Stay Fit and Healthy


It's important to stay healthy in body as well as mind - if you're struggling for ideas on how to stay active, fit and healthy in spite of COVID-19 restrictions, you'll find some fantastic Cork City based resources right here.

Cork Sports Partnership

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The Cork Sport’s Partnership’s Booklet ‘Keep Cork Active’ booklet and online resource has over 200 resources for people to choose from which includes Family Play, Older Adults, Children & Youth, Adults & Youth, People with Disabilities and General Health & Wellbeing Tips.   

Check the booklet out here.

Playful Paradigm

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Playful Paradigm in response to the COVID19 lockdown

With families spending more time at home the Cork Playful Paradigm team felt there was an opportunity to refocus their work here to develop some novel ways of using play to address the challenges these enforced conditions are disproportionately having on those living in small accommodation, especially in socially disadvantaged communities. Frequently these families rely on help and support from a variety of services which they can no longer access. Their solution was to begin designing a Play at Home resource pack.  In the last four weeks this has begun to take shape.

It features video tutorials to provide entertaining and easy use ideas for families to extend their range of play and involve all generations within the household.  Cork Playful Paradigm are commissioning local creative talent to create these videos - providing some support to arts community which have few income opportunities at present. 

The first four videos are as follows:

  • Chalk artist - for indoor and outdoor games / designs;
  • Puppet maker - simple puppets made from items found in most homes;
  • Circus performer - tutorial on fun clown games than can be “performed” indoors;
  • Creative dance - creating musical games These will be hosted on a Playful Paradigm YouTube channel and available for all cities & their citizens.

It is proposed use captions which could be translated to local languages for each of our partner cities and beyond. 

To supplement the virtual channel they have created physical resource packs for the more vulnerable families that partners in the community have identified as struggling with the imposed restrictions.  100 families were identified for the first trial rolled out at the end of April. The packs contain games, simple instructions and items required such as chalk, cards etc. These were distributed through existing City Council community channels. A larger, targeted, city wide distribution will be rolled out in May. 

For more information please contact: Denise Cahill, Project Lead, Cork Healthy Cities Coordinator or Martin O’Donoghue, Cork Playful Cities Chair, modonoghue@corkoperahouse


What is Playful Paradigm?

The URBACT Playful Paradigm transfer network is based on the use of “games” for promoting social inclusion, healthy lifestyles and energy awareness, place-making and economic prosperity.   URBACT is an EU funding stream which encourages cities across the union to explore innovative and sustainable methods to tackle shared challenges. Under this programme Cork City Council has led on the delivery of a number of actions to establish Cork City as a playful city. 

Cork City Council and FAI Sports Community Development

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Our Sports Community Development Officer is part of an Online Coaching Skills programme.

Women’s Football Development Officer Pearl Slattery conducts the daily online coaching session with a series of tips coordinated by FAI Development Officers. The series will run daily from Monday to Friday at 11 a.m., with FAI prizes awarded to the best online videos posted by participants.

The programme has been produced in association with the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland and FAI Schools and is co-funded by Cork City Council and the FAI.

Health Action Zone


The Health Action Zone Initiative aims to improve the health and lifestyle of a community through a series of health-focused initiatives that build on existing services and facilities.


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Sexual Health Centre


The Sexual Health Centre provides up-to-date information, support and education in the areas of sexual health, wellbeing, sexuality and healthy relationships and continues to do so throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  They can offer prompt, honest and non-biased answers to your questions as well as any needed support or referrals. Ring their Helpline on 021 427 66 76 (Mon - Thurs 9am - 5.30pm / Fridays 9am - 2pm) or contact them at

SafeRSex - Sexual Health and COVID-19

The SafeRsex campaign details the impact of COVID-19 on issues related to sexual relationships such as condom access, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and masturbation. While it is possible to be both safe and sexually active if neither you nor your sexual partner have COVID-19, it is crucial to be aware of the risks and precautionary measures that apply during this outbreak.

Importantly, everyone should avoid any physical contact, including sex, with anyone outside of their own household. The Sexual Health Centre is operating a free condom postal service, so that you can take every precaution and stay at home. Contact the helpline abovefor more information or see more on the link here.

Condom Distribution

The Sexual Health Centre is operating a free condom postal service during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact the Centre with your postal address and they will send condoms and lubricant free of charge. Personal information will be stored in compliance with GDPR.  Contact their helpline on 021 427 66 76or email, so that you can take every precaution and stay at home.  See more on this link.

Navigating Healthy Relationships during the COVID-19 outbreak

Since the implementation of social distancing measures, many people have had difficulty in dealing with emotional awareness, self-worth, interpersonal skills, isolation, cohabitation and intimacy. The Sexual Health Centre's new guide to navigating healthy relationships during the COVID-19 outbreak addresses all of these issues. This guide was created in collaboration with Mr. Daniel Flynn, Principal Psychology Manager of HSE Cork South Mental Health Services, and provides a toolkit for maintaining healthy relationships in the context of social distancing.  Follow this link for more information.

safeRsexwork: Sexual Health and COVID-19

The Sexual Health Centre launched its #SafeRsexwork campaign, to highlight the need for escorts and sex workers to avail of the supports available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak. While it is most advisable for sex workers and escorts to take time off work if at all possible, some individuals will not have that option, and those individuals deserve to have the information and support required, to help them to stay safe at this time.  Their guide can be found here.

HIV Support

From 11th - 15th May, The Sexual Health Centre's Senior Health Promotion Officer, Phil Corcoran shared daily updates on the supports available to those living with HIV during the COVID-19 outbreak. The available free support services, counselling and information can be found on our website. Call 021 427 66 76 to make an appointment to speak with Phil, our HIV Support Worker or Mary, our HIV counsellor free of charge.  More information can be found by clicking on this link.