Reducing loneliness and isolation

Giving people the opportunity to socialise and meet others
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We’re committed to improving the mental and physical wellbeing of local communities. Our programmes give people a chance to get out and meet new people.

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Reducing loneliness and isolation through our libraries
If you just want to be around other people the library is absolutely somewhere you can do that safely without judgement. I think people will walk out of here feeling a bit better.

Glasgow Life Libraries

Our libraries are so much more than books; they’re safe spaces where people of all ages can come to read, learn, and discover. They’re also a place where the digitally excluded can get online and access a range of resources. The programmes we deliver add value to people's lives through learning.

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Other ways we’re reducing loneliness and isolation

  • Home Library Service

    Volunteers bring books and other loan materials to people that can no longer visit their local library.

    A person at home reading a book sitting on a chair
  • Glasgow Life Museums offers a wide range of programmes including Age Well sessions for groups of older adults and care homes.

    Age Well Group at Glasgow Museums
  • Health walks are easy, fun and free. What's more, with over 50 walks taking place each week, there's bound to be one near you.

    Two people with small weights in hands walking up a flight of stairs outdoors
  • Free, fun and friendly sessions that include songs, stories and rhymes for your little ones to enjoy and interact with others.

    Adults and children sitting around in a circle within a library setting holding toys and books with the Book bug mascot standing behind them.
  • Walking Football

    Our sessions help those taking part to become fitter and healthier, and are beneficial for their mental wellbeing.

    Group of men on an indoor football pitch playing walking football
  • Glasgow Life Digital Champions support adults who need help with basic digital skills.

    Two people in a library looking at a computer. One is sitting in front of the computer, the other is standing, leaning over and holding the computer mouse.