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ACE Schools Programme

wcdlThe ACE Schools Programme helps schools to work with the whole school community to promote health amongst children. The programme uses a simple award scheme (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) to help schools to mark their progress in 3 areas of health, namely:
· Healthy eating & Dental health

· Physical Activity

· Mental Health

Practical ideas and work samples from other ACE Schools are provided to help schools to successfully promote health. In addition, classroom resources and year-round support from an ACE Schools Supporter is available.
The ACE Schools Programme is a joint collaboration between the Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service of the Health Service Executive and Westmeath Community Deevelopment, and is part of the Health Promoting Schools Initiative.

 

HOW DOES A SCHOOL GET INVOLVED IN THE ACE PROGRAMME? Please contact community.dietitians@hse.ie to register your interest in the programme.

 

Once interest is expressed, you will be contacted by our service, and any questions you have on the programme will be answered.

 

WHAT ASSISTANCE DOES AN ACE SCHOOL RECEIVE?

 

To help a school to work through the programme, the following resources are offered:

 

1. Hands-on assistance from a qualified ACE School Supporter

 

2. Comprehensive programme handbook with practical ideas and easy-to-follow instructions

 

3. Straightforward lesson books for use in the classroom

 

4. Resources available on loan to accompany the classroom handbooks

 

5. Tooth model available on loan

 

6. Reuseable sports-capped water bottles (500ml) available free-of-charge for all pupils

 

WHAT SCHOOLS ARE INVOLVED IN ACE 2014-15?

 

* Longford

 

St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon

 

Scoil Bhríde, Glen Mostrim

 

Sacred Heart, Granard

 

St Teresa’s NS, Killoe

 

Killasonna NS, Killasonna

 

St Joseph’s NS, Longford Town

 

* Westmeath

 

St Peter’s NS, Athlone

 

Tubberclare NS, Athlone

 

Kilcleagh NS, Castledaly

 

St Michael’s NS, Castletown-Geoghegan

 

St Gabriel’s, Kilconnell

 

St Joseph’s NS, Milltownpass

 

St Brigid’s NS, Moate

 

Magh Mora NS, Moyvore

 

* Offaly

 

St Joseph’s NS, Ballinagar

 

Scoil Bhríde, Ballyboy

 

St Cronan’s NS, Banagher

 

WHAT IS THE ACE (activity, confidence & eating) SCHOOLS PROGRAMME?

 

The ACE Schools Programme helps schools to work with the whole school community to promote health amongst children. The programme uses a simple award scheme (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) to help schools to mark their progress in 3 areas of health, namely:

 

* Healthy eating & Dental health

 

* Physical Activity

 

* Mental Health

 

Practical ideas and work samples from other ACE Schools are provided to help schools to successfully promote health. In addition, classroom resources and year-round support from an ACE Schools Supporter is available.

 

The ACE Schools Programme is a joint collaboration between the Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service of the Health Service Executive and Westmeath Community Deevelopment, and is part of the Health Promoting Schools Initiative.

 

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ACE Schools Programme nutrition research project in the community

Background:

The ACE (Activity Confidence Eating) Schools Programme is an example of a whole school intervention, focused on promoting four main aspects of health within the school i.e. nutrition, physical activity, mental and dental health.  The programme is part of the Health Promoting Schools initiative in the midlands region.  The programme aims to encourage schools to develop health promoting environments; making the healthy choice the easier choice for all in the school community.   Each school that signs up to the ACE Schools Programme will aim to work towards an award / recognition level of their choice and will be helped supported through out the academic year by the programme’s ACE Schools Supporter.  This academic year (2014-2015) the ACE Schools Programme will be rolled out across the 4 counties of the midlands: Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.

The ACE Schools Programme Supporter:

The researcher will carry out the following tasks:

  • Provide support for existing schools in the ACE Schools Programme.
  • Provide training and support for new schools recruited into the ACE Schools Programme through the Health Promoting Schools Programme.
  • Liaison with Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service and Health Promoting Schools Officers.
  • Development of newsletters for schools throughout the academic year.
  • ACE Schools website maintenance throughout the academic school year.
  • Recording all information gathered at each school visit and provision of formal reports on school progress.
  • Award / recognition level determination in consultation with ACE Schools Programme Team.

