Healthy Kildare LogoWhat is Healthy Ireland?

Healthy Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland.

What is Healthy Kildare?

Kildare was approved for Healthy Ireland Round 3 in 2019. A fund of €375,000 was allocated to Kildare in order to fund programmes targeting health and well-being. This funding was allocated by the Department of Health to Kildare Local Community Development Committee (Kildare LCDC) & Kildare Children and Young Persons Services Committee (Kildare CYPSC) and runs from 1st July 2019 – 30th June 2021.

In Kildare, the key organisations delivering programmes funded by Healthy Kildare Round 3 are;

Kildare Sports Partnership:

Responsible for the roll out of programmes aimed at teenage girls, older adults, disability inclusion, travellers and coaches.

Peter McVerry Trust:

Provide supports to families experiencing homelessness throughout Kildare.

South Western Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force:

Will develop a healthy club accreditation model to encourage alcohol free sporting events.

Heads Up:

Facilitates health and well being programmes for adult males living in Kildare.

Hope Cottage:

Provides supports to families who are experiencing addiction throughout Kildare.

Social Farming:

Organise and facilitate work placements of farms throughout Kildare for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Covid-19 & Healthy Kildare:

Throughout the global pandemic, Healthy Kildare funding has been used to provide many Covid-19 response resources so far, including;

  • An Older Adults exercise booklet (hard and soft copies distributed)
  • An inclusive family exercise booklet
  • A mental health wellness video series
  • 5 x free work outs each weekday which were lead live by KSP tutors
  • A survey to gauge the impact that Covid-19 has had on people’s physical activity which 1,050 people contributed to
  • Weekly positive mental health affirmations
  • An animated Physical Literacy video
  • A ‘return to play’ COVID-19 training course called ‘Play it Safe’ which instructs physical activity providers on how to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the Government and the HSE. The course includes a ‘Certificate of Completion’ and already has had over 3,500 participants
  • A ‘work-place wellness’ template and guide
  • Weekly zoom classes for interactive instruction and physical activity
  • Lilywhite Summer Home Olympics for people with disabilities
  • Support packs for homeless families throughout Kildare
  • On line supports for the users of the Head’s Up service and hard copy supports for those who do not have access to social media

For more information on Healthy Ireland or any of the above programmes, please contact Deborah via: deborah@countykildarelp.ie

26 February 2020; Healthy Kildare Project Partners with Healthy Kildare Coordinator, Deborah Foley, during Kildare Sports Partnership’s Back to Basics Seminar at Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge, Kildare.

26 February 2020; Healthy Kildare Project Partners with Healthy Kildare Coordinator, Deborah Foley, during the Healthy Kildare Launch at Kildare Sports Partnership’s Back to Basics Seminar at Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge, Kildare.