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Whitsun Montage

We’ve got lots of wonderful Whitsun fun for children of all ages at Aneurin Leisure this month, whether you’d like to get creative with some messy play, enrich your imagination with some storytelling, find your next adventure or get active with a range of sports – we have something for everyone!

Throughout the Whitsun holidays each of our libraries at Abertillery, Brynmawr, Blaina, Cwm and Tredegar will have free character hunt activities for children to keep them entertained as they pick out their holiday reading choices.  There will also be free Storytime sessions at Cwm Library on 2nd June from 3pm – 4pm and at Tredegar Library on 3rd June from 10.30am – 11.30am.  Ebbw Vale Library will also have some face painting fun on 1st June from 10am – 12pm and 3pm – 5pm (£1 per child) and lots of children’s activities happening throughout the day.

Come and celebrate National Picnic Week at Bedwellty House & Park with our very special Teddy Bears Picnic Family Fun Day on Tuesday 30th May for ages 3+.  Throughout the week we also have messy play with Goldilocks Makes a Mess on Wednesday 31st May (suitable for under 3’s) and Louby Lou’s Storytelling and Build a Bear Workshop on Thursday 1st June for children aged 5+.  For more information call 01495 353397 or visit www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk

For the young adventure seekers out there Parc Bryn Bach will be hosting five days of exciting Adventure Activities from 30th May to 2nd June.  Activities include canoeing, bush craft, climbing, archery, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, caving, laser tag and gorge walking.  The activity days are suitable for ages 8 - 12 years and cost just £15 per person, which includes expert tuition from our qualified instructors, return transport to activity sites and all equipment.  For more information call 01495 355920 or visit www.parcbrynbach.co.uk

If you’d like to develop your sports skills this Whitsun, our three Sports Centres are offering the perfect opportunity with a range of Netball, Rugby and Football camps, including the prestigious Cardiff City Soccer School which will be returning to Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd June, to book online visit  www.cardiffcityfoundation.org.uk

If you’re little footballers would prefer to play a game with their friends rather than attend a skills camp, all our Sports Centres are also offering Pay & Play on their Astro Turf pitches for just £1 per person between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (subject to availability).

The fun doesn’t end there though; at Abertillery Sports Centre we also have a Streetgames session for children aged 8+ on 31st May and an Inflatable Fun session with A1 Jump and Bounce on 2nd June for children from birth to 12 years.

If wheels are more your thing we have a variety of sessions for children to enjoy with their scooters; bring your scooters, skates, heelies and skateboards and join our Roller Disco at Abertillery Sports Centre on 1st June or try our Ramps and Scooters sessions at Tredegar Sports Centre on 1st and 2nd June.

For more information visit www.bglife.co.uk or call your local Sports Centre on Abertillery 01495 357779, Ebbw Vale 01495 357777 and Tredegar 01495 355958. 

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MHAW Reading List 

Since it's Mental Health Awareness Week we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some great authors who explore a variety of mental health issues in their writing: -

- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

- 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

- The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Join your local library to get access to a wide range of free books, e-books and e-magazines!

Join online at http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/heritage/libraries

 

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Are you surviving or thriving?  That’s the question at the heart of this year’s national campaign organised by the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of the struggles many people face on a daily basis throughout the UK.

One of the key aspects of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is looking at what steps we can take to better look after our mental health, and at Aneurin Leisure, we have a broad range of services that are perfectly suited to help people to thrive.

Here are some useful tips on how to improve your mental health and help you to thrive rather than just survive, along with some suggestions on how Aneurin Leisure can help: -

  1. Be Active
The benefits of regular exercise are well known; not only does it improve your health and wellbeing and reduce your risk of major illnesses, but it also promotes all kinds of positive changes in the brain, including neural growth and new activity programmes that promote feelings of calm and wellbeing.

Regular exercise also releases a whole host of natural hormones that can improve the quality of your sleep, boost your mood, enhance your concentration and make you feel more motivated.

At Aneurin Leisure, our three Sports Centres offer a wide range of exercise possibilities for people of all ages and fitness levels; whether you’d like to enjoy a refreshing swim, join a group exercise class, take to the gym or even play a game of badminton or football with friends.

Find out more at www.bglife.co.uk

  1. Read a Book
It’s been scientifically proven that curling up with a good book is not only an enjoyable pastime, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental and emotional health.  According to a recent study by the University of Sussex, individuals who read for just six minutes exhibited slower heart rates, less muscle tension and reduced stress levels.

The benefits of reading to promote good mental health are so well known that doctors in the UK have adopted ‘Books on Prescription’ to aid patients with anxiety and depression.

If you’re looking for your next great read, our six Libraries throughout Blaenau Gwent provide a huge and varied range of free books, e-books and e-magazines suitable for people of all ages and interests.  Our Better with Books scheme also supports children and families, providing a range of titles which are available on a number of topics including behaviour problems, bullying, starting school, sadness, confidence and self-esteem etc.

Find out more at http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/heritage/libraries

  1. Take a Break
Something as simple as a change of scene or pace is good for your mental health, and the great outdoors is an excellent place to start since research has shown that time spent in natural habitats can improve your self-esteem and mood.

