: whether you’re working from home or studying, why not include a quick workout into your day? These workouts by BRIO, are designed specifically to do in the home. From High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to Pilates. 
  • Creative Isolation (March Network) – home based creative ways to support mental health including crafts, singing, theatre, music and the story box project. Many provide links to YouTube videos and live streaming.
  • Dedicated helpline: the Council has launched a dedicated helpline to provide advice and support, and where necessary make arrangements for food, medicines and social contact.
  • Good Housekeeping Guide - free online workouts: 25+ fitness studios and gyms offering free live-stream workouts to keep you active in your own home. From yoga to meditation, boxing to dancing, interval training to toning, there’s something for everyone.
  • Live Well Cheshire West: local information, support and advice on how to cope at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • NHS Health and Wellbeing: mood assessment quiz and mental wellbeing audio guides created by the NHS
  • Online colouring pages: offers a wonderful choice of colourings, from animals and flowers to vehicles, circus and trains. Online colouring works well on tablets and touch screen devices, where it’s easy to tap and fill the white spaces. This is particularly true for people in the later stages of dementia, when using a pen, pencil or computer mouse may no longer be possible.
  • Online jigsaw puzzles of all sizes: variety of online jigsaw puzzles of different sizes depending on ability. You can save your progress, create your own puzzles and much more. It's free and no personal info is required
  • Mental health awareness support
  • Dementia awareness and support

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