Gold Standard Health Quality Mark award for Youth Work Ireland Tipperary

Gold Health Quality Mark recognises health promotion for young people

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Gold Standard Health Quality Mark award for Youth Work Ireland Tipperary

Youth Work Ireland Tipperary was awarded a Gold Standard Health Quality Mark (HQM) for the second time by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) in recognition of their work on health promotion for young people throughout Tipperary, at a special event held in their Tipperary Town HQ on Thursday June 21st at 7pm.

Presenting the award, Rachael Treanor, from the NYCI National Youth Health Programme said “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all at Youth Work Ireland Tipperary. They are committed to the highest quality standards in health promotion and it is clear that ensuring a healthy and safe place for young people and staff is a key priority here.”

Ms Treanor added: “Congratulations are in order to the staff, volunteers and young people of the service, in particular Pauline Strappe and Sara Leahy, Health Promotion Officers for Tipperary who have both completed the Special Certificate in Health Promotion with NYCI and NUIG and who guided the organisation through the process to ensure that their work is in line with national and international best practice in the area of youth health promotion.

“The great work carried out here supports the national healthy Ireland campaign, which is about increasing our focus on prevention and supporting young people to improve their own health and wellbeing.”

Ashling Sheehan Boyle, Chairperson of Youth Work Ireland Tipperary opened the event by acknowledging ‘all the hard work of the staff, volunteers and young people who have invested their time and energy to deeply embedding health promotion into our work.

“It is important to take the time to celebrate the actions completed to date and the impact that has been made in so many ways for young people in Tipperary.’

Pauline Strappe from Youth Work Ireland Tipperary explained: “At Youth work Ireland Tipperary we have looked at health in terms of Social, Sexual, Spiritual, Emotional and Physical health to ensure variety in the work and in terms of health overall.”

On the night the organisation showcased examples of health promotion in their work such as: ‘Snow-white and the 7 mental health helpers’: a mental health awareness training for primary schools which uses the snow white story and the challenges she faces to create resilience tools.

‘Let’s go’ mental awareness event which is annually run by Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg is a creative way of looking at your 5-a-day for your mental health and how young people can help themselves to have positive mental health.

Outstanding LGBT & Allies support group: an all-county support group for young people and local research of needs was completed recently with funds from Healthy Ireland Tipperary.

Activ8 which encourages young people to engage in activities over the summer and if they try or engage with eight are entered into a draw for a prize.

Rural Youth clubs engaged in our review of our Healthy Eating policy.