The researcher will liaise with WCDL and the Community Nutrition & Dietetic service on a regular basis with regards to progress with the project.

Person requirements:

Essential

  • Degree in Human Nutrition & Dietetics form DIT/TCD or equivalent.
  • Experience in community dietetics and/or research in dietetics for young people.
  • Registered as self employed (evidence required)
  • Professional indemnity insurance (evidence required)      
  • Car driver with full licence

Enquires to: Charlotte Johnston, Senior Community Dietitian,  Phone: 04493 95518, charlotte.johnston@hse.ie

Duration: September 2014- August 2015.

Starting date:  September 2014

Application: Tenders to be submitted to Frank Murtagh, Assistant CEO, WCDL, C/O ACT, Ball Alley Lane, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Closing Date for tender submission: 1st August 2014 5pm

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ACE Schools’ Programme Supporters

Background:

The Schools’ Activity Confidence Eating (ACE) project is an example of a whole school intervention, focused on promoting four main aspects of health within the school i.e. nutrition, physical activity, mental and dental health that includes a schools incentive scheme.

The project aims to encourage schools to draw up a tailored and individualised health policy in accordance with particular guidelines given to them, over the course of a year, with the help and support of a lay health worker (Schools’ ACE Supporter) who is trained to facilitate the school in developing and implementing their health policy.

 

The ACE Schools’ Programme Supporter recruitment:

The ACE Schools’ Programme is currently seeking tenders for the provision of support to schools taking part in the ACE Schools’ Programme for the academic year 2011-2012.

A number of Primary schools across the midlands are currently involved in the ACE School’s Programme in the coming academic year. The ACE schools’ Supporters role is giving schools assistance in their healthy policy development, part of this role will be to visit each school and liaise between the school and community health professionals (dietitians, physical activity co-ordinator etc).

Also as part of an expansion of the ACE schools programmes other primary schools in the region have been invited to join the project.  As part of this training will be provided to outline what the programme entails.  If numbers does not make it viable to provide central training for schools the school ACE supporter will be engaged to provide this training.

 

The Supporter Role:

The Supporter will carry out the following tasks:

  • Visit each school at least twice in the academic year;
  • Provision of standardised ACE Schools’ nutrition information sessions to parents in the school setting;
  • Collect pertinent and required information from schools using the ACE Schools’ Process evaluation forms / checklists;
  • Liaise with the relevant schools, Community Health Professionals and ACE Schools’ Co-ordinator as necessary;
  • Attendance at Supporter training and updates and schools’ training sessions or provision of training to individuals schools (n=7 or less), who have newly enrolled in the programme.

The Supporter will liaise with Westmeath Community Development Ltd. (WCDL) and the Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service on a regular basis with regards to their progress with each individual school.

 

Personal requirements:

Essential:

  • Be an excellent communicator
  • Hold an Honours Degree in Human Nutrition or Dietetics and be eligible for registration as a Dietitian (RD), or hold registration as an Associate/Registered Nutritionist (ANutr/ RNutr) or hold registration as an Associate/Registered Public Health Nutritionist (APHNutr/ RPHNutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).
  • Hold a full driving licence and access to transport.

Desirable

Experience in community nutrition/dietetics and/or research in nutrition/dietetics.

  • Experience working with groups.
  • Experience working with children / young people in a health promotion setting.
  • Successful applicants must submit for, and receive, Garda Clearance.

For all enquiries contact:

Pauline Dunne, Senior Community Dietitian, Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service, Primary Care Unit, St. Loman’s Hospital, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

email: Pauline.Dunne1@hse.ie ;  Phone: 044 93 95518.

Tenders to be submitted to:

Mr. Frank Murtagh, WCDL, c/o ACT, Ball Alley Lane, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

For guidance on tender format: email pauline.dunne1@hse.ie

Closing Date for tender submission: Friday 12th July

                    

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