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Offices Closed Until Further Notice – Covid-19

Please be advised that following the move to level 5 in the Government’s framework for living with Covid19, our offices are closed for January 2021 for the duration of the current level 5 restrictions, with all SKDP staff working from home.  Whilst our offices are closed, our services and supports continue as all SKDP staff work remotely.

 

All of our usual phone numbers are diverted and so you can still reach us by phone or alternatively via email [email protected]  

 

Please follow public health advice, stay safe & well.

 

Noel Spillane

Chief Executive Officer  

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Free Online Mindfulness & Chair Yoga Sessions

KERRY MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING FEST LAUNCH FREE ONLINE MINDFULNESS AND CHAIR YOGA SESSIONS 

Part of the ‘Keep Well Kerry’ campaign 

Building on the success of and feedback from the week-long Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest held in October, the interagency committee have organised a series of free online mindfulness and chair yoga sessions to take place for 15 minutes each weekday from 30th November to 18th December.

These morning mindfulness sessions from 11am – 11.15am and afternoon chair yoga sessions from 2pm – 2.15pm will be led by Susan Barrett and Maeve Ferris respectively. Anyone can watch these sessions live on the Healthy Kerry website at www.healthykerry.ie or Facebook page @healthycountykerry.

These online series are being made possible due to the collaboration between Kerry County Council, the HSE, NEWKD, SKDP, Kerry Mental Health Association, Jigsaw Kerry, IT Tralee and Kerry Volunteer Centre.

Launching the online sessions, the chairperson of Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest, Donagh Hennebry, said:

“All adults in Kerry and workplaces to avail of these free 15-minute mindfulness and yoga sessions to help people to switch off, find ways to relax and support their general wellbeing during these difficult times. This is a perfect opportunity for employers to support wellbeing in their workplace.”

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, added:

“The sessions are a key component of the local initiatives that are being developed and rolled out across the county under the national ‘Keep Well’ campaign and I would encourage everyone to take part. Taking time out to relax and unwind is such an important thing to do at the present challenging time.­­”

The Keep Well campaign in Kerry complements the national government campaign and focuses on five ways to support community wellbeing, which are:

  • Keeping active and being outdoors – even during the winter, it is important to help physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Staying connected – staying connected with people and addressing isolation as person-to-person connection is important to our wellbeing.
  • Switching off and being creative – switching off and being creative or learning something new, getting back to nature and finding ways to relax can help our general wellbeing.
  • Eating well – by nourishing your body and mind we can positively impact our physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Managing your mood – equipping people with information on where to go if they need support

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Laptops Available For Loan

With the financial support received under the Community Enhancement Programme from Kerry County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development SKDP now have a number of laptops available for loan for families and individuals who may require them. Access to technology is more important now than ever and we hope that with these laptops people will be able to avail of access to their education needs and social needs to keep linked in.

If you would like to avail of the loan scheme please contact any of the members of our SICAP team or Éadaoin Moynihan 0871906450 – some conditions apply.

 

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SKDP Welcomes South Kerry Greenway Decision

South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (SKDP) welcomes the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for the development of the South Kerry Greenway.

Speaking following the announcement of the decision earlier today, SKDP Chairperson Cllr. Michael Cahill, on behalf of the Board of SKDP, said that this major decision can now act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the entire South Kerry area. “We are calling on all parties involved to unite now and work together to ensure this vital project can be delivered as soon as possible to maximise the potential benefits for all in the region” he said.

“The Board of South Kerry Development Partnership believe that the proposed South Kerry Greenway has the potential to transform rural South Kerry both economically and socially,  provide a wonderful recreational experience for visitors and locals and contribute to the health of the citizens of South Kerry and beyond” he added.

SKDP CEO Mr. Spillane noted the success of similar greenway initiatives in counties such as Mayo and Waterford and their transformative effect on many small towns along and adjacent to those Greenways.

“SKDP, in commissioning the initial feasibility study into the South Kerry Greenway project in 2011 and through the work we have done on the project with Kerry County Council in the intervening years, recognised the importance of the project in potentially addressing the long term socio-economic decline of the Iveragh peninsula, which has been well documented” Noel said. “South Kerry Development Partnership are of the view that government investment in the South Kerry Greenway will yield positive results in tackling these issues for rural communities on the Iveragh peninsula” he concluded.