Meet the Steering Group
The driving force behind the All Ireland Social Prescribing Network
Regional Coordinator of Healthy Living Centre Alliance, NI
Tony is Regional Coordinator with the Healthy Living Centre Alliance, a network of health and well being organisations in the north. He Chairs the Northwest Integrated Care Partnership and, as such, has been involved in a number of NI Government Workstreams i.e. Expanding Community Development Practice and the new Integrated Care Service. A published writer of memoir, Tony is Chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust in Derry and is a Member of the NI National lottery Community Fund.
Shauna Diamond - National Mental Health Programme Manager at the Family Resource Centre National Forum (FRCNF)
Shauna is responsible for managing the National FRC Mental Health Promotion Project team, funded by the HSE and Tusla to deliver Suicide Prevention training and mental health promotion initiatives. Shauna also takes a lead role in the management, oversight and development of Social Prescribing in Cork and Kerry and works at a National level to further develop Social Prescribing integration into FRCs. More recently, Shauna oversees the coordination of the National Problem Gambling Service, funded through the Gambling Awareness Trust, which funds therapeutic support to those with gambling addiction and affected others, in 20 Family Resource Centres.
Associate Professor, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College, Dublin
Deirdre Connolly is an Associate Professor, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College, Dublin. She is a researcher in social prescribing evaluating the impact of social prescribing on health and well-being of individuals with chronic diseases, multimorbidity and people living with and beyond cancer. Contact Deirdre if you are interested in joining the AISPN Research & Evaluation working group email@example.com
CEO - Elemental Identity Working Group
Jennifer is driven by a passion for ending health inequalities. She set up Elemental with Leeann Monk, to establish, scale and measure the impact of social prescribing, connecting people, building communities, and improving lives. Jennifer works every day on that mission, to spread the word about the social prescribing movement and demonstrate the uptake and impact.
Consultant Geriatrician - Saint James’s Hospital
Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology - Trinity College Dublin.
Dr David Robinson is a consultant physician in geriatric medicine at St James' Hospital and a senior clinical lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin. He helped create the Local Asset Mapping Project (LAMP), a community-generated online directory of services to improve health and wellbeing through social prescribing.
Physiotherapist - Discipline of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin
Megan is a physiotherapist. She commenced her Ph.D. in September 2021 in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Professor Deirdre Connolly and Dr Emer Barrett. Her research is investigating the role of intermediaries, such as social prescribing link workers, in connecting adults to local physical activity and exercise opportunities in both the Irish and international setting.
Trinity College Dublin
Hayley is a research assistant for Trinity College Dublin, working with Professor Deirdre Connolly in the areas of evaluation, cancer and social prescribing. Her background includes an undergrad in sports science with exercise physiology and an MSc in exercise physiology and its application to therapy. Her research experience includes assessing fatigue in neurodegenerative diseases and the effects of exercise on physical and psychological health.
Social Science Lecturer, Atlantic Technological University, Sligo
Natalie is a lecturer and researcher at ATU Sligo. She developed and wrote the Certificate in Social Prescribing in consultation with multiple stakeholders. In recognising community as a source of health and wellbeing, her current research seeks to identify and address barriers to social participation. In 2017 she completed her PhD which explores intersex, justice and the production of knowledge. She has three decades of experience in community arts.
North Cork Social Prescribing Link Worker & Irish Social Prescribing Peer Network Representative.
Eithne Foley has been employed as a Link Worker since January 2020, based in the Le Chéile Family Resource Centre in Mallow. Eithne represents the Irish Social Prescribing Peer Network on the Steering Group. With a background in sociology, Eithne is passionate about empowering the people she works with to improve their wellbeing through social connection.
Project Officer, National FRC Mental Health Promotion Project at the FRC National Forum. (FRCNF)
Kathleen supports the work of the National FRC Mental Health Promotion Project through the implementation of their digital communications, website, and social media strategy. Kathleen believes that the work of the AISPN will help educate the public and influence policymakers around the significant benefits and positive outcomes of Social Prescribing.
Health Promotion Officer, HSE, Waterford
Communication and Networking working group. Susan believes in the importance of designing policy, practice and services around the evidence of social need. She was involved in the development of the first Waterford Social Prescribing Service. Susan values partnership working and with the development of Social Prescribing in Ireland she has witnessed the power of working together.