Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD and Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD have announced €250,000 in funding to support increased health and wellbeing services in County Cavan.
Published on: 22 Oct 2021
The focus of Sláintecare Healthy Communities Community Enhancement Scheme is to support projects that will positively impact on the health and wellbeing of those who live in the county.
This scheme has demonstrated a collaborative approach, with Cavan County Council working together with the local communities and stakeholders to identify projects that support the increased use of, and access to, amenities in their local areas and that evoke an improved sense of community.
The Enhancement Funding Projects in Cavan include:
Belturbet Community Playground, Morrissey Park – Groundworks and surfacing: €19,962.01
Cootehill Playground upgrade: €51,196.42
Ballyjamesduff Playground refurbishment works: €23,145.95
Bailieborough Town Lake – outdoor gym upgrade: €18,489.15
Cavan Town – Enhancement of Con Smith Park, including widening and raising of paths and facilities for the installation of low-level lighting, to make the Park a safer place: €137,803.35
Announcing the funding Minister Donnelly said: “I am delighted to officially launch Healthy Communities. The goal of the Healthy Communities Programme is to improve the long-term health and wellbeing of the people living in these communities. These initiatives will be delivered in partnership with a number of groups working together to provide a range of dedicated services to build lasting improvements in health and wellbeing.”
Welcoming the funding Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly said “this funding will not only enhance a number of local amenities but will be an enormous benefit to the health and wellbeing of residents in the county. The upgrading of facilities in Belturbet, Cootehill, Ballyjamesduff, Bailieborough and Cavan Town will also create a safer environment for children to play in and will promote a strong sense of community.”
Chief Executive of Cavan County Council Tommy Ryan said: “Cavan County Council has worked closely with local communities to assess their needs and what can be done to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the residents. During the past 19 months, as we have continued to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have found a new appreciation for the outdoors and have emphasised the importance of protecting and maintaining our physical and mental wellbeing, this funding will help continue that emphasis on promoting healthy lives. I want to thank Minister Donnelly and Minister Feighan for this funding that will have a positive lasting impact on the communities that are benefitting.”
Sinéad Tormey, Healthy Cavan Coordinator, Cavan County Council said: “the vision of Healthy Ireland is one in which everyone can enjoy physical and mental wellbeing to their full potential and this funding will help support that vision by improving outdoor spaces throughout the county and encouraging more people to come out and use the fantastic facilities that are available to them while also promoting improved health and wellbeing for all.”