The Healthy Ireland (HI) and Community Games ‘Steps to Health’ is a quality standard in health promotion. This is an opportunity for Community Games to highlight the valuable contribution made by volunteers and participants to improving the health and well-being of all members of the community.
‘Steps to Health’ will be awarded to all Areas who achieve the standards detailed on the Progress Report Form. Many Community Games volunteers are already working on health promotion initiatives and ‘Steps to Health’ has been developed to recognise and reward this work.
The Steps to Health Initiative was launched on the 13th May and the initiative is open from this day. However progress will be evaluated quarterly. The deadline for entry to the Area Awards which will take place in Mullingar Park Hotel on 28th November 2015 is the 16th October 2015.
There are three quality standards on offer: Gold, Silver or Bronze. The ‘Steps to Health’ quality standard is valid for one year only, but Areas that continue to maintain the standards will also maintain their ‘Steps to Health’ quality standards.
Returning Progress Forms
Progress will be evaluated quarterly:
At any of these stages Areas have the opportunity to attain one of the quality standards (gold, silver or bronze). You will be asked to provide a random selection of evidence of standards achieved. Health Promotion Officers from the HSE or Development Officers from Community Games may also visit your Area to see some of the work in action.
Inclusion in the Area Awards 2015
The ‘Steps to Health’ quality standard will also contribute to the points allocation for the Area Awards, as follows:
If you wish for the ‘Steps to Health’ quality standard to contribute points towards the Area Awards you must have your Progress Report Form in by the September evaluation and any additional updates by Monday the 12th October 2015.
How will the points be added to the Area Awards Scoring Sheets?
Areas and Counties will be notified of the standard quality and points allocation (where applicable) from each Area taking part in the ‘Steps to Health’ 2015, by the 16th October. Counties then simply add the ‘Steps to Health’ point’s allocation to the Areas in their respective Counties who are entered in the Area Awards 2015.
How to record your evidence
Hard copy materials, photos, videos etc are suitable. HSE Health Promotion Officers and CG Development Officers may also visit Areas. We ask that Areas be creative in this regard. Please note that you are not required to send in the evidence with the progress form, until requested.
How to complete the standards
There are a number of statements (under the headings of Topics and Processes) which your Area must work towards in order to achieve a ‘Steps to Health’ quality standard. Each statement carries a weighting of points which is written in the box under ‘Yes’. The maximum number of points that can be achieved is 35, this is the Gold quality standard. In order to achieve each standard you must achieve the following points: Bronze: 14-25 points Silver: 26-33 points Gold: 35 points The Progress Report Form is to be used as a tool which allows you to track your progress and is also to be used for the quarterly evaluations.
Returning Your Completed Application
Areas must send the Progress Report Form to: HSE Community Games, 20 Inish Carraig House, Golden Island, Athlone, Co. Westmeath or send email to email@example.com by each of the quarterly deadlines. For inclusion in the Area Awards, please ensure that any additional standards achieved are sent in by Monday the 12th October to ensure the correct allocation of points.
It seems like just yesterday when we were in Limerick celebrating all our Volunteers and Areas at the 2014 Area and Volunteer Awards, but it's already time to prepare for the 2015 HSE Community Games Area, Volunteers and Media Awards!
Date: Saturday 28th November 2015
Venue: Mullingar Park Hotel
ACCOMMODATION: Can be booked directly on their WEBSITE using the code COM2811
On 18th April in UCC Mardyke Arena Community Games were proud to be a part of the Cork Sports Ability Day organised by the Cork Sports Ability Forum and Cork Sports Partnership with the aim of creating awareness and promotion of sport for people with disabilities in Cork.
The day was packed with demonstrations and come & try sessions from a range of different sports including wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, amputee football, special yoga, table tennis, blind football, boxing, boccia, bowls and Dance.
Community Games had an information stand accompanied by other disability sports clubs and organisations from Cork. It was great that Community Games were able to show their involvement in the area of inclusion and to show what's on offer.
