Community Health Workers from across Cork city and County launched their 3rd annual ‘Get Active - Get Connected’ Community Health Month on Friday, 22 September.
‘Get Active - Get Connected’ is a unique community health month initiative that began in 2021 and has grown from strength to strength since. Community Health Workers across Cork have joined forces to create a month-long series of community health focused initiatives that will run throughout Cork city and County, which are all featured in their calendar of events booklet, available on: www.healthactionzone.ie
With over 35 activities organised to take place throughout October – there’s something for people at every stage of their lives, ranging from: ‘Maintaining Mobility’ classes, ‘Minding Your Wellbeing’ workshops (delivered in Arabic and English), a ‘Women’s Health - The Menopause: Be Part of the Conversation’ workshop, Traveller Cultural Awareness Training, Baby and Toddle First Aid workshops, and much more.
HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare’s Community Health Workers have been enhancing community health and wellbeing over the past 20 years across Cork City and County. Community Health Workers work individually and collectively to support and promote the development of sustainable health initiatives. The initiatives organised are developed based on localised needs, with the long-term aim of inspiring people to improve their own health and wellbeing. Community Health Workers also work collaboratively with a wide variety of local voluntary, statutory and community organisations to improve the health and lifestyle of a community.
Priscilla Lynch, Head of Primary Care, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said: “Cork Kerry Community Healthcare’s Community Health Workers play a pivotal role in enhancing and improving the health and wellbeing of a community through their work in developing targeted health-focused initiatives. This year’s ‘Get Active – Get Connected’ calendar of events have developed on the offering of last year’s programme with a diverse array of activities planned to pique everyone’s interest, from organised walks along the banks of the Lee, a menopause workshop, free men’s health checks, baby and toddler first aid classes, and much more.”
Sorcha Ni Chrualaoich, Principal Community Worker, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare commented: “As a team we are very proud of the wide variety of health focused initiatives on offer within our ‘Get Active - Get Connected’ calendar of events, which provides a snapshot of some of our on-the-ground work within the community. Our aim is to encourage people of all ages to once again ‘Get Active and Get Connected’ throughout the month of October - to try out some new activities (in person or online) and develop some new friendships along the way.”
Pauline O Grady, Mallow Community Work Department, Cork North Community Work Department, acknowledged the support of partners in helping to deliver this year’s programme of events: “October is usually a time when we start to spend more of our spare time indoors and less time out in our community and exercising. Let’s try to combat that mind-frame this year and encourage ourselves, our friends, and family members to get out and try something new? I would like to encourage everyone to visit our website to download (and share!) the ‘Get Active - Get Connected’ programme – with over 35 events running across Cork city and County this October, we have something for everyone”
To download a calendar of events and for more information on Community Health Workers in your area, please visit: www.healthactionzone.ie
Last updated on: 22 / 09 / 2023