The Reading Agency launch a new series of online author events this winter

As the days grow shorter and the weather colder, we are very excited to launch our new series of free, online author events to brighten readers’ evenings. The monthly events, which will take place from November 2020 to February 2021, will form part of our Winter Webinar series. These virtual events will include author readings, book chatter, panel discussion and Q&As. The webinar series is free to attend with the aim to support readers and authors to stay connected during Covid-19.

We will be kicking off the series on Tuesday 10 November with The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey from a World Gone Grey, in partnership with Libraries Connected (register for a free ticket here). Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse and her son, Josiah Hartley, will be joined by writer, presenter and activist Natasha Devon MBE, a trustee of Student Minds and patron of No Panic, to discuss their deeply personal story and the mental health crisis affecting young people today. Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son, Josiah, came to her with a real one.
The Boy Between (published on 1 November 2020 by Little A), portrays Josiah’s experience as a 19-year-old Bristol University student who had the world at his feet – until one day things changed. Without warning, his mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother found herself grappling for ways to help him. With no clear sense of where help could be found, it felt like she might lose it all: her marriage, her own sanity and most crucially, her son. Told in alternating chapters and giving unique voice to the impact of mental illness on child and parent and the immense strain it put on that relationship, The Boy Between is a vital call to action for more awareness and support for young people and their families.

Head to our Eventbrite page to register for a free ticket.

If you would like to ask Amanda, Josh or Natasha a question, please email it to [email protected].

In December we will speaking with Milly Johnson, bestselling author and indisputable queen of romantic fiction. Milly is the author of 18 bestselling novels with over two million sales worldwide, one book of poetry and five novellas. She will be telling us all about her latest book, [title TBC]. Details of the event and how to register will be coming shortly, as well as announcements for our January and February events.

Make sure to follow us on social media @readingagency or sign up to The Reading Agency’s newsletter keep up to date with upcoming author events.

The Reading Agency Supports Re-Launch of The Coalition For Personalised Care

The Reading Agency is today, 13th October 2020, supporting the re-launch of the Coalition for Personalised Care.

C4PC, which was previously known as the Coalition for Collaborative Care, is the single largest group of organisations and individuals which comes together with the goal of achieving personalised care for everyone.

We are pleased to be a part of this influential network which spans voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, royal colleges, academic bodies, improvement organisations, health and care practitioners and people with experience of accessing health and social care services.

As part of C4PC we are able to share our knowledge and expertise and shape change at the highest level, which is of particular importance to our programme members and supporters. We worked with a co-production group from the Coalition for Personalised Care to involve people with lived experience of long-term conditions in the selection of books for our Reading Well booklists. C4PC has a strong strategic relationship with NHS England and Improvement and the Personalised Care Group which ensures that the voice of those we represent is present in decision-making across the NHS and more broadly with practitioners and policy makers.

Hayley Butler, Head of Marketing and Communications from The Reading Agency said “We hope that we can make a real difference, creating system-wide change through our work with C4PC. We are excited to be part of this wider network because together we believe it is possible to make personalised care a reality for everyone”.

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Kim Ryley, Co-Chair of C4PC said, “Personalised Care is important because it means that people will have a greater voice and more active part in how their health and care needs are met. They can expect an integrated and holistic approach from all those involved in this.

“The re-launch of C4PC marks a step-change in the way we will organise ourselves and work in the future, which we hope will offer the greatest potential to effect change.

“The power of the network is in its collective knowledge and expertise which we hope to share in very practical ways over the course of the next few years, as we pursue our vision with renewed energy.”

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Heidi Wright, Co-Chair of C4PC said, “The NHS Long Term Plan embraces the concept of personalised care and we know we need to get to a place where professionals and the people receiving care are equal partners and make informed decisions based on what matters to the person.

“I am a pharmacist by background and currently work for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. As an organisation we have been a partner of the coalition for several years and I have learnt a lot by attending the partner meetings and listening to people share their experiences. It has made me take a whole different perspective on how we develop and provide care.

“The breadth of the experience of individuals and organisation involved as partners of the coalition provides a unique opportunity for collaboration across health and social care
which is centred around the person. The re-launch of the coalition will enable new ways of working with other organisations to mutual benefit, ultimately to improve care for individuals.”

