Healthy Communities Project

8 April 2021

The NEIC Initiative is proud to announce our support for the Healthy Communities Project. This project aims to tackle health inequalities in the North East Inner City of Dublin by building the capacity of the community to address health issues affecting them.

Social Prescribing is a key element of this project and recognises the importance of non-medical supports to address the health and mental health needs of those who face illnesses such as depression, anxiety or social isolation. Social Prescribing is a means of supporting Health Care Professionals (GP’s, Primary Care Professionals) to refer people to a range of local and non-clinical/non-medical community, voluntary, recreational and sporting services to support positive health and wellbeing.

Dublin City Community Co-operative (the Co-op) www.dublicncitycommunitycoop.ieis implementing an evaluation and monitoring process with the objective of understanding the impact of Social Prescribing, as well as collecting more comprehensive data on the NEIC area.

As part of this evaluation a number of focus groups will be organised with health professionals, staff in community-based organisations, and residents. The aim of these focus groups is to gauge understanding of social prescribing and necessary steps to implement successfully the social prescribing programme as well as to build networks, determine how to reach certain target groups - like young people, and raise awareness that the programme is being developed in the NEIC.

If you would like more information about Social Prescribing or the Healthy Communities Project please contact Catherine Heaney, Project Coordinator at or on 087 115 2153

Would you be able to indicate your willingness to participate in a focus group?

If so please just respond to this invitation indicating which of the following dates you would be available on to

Wednesday 28 April – 10am, Thursday 29 April -11am and Tuesday 4 May - 2pm

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