Local people and professionals are invited to attend the official launch of the Sláintecare Healthy Communities programme in Clondalkin on 9th December at 12 noon in Rowlagh Community Centre.
The launch will give the public and stakeholders an opportunity to meet with delivery partners and programme facilitators to gain more information about the project and get involved.
Introduced nationally in 2021, Sláintecare Healthy Communities is a cross-Government initiative to deliver increased health and wellbeing services in 19 areas of greatest need across Ireland.
The launch of Clondalkin Sláintecare Healthy Community is the result of close collaboration between the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, South Dublin County Council, South Dublin County Partnership and Deansrath Family Centre.
Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD will formally launch the event via video input. There will be a number of guest speakers including Deputy Lord Mayor Joanna Tuffy, Tom James, Head of Healthy Ireland, Department of Health, Margaret McQuillan, Head of Health & Wellbeing, HSE Dublin South Kildare, West Wicklow and Colm Ward, Director of Services, Housing, Social and Community Development, South Dublin County Council
People from the community who have participated in the local programmes listed below will also feature in videos to be screened on the day.
The event will highlight the Sláintecare Healthy Communities programmes that have been established across the Clondalkin area. The Healthy Community programmes aim to support people’s wellbeing within the community and provide better access to a range of services needed to help improve and promote healthier lifestyle behaviours. This work is supported by the Sláintecare Community Enhancement Fund which provided €250, 000 to deliver projects that will assist and impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in the Clondalkin area. This work is also supported by the Clondalkin Sláintecare Healthy Communities Local Development Officer based in South Dublin County Council.
Clondalkin Sláintecare Healthy Community programmes supported by the HSE include:
Programmes to support people to stop smoking:
- Stop Smoking Advisor – Offering one to one support and access to free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges, gum and mouth-spray) to those who wish to quit smoking.
- We Can Quit – A friendly and supportive peer led stop smoking group delivered locally for men and women. It offers free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges, gum and mouth-spray) to help people quit smoking and stay quit for good.
Making Every Contact Count – Empowering local health professionals to deliver brief interventions and advice for patients to support healthy behaviours.
Social Prescribing – A Social Prescribing link worker works with individuals to reduce social isolation and link them into community activities and services.
Parents Plus – Positive, proven parenting programmes effective for children of all ages. Participants get practical tips to help with the ups and downs of raising children.
Healthy Food Made Easy – Community delivery of healthy cooking and nutrition programme. It offers insight into nutrition and cookery courses that helps people to change to a healthy diet, plan meals on a budget and make easy to cook meals.
Source: South Dublin County Council