At a time when 26 million people in England are living with at least one long term condition, Wokingham Libraries are launching a national scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.
Reading Well for long term conditions is part of the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription programme delivered through English public libraries. It provides people living with long term conditions and their carers with high-quality book based information, support and advice on a range of conditions. On average people living with long term conditions spend just four hours a year with a health professional and 8,756 hours self-managing. There is therefore an enormous need for accessible, quality assured health information to help people understand and manage their symptoms.
Developed with health experts and people living with long term conditions and their carers, the new Reading Well scheme encourages people to take an active role in making decisions about their health and understanding and managing a range of long term their conditions. The books are free to borrow from all Wokingham Borough Libraries as well as in other participating libraries across England.
Reading Well for long term conditions has a recommended reading list of 28 books that were selected by health experts and people living with long term conditions. The list includes health information, memoir and self-management titles and covers conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, as well as common symptoms such as fatigue, pain, wellbeing and sleep problems.
The scheme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and it is delivered through English public libraries. It is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.
For more information about the books on the recommended list visit our website http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/reading-schemes-for-children-and-adults/reading-well-schemes-to-improve-health/