Wednesday, January 20, 2021

OVER the coming days, home across the city and county will receive a Keep Well booklet, focusing on five key themes to build, maintain and care for physical and mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Presenting the booklet, Communications Officer with Waterford City and County Council Claire Hartley explained to the Plenary Council meeting that the latest campaign builds on the ‘In this Together’ campaign. The five key themes are keeping active, keeping in contact, switching off, eating well and managing your mood. It is being led by a myriad of organisations, including the Council.

Bringing us back to March 2020, Ms Hartley said the Council quickly established the Community Response Forum and Community Call.

“The initial call centre would have dealt with a high volume of calls and they were specifically related to practical supports that were needed by people who at that stage would have been predominantly cocooning or self-isolating,” she said.

Over 20 organisations are still involved in the Community Response Forum, which has met weekly since March of last year. Each subcommittee is responsible for one strand of the Keep Well campaign. The 12 page brochure, which will be delivered to all households early this week, points people towards the various supports that exist including Community Call, Aware, Alone and Jigsaw.

In addition to the 21 days of walking initiative, Waterford Sports Partnership, WLR FM and the Council are starting a six week 0-5k podcast, encouraging people to commit to walk or run 5k. Waterford Library also has a huge number of resources available online, with the library having the third highest usage figures across the country for Borrowbox.

Cllr Adam Wyse said the third lockdown has affected people’s mental health more than the previous two. He commended the work of those involved in the campaign. Cllr John O’Leary said the brochure is a “wonderful encyclopedia of work” and is fitting for what is needed right now. It was also commended by Cllr Conor McGuinness.

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