Following losses in World War II, Britain was in need of labourers, this prompted a campaign to encourage people from other countries in the British Empire and Commonwealth to immigrate to the UK. On 22 June 1948, the first ship carrying immigrants from the Caribbean arrived. This first ship's name, HMT Empire Windrush , inspired the generation of imigrants to be called 'The Windrush… Continue reading Windrush Day 2020
This year Refugee Week will be running 15-21 June, with the theme 'imagine'. What is Refugee Week? Well, it's an annual UK-wide festival, founded in 1998, celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.When situations are overwhelming, when life is hard or the old ways of doing something no longer work, then 'imagine' is just… Continue reading Refugee Week 2020
We invite you to seek wellbeing in nature by dipping into our new Naturally Mindful collection of 21 eTitles that explore the benefits of spending time outdoors. This collection will help you find your way as you start to explore the many, myriad ways of relaxing in nature. Whether you’re keen to try Shinrin-yoku, better… Continue reading Digital Naturally Mindful
Every year, during the month of June, Pride month is celebrated with various events across the world. Normally it's a month of parades, street parties, talks, festivals and educational sessions, and whilst this year will be slightly different - it won't stop the celebrations!This year might be different, but it doesn't mean we can't celebrate!… Continue reading 2020 Pride Month
Read stories - Build empathy - Make a better world 9 June marks the fourth annual Empathy Day; a day to open up conversations about the benefits that reading can have on a developing mind. Research shows that books are a great way to encourage empathy in children; whilst reading, children learn to identify with… Continue reading Empathy Day 2020
We love books! Reading them, holding them, smelling them – we just love them! But like many others in the 21st Century we sometimes struggle to find the time to sit down with a book. There are just too many things that needs doing; housework, homework, walking the dog, cooking, ensuring the kids attend their… Continue reading Audiobook Month 2020
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 May 2020. This year's theme is kindness; a perfect theme to help us improve not just our own mental health, but that of those around us. Why was kindness chosen for this year's theme? Well, this is what Mark Rowland… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
Friday 8 May marks 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day as it's better known. The Second World War was finally over as the (slightly modified) act of military surrender was signed on 8 May 1945 in Berlin. As many others, there had been plans to commemorate this day with street parties, talks… Continue reading VE Day – 75 years!