The Healthy Galway City initiative seeks to embed collaboration, partnerships and coordinated approaches to achieving health and wellbeing equality in Galway City. The actions outlined in the Healthy Galway City Strategy will be implemented in partnership with key stakeholders. This collaborative approach will be central to achieving a city where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.
Other Healthy Ireland Initiatives in Galway City
Healthy Ireland at Your Library
Healthy Ireland at Your Library provides valuable health information and support to communities and individuals at all life stages.
The Healthy Ireland at Your Library Collection has over 100 titles covering the three Healthy Ireland themes – Eat Well, Think Well, Be Well. The collection is available to borrow in every local library free of charge. For more information and to see if there are any additions to the collection, go to www.librariesireland.ie or drop in to your local library.
A collection of health and wellbeing eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines are also available to download from www.librariesireland.ie.
Become a member today by dropping into your local library or completing the online form. Click here for more information.
Libraries in Galway City:
Galway City Library, Hynes Buildings, St. Augustine Street, Galway, H91 R6WF
Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Rd, Galway
- Ballybane Library, Castlepark Road, Galway
Galway CYPSC is a county-level committee that brings together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people. The committee is tasked under Better Outcomes Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020 to provide a forum for joint planning and co-ordinated activity. To read more about Galway CYPSC click here. The Healthy Ireland Fund has enabled Galway CYPSC to deliver a number of key actions that relate to services for the 0 – 3 years old age group:
With Galway City Partnership, an Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan for Galway County was developed to set-out a co-ordinated approach for statutory, community and voluntary organisations working with very young children in the county.
Through Galway Childcare Committee, two capacity building programmes were delivered to childcare workers across the city and county. The first of these provided staff with the awareness and skills needed to deliver more outdoor play opportunities to children. The second focused on providing staff with the knowledge and skills needed to make mealtimes healthier and more social occasions.
In partnership with Tusla Child and Family Agency, a series of free talks and cookery demonstrations aimed at parents who are weaning babies was delivered in towns across the county.
The period ending June 2021, will see Galway CYPSC using Healthy Ireland funding to:
Continue, with Galway Childcare Committee, to build capacity within childcare services to provide outdoor play opportunities for children and to make mealtime’s healthy and social occasions.
Deliver, in partnership with Healthy Galway City, Galway County Council, HSE Health and Wellbeing and HSE Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service, the Healthy Food Made Easy programme in Galway County.
- Support, as part of a broad coalition of local services including Galway Healthy City, the Not Around Us campaign in Galway County.
GMIT Healthy Campus
The GMIT Healthy Campus working group has been in existence since January 2018. In September 2019, GMIT signed up to the Healthy Ireland Healthy Campus Charter and Framework, agreeing to promote health and wellbeing through their mission, strategy, policies, plans and practices. GMIT Healthy Campus Committee are keen to combine the resources, expertise and experience that exists within the GMIT Community with external partners and organisations to make GMIT a healthier and happier place to work and study, and to impart knowledge to students and staff to help them make more positive life choices.
GMIT Healthy Campus works include:
Introduction of a Clean Air Policy to include GMIT as a smoke-free/vape-free Institute from January 2020
Introduction of a Nutrition Traffic Light System to foods prepared in the Dublin Road Campus Canteen and other nutrition promotions
Facilitation of Consent Workshops to all first year students in all campuses from September 2019
Addressing alcohol, drugs and tobacco use and related issues
Implementation of various mental and physical health initiatives and related campaigns
HSE – Community Healthcare West
The Community Healthcare West Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan 2018-2022 builds on existing health and wellbeing good practices, and also plans additional local actions to support the implementation of the key Healthy Ireland priorities. Successful implementation of the plan is dependent on effective partnership working.