For more information about the Coalition for Personalised Care visit: www.coalitionforpersonalisedcare.org.uk

Troi dalen newydd i gefnogi iechyd meddwl plant

English

Mae cynllun newydd yn cael ei lansio yng Nghymru i helpu plant i ddeall a rheoli eu hiechyd meddwl a’u lles drwy ddarllen.

Mae’r rhaglen, sydd wedi cael ei datblygu a’i harwain gan weithwyr iechyd proffesiynol yn ogystal â phlant a’u teuluoedd, yn cael ei chyflwyno yng Nghymru gan yr elusen Asiantaeth Ddarllen mewn partneriaeth â Llywodraeth Cymru a llyfrgelloedd cyhoeddus.
Fel rhan o Ddiwrnod Iechyd Meddwl y Byd, sy’n digwydd ddydd Sadwrn 10 Hydref, mae’r Asiantaeth Ddarllen a’r llyfrgelloedd cyhoeddus yn lansio Darllen yn Well: Llyfrau ar Bresgripsiwn i blant, gyda chasgliadau o lyfrau ac adnoddau ategol ar gael yn Gymraeg a Saesneg. Cyhoeddwyd y rhestr ddarllen mewn ymateb i’r galw cynyddol am wybodaeth a chyngor gan arbenigwyr i helpu plant i ddeall a rheoli eu hiechyd meddwl a’u lles.

Mae dros filiwn o rieni yn credu y gallai cymorth proffesiynol fod yn llesol i’w plant yn sgil y cyfyngiadau oherwydd y coronafeirws – ac mae Childline wedi cynnal bron i 7,000 o sesiynau cwnsela gyda phlant am effaith yr haint. Mae gan un ym mhob 10 o blant Cymru sydd rhwng pump ac 16 oed broblem iechyd meddwl, ac mae gan lawer mwy broblemau ymddygiad.

Mae’r rhestr ddarllen i blant, Darllen yn Well”:https://tra-resources.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/entries/document/4671/RW_DyW_i_blant_for_children.pdf, yn cynnwys 33 o lyfrau a ddewiswyd i fynd i’r afael â rhai o’r prif heriau sy’n wynebu plant heddiw. Mae’r llyfrau ar y rhestr yn trafod pynciau fel gorbryder a galar, bwlio a diogelwch ar y we, a sut i ddelio â digwyddiadau yn y newyddion. Mae’r rhestr o lyfrau hefyd yn archwilio sut i fyw yn well gydag ystod o gyflyrau ar ôl diagnosis, gan gynnwys Anhwylder Diffyg Canolbwyntio a Gorfywiogrwydd (ADHD), Anhwylder Sbectrwm Awtistiaeth (ASD), dyslecsia, Anhwylder Gorfodaeth Obsesiynol (OCD) ac anableddau corfforol.

Mae’r rhestr wedi’i hanelu at blant Cyfnod Allweddol 2 ac mae’n cynnwys teitlau sy’n addas ar gyfer ystod eang o lefelau darllen, er mwyn cynnig cymorth i ddarllenwyr llai hyderus, ac i annog plant i ddarllen gyda’u brodyr a’u chwiorydd a’u gofalwyr.

Meddai Karen Napier, Prif Weithredwr yr Asiantaeth Ddarllen: “Mae un ym mhob deg o blant Cymru yn dioddef problemau iechyd meddwl, ac mae digwyddiadau byd-eang diweddar wedi gwneud y broblem yn waeth. Yn yr Asiantaeth Ddarllen, rydyn ni’n credu mewn pŵer darllen i daclo rhai o heriau mwyaf bywyd, ac yn y maes newydd a phwysig yma o’n gwaith byddwn ni’n defnyddio gwybodaeth, cyngor a straeon o ansawdd sydd wedi’u cymeradwyo gan arbenigwyr, i helpu plant i reoli a deall eu teimladau ac i ymdopi mewn cyfnodau anodd.”

Gall llyfrau sydd ar y rhestr gael eu hargymell gan weithwyr iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol proffesiynol, athrawon ac unrhyw un arall sy’n gweithio gyda phlant a theuluoedd. Mae’r casgliadau o lyfrau ar gael i’w benthyca am ddim o lyfrgelloedd cyhoeddus lleol. Mae’r Asiantaeth Ddarllen yn gweithio gyda Chyngor Llyfrau Cymru er mwyn sicrhau bod llyfrau sydd ar y rhestr ar gael yn Gymraeg.

