Category archive: Libraries



Celebrating Diversity: LGBT+ History Month

This February, residents of Redbridge are gearing up to celebrate LGBT+ History Month with an array of events and activities aimed at fostering inclusivity, understanding, and recognition of the rich history of the LGBT+ community. Organised by Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure in partnership with Redbridge Council, Redbridge Rainbow Community, Positive East and Eastside Community


Vision RCL presents Tate Modern Display “One Planet, One Chance” Exhibition at Redbridge Central Library

Vision RCL is thrilled to announce, “One Planet, One Chance” Exhibition is now available for viewing at Redbridge Central Library.  The climate action artworks were created for Tate Modern in July 2023 for One Planet One Chance, a pan disability event for adults with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, and older adults. “One Planet, One


Go green at the library this week for Green Libraries Week

Libraries Week takes place this year between Monday, 2 October and Sunday, 8 October, and we will be celebrating with a jampacked schedule full of activities for children and young people. Libraries Week is an annual showcase and celebration of the best libraries offer. Each year there’s a different theme to explore the innovative and


Celebrating Black History Month

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure are celebrating Black History Month this October with a variety of events across the borough. The events are organised in partnership with Redbridge Council and local community organisations.   Redbridge Libraries have put together a wide selection of events for people of all ages. There are events that aim to highlight


MegaMix is Back for the Summer Holidays

Megamix is back this summer with lots of free and low cost activities for children living in Redbridge. Children aged 5-16 have a large selection of activities to choose from during the summer holidays from sports to drama, dance to digital workshops, roller skating to arts and crafts. We’ve put a selection of some of


Fabula Festival Returns for 2023

Fabula Festival is back and this summer it’s better than ever. Launching this Saturday 15 July Redbridge Libraries have a large selection of book themed events and activities taking place. Your local libraries will have lots of things going on for children of all ages. Don’t miss the Families Take Over Day at Redbridge Central


Redbridge Children’s Book Awards 2023

Each year Redbridge runs the Children’s Book Awards, with the processing starting in September but ending in June. This year we were back in a packed Redbridge Town Hall for our 20th annual Redbridge Children’s Book Award ceremony.  All schools across the borough are invited to take part in the awards and vote for their


Redbridge Winners of Libraries Connected Awards 2023

Michael and Maria were nominated for their work with Lab Central, Redbridge’s digital makerspace programme which includes Tech Ilford, an annual festival celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM). It was developed in 2017 as part of the Lab Central digital arts programme to engage and inspire the tech innovators of the future. Maria and Michael created the festival


Changes to Group Exercise Classes

We have made some changes to our Group Exercise Programme booking system and how you can manage your classes. Our classes are a great way to make exercise enjoyable and help you reach your fitness goals. We want to make sure that everyone who can attend a class gets the chance to do so.  Changes


A Guide of Activities This May Half Term

May Half Term is almost upon us and across Vision venues we have lots of activities to enjoy. You can see all children’s activities on our Do More page. But we’ve also recapped everything for you here too: Multiple Day Activities Single Day Activities Tuesday 30 May Wednesday 31 May Thursday 1 June Friday 2



Redbridge Libraries helping you stay connected!

Are you struggling to pay your monthly mobile bills? Then Redbridge Libraries could help! We are participating in the National Databank Programme to provide free internet access to anyone struggling to afford to get online.  If you are:  then you may be eligible to receive a free SIM card through the scheme.  The following data


Vision opening hours during Bank Holidays in May

During the Bank Holidays in May our leisure centres, libraries and other centres will have different opening hours. To find out more information on opening times, please see below or visit the individual centre pages. Please check the Vision App for further details on Group Exercise Classes. For more information on our Easter Holiday activities





Nominate Redbridge’s Unsung Heroes in the Redbridge Education Awards

Vision is honoured to be part of the Redbridge Education Awards 2022. A special celebration set up by Redbridge Council to recognise those who support young people on their journey to achieve extraordinary futures. Working with young people is a fulfilling and rewarding profession but can also come with its challenges. Especially over the last


Join us this October Half Term for holiday fun

Theatre If your child would prefer a more relaxing half term, then the Kenneth More Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre have got plenty to do. Join the Kenneth More Theatre as they bring prehistoric animals to life with the Dinosaur Show, packed with fun, facts, and laughter, this is something your child will love! Get




Hainault Library re-opens

Following an extensive refurbishment Hainault Library is reopening this week (Monday 8 August). The library, funded by Redbridge Council and run by Council Leisure partner Vision, closed for renovations in the spring and since then has undergone a complete makeover. The revamped library boasts a brand-new children’s library, new books, digital devices, a study area,


Hainault Library Refurbishment

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure are delighted to announce that Hainault Library will undergo major refurbishment this Spring/Summer to create a more modern and spacious library. Your new look library will boast a brand-new children’s library, new books, digital devices, study area and meeting tables for group activities. A new advice hub will also be


Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week is an annual programme, from 2-6 May, which aims to open up the conversation around death, dying and grief, remove the stigma that surrounds it and call for meaningful change so that everyone gets the quality end of life care they deserve. Redbridge Libraries started it’s journey to become the UK’s


