The Government Plan for Living with COVID-19: Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 highlights the important role that individual and community resilience will play in contributing to our ongoing response to COVID-19.

The 'Keep Well' campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines.

There are five themes under the “Keep Well” campaign:

1. Keeping active - keeping active and being outdoors  even during the winter, it is important to help physical and mental health and wellbeing.

2. Staying connected - staying connected with people and addressing isolation as person-to-person connection is important to our wellbeing.

3. Switching off and being creative - switching off and being creative or learning something new, getting back to nature and finding ways to relax can help our general wellbeing.

4. Eating well - by nourishing your body and mind you can positively impact your physical and mental wellbeing.

5. Managing your mood – learning how to manage our moods and reaching out for help if we need it, can help us mind our mental health and to keep ourselves well.

Go to gov.ie/healthyireland for more advice, support and information.

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HSE Community Services in Galway have joined with Galway City Council to support older people to mind their physical and mental health and wellbeing over the coming months by producing a 20-page booklet and accompanying videos. Keep Well Booklet Galway City - Advice and Information for Older Adults.pdf
A wide range of activities, projects and supports are happening or have happened across Galway City, aiming to help everyone to Stay Connected, Stay Active, and look after their Mental Health throughout COVID-19.  Wellbeing Projects, Activities and Supports in Galway City
Find a range of useful information, in a variety of languages, on the COVID-19 vaccine programme at the following link.

If you cannot register online, you can call the COVID-19 helpline at Freephone: 1800 700 700 to register by phone.
 COVID-19 Vaccine Information

People who have been fully vaccinated will receive their EU Digital COVID Certificate. The certificate is proof (in digital or paper format) that you have either:

·         been vaccinated against COVID-19 or

·         received a negative COVID-19 test result or

·         recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months
If you have queries in relation to this certificate or international travel in general, you can call 1800 851 504 or 1800 807 008

 EU Digital COVID Certificate
The Healthy Galway City website is an excellent information hub, signposting to reliable sources of health and wellbeing information and useful resources. It is also a platform which showcases initiatives, programmes and events which aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the people of Galway City.  Healthy Galway City
The HSE website has a range of booklets, videos and graphics to raise awareness about preventing the spread of coronavirus. Also included is Approved Guidance for Disability Services and Resources for people with dementia, their families and carers.  (COVID-19) posters and resources
Galway City Community Network and Galway City Council have developed a map of the COVID-19 related responses, activities and services available to people in Galway City.  Community Dashboard

Minding Your Mood
HSE Health & Wellbeing launch Minding Your Wellbeing, a free series of online video resources to help you learn and practice key elements of mental wellbeing, like resilience and self-care  Minding Your Wellbeing Programme
Leaflet from the HSE Heads of Psychology - COVID-19: What to do if you are concerned and Supporting children and teenagers  Supporting Children and Teenagers
Mental Health Ireland - Minding our Mental Health During COVID-19 Minding our Mental Health During COVID-19
Experience anxiety, mild to moderate depression, bipolar disorder or other mood related conditions? In light of Covid-19, Aware has Zoom Support & Self Care Groups. Aware Support and Self-Care groups
Department of Education and Skills’ National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) Advice & Resources for keeping Children and Young People well during Covid-19
Getting through COVID-19 Together (gov.ie)  - Here you will find lots of advice and tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing and cope with your new daily routine. Getting through COVID-19 Together
Playing is central to children’s physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing. Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency. Let's Play Ireland
Pobal have complied a list of materials and content from Government Departments for a variety of audiences Pobal - Information and resources in relation to COVID-19
Children and Young People’s Services Committee have a range of resources for families and children  Resources for Families and Children

Eating Well

Healthy Eating Resources from Safefood

The 101 Square Meals recipe book: 101_Square_Meals.pdf
Family meal plans for three weeks: Meal Planner
Healthy snack ideas: Healthy Snack Ideas
6 One Pot Dinners (How to make: Chicken casserole, Thai green chicken curry, Beef stew, Beef casserole, Chicken curry, Pork stir fry) 6 One-Pot Dinners (YouTube)
7 Easy recipes (How to make: porridge, an omelette, orange and carrot soup, beef stroganoff, chickpea and lentil curry, fish pie, banana bread) 7 Easy Recipes (YouTube)
Chickpea and Lentil Curry Recipe Chickpea & Lentil Curry

Keeping Active

Physical Activity & Mindfulness

Home workout for adults

20 MIN FULL BODY WORKOUT // No Equipment | Pamela Reif

Joe Wicks - Body Coach Classes

Check out this National BeActive Day booklet for ideas. National BeActive Day
Galway Sports Partnership is running a range of online programmes to keep people active and moving during COVID-19 restrictions.

Galway Sports Partnership Online Programmes

GSP Family Home Exercise Challenge 2020.pdf

GSP Active Homework Challenge Diary.pdf

GSP Active Homework Challenge Instructions and Description 2018.pdf

Healthy Galway City and County, in partnership with Galway Sports Partnership, have created an exercise leaflet to help older adults stay active while cocooning. Healthy Galway Simple Exercises Booklet
As part of the Keep Well campaign, Sport Ireland has produced the below series of exercise videos. Senior Strength Keep Well Programme for the over 70s:
Mindfulness for teens and adults to help alleviate anxiety

4-7-8 Breathing Exercise to alleviate Anxiety and Stress for Teens and Adults

How To Perform the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise

3 Minutes Body Scan Meditation - Mindfulness For Kids And Adults

5-Minute Meditation You Can Do Anywhere

Yoga/stretching with kids

Frozen | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Yoga for kids with animals - Smile and Learn

Kids 20 Minute Workout - Playful Poses - 20 Online

Relaxation/mindfulness for kids

Mindfulness Meditation for Kids | BREATHING EXERCISE |

Thought Bubbles | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids 

People living with a long-term health condition may be more at risk of serious illness if they get coronavirus and need to take extra care to protect themselves.

