Smart D8 Workshop at Inchicore College

Smart D8 Workshop at Inchicore College of Further Education’s Health and Wellbeing Week



On Thursday, January 18, 2024, Smart D8 conducted an engaging and dynamic workshop from 11 am to 12 pm with students at Inchicore College of Further Education as part of its Health and Wellbeing Week. This annual event, dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing, featured a diverse schedule of activities throughout the college. Topics covered during the week included Blue Monday, stress management, self-care, safe sex, fitness, kindness, active consent, laughter yoga, meditation, and more.

Smart D8 Workshop 

The Smart D8 workshop aimed to facilitate interactive discussions about the health and wellbeing challenges faced by students in the D8 community. The session sought to understand their needs and explore potential solutions through the Smart D8 initiative. The format encouraged active participation and collaboration, starting with a brief presentation on Smart D8 followed by an open discussion using the Jamboard.

Fifteen students from Psychology and Social Studies Courses attended the workshop and were divided into four groups. Each group addressed four key questions:

  1. What are your health and wellbeing challenges as students in the D8 community?
  2. What are your health and wellbeing needs as students in the D8 community?
  3. How do you think Smart D8 could help address these challenges and needs?
  4. What questions would you ask in a survey to measure the impact of the Smart D8 health and wellbeing initiatives on people’s health and wellbeing?

Key Discussions

Health and Wellbeing Challenges

Students pinpointed a range of challenges during the workshop, including the absence of community centers or mental health services, concerns about antisocial behavior in the area, inadequate ventilation in classrooms, restricted facilities for food preparation, the lack of healthy food options or affordable meals, and difficulties accessing medical centers with lengthy waiting lists. Additionally, they highlighted insufficient language support for non-native English speakers and noted the community’s resistance to change, expressing a desire to preserve the historical significance and origins of the area.

Health and Wellbeing Needs

The identified needs included more affordable accommodations, additional time in communal areas, increased breaks between classes, clearer instructions and deadlines from teachers, a cleaner canteen environment, more classrooms, enhanced group activities, access to a gym, greater attention to physical exercise and nutrition, and expanded options for healthy lunch choices.

Smart D8’s Role 

Students expressed the belief that Smart D8 could advocate for their needs, assist in overcoming challenges, and contribute by gathering data to inform decision-making.


The students engaged in lively discussions, providing valuable insights and feedback. The workshop concluded with a fruitful discussion of ideas written on the Jamboard, showcasing the students’ enthusiasm and proactive approach. Smart D8 looks forward to continued collaboration with Inchicore College in the future.

Healthy Food & Eating Events Supported By Smart D8

Empowering Community Health & Wellbeing in 2024: A New Beginning

As we bid farewell to the old and usher in the new, Smart D8 extends warm wishes for a year filled with joy, growth, and above all, good health to our incredible community. As previously hinted towards the end of last year, Smart D8 is now embarking  on an exciting journey to empower community health and wellbeing throughout 2024.

A Comprehensive Initiative

Our commitment to fostering a healthier and happier community is taking shape through comprehensive health and wellbeing initiatives, forged in collaboration with various esteemed organizations across Dublin 8. The time has come for these initiatives to unfold, and we are delighted to share the details of our inaugural focus.

January Focus: Promoting Healthy Food & Eating

Smart D8 is thrilled to commence this journey with a dedicated focus on promoting healthy food and eating habits. We firmly believe that a foundation of good nutrition lays the groundwork for overall wellbeing. Therefore, from January until March, we are excited to announce our support for two outstanding organizations:

1) Fatima Groups United – ‘Change For Life’ Programme

We will be actively supporting Fatima Groups United in the delivery of nutrition classes as part of their ‘Change For Life’ Programme. These classes aim to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed, health-conscious choices regarding their diet and nutrition.

This Programme is also supported by Dublin City Sport And Wellbeing Partnership, The Family Resource Centre, CDETB, Dolphin House, Sport Irland and HSE.










Time: 5:30 pm

Location: F2 Centre Fatima

2) Robert Emmet CDP/SICCDA – Cooking On A Budget Classes

We will be actively supporting Robert Emmet CDP/SICCDA in the delivery of ‘Cooking On A Budget’ classes. These classes aim to teach individuals practical skills to create healthy food and affordable meals.










Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Location: SICCDA (Earl Street)

Stay Connected, Stay Informed

Smart D8 is committed to keeping our community informed and engaged. Throughout the year, we will provide regular updates on our website, ensuring you stay in the loop about upcoming initiatives and events designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of our cherished Dublin 8 residents.

If you would like our assistance in organizing and delivering a health and wellbeing event, please do not hesitate to contact us at