Dear Club Members
My name is Sharon McManus-Cooley and I am currently the clubs Health and Wellbeing Officer.
My remit includes promoting a healthy club, supporting the club with running healthy initiatives off the field of play, providing guidance and sign posting individuals who are in need of support for a variety of reasons. I also complete and update all club Health & Wellbeing policies and am available as the first point of contact for critical incidents should any occur.
There are a huge range of resources available to every member of the club that can be accessed via the Health and Wellbeing Officer.
The club has a sub Health and Wellbeing committee consisting of Aiden Brien, Brian Brogan and Lesley O’Neill. Anyone that would like to join us would be very welcome so please reach out and contact any of us.
We have organised a Health & Wellbeing information night on Wednesday 14th of March from 7:30 until 9:30 in the clubhouse in Johnstown. There will be a variety of guest speakers covering various topics such as drugs and alcohol abuse, gambling abuse, social media, cybercrimes, and mental health. See our website, social media and club notes for further details. It is imperative that club managers, coaches and senior players attend as it is of value to everyone. Additionally, anyone from the wider community is welcome to attend what will be an informative evening. Please note that this event will be free of charge.
Another exciting development is that we have been successful in our application to Croke Park to join the GAA’s Healthy Club initiative. We were selected out of hundreds of GAA club applications here in Ireland and from clubs based overseas. This is a great accomplishment for our club and we now have 18 months of hard work to carry out to secure and collect our award. Here are just two of the many initiatives we have chosen to carry out:
1. Making the club and its grounds a smoke free campus. This will be completed on a phased basis with Jan 2020 being our deadline for completion. This is also in line with a national policy of a “tobacco free Ireland”. We will be starting off by making the club house a smoke free area! The smoking policy will be updated to reflect its stages so please watch out for this. Your cooperation will be appreciated.
2. Encourage our members to donate blood. We are registered with the blood transfusion board and hope to eventually have over 100 members of the club as blood donators, which would allow a mobile clinic to visit the club house periodically for members to donate blood. As members of Clann na nGael you are all dedicated, committed volunteers and we hope you can assist and help promote our new initiatives.
Leading experts have highlighted the importance of the GAA’s contribution to community based- responses in times of critical incidents and traumatic events, so as a club we have to complete and provide critical incident guidelines and training. This is currently being drafted and training will be rolled out in due course. It is imperative every member of the club is aware of this policy and its content. It will be a vital tool going forward if a crisis situation should occur. Members also need to be aware of points of contact in relation to this policy. It will be available on the website and a hard copy will be kept in the club house with the relevant contact details.
Thank you for taking the time to familiarise yourself with what my Health and Wellbeing role involves.
I hope that going forward you know who I am and that you will utilise the resources available to the club via the Health and Wellbeing Officer. My contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org 087-2317635.