Meddai Helgard Krause, Prif Weithredwr Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru: “Mae lles plant yn bwysig bob amser, ond mae’r pandemig yma wedi gwneud i ni sylweddoli pa mor bwysig yw gwneud yn siŵr fod gan blant fynediad at adnoddau digidol a phrint maen nhw’n gallu ymddiried ynddyn nhw sy’n helpu i’w cefnogi nhw a’u galluogi nhw i siarad am eu teimladau. Mae’n hanfodol bod y sgyrsiau yma’n gallu digwydd yn iaith gyntaf y plentyn, a dyna pam ein bod ni yn y Cyngor Llyfrau yn falch o fod yn rhan o’r gwaith o gyfieithu’r llyfrau gwych yma.”

**Meddai’r Dirprwy Weinidog Diwylliant, Chwaraeon a Thwristiaeth, yr Arglwydd Elis-Thomas: **”Rydw i’n falch ein bod ni wedi gallu darparu cyllid i sicrhau’r hawliau er mwyn cynhyrchu a dosbarthu fersiynau electronig o’r llyfrau Cymraeg ar y rhestr i blant. Mae hyn yn hanfodol o ystyried pwysigrwydd cynnwys digidol yn ystod y cyfnod yma. Bydd y cyllid hefyd yn galluogi dosbarthu copïau o fersiynau print o’r llyfrau am ddim i’w defnyddio mewn llyfrgelloedd ledled Cymru ac fel rhan o’r cynlluniau clicio a chasglu. Bydd hwn yn hwb sylweddol i lyfrgelloedd a’u defnyddwyr yng Nghymru.”
Gall y casgliad o lyfrau Darllen yn Well i blant – sydd wedi cael cydnabyddiaeth gan gyrff iechyd blaenllaw, mewn partneriaeth â Chymdeithas Prif Lyfrgellwyr Cymru a chyllid gan Lywodraeth Cymru a Chyngor y Celfyddydau yn Lloegr – gefnogi plant i ddeall a rheoli eu hiechyd meddwl drwy ddefnyddio adnoddau sy’n seiliedig ar dystiolaeth y tu allan i leoliadau clinigol, neu tra eu bod nhw’n aros am driniaeth.

Meddai Vaughan Gething, y Gweinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol: “Rydw i wrth fy modd y bydd Llywodraeth Cymru yn parhau i ddarparu cymorth ariannol ar gyfer y cynllun pwysig yma, sydd wedi bod yn llwyddiannus iawn ac wedi chwarae rhan sylweddol i gyflawni ein Cynllun Cyflawni ar gyfer Iechyd Meddwl a ‘Mwy na geiriau’, sef ein fframwaith ar gyfer y Gymraeg ym maes iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol. Mae llyfrau wedi bod yn llefydd i bobl chwilio am atebion neu i gael cysur, ac i ddianc, ers amser maith. Rwy’n gobeithio y bydd y fenter yma’n ysbrydoli plant a theuluoedd i ddarllen er eu lles a’u mwynhad. Does dim diwedd ar bŵer darllen, felly gadewch i ni ddefnyddio rhywfaint o’r egni yna i daclo’r heriau cynyddol mae plant yn eu hwynebu gyda’u hiechyd meddwl.”

Meddai Bethan Hughes, llyfrgellydd a chynrychiolydd ar ran Cymdeithas Prif Lyfrgellwyr Cymru: “Rydyn ni’n falch iawn fod Darllen yn Well: Llyfrau ar Bresgripsiwn i blant yn cael ei lansio yma yng Nghymru fel cynllun dwyieithog, ac yn gyffrous i weithio gyda’n partneriaid i wireddu’r cynllun.
“Mae darllen, yn ei hanfod, yn llesol, ac mae darllen er mwyn deall emosiynau a theimladau yn hanfodol i ni i gyd, ac yn arbennig i blant wrth iddyn nhw ddysgu i ddeall y byd o’u cwmpas a’u hymateb nhw iddo.
“Bydd y cynllun yma’n gyfle i ni roi yn nwylo plant, yn eu dewis iaith, lyfrau sydd wedi eu dethol yn ofalus i gynnig cymorth iddyn nhw ddeall eu teimladau, drwy gyfrwng geiriau, lluniau a’r dychymyg.
“Mae pobl yn ymddiried yn eu llyfrgell leol fel lle i gael cymorth a gwybodaeth ddi-duedd, yn lleol yn eu cymuned, mewn lleoliad sydd ddim yn un clinigol a heb unrhyw fath o stigma yn gysylltiedig ag o. Mae’r cynllun yma’n enghraifft arall o sut y gallwn gynnig y cymorth yma.”

