Cross Border Conference on Coercive Control takes place in Letterkenny

Event attended by 375 professionals from Tusla, An Garda Siochana, PSNI and other statutory and community partner organisations. Wednesday 11th December 2019:  The Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny was the venue for a major cross border conference today focussing on the impact of coercive control. The conference was a collaborative initiative between the CAWT cross border MACE Project, which is funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, and Donegal Children and Young People’s Services Committee and was supported by Donegal Domestic Violence Service, An Garda Siochana and Tusla. Coercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including all […]

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Newly qualified Community Health Facilitators celebrate success

In total 34 people from across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland border counties and Scotland were the first to secure an Open College Network (OCN) qualification in Community Health Facilitation. This NVQ Level 3 (equivalent to Level 5 in the Republic of Ireland and Level 6 in of the European Qualifications Framework) Certificate in Community Health Facilitation provides participants with an accredited pathway in their work of supporting health improvements within their communities. The objective of this qualification is to enable participants to acquire the knowledge and skills to help individuals within their communities to improve their own health […]

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Wellness Café and new recovery College courses in Donegal

An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny was packed to capacity for the joint launch of the first Wellness Café in Donegal and the Innovation Recovery Colleges’ new Autumn/Winter prospectus. The Recovery College prospectus provides people in the North West with the opportunity to learn new skills in their journey of mental health recovery. The CAWT cross border Innovation Recovery Project, via the HSE and the Western Health & Social Care Trust, has developed the new prospectus which is enabling people to access the courses in Donegal areas as well as within Northern Ireland. This cross border Innovation Recovery Project is supported by […]

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Armagh and Dungannon – new local health and well-being Hub launched

This week saw the launch of a new health and well-being project currently being rolled out by Connected Health in the Southern Health & Social Care Trust area. The project is called ‘CoH-Sync’ which is short for Community Health Synchronisation. CoH-Sync is a cross border, European Union INTERREG VA funded project and is now available to anyone aged 18 years and over who wants to begin their journey to getting healthier but doesn’t know where to start.  Whether it is help to quit smoking, adopt healthier eating habits, make new connections in your community or just generally feel better about […]

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Cavan / Monaghan – new local health and well-being Hub launched

A new health and well-being project currently being rolled out in the Monaghan and Cavan areas by Monaghan Integrated Development and Breffni Integrated Development (Cavan) was launched in Carrickmacross recently as part of an annual health fair. The project is called ‘CoH-Sync’ which is short for Community Health Synchronisation. The CoH-Sync project is a cross border EU INTERREG VA funded programme and is now available to anyone aged 18 years and over who wants to begin their journey to getting healthier but doesn’t know where to start.  Whether it is help to quit smoking, adopt healthier eating habits, make new […]

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New Year launch of local health and well-being Hub

A new health and well-being initiative currently being rolled out by Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum was launched recently. The initiative is called ‘CoH-Sync’ which is short for Community Health Synchronisation. The CoH-Sync project is a cross border EU INTERREG VA funded programme and is now available to anyone who wants to begin their journey to getting healthier but doesn’t know where to start.  Whether it is help to quit smoking, lose weight, make new connections in your community or just generally feel better about life, CoH-Sync can help. According to the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, […]

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Donegal GAA Football captain endorses new local health and well-being Hubs for the county

Donegal captain Michael Murphy officially launched a new health and well-being project which is being rolled out across County Donegal by Donegal Local Development Partnership. The project is ‘CoH-Sync’ which is short for Community Health Synchronisation. The CoH-Sync project is a cross border EU INTERREG VA funded programme and is now available to anyone who wants to begin their journey to getting healthier but doesn’t know where to start.  Whether it is help to quit smoking, lose weight, make new connections in your community or just generally feel better about life, CoH-Sync can help. Pictured at the launch Michael Murphy, […]

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Cross border conference shines spotlight on young peoples’ mental health in a changing world

Ulster University’s 15th Annual Mental Health Conference highlighted the inherent challenges that exist within a modern society for young people and the potential adverse effects that this can have on their mental wellbeing. Pictured from L-R, Barry McGale, Lisa McCrystall, CAWT; Mark H. Durkan, SDLP; Marie O’Neill, Ulster University; Bobby Smyth, Trinity College Dublin; Edel O’Doherty, CAWT.         According to the Mental Health Foundation, half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Excessive use of the internet and social media has also seen a rise in cyber-crime […]

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Significant EU investment to help transform the lives of vulnerable families

Cross border conference highlights the costs of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Leading experts speaking at the first cross border Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) conference highlighted that children who have been exposed to situations such as domestic violence, alcohol/drug abuse, mental illness and bereavement can experience negative impacts which last well into adulthood. Such impacts can include poorer educational achievements, employment status and health and well-being. The 650 plus attendees at the event were informed that ACEs are more commonplace than we think and that many of us will have experienced at least one ACE in our childhood. Funders and project […]

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