Healthy Ireland


Laois Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), understanding local needs and issues work to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of all people living in County Laois. Since 2017, Laois LCDC has successfully applied for and received grant funding through the Healthy Ireland Fund. The Healthy Ireland fund was created by the Department of Health to establish and support the implementation of Healthy Ireland programmes and projects which would improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland over the coming generation. Laois LCDC through a serious of partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation administer programmes targeted at different groups throughout the county.

The emphasis on these programmes is the need to empower communities and people to look after their own health and wellbeing by improving health and promoting healthy lifestyles. Actions undertaken through Healthy Ireland are in line with the values of A Framework for Health and Well-being 2013-2025. Underpinning these values and ideas of improving health and wellbeing, is the Healthy-Laois-Plan-2018-2020.

Healthy Ireland has funded initiatives that have been far reaching and have left an impact on all those involved, whether participation involved training, learning, up-skilling or availability of equipment. Programmes have been designed to help address and respond to local community health and well-being needs throughout the county and are targeted at all age and socio economic groups. Laois County Council’s Community Section provides financial oversight and management in the delivery of the Healthy Ireland fund on behalf of Laois LCDC.

MINISTER FRANK FEIGHAN VISITS YOUTH WORK IRELAND LAOIS HQ

 

The Minister was introduced to the Regional Director of Youth Work Ireland, Laois, Mr Clive Davis and was taken on a tour of its headquarters in Portlaoise. The Minister was briefed by Mr Davis on the work being carried out in the community.

“Youth Work Ireland Laois are delighted to be in the position to deliver the Positive Laois programme in Laois. The project objectives came from interactions and listening to issues directly facing young people. As the only Laois based Youth Organisation in the county, we are so proud to be able to share our amazing space with as many young people as possible. We continue to use Youth Work to facilitate change to support the development of our Young People throughout the County”

“The Art Therapist Programme was also a key initiative delivered by Youth Work Ireland Laois” continued Mr Davis. He outlined that “young people who present with emotional intolerance/stress often have not developed the verbal skills required to express this distress, and Art therapy provides the model for non-verbal communication and expression in a safe and therapeutic environment. Art Therapy uses creative and adaptive skills in providing varying treatment intervention modalities to address these varied presentations in a client friendly and responsive manner”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINISTER FRANK FEIGHAN DISCUSSES SCHOOL SUPPORT PACK INITIATIVE

Minister Frank Feighan TD, Minister of State for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy was welcomed by the Healthy Ireland Action Partner – Laois Partnership where he had an opportunity to meet with the staff of Laois Partnership, who are an Action Partner collaborating with Healthy Laois . Liam Ramsbottom, SICAP Team Leader, Mary Keane Community Development Worker and Karen Bambrick, Youth & Community Worker, Laois Partnership displayed some Support packs that were provided to children and families during the Pandemic. She said “While meeting people on their doorsteps when delivering food support packs, concerns were heard about the cost of returning to school”.  Liam Ramsbottom said that the collaborations between Agencies was instrumental in the success of our work on the ground.

“Healthy Ireland funding  provided up to 543 school packs to children across Laois (359 primary & 184 secondary), and fresh food support packs to 60 families all which  alleviated the pressure for parents and allowing these children to return to school with confidence”.

Minister Frank Feighan said “I am so impressed with the breadth of work, that is being undertaken in Laois for the Health and Wellbeing of the various communities.  Over the last number of years, Healthy Ireland has invested in several initiatives,  in partnership with the Local Community Development Committee and the Children and Young Persons Services Committee.  I can see today the benefit of ensuring that these structures are empowered to design and deliver actions locally, that support people in Laois to live healthy lives.”

Men’s Shed Ukelele session enjoyed by Minister Feighan.

Minister Frank Feighan, Minister of State for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy was welcomed to Laois Music Centre, Portlaoise, where he was welcomed by Mr Joe Cunningham, Chief Executive of Laois Offaly Education and Training Board and Ms Nuala kelly, Resource Worker, Music Generation Laois.

