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This summer children all over Blaenau Gwent are invited to join the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge at their local library and take part in an out-of-this-world adventure, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first ever moon landing by the Apollo 11 crew.

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged 4 – 11 years, encouraging them to borrow and read any six libraries books of their choosing during the school holidays. It’s completely FREE to join the challenge and everyone who signs up will get their very own Mission Folder, to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

Space Chase also has a website for children taking part in the Challenge where they can play games, enter competitions, and post book reviews. They can also use the brilliant Book Sorter to find great books recommended by other children – visit www.spacechase.org.uk to find out more.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “At The Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year. The space theme has been chosen to coincide with the 5Oth anniversary of the first moon landing. Last summer, children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond."

The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge will launch at our libraries in Blaenau Gwent from Saturday 13th July, ask at your local library for more information
 
Watch the trailer for this year's Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge here
 
 
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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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