Colm Burke TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy; Ann Doherty, Chief Executive Cork City Council; Roy Watson, Manager of Glen Resource; Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Sorcha Ní Chrualalich, Principle Community Worker HSE at the launch of the Glen Resource and Sports Centre Wellness Room. Photos: Darragh Kane

Wellbeing Room opens in the Glen

A new wellness room on the northside of Cork city aims to provide a safe and inclusive space.

The Wellbeing Room at The Glen Resource Centre will cater for valuable health and wellbeing programmes and community services.

Minister for State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke TD launched the new Wellbeing Room this week.

During the launch, he said: “The space marks such a positive step forward for the local community. I would encourage all to get involved, to experience first-hand some of the empowering new initiatives and courses being run in the Wellness Room at The Glen Resource Centre.”

Deputising for the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, said: “Spaces such as the new wellness room are key to providing opportunities to learn in local accessible venues. They are also invaluable in bringing people together.

“I see the Wellness Room in the Glen Resource Centre as being a place where ideas will be shared and new concepts will be discussed and interrogated, leading to the development of best practice programmes and further innovations in community health and education.”

The Wellbeing Room is funded by HSE/Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and Cork City Council. This project was funded by HSE Community Work/Social Inclusion, Sláintecare Healthy Communities and by the Community Recognition Fund and administrated by Cork City Council Community Culture & Placemaking Directorate.

The local community will be able to enjoy a wide variety of free programmes in collaboration with the Health Action Zone, Dillon's Cross Project, Cork City Partnership and Cork Prison, with popular courses including The Sláintecare Healthy Food Made Easy Programme, barista courses and demonstrations, pilates, mindfulness and more.

Sorcha Ní Chrualaoich, HSE Principal Community Worker with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, said: “The Health Action Zone and community health work partners here are committed to providing an exciting programme of activities to people in the Glen, Blackpool, Ballyvolane, Mayfield and the wider community healthcare network, which further enhances the health and wellbeing of the local community here.”

Catherine McCullagh, Healthy Food Made Easy Tutor, said: “I just finished my Healthy Food Made Easy tutor training and I can’t wait to start delivering community courses soon. The room is fantastic!”

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