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Local advice and support

From money matters and legal advice to support with training and searching for employment, you'll find both drop-in and bookable services available at your local library. 

Legal and financial support

The Citizen Advice Bureau run sessions at your local library offering advice on a range of issues, including:

- Benefits
- Consumer rights
- Discrimination
- Tax
- Healthcare
- Debt and money

You can also access sessions specifically on Money Matters to help with benefits, debt, banking, pensions and budgeting. Get support on Legal issues around contact with children, disputes within families, domestic violence and disputes with Social Care by booking a session (see your local library for more information). You can also discuss Housing issues in your local area at specific surgeries.   

Support groups

You'll also find groups to support all aspects of the community, including:

- Age UK - offer independent and confidential information plus advice on money matters, housing, health, help in your home, transport, and leisure activities to older people and their carers, relatives and friends. 
- Community IT sessions - help with any IT questions such as printing and accessing information online
- English conversation - informal groups to help adults who want to improve their spoken English in a friendly and supportive environment
- English "Express" conversation - build conversation skills, as well as taking part in grammar and reading exercises
- Stop smoking advice - support and advice to help you towards a smoke-free life

Career advice

From employment training and welfare advice to career support and CV writing, you'll find sessions to answer questions about work and getting a new job. These include:

- Employment training, welfare and advice drop-in sessions
- National career services
- Job Centre Plus (by appointment only)

You can also apply for jobs and search online by booking a computer or using the free WiFi at your local library. 

Pregnancy and new parent

In certain areas, you will find sessions for new parents and parents-to-be covering the following topics:

- Midwife clinic (certain boroughs only)
- Breastfeeding club - up-to-date information for breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women and their families
- Midwives parent craft and sessions - day and evening sessions sharing tips and ideas in preparation for parenthood
- Mums aid postnatal counselling - a discreet session to help new mums with children under two
- Potty training advice - help from health visitors on potty training

Stay connected to your community

Tune into our libraries' Facebook and Twitter pages for dedicated online programmes to suit all ages. For access to at-home activities, sing-alongs for young children, or eBook reviews and more, start following your local library social media pages below.

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Libraries on Twitter

Enjoy games, puzzles, Q&A sessions and more from your local librarians on Twitter. Start following your local library Twitter page below and enjoy access to daily and weekly activity programmes for kids and adults alike. 


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Online library programme available on our libraries Facebook pages. Select your library to learn more.

Libraries on Facebook

Your local library's Facebook pages are full of fun videos and activities presented by some familiar faces. From crafts and rhymes to bed time stories and activities for kids, you'll enjoy something new every day. 


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