Innovation Project Newsletter – December 2020

Welcome to the second edition of CAWT’s cross border Innovation Recovery Project newsletter. Innovation Recovery Project eZine – December 2020 This issue features news and updates on the pilot of their ‘Staying Connected’ online educational support programme for students and their Winter Wellness Programme 2020. You can keep up to date on the work of our Innovation Recovery Project Team via Facebook and Twitter. For information on CAWT’s Innovation Recovery Project contact Cathy McCloskey, Project Manager, email: cathy.mccloskey2@westerntrust.hscni.net.

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Innovation Recovery’s Winter Wellness Programme 2020

CAWT’s cross border Innovation Recovery Project is working in partnership with local GP practices to deliver an online Winter Wellness Programme. The Winter Wellness Programme’s overall aim is to reach out to local communities to enable people to remotely access the programme and stay connected, feel supported and equipped with wellness tools to help get through these challenging times. Currently 7 GP practices are working closely with the project to offer these workshops. The topics covered include Top Tips For Anxiety, Mindful Sleep, Recognising and Strengthening Resilience, Finding Joy Through Gratitude and The Winter Wellness Toolbox. Tracy Gray, Western Trust […]

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‘Sharing Early Experiences in the Management of Covid-19′: CAWT sponsors cross border event

‘Sharing Early Experiences in the Management of Covid-19’, a CAWT-sponsored cross border, multi-agency virtual workshop was held on 25 November 2020. Emergency and major incident planning experts shared their knowledge and experience from their early responses to the coronavirus pandemic with a wide range of delegates from the Health Services in NI and RoI, and both Irish and UK defence personnel. Hosted by the United Nations Training School Ireland, at the Curragh in Co. Kildare, the event was facilitated by Dr Tim Healing, from the Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London. Following […]

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Cross border Innovation Recovery College pilot helps over 100 students to Stay Connected

CAWT’s Innovation Recovery Project teamed up with a number of colleges including St. Angela’s College Sligo, Cavan Institute and Monaghan Institute of Further Education and Training, to pilot the new ‘Staying Connected’ online educational support programme for students. The programme aims to address the potential impact that the current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions may be having on students attending third-level colleges in Ireland. Following successful training courses in Sligo and Cavan, the sessions took place in Monaghan during November. Kevin Curran, HSE Co-ordinator, explained: “At a time when students had expected to be attending lectures on campus, socialising with friends and […]

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World Mental Health Day 2020 – Innovation Recovery launch project newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our CAWT cross border Innovation Recovery Project newsletter. Innovation Recovery Project eZine – World Mental Health Day 2020 To mark World Mental Health Day 2020 we are sharing our news and developments from recent months and sharing our mental health and wellbeing course schedule. We provide a wide range of online courses which are free of charge. Details of how you can register are in our eZine. You can keep up to date on the work of our Innovation Recovery Project Team via their Facebook and Twitter accounts @InnovationRecov.

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Keeping Connected During Times of Crisis

At the beginning of lockdown, experts warned physical and mental wellbeing was likely to be severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. This prompted the Innovation Recovery Project, a cross-border mental health education initiative, to adapt its services and switch to free online and interactive learning. The Project, which uses a ‘lived experience’ learning approach to helping people improve their mental health and wellbeing has ran over 69 courses since the COVID-19 lockdown. John Meehan, Project Chair of the Innovation Recovery Project explains why making the move to online delivery during the pandemic was vital, “Looking after your mental health by […]

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mPower Project Commences in CHO1

Supporting older people to remain in their own homes and communities Over 100 people attended two recent learning events, one in Letterkenny and one in Sligo to find out about and get involved in a new EU INTERREG VA funded project called mPower. This project aims to support older people with long-term conditions or chronic illnesses to live well, safely and independently in their own homes. The mPower project will operate in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The learning event, organised by the HSE’s Community Healthcare Organisation area 1, was attended by GPs, GP practice staff, primary […]

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Could you contribute to mental health and well-being in your local community?

3 Community Engagement Events to be held in Cavan, Derry/Londonderry and Newry The Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) health services partnership has secured funding from the EU’s INTERREG VA programme to support a large-scale cross border mental health recovery project within Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland. The 4 year cross border Innovation Recovery project will deliver mental health education in order to support people to better understand and manage their mental health. The project is establishing cross border Hubs in the following 3 areas of Derry-Donegal; Fermanagh-Cavan-Monaghan-Sligo-Leitrim; and Belfast-Armagh-Newry-Dundalk. Those managing the project will be seeking applications […]

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