Phone: 0860841433

A number of local community groups and interested individuals have banded together and created the Derryveagh Community Health Forum, we meet regularly to discuss and act upon local health matters that will enhance the wellbeing of our community.

What we aim to do?

We aim to support, protect and improve the general health and wellbeing of our local community. This may involve pointing out gaps and inequalities, and demanding positive change.

What do we do?

Members of our Health Forum engage with the wider community, through local committees, action groups and organisations. We discuss issues and concerns and bring these to various state and health bodies to make progress and deal with problems. We link with our local clinicians (GPs, nurses, therapists and specialists) mainly through the Primary Care Teams – who meet every month in Derryveagh. But we can also organise health days, information events and special clinics and services that address specific needs – like Men’s Health Week, Carers Support or Mental health awareness.

Who can get involved?

Any local group or individual in the five districts of Creeslough, Portnablagh / Marble Hill / Dunfanaghy, Falcarragh and Gortahork who supports our ethos and is willing to get involved and is willing to use their skills, knowledge or experience to make Derryveagh a more inclusive, healthier & happier place to live and work is welcome!

Get active – get our community healthy

We meet each month and run a year long health and wellbeing programme with special days focusing on different issues like positive older age or young families and children, men’s health or breastfeeding support. If you would like to get involved just send and email to or call/text 0860841433. We also have a Facebook page Derryveagh Community Health Forum.

We are part of a wider county Donegal Community Health Network that meets three times a year, organises training & special events as well as its website and Facebook page ‘Donegal Community Health Network’.

Social Prescribing is a way to access non-medical supports within the community to improve physical, emotional and mental well-being. Referrals are made to the Social Prescribing Coordinator in each Primary Care team area who then links people with local activities and services like the Men’s Shed, a walking group, a chair aerobics session or referral to a befriending service. Referrals can be made by the person themselves, friends, family or the Public health Nurse or GP.

Social Prescribing is an option for people over 18 years of age who are experiencing social exclusion or isolation; have symptoms of mild depression or anxiety; are frequent attendees at their GP’s, are recovering from major surgery, dealing with the onset of a life changing long term condition or have poor social supports. The benefits of Social Prescribing are positive emotional, cognitive and social outcomes and an increase in connectedness for people within their communities.

The Social Prescribing service is free, confidential and available to everyone 18 years and over. The Social Prescribing Coordinator in the Derryveagh area is Bernadette, 086 0766670.