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Connecting Communities Roadshows to showcase the best of Waterford Community Services

Waterford City and County Council, in partnership with community groups and stakeholders, will host a series of Connecting Communities Roadshows throughout the city and county.

The roadshows, which take place from February through to May, will offer local communities the opportunity to engage with the Local Authority and its associated partners.  They will also provide insight and guidance about setting up community groups, sourcing funding for developing community initiatives and how to build a stronger, inclusive, and vibrant place to live.

The initiative is spearheaded by Healthy Waterford and Waterford PPN, in collaboration with organisations such as the Community Safety Partnership, Waterford LEADER Partnership, Waterford Area Partnership, Creative Waterford, HSE, Emergency Services and Waterford Sport Partnership, to name but a few.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway welcomed the initiative.  “This series of Connecting Communities Roadshows is a fantastic platform to gain insightful and informative feedback from local communities.

“There is real value in finding out about what communities are doing, and doing well, and how they can be better, from those immersed in those communities.  Shared advice, expertise, resources, and local knowledge are integral for any community to thrive and become more inclusive and welcoming for everyone who lives there.”

Sinéad Breathnach, Senior Executive Officer for Community & Sports with Waterford City and County Council explains, “The premise of these roadshows is the provide respective communities with a chance to engage with community services and to make suggestions as to how we can work together to make communities the best they can be.

“Not only will our partner agencies be in attendance, but there is also advice and insights on hand for those exploring setting up community groups, how to go about it and how to avail of funding streams to develop progressive community initiatives.”

Attendees can also meet with ‘Community Champions’ which will showcase their local services at the roadshows.

Ballysaggart Community Development CLG and its Chairperson, Michael Walsh believes that “staying updated with new and existing opportunities and collaborating with various agencies is crucial for community groups, old or new.

“Networking plays a key role and these one-stop-shops for locals will be of great benefit. We have benefited greatly by collaborating over the last number of years. I encourage all to attend as there will be something for everyone.”

The Connecting Communities Roadshows will take place at Lismore Heritage Centre on February 7th, The Park Hotel, Dungarvan on February 21st, Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas on March 6th, Community Hall, Ballymacarbry on March 20th, The Haven Hotel, Dunmore East on April 3rd, Cill Barra Sports Hall, Ballybeg on April 17th and Tramore GAA Community Hall on May 8th.  These events are free to attend and members of the public are invited to call in anytime between 6pm and 8.30pm.

To find out more keep an eye on social media or contact Eoin Morrissey, Community Department Waterford City and County Council at eoin.morrissey@waterfordcouncil.ie or Muriel Tobin, PPN Waterford Coordinator at waterfordppn@gmail.com

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Images:  Free to use – Patrick Brown

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Back row:  Ovi Matiut, Eddie Mulligan, Eoin Morrissey, Dylan White of WCCC, Colin Barden Waterford Fire Service and Paul Deegan Volunteer Centre Waterford.

Front row:  Muriel Tobin Waterford PPN, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway, Sinéad Breathnach and Ella Ryan of WCCC.

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Back row: Aine Whelan WWETB, Teresa Fennell and James O Donoghue Local Link, Liam Quinn Waterford Area Partnership and Nicola Spendlove WCCC

Front row:  Lauren Walsh Kett Waterford Sports Partnership, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway, Sinéad Breathnach WCCC and Tracy McEneaney Waterford Libraries

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Eoin Morrissey, Waterford Healthy City and County Coordinator WCCC, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway and Sinéad Breathnach, Senior Executive Officer for Community and Sports WCCC

Positive Ageing Week

WOULD you like to take a trip down memory lane at the movies, dance an afternoon away or try your hand at Short Mat Bowling or Pickleball?

 

There are just some of the activities included in an action packed programme of events compiled by Waterford Older People’s Council, Waterford Sports Partnership and Waterford Libraries which are taking place in the city and county to mark Positive Ageing Week which takes place on the week commencing Monday October 2.

Positive Ageing Week kicks off with a classic movie morning at Carrickphierish Library at 10.30am, while at The Hub at Central Library an electronic textiles fabric flower workshop  takes place between 10am and 1pm.

Sports enthusiasts can choose from a Pickleball Taster Session between 2 and 4pm at Cill Barra Sports Centre on October 2, or Short Mat Bowling at the same venue also on Tuesday from 10.30am to 12 noon. Out on your feet an epic walk through 1100 years of history from the Vikings to the Victorians is highly recommended. Meeting place is Bishop’s Palace. A fee of €4 applies and booking should be made by calling Waterford Council on 086 152 9799.

It’s back to Carrickphierish Library on Wednesday for a Smart Phone class for beginners from 1am to 12 noon and the following morning at 10.30 there’s a second chance to check out what’s on the big screen for what promises to be another great Movie Morning.

Each year the Tea Dance at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre is eagerly anticipated and again this year Waterford’s senior citizens are invited alone to enjoy afternoon tea with music and – of course plenty of dancing between 2pm and 5pm.

