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Post : Sun 24 April 2022
Throughout February and March 2022, Aura offered free activities at its leisure centers and libraries as part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Winter of Wellbeing’ initiative.
From holiday clubs to creative writing workshops, Aura has been able to reach over 2,000 local Flintshire residents to promote the importance of wellness for body and soul.
Community groups and families were offered free sessions in our inflatable park at Deeside Leisure Centre, as well as parent and toddler friendly sessions which were aimed at younger children.
Over 500 reward tickets were given away to Flintshire schools to visit Aura Skate Park, along with free girls-only and disabled-friendly sessions to encourage participation in wheeled sports.
Free Soft Play and Ten Pin Bowling sessions were also offered at Jade Jones Pavilion Flint, along with family swim sessions at our Mold, Buckley and Flint pools.
Lee Breeze, Center Development Manager at Deeside Leisure Centre, said: “During the February semester we were able to provide 450 children with free space in our holiday clubs and football camps, as well as various lessons and sessions. swimming for children, teenagers and families. .”
“It was amazing to be able to reach so many people in the Flintshire community.”
“A highlight for me was seeing over 500 schoolchildren from Flintshire visit our new inflatable park and skate park at Deeside Leisure Centre.”
“We hope they enjoyed their visit and look forward to welcoming them back soon.”
Aura Libraries also offered wellbeing activities for children and young people as part of the campaign with The Reading Agency, funded by the Welsh Government.
Libraries have partnered with Afon Spa and the Aura Fitness team to offer free spa treatments and one month free gym membership for 40 lucky 16-25 year olds. Free mindfulness sessions were also offered to teenagers to encourage and promote mental well-being.
Schools across Flintshire have been invited to join libraries for Storytime with Mama G visiting all Aura libraries in March to tell stories about loving who you are and being who you want to be.
To celebrate St. David’s Day, storyteller Fiona Collins hosted special sessions at the Flint and Mold libraries for students from Ysgol Croes Atti and Ysgol Glanrafon.
Libraries also hosted free creative writing workshops with Charles Lea of ’Read Now Write Now’ for children and young people up to 25 years old.
Susannah Hill, Library Services Manager, explained: “Our activities program has enabled us to engage with nearly 600 children and young people in Flintshire and focus on improving their well-being.”
“There was a mixture of targeted activities with particular schools and sessions open to families and young people: all with the aim of giving children a taste for libraries. We had great feedback and it was so wonderful to welcome groups of young people back to our libraries and have fun.
To complement the Winter of Wellbeing campaign, Aura Libraries hosted a special online event for secondary schools in Wales with The Reading Agency and author Manon Steffan
Ros: “Books are your best friends”. It was a wonderful way to end the campaign and promote the power of books and reading to young people.
The event, and others, can be viewed here: www.winterofwellbeing.readingagency.org.uk/activities/winter-of-wellbeing-webinars?locale=en