New packs help to bring more activity to the lives of patients in Wexford

By Amy Lewis

Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00

L/r; Marie Thorpe Wexford County Council, Fran Ronan Sports Active Wexford, Nuala Harpur Senior Health Promotions Officer HSE, Yvonne Moulton (Westlands), Trevor Jacob Sports Active Wexford, Margaret Lawless (Farnogue Selskar Unit) and Laura Doyle (Cumas New Ross) .
L/r; Marie Thorpe Wexford County Council, Fran Ronan Sports Active Wexford, Nuala Harpur Senior Health Promotions Officer HSE, Yvonne Moulton (Westlands), Trevor Jacob Sports Active Wexford, Margaret Lawless (Farnogue Selskar Unit) and Laura Doyle (Cumas New Ross) .

A group of HSE Staff were recently presented with their own Activity Kit bags which will pave the way for a more diverse and active treatment plan for patients.

The staff received the packs as a result of their participation in the activeNable Disability Training course which was run through Sports Active Wexford. Twelve members of staff from Westlands, Havenview and Oylgate Centres Cumas New Ross and Wexford Mental Health Services attended the two day course, where they learned how to run activity sessions with their clients. Activities such as dance, adapted physical activities and walking were covered in the course.

'The feedback from the two days was excellent and an activity day was run in July to showcase the work they had done,' said Fran Ronan, Sports Co-ordinator with Sports Active Wexford.

In order to carry out this programme, Sports Active Wexford received funding from the HSE Health Promotion Unit. The course and new packs will now allow the health service staff to take part in these activities with their clients on a weekly basis.

Sports Active Wexford is a local sports partnership which was established in 2008 as part of an Irish Sports Council Initiative.

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