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. With the arrival of the COVID – 19 pandemic, communities have had to endure unprecedented challenges and we saw wonderful examples of community spirit and solidarity with volunteer teams delivering shopping, medicines and PPE to households; the setting up of food banks; toy and book libraries etc. Now as we slowly and safely emerge from COVID our Community Health Forums provide a platform for continued coordination at local level. Contact us here if you would like to get involved.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 0860841433. We also have a Facebook page Derryveagh Community Health Forum.