In 2016 the government approved the creation of a national Healthy Ireland Fund with an initial allocation of €5 million.
Round 3 allocation was announced in mid 2019, €422,050k was allocated to Cork County which covers a two year period.
Our Healthy Ireland Co-ordinater together with the LCDC Healthy Ireland Sub Committee have identified eight actions under 9 designated themes. These actions were approved by the three LCDC committees in September 2019 and have now received final approval from the Dept.
Other initiatives include:
- Compiling an Implementation Strategy for Cork County, to be launched in 2020
- Cork, A Healthy County – application has been made under Healthy Cities & Counties
- Identifying other collaborations & initiatives
- One of our initiatives under the Healthy Ireland fund was the roll out of our first Teen Talk event in 2018, for Transition Year students, this was expanded on 2019 with the running of three events, one in each LCDC area. A total of 1,200 TY students representing 40 schools attended the events which was a great success. We are delighted that this Cork County Council initiative was shortlisted under the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2019 under the Health & Wellbeing category.
A further three events were planned for March/April 2020 with a new addition of an evening event for Parents & Teachers known as Gen Z. Unfortunately due to the current coronavirus outbreak these had to be cancelled. Following the cancellation of our Teen Talk events, we have taken the initiative to bring the events online. Video interviews are being carried out with all of our speakers and these videos will be posted to the Cork County Council YouTube channel and were communicated through Social Media on Tuesday, 7th April.
Please email TeenTalks@corkcoco.ie with any questions comments or reactions that you might have.
Please go to the Cork County Council YouTube channel to view our Teen Talk Webchats.