Living Well programme

The Living Well Programme will be delivered as an online programme during the COVID-19 restrictions period.

Watch this video to learn more about the 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: Wednesday 1 June to Wednesday 13 July
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 2 June to Thursday 14 July
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Tuesday 14 June to Tuesday 19 July 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: In person - Clarion Rd, Sligo Town.

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

CHO 2

Mayo, Galway, Roscommon

There are currently no programmes scheduled.

Contact: Jackie Lynott
Phone: 087 718 5615
Email: jackie.lynott@mayocil.ie

CHO 3

Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary

Date: Thursday 19 May to Thursday 7 July
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Tuesday 14 June to Tuesday 26 July
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 15 June to Wednesday 27 July
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
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

Date: Tuesday 10 May to Tuesday 21 June
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Online

Contact: Michael Healy
Phone:
 087 1832648
Email: Michael.Healy4@hse.ie

CHO 5

Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, South Tipperary

Date: Saturday 7 May to Saturday 11 June
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Tuesday 24 May to Tuesday 28 June
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 8 June to Wednesday 13 July
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Friday 24 June to Friday 29 July
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Location: Online

Contact: Sheena Mulally
Phone:
 087 7388921
Email: sheena.mullally@hse.ie

CHO 6

Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow

Date: Wednesday 25 May to Wednesday 6 July
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Online

Date: Tuesday 28 June to Tuesday 9 August 
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Online

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.

CHO 8

Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath

Date: Tuesday 14 June to Tuesday 26 July
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Wednesday 15 June to Wednesday 27 July
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location: Online

Date: Thursday 16 June to Thursday 28 July
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: Friday 6 May to Friday 25 June 
Time: 10.30am to 1pm 
Location:
Online 

Date: Saturday 7 May to Saturday 25 June
Time: 10.30am to 1pm 
Location:
Online 

Date: Tuesday 24 May to Tuesday 5 July
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Location:
Online 

Date: Tuesday 31 May to Tuesday 12 July
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
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 brochure 22-07 (PDF, 763.1 KB, 1 page)

Living Well poster 27-07 (PDF, 443.7 KB, 1 page)

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.