Demand is expected to be high for all activities so booking is advised through Waterford Sports Partnership by calling 087 739 6050 or email lmcenaney@waterfordsportspartnership.ie For events to be held in local libraries phone 051 849626 or email jloughran@waterfordcouncil.ie Bookings can be made for the Tea Dance at the Sacred Heart Centre, The Folly by calling 089 251 1047 or by email to waterfordopc2019@gmail.com

Council’s Community Team bringing Play to the Streets

Last week, Waterford City and County Council’s Community team, through its Healthy Ireland program, arrived with its Playful Street program for residents of Markey Drive and Highfield Dungarvan.

The Playful Street programmes are being rolled out throughout Waterford county with over eighteen areas signed up already.

This was Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway’s second playful street event. “I was privileged to have been asked to come to the Playful Streets evening in Dungarvan.  I met a great bunch of children and their enthusiastic parents, all of whom responded engagingly with Waterford City and County Council’s espousal of the initiative.

 

“The main thrust of Playful Streets is to get children to play together safely outdoors – and leaving the couches, TVs, phones and video games to one side.  In doing so, we will build a stronger, more inclusive, child-friendly community. The Council is aiming to have many more such events all over the city and county and it’s a fantastic way of community groups working on a project and continuing the overall emphasis of pride of place.”

Cllr. Thomas Phelan echoed the mayor’s sentiments, saying “As a local councillor it was great to see the playful streets initiative in action in Dungarvan. I really enjoyed the spending time with the residents in Highfield and Spring Markey Drive. It was a pity the mayors team bet mine in the tug of war, but it was great craic.

“These days there’s lots of concern about the children playing in front of phone screens and computer screens so it was great playful streets gave them the opportunity to play in front of their green and street instead.  We have plenty of community groups in the Dungarvan area and there is always a helping hand or advice for new groups establishing themselves.”

Organising resident Karen Phelan was delighted with the response from the community “We didn’t expect such a response, the street came alive with activity and people came from everywhere. It was a really good idea not only for the children but the parents and families in the area to get to know each other a little better.”

Eoin Morrissey from Waterford City and County Council Community Section added, “We have been amazed at the response to this project in the Summer. To date over 1,500 children have taken part with hundreds of adults attending and hopefully adding to their social connectivity within their community. The more people know of each other and what’s going on the more opportunities they are for development.”

Get on your bike for Bike Week

Celebrating the benefits of cycling, Bike Week 2023 kicks off with two full weeks of cycling events and workshops throughout Waterford city and county, from Saturday May 13th to Sunday May 21st.

From dawn cycles and Greenway night cycles, to disability cycle workshops and balance bike schools programme, Bike Week has something for all ages and all abilities.

Launched in 2009, National Bike Week has helped raise the profile of cycling as healthy and fun mode of transport, and it’s also great for the community and the planet. Waterford City and County Council, in association with Waterford Sports Partnership, has compiled a wide range of cycling activities.

If you think you’ve got 30km in the tank, the Passage East 30k spin takes place on May 21st.  This free event includes a 30km cycle from Waterford City to Arthurstown in Co. Wexford, taking in the Passage East Car Ferry, with light lunch provided. All participants must have their own bikes and helmets and be over 16 years of age.

The Waterford Greenway Night Cycle departs SETU Arena Carpark at Carriganore at 9pm on Friday May 19th. Participants over 12 years of age are welcome and must have their own bikes and helmets.

How about a spot of High Tea at Mount Congreve?  This women’s cycle departs Bilberry carpark at 10.30am on Saturday May 13th.  At Mount Congreve you can take a well-earned rest and enjoy a spot of high tea in one of the ‘great gardens of the world.’

Whether you’re in the city or county, enjoy a lunchtime cycle on Wednesday May 17th.  With cycles departing from Walton Park in Dungarvan and the House of Waterford on the Mall in the city, you’ll get to see the very best of your locality on two wheels.  Participants must be over 16 years of age and light lunch is provided.

There are dozens of fun events to choose from.  All events are free, but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

To find out more about the wide range of events taking place throughout Bike Week in Waterford city and county, or to register for a Bike Week event visit www.bikeweek.ie

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Make your Street a Playful Street

Do you want to make your community more active, healthy and get children out playing on the street again?

If so register for this webinar as we begin to organise #playfulstreets in Waterford City & County. More information here : https://rb.gy/eugziy

Webinar : Looking after your Pelvic Floor

Free webinar on Looking after your Pelvic Floor with Niamh Burn, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist on Friday 18th November at 11am.

Register for Free Here.

Join Niamh for a 1 hour adventure into the realms of the pelvic floor and its role during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Prepare yourself with expert tips to help you get to know your flexible foundations and get back to exercise post baby. Deepen your knowledge on common conditions such as urinary incontinence, over active bladder, pelvic organ prolapse and painful sex.

