There are spaces in communities that are safe and welcoming, that are free and open to everyone. Spaces where communities can come together, spaces that are trusted by the public. They have free wifi and free internet access
These are called public libraries and we have 15 of them in York, and 1 on wheels that travels around.
They all have trained staff who support people accessing information and services in life-critical areas such as careers and job seeking; health; personal financial information and benefits.
They are impartial and confidential and signpost people to local advice and services.
They support health and wellbeing and are a network of local hubs offering non-clinical community space
Community outreach supporting vulnerable people
Expert staff with local knowledge
Assisted on-line access
Self-help library resources
Books on prescription
Health and care information services
Referral and signposting
Public health promotion activity
Social and recreational reading opportunities like reading groups
Volunteering and community engagement activities
We would like to be part of any solution.