Sláintecare healthy communities

by Rachel Cunningham
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The Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD visited Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre to launch Tallaght as a Sláintecare Healthy Community site.

The Tallaght Sláintecare catchment areas are Fettercairn, Jobstown, Killinardin, Tymon and Avonbeg.

Sláintecare Healthy Communities is a cross-Government initiative to deliver increased health and wellbeing services in 19 areas of greatest need across Ireland.

The Healthy Community programmes aim to support people’s wellbeing within the community and to provide better access to a range of services needed to help 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 Tallaght area.

The projects include: 

  • Period poverty initiative with the Youth Homeless Support Service, Foroige;
  • Active families project, South Dublin County Partnership;
  • Part funding of a MUGA, Citywise Education;
  • Healthy exercise route in MacUilliam Estate;
  • Sensory garden and adult changing room, St Aengus Community Centre and;
  • Two resilience programmes for young women, Sports Partnership.

The work is supported by a HSE Sláintecare Healthy Community Coordinator Áine Buggy and the South Dublin County Council, Tallaght Sláintecare Healthy Communities Local Development Officer Gráinne Meehan.Tallaght Sláintecare Healthy Community programmes 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.
  • Parenting Programmes – Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) aims to promote positive caring relationships between children, teenagers and their parents and to support parents in managing common behaviour and development issues through enhancing parents’ knowledge, skills and confidence.
  • 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.

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