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April Stress Awareness Month

Since 1992 health care professionals have come together each April to raise awareness about stress, and the affects it can have on us.

Stress has become a prominent health concern over recent years, to the extent that in 2017/18 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that 595,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress that was so bad it was making them ill.

In our busy modern lives it can be easy to neglect our own well-being, but with stress becoming a common part of life for many of us, it’s important that we do what we can to safeguard our health.

With that in mind, here are a few tips on how we at Aneurin Leisure can help you to beat stress:

1. Read More – Research has shown that reading for just six minutes can reduce your stress levels by up to 68%, that’s more than listening to music (61%) or going for a walk (42%). So why not make some time each day to do a little reading; whether it’s on your commute, while having your lunch or just before bed.

Our six libraries across Blaenau Gwent that provide a huge and varied range of free books that are available to borrow. If you’re too busy to make it to the library, we also have a hugely popular e-book and e-audiobook service called Borrowbox which you can access free of charge 24/7. We can also help you save money on magazines with our free e-zines service, just ask at your library for more information.

2. Get Active - Introducing some form of exercise into your routine can help to relive stress, as physical activity releases a whole host of natural hormones that help to improve your mood, concentration and even the quality of your sleep.

Our three Sports Centres provide a wide range of facilities to help you get active; from working out in the gym, to trying a group exercise class or playing a game of football, squash or badminton with friends.

If you’re looking for something that’s a little more relaxing or low impact, why not try a Yoga or Pilates class (we have weekly classes at all 3 of our Sports Centres) or join us for a swim. If workouts and sport don’t appeal to you – why not enjoy a relaxing walk around our parks at Bedwellty House or Parc Bryn Bach?

3. Connect with People – Activities that we do with friends often helps us to relax and have some fun, which is a great stress reliever.

Why not ‘buddy up’ and arrange to meet a friend at the gym or to go for a walk together, you could even make weekly plans for a catch up over coffee or lunch at Bedwellty House or Parc Bryn Bach.

If you’d like to meet new people with similar interests, our libraries have several reading groups and our Learning Action Centres host a variety of clubs.

4. Have Some ‘Me Time’ – Unfortunately in the UK, we work the longest hours in Europe, which means we rarely have time to look after ourselves and do the things that we enjoy. To counteract this, try to set aside a couple of night’s each week where you can break away from your usual routine and indulge in something you enjoy; a hobby, some exercise, meeting up with friends – the possibilities are endless!

5. Challenge Yourself – Setting yourself small challenges and goals can help to build your confidence, which in turn will help you to deal better with stress.

Whether you’d like to set yourself a fitness goal or learn a new skill, there are lots of ways to challenge yourself at Aneurin Leisure. Our friendly Sports Centre staff can help you achieve your fitness goals by offering advice and support where you need it. Or if you’d like to learn a new skill or language, our Adult Community Learning service provides a wide range of courses to suit everyone.

For more information on our facilities and range of services please visit www.aneurinleisure.org.uk

For more information about stress and how to deal with it, here’s some resources that may be of help:

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Aneurin Leisure Easter Opening Times 2019

 

  Good Friday

 

Saturday 20 April

Easter Sunday

Easter Monday

Adult Education Learning Action Centres

Closed

 

Closed

Closed

Closed

Abertillery Sports Centre

Closed

Open as normal

Gym: 8am – 4pm

Pool: 9am – 1pm

Closed

Bedwellty House & Park

Open as normal

Open as normal

Open as normal

Open as normal

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre

Gym:7.30am – 4pm

Pool: 10am – 3pm

Gym: 7.30am – 4pm

Pool: 10am – 3pm

Gym: 7.30am – 4pm

Pool: 10am – 3pm

Gym: 7.30am – 4pm

Pool: 10am – 3pm

Libraries

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Parc Bryn Bach

 

Open as normal

Open as normal

Open as normal

Open as normal

The Met

 

Closed

Box Office Closed

Box Office Closed

Closed

Tredegar Sports Centre

Closed

Open as normal

8.30am – 4.45pm

Closed

All our venues will be open as normal from Tuesday 23rd April 2019


For more information please contact:

Abertillery Sports Centre: 01495 357779

Abertillery Library: 01495 355646

Bedwellty House & Park: 01495 353397

Brynmawr Library: 01495 357743

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre: 01495 357777

Ebbw Vale Library: 01495 355055

Parc Bryn Bach: 01495 355920

Tredegar Sports Centre: 01495 353395

Tredegar Library: 01495 357869

 

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Join us this Easter for a jam packed fortnight of fun, with activities for children of all ages taking place across our venues around Blaenau Gwent!

