The 26 clubs who will participate in Lidl Ireland’s One Good Club mental health awareness programme for 2022 have been revealed. The Mayo club taking part is Moy Davitts.
One Good Club is a five-step youth mental health awareness programme for local clubs developed in partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.
The programme aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health across the LGFA community. The initiative offers clubs the opportunity to support all members and engage in activities that can promote their health and wellbeing.
First piloted in 2019, the One Good Club programme forms part of Lidl’s continued investment in their relationship with the LGFA, which was extended earlier this year for another four years.
Each participating club will be given training and advice on how to run a successful programme. They will also receive new jerseys and be in with a chance to win one of three cash prizes up for grabs, to reward the following: most innovative initiative (€2,500), strongest community involvement (€2,500) and best overall programme (prize €5,000).
Speaking on behalf of Lidl Ireland, CSR and communications director Aoife Clarke commented: “We know that there has been a huge impact on mental health due to the pandemic so programmes such as this are key in helping increase awareness in communities. We had such amazing feedback from the clubs who took part last year so we are delighted to see the One Good Club programme back again this year in association with Jigsaw.”
LGFA president Mícheál Naughton added: “We are delighted to reveal the list of clubs participating in the Lidl Ireland One Good Club programme, and we look forward to another exceptional roll-out. We are in our seventh year of our partnership with Lidl Ireland, our National League sponsors and official retail partner, and the Lidl Ireland One Good Club programme is a hugely-important initiative as we slowly emerge from a challenging couple of years.
“The mental health of our members is of huge importance to all of us in the LGFA and we are very pleased once again to work alongside Lidl Ireland and Jigsaw to bring clubs a programme that can ensure life-long benefits. We have already detected a huge sense of excitement within the participating clubs and we look forward to what the coming weeks have in store.”
The director of communications and fundraising at Jigsaw, Mike Mansfield, said: “At Jigsaw, our core focus is on achieving better mental health outcomes for young people and the One Good Club programme is central to this ambition. One Good Club allows us to support, educate and empower young people and those around them, on sports grounds, workplaces, kitchen tables, high streets, online and more. Grassroots programmes at this scale are hugely important and hugely impactful, and we are delighted to work in partnership with Lidl and the LGFA once more.”
Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland and is committed to improving young people’s mental health and to developing supportive communities by providing a range of supports, including one-to-one therapy sessions with young people, group work with the adults, workshops in schools, clubs, businesses and more.
Meanwhile, LGFA’s TALK project is a six-week, club-based initiative aimed at increasing the awareness of positive mental health in young members aged 13 to 18 years, and removing the stigma associated with the subject area, in counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone, with content delivered by the Northern Ireland Youth Forum.