Projects

The Wellbeing Way

The Well-Being Way is a coffee-table sized booklet, designed to provide relief from the isolation and loneliness caused by cocooning and COVID-19 social distancing measures. The book is accompanied by a sensory pack with materials for activities outlined in the book. 1400 packs were distributed in local Limerick communities. Allied to this the students delivered an online workshop highlighting elements of the book, which was included in the Limerick Life Long Learning Festival.  Students partnered with Southill After Schools Club, the Southill Family Resource Centre, and St Munchins Community Centre to deliver help create and distribute the booklet.

 

  • Video: Community-Engaged Learning – The Wellbeing Way (click here)

 

Limerick Let’s Talk about Our Mayor

The members of Supportive CWELL project group were keen to build both their personal and their community’s capacity to identify community needs through community conversations/consultations. The group were in the initial stages of planning their community conversations when they were asked to support the Your Mayor, Your Voice campaign. This campaign sought the opinions of people across Limerick City and County Council in relation to the role of the Limericks first directly elected Mayor. The Supportive CWELL group were essential to the success of this campaign and provided invaluable community insight.

Website: www.ourmayor.limerick.ie/

UL Press release (click here)

UL Links:

Digital edition (Pages 22-23)

PDF Version

Tea Parties for Elderly

The Social CWELL project group recognized high levels of social isolation among the older members of their communities. The project aimed to offer social outings for the elderly in their communities. A significant amount of research was undertaken with elderly groups across the city to establish the type of outing that would be suitable. The group planned to host four annual tea parties: a Valentine Ball; an Easter Bonnet ball; a Christmas Party and a Halloween Party. Plans for the first event were well advanced when COVID-19 necessitated its cancellation. Limerick City and County Council granted the Social CWELL project group €4,000 towards the costs of these events, further developing local synergies between the Council, Community and University.

Active Moms

The Healthy CWELL group members were concerned with the health interventions that offered both an active lifestyle and a chance to socialise with peers. They identified that young Mothers in their community were particularly in need of such an intervention. They designed an introductory 5 week gym programme involving a one hour gym session per week. The unique aspect of this programme is that those organising and leading it including the gym instructor were all local young women themselves. The group piloted the initiative in Nov/Dec 2019 with 6 young Mothers.    The programme was very well received and when offered again in early March 2020 35 young women registered. Unfortunately, it was not possible for the second round of the Active Moms programme to go ahead due to the Covid 19 lock down.

Southill Hub Community Garden

The Green CWELL group were interested in green issues – recycling, waste management, eco gardens etc. As a group they decided to research the possibility of a community garden in their community. As part of their research they visited the Southill Hub Community Garden. This community garden had been a valuable community resource however budget and staff costs as well as dwindling volunteer numbers meant that the garden was in decline. The group were keen to lend their support and thus their project become the revitalization of the Southill Hub Community Garden. They achieved this in a variety of ways, volunteering their time in the garden, securing funding, and encouraging greater use of the garden by the local community. The group created and successfully led a series of events in the garden including a Christmas event, Valentine Day event and a jewelry making day. The aim of such events was to encourage increased and more diverse use of the garden as a community amenity.

Community Allotment Project

This project provides opportunities for community residents in St Mary’s to plant and harvest their own fruit and vegetables in local allotments. It is hoped that the allotments will encourage healthy lifestyles, reduce isolation, improve the health and mental wellbeing of the community and become a source of happiness, wellbeing and pride.

Soundcloud Podcast: https://www.ul.ie/engage/node/3751

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/308017/island-in-bloom-as-barren-limerick-field-grows-into-allotment.html

Kings Island Playground and Outdoor Fitness Centre

July 2020, saw the successful conclusion of a CWELL project which began as part of the first CWELL class of 2014 -2016. The project involved the design and development of a playground in the Kings Island area of the city. The CWELL students who are members of the Kinds Island community spent 5 years working with the community to advocate for this essential amenity. The project represents a successful example of local people coming together to effect real and lasting change in their community.   The park to was successfully launched with local media coverage, including a piece on Limerick 95 FM

  • 10 August 2020 Kings Island Playground and Outdoor Fitness are open: Playground Launch (click here)
  • Interviews with CWELL students, Samantha Roche, Gerardine Quinlivan and CWELL Course Director, 2013-2016, Bernie Quillinan (click here)