Follow us down the rabbit hole to The Met on Wednesday 17th April as we go on a madcap adventure with Alice and her friends in the The Magic of Wonderland! Packed full of magic, illusions, comedy, puppets and songs, this is a date you won’t want to be late for. Tickets are priced at £7 and can be purchased from the Box Office on 01495 355945 or online at www.the-met.co.uk

Throughout the Easter holidays all of our Libraries across Blaenau Gwent will be providing a variety of free Easter themed activities for children, including egg hunts and craft activities, so if you’re planning a visit to stock up on books for you and your family over Easter, be sure to join in the fun. For more information on our activities please visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlaenauGwentLibraries/

There’s lots’ going on at Bedwellty House & Park this Easter! Join us for a scrumptious Breakfast with the Easter Bunny where you can enjoy soft play and Easter crafts while waiting for a visit from the Easter Bunny (sessions are available on 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th & 20th April). Popular storyteller Louby Lou will be returning for two exciting egg hunts with a twist; on 19th April we’ll be heading off on a prehistoric adventure for our Dino Easter Dash and then on 25th April we’ll be searching for something magical on our Unicorn Easter Dash! We also have a special Princess Pyjama Party on 16th April and Fortnite Themed Nerf Wars on 23rd April. For the little ones there’s also a Mini Movers Parent & Toddler Easter Party on 17th April and a Little Learners Messy Play Easter Eggstarvaganza on 26th April. For more information call 01495 353397 or visit www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk

During the Easter holidays each of our Sports Centres will once again be hosting their popular Playsheme days, which provide a fun mix of activities including basketball, dodgeball, rugby, inflatable fun, swimming and much more! For those who want to work on their skills over Easter, Abertillery Sports Centre has some Football Fun and Netball Fun sessions on 16th and 23rd April and Tredegar Sports Centre has Football Fun sessions on 17th and 24th April. For more information visit www.bglife.co.uk or call Abertillery on 01495 357779, Ebbw Vale on 01495 357777 and Tredegar on 01495 353395.

Discover adventure at Parc Bryn Bach this Easter with our exciting range of Adventure Activities for children aged 8 – 15 years. Choose from activities such as bush craft and archery, canoeing and kayaking or climbing for just £15 per child. For more information call 01495 355920 or visit www.parcbrynbach.co.uk

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We are thrilled to be hosting one of four creative and community events which are taking place across the Eastern Valleys to encourage people to turn off the lights for Earth Hour to show their concern for the planet.
 
Head4Arts is spearheading activities on Saturday 30th March in Parc Bryn Bach Park in Tredegar, Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Cyfarthfa Park and Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, and Parc Penallta in Ystrad Mynach.

Participants will be encouraged to pledge one thing they can change to slow down climate change. The pledges will be written on an origami crane and then strung together and become the central focus of a lantern parade at Parc Penallta.

“In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years,” said Head4Arts Manager Kate Strudwick. “Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1,000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true. It has become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.”

With support from WWF, Head4Arts has set up lots of activities in Tredegar, Blaenavon, and Merthyr Tydfil during the day, leading up to the event in Ystrad Mynach:

  • In Parc Bryn Bach they will be making mini-gardens for bees to pollinate and floating them off across the lake. 
  • At the World Heritage Centre in Blaenavon there will be lots of eco-friendly food and storytelling.
  • In Cyfarthfa Park, children will be shown how to make healthy food to feed to the ducks and can follow a penguin trail.

At the end of the day, people will bring their lanterns to Parc Penallta for a big lantern parade with live music and willow sculptures. Everyone will then take their lanterns home to use from 8.30pm – 9.30pm – the time when lights are switched off across the globe.

To get involved visit www.head4arts.org.uk email info@head4arts.org.uk or phone 01495 357816.
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If your New Year’s Resolution was to get more active this year or to step outside of your normal routine and do something different, we have just the thing for you at Parc Bryn Bach!

We specialise in a wide range of exciting outdoor adventure activities, and now thanks to our brand new online booking feature on our website, you can find your next adventure and book online from the comfort of your own home or on the go!

Our selection of activities, courses and trips offer a wonderful range of experiences for people of all ages and ability levels, and with expert tuition and support provided by our highly experienced AALA qualified instructors, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.

Our range of activities and expeditions include:

  • Navigation
  • Gorge Walking
  • Introduction to Climbing
  • Introduction to Caving
  • Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Safety and Foundation Courses
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding Coastal Tours (Pembroke)
  • Wye Valley Canoe Adventure
With the versatility to tailor all our activities to suit the ages and abilities of the participants, we are able to provide a range of fun and challenging activity days that can be enjoyed with family, friends or even team mates and work colleagues. We also cater for Hen and Stag weekends.

In addition to fun days out, we also provide expert tuition in a number of disciplines such as climbing, canoeing, navigation and stand up paddle boarding, which can develop your skills and lead to you achieving an accredited qualification.

To view our full range of activities and make a booking visit our website at parcbrynbach.co.uk or call us on 01495 355920

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