Local people encouraged to share skills and make friends

Thursday, September 28, 2017

To celebrate national Libraries Week from 9 to 14 October, Bootle Library is hosting the second of its 'Skill Exchanges' and they need people to get involved.

Sharing a skill with others can help build self esteem, improve confidence and increase mental well-being. You will also be passing on practical skill to others. Coming together to exchange skills at The People’s Bureau – Skill Share workshop, attendees will help promote togetherness and help to break down isolation and loneliness. You may even make a new friend!

What practical, useful, creative or fun skills do you have? Can you share them with others? Can you crochet, read tea-leaves, juggle, dance salsa, do origami, braid hair? Or something else wonderful? Or is there something you've always wanted to try?

The Library would like people to volunteer to run sessions lasting up to an hour and a half starting 10.30am or 1.30pm. Lots of fun is guaranteed. Everyone is welcome, everything is free.

The first Skills Exchange included knitting, chapatti-making, card design, and getting online for the first time.

Send your suggestions to thehumanlibrary2017@gmail.com

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. In Sefton there many activities and services that happen in the community every week, that you might not even know about, which could improve your mental health and help make life a little easier.

So, from World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September) to World Mental Health Day (10th October) we are going to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton. Look out for the hashtag #SeftonInMind and join in by telling us about good local services and activities that have helped you.