Easter Opening Times

During the Easter period our leisure centres, libraries and other centres will have different opening hours. To find out more information on opening times, please see below or visit the individual centre pages. For more information on our Easter Holiday activities view the Children’s events page. Parks & Open Spaces All of our parks and


Redbridge Libraries adds local publications to PressReader

Redbridge Libraries today announced that the Wanstead Village Directory and South Woodford Village Gazette will be available on PressReader, the digital platform which allows library card holders and leisure centre visitors to access thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world. PressReader forms part of the Virtual Library offer within Redbridge Libraries, and adding


The TrUst in Us Model

Credit: Community Leisure UK Why Charitable Trusts are great! Here’s a quick summary! Charitable Trusts come in all shapes and sizes. But they all have two things in common. To do good and make things better.  Your Local Leisure and Culture Trust is no different. They help make your community better because as a charitable organisation






Vision Redbridge Libraries receives prestigious award for ‘The Death Positive Library’ project

The team at Redbridge Libraries add to their growing number of awards for their innovative, sensitive and creative approach to dealing with the difficult subject of death. Vision RCL’s Libraries team was delighted to win an award for ‘Health & Wellbeing’ at the first ever awards event hosted by Libraries Connected, a membership organisation for


Redbridge residents to come together at community fair in celebration of Black History Month

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure will begin a month-long celebration for Black History starting with a Black Brits African & Caribbean Community Fair this October. The national celebration aims to recognise Black contributions to society and to foster an understanding of Black history in general. Families are invited to attend the community fair taking place


Woodford Green Library & Gym re-opens

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure is thrilled to announce the re-opening of Woodford Green Library and Gym to the public following the completion of a major refurbishment. The new library and fitness facility is a partnership between Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and the London Borough of Redbridge, with a joint investment of over £300,000


Redbridge Libraries to Receive HUGE Digital Upgrade

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure today announced that Redbridge Libraries will receive its biggest Public PC upgrade ever. The latest step in a far-reaching plan to make access to the library service easier and more accessible than ever; and the upgrade is already under way. The new public devices boast a 53% larger screen size compared to their predecessors and offer a new


More Vision Facilities re-open from 17 May

As we now enter the third step in the Government’s road out of lockdown, more of our Vision facilities have reopened today Monday 17 May. While our leisure centres re-opened last month for gym use and swimming, we are excited to finally recommence indoor sports. Fitness classes such as spinning, body conditioning, zumba and lots


Stay local this summer and enjoy leisure and cultural facilities on your doorstep

It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer as Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure prepare their events programme. All events will be delivered in line with government guidance and will enable children and adults to mix again socially and enjoy the fantastic provision we have here in Redbridge. Our Walking for Health group was one


More Vision facilities re-open just in time for the final week of the Easter holidays

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to be able to re-open some of their leisure and cultural facilities on Monday 12 April, one step closer to bringing the Redbridge community back together. Following the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown families can once again enjoy swimming sessions at their local leisure centre. Parents are keen



Introducing Vision Venues!

We are introducing Vision Venues, a new way to make effortless bookings with Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure. We are a brand-new team here to help you book into our fabulous venues located across Redbridge! Our venues include: Valentines Mansion, Redbridge Town Hall, Sir James Hawkey Hall and many more! You will be delighted to


Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2020

Every year Redbridge Schools Library service (SLS) involves  14 secondary schools, 16 primary schools and over 200 students in the Redbridge Children’s Book Award.  Despite the closure of schools due to COVID 19, Redbridge  SLS was determined to keep these young readers and literary critics engaged.  The SLS manager along with Redbridge teachers  has have


The Community Leisure UK Award winners have been announced!

The National Community Leisure UK Awards are held annually and recognise, celebrate and share the achievements of leisure and culture trusts across the UK. Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to have finalists in three of the categories for the 2020 awards and a winner in one! Huge congratulations go to Yashmin Harun, a




Redbridge Libraries secure funding to expand and continue project around death

Redbridge Libraries will partner with Kirklees and Newcastle Libraries to investigate if people’s attitude to death can change depending on where they live or their cultural backgrounds. The project is part a continuation of the successful Final Party project run by Redbridge Libraries from October 2017. The attitudes of people in Redbridge towards death are




Hub Central

We offer a range of resources including: ✓ Partnership working with local organisations helping residents learn new skills✓ A wide range of Online Resources✓ Employment Advisers with Work Redbridge who are based in Hub Central providing support with CVs, training and developing your career✓ Career Support with The National Career Service providing impartial and professional advice on skills and the



Ken Aston Square’s full summer programme announced

In March 2019 it was announced that Vision’s outdoor arts programme in Ken Aston Square had partnered with England’s biggest network of outdoor arts festivals, Without Walls. The outdoor arts programme will run once a month from Saturday 8 June to Saturday 21 September in Ken Aston Square, Barkingside High Street. All shows will be



Redbridge Libraries project ‘The Final Party’ wins Edge Award

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to win an award for their innovative project, The Final Party, in the Social category at this year’s Edge Awards. The Edge Awards highlight and reward good practice in innovative library and information projects. The Social category recognises work involving communities or target groups, engagement and making a difference.


Redbridge Central Library

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Seven Kings Library

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Wanstead Library

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Keith Axon Centre

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Hainault Library

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Goodmayes Library

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Gants Hill Library

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Fullwell Cross Library

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Aldersbrook Library

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