Everyone had an opportunity to take part in come & try sessions in a variety of sports. The event drew many different people ranging form parents, people with disabilities, healthcare professionals, teachers, SNA’s, students, youth club leaders, sports coaches and anyone with an interest in promoting sport for people with disabilities.
Present on the day were - Paralympic Medalist Orla Barry, Ireland's Women’s Captain Niamh Briggs, two Cork City FC players, along with CEO of the Irish Sports Council, John Treacy, Minister Kathleen Lynch, Mayor of County Cork Councillor Alan Coleman and Deputy Lord Mayor Fergal Dennehy.
The Community Games visited the Direct Provision Centre in Mosney on Thursday the 19th March. Community Games would like to thank Ken McCue and Perry Ogden from SARI for arranging this event.
Community Games has very fond memories of Mosney and it was great to be back. It was made even more special by seeing so many enthusiastic and talented young sports stars. They were excited to learn more about the Community Games and how they can participate.
The foundation of the Community Games is based on participation, inclusion and fun, a vision shared by SARI. Sport can help build communities and provides the opportunity to bring people together. It is especially important for our young people to help them grow physically, mentally and emotionally.
Joe Fox, Vice President and Eileen Doherty, Director and Meath County Secretary presented the football teams with a sports pack. Arrangements will be made in the coming weeks to organise a mini tournament between local teams and teams from Mosney. We look forward to seeing more children and their parents from the centre and other centres around the country participating Community Games events.
The CARA Centre are currently promoting their Disability Inclusion Training courses in
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown on the 14th March at Our Lady of Good Counsel Girls National School, Johnstown, Dun Laoghaire
Laois on the 18th of April at Macra Hall, Portlaoise.
Mayo on the 18th April at Davitt College Sports Hall
Who Should Attend?
Sports Coaches, Instructors, Sport leaders, Teachers, Parents, Volunteers and anyone interested or involved in the provision of Sport and Physical Activity for people with dsabilities
On completion of the course all participants will receive a Coaching Ireland/CARA APA Centre award and a course resource pack.
Note: Booking is on a first come first served basis. Book now to secure your place!
If you would like more information?
Watch the YOUTUBE promotional clip below for more information
Donegal hosted the 44th Annual General Meeting of the HSE Community Games from the 20th to the 21st of February in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.
Over 250 volunteers descended on the town where keynote speaker Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of the Irish Sports Council, praised the HSE Community Games for being one of the only NGBs in Ireland to encompass the whole of Ireland. He said that "the Irish Sports Council are proud to be associated with the HSE Community Games."
This year the HSE Community Games received funding of €257,000 from the Irish Sports Council and €20,000 from Women in Sport. But as pointed out by Mr Mulvey it is money well spent - helping promote a healthy and active lifestyle and ensuring a brighter future for the children of Ireland in a fun and safe environment.
Anne McAteer of the HSE spoke about how HSE Community Games is a fully inclusive organisation and allows children, who may not usually have the opportunity, to partake in a wide range of activities, both sporting and cultural. She praised the dedication of the 10,000 volunteers who give so freely of their time and talents.
The AGM coincided with the HSE Community Games Annual Media Awards which is to acknowledge all the support received from the National and Regional Press (online and offline) in 2014 and also in recognition of the hard work done all year round by the PRO volunteers.
The winners on the night were:
Social Media Award:
National Press Awards
PRO Noreen Hynes
PRO Mary Phelan
PRO Michael Brophy
Overall Regional Award
1st Roscommon Herald
PRO Bernie Ryan
Most Unusual Photograph:
Denis Byrne, Laois Nationalist
Best Action Photo:
Donal Hackett, Sligo Champion
The Community Games 44th Annual General Meeting will take place in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny from the 20th to 21st February. The AGM is a always a great occasion to meet up with Community Games volunteers from all over Ireland.