A report published last year by Natural England even demonstrated that taking part in nature based activities helps people who are suffering from mental health issues and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression.

At Aneurin Leisure we have two country parks that provide a diverse choice of landscapes to explore, from the beautifully maintained lawns and flowerbeds of Bedwellty House & Park to the stunning lakeside views and woodland trails of Parc Bryn Bach.

But if you’re looking for more than just a scenic walk, there are also lots of hidden treasures to be found at our parks.  You can take your relaxation a little further at Bedwellty House and venture into our cosy Orchid House Tea Room for a spot of lunch or a delicious Afternoon Tea – find out more at www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk.  You can even embrace your wild side at Parc Bryn Bach and experience one of our thrilling Adventure Activities such as tandem paragliding, mountain biking, caving or watersports - find out more at www.parcbrynbach.co.uk
  
  1. Learn a New Skill
Not only is learning a new skill a great way to broaden your potential, but research shows that continuing to learn throughout your life can also improve your mental wellbeing. 

Learning can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem and help to build a sense of purpose, and since learning often involves interacting with other people it can also help us to make social connections and strengthen relationships.    

Learning doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go back to school as there are lots of ways to bring learning into your life, especially at Aneurin leisure.  Our Adult Community Learning service provides a wide range of courses to suit everyone, whether you’d like to improve your employment potential with some new qualifications, brush up on your IT skills or even learn a new hobby and get involved with a club.  Find out more at http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/explore/community-education

If you’re looking for something a bit more active, you could even learn an exciting new skill such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, climbing or navigation with our fully qualified and experienced Parc Bryn Bach Adventure team.

  1. Do Something you Enjoy

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in?

It’s important to find time to do the fun things that you enjoy; not only does it allow you to invest some time in yourself, but it can provide balance to your life and a much needed distraction if things are getting on top of you.

Having fun is a great way to beat stress, and doing something you enjoy can help stop you from becoming unhappy and irritable.

So, why not enjoy a theatre show at The Met, invest some time into improving your fitness at our Sports Centres, go for a walk or get out for a spot of lunch with friends at one of our parks, maybe explore your interests and join a group at our Libraries or learn a new hobby at our Learning Action Centres - there’s lots to choose from!

To find out more about our full range of services at Aneurin Leisure visit our website at www.aneurinleisure.org.uk

If you’d like to know more about the Mental Health Foundation, the work they do or how you can get more involved in activities for Mental Health Awareness Week, please visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Mental Health Awareness Week with AL

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Here are the opening times for all our Aneurin Leisure venues on Monday 1st May 2017





Sunday 30th April



Monday 1st May

Abertillery Sports Centre

Swimming

Adults 8.15am - 9am

Public 9am - 1pm



Swimming Lessons

8:30am - 9.30am

& 1pm - 4pm



Gym

8.30am – 4pm

Closed

Bedwellty House & Park



Open as normal

Open as normal

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre

Open as normal

Fitness Suite

8am - 4pm



Health Suite

8am - 3.30pm



Outdoor Pitches

8am - 4pm



Swimming Pool

10am - 3pm

Learning Action Centres



Closed

Closed

Libraries



Closed

Closed

Parc Bryn Bach



Open as normal

Open as normal

The Met



Closed

Closed

Tredegar Sports Centre



Open as normal

Closed


All our venues will re-open as normal on Tuesday 2nd May 2017


For more information please contact:

Abertillery Sports Centre: 01495 357779      

Bedwellty House & Park: 01495 353370

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre: 01495 357777      

Parc Bryn Bach: 01495 355920          

Tredegar Sports Centre: 01495 353395
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Blaenau Gwent Libraries have just launched an exciting new eBook service which enables library members to borrow a wide range of eBooks from the comfort of their own home, courtesy of a fantastic new free download service that’s available 24/7.

There are lots of eBooks to choose from, ranging from current best sellers to self-help books, classic fiction to travel guides.  You don't even have to worry about paying any late fees as the titles will automatically be removed from your device at the end of the loan period. 

The new service allows library members to borrow up to four eBooks at any one time for a period of three weeks, with downloads available for most devices, although not yet for Kindle e-book readers.

Did you know that as a library member you can also access over 250 top magazine titles which are available to download FREE to your e-reader, tablet, Smartphone, PC or Mac?

The E-zines service has hundreds of top magazine titles, available for you to download onto your computer or most mobile devices, enabling you to choose from titles covering health, fitness, sports, crafts, gardens, music, computers and many more topics.

If you’re not currently a member of your local library, joining couldn’t be easier as you can now register on-line at http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/heritage/libraries

Once you’ve become a library member, you will be issued with a PIN number by the library staff, which will enable you to access the eBook and e-zines service.

For more information pop into your local library or contact them on: -

Abertillery Library 01495 355646                  Cwm Library 01495 370454

Blaina Library 01495 290312                         Ebbw Vale Library 01495 355055

Brynmawr Library 01495 357743                   Tredegar Library 01495 357869

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