Catherine Downey - Strategic Health Officer
Catherine joined the team as the new strategic health & wellbeing officer. Catherine is a graduate from Ulster University with an MSc Distinction in Health Promotion & Public Health and a First in Dietetics (BSc Hons). Catherine is a registered Dietitian and has spent the last five years working in the field of health promotion delivering heath & wellbeing sessions to groups covering topics such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, mental health and stress. Catherine also worked for a year in the NHS as a dietitian giving talks on a variety of topics including diabetes, heart disease, healthy eating and also worked on a one to one basis with individuals.
Forward South Partnership is funded by the Public Health Agency to deliver a range of health and wellbeing initiatives across South Belfast. This includes coordination of the South Belfast Health Forum and Drugs & Alcohol and Mental Health Subgroups; as well as a leading role in the Dementia Friendly South Belfast initiative. The Partnership also works with five other PHA funded organisations to deliver the South Belfast Development Fund programme which includes annual events promoting healthy lifestyles for children and older people. In Belvoir, our Community Health Capacity Worker delivers a range of health programmes in the local area with a focus on supporting the development of Belvoir Community Hub. The Partnership also plays a role in delivering the South Belfast Community Response Plan to suicide.