Posted: Wed 16th Jun 2021

Over 300 people attend Aura’s Fit, Fed and Read sessions across Flintshire

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jun 16th, 2021

Aura Libraries joined forces with the Aura Sports Development team over the May Half Term to provide a host of exciting activities for children across Flintshire.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In recent years, Aura Sports Development has taken part in a nationwide campaign called ‘Fit and Fed’, created by StreetGames, a UK-wide organisation that uses sport to create positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The aim of Fit and Fed is to create opportunities for physical activity and promote a healthy diet by providing healthy snacks at the end of each session. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Aura decided to add an additional library element to the sessions which focuses upon reading and creativity. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Combining library and leisure activities together, the sessions ultimately aim to emphasise the importance of keeping minds, as well as bodies, healthy.   ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Over 300 people attended Aura’s Fit, Fed and Read sessions across Holywell, Mostyn, Flint and Saltney, where over 150 packed lunches and 450 bottles of water were given out. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Over 100 Bookstart packs were also given away to families, and children were able to take part in storytime and craft sessions.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Susannah Hill, Library Service Manager, shared her thoughts on the importance of providing these sessions, saying: “Aura Libraries welcomed the opportunity to take part in the Fit Fed and Read sessions.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“As a library service, we feel that it is vital to get out and meet people in the community.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“A library should not just be about the building or the resources it houses: a library is about community, and it is important for families to be able to access and enjoy free activities together.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We were able to engage with lots of children and families and provide opportunities for them to share stories together and join in with crafts.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“As well as Bookstart packs, we were also able to give children and families other books and craft activities to enjoy at home. ” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We have been delighted to see children who attended the sessions return to see us in the libraries, too. ” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It was fantastic to work with our colleagues in Sports Development and we are very much looking forward to working together again over the summer holiday.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Encouraging healthy minds and bodies is something that lies at the heart of all Aura services, particularly after this challenging past year.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Now, more than ever, mental and physical health is of huge importance, and it is Aura’s hope that these sessions will encourage families in Flintshire to prioritise their health and well-being.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Both Aura Libraries and the Aura Sports Development team are already looking forward to hosting Fit, Fed and Read sessions once again over the summer holiday. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Sessions are earmrked for: Holywell, Saltney, Flint, Deeside, Mold, Mostyn and Treuddyn. We hope you can join us!  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

For more information regarding StreetGames’ Fit and Fed campaign, please visit: https://www.streetgames.org/fit-and-fed  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Visit our website here: https://aura.wales/  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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