Health, recovery and wellbeing

‘Reading Well – Books on Prescription’

Oxfordshire libraries are part of the national scheme ‘Reading Well – Books on Prescription’ which is an approved list of books on mental health issues such as anger, anxiety, depression and stress. Local health practitioners can ‘prescribe’ a book from the list or you are welcome to self-prescribe and borrow the titles that you think will help you.

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The Home Library Visiting Service

The Home Library Service is a free service from Oxfordshire County Council working with Age UK Oxfordshire and Royal Voluntary Service that brings books, DVDs, music CDs, audio books and information about other library services to you at home on a regular basis. The service is offered to people of any age who are housebound and can’t get to the library due to disability, illness or full time caring responsibilities. This includes people who might need the service on a short-term basis following debilitating illness or hospitalisation.

To register for this service or for further information, call the Home Library Service on 01865 328905 or email

Stopping smoking

The Smoke Free Life Oxfordshire service gives free advice to help people stop smoking. Call 0800 246 1072 or 01865 238 036 or text QUIT to 66777 to find out more.

Healthy eating

Visit for advice and tips on how to eat healthily on a budget and how to lose weight.

Alcohol and drug addiction

If you need support and treatment for drug and alcohol misuse, contact Turning Point on 0300 013 4776 or visit Alternatively you can drop in to one of their hubs – no appointment needed. Please phone or see the website for hub addresses and exact opening times.

You can refer yourself to Turning Point by visiting and searching for Oxfordshire or you can ask a health professional to make a referral on your behalf.

The Oxfordshire Reablement Service

Delivered by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, this service:

  • helps people to maintain or regain their independence by learning or re-learning the skills necessary for daily living;
  • assists in the accurate assessment of people’s needs for ongoing social care support;
  • is free at the point of delivery up to a maximum of six weeks for Oxfordshire residents over the age of 18, who need and can benefit from the service and meet the eligibility criteria;
  • is delivered to people in their own homes; and
  • is available to people living in the community or who have recently been in hospital.

Contact Oxfordshire County Council’s Social and Health Care team on 0845 050 7666 to find out more.

NHS 111 service

NHS 111 is the NHS non-emergency number to call when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.

NHS 111 is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.