It's important to stay healthy in body as well as mind - if you're struggling for ideas on how to stay active, fit and healthy in spite of COVID-19 restrictions, you'll find some fantastic Cork City based resources right here.
Cork Sports Partnership
WellComm Active is a community health and wellbeing initiative that seeks to empower citizens to manage their own health through increased physical activity and improved diet.
The initiative will focus on programmes that support healthy eating active living and encourage people to live independently in their own communities for as long as possible. Coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership and supported by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Health and Wellbeing, the aim of this initiative is to support better health and increased physical activity among key populations in Cork. For more information please follow this link.
On the Move
'Men on the Move' and 'Women on the Move'are physical activity programmes that are aimed at getting people more active, in a fun and supportive setting, focusing on the basic components of fitness over a 6 week period. While the programmes usually take place in a community setting and over a longer period of time, Cork Sports Partnership has adapted the programmes to suit the online environment and encourage participation from people who are interested in improving their physical activity levels or who may not have done any activity for a while. The sessions are facilitated by qualified health and fitness professionals who will offer weekly tips and advice to participants over the 6 weeks whilst also providing other supports along the way. More information on each of the programmes is available on Cork Sports Partnership website.
Keep Cork Active
The Cork Sport’s Partnership’s Booklet ‘Keep Cork Active’ booklet and online resource has over 200 resources for people to choose from which includes Family Play, Older Adults, Children & Youth, Adults & Youth, People with Disabilities and General Health & Wellbeing Tips.
Check the booklet out here.
On their website, you can find a wealth of resources, including information on upcoming activities and courses in your community.
Playful Paradigm in response to the COVID19 lockdown
With families spending more time at home the Cork Playful Paradigm team felt there was an opportunity to refocus their work here to develop some novel ways of using play to address the challenges these enforced conditions are disproportionately having on those living in small accommodation, especially in socially disadvantaged communities. Frequently these families rely on help and support from a variety of services which they can no longer access. Their solution was to begin designing a Play at Home resource pack. In the last four weeks this has begun to take shape.
It features video tutorials to provide entertaining and easy use ideas for families to extend their range of play and involve all generations within the household. Cork Playful Paradigm are commissioning local creative talent to create these videos - providing some support to arts community which have few income opportunities at present.
The first four videos are as follows:
- Chalk artist - for indoor and outdoor games / designs;
- Puppet maker - simple puppets made from items found in most homes;
- Circus performer - tutorial on fun clown games than can be “performed” indoors;
- Creative dance - creating musical games These will be hosted on a Playful Paradigm YouTube channel and available for all cities & their citizens.
It is proposed use captions which could be translated to local languages for each of our partner cities and beyond.
To supplement the virtual channel they have created physical resource packs for the more vulnerable families that partners in the community have identified as struggling with the imposed restrictions. 100 families were identified for the first trial rolled out at the end of April. The packs contain games, simple instructions and items required such as chalk, cards etc. These were distributed through existing City Council community channels. A larger, targeted, city wide distribution will be rolled out in May.
What is Playful Paradigm?
The URBACT Playful Paradigm transfer network is based on the use of “games” for promoting social inclusion, healthy lifestyles and energy awareness, place-making and economic prosperity. URBACT is an EU funding stream which encourages cities across the union to explore innovative and sustainable methods to tackle shared challenges. Under this programme Cork City Council has led on the delivery of a number of actions to establish Cork City as a playful city.
Cork City Council and FAI Sports Community Development
Our Sports Community Development Officer is part of an Online Coaching Skills programme.
To stay up to date on activities and events please click here.
Health Action Zone
Sexual Health Centre
The Sexual Health Centre provides up-to-date information, support and education in the areas of sexual health, wellbeing, sexuality and healthy relationships and continues to do so throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They can offer prompt, honest and non-biased answers to your questions as well as any needed support or referrals. Ring their Helpline on 021 427 66 76 (Mon - Thurs 9am - 5.30pm / Fridays 9am - 2pm) or contact them at email@example.com. A newsletter with updates can be viewed here.
Screen-Age Kicks - Your Sexual Health in the Virtual World
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, young people have been spending more time online, and have had minimal physical contact with other people. This insightful guide was created bu The Sexual Health Centre to empower young people of all abilities to deepen their understanding of sexual health and relationships, in the context of online activity. Check it out here.
Screen-Age Kicks has a webinar series for youth workers, addressing how to respond to young peoples' sexual health concerns. Tickets to attend this webinar series are available through Eventbrite here.
