The Vision for a Healthy Wexford is where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.
To help in bringing this vision to life Wexford has developed a Healthy Wexford County Plan 2020-2022. This Plan will support the implementation of Healthy Ireland, the national health and wellbeing framework, at a local level, to improve the health and wellbeing of all in County Wexford. Read more about Healthy Ireland here.
Many factors, or determinants, can influence a person’s health and wellbeing. Good health is not evenly distributed across Irish society. The circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work and age all impact on their health, in addition to the individual choices people make about how to live.
In line with the Healthy Ireland Framework, the Plan for County Wexford will have four overarching goals:
• increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life
• reduce health inequalities
• protect the public from threats to health and well being
• create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland
Local Authorities have a significant role in protecting and promoting their citizens’ health and wellbeing. Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Wexford Healthy County Committee, working with a range of organisations and groups, will oversee the implementation of this plan. However, it is partnerships and collaboration with statutory bodies, business, community and voluntary organisations that will ensure delivery of a Healthy Wexford.
Six key priority areas have been identified under the Healthy Ireland Framework, and these are replicated priorities for Healthy Wexford.
PRIORITY 1: Physical activity
PRIORITY 2: Healthy weight
PRIORITY 3: Tobacco free
PRIORITY 4: Sexual health
PRIORITY 5: Alcohol and drug related harm
PRIORITY 6: Mental health
Wexford is now part of the National Healthy Cities & Counties of Ireland Network. Read more about the this here.
Healthy Ireland Fund 2019-2021 - Round Three
Under the current Healthy Ireland Fund 2019-2021 - Round Three, Wexford LCDC has six Healthy Ireland Fund Actions in addition to a Community Mental Health Fund Action, a Community Mental Health Fund Small Grants Scheme, Community Engagement Activity, and employment of a Healthy Ireland Coordinator for County Wexford.
Wexford CYPSC (Children & Young Persons Services Committee) also receives funding under the Healthy Ireland Fund. To find out more about this funding contact CYPSC Coordinator, Sheila Barrett - firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 823 0147.
Healthy Ireland at your Library
Wexford Libraries are engaged with the Healthy Ireland at Your Library Programme and offer a range of resources and supports. They hold regular talks, discussions and workshops with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy. Keep up to date with what’s happening at your local library by calling in or checking online here.
To find out more about the Healthy Ireland at Your Library Initiative, click here.
To find out more information about Healthy Wexford get in touch:
Annette Dupuy, Healthy County Coordinator