Social Prescribing - Community Approach To Health And Well-Being

What is Social Prescribing? It is a communinty approach to health and well being.SPRING is the Healthy Living Alliances' Social Prescribing Programme being delivered through its network of Healthy Living Centres.The West Armagh Consortium Healthy Living Centre,based at Sherrys Sports Complex is part of that network and where our local SPRING social prescriber is based.Social Prescribing Poster

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Could you be a community first responder was the question we asked when this article was first published .To date there have been several people who have expressed an interest in responding to this. Although there wasn't a time frame outlined for the purposes of moving the appeal forward both WAC and REACT have agree to resubmit this appeal via all our social media outlets. It has also been decided to set the end of the month as an interim cut off date, at least for the initial appeal and in order to get those who expressed an interested connected to the CFRAT. Obliviously the recruitment of first responders will be an ongoing process and will continue after this initial promotion.

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Armagh Mensshed

The menssheds is originally an Australian concept but one that has blossomed in Ireland. In 2012 the West Armagh Consortium in partnership with CAWT, DSD and NRPB opened the first Armagh Menssheds currently based at the Shambles. With financial assistance the premises in The Coppersmith Entry were furnished and opened in January of 2012.

Again in partnership with CAWT the West Armagh Consortium were successful in applying for a Big Lottery Grant. £373,000 was awarded in June of2012 securing the project for a further four years.

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Neighbourhood Renewal (NR)

What is NR?

Neighbourhood Renewal is a government programme that deals with every aspect of deprivation within our communities. It is about closing the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society. One seventh of Northern Ireland's population live in seriously deprived parts of our towns and cities and the symptoms of deprivation are easy to identify and understand. People who live in deprived area are much more likely to be out of work or, when they do have jobs, they are likely to be poorly paid.

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The spacious hall has an adjoining kitchen. It can easily accommodate meetings, seminars, arts, crafts and educational classes, birthday parties and fitness classesThe first floor at Cathedral Road was refurbished in partnership with, and is managed by the West Armagh Consortium (WAC). This consortium is an affiliation of community groups from the West Armagh area.

WAC aims are:

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Welcome to West Armagh - About Us

Welcome to the West Armagh Consortium's website. We hope that you will find this both interesting and informative. We would like to take this opportunity to give the reader some background to us.

The West Armagh Consortium (WAC) was constituted in November 2002 as a voluntary amalgamation of local community groups from Armagh City West. As a non-sectarian and politically unaffiliated umbrella organisation, the Consortium welcomes affiliations from all new and existing community and voluntary groups in our catchment area. The groups currently affiliated represent districts within the three electoral wards of Abbey Park, Callanbridge and Downs.

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Training & Funding Opportunities

This section is to keep everyone informed as to training and funding opportunities that may be relevant to our various member groups.