Donegal benefitting from new cross border health programme

A new cross border project  providing health-focused education and training programmes to vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups across the border counties has recieved a funding boost.

€2.2 million in funding has been secured for the multi agency programme from the European Union.

The 3-year project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of groups such as vulnerable women and travellers right across the border corridor.

The project will be delivered in selected geographical areas which have been chosen on the basis of a wide-ranging mapping exercise which helped to identify the areas with greatest need.

In the HSE West region the delivery of the project will target primarily the Castlefin, Inishowen and Lifford areas in Co. Donegal.

To date four programmes have been delivered to 73 women including two programmes for women living with a cancer diagnosis and two programmes for new mothers.

Welcoming the funding Maire O'Leary, Social Inclusion Manager in the HSE West and Project Board member said based on initial feedback, is already making a real difference to participants’ lives.