HSE Community Programmes

Programme Partner, HSE will be targeting to influence health outcomes for citizen by way of several community-based health interventions and supports.

This will be achieved through programmes such as Social Prescribing, Smoking Cessation, Healthy Food Made Easy, and Parenting.

Below are a list of the programmes and contact staff based in Cork.

Parents Plus programmes

Parents Plus

Parents Plus – positive, proven parenting programmes, effective for children of all ages giving practical tips to help parents with the ups and downs of rearing children. For further information, please click here.

Let's Grow Together

Lets Grow Together Parenting Support

Free parent's support programme to help you:

  • Feel empowered as a parent
  • Strengthen parent/child relationships
  • Build your child’s confidence and self esteem
  • Work with your child to promote positive behaviour
  • Encourage positive health choices

For further information please visit the Lets Grow Together website or contact Cliona Twohig on 021 601 0656 / 086 078 6557

At Let’s Grow Together! Infant & Childhood Partnerships, HSE Building, Harbourview Road, Knocknaheeny, Cork T23 XY16


Healthy Food Made Easy


What information does this programme cover?

There are 6 weekly sessions lasting roughly 2 hours. The practical sessions focus on healthy eating on a budget & preparing simple family foods. There is group participation in the cookery/cook along session & participants are encouraged to try the recommended recipes out at home. A community dietitian visits the course on week 5/6 to provide an input and to answer any specific dietary questions.

 Session 1– ‘Building a Food Pyramid’ (introducing healthy eating guidelines)

Session 2– ‘The Fibre Providers’ (Fibre in cereals, fruit & vegetables)

Session 3– ‘Focus on Fats’ (learning about the good & bad fats)

Session 4– ‘Food for Life’ (family eating, children’s diets)

Session 5– ‘Shop Smart’ (Shopping on a budget, food labelling)

Session 6– ‘The Road Ahead’ (planning long term changes in eating habits)

For further information please click here or contact Eoin Kaar on 021 434 7096.

c/o Motor Tax Office, Model Business Park, Model Farm Road, Cork, T12 XP80

Making Every Contact Count


Making Every Contact Count was established to support the implementation of Healthy Ireland in our health services and help people to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Through the programme, health professionals will support patients make healthier lifestyle choices.

During routine consultations, health professionals ask patients about lifestyle behaviours related to chronic disease. The goal of these 'contacts' is to address risk factors for chronic disease. Through these contacts, health professionals will help patients achieve positive long-term behaviour change.

The Making Every Contact programme covers the following topic areas:

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

For further information please click here or contact Máire O'Leary on 087 123 4025.

Health Promotion & Improvement Department, Health & Wellbeing Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Block , St. Columbanus Hospital, St. Margarets Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

We can Quit



We Can Quit is a free, friendly, and supportive 12-week programme for anyone, who smoke and who want support to quit smoking. The programme offers free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), a weekly stop smoking group and one to one support.

The programme is being offered by the HSE in partnership with Lotamore Family Resource Centre.

For further information please click here or contact the Lotamore FRC Co-ordinator Carmel Kennedy on 021 450 3066

Lotamore Family Resource Centre Cork CLG, 20 Lotamore Park, Mayfield, Cork, T23 NPW2

Smoking Cessation Officer


Your Stop Smoking Advisor will:

  • Provide one-to-one and group support to help people quit
  • Provide free stop smoking medication

For further information please click here or contact Miriam O'Shea on 201 492 1641 or 086 787 1931

Address: Health Promotion & Improvement, Health & Wellbeing, Cork Kerry Community Health Care, St. Marys Primary Care Centre, St. Marys Health Campus, Bakers Road, Gurranebraher, T23 VO98, Cork

Social Prescribing

Niche   HSE

Social Prescribing is a free, HSE service provided in partnership with NICHE Health Project Cork CLG, which helps to link you with sources of support and social activities within your community.

These include

  • Physical activity
  • Reading groups/books for health
  • Self-help programmes such as the Stress Control Programme
  • Men’s Sheds
  • Community gardening
  • Arts and creativity

It is for any person of 18 years or over.

Social Prescribing is for you if:

  • you feel that you need some support to mind your health and wellbeing
  • you feel isolated, stressed, anxious or depressed
  • you simply feel you need the service.

 About the programme

First you will meet with the Social Prescribing Coordinator. S/he will help you to identify activities or groups you would like to try.

Then you will link with a designated person participating in the activity, to try it out.

 After a number of weeks you will have a review with your Social Prescribing Coordinator.

At this stage, if you wish, you may try different activities or groups, to find something that you enjoy. The Social Prescribing coordinator will give you guidance and support.

Your Social Prescribing Link Worker Can Provide:

 Free one to one support to help you if you are feeling isolated:

  • To connect with people,
  • To connect with services,
  • To connect with activities in your area.

 You can be referred to the local Social Prescribing Link Worker through your G.P. or other health/social care professionals or you can make direct contact.

For further information please click here or contact James Leonard at 021 430 0135 or 086 014 7504

Address: NICHE Health Project (Cork) CLG, HSE Building, Harbourview Road, Knocknaheeny, Cork. T23 XY16