Health and Wellbeing at Redbridge Libraries • Vision RCL

Health and Wellbeing at Redbridge Libraries

Health Information Drop-ins

Are you interested in accessing reliable, free health information online? Or wondering what newspaper headlines on health really mean? Or looking for books that could help you manage a health condition? Then drop by the Health Information pop-up at your local library! This free service can provide you with an evidence-based ‘information prescription’ and signposting to other relevant services and support groups.

Fullwell Cross Library
Tuesday 18 February; 10am to 12noon

Goodmayes Library
Monday 16 March; 10am to 12.30pm

Redbridge Central Library, Foyer
22 January, 4 February: 2pm to 4pm;

South Woodford Library & Gym
Friday 27 March; 10am to 12noon

Wanstead Library
15 January, 29 January; 1.30pm to 3.30pm

HIV Testing with Positive East

Free, private and confidential. Rapid HIV testing with results provided in seconds. Feel free to come and talk to one of Positive East’s trained sexual health advisors around any issue.

Redbridge Central Library, Foyer & Hub Central
Thursdays 30 January, 27 February, 26 March; 5.30pm to 7.45pm.

RedbridgeCVS HIV Health Promotion

Health Buddies from Redbridge CVS will be at the library to raise awareness of HIV & promote HIV prevention as well as signposting to various other free services offered by Positive East such as confidential HIV testing, peer support, counselling etc.

Redbridge Central Library, Foyer
For more information please contact

UK Hear to Inform and Connect

Are you struggling to hear? Do you have ringing in your ears (tinnitus)? Action on Hearing Loss would like to help keep you informed about hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus. Come along to their free face-to-face information drop-ins for people aged 50+ with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus where you can:
• Have a hearing check
• Learn about equipment to help you hear better
• Find out about different ways to tackle tinnitus
• Gain helpful communication tips
• Be signposted to support you’re entitled to

Central Library, Foyer & Hub Central
Fridays 10 January, 14 February and 13 March, 10am to 12 midday.

Falls Prevention Service AGE UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering

If you are over 50, a resident of Redbridge and would like to review your situation please come and talk to an adviser about our services, falls prevention & exercise classes. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain so we look forward to seeing you.

Redbridge Central Library, Foyer & Hub Central
6 & 13 February, 5 & 12 March; 10am to 12.30pm

Kiran Support Services Advice Surgery

Weekly drop-in advice surgeries for Asian women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Redbridge Central Library
Tuesdays 14 & 21 January then every Tuesday until 31 March; 10am to 12noon

Free. Just turn up

For information please contact Amrita Kaur on 020 8558 1986 or 07967 818124 or

Redbridge Carers Support Service Outreach (Term time only)

A carer is a person who provides unpaid care and support to someone who is ill, disabled, frail or elderly. Carers can be mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends, relatives, spouses, partners or neighbours. A carer’s role can often be stressful, demanding and time consuming, as well as physically tiring and mentally draining. Knowing that services are available and who can help may reduce many of the problems that carers have.

Redbridge Carers Support Service provides specialist support for carers and is taking their Advice Surgery to the library.

Woodford Green Library
Mondays 27 January; 24 February; 23 March (fourth Monday each month – term time only)
10.30am to 12.30pm

Fullwell Cross Library
Fridays 17 & 31 January, 14 & 28 February, 13 & 27 March (fortnightly – term time only)
10am to 12midday

Technological Advice for Visually Impaired People

Technology can be a very valuable tool for learning and communication for people with various degrees of sight loss. By using a device with appropriate software you can have access to multiple resources, for example magnification capabilities can help to access an online newspaper and text to speech software can allow a person with no sight to produce and read emails and use the internet.

Almost all smart phones have magnification and speech output so they can be used by people with low or no vision.

If you are visually impaired and need help accessing and maintaining your device, Graham Page, an Access Technology Advisor at East London Vision, can assist you. He can help you decide what technology would be best for you and offer you training on how to use and maintain it. For more details, call Graham on 07779 441000/020 3697 6464.

Living Well @RedbridgeLibs

Redbridge Libraries offer space for local health, community and educational groups to have Information Stands and engage with the community. These can offer health and wellbeing literature, health monitoring and signposting, learning information, lifestyle advice, and more. These Information Stands can be at Redbridge Central Library and/or other libraries. Some themes that we are currently looking to support are:


  • National Heart Month
  • LGBT+ History Month
  • 3 to 9 February: Children’s Mental Health Week (with CT)
  • Tuesday 4 February: World Cancer Day
  • Thursday 6 February: Time to Talk Day
  • Monday 24 February to Sunday 8 March: Fairtrade Fortnight


  • Women’s History Month
  • Monday 2 to Sunday 8 March: Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • Wednesday 11 March: No Smoking Day
  • 30 March to 5 April: World Autism Awareness Week

If you’d like to have an Information Stand to support one of these themes or at any other time, please contact Rhonda Brooks on 020 8708 2409 or