Health Development undertakes work in relation to the following issues:
- Tobacco Control
- Home Safety
- Western Home Environmental Assessment Project (WHEAP)
- Health Promotion
- Foyle Fairtrade
Smoking remains the number one cause of preventable ill health and premature death. We enforce tobacco legislation including the laws relating to underage sales of tobacco products to children, point-of-sale displays and smoke free workplaces and public places.
On average, two people are killed each week in Northern Ireland due to accidents in the home, with those who are socially and economically disadvantaged at greatest risk.
We work with partners from the community, voluntary and statutory sector to promote awareness of the risks within our homes, through a variety of educational activities.
Western Home Environmental Assessment Project (WHEAP)
Under this Big Lottery funded project, we offer free home safety checks for families with children under 5 and for the over 65s.
The checks offer tips on all aspects of home safety, as well as specialist advice on topics such as home security and energy saving. In addition to providing a range of free home safety equipment we can also refer people on to other sources of support and assistance.
We work to promote health, safety and wellbeing across the community, within a range of settings, including places of education, to contribute to achieving the aims of the regional public health strategy, Making Life Better. We offer training, advice and support across a range of health and wellbeing topics.
Working with colleagues on Foyle Fairtrade Steering Group, we promote awareness of Fairtrade issues and encourage the supply and purchase of fair-trade produce locally. In 2014 Derry-Londonderry was awarded Fairtrade City status by Fairtrade Ireland and the UK Fairtrade Foundation and we are working to build on that achievement.
For further information contact the Health & Housing Team:
T: 028 71253253