SafeRSex - Sexual Health and COVID-19
The SafeRsex campaign details the impact of COVID-19 on issues related to sexual relationships such as condom access, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and masturbation. While it is possible to be both safe and sexually active if neither you nor your sexual partner have COVID-19, it is crucial to be aware of the risks and precautionary measures that apply during this outbreak. For information on the campaign click here.
Importantly, everyone should avoid any physical contact, including sex, with anyone outside of their own household. The Sexual Health Centre is operating a free condom postal service, so that you can take every precaution and stay at home. Contact the helpline above for more information or see more on the link here.
The Sexual Health Centre is operating a free condom postal service during the current COVID-19 pandemic so that you can take every precaution and stay at home.
Contact the Centre with your postal address and they will send condoms and lubricant free of charge. Contact their helpline on 021 427 66 76 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling out this order form. Personal information will be stored in compliance with GDPR. See more on this link.
Sex and Love Therapy
Customised group therapy programme supporting people with concerns in relation to problematic sexualised behaviour. For more information click here.
Sexual Health Hubs
A new initiative launched a community-based sexual health hub for young people, which creates a safe, familiar, and accessible way for young people to avail of sexual health information. The Sexual Health Centre will also provide ongoing information sessions and workshops throughout the year at Hub locations, to provide continued education on important sexual health topics. Click here for more information.
Navigating Healthy Relationships during the COVID-19 outbreak
Since the implementation of social distancing measures, many people have had difficulty in dealing with emotional awareness, self-worth, interpersonal skills, isolation, cohabitation and intimacy. The Sexual Health Centre's new guide to navigating healthy relationships during the COVID-19 outbreak addresses all of these issues. This guide was created in collaboration with Mr. Daniel Flynn, Principal Psychology Manager of HSE Cork South Mental Health Services, and provides a toolkit for maintaining healthy relationships in the context of social distancing. Follow this link for more information.
safeRsexwork: Sexual Health and COVID-19
The Sexual Health Centre launched its #SafeRsexwork campaign, to highlight the need for escorts and sex workers to avail of the supports available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak. While it is most advisable for sex workers and escorts to take time off work if at all possible, some individuals will not have that option, and those individuals deserve to have the information and support required, to help them to stay safe at this time. Their guide can be found here.
Free rapid HIV testing, with results available in one minute. This test involves a simple finger prick. Available by appointment from Tuesday – Thursday. For details of out-of-hours testing click here.
Available free support services, counselling and information can be found on our website. Call 021 427 66 76 to make an appointment to speak with Phil, our HIV Support Worker or Mary, our HIV counsellor free of charge. More information can be found by clicking on this link.
Cork City Walking and Cycling Maps
With current social distancing restrictions, what better time is there to walk or cycle to work or the shops. For leisure or as a sustainable mode of transport. Bus or train travel may not an option for many people. If cycling is your thing why not dust off the bike or check out getting a new one under the Bike to Work scheme.
Cork City Council and the National Transport Authority have developed a Walking Map and a Cycling Map with approximate travel times to the city centre from the suburbs. These times are quite generous and most people will be well within these times. Cork Cycling and Walking Times Map
The Transport and Mobility Forum have developed a cycling map for Cork with information on Greenway routes, shared quiet roads, shared roads, segregated paths and green spaces. Coca-Cola Zero bike stations are also marked on the map, available here.
As the weather improves, leaving the car at home and taking active travel options has never been so appealing.
Bike Maintenance and Repair Course
|What||Bike Maintenance and Repair Course|
|When||3 consecutive Sunday afternoons, starting 29th November|
|Where||Online via Zoom|
|Cost||€30 per person|
|Contactemail@example.com for details and booking|
Cork City Council is delighted to support an online bike maintenance and repair course – helping us all to live more sustainably by cycling, rather than driving, and repairing, rather than replacing.
Run by Cork Community Bikes, this course will give a solid foundation in bike maintenance, helping you understand how your bike should work, how to avoid and to recognise problems and to carry out adjustments and repairs. There are various ways that looking after your bike better will make cycling more enjoyable and also save you money on repairs.
The course is delivered by an experienced mechanic from Cork Community Bikes. Topics covered include basic checks, parts of the bike, brakes, gears, wheels, bearings. This course will be run online through Zoom, a total of 6 sessions of 1.5 hours each, spread over three consecutive Sunday afternoons: Sunday 29th November and 6th and 13th of December.
The course will give you as much hands-on experience as possible, so having a bike next to you during the sessions will be important. Basic tools such as a screwdriver and a set of Allen/hex keys are useful but not essential. The organisers will advise on tools beforehand and may be able to lend some tools to participants. Course notes will be provided by email. The cost for the course is €30 per person. The course is generously subsidised by Cork City Council. There are limited spaces, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more information and to reserve a space.