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. PhD Student Nollaig O’Sullivan commenced the 18 month project in February 2015
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
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.
GoGreen 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.
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 commmunity 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. Annes Community School, Muscle Strengthening for Elderly and Mental Skills Workshops within sporing groups and support networks are being undertaken. The final review of interventions will be complete in Autumn 2016
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Nollaig O’Sullivan, Clarisford Community Sports Hub email: email@example.com