Niamh qualified as a Physio in 2003 at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin. She has worked with people of all ages within the NHS and private practice over many years.

Women’s health is her passion and she is skilled in helping women with pelvic health, obstetric and postnatal related conditions such as pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, abdominal diastasis and urogynaecological issues like painful sex, urinary leaks and prolapse.

Her musculoskeletal and pelvic health background gives her a holistic approach and she has a keen interest in guiding women back to exercise .She has worked with high level weight lifting , circus performers to the average weekend warriors. As a Mum of 3 kids (all boys:), Niamh knows the importance of being strong for motherhood and she enjoys helping other mums focus on whatever physical issue that may be affecting their lives or holding them back from doing what they want to do!

Niamh is a member of the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapists, a Mummy MOT practitioner and a recommended practitioner on the pelvic partnership website. She is currently studying a postgraduate masters program via Brunel University (advanced clinical practice in pelvic health). She teaches regular pelvic health workshops to women and fitness professionals who work with women.

Places are strictly limited. The webinar format means that your screen is not on so you can relax from wherever you join from! Questions are submitted via the chat box or on discussion at the end.

This webinar is part of the Waterford Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information, please go to our website,  here.

For more information, please phone 058 21141 or email library@waterfordcouncil.ie

#HealthyIrelandatYourLibrary #HealthyWaterford #KeepWell #BeWell

So, what is Transgender? Information Session for Parents/Families

‘So, what is Transgender?’ by Dr. Vanessa Lacey free online information session for parents / families on Wednesday 16th November at 6.30pm.

Over the last decade there has been a significant rise in people identifying as Transgender. Dr Vanessa Lacey (https://www.gendercare.ie/) will provide a brief but informative virtual session to provide background information, current thinking and future hopes in relation to trans people and their families.

This information session will be delivered through Zoom webinar. Register for Free here.

The webinar format means that your screen is not on so you can relax from wherever you join from! Questions are submitted via the chat box or on discussion at the end. The Webinar will also be live streamed from Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane. All are welcome to attend.

This webinar is part of the Waterford Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information, please go to our website, here.

For more information, please phone 058 21141 or email library@waterfordcouncil.ie

#HealthyIrelandatYourLibrary #HealthyWaterford #KeepWell #BeWell

Webinar : Looking after your Pelvic Floor

Free webinar on Looking after your Pelvic Floor with Niamh Burn, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist on Friday 18th November at 11am.

Register for Free Here.

Join Niamh for a 1 hour adventure into the realms of the pelvic floor and its role during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Prepare yourself with expert tips to help you get to know your flexible foundations and get back to exercise post baby. Deepen your knowledge on common conditions such as urinary incontinence, over active bladder, pelvic organ prolapse and painful sex.

Niamh qualified as a Physio in 2003 at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin. She has worked with people of all ages within the NHS and private practice over many years.

Women’s health is her passion and she is skilled in helping women with pelvic health, obstetric and postnatal related conditions such as pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, abdominal diastasis and urogynaecological issues like painful sex, urinary leaks and prolapse.

Her musculoskeletal and pelvic health background gives her a holistic approach and she has a keen interest in guiding women back to exercise .She has worked with high level weight lifting , circus performers to the average weekend warriors. As a Mum of 3 kids (all boys:), Niamh knows the importance of being strong for motherhood and she enjoys helping other mums focus on whatever physical issue that may be affecting their lives or holding them back from doing what they want to do!

Niamh is a member of the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapists, a Mummy MOT practitioner and a recommended practitioner on the pelvic partnership website. She is currently studying a postgraduate masters program via Brunel University (advanced clinical practice in pelvic health). She teaches regular pelvic health workshops to women and fitness professionals who work with women.

Places are strictly limited. The webinar format means that your screen is not on so you can relax from wherever you join from! Questions are submitted via the chat box or on discussion at the end.

This webinar is part of the Waterford Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information, please go to our website,  here.

For more information, please phone 058 21141 or email library@waterfordcouncil.ie

#HealthyIrelandatYourLibrary #HealthyWaterford #KeepWell #BeWell

So, what is Transgender? Information Session for Parents/Families

‘So, what is Transgender?’ by Dr. Vanessa Lacey free online information session for parents / families on Wednesday 16th November at 6.30pm.

Over the last decade there has been a significant rise in people identifying as Transgender. Dr Vanessa Lacey (https://www.gendercare.ie/) will provide a brief but informative virtual session to provide background information, current thinking and future hopes in relation to trans people and their families.

This information session will be delivered through Zoom webinar. Register for Free here.

The webinar format means that your screen is not on so you can relax from wherever you join from! Questions are submitted via the chat box or on discussion at the end. The Webinar will also be live streamed from Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane. All are welcome to attend.

This webinar is part of the Waterford Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information, please go to our website, here.

For more information, please phone 058 21141 or email library@waterfordcouncil.ie

#HealthyIrelandatYourLibrary #HealthyWaterford #KeepWell #BeWell