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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

National No Smoking Day (Wednesday, 26 February 2020)

Image result for National No Smoking Day (Wednesday, 26 February 2020)This National No Smoking Day (Wednesday, 26 February 2020) the HSE calls on people who smoke to take on the 28-day #TheLastStop no smoking challenge in March.
 Research shows that if you can quit smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good. Starting from the 2nd of March people who smoke across the country will be taking the 28-day challenge.
Take advantage of the free support available from HSE Quit including a Quit Kit, daily messages or phone calls, an online Quit plan, face to face support from their local Stop Smoking Advisor and daily tips on the You Can Quit Facebook page.
Martina Blake, National Lead, HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, offers this advice:
“We know that 7 out of 10 people who smoke want to quit. However, an important step that people often miss out on is the preparation. Setting a date to quit and equipping yourself with the information, tools and supports you need to quit will make a huge difference. On an average day, the HSE supports 1,500 people to stop smoking.   Get in touch with the Quit Service now and get ready to quit on March 2nd”
Research commissioned by the HSE found over 5 in 10 people were interested in using a Stop Smoking Medicine to help them quit, making these the most popular option.  However, when it came to making their last quit attempt, 3 in 10 people used no help and 3 in 10 people used e-cigarettes.
Dr Paul Kavanagh, HSE Public Health Medicine Specialist, said:
“It is great that so many people who smoke are interested in quitting and making quit attempts  - around half a million people  tried to quit last year.  It is a big step to take, and we want to be sure that people have the information and support they need to maximise their chance of becoming smoke free.
“It was positive for us to hear 1-in-2 people would be interested in using a Stop Smoking Medicine to help them quit. But too few people are accessing available support to help them quit successfully. 
“Many people use e-cigarettes when they are quitting smoking. E-cigarettes are still fairly new, so we don't yet know how safe they are and it will take some time for us to fully understand the risks and benefits.  There are still questions about whether they work as stop smoking aids.  Because of this, we don't recommend e-cigarettes to help you quit smoking.
“Our best advice is that using safe and effective stop smoking support increases the chance of success.  A combination of Stop Smoking Medicines and support from HSE QUIT means someone is 2-3 times more likely to stay quit for good.  
“Finding out about Stop Smoking Medicines and the options available to you gives you the best chance of quitting for good this March.”
This March, six Quit Leaders from across the country will be quitting smoking with support from HSE Quit. You can follow their progress on and find out details of the Quit Roadshow where you can get the information you need to help you quit.
Quit Leader, Brandon Furlong, explains why he’s taking on the Quit Challenge this March:
“I will be stopping smoking as I am an asthmatic and it's been playing up lately, plus I am on the panel for the ambulance service and I want to get back to peak physical condition, life is too good and too short to be smoking and making it shorter. I want to become a quit leader because I have been down this road a couple of times and I know how hard it is too stay on course, this time I know I can do it and help others too.”
The HSE QUIT service provides personalised, free support by phone, email, SMS and live chat.  Smokers can free call 1800 201 203 or visit for stop smoking tips and resources, a free QUIT Kit, and to create a QUIT Plan or read other people’s stories. Peer-to-peer support is available on the QUIT Facebook Page or on Twitter at HSE QUIT @HSEQuitTeam  #TheLastStop #QuitandWin

Job Vacancy

Travellers of North Cork (TNC): Traveller Community Health Worker (Part-Time)

Travellers of North Cork (TNC)
TNC (Travellers of North Cork) Ltd.
Are seeking to employ a:

Traveller Community Health Worker (TCHW)

based in Doneraile, County Cork , with regular travel to Fermoy / Mitchelstown and other areas as needed (15 hours per week)
All the information and application form is available on activelink.

Six week ‘Exercising for the Brain’ group.

 Six week ‘Exercising for the Brain’ group.This group is for people with dementia and family members are welcome to attend.

Exercise for people with dementia has been shown to be beneficial for their physical and mental health. The group will focus on exercises that improve balance, co-ordination, range of movement and resistance. Shane specialises in exercise rehabilitation classes for people with neurological conditions and he will grade the exercises to suit individual abilities.

Image result for Six week ‘Exercising for the Brain’ group dimentia friendlyThere will also be a social element to the group and we hope it will be enjoyable - there will be time for tea, coffee and a chat after the group

We will be holding a meet and greet session on Tuesday 24th March 3.30-4pm in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre.  This will  be an opportunity for Shane to meet participants which will help him tailor the programme.

The six week pilot will then begin on Tuesday 31st March and will run for six consecutive Tuesdays in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre finishing up on Tuesday 5th May. It will run from 3-4pm (Approx 40 mins for exercise, 20 mins for refreshments and chat)

Places for are limited for this group and we expect it to be popular so please get in touch to express your interest as soon as possible. Once you express your interest we will send you an application form and a medical clearance form to be completed by your GP.

A voluntary contribution of €5 per week would be appreciated.

Please note that unlike Singing for the Brain this group is not open to anyone in the community. Rather it is for people with dementia (and one family member/friend if required)

Working week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Tel. 022/58700 | Mobile 086 787 1818 | E-mail:

Hello Spring Party: Free Event at Griffins

Climate Change day at Nano Nagle Birthplace

 Climate Change day ‘Active Hope’, led by Lorna Gold 

DR LORNA GOLD is a climate activist and academic working in Ireland. Her most recent book Climate Generation – Awakening to our Children’s Future tells her personal story of waking up to the ecological emergency as a mum and has been described by Naomi Klein as ‘an anguished journey into the heart of the climate crisis’. She has worked with Trócaire for almost twenty years in the areas of policy, advocacy and research. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Glasgow where she researched the origins of the ‘sharing economy’. She now lectures in Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University. She is vice-chair of the board of the Catholic Climate Movement and is a member of the government advisory group on the National Climate Dialogue.