Healthy Killaloe Ballina report was officially launched in Clarisford Park, Killaloe, Co. Clare on Friday 21st July.

Research carried out over a 2-year period assessed the baseline health and wellbeing levels of the community prior to the implementation of physical activity and wellbeing programmes with built in psychological aspects targeted at specific groups and needs within the community.

People from Killaloe Ballina with a specialism in health and wellbeing were encouraged to participate and help create and deliver health and wellbeing programmes to improve and enhance the long term healthy lifestyle behaviour of people at all stages of life in the community.

Through the establishment of community based health promotion and wellbeing the Healthy Killaloe Ballina initiative serves as a model of best practice and as a blueprint for the creation of like minded healthy communities that can be rolled out across the island of Ireland

HEALTHY KILLALOE BALLINA

Healthy Killaloe Ballina is a multi stakeholder project led by Clarisford Park in partnership with Healthy Ireland, Irish Sport, Clare Sports Partnership and the University of Limerick. Nollaig O’Sullivan coordinated the project from November 2015- November 2017.

Vision
Killaloe Ballina as the first healthy town in Ireland. A town where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level and is everyone’s responsibility within our community

Goals
1.Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life by improving levels of health and wellbeing over the long term. It adopts a life course approach, this approaches health through all stages of life from childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age.
2. Create and maintain an environment where every individual and sector within our community can play their part in achieving a healthy Killaloe and Ballina.Effective partnerships are essential to gain insights into health and wellbeing at the local level.
3. Reduce Health inequalities. This focuses on reducing the gaps between the highest and lowest socio-economic groups and addressing the specific needs of at risk groups (i.e people with disabilities) in order to reduce health inequalities. 

gogreenexFINALlogoGoGreen ex is an acroym for Going Outdoors: Gathering Research Evidence on ENvironment and EXercise in a community based interdisciplinary intervention

This research is being undertaken in collaboration with Mental Health Ireland and Clarisford park and will involved an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigating both the potential of “green” (being outdoors in the natural environment) and “blue” (i.e in,on, under or near water) spaces to promote physical activity on mental health and wellbeing as well as evaluating the potentials mechanisms underlying these effects

CLARISFORD PARK COMMUNITY SPORTS HUB

In 2015, Irish Sport designated Clarisford Park as the Community Sports Hub for Co. Clare.Untitled

This designation recognises and supports the mission of Clarisford Ltd which stems from the 3 core values of;
– Sport & Recreation
– Quality of Life, and
– Collaboration & Partnership

Allocation of Dormant Account funding was secured through Clare Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland towards a Community Sports Hub in Clarisford Park.  Capital expenditure i.e. Sports Floor, disabled access and dressing room showers were completed in addition to the delivery of sport and physical activity participation programmes to encourage people in the community to become more active. Through the Community Sports Hub Co-ordinator Nollaig O’Sullivan, programmes such as Killaloe Ballina Business Walking Challenge, Operation Transformation Walk, Leaving Certificate Physical Activity and Wellbeing Project in St. Anne’s Community School, Muscle Strengthening for Elderly and Mental Skills Workshops within sporting groups and support networks are being undertaken. The Healthy Killaloe Ballina Report was launched in July 2017

Clare Sports Partnership and Clarisford Park are eager to work with local groups and organisations who would like to get involved in the development of the Sports Hub so if interested please contact either John Sweeney Clare Sports Partnership at 065-6865434 email: john@claresportspartnership.ie or Clarisford Park direct at info@clarisfordpark.ie