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Free library activities during Children’s Mental Health Week

Free library activities during Children’s Mental Health Week
31 January 2024

Free library activities during Children’s Mental Health Week

To support Children’s Mental Health Week, (CMHW), 5 – 12 February, a national campaign that empowers children and young people the Council is delighted to announce that free drop-in after-school activities are planned in Darlington and Cockerton Libraries.

The free drop-in after-school library activities are to support children and parent/s/carer/s as part be available from 3.30 pm every day of CMHW and are recommended for primary-age children, 4-11 years, however, any aged child is welcome.

Parent/s/carer/s can take children along to either Darlington or Cockerton Library to join in the free boredom-busting activities, which include “Beano” themed fun puzzles and games that can be completed together.

‘Do you sometimes worry’ information, which is written for children, by children, will be available along with lots of interesting books for children to borrow.

Councillor Nick Wallis, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people said “It is so important we recognise Children’s Mental Health Week. It’s an opportunity to consider how each family member's wellbeing is. Problems can present themselves early on in life and the sooner we suspect or recognise any and the sooner we can seek early help, the better we are equipped to support our loved ones. Life is often fast-paced - taking this week to try to slow down a little and plan some time to do things together, to encourage conversations and to provide children with time to talk about anything that may be troubling them, is a great thing to do.

He added, “We know that reading helps to reduce stress and increase confidence in people of any age, so libraries are a great place to visit, especially with the planned fun free after-school sessions taking place during Children’s Mental Health Week. You don’t have to book, please just drop in.”

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