Wicklow has secured €135,000 for the promotion of health and well-being in the county under the Health Ireland Fund.
The money was jointly secured by the Wicklow Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Children and Young People Services Committee (CYPSC).
Healthy Ireland, the government framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland over the coming generation, was launched in March 2013. It sets out actions that will be undertaken by Government Departments, public sector organisations, businesses, communities and individuals to improve health and wellbeing and reduce the risks posed to future generations.
Wicklow’s Healthy Ireland application from the LCDC and CYPSC involved projects from multiple agencies, including Wicklow County Council, Wicklow Sports Partnership, HSE, Bray Area Partnership, County Wicklow Partnership, KWETB and Wicklow Child and Family Project.
There are a number of exciting programmes planned under this initiative, namely an inclusive mid-term activity camp, physical activity training for preschool teachers, older adults exercise programmes, HSE physiotherapist referral programmes, mental health and physical activity interventions, literacy friendly health and well-being courses for adults, social eating programmes, Healthy Ireland Week, Fostering Healthy Families and Kids Go Smoke Free.
The application included the development of a Healthy Wicklow Strategic Plan that will begin development in early 2018. This plan will inform future Healthy Ireland applications from County Wicklow and will provide a vision on how to best implement the Healthy Ireland plan throughout Wicklow.
This investment and interagency collaboration has resulted in a very strong application from Wicklow and an exciting opportunity to take the first steps in making Wicklow a healthy place to live for this and future generations.
“A Healthy Ireland, where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.” – Healthy Ireland 2013-2025.