Social Inclusion Office, Community Services, County Clinic, Letterkenny
+353 (0)74 9123757

Working in Partnership for a Healthy Donegal



Social Prescribing Coordinator
Bernadette McFadden
086 0766670

A number of local community groups and interested individuals have banded together and created the Derryveagh Community Health Forum, we meet regularly to discuss and act upon local health matters that will enhance the wellbeing of our community.

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Lovely to see some individuals back at the Donegal ETB community garden class which is being run in Dunfanaghy Community Garden. Lots of fun, laughter, and learning taking place in a safe outdoor setting. for information on additional outdoor or Zoom programmes taking place at the moment please contact Dunfanaghy FRC or Social Prescribing Project - Derryveagh Email: ...
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A few places remaining. See information below.A few places remaining for the Living Well programme. Here's some info about the course and how you can access it. The Living Well Programme:Developing self-management skills for adults with long term health conditions.Living Wellis a free programme for adults with long term health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart conditions, stroke, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic pain, inflammatory bowel disease and many others. It can also be a support to those living with COVID-19 symptoms beyond six months.Living Well supports participants to develop vital self-management skills to enable them to live well with their conditions – skills such as: goal setting problem solving decision making communicating effectively dealing with difficult emotions managing medications managing pain and fatigue keeping active eating healthily working in partnership with healthcare professionals. The LW programme is free and available to people in counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo, thanks to Slaintecare funding. During COVID-19 it is delivered online and participants are given support to enable this. The programme involves attending one workshop every week for six weeks. Each workshop lasts 2.5 hours.Living Well is a group programme, for up to 12 participants. The programme is delivered by 2 trained facilitators, at least one of whom is themselves living with a long-term health condition.People taking part in the workshops have a variety of different health conditions. Participants can learn from each other’s experiences of living with long term health conditions, in a relaxed and friendly way.Mary Shields, Living Well facilitator (and former participant) said: “The emotional support participants give each other is tangible and empowering, regardless of what their condition is. It is very rewarding, over the six weeks, to see participants grow in confidence and develop a sense of control over their health conditions and their lives.”Since 2017 over 400 people in CHO Area1 have participated in the Living Well Programme, online or face to face.Some recent feedback from participants in the online Programme since June 2020:‘I feel more in control of my illness now, having learned a number of self-management skills. I initially thought that with everyone having different health issues might be a negative. However, I learned that we all had same concerns/worries’‘Thank you to the facilitators and the entire group for the help and support to me on the Living Well course. Without it I would still be sitting in my sitting room watching the world go by from my window and my health go further down’‘The 6 weeks course was an enjoyable experience. I learned new self-care exercises, new nutritional advice and tips, and brainstorming thinking. All of this in a comfortable, stress-free 'zoom zone'. It gave me a new perspective on my own illness and a feeling that I'm not the only one. This for me was a big help in my confidence levels and less shame.’‘Living well opens new options, opportunities and facilitated increased self-worth, self-esteem across all areas of one’s life! Identifies that you’re not alone and there’s nothing you cannot achieve, you do it in a way that works with your long term illness.’Next Programme starts: 11th MayRun times: 10.30 – 1pmTo register:Call 087-3314159or087-3964307(Note: The programme is self-referral. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to signpost participants to it)For more information Well is an evidence-based self-management programme designed by the School of Medicine, Stanford University. California. It is licenced by the Self-Management Resource Centre, USA. HSE Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1, covering counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo, has received funding to deliver Living Well from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 185.Donegal Community Health Network ...
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For our youth.Fancy some FREE Surf Lessons with friends?Are you a young person living in the Derryveigh or surrounding areas? (Creeslough, Dunfanaghy, Falcarragh, Gortahork, Cloughaneely) - or know of young people who may not necessarily have access to social media platforms such as facebook and Instagram? Here's a fantastic chance to meet up with friends on a Friday afternoon on the 7th - 14th - 21st May 2021, - take on board some information and learn about Sexual Identity; Relationships & Consent followed by a bit of water based fun in the form of a SURF LESSON from Narosa Life COST: Absolutely FREECATCH: Registration in advance is essential & Permission forms need to be completed by all young people attending the programme, under 18’s – a parent/guardian signature is required. CLOSING DATE: All permission forms need to be submitted by Friday 30th April. COVID 19 Guidelines:From Monday 26th pods of 15 can meet in groups outdoors for educational purposes. The programme will take place outdoors (under marquee with open sides) Pobail Le Chéile Donegal Youth Service Youth Work Ireland #derryveagh #dunfanaghyfrc #dunfanaghy #youth #donegal ...
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