Music Generation Laois (MGL) is an inclusive and accessible music programme, part of Laois Offaly Education and Training Board and supported by Laois County Council. Nuala Kelly, Lead Musician of the Healthy Laois funded initiative “Musical Memories

Laois” introduced the Minister to the Members of Mountmellick & Portlaoise Men’s Shed. She advised that the programme “ began as an inter-generational song-singing project with children from Paddock NS – a participating MGL school – singing on-line for residents of Abbeyleix and Mountmellick CNUs and  highlighted the important role that the  Musical Memories initiative had,  in  addressing the social isolation felt by those in long-term care units from the beginning of the pandemic.  ‘Musical Memories with Music Generation Laois began in response to the effects of social isolation experienced by older people in the early stages of the pandemic in 2020.

Originating in care home settings across Laois, the programme has since expanded to Primary Schools and Men’s Sheds. In-person outdoor sessions took place in Shaen and Mountmellick CNU last Summer.

There was also an opportunity for  Grandparents to participate via Zoom and we had grandparents joining in from Cork, Kildare, Waterford, Kilkenny and we are hoping to re-introduce grandparents in person before the end of the school year in 2022.  .

The highlight of Musical Memories in 2021 was the visit of Singer-Songwriter John Spillane to both schools and both Men’s Sheds just before Christmas 2021.

The current phase, funded by Healthy Ireland, saw the introduction of weekly Ukulele sessions to Portlaoise and Mountmellick Men’s Sheds, and has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for the participants.  Zoom sessions continue in Mountmellick CN Unit and in-person visits to Shaen Hospital will re-commence in the Summer. The project adapts as necessary to a blended delivery of on-line and in-person sessions.

Ray Harte- Director of Irish Mens Shed Association  said “We are delighted with the help and support we have received from Healthy Ireland Laois in delivering a host of new exercise and wellbeing programmes to our members”

Minister Frank Feighan said “I am so impressed with the breadth of work, that is being undertaken in Laois for the Health and Wellbeing of the various communities.  Over the last number of years, Healthy Ireland has invested in several initiatives,  in partnership with the Local Community Development Committee and the Children and Young Persons Services Committee.  I can see today the benefit of ensuring that these structures are empowered to design and deliver actions locally, that support people in Laois to live healthy lives.”

 

 

Ireland’s 1st Fit Sticks Trail comes to Laois

The Derryounce Fit Sticks Trail funded by Healthy Ireland Laois and co-ordinated by Laois Sports Partnership has now opened and is the first of its kind in Ireland.

Fit Stick Trails are designed to include a solid flat surface with a low incline making it very appropriate for those with poor balance. Along this particular trail, there are various signposts with exercises for participants to execute including a warmup station at the beginning of the trail.

This trail will be a fabulous addition to the county of Laois. Participants included Men’s Shed, Parkinson’s Group, Woodlands for Health Mental Health Group, Older Adult Groups, Care centres for people with disabilities with intellectual & physical disabilities. They have found the use of the poles/ fit sticks very helpful with posture, gait and mobility & strength.

Laois Sports Partnership funded by Healthy Ireland Laois purchased activator poles from Fit Walk Ireland and delivered programmes throughout Laois. The social aspect of the classes is as important as the exercise. These are all done at one’s own pace, always light-hearted and ending with a sing song. Since 2020,16 programmes have been delivered throughout Laois and tutors have been trained to deliver these programmes.

For more information on these programmes, contact Eimear or Catriona.

Eimear-    Email: ebryant@laoissports.ie       Phone: 086 0111722

Catriona- Email: cslattery@laoissports.ie   Phone:086 7935234

 

HSE Suicide Prevention Training Schedule: April – June 2022

Following the Covid-19 restrictions of the past two years, the HSE are now commencing to resume delivery of face to face programmes on a gradual basis.   See attached an outline of the training schedule for the next few months which is also outlined on their booking website (see below)  – as additional programmes are scheduled they will be added there.

Click Here – Booking Link

Click Here – HSE Training April – June 2022 Schedule

Click – Info re Suicide Prevention Training Programmes March 2022