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.”