Living Well programme

What is the Living Well Programme?

Living Well is a free group self-management programme. Self-management is what a person does every day to manage their long-term health condition. This may include making choices to improve your health such as becoming more active, eating more healthily and stopping smoking. It may also include more complex tasks such as taking medication, monitoring your symptoms, coping with the emotional aspects of the condition and communicating with healthcare professionals.

Living with a long-term health condition can be challenging, especially during COVID-19. The Living Well programme supports you to develop the skills which will help you to live well with a long-term health condition. The Living Well programme has proven to be effective in helping people to manage their health conditions better.

Living Well has been provided in Ireland for many years under a variety of names including: ‘Quality of Life’ (Donegal), ‘Self Care to Wellness’ (Mayo & Roscommon), ‘Better Health Better Living’ (Beaumont Hospital) and Living Well with Arthritis (Arthritis Ireland) to name a few.

Living Well Programme

  •  Living Well is a free group programme which runs online for 6 weeks. There is one workshop each week which lasts 2.5 hours.
  •  Two trained leaders run the workshops each week. At least one of the leaders lives with a long-term health condition.
  •  People taking part in the workshops may have the same health condition as you. Others will have different health conditions. There will be up to 12 people taking part in the group.
  •  The workshops are delivered in a relaxed and friendly way so that all participants can learn from each other. You can also share experiences of living with your condition.
  •  Each person who takes part gets a book about self-management.

Who this programme is for

Living Well is for adults 18 years and over.

It is suitable for you if you are:

  •  living with one or more long-term health conditions read a list of examples
  •  caring for someone with a long-term health condition

Living Well is not suitable for people with significant memory or learning difficulties.

What is covered each week

A key part of Living Well is setting goals that you want to achieve. Each week you learn how to reach these goals by making an action plan. You also get support from the group to problem solve.

In addition, the following are covered over the 6 weeks:

Week 1

  • Using your mind to manage symptoms
  • Fatigue and getting a good night’s sleep
  • Introduction to action plans

Week 2

  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Physical activity, exercise, preventing falls

Week 3

  • Decision making
  • Pain management
  • Healthy eating

Week 4

  • Breathing techniques
  • Reading food labels
  • Communicating skills

Week 5

  • Medication management
  • Positive thinking, dealing with low mood and feelings of depression

Week 6

  • Making informed treatment decisions
  • Planning for the future 

Upcoming Living Well Programmes 2022

If you are interested in taking part in this programme or would like more information, please contact your local Living Well Team. They will make contact with you and let you know about the next available programme.

If your county is not listed please contact the team closest to you.

CHO 1

Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan

Date: Monday 26 September to Monday 21 November
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 6 October to Thursday 17th November 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 28 September to Wednesday 2 November
Time: 1.30pm to 4pm
Location: in person, Monaghan Town

Contact: Helen O'Driscoll
Phone: 087 3964 307
Email: helenodriscollqol@outlook.ie

CHO 2

Mayo, Galway, Roscommon

Date: Monday 5 September to Monday 10 October
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 7 September to Wednesday 12 October
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Tuesday 20 September to Tuesday 25 October
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 6 October to Thursday 10th October
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 12th October to Wednesday 16th November 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 26th October to Wednesday 30th November
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Contact: Liam Gildea
Phone: 086 014 2675
Email: lgildea@southmayo.com

CHO 3

Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary

Date: Tuesday 13 September to Tuesday 18 October 
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Thurles

Date: Wednesday 14 September to Wednesday 19 October 
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 15 September to Thursday 20 October
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Nenagh

Date: Friday 16 September to Friday 21 October 
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Ennis

Date: Tuesday 25 October to Tuesday 29 November 
Time: 1pm to 3.30pm
Location: Newmarket on Fergus

Date: Wednesday 26 October to Wednesday 30 November
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Ballynanty

Date: Thursday 27 October to Thursday 1 December
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Hospital, Limerick

Date: Friday 28 October to Friday 2 December
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Online

Contact: Philip Hennessy
Phone: 087 1799396
Email: philip.hennessy2@hse.ie

Contact: Liz Cox
Phone:087 1799392 
Email:  liz.cox@hse.ie

CHO 4

Cork, Kerry

There are currently no programmes scheduled.

Contact: Maeve Carmody
Email:Maeveh.carmody@hse.ie

CHO 5

Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, South Tipperary

Date: Monday 12 September to Monday 17 October
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 22 September to Thursday 3 November 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday6 October to Thursday 10 November
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Saturday 08 October to Saturday 19th November 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Tuesday 18 October to Tuesday 29 November 
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Online

Contact: Sheena Mullally
Phone:
 087 7388921
Email: LivingWellSE@hse.ie

CHO 6

Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow

There are currently no programmes scheduled.

Contact: Triona McNamee
Phone:
 087 4053 880
Email: triona.mcnamee@hse.ie

CHO 7

Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow Community Healthcare

There are currently no programmes scheduled.

Contact: Mary-Rose Cunningham
Phone:087 4320202
Email: maryrose.cunningham@hse.ie 

CHO 8

Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath

Date: Tuesday 20 September to Tuesday 1 November 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 21 September to Wednesday 2 November 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 22 September to Thursday 3 November
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Contact: Aine McNamee
Phone:
 087 114 0371
Email: Aine.Mcnamee@hse.ie

CHO 9

Dublin North City and County

Date: Tuesday 6 September to Tuesday 18 October
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 7 September to Wednesday 19 October
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 8 September to Thursday 20 October
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Saturday 10 September to Saturday 22 October
Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Location: Online 

Date: Saturday 29th October to Saturday 10th December 
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Online

Contact: Leah Harrington
Phone:
 087 365 4392
Email: leah.harrington@hse.ie

Feedback on the programme

People who have done the programme say that they feel more confident and in control of their health. They also report that their mood has improved and they have better sleep.

"I met wonderful people with other illnesses and this made me feel ‘not alone’ which helped me emotionally.”

“It made me more aware of my habits and gave me the tools to make positive changes”

 “My confidence has increased and I feel I am now able to manage my condition better”

Promotional Material

Living Well booklet Interactive (PDF, size 1.4MB, 2 pages)

Please contact your local coordinator for printed supplies of any promotional material.

Living Well is a Self–Management Resource Centre (SMRC) Evidence-Based Self-Management Program originally developed at Stanford University.

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Slaintecare Integration Fund 2019 under grant agreements 38, 78, 185, 219, 413, 418.