Do something new today!


Library and hubs users across Cardiff are being encouraged to try a new activity or hobby this New Year to boost their health and wellbeing.


On Monday, January 20th , libraries and hubs across the city will be offering customers and members of the public the chance to take part in a new activity that they may never have tried before.


‘Do Something Different Day' is the final instalment of Welsh Libraries' Living Well in Wales campaign that brings together public libraries and partner organisations to highlight the important role libraries play at the heart of their local communities  and to promote the thousands of events and activities promoting health and wellbeing held in libraries each year.


The campaign began in May 2019 with Dementia Action Week, in partnership with Alzheimer's Society, before supporting Blood Pressure UK's ‘Know Your Numbers! Week in September and the British Dyslexia Association's National Dyslexia Week in October.


Welsh Libraries are working with Time to Change Wales, Hafal and MIND Cymru on Do Something Different Day, to inspire people to try something new to improve their physical and mental wellbeing at the start of this New Year.


A Time to Change Wales champion will be visiting St Mellons Hub on January 20 (9.30am - 12pm) to provide information on the campaign to end the stigma faced by people with mental health problem, while a wide range of free events will be taking place across Cardiff hubs and libraries including:




Save The Planet Day

11am - 4pm


Central Library Hub


Juggling with Upside Down Circus




Paper Crafts


Boost your eco credentials


Choir Workshop


Language Taster Lessons (Polish/French)



11am - 12pm


12pm - 1pm

12pm - 1pm


2pm - 3pm


3pm - 4pm


Powerhouse Hub, Llanedeyrn


Knit & Natter

11.30am - 1.30pm


Ely and Caerau Hub

Tai Chi


4pm - 5pm

Radyr Library

Knitting & Crocheting


French Conversation (Beginners)


Come and play Bridge


Litter Pick with Love Where You Live

10am - 12pm


11am - 11.45am

2pm - 3.30pm


10 - 11.30am


Canton Library



Paper Crafting


Wellbeing with tech

2pm - 4pm


10.30 - 11.30am

Llanishen Hub

Come along for a coffee, chat and bring a craft


Chair Yoga


‘Appy Hour (help with using apps on your own device)

9.30am - 11.00am




2.30pm - 3.30pm


11am - 12pm

Rhiwbina Library










Meet the RSPB to find out about giving nature a home 


Community Coffee Morning


Find out about Volunteering Opportunities (with Tony Wakeham)


Chair yoga


Read Aloud



10am - 2pm



10am - 11.30am


10am - 2pm



10.30am - 11.30am


3pm - 4pm


Grangetown Hub



Save the Planet event



Llanrumney Hub

Knit & Natter


Meet up Monday



LIFT Training (light exercise classes for older people)




11am - 12pm



12pm - 2pm



12.15pm - 1pm



1pm - 2pm


St Mellons Hub


Trace Your Ancestors


3pm - 4pm




Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "The start of 2020 is the perfect time to try something new and our fantastic hubs and libraries are offering people the chance to do just that on Do Something Different Day.


"I'm glad that we're able to offer such a wide range of activities across the city to give people a taster of the sort of events, classes and groups on in our facilities regularly throughout the year. Do Something Different Day is a great opportunity to highlight the positive impact our library and hub services can have on people's mood and wellbeing.


"We're pleased to be supporting thisWelsh Libraries initiative, promotingsocial wellbeing and active lifestyles, and encourage our customers to give something new a go on Monday."