THE Healthy Kerry Framework, launched online on Wednesday by the Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, has been developed to support the implementation of the national Healthy Ireland Framework and campaigns in response to the needs of the local community over the next six years.
The vision is that everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential in a county where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society.
Healthy Kerry – a working group of the Local Community Development Committee – prepared the inaugural framework to guide the delivery of health and wellbeing projects and actions. Following consultation with key agencies and organisations in Kerry, three aspects were agreed to be prioritised for a Healthy Kerry.
These include building healthy communities, promoting wellbeing in the workplace and supporting the implementation of national and local policies and plans in Kerry.
Minister Feighan remarked: “Kerry has a strong interagency, voluntary and community network that plays a key role in supporting community health and wellbeing and addressing health inequalities. I look forward to working with everyone in Kerry who will be working to roll out this plan over the coming years”.
Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, noted that the Healthy Kerry Framework is the first of its kind in the county and it gives a focus for health and wellbeing pursuits in the county over the next six years.
“I am delighted to announce the groups that have been awarded the community mental health small grants scheme,” he said.
“Over the past year, the volunteer effort in supporting community health and wellbeing in Kerry has been extraordinary and it is timely that this scheme is made available to highlight this great work and provide further support to trial this new community wellbeing initiative,” the mayor added.
The Healthy Kerry Framework (2021-2027) and full details of community mental health small grants scheme are now available on the Healthy Kerry and Kerry County Council websites.