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 
  •  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 2023

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 23 January to Monday 13 March
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 26 January to Thursday 9 March
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Friday 10th February to Friday 24th March (excluding St Patrick's day)
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Ballyshannon, Co Donegal

Date: Thursday 23 February to Thursday 6 April
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Online

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

CHO 2

Mayo, Galway, Roscommon

Date: Thursday 12 January to Thursday 16 February
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Friday 20 January to Friday 24 February
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Ballina, Co. Mayo

Date: Tuesday 31 January to Tuesday 7 March
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Monday 20 February to Monday 27 March
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Contact: Fiona Cunnane
Phone: 087 7185615
Email: fcunnane@southmayo.com

CHO 3

Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary

Date: Tuesday 17 January to Tuesday 21 February
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Barrack View, Primary Care Centre, Limerick City

Date: Wednesday 18 January to Wednesday 22 February
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Roscrea, Co.Tipperary

Date: Thursday 19 January to Thursday 23 February
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Limerick City

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. 

Please contact the team in another area if you wish to attend.

Please note the Location as Programmes can be Online or In-Person.

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

CHO 5

Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, South Tipperary

Date: Wednesday 11 January to Wednesday 15 February
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 12 January to Thursday 16 February
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Monday 16 January to Monday 27 February
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online (FULL)

Date: Tuesday 17 January to Tuesday 21 February
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: In Person - Millennium Family Resource Centre, Glengoole,Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Date: Wednesday 22 February to Wednesday 29 March
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 23 February to Thursday 30 March
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: In Person - Courtown, Co Wexford (FULL)

Date: Tuesday 28 February to Tuesday 4 April
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: In Person - Sacred Heart Family Resource Centre, Waterford City

Contact: Sheena Mullally
Phone:
 056 7784 944 or 056 7784 945
Email: LivingWellSE@hse.ie

CHO 6

Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow

Contact: Elish Carr
Phone: 087 4053 880
Email: LivingWellCHEast@hse.ie

Date: Thursday January 26 to Thursday March 9
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Monday February 13 to Monday March 27
Time:  2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Online

CHO 7

Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow Community Healthcare

There are currently no programmes scheduled.

Please contact the team in another area if you wish to attend.

Please note the Location as Programmes can be Online or In-Person.

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

CHO 8

Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath

Date: Tuesday 24 January to Tuesday 7 March
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 25 January to Wednesday 8 March
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 26 January to Thursday 9 March
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 17th January to Tuesday 28th February 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Tuesday 17th January to Tuesday 28th February 
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
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.