The Health and Wellbeing Project continues to expand across the GAA network with Meath leading the charge.
Under Chairman Andy Fahy, the Meath GAA Health & Wellbeing has confirmed that each of the 59 clubs has now appointed a Health Officer (formally known as Health & Wellbeing Officer).
The main role of the Club Health Officer is to point those struggling towards the appropriate level of support and professional help. Society faces significant challenges form Addiction (Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling) and Mental Health issues. As a community based organisation providing leadership and empathy, the GAA has faced these challenges head-on. To their absolute credit, a number of high profile players and officials, past and present, have stepped into the public domain to describe their personal struggles and their path to recovery, including well known Meath GAA coach and former County Senior Football Manager Dudley Farrell.
Central to the Club Health Officer’s role is to inform members of the supports available to them should the need arise. In order to assist the club Healthy Officer, Meath GAA’s Health and Wellbeing Committee, in a recent innovative initiative, produced a poster to be displayed in a prominent location at every Meath GAA club. Pictured below is the Ratoath GAA Health and Wellbeing display, which is located on the wall facing you as you enter the clubhouse from the car park. This display includes a description of the Five Ways To Wellbeing (Connect , Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give). It also lists the many organisations in Meath that are ready and willing to provide assistance to those in need. Childline / ISPCC is included in this list of contacts, highlighting the fact that children are as vulnerable to mental health issues as adults.
On your next visit to the club, please familiarise yourself with this new display. Take a photo of it on your phone so that you have all of the contact details, should you need them. Finally, if you are experiencing difficulty, or know a fellow member who is, please pass this information on to the Ratoath GAA Health Officer, Brian Hayes at 085 1745082, so that they can be directed to the best available appropriate support and professional help.
Darkness Into Light:
The Darkness into Light Run / Walk in aid of Pieta House, will take place in Fairyhouse Racecourse on Sat 12th May. Ratoath GAA’s Health and Wellbeing are again supporting this event by opening up the clubhouse at 5.00am that morning to offer a complimentary health breakfast to all participants, members and non-members alike. This was a very popular initiative last year and a large number of hungry early risers are expected to descend upon the clubhouse. While the breakfast is free of charge, we will be collecting voluntary donations which will be presented to Pieta House. All are welcome. You don’t have to be participating in the Fairyhouse DIL. If you are a regular early riser, why not do something different with your daily start and join us for a healthy breakfast?
As part of the GAA’s Health and Wellbeing Program, the Health Club Project in now in its third phase. This phase involves 150 clubs in Ireland, 5 of which are from Meath, including Ratoath GAA.
The Healthy Club project aims to help GAA clubs to explore how they support the holistic health of their members and the communities they serve. The project will help GAA clubs to identify areas where they can, or would like to improve, and empower them to ensure that everyone who engages with their club benefits from the experience. The Health Club model is based on best national and international practice and also aims to embed a health philosophy in a club while integrating health into the day-to-day club activities in a sustainable way. It also aims to place the GAA club at the heart of the community, making it a beacon for health in the locality.
At the launch of Phase Three in Croke Park in March 2018, which was attended for Ratoath GAA by Linda Leonard and Brian Hayes, the GAA outlined the strategy and structure of the program. Each club was provided with a Health Club Manual and access to an online portal. Ratoath GAA’s Health and Wellbeing Committee will now study the Health Club Manual and compile and present its own proposed Health Club program of events and initiatives for signoff by the Club Executive.
Ratoath GAA Eircode – A85 VY66
Please copy the club Eircode A85 VY66 to your mobile phone. Should you need to call an ambulance to Seán Eiffe Park then this is the quickest and most effective means of providing accurate directions to the National Ambulance Service. By having this number on your phone you will speed up an ambulance arrival time to Ratoath GAA which could be a major factor in a good outcome for the injured / ill person.