• May Newsletter

The vision for the Fermoy Community Health Project is to collaborate with existing health initiatives and support the development of sustainable health projects within our community, based on identified needs for individuals and families; with the long term aim of inspiring people to improve their own health and well-being.

Fermoy Walkie Talkies
Walking Group

The Fermoy Walkie Talkies are a social walking group. There are two groups depending on your walking ability.  The Monday morning group meet at 11am.  This group is for people who enjoy walking with others at a steady, but brisk pace.

The Tuesday afternoon group meet at 2.30pm.  This group is for people who enjoy a nice slow and easy stroll in good company.

Both groups are very open and inclusive and welcomes young and old alike, and you will always find someone to chat to along the way.  Routes are accessible for buggies.  New members are always welcome.

We also host and travel out to “Meet and Mingle” events; these are planned walks with other community health project walking groups in their respective areas.  Our group mascot is called “Scottie”.

To join one of these groups please register in advance by contacting Jacinta McCormack, Fermoy Community Health Worker on 085 8742320

Mindfulness

Mindfulness teaches us to grow our awareness of ourselves and our experiences moment by moment. It helps us to connect to our thoughts and emotions, and also helps us to choose better responses. Mindfulness is for everyone, and is of particular benefit in terms of living with depression, anxiety, stress and overthinking.

These programmes are run in 5 week blocks at various times during the year.
Jacinta McCormack, Fermoy Community Health Worker on 0858742320

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga meets people “where they are” physically and provides an accessible alternative to those who may be unable to perform traditional yoga poses. These chair yoga sessions are offered in a supported and relaxed atmosphere and they provide a great sense of happiness and well-being.

These programmes are run in 6 week blocks at various times during the year.
Jacinta McCormack, Fermoy Community Health Worker on 0858742320

Singing for the Brain
Fermoy Group

The Singing for the Brain Fermoy group started in 2017 as part of Fermoy Friendship Week. Singing for the Brain is an open weekly session where we use singing to bring people from all walks of life together in a friendly and stimulating environment; it provides a unique opportunity for people to come together and enjoy music and socialise with others in the community. Participants benefit greatly from the wellness aspects of singing, such as reduced stress and improved mood. No musical experience is necessary!

The summer of 2019 was very significant in the lives of the Singing for the Brain Fermoy participants. On a warm summers day; we gathered together to celebrate and launch of our very first CD.

Singing for the Brain is currently taking place online via Zoom on Thursday afternoons at 2.30pm. We plan a return to physical sessions in the community during May 2022.  These weekly physical session are run in Blocks of 5 or 6 weeks with a break in between. We take a summer break at the end of July until mid-September.  Please register your interest in this group with Jacinta McCormack, Fermoy Community Health Worker on 085 8742320.

safeTALK Trainer

Jacinta McCormack, Fermoy Community Health Worker has been delivering the safeTALK Workshop to clubs and organisations in various locations throughout Cork since 2014. During safeTALK participants will learn four basic steps to help recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources. These specific skills are called Suicide Alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their own community. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive; safeTALK- suicide alert helpers are trained to move beyond the common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid signs of suicide risk.

The safeTALK workshop is FREE to attend and is suitable for anyone over 18 years of age who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become suicide alert.

For further information please contact HSE South Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention on SP.enquiries@hse.ie

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