Presentaion of Certificates to the Primary Health Care Project

Presentaion of certs to Primary Healthcare Workers

Pictured above from Left to Right are: Mary Myers Community Health Worker, Teresa Nevin Community Health Worker, Mary Nevin Community Health Worker, Nancy Power Co-ordinator Traveller MABS, Colette Tuohy Co-ordinator Primary Healthcare Project for Travellers, Christine Joyce Community Health Worker, Dermot Sreenan Community Education Worker National Traveller MABS, Christine Joyce Westmeath Traveller Project, Marie Myers Community Health Worker.

Presentation of certificates to the Primary Healthcare Project for Travellers in the offices of Westmeath Community Development Ltd. Clonmore Industrial Estate, Mullingar for those who successfully completed A Way of Life MABS Money Management course.

The course ran over five consecutive weeks and was facilitated by Dermot Sreenan, Community Education worker with National Traveller MABS, (Money Advice & Budgeting Service) and also included a new modue entitled Overcoming Illegal Debt. Dermot Sreenan stated that: "There was great enthusiasm shown by the women healthcare workers for the knowledge contained in this course". Co-ordinator Colette Touhy said "The training has given the Community Health Workers a new understanding of managing money and the services MABS provides and more importantly, that they will bring the message back to their own community, that there is help for people who are struggling to pay bills or who are burdened with debt". 

A Community Health Worker said "I found the training useful and interesting and I will be encouraging other Travellers to open a credit union account and to get help, if they need it, from MABS."

Another Community Health Worker said "I am glad I did the training - I learned a lot about saving money and shopping around for better deals - even with electricity". Primary Healthcare Projects for Travellers have been set up all over the country since 1994.


The Westmeath Primary Health Care Project began in September 2013. The Project is peer-led and employs trained Community Health Workers who come from the Traveller community itself. The Community Health Workers will cover all of Westmeath including Mullingar, Athlone, Moate, Rochfortbridge, Kilbeggan and surrounding areas. The Community Health Workers will be available to help and support Travellers to choose better health for themselves and their families by: - 

  • Visiting Travellers in their homes as needed.
  • Giving information on health to Travellers
  • Supporting Travellers to fill out forms when necessary, make and keep their appointments.
  • Working closely with the Designated Public Health Nurse for Travellers
  • Making referrals to other agencies

The Pimary Healthcre Project for travellers in Westmeath is developed as a partnership with, and funded by Westmeath Community Development Ltd and the Health Service Executive.

If you need any further information please telephone Colette on 087 6524006 or call into ouroffices at Clonmore, Mullingar or click here.