What is North Cork Health & Wellbeing Community Referral?
This is a Social Prescribing project, based in the Le Chéile Family Resource Centre in Mallow. The Link Worker, Eithne Foley, helps to bridge the gap between you and your community. This might include joining a social group or taking up a hobby, accessing education or advice, or volunteering in the local area.
Here is a brief video from Eithne, featured in a recent launch of the HSE Stronger Together Plan.
So, how does it work?
With the Link Worker, there is time to talk about you, and about what matters to you. Your priorities might be to meet new people, to learn a new skill, to restart an old hobby or learn a new one, or to access local information or a course. Together you will come up with a simple plan that meets your health and wellbeing goals. Then you will link into these community-based activities and supports, which might include the community garden, the men’s shed, a craft group, a reading group, housing support or an educational opportunity.
Who is the service for?
Anyone (over 18) who is ready for a change, and wants to connect with their community. You might end up making new friends, joining the Men’s Shed, attending regular coffee mornings, joining a walking or running group, starting an art or dance class, joining a support group for a specific health issue, learning a new skill, joining a reading or writing group, accessing support from local information resources or starting a new course.
Essentially, Health and Wellbeing Community Referral is a new way for an old idea, that people are happier and healthier when they are connected to their community. Get in touch for a chat!
Resources and Activities
Here is a Referral Form for health professionals.
North Cork Social Prescribing FAQ for health professionals.
Here is a list of useful resources for the Mallow area.
The Health & Wellbeing Zoom Café was an initiative run by the Health & Wellbeing Community Referral Link Workers during the Covid19 pandemic. The Zoom café is featured in the first All Ireland Social Prescribing Network Ezine.
Groups that have previously run in conjunction with the service in Mallow include mindfulness, mandala workshops and social soccer.
You can find Eithne on Twitter ,Facebook and LinkedIn.
Listen below for an interview between Eithne and Patricia Messenger of 103FM.
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