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Cork County Council is offering a range of activities and resources as part of the new “In This Together” Community Wellbeing initiative, launched by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday, April 24th.
The campaign aims to help everyone to Stay Connected, Stay Active, and look after their Mental Health throughout the Covid-19 Emergency. It signposts useful advice to help people of every age group cope with the ongoing restrictions, whether they are looking after children, dealing with self-isolation, preparing for exams or coping with cabin fever. The initiative encourages everybody to set a new daily activity which helps them to feel a little healthier or a little happier as we deal with Covid-19.
“In This Together” highlights a range of activities that you can pursue in your home or your locality, by yourself or with family members or with friends online. There are ideas and activities for people of all ages.
Cork County Council has made a variety of services and activities available, including a Housebound Delivery Service which provides library books directly to the front doors of those self isolating or cocooning. The service has recently been expanded to include loaning musical instruments to library members looking to add to their repertoire.
For budding artists of all ages, Cork County Council’s ‘A Colourful Heritage of County Cork’ Colouring Book portrays some of County Cork’s finest heritage sites and cultural characters. History can also be enjoyed virtually thanks to the Council owned Michael Collins House, who now provide a Virtual Tour via their App, a great resource for anyone looking to learn more about Michael Collins and the Irish War of Independence.
Cork County Council’s ‘Teen Talks’ series of digital interviews were produced with support from Healthy Ireland and provide tips and advice from experts on taking care of your Mental Health. While the ‘Keep Cork Active’ Booklet by Cork Sports Partnership includes a series of exercises, activities and games for people of all ages and abilities, alongside tips on keeping healthy and safe.
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Ian Doyle said:
“It is now more important than ever that we join together and support one another. Cork County Council is uniquely placed to draw on the expertise of different bodies and members of the community throughout Cork to make these resources and supports available. I encourage everyone to avail of these services and to share these resources with your friends and families online. Let’s keep healthy, active and connected.”
Chief Executive Tim Lucey added
“The outbreak of Covid 19 in Ireland and globally has significantly changed the demands placed on Cork County Council. Along with continuing to deliver our essential services, and in keeping with our mission to serve the people of Cork County, we are developing new and innovative ways to utilise our resources to support people and maximise wellbeing throughout the County. We are proud to be involved in this national initiative and we will continue to strive towards excellence in the delivery of these new services”.
Details of Cork County Council’s services and initiatives are available on www.corkcoco.ie
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