Darllen yn Well: Llyfrau ar Bresgripsiwn i blant yw’r trydydd cynllun Darllen yn Well i gael ei gyflwyno yng Nghymru ar ôl llwyddiant y casgliadau o lyfrau ar ddementia a iechyd meddwl.

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth am y llyfrau Darllen yn Well i blant, ewch i: reading-well.org.uk/cymru

Turning the page on support for children’s mental health

Cymraeg

A new scheme is being launched in Wales to help children understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing through reading.

The programme, which has been developed by leading health professionals alongside children and their families is being brought to Wales by UK charity, The Reading Agency in partnership with Welsh Government and public libraries.

For World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October, The Reading Agency and public libraries are rolling out Reading Well Books on Prescription for children in Wales, with book collections and supporting resources made available in both English and Welsh. The booklist responds to the increasing demand for expert-endorsed information and advice to support children to understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing.

More than a million parents believe their child could benefit from professional help in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown and Childline has delivered almost 7,000 counselling sessions with children about the impact of coronavirus outbreak. In Wales, one in 10 children between the ages of five and 16 have a mental health problem and many more experience behavioural issues.

The Reading Well for children booklist contains 33 books selected to address key challenges facing children today. The titles in the list deal with topics from anxiety and grief, to bullying and internet safety, to how to cope with events in the news. The booklist also explores living well with a range of diagnosed conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyslexia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and physical disabilities.

The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 and includes titles suitable for a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

Karen Napier, The Reading Agency’s CEO, said: “One in 10 children in Wales have a mental health issue, with recent global events exacerbating the problem. At The Reading Agency, we believe in the proven power of reading to tackle life’s big challenges and this new and important area of our work will use quality-assured information, advice and stories approved by experts, to help all children manage and understand their feelings and cope during tough times.”

Titles from the booklist can be recommended by health and social care professionals, teachers and anyone else working to support children and families. The book collections are available free to borrow from local public libraries. The Reading Agency is working with the Books Council of Wales make titles from the list available in Welsh.

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive Officer of the Books Council Wales, said: “Children’s wellbeing is important at all times but the current pandemic has made us ever more aware of the need to ensure that children have access to trusted print and digital resources that help to support them and to enable them to talk about their feelings. It is vital that these conversations can happen in a child’s first language, which is why we at the Books Council of Wales are proud to be involved in the Welsh translation of these fantastic books”.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: ” I am pleased that we have been able to provide funding to ensure rights to produce and distribute e-book versions of the children’s Welsh-language list. This is crucial given the vital role of digital content during this period. The funding will also enable the distribution of free copies of print versions of the books for use in libraries across Wales and as part of the click and collect schemes. This will be a significant boost for libraries and its users across Wales.

Recognised by leading health bodies, in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians Cymru, and with funding from the Welsh Government and Arts Council England, the Reading Well for children collection can support children in understanding and managing their mental health with evidence-based resources outside of clinical settings, or while they await treatment.

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething said: “I am delighted that the Welsh Government will continue to provide financial support for this important scheme which has been a huge success and played a significant part in delivering our Mental Health Delivery Plan and ‘More than just words’, our framework for the Welsh language in health and social care. Books have long since been places where people seek escapism, answers and comfort alike. I hope this initiative inspires children and families to read for both pleasure and wellbeing. The power of reading is limitless, lets harness some of that energy to help tackle the growing challenges facing children’s mental health.”

Bethan Hughes Librarian and representative of SCL Cymru, said: “We are happy that Reading Well Books on Prescription for children is being launched here in Wales as a bilingual scheme, and are excited to work with our partners to deliver the scheme.
Reading, in essence, is good for you and for your wellbeing, and reading for pleasure in order to understand emotions and feelings is essential for us all, and especially for children as they learn to understand the world around them and their reaction to it.
“This scheme will be an opportunity for us to put into children’s hands, in their choice of language, books which have been selected carefully to help them understand their feeling, through the medium of words, pictures and imagination.

“People trust their local library as a place to seek help and unbiased information, locally in their community, in a non-clinical non-stigmatised place. This scheme is another example of how we can offer this help.”

Reading Well Books on Prescription for children is the third Reading Well scheme to be delivered in Wales following the success of the dementia and mental health book collections.

