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SUPPORTING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH - LIDL IRELAND LAUNCH ONE GOOD CLUB PROGRAMME FOR 2024

This week, Lidl Ireland launched the Lidl One Good Club™ programme for 2024 and are now seeking nominations from clubs across the country. Following on from the success of the programme over the last four years years, the retailer is excited to recruit another club in each county to undertake the 10-week initiative.

Lidl One Good Club™, developed and delivered in association with the retailer’s partners, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Jigsaw – the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, is a five-step youth mental health awareness programme for LGFA clubs which aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of mental health while empowering clubs to positively affect their members and communities.

The launch sees Lidl Ireland call on members from all clubs in Ireland to nominate themselves to participate in the programme commencing in March and running for the following 10 weeks. The 5 themes of the programme – Be Active, Take Notice, Connect, Give, and Keep Learning – are based on Jigsaw’s ‘5-a-day for your mental health’ framework which provide a simple set of evidence-based actions for people to improve their wellbeing. Participating clubs are encouraged to undertake activities and to capture the moments and share them on their social media accounts using the hashtag #OneGoodClub and logging them on the dedicated One Good Club portal where further resources and help are provided.

Clubs that complete all five steps in the programme will receive official Lidl One Good Club™ accreditation, as well as new jerseys for their club. Accredited clubs will also enter the running to win one of three funding awards available with a total value of €10,000. They will be awarded to the clubs selected by the judging panel to have demonstrated the following:

  • Most Innovative Initiative – €2,500
  • Strongest Community Involvement – €2,500
  • Best Overall Programme Engagement – €5,000

The programme is once again supported by the Lidl One Good Club™ ambassadors who are fantastic role models for young people in their counties and throughout the country.

Clubs are encouraged to enter via www.abettertomorrow-lidl.ie/onegoodclub/ where nominations will run until 14th February 2024, with one club from each county selected to join the programme for 2024.

 

 

Speaking about the launch of Lidl’s One Good Club Programme for 2024, Eimear O’Sullivan, Corporate Affairs Director for Lidl Ireland said; “We’re delighted to once again bring together our valued partners, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Jigsaw – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, to deliver the One Good Club programme in LGFA clubs across the country.

The level of engagement, creativity and dedication of clubs in this programme over the last four years has been phenomenal and we’re really looking forward to seeing what activities this year’s clubs come up with.

The success of the programme to date is testament to the dedication and compassion shown by all clubs involved and I’m sure that the impact of their efforts will be felt throughout their communities for years to come.”

Ladies Gaelic Football Association President, Mícheál Naughton, commented: “Following the successful and exciting launch of the 2024 Lidl National League season, it’s now time to seek expressions of interest for the 2024 Lidl Ireland One Good Club programme. Once again, we expect a significant number of applications to participate in what has become an exceptional initiative and one that has the ability to transform the lives of participants and their local communities for the better. This is the ninth year of our partnership with Lidl Ireland and the One Good Club programme plays a key role in our annual activities. It is a vital component of our blossoming partnership and we are delighted once again to work alongside Lidl Ireland and Jigsaw to bring this programme to clubs across Ireland. This is a hugely-important mental health initiative that is of huge importance to Lidl Ireland, the LGFA and Jigsaw and long may it continue.”

Director of Communications and Fundraising at Jigsaw, Mike Mansfield, added: 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. Lidl 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.”

Applications are open now and clubs can apply here: www.abettertomorrow-lidl.ie/onegoodclub/

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association is also pleased to announce details of the LGFA TALK Project, which is available to clubs in Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.

The LGFA TALK Project is a six-week club-based initiative aimed at increasing the awareness of positive mental health in young members aged 13-18 years, and removing the stigma associated with the subject area. The project will only be rolled out for clubs in the six counties in Northern Ireland and clubs can be nominated here: https://forms.office.com/e/yJExZs7mgh

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