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From Monday 20th May to Sunday 26th May, it’s Dementia Action Week – a week that unites individuals, workplaces and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia.  This means that almost all of us know someone affected by dementia – a family member, friend, neighbour or work colleague – and it doesn’t just affect older people.

We all have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live, so throughout the week some of our libraries in Blaenau Gwent will be offering free dementia friendly activities:

  • Dementia Friendly Sing-A-Long at Blaina Library on Monday 20th May from 2pm – 3.30pm.
  • Dementia Café at Tredegar Library on Thursday 23rd May from 12pm – 3pm offering free refreshments, reminiscence activities, information and support.
  • Memories of Cwm at Cwm Library on Friday 24th May from 2.30pm – 4.30pm, where people of all ages can come together to share their photos and memories of Cwm.
At each of our six libraries across Blaenau Gwent visitors can also access the free Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which is aimed at helping people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia recommends books that you may find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to know more about the condition.  The books have all been recommended by health professionals and include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

For more information on our libraries or their range of services visit our website at https://aneurinleisure.org.uk/heritage/libraries

 

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Here are our opening times for all our Aneurin Leisure venues on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019:

Abertillery Sports Centre:  Closed
For more information call 01495 357779

Bedwellty House & Park:  Open as normal
For more information call 01495 353397

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre: Gym is open 8am – 4pm / Pool is open 10am – 3pm (Adults Only Swim 9am - 10am)
For more information call 01495 357777

Learning Action Centres:  Closed

Libraries:  Closed

Parc Bryn Bach:  Open as normal
For more information call 01495 355920

The Met:  Closed

Tredegar Sports Centre:  Closed

All our venues will be open as normal on Tuesday 28th May 2019


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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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Dementia Action Week at Blaenau Gwent Libraries
  From Monday 20th May to Sunday 26th May, it’s Dementia Action Week – a week that unites individuals, workplaces and communities to take acti...
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May Bank Holiday - Opening Times
Here are our opening times for all our Aneurin Leisure venues on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019:Abertillery Sports Centre:  ClosedFor more i...
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April is 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 b...
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