The Media Awards will also take place over the weekend. The Media Awards are a celebration of all the great PR work done throughout the year by County and Area PRO's. It is also to say thanks to the National and Regional Media (print/broadcast/online) who help promote Community Games.
If you have any queries on the AGM or the Media Awards, please email Sinead or Tricia.
For details of the Observers Walking Tour, please click here. Also for a list of Hairdressers and Beauticians in the area please click here
“Keep up the good work.” Says Minister Michael Ring at the HSE Community Games National Area and Volunteer Awards in Limerick on 6th December 2014
The HSE Community Games has nearly 10,000 volunteers at Area, County, Provincial and National level and each year they are honoured for their time, effort and enormous dedication at the HSE Community Games National Area and Volunteer Awards.
This year the Awards took place in the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick in recognition of it being the City of Culture 2014. Guests on the night included Minister for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring, Dr Nazih Eldin of the Department of Health, Councillor Frankie Daly, Mary Goode of Athlone IT and members of the HSE Community Games Board of Directors.
The Awards are a celebration of the excellent work and dedication of the volunteers and the areas that they represent. Over 50 volunteers were justly rewarded on the night for their dedication and commitment.
Speaking at the event, Minister Michael Ring said that organisations such as the Community Games are doing excellent work at promoting sport and culture and that he is delighted that the volunteers are being recognised for the huge contribution they make to Irish society. He said that there are over 500,000 volunteers in Ireland and if each volunteer were to be paid it would cost our economy 1 billion euro every year, so on behalf of the government he thanked everyone present on the night for their selfless dedication.
President of HSE Community Games, Gerard Davenport, said that although Kenmare walked away on the night with the main prize, everyone who is part of Community Games is a winner and should be very proud of the voluntary work they do year in, year out.
Provincial Area Winners on the night were:
Connaught: Athenry, Co. Galway
Leinster: Newbridge/St Brigids, Co. Kildare
Munster: Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Ulster: Bawn/Latton, Co. Monaghan
The best developed county was Tipperary and overall National Area Winner was Kenmare, Co. Kerry
The CEO of Community games John Byrne participated in the Great Ethiopian Run / Walk on November 23rd in sweltering heat to raise funds for the Irish charity Self Help Africa.
John got involved with Self Help Africa thanks to his friend Ronan Scully, the well-known former “Operation Transformation” contestant and past Community Games participant.
Ronan Scully now works as a charity fundraiser with Self Help Africa and persuaded John to take part in an effort to raise much needed funds but more importantly to raise awareness of the plight of the 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa where hunger is part of everyday life.
The focus of Self Help Africa is to focus on helping small farming communities to grow more food on a sustainable basis with the right knowledge and inputs. It is long term development, helping people in effect to grow their way out of hunger and poverty.
As the name suggests, Self Help Africa believes that the solution to one of the biggest challenges faced by Africa is in the hands of the people themselves by providing African farmers with better access to training and solve a problem that should not exist in the 21st Century.
John said his experience in Africa was “both humbling and motivating”. He said that “the work being done by Self Help Africa is phenomenal and I feel privileged to be a part of it in some way.”
Thank you to everyone who supported Self Help Africa and who supported John in his strict diet and training regime in the months leading up to it!
To find out more about Self Help Africa contact Ronan Scully on 087 6189094 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.selfhelpafrica.org
Community Games Supporting Anti-Bullying Week
17th November to 23rd November 2014
Monday marks the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week. During this week we would like to ask all coaches, volunteers and parents to think about what you can do to end bullying in your Area, community and/or school. As a child centred organisation it is important that we create a supportive environment where it is not acceptable to bully and where we encourage an ethos that it is ‘ok to tell’- Please click here to see our anti-bullying policy.
For more information about Anti-Bullying Week and to get ideas on how you can take a stand against all forms of bullying, visit the NIABF website - www.endbullying.org.uk
The Child Protection in Sport Unit is holding a FREE webinair about empowering sport to tackle bullying. If you would like to register to take part in this please go to this website.
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