Waterford Health Park Community Foundation
The Waterford Health Park Community Foundation is an independent charity based at the Waterford Health Park (Former Presentation Convent), Slievekeale Road, Waterford City.
The Foundation is our commitment to provide systemic and sustainable improvements in community health. We believe our foundation can be a change agent to shift the goal posts for reactive healthcare delivery to proactive enhancement of health. We believe health to incorporate holistic wellbeing with an emphasis on the interrelated benefits of psychological fitness, emotional wellbeing, happiness, relationship health as well as physical health.
We believe passionately in new understandings of health and wellbeing and believe in thinking outside the box, an example of this new thinking is our commitment to provide art therapy and counselling as means to promote positive mental health in the community. We believe that the best way to improve long term health is via education and empowerment of community.
Our Vision Statement is - Pioneering the next generation of continuous and sustainable improvements in health, health education and health care
Our aim is that the Waterford Health Park building becomes the change agent for improvements in the health of our community through joined up thinking, linking primary healthcare with education (local schools), sports clubs, environment and our City. In this way we hope to redefine health in a much more inclusive and holistic manner.
What we Do
We support educational initiatives to promote health.
We commission research.
We review and share new ideas.
We influence policy makers and the practice of those working in healthcare.
We promote positive mental health by providing services such as counselling, art therapy and group support. We add value by improving the health of our community through many free health promotion events
Initiatives carried out to date by WHP Community Foundation
1. Provision of Art Therapy and other mental health therapies for patients in need
2. Mens open Art therapy sessions
3. Health Fair 2010
4. Community Health Day 2011
5. Womens Health Public Seminars
6. Mens Health Public Seminars
7. Community Art Exhibitions
8. Mens poetry exhibition
Examples of Research Initiatives carried out to date by WHP Foundation
1. Patient anxiety and Generative Space- How to cultivate a more generative space in the healthcare setting and how this can lower anxiety
2. Attitudes of patients to Art therapy
Opening HoursMon - Fri 8am - 6.30pm
Saturdays 10am - 2pm
Telephone 051 370057
We have won a global award , we are the 2013 winners, Generative Space 'A place to Flourish Award'. The award was presented at the Annual Health Facilities Conference in Chicago,USA in October 2013. Well done to all at WHP . For more info click here
WHP building awarded the Blue Plaque by the Civic Trust on May 1st 2013. The Blue plaque is displayed in the main foyer for all to see.
Other Services @WHP
Baby Massage Classes
Speech and language therapist Lisa Shine has commenced private practice at WHP. www.slts.ie
Breastfeeding Support Group
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month 10am -12noon. All welcome. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and enjoy refreshments from the on site cafe.
Unislim ClassesTuesdays 6.30pm- 7.30pm.All welcome
Mr Enda Kenny- Taoiseach visits Waterford Health ParkPictured below are Enda Kenny, Mark Rowe & Edel Rowe
Eye Clinic@Waterford Health Park launched by Consultant Ophthalmologist (eye specialist) Dr. Emer Henry. click here for more info
Art Therapistis now running individual and group art therapy sessions at WHP
Ante Natal ClassesNow being run by Claire Bulfin, a Cuidiu antenatal teacher and midwife. Couples welcome.
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