Sunday 19 January 2020

Healthy living initiatives attract €246k

Chairperson of County Sligo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Councillor Chris MacManus has welcomed an allocation of nearly a quarter million euros to the LCDC to promote 'Healthy Ireland' initiatives throughout the County.

The funding will help support innovative projects in areas such as community mental health, physical activity and nutrition as part of the Healthy Ireland Fund 2019-2021 Programme.

The funding was allocated to the LCDC from the Department of Health and Pobal.

LCDC Chief Officer, Dorothy Clarke also welcomed the allocation and looks forward to seeing the roll out of projects over the duration of the programme.

Councillor MacManus said:

"This funding of €246,010 from Pobal and the Department of Health to the local LCDC to promote innovative projects under the Healthy Ireland Programme is very welcome.

"As the local promoters of the Programme, the LCDC is working towards a shared vision amongst public sector bodies, employers, sports and voluntary groups along with communities, families and individuals where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.

"These inventive projects that we will be funding such as raising awareness within local organisations how best to support breastfeeding mothers and their families or the development of an intergenerational choir linking with local schools and active age and older peoples groups are designed to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing at a community level.

On behalf of Sligo LCDC, Councillor MacManus expressed good wishes all the projects and applauded these initiatives at a community level.

The following projects are to be funded:

· Tubbercurry CLG - 'Remote Working'

· Sligo Leader Partnership & Sligo Family Resource Centre - 'Ways to Wellness'

· Lifestart - 'Breast feeding Friendly Sligo'

· Sligo Sports & Recreation Partnership - 'Stronger for Longer'

· Sligo Arts Service - 'Intergenerational Choir'

· Community Mental Health Funded Action - Building a case for a community solution to mental health & wellbeing in Sligo.

Sligo Champion