Sláinte Le Chéile
Sláinte Le Chéile – Health Together works in collaboration with Irish Community Care and Liverpool Irish Centre to develop the project. This is an exciting venture to ensure the hardest to reach groups within the Irish community in Liverpool get healthy and stay healthy. The project has gone from strength to strength and up to now over 1000 people have accessed SLC through either events or activities held.
Sláinte Le Chéile – Health Together has 8 ongoing weekly health and wellbeing activities for all the community to particpate in. For example, Health walk and Talk group, weight management group:Weigh2Change, Community Garden Club, IT Club and Cuimhne:Memories – Memory Loss Support Group. SLC works in partnership with carious organisations such as Liverpool Mutual Homes, Liverpool Hope University, Adult Learning Service (ALS), NHS Liverpool to keep our serivce users up to date with all things health and wellbeing and Irish in Liverpool. SLC has various further activites coming up in partnership with ALS, such as Christmas Card Making and IT Digibus visiting the centre.
The garden at Liverpool Irish Centre is being transformed from an overgrown bramble filled wilderness and being used as a tranquil Celtic Trail. The garden is for everyone in the community and people can use the green space as a sanctuary - a safe place, where people can relax and de-stress, escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The theme is Celtic and we are focusing on a Celtic Trail using Irish Flowers etc. in order to provide a sense of home for the Irish Community in Liverpool. The community garden is all down to the hard work and commitment of participants and volunteers ably guided by Clodagh Dunne our Health and Wellbeing Project Coordinator. Clodagh is from Tyrone and came to Liverpool to study, finding it was home from home and has remained here ever since. Her background is Health and Wellbeing; she has been a Health and Wellbeing advisor for several years working for the NHS and has a Masters in Health, Exercise and Nutrition. Clodagh has implemented various health and wellbeing projects across Merseyside working alongside organisations such as Everton in the Community and Walking4Health.
Those who attend the activities include people experiencing anxiety, depression or more enduring mental health issues, ex-offenders, people in recovery, people who have been bereaved, older people, people living with dementia and memory loss, children and families and friends of Liverpool Irish Centre.
Sláinte Le Chéile will continue to encourage volunteer/mentoring support from active members of the community; promote intergenerational skills and knowledge sharing. Liverpool Irish Centre is a community asset and our vision is to extend our activities in response to the expressed needs of local people to continue to create and strengthen community connections and relationships.