For more information about the Reading Well Books for children visit: reading-well.org.uk/wales

Between the Covers – A New BBC Two Series

Between The Covers, a brand new seven-part series on BBC Two designed to bring the nation together through sharing the pleasure of reading will be starting on Friday 9 October.

Hosted by Sara Cox, each programme will feature a panel of four different famous faces who will each bring with them their favourite book of all time to discuss with their fellow guests. There are also two review sections; in each show the panel discusses the fiction book of the week, brought to life by a pre-recorded item of the author, the second selected book of the week has been written by one of Sara’s celebrity guests.

The line up

  • Alan Davies talks about this autobiography Just Ignore Him alongside panellists Laura Whitmore, Anita Rani and Russell Kane. Clare Chambers’ Small Pleasures is Book of the Week.

Find out about all the books.

Sara Cox, Presenter of Between The Covers, says:

“I can’t wait to delve between the covers of some fantastic books with some of my most favourite people. This show will be welcoming and warm – we want to celebrate books, recommend some absolute crackers and have a good giggle while we do it.”

Get involved

Between The Covers is the perfect activity for you reading group – you can all watch it and discuss the episode at your next group meeting. You might get inspiration for your next book choice! Why not use a WhatsApp group to chat about the show as it’s on?

We want to hear from you about the show. Each week, there’ll be a short survey available for you to fill in, sharing your thoughts and opinions. You’ll be able to help with some special research for future book TV shows, and can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win copies of the featured books.

Back to school with Hedrin!

This year, Hedrin sponsored the Summer Reading Challenge Home Zone. Below you’ll find all their top tips on adjusting to the back to school routine!

After the longest school holiday on record the kids are back in their classrooms. There’ll be excitement, nerves and a few tears (mainly of joy) but it will be a new challenge for everyone. Here are our top tips for easing back into term life, from adjusting to new routines to checking for those pesky head lice.

Preparing for the new school term

Whether your child has been to school before or is starting for the very first time, there’s bound to be lots of anxieties for you both. It won’t be long before you’re right back into the usual school routine, but here are a few tips to help that transition go as smoothly as possible.

  • Reduce lockdown habits – We’ve all slipped into some habits that made life easier for everyone in lockdown – lie ins, unhealthy snacks and more screen time than usual. Start to slowly reduce these with earlier bedtimes to prevent tiredness at school, healthy lunchboxes and switching screens for books (or even homework!).
  • Keep family time – The kids are used to you being around 24/7 and while it’s nice to have a break when they’re at school (cue peace and quiet) they will still appreciate spending quality time with you. Make an hour in the evening to eat, read or play together and you’ll all reap the benefits.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself – Everyone’s in the same boat after what feels like an eternity away from school. If you forget to pack a book or your child struggles to adjust in the first few weeks, that’s absolutely normal. You’re doing a great job, and your kids will recognise that.

Once a Week Take a Peek

It’s likely head lice will be on the increase again now kids are back together and in close contact with those they’ve not seen for some time.

Did you know?

  • Head lice don’t have any wings. They live in scalps and hold onto the hair
  • Despite what people think head lice can’t jump. They spread when heads come into contact
  • Head lice are grey-ish in colour and 2-3mm in size
  • Adult lice can live up to a month, laying 5-6 eggs a day
  • Nits are the empty egg cases left on the hair after the lice have hatched

Checking for critters

Remember our saying; Once a Week, Take a Peek. Checking regularly will help catch lice early so you can treat as soon as possible. Add it to your Sunday night school prep or after a school club so it becomes part of your routine. For a step-by-step guide on how to check properly visit https://www.hedrin.co.uk/all-about-headlice/checking

Treat as soon as possible

If you find living lice on your child, it’s important to act fast but there’s no need to panic. Hedrin’s All-In-One Shampoo kills lice in just 5 minutes, makes louse egg removal easy (more than twice as effective as combing)* and it also leaves hair clean and fresh.

Prevent any returning visitors

Now you’re a pro at checking and treating, you might want to think about ways to stop those pesky head lice making an unwanted appearance.

  • If your child has long hair, keep it tied up when at school or out playing with friends. French plaits are a nightmare for lice and mean you can very easily keep an eye on anything moving.
  • Minimise head-to-head contact as much as possible.
  • Try Hedrin’s Protect & Go spray – a fruity conditioning spray, clinically proven to help protect against head lice. Apply after every hair wash or at least twice a week for best results.

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