Free app launched to help East Belfast community health

  • A free smartphone app has been launched by and for the people of East Belfast, to help those in need access essential information and services.

    The Health Hub East Belfast app is a community guide, created to combat health issues in the local community.

    It will also help to connect people in need with vital services and essential information across a range of concerns including addiction, poverty and mental health.

    Users can open the app on their device, click on the issue they’re struggling with or would like more information on, and are offered a list of organisations that can help, including contact details and a distance guide which shows how close they are to each of these services.

    The app was launched by the East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA). 

    It is an umbrella organisation that works to support community development in East Belfast by providing community groups with support, resources and capacity building programmes. 

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    Executive Director of EBCDA, Michael Briggs said: “This past year has been incredibly tough, with the pandemic resulting in many people feeling increasingly isolated, alone and struggling to cope.

    "The Health Hub East Belfast app connects people in need with local organisations that have the resources to help. There is so much support in our community and this app ensures that people have access to the help they need.”

    One of the organisations featured on the app is The Larder, an East Belfast food bank charity. 

    Its Community Co-Ordinator, Louise Ferguson said: “The Health Hub East Belfast app is a fantastic local resource and one we’re very proud to be part of. At The Larder, our goal is to provide people who are struggling, with essential food parcels.

    "It’s vital, now more than ever, that people know we’re here to help and how they can get in touch with us. The app is a great way to connect with people in our community who need us most.” 

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    The Health Hub app was created in partnership with the Communities in Transition project as supported by The Executive Office and managed by Co-operation Ireland.

    It can be downloaded for free today by searching ‘Health Hub East Belfast’ in the App Store or Google Play.

    EBCDA will be continuously updating the app with more organisations and local events.

    If you would like any more information about the app or would like to be featured, please contact EBCDA on 028 9045 1512.

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