Health & Wellbeing
Supporting healthy initiatives in our communities
How we support Health & Wellbeing
We build lasting communities
How we invest in health & wellbeing
Support Community Groups
Aid Mental Health Initiatives
Support community groups
We have supported a number of health and wellbeing initiatives in the past such as the Community First Responders in Newbridge, Navan and Kildare town by supplying defibrillators. Local CFR groups are often the first on the scene at incidents providing emergency medical care until the arrival of the ambulance service.
In support of the most vulnerable in our society, we are annual sponsors of the Dragons at the Dock regatta event to raise funds for the Simon Community as well as other local causes. In 2021, teams are challenged to race virtually from Dublin to Hong Kong - home of the world's largest Dragon Boat race. To date, Dragons at the Docks has raised over €893,000, with 75% of the funds going to the Dublin Simon Community, and the balance to be distributed to local charities in the Grand Canal Dock area.
As well as taking pride in restoring listed features, hedgerows and stone walls where we build, cycle paths and walkways are now a standard feature in many of our developments for residents and their families to enjoy.
Aid mental health initiatives
We raise awareness around mental health; internally, by training employees as Mental Health First Aiders to help and support those across the business during a time of need as well as externally in the local community by fundraising for worthwhile causes such as Pieta House.
Glenveagh’s support of our local First Responders group during the pandemic has been very welcome and it’s great to see a new homebuilder in the area supporting such a vital service in the community.
Newbridge Community First Responders
Case Study: Supporting biodiversity increases our happiness levels
By Patrick Croke, Connecting to Nature
Research shows that our connection with nature is more important for our mental wellbeing than simple exposure to nature. The key to the wellbeing benefits of nature therapy and a relationship that helps us feel good is noticing and engaging with nature's beauty, at home, at work, and in the community.
Sowing wildflowers and feeding birds are a wonderful way to feel closer to nature and bring wildlife closer to you.
Such simple actions can support an entire ecosystem and a more sustainable world while bringing us so much joy!
Connecting to Nature promote biodiversity and create ecosystems for communities to connect with the natural and living world at home, in the community and at work and we are delighted to have recently partnered up with Glenveagh to help enhance the environment in Glenveagh communities.
With a core focus on nature therapy, Connecting to Nature provides products and advice that enhance biodiversity and help the community connect to nature in their everyday environment including bird feeders, wildflower seeds and DIY garden kits.
Noticing and engaging with nature's beauty is key to the well being benefits of nature therapy. For example, studies have shown that using bird feeders and growing wildflowers increases people's connection to nature, leading to feelings of wellness.
What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the variety of life on planet earth. It includes all organisms from plants to animals and ecosystems as small as your patch of wildflower to as large as forests and coral reefs.
Why does biodiversity matter to us?
"Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity," (Prof David Macdonald, Oxford University). We rely on oxygen, water and food to survive, and without many of the world's organisms and ecosystems, we would not have these essentialities.
So, for example, without flowers, there would be no bees; without bees, we would not have much of the foods we eat, such as apples, pears, and most of our vegetables, as most of our food crops rely on insects to pollinate them.
While biodiversity keeps us alive, it also plays an essential role in our wellbeing. Studies have shown that people's connection with nature leads to feelings of wellness. And that greater bird biodiversity can make people more joyful.
The World Economic Forum has published research that the happiest Europeans are those who see the most bird species in their day-to-day life,"
Patrick Croke, Technical Officer, Connecting to Nature.
Nature is under pressure
Our natural wildlife and landscape have been declining for the last two decades: habitat destruction and increasing urbanisation have had a concerning impact on biodiversity and how our world functions.
In Ireland, there are 97 different species of bees, 75% of them are threatened with extinction, and the remaining 25% are in decline. This decline has resulted in dramatically reducing the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes.
Climate change is altering food availability for wildlife and is contributing to a decline of some native wild birds. As our winters get colder, natural food supplies become scarce. As a result, garden birds have become more dependant on the food we provide for them as an essential supplementary feed, particularly during the challenging winter months.
We can all play our part and benefit from our connection with nature
Since lockdown, we have a new awareness of the mental health benefits of connecting to nature, a renewed interest in our living world and improving our gardens for the benefit and love of wildlife.
You don't have to be in the countryside to support biodiversity and connect with nature. All you have to do is create an environment that consistently attracts birds and bees.
Together we can play our part to slow down the decline of biodiversity and enjoy the wellbeing benefits of connecting to nature, to do good and feel good.
Ground yourself in nature.
For more information visit: https://connectingtonature.ie/