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Reading Friends have got lots of free resources to help you pass this time spent in isolation – including tips on how to look after your mental health. Click here to discover more.

Aura Libraries would love to hear about the reading and writing activities you get up to, make sure to let us know! Tweet us, and Reading Friends at: @LibFlintshire @ReadingFriends_

Aura’s Sports Development team wins award for Outstanding contributions to Community Safety!

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On 14 May, the Aura Sports Development was delighted to be named the winner of the Street Games award for Outstanding contributions to Community Safety!

This award centres upon organisations that are helping to keep young people safe whilst supporting those that are at risk of crime and antisocial behaviour. Former England cricketer and TV personality Phil Tufnell announced Aura as the winner via a video posted on Street Games’ Twitter page.

The Aura Sports Development team works extremely hard to provide opportunities for children and young people throughout Flintshire to engage in sport and active recreation in a safe and encouraging environment. Striving to deliver a high quality service and working effectively with partner organisations has resulted in marked increases in participation, particularly in recent years.

Aura’s focus on community safety was praised by Street Games who expressed their admiration of Aura’s “unique and creative efforts including a recent anti-knife crime festival which gave at-risk young people the chance to interact with several youth justice figures as part of a laid back day of activities”.

Speaking on behalf of the whole Aura team, Sian Williams, Leisure Development Manager for Aura Wales, said: ‘’The work the Sports Development team delivers has evolved over many years across Flintshire and ensures that we are flexible and responsive enough to enable everyone in the community to take part in sport. This programme is truly collaborative and has grown significantly over the last 18 months, working with an array of key partners to tackle a wide range of community needs through sport and, most importantly, making a difference to those that participate. We are all incredibly proud of the work that employees, volunteers and coaches do in the Sports Development team. Long may it continue and sincere congratulations.’’

Everyone at Aura would like to congratulate the Sports Development team on a very well deserved award which is the result of hard work, creativity and a dedication to lifelong participation in sport.

Zoom Fitness Classes with Aura Instructors!

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Aura is excited to be launching online fitness classes via Zoom! Here’s what the Fitness Instructors had to say ahead of the launch:

Total Body Workout with Gavin: Every Tuesday from 10.00-10.30am. Email Gavin at gavin.jones@aura.wales to express your interest in joining the class.

“The full total body workout will help you lose weight and improve muscle strength/tone. It will consist of a variety of exercises for the lower, upper and core areas of the body, which may include some high intensity exercises to help burn fat. You will only need a few pieces of equipment or an equivalent such as exercise matt, a stable chair and free weights.”


Tai Chi Movements with Steph: Every Wednesday from 2.00-2.30pm. Email Steph at Stephanie.fearnley@aura.wales to express your interest in joining the class.

“Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing (TMW) is so valuable at this time and I am very much looking forward to practising together again. I have missed all the many benefits that coming together for TMW bring. TMW really helps us to stay in the present moment. When we do this we relax more and stay connected to ourselves and life all around us. This stops our thoughts running away leading to feelings of stress. These skills help us to feel so much better and keeping up our practice is very important at this time.

The sessions will run for 40 minutes, comprising of one sequence (either seated or standing), followed by a relaxation. If interest allows, there will be an option to return for some further time following the class to give us a chance to socially catch up with each other.

The class will be hosted on the Zoom application. Do not worry if you have not used this before; it is extremely easy. If I can do it anyone can! It will involve downloading the zoom app to your phone/tablet/computer and entering the meeting number given. I know the technology can be a bit daunting, but I urge everyone to give it a go; seek family support to set it up as it is surprisingly easy to use and such a valuable way of staying connected.”

Al’s Abs with Alan Duppa: Every Thursday from 10.00-10.30am. Email Alan at Alan.duppa@aura.wales to express your interest in joining the class.

“Abs is an Intermediate/Advanced class that is taken on the floor. This class will strengthen your core muscles and help you work on a six pack! I will give easy and harder options along the way. I recommend that you warm up with some pulse raising exercise before this class. I’m really looking forward to getting back to this class. The playlist is ready!”

NERS Circuits with Sue: Every Friday from 11.30am-12.00pm.
Email Sue at Susan.blackwell@aura.wales to express your interest in joining the class.

“This is the normal NERS circuit which we do on a weekly basis and is purely just for all our NERS clients who are currently on the NERS scheme. I will doing be a 40 minute class which will involve a warm up then a circuit with various exercises to help our clients with their fitness, flexibility, mobility and balance. We will then finish the session with a cool down and stretch. All of this will be in a safe and controlled way in a friendly atmosphere.

I am really looking forward to taking the classes as I have missed them. I am so looking forward to seeing everybody and getting everyone back to exercising!”

Practice Kindness and Understanding for Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) with BorrowBox!

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This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18th – 24th May) will be focusing on the power and potential of kindness whilst raising awareness of mental health issues and advocating against social stigma.

Books can not only help us understand and sympathise with greater kindness, but also offer valuable insight into the lives and minds of authors and characters who experience mental illness. With so many diverse choices, BorrowBox have selected its favourite non-fiction and fictional titles across formats, as must-haves for your collection.

Remember: Aura Library members can access free eBooks and Audiobooks through BorrowBox!

Click here to explore BorrowBox titles!

Here are a few recommendations from BorrowBox and Aura Libraries!

Make sure to share with us on Twitter (@LibFlintshire) and Facebook (@LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries) which titles you have been enjoying. Although we are apart, we are always #UnitedByBooks!

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Aura is keen to ensure we’re doing the best we can for you just now. To help us plan for the future, we would appreciate it if customers could complete the short UK-wide survey here: https://surveys.mycustomerlens.com/p/5ea9b6e27fd179924fcebda8/5eb918a63b165614b6047c17?Brand=aura-customers Thank you for your continued support. (Survey only available in English.)