FREE Webinar on Libraries and Social Prescribing Innovation


Thriving Communities webinar Tuesday 22 February 2022, 3-4.15pm (please note this webinar will be 1h15)

Libraries and Social Prescribing innovation 

Register here on Eventbrite or if you’ve had issues with Eventbrite 

you can register here on Zoom


This webinar aims to show you some of the innovations in literary and library social prescribing practice that have been happening in 2021/22. Discover the work of Thriving Communities Funded projects Active Luton and Culture Coventry, and the approach they are taking with their social prescribing and libraries service provision. Sue Ball MBE of Staffordshire Libraries will detail the Universal Offer which all libraries work to enable and the arts and health remit within this. And we will also be joined by author Ann Cleeves who started the innovative ‘Reading for Wellbeing’ project which involves literary social prescribers. 

What will you discover? 

  • The context of libraries and social prescribing – who are the partners and how can you work more closely with libraries? How can libraries be beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing? 
  • How the national libraries scheme Libraries Connected is enabling a local offer, which includes social prescribing.  
  • You will hear from a number of Thriving Communities funded projects that are using libraries to extend social prescribing offers to their local communities. 
  • And author Ann Cleeves will talk about the ‘Reading for Wellbeing’ project being piloted across the North East. This innovative project is employing reading coaches to work within communities of high social deprivation and health need to support people through access to books and reading, as well as providing emotional support to help improve mental wellbeing and health behaviours. 

Who is it for? 

Join us if  

  • you are wondering how to engage with libraries to deliver a local and/or regional offer;  
  • you work within the community or charity sector and are progressing social prescribing partnerships with libraries;  
  • you are interested in how resourcing arts, health and social prescribing can be enabled through libraries;  
  • you already work in the libraries sector, come along to hear about some great case studies and network with other people from across the country. 

Who will be speaking? 

Sue Williamson, Director of Libraries, Arts Council England  

Ann Cleeves, author and founder of the ‘Reading for Wellbeing’ project  

Sue Ball MBE, Libraries Connected  

Graham Simpson, Active Luton – Working with diverse communities and the local library to transform space use and grow the libraries offer for social prescribing  

Rachel Marsden & Lisa Ford, Culture Coventry


Future webinars: (subject to change) 

March tbc: Health inequalities and social prescribing 

5 April: Measuring and Communicating Results with Impact 

10 May: Funding: sustainable financial solutions for community and voluntary groups 

7 June: Approaches to Co-production 

5 July: Thriving Communities Fund: What have we learned? 

Date tbc: Natural Environment and Social Prescribing 

Date tbc: Addiction and Social Prescribing 

Skip to content