Resources for People living with a Long-term Health Condition

Education, Creativity & Arts

Education, Creativity & Arts

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media put together a weekly roundup up from live stream concerts, to art demonstrations, online exhibitions and home exercise videos, here are just some of the activities, which you can tune in to this week.  Online Cultural and Wellbeing Highlights
Education is for everyone and there is a range of options for anyone who is considering their next step in life, at any time in their lives. The Right Course is your one-stop-shop for finding out the opportunities available to you or your employee.  The Right Course
Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board have created a Community Education YouTube channel with a variety of topics such as art, cookery, fitness, beginners Irish and much more.  GRETB Community Education
Green-Schools are developing new and interactive activities that students can take part in from within the home environment.  Green Schools Stay At Home
An Post in partnership with Children's Books Ireland brings you a free 24 page playbook. Overflowing with activities in drawing, writing and mindfulness from leadig creatives.  An Post Imagine Nation Playbook
The legendary Don Conroy hopes to inspire a love of drawing, nature, and creativity in children and adults alike with his range of videos.  Draw With Don
A wide range of information on Galway City Museum's exhibitions exploring themes of archaeology, history and sea science with a particular focus on Galway, can be found over on their website.  Galway City Museum Exhibitions
Irish Museums Association have collected some of the material being shared by Irish Museums in one handy portal, to make it easier for you to access their activities and get inspired.  #IrishMuseumsOnline: content and resources
Céim ar Aghaidh/Step Ahead is a GAA Games Development initiative to supply teachers and pupils with educational resources based on the enjoyable theme of Gaelic Games  Céim ar Aghaidh/ Step Ahead Resources
Culture Night have included some links to useful online resources, as well as some opportunities for creators in their latest newsletter.  Culture Night Newsletter - Online Resources & Opportunities for Creators
In the coming weeks, Creative Ireland will be offering a selection of free creative resources online to help you #CreateAtHome  Creative Ireland #CreateAtHome
The 35th Cúirt International Festival of Literature took place online from April 23 - 25, 2020. Watch some of the highlights on Cúirt's YouTube channel.  Cúirt Festival
Relive the excitement and drama of Macnas Halloween parades of recent years.

 (2019) Danse Macabre

(2018) Out of the Wild Sky

(2017) Port na bPúcaí

A collection of videos put together by Galway Early Music for Early Music Day.  European Music Day

A new free government guide will show you how to promote wildlife in your garden. A new booklet has been launched to encourage people to promote wildlife in gardens at home, with tips for beginners and those who are more ambitious DIY enthusiasts

 Garden Wildlife Booklet

Bealtaine Festival, an Age & Opportunity event, is a celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. This May, they are bringing a taste of the festival to you online for the entire month of May – Bealtaine At Home.

 Bealtaine Festival

2020’s Bloomsday Festival programme offers an inspiring digital trail of discovery across Joyce’s Dublin and the places immortalised in Ulysses. Festival events range from readings, lectures, children’s activity books, maps, Joyce on film, recipes, fashion tips, poetry, theatre and music.

 Bloomsday Festival 2020

To keep up to date with the wide range of Arts activities taking place across Galway City, make sure to follow Galway City Arts Service Facebook page.

 Galway City Arts Service Facebook

As part of the HSE's Hold Firm campaign, they have developed HoldFirm colouring sheets  for both children and adults

Adult Colouring Sheet Holdfirm

Children's Colouring Sheet 1 Holdfirm

Children's Colouring Sheet 2 Holdfirm

Children's Colouring Sheet Holdfirm Rainbow


Local Resources
You can join the library online and get eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines and newspapers for free straight away, or even take language and other courses.

Libraries Ireland

Galway Libraries

Do you miss your book clubs? Then we have something for you: sign up to our brand new Online Book Club "Read together"!

The meetings will be hosted monthly via Zoom. First meeting taking place on Wednesday 27th January at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm(full). Membership is free but booking is essential. To reserve a place or for further information, please email readtogethergalway@gmail.com  .This event is hosted by Galway Libraries, in partnership with Galway City Council.

Staying Connected

Keeping in Contact
If you need essential items, or someone to speak to, call the Galway City Community Call Helpline. Available seven days a week from 8.00am - 8.00pm on: 1800 400 150 or covidsupport@galwaycity.ie 


Age Action has developed a Getting Started KIT, made up of seven 'How To' guides that will support older people to learn, use, and be confident using smartphones and applications. Getting Started KIT
Time to Care is a phone befriending programme which reaches out to older adults who are feeling isolated during the ongoing COVID 19 restrictions. If you or someone you know would be interested in a regular chat over the phone with a trusted volunteer please feel free to call COPE Galway on our Helpline 085 87 67 785 and we will set this up.  
Businesses & Shopping
It’s never been more important to shop local and support our local businesses and communities. The PorterShed have put together a list of Galway businesses that are open for business. Open For Business



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