Local authority affords support to ‘In This Together’ campaign

Westmeath County Council is offering a range of activities and resources as part of the ‘In this Together Campaign, recently launched by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The campaign aims to help everyone in Ireland to Stay Connected, Stay Active, and look after their Mental Health throughout the Covid-19 Emergency.

The Campaign encourages everyone to set a new daily activity which helps them to feel a little healthier or a little happier as we deal with Covid-19. It signposts useful advice to help people of every age group to cope with the ongoing restrictions, whether they are looking after children, dealing with self-isolation, preparing for the Leaving Cert, or coping with cabin fever.

The ‘In This Together’ campaign draws together a huge range of activities that you can pursue in your home or your locality, by yourself or with family members or with friends online. There are ideas and activities for people of all ages.

What is Happening in Westmeath

•Comhairle na nÓg initiative that encourages young people to prepare posters/ stories about the ‘good’ in their Communities during COVID19.

•Befriending Service. More than 130 older, isolated people in Westmeath receive befriending phone calls on a weekly basis, some on a daily basis.

•Healthy Ireland at your library. Keep up to date with all events online. Watch our series of Healthy Ireland talks delivered online.

•Book Clinic. Stuck in a reading rut? The Library Book Doctor is here to help with a prescription of new reads.

•Enhancing digital resources. We are developing a digital resource section online to share and to access cultural activities.

•Online Chat Room. LGBTI youth group are being supported remotely and through newly established online chat room.

•Westmeath Sports Partnership is preparing a programme to deliver online exercise routines for all age ranges and groups, including older people.

•Children’s Art Competition. Support our healthcare workers through Art and your work could be displayed on Community Noticeboards around the county.

•Music Generation creating online experiences. Moving instrumental tuition online.

•Using Hangouts and Zoom sessions online to connect with musicians and students.

Westmeath Community Development and Westmeath Sports Partnership. Distributing home exercise leaflets from Age and Opportunity to approx. 130 older people.

You can also find a full listing of activities online on the website www.westmeathcoco.ie and on social media channels https://twitter.com/westmeathcoco and https://www.facebook.com/westmeathcoco.


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