Cork CIL Conservation Walk – Thursday 28th July

Cork CIL have organised a conservation walk on Thursday 28th July and all service users are invited to come along.

An ecological talk about local flora and fauna is organised on the day. There are volunteers available on site as well as a coffee dock and picnic benches.

If you would like to join us on the day please email WALK to or text WALK to 0866073853 to register your interest.

‘Conservation at Crann is a vast 20.34 acres of natural woodland, wildflower fields and river walks at Monymusk, Kanturk, Co. Cork. It is a place where families can spend time together in an accessible natural environment ‘.

For more information about Conservation at Crann click on this link:

Conservation at Crann | Crann Centre Ireland


The Independent Living newsletter, 15th June 2022

Free Online Events from HSE Health and Wellbeing

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Men’s Health Week Webinar

Register now for our upcoming ‘Masculinities and Men’s Health’ Webinar focused on Men’s Health Week on 13th June from 12.00 – 13.15. With special guest Paul Ferris, former pro footballer and award winning author. Register here:


The Art of Being Healthy and Well Virtual Event

The Department of Health (Healthy Ireland), the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (Creative Ireland Programme), HSE Health & Wellbeing) and the Arts Council are co-hosting a national symposium – The Art of being Healthy and Well. Register here:

The symposium will consider policy in relation to the effective use of creativity and arts in support of health and wellbeing while showcasing good practices and reflecting on learning to date.

DFI Newsletter May 2022

Disability Federation of Ireland – We Act Campaign

We are so excited to share a first look at DFI’s brand new video for the We Act campaign launching today – it’s all about celebrating volunteers!  

To mark National Volunteering Week, We Volunteer, We Act features four wonderful volunteers, sitting down to speak with someone they’ve impacted through their role. It’s a candid and emotive look at the power of volunteering, and the imprints it can make, not only on those directly impacted, but on wider society too.

To see the video please click the link below:

We Act volunteering video 


Free Online Cookery Course – 5 Wednesdays in June 2022

 Our newest offering is an  interactive online  Cookery Course 

Using Zoom chef and cookery tutor Margaret will present a  bespoke and mouth watering 5 week program over 5 Wednesdays in June 2.00-3.30 pm


We will be sending out the recipes for those who wish to cook along or just log on and enjoy the demonstration.

 There is no charge for the course. 


These classes are open to those with a disability. You do not need to have a service from CIL.

Come and  join us or nominate a friend/s  who might enjoy this.


Sign up deadline Friday 27th May


Contact or text 0866073853

Course starts Wednesday 1st June


Please contact us if you need support with using Zoom, we are happy to help.


Stay tuned for more classes and activities to come and if you have anything you’d like to try or if you have found online activities that you have enjoyed that we could develop please do keep us posted.


If you know anyone who might be interested in participating in any of the online activities that we are developing, please let them know and ask them to talk to us.

These soft services are for you, and we would like to hear your thoughts and ideas, so please do get in touch

Steps to Health Challenge 2022 – May 23rd to June 26th

Steps to Health Challenge 2022 – May 23rd to June 26th – Register a team today

Registration for the 2022 Steps to Health Challenge, is open to HSE staff and those receiving funding from the HSE (known as Section 38 and 39 funded organisations) until May 22nd for people who have their own tracking devices (mobile phone, wearable devices, etc). Form a team of between two and 10 people and nominate a team co-ordinator. 

We will contact you soon with details of the Cork CIL Team and details of how to register, if you are interested. 

This annual challenge encourages staff and other health colleagues to get out walking and counting your steps daily. It’s also a fun way to catch up with colleagues.

Most of us walk between 3,000 to 5,000 steps a day. We challenge you to make up the extra steps so that you reach the goal of 10,000, which is more than enough to achieve health benefits. It might take longer for those who are inactive at present. You can break up the steps into ten minute walks at a time and still get the health benefits. 

Follow us on Twitter @HSEsteps

HSE Health and Wellbeing

Launch of Stronger Together: The HSE Mental Health Promotion Plan


On April 6th “Stronger Together” was launched, it is a five year plan, and includes action areas focused on promoting positive mental health across the population and among HSE staff.



Farmers Have Hearts – Research highlights


A major study of farmers’ cardiovascular health has shown that more than eight out of 10 farmers who participated in the Farmers Have Hearts Cardiovascular Health Programme (FHH-CHP) made lifestyle changes to improve their heart health and have reduced their risk of having cardiovascular disease.  Read on to find out how farmers were engaged and how the study was evaluated.



Steps to Health Challenge 2022


This year’s Steps to Health Challenge takes place from 23rd May until 26th June, supporting staff to get out walking and counting your steps daily.  Registration is open until the start of the challenge as long as you don’t need a step counter, so there’s still time to register your team, like the Blue Eagles Steps Team from Blackrock (above).



Baby Food Made Easy – Online Parent Workshops


As all parents will tell you, it can be confusing knowing when and how to start introducing solid foods to a baby’s diet. Read on to find out how, over the years, CHO 9 have been supporting parents in this journey, and how they have adapted to continue supporting parents during Covid.



Adult Weight Management Programme


The Model of Care for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Ireland was launched in March 2021. It sets out how obesity services should be set out nationally to support children, adults and adults with overweight and obesity.  Read on to find out how implementation is being rolled out this year.



Be SunSmart and protect your skin from the sun



The SunSmart campaign is run by the HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), in collaboration with Healthy Ireland and cross-sectoral partners. Together they are working to support people to reduce their risk of skin cancer by protecting their skin from the sun.  Read on to find out how you can follow the Healthy Ireland SunSmart 5 S’s to protect your skin.



HSE Research & Development wins Public Service Innovation Award 2022


HSE Research & Development (HSE R&D) has received a €45,000 award from the Public Service Innovation (PSI) Fund 2022 towards the development of a National Electronic Research Management System (NERMS).  Read on to find out more about NERMS and how it will bring a  more “streamlined approach to the research application process across the HSE”.