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Reading Well

Reading Well helps people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using books endorsed by health professionals, as well as people with living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. The scheme is quality assured and the books were selected by health professionals through a selection framework that followed NICE guidelines. The book lists are all endorsed by professional health bodies. The books are available to access free of charge in your local library.

There are currently four Reading Well booklists available which are designed to provide quality assured health information and self-management advice to anyone with experience of the conditions and topics covered, as well as their relatives and carers:

•    Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences (ages 18+)

•    Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 12-18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams (also includes titles on autism and Asperger syndrome)

•    Reading Well for dementia provides information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories for people who have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition (includes a title on learning disability and dementia)

•    Reading Well for long term conditions provides information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers. It covers general advice and information about living with a long term condition, common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke

A fifth booklist, Reading Well for children, will be launched on 3 February 2020 to support the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 7-11. The new list will provide children and their families and carers with information, advice and support for coping with feelings and worries, daily life and getting through a tough time.

The scheme is developed by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected and delivered through public libraries. This means the books can be recommended by a health professional and taken free of charge from a local library, or users can self-refer and borrow the titles like they would any other library book.

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.