‘Blogging for Wellness’ with Libraries NI

Pictured from left is Tina Calder (Excalibur Press), Julie Reid (Libraries NI), Michelle Connolly (Learning Mole), Christine Watson (Training Matchmaker), Vivian McKinnon (Wellness Consultant).
Pictured from left is Tina Calder (Excalibur Press), Julie Reid (Libraries NI), Michelle Connolly (Learning Mole), Christine Watson (Training Matchmaker), Vivian McKinnon (Wellness Consultant).

Libraries NI is hitting the road this month, with a series of inspirational events aimed to help people use blogging to improve their lives.

The Get Blogging For Wellness Roadshow will take place across the country, and will be held in Derry Central Library this Saturday.

The events will help attendees explore how they can improve their lives through blogging and hear success stories shared from a variety of other bloggers.

Delivered by TrainingMatchmaker.com the events will have bloggers, vloggers and podcasters reveal their motivations behind blogging, why they started and share top tips on what has helped them become successful.

At each one bloggers will outline some of the rewards they have enjoyed from sharing their thoughts online which has helped them connect with others, learn something new, be more aware of their surroundings, be more active and give more back to their community.

Chartered Marketer Christine Watson said the event is for both existing bloggers and those that want to dabble for the first time.

She said: “Health literacy and digital skills are now necessary life skills and these continue to grow in importance as more and more everyday activities and sources of information and inspiration move online.

“Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra support to keep well and guidance in terms of being aware of when we need to take more action.

“The events aim to provide library users with the opportunity to stay informed, tap into the expertise of others ‘on the day’, to encourage socialising with others on an ongoing basis, and be inspired by real life stories and examples.”

Among those presenting the events include local trainers and bloggers that advocate positive mental, physical and emotional health such as Wellness Consultant NI - Vivian McKinnon, Darren Diven of NI Explorer, Photographer Debbie Deboo and Michelle Connolly from Learning Mole as well as chartered marketer Christine Watson of Watson & Co. Chartered Marketing and Training Matchmaker.

Julie Reid, of Libraries NI, added: “Libraries NI is all about promoting an inclusive society, introducing people to new experiences, ideas and reliable information.

“Libraries give people the opportunity to access a range of free services, health resources and events which can help improve a person’s health and wellbeing.

“The shift to online services in particular has changed the way in which we live, work and socialise. It is hoped attendees will come away from the workshops equipped with the knowledge and confidence to engage with the five steps to Wellbeing in their daily lives both on and offline.”

The roadshow will visit Derry Central Library this Saturday, March 16 from 11am-1pm.

Admission is free and the tickets can be booked at blog-for-wellness.eventbrite.co.uk

#GetBloggingNI is brought to you by TrainingMatchmaker.com for Libraries NI.