Slaintecare Healthy Communities was launched in Southill Hub by Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr Francis Foley and Frank Feighan TD, Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing, and National Drugs Strategy.
The programmes are made possible by a €4.75 million fund that was allocated for Slaintecare Healthy Communities
By I Love Limerick correspondent Stella Gordon
The Southill Hub in O’Malley Park, Limerick, was launched as a Slaintecare Healthy Community location on November 7, 2022. Frank Feighan TD, Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing, and National Drugs Strategy, visited the hub for the official launch. Slaintecare Healthy Communities Programme came to be in 2021, through collaboration with the Department of Health, HSE, local authorities, and community agencies. The programme aims to provide increased health and well-being services in 19 community areas across Ireland.
An evidenced-based process identified local areas in which health and wellbeing risk factors are particularly concentrated and where particular initiatives will be delivered to help promote and improve the overall health and wellbeing of people in those communities. These initiatives will be delivered through partnerships working with a range of partners (HSE, local authorities and community groups) working together to provide dedicated services to build lasting improvements in health and wellbeing.
Limerick Slaintecare catchment areas include Southill, Ballynanty, Moyross, Prospect, Ballinacurra Weston, Ballinacurra Gardens, Janesboro, parts of Limerick city around Parnell Street and Gerald Griffin Street, King’s Island, Rathbane, Garryowen, Pennywell, Mulgrave Street and Old Cork Road areas and Woodlawn Park.
Slaintecare Healthy Communities initiatives include anti-smoking programmes, parenting programmes, healthy food and cookery courses, and social prescribing – where GPs refer patients to support within their community. The programmes are made possible by the €4.75 million fund that was allocated for Slaintecare Healthy Communities, with the 19 community areas receiving €250,000 each.
Minister Feighan said, “Taking an evidence-based approach, this work will build on existing programmes in these areas and mobilise available resources to address local needs to promote health and wellbeing.
“The 19 areas chosen to participate in this programme are diverse and have distinct needs and requirements. Each programme will be tailored to the local needs of the community to build sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing for people of all ages living in these communities.”
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