Cherry Orchard & Ballyfermot to be officially launched as a Sláintecare Healthy Communities Site

Members of the public, community groups and professionals local to Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot are invited to attend the official launch of the Cherry Orchard & Ballyfermot Sláintecare Healthy Communities programme at 10.30am next Thursday, 27th April in Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre, Ballyfermot Road.


The launch will give the public and stakeholders an opportunity to meet with delivery partners and programme facilitators to gain more information about the project and how to get involved.


Introduced nationally in 2021, Sláintecare Healthy Communities is a cross-Government initiative to deliver increased health and wellbeing services in 19 areas of greatest need across Ireland.


The launch of Cherry Orchard & Ballyfermot Sláintecare Healthy Communities is the result of close collaboration between the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, Dublin City Council and the Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership.


Cllr. Vincent Jackson representing Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy will formally launch the event. There will be a number of guest speakers including Tom James, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Department of Health; Margaret McQuillan, Head of Health & Wellbeing, HSE Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow Community Healthcare; Alan Sherry, Dublin City Council Local Area Manager; and Anne Fitzgerald,  CEO of the Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership.


The event will highlight the Sláintecare Healthy Communities programmes being delivered locally by Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership and the local HSE Health Promotion Officer, Tina Daly, in partnership with Dublin City Council and the HSE. These programmes include:


Programmes to support people to stop smoking:

  • Stop Smoking Advisor – Offering one to one support and access to free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges, gum and mouth-spray) to those who wish to quit smoking.
  • We Can Quit – A friendly and supportive peer led stop smoking group delivered locally for men and women. It offers free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges, gum and mouth-spray) to help people quit smoking and stay quit for good.


Making Every Contact Count – Empowering local health professionals to deliver brief interventions and advice for patients to support healthy behaviours.


Social Prescribing – A Social Prescribing link worker works with individuals to reduce social isolation and link them into community activities and services.


Parenting Programmes – Parents Plus


Healthy Food Made Easy – Community delivery of healthy cooking and nutrition programme. It offers insight into nutrition and cookery courses that helps people to change to a healthy diet, plan meals on a budget and make easy to cook meals.


Joanna Kelly is the Dublin City Council Local Development Officer for the Cherry Orchard & Ballyfermot area. She will facilitate a panel discussion on the day to highlight some of the local projects supported by the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme Enhancement and SEED Fund. These will include Fiona Kearney of FamiliBase, Audrey Coyne of Ballyfermot Resource Centre, and David Donovan of The Orchard Centre.


Our aim is to work collectively to help address the wider socioeconomic determinants of ill health through delivering local initiatives and working in partnership, seeking to improve the conditions in which people are born, live, grow, work and age that affect our health outcomes. In addition the Department of Health allocated €250,000 Community Enhancement fund towards the development of the Ballyfermot People’s Park.


Members of the Dublin 10/20 Men’s Shed band will perform on the morning. All welcome to attend the event.


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For more information contact:

Dublin City Council Ballyfermot Cherry Orchard Sláintecare Healthy Communities Local Development Officer:

HSE Health Promotion and Improvement Officer: