Latest News

Latest News

27 11,2020

Keep Well Advice Booklet with Info for Older Adults launched!

The HSE and Galway County Council have launched a Keep Well during Covid-19 information booklet. This local initiative, aimed at older adults, is part of the Government Living Well During Covid Campaign. This originated from frontline clinicians in the HSE in consultation with Galway County Council about the affects that the pandemic is having on…
Read More »

27 11,2020

Be Winter Ready Campaign launch!

Government’s launched the 10th annual Be Winter Ready campaign yesterday morning. The Department of Defence would appreciate any help you can lend to the campaign through your social media channels by utilising the attached banner and support messaging below.   Additional messages were posted from the @EmergencyIE account following the official launch, which took place…
Read More »

25 11,2020

“KEEP WELL” Campaign launched for County Galway

The Community Response Forum, which is a partnership of public agencies, Community, Voluntary and Sporting Organisations in County Galway has launched a local “KEEP WELL” Campaign aimed at helping individuals and communities to mind their physical and mental health and wellbeing over the coming months.    In welcoming the campaign, Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive of Galway…
Read More »

19 11,2020

Minister O’Brien launches Public Participation Network 2019 Annual Report

Press Release from Department of Rural and Community Development (Published on 18 November 2020) Report shows 15,600 voluntary groups registered with the Public Participation Network in 2019 The Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Mr. Joe O’Brien TD, today (19th November 2020) launched the 2019 Annual Report of the Public Participation Networks. This is…
Read More »

19 11,2020

Public Participation Networks Handbook- Out now!

Press Release from Department of Rural and Community Development (Published on 18 November 2020)   A Public Participation Network (PPN) is a structure that brings together Community and Voluntary, Environmental and Social Inclusion groups in each local authority area. This Handbook was written following consultations to review the original Public Participation Networks User Guide ,…
Read More »

18 11,2020

Deliberative Democracy and the Development of the Public Participation Networks

Social Justice Ireland discuss the development of Public Participation Networks in latest podcast. Deliberative democracy goes beyond mere representation to give a voice to all citizens in the decision-making process. The development of the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) in 2014 provided a mechanism for community groups to have their say in local government decision-making. With…
Read More »

13 11,2020

PPN Members voice their opinion!

On 23rd July 2020 Galway County PPN representatives on the Planning, Environment, Agriculture & Emergency Services SPC, Mark Green and Aodán MacDonnacha invited all PPN groups to contribute to a round- table consultation event on their ideas and feedback for the Galway County Development Plan for 2022-2028.   Based on feedback from this event and feedback sent in by email,…
Read More »

11 11,2020

Galway Disability Forum Submission

Dear Members of the Galway Disability Forum, We are delighted to announce that our submission to the Joint Committee on Disability Matters was sent in on Monday 9th  November 2020. Please find the final version here: Galway Disability Forum_Submission to Joint Comm We are greatful to everyone for making this a real collaborative process and for…
Read More »

11 11,2020

November Newsletter Out Now!

Dear PPN members, Please find below the latest version of our PPN Newsletter. This months edition is packed with information on Funding, online training, supports,  along with updates from our PPN member groups! PPN November Newsletter final_compressed (1)

09 11,2020

Christmas Grants Scheme

Galway County PPN are delighted to announce our Keep Well Christmas Grants Scheme!   In line with the Governments announcement of the National “Keep Well” Campaign, Galway County PPN want to play our part in helping our Member Groups to keep your communities well while we continue to stay apart, particularly over this Christmas period.…
Read More »

09 11,2020

Keep Well Campaign

An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin T.D, the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D, and Minister of State for the Department of Health, with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan T.D., have launched the “Keep Well” campaign which aims to support people and communities to mind their physical and mental…
Read More »

29 10,2020

Disability Forum Meeting

Following on from the interest in, and success of Make Way Day 2020, Galway County PPN called on interested members of the community to join the PPN’s Disability Forum. The inaugural meeting of our newly established Disability Forum was held on the 21st October 2020. The meeting was well attended and we are pleased with…
Read More »

28 10,2020

EPA report out now: Identifying ‘What Matters’ for Community Wellbeing for Public Participation Networks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a research report Identifying “What Matters” for Community Wellbeing with the Irish Public Participation Networks by Simon O’Rafferty. This report presents the findings from an action research project in which a toolkit to develop visions of community wellbeing was co-designed with four PPNs. Report available here: EPA What Matters Report…
Read More »

27 10,2020

October 2020 Catchments Catch-Up for the Western Region.

The Catchments Catch-Up is a brief update on community projects happening in the Western region and some of our nationwide initiatives. The Local Authority Waters Programme aims to build a better understanding of the issues impacting on water quality at a local level and recommend improvement measures, while supporting local communities who wish to get…
Read More »

27 10,2020

Healthy Galway- Exercise Booklet

We are delighted to share this exercise leaflet on behalf of Healthy Galway with you. The leaflet includes some useful exercises you can do in the safety of your own home to stay safe and keep fit.   This brochure was developed by HSE PCC Physiotherapy Services in Cork and is brought to you by…
Read More »

15 10,2020

Wednesday Workshops

Galway County PPN will be hosting a training series titled ‘Wednesday Workshops’ aimed at helping community groups manage, meet and connect online.    Training with Ailish Irvine, CEO of Irvine Training. Week 1: Learn how to use Zoom and get the most out of your Zoom meetings. Week 2: Learn all about setting up systems…
Read More »

09 10,2020

Healthy Ireland Fund Community Mental Health Small Grants Scheme 2020

Closing Date is 4.00 p.m. on Friday 30th October 2020. Healthy Ireland is a government led initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland and is administered by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in each local authority area.  Galway County Council, on behalf of Galway County LCDC, is inviting applications for the Healthy Ireland…
Read More »

05 10,2020

October Newsletter out now!

Dear PPN members, Please find below the latest version of our PPN Newsletter. This months edition is packed with info on Funding and training along with updates from our PPN member groups! Our October issue of the PPN Newsletter is out now!  

25 09,2020

Positive Ageing Week 2020

“Still as mischievous and interested and sparky as we always were” Positive Ageing Week (September 28 – October 2 2020), is an opportunity to show our appreciation to older people in our lives and to reach out to those who may be feeling lonely or isolated at this time of ongoing public health guidelines to…
Read More »

22 09,2020

Galway County Public Participation Network is looking for members!

Join our Intercultural Forum Are you part of a new or minority community in County Galway? Would you like to support diverse communities and ensure that all voices are heard? Would you like to be part of a wide network of communities active in Galway?   Then join this new group set up to represent…
Read More »

22 09,2020

Galway Co PPN calls for a restriction on the sale of Wet Wipes in an open letter to Minister Ryan.

Aengus McMahon Photography   Sewage treatments systems are unable to breakdown wet wipes containing plastic. Research reveals that wet wipes are washing up on the shores of Galway bay in alarming quantities. Galway group urge Minister to ban wet wipes along with other single use plastics in 2021 legislation.   Galway County Public Participation Network…
Read More »

22 09,2020

Funding for social inclusion week available

Galway County Social Inclusion Week 2020 is 19th October – 25th October. The aim of Social Inclusion Week is to increase awareness and understanding of inclusion and diversity in County Galway. It is about highlighting the positive work that community and voluntary groups are doing to reduce social exclusion, social isolation and poverty. The theme this year…
Read More »

17 09,2020

Webinar: Applying to Register as a Charity

Invitation to attend Applying to be a Registered Charity webinar   What:        Applying to be a Registered Charity webinar When:       Wednesday September 30th 2020 Time:         12pm – 1pm The Charities Regulator invites you to attend our Applying to be a Registered Charity webinar for those who are in the process of registering a charity. These webinars have…
Read More »

11 09,2020

Calling all New Communities in Galway County

Are you a part of a New Community living in County Galway? If so we’d love to hear from you. The Galway County LCDC, Galway County PPN and Galway Rural Development Company have instructed Buheri Consult, a migrant founded and leading consulting firm, specialised in the area of diversity and inclusion, to consult with a…
Read More »

10 09,2020

September Newsletter out now!

Dear PPN Members,   The September edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter is out now! Packed with info on funding, news and events, we are pleased to welcome two new members to the group of PPN representatives: Dr Nives Stack and Zoe Langsdale. In this edition we are also pleased to announce the winners…
Read More »

07 09,2020

Message from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

Public Health Measures The special health measures that were in place in Kildare were lifted on the 31st August. We are, however, still experiencing some increases in the rate of COVID around the country. Advice and restrictions are continuously being reviewed with recommendations being made by NPHET and the Government. These measures aim to protect…
Read More »

04 09,2020

Calling community groups in the Galway East!

Are you and your local group and interested in finding out more about Biodiversity and how your group can make a difference in your local area? Galway Rural Developments (GRD) and Burrenbeo Trust are looking to recruit 6 community groups across South and East Galway to participate in a COMMUNITY BIODIVERSITY TRAINING AND AWARENESS PROGRAMME.…
Read More »

03 09,2020

Round 2 of the Community Enhancement Programme launched

Round 2 of the Community Enhancement Programme will provide capital grants towards the maintenance, improvement and upkeep of Community Centres and Community Buildings – similar expenditure on other community facilities will also be allowed.   Galway County LCDC has received an allocation of €159,940 under this national €5m fund and applications are now invited from…
Read More »

08 08,2020

AUGUST NEWSLETTER OUT NOW

Dear PPN Members,   Please find below the AUGUST version of our PPN Newsletter. We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming HERITAGE WEEK 2020 with lots of events around Galway! August also has several funding deadlines and this edition includes some Covid-19 updates. We hope you have a lovely Summer. Please read…
Read More »

08 08,2020

Community Enhancement Programme 2020

  Galway LCDC has been allocated €63,249 under the above programme and now invites applications in accordance with the criteria outlined in the Application Form and accompanying Guidelines, i.e. main priority of assisting Community & Voluntary Groups and non-profit Organisations to re-open safely in compliance with public health requirements, and additional priorities of developing and…
Read More »

31 07,2020

Info session on the Significant Water Management Issues consultation with Community Water Officer Conor Ruane

Dear PPN Members,     You are invited to an information event on the current consultation process on Significant Water Management Issues held Wednesday 5th August @7pm (please join the session using the link below).     We are delighted to announce that Conor Ruane, Community Water Officer with the Local Authority Water Programme will be providing us…
Read More »

29 07,2020

Heritage Council calls on children across the country to showcase local heritage through LEGO®

    The Heritage Council is calling on children across the country to put their imagination to good use this summer by using LEGO® bricks to recreate their favourite example of Irish built, natural or cultural heritage.   The competition is open to children aged between four and twelve years, with two age categories: 4-to-7-years,…
Read More »

28 07,2020

Ministers Humphreys and O’Gorman announce second tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding

Press Release, 27 July 2020 €4.1 million support package to benefit 101 organisations Funding aimed at providing immediate assistance to community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises Cash injections for organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society Stability funding being released quickly with further tranches to be announced   Minister…
Read More »

28 07,2020

Minister McEntee and Minister O’Gorman announce 2020 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call

Press Release, 17 July 2020 Minister McEntee and Minister O’Gorman announce 2020 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call €700,000 will be made available to support community services for LGBTI+ people. Funding aims to promote inclusion, protect rights and to improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI+ people in Ireland Grant scheme is open to applications…
Read More »

17 07,2020

Latest Newsletter Out Now!

Dear PPN Members, Please find below the latest version of our PPN Newsletter. We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming consultation event for PPN members and the open call for nomination to our Secretariat! We also refer to the Fundingpoint Newsletter with funding information- please note that the CLÁR Scheme deadline for…
Read More »

17 07,2020

Call for Applications: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Heritage Week 2020

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Heritage Week 2020:  Open Call for Applications to showcase Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage   The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is launching an open call for applications to showcase elements of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), for inclusion in the wide programme of projects as part of National Heritage…
Read More »

17 07,2020

Vitamin C: The positive effect of creativity on wellbeing in older people

  The Creative Ireland Programme in association with Healthy Ireland and the HSE Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme presents:   Vitamin C: The positive effect of creativity on wellbeing in older people   A webinar designed to explore the value of the Arts and Creativity in promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing among older people, Tuesday…
Read More »

13 07,2020

Minister Martin approves funding for Galway

Revised Cultural Programme to combine live and online performances and events   28 projects and over 350 artists to be supported Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, today approved a revised cultural programme for Galway 2020, Ireland’s European Capital of Culture, ensuring that projects from the original winning…
Read More »

13 07,2020

Minister for State Calleary welcomes the Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme announced by Údarás na Gaeltachta

  Government Chief Whip and Minister for State for the Gaeltacht, the Irish language and Sport, Dara Calleary T.D. has welcomed the Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme announced by Údarás na Gaeltacht recently.   The scheme provides Gaeltacht applicants with the opportunity to learn a new skill/trade or upskill and obtain an apprenticeship qualification recognised by the…
Read More »

07 07,2020

Galway County PPN Newsletter 7 July 2020 & Funding point

Dear PPN Members, Please find below the latest edition of our Newsletter as well as a separate Newsletter with funding information issued in conjunction with the Wheel.ie. This edition introduces 3 of your PPN representatives and includes information on the next Culture Night to be held in September, the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme as well…
Read More »

06 07,2020

2020-2021 call for the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme now open

The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme is now seeking in 2020 to encourage local communities, local groups, schools and other interested parties to engage with the Department in relation to the conservation and revitalisation of raised bog and blanket bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and other peatland areas and promote public…
Read More »

29 06,2020

Guidence on getting back on track!

Dear PPN Members,   This information is issued as part of our #PPNConnect Project   We would like to draw your attention to several useful resources to help you and your group get back up and running again after Covid-19: Volunteer Ireland have developed a guide on ‘Returning to work safely‘  in consultation with the…
Read More »

28 06,2020

PPN Newsletter- Latest edition!

Dear PPN Members, Welcome to the latest edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter. We hope you find the information, supports and online events useful. We would like to draw your attention to the free training programme called ‘Tuesday Trainings’ which kicks off this week- don’t forget to sign up! Stay informed, stay in touch…
Read More »

28 06,2020

Face coverings- HSE info campaign

Face Coverings Campaign Pack 19_June_2020   Stay Safe. Protect each other. Wear a face covering. Everyone in Ireland has helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have worked together in difficult circumstances to save many lives. Now that our services and communities are re-opening, we all want to stay safe and keep protecting each…
Read More »

28 06,2020

County Development Plan Public Consultation

Dear Galway County PPN,   YOUR PPN REPS need you!!!!   Mark Green and Aodan mac Donncha, the PPN reps on the Planning and Environment SPC, are seeking your input to a current consultation process:   Have your say- take part in this Public Consultation!   Galway County Council commenced the preparation of the 2022-2028…
Read More »

26 06,2020

Minister Ring announces €13 million in funding for 24 projects across the country under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Press Release, 25 June 2020 The funding will support the development of regeneration projects in rural Ireland to enable them for delivery. To date, this Fund has now provided over €161 million for 134 projects across the country, worth a total of €229 million. The Fund is part of the Rural Development Investment programme which…
Read More »

26 06,2020

Minister Ring announces first tranche of COVID-19 Stability Scheme Funding

Press Release 26 June 2020 Fund designed to provide immediate support to Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises 179 organisations to benefit from €10.5 million in supports   Mr Michael Ring, Minister of Rural Community Development, today announced the approval of €10.5M in funding under Tranche One of the COVID-19 Stability Fund for…
Read More »

26 06,2020

Planet Youth – Stepping up to Sexual Health webinar – 1st July at 8pm

Planet Youth are organising a Free Facebook Live Webinar for the parents of 6th class children on Wednesday 1 July @ 8pm. This webinar will provide information and support regarding positive sexual health.  It aims to help you gain the confidence to communicate effectively with your child around issues that can be tricky to discuss…
Read More »

22 06,2020

Minister Ring announces €2 million Community Enhancement Programme and urges communities to engage

CEP provides small grants to enhance facilities in urban and rural communities   Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today announced details of the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) and highlighted the potential benefit of the Programme for local communities.   The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural…
Read More »

22 06,2020

Minister Stanton launches 2020 Communities Integration Fund

€500,000 available for local community projects in 2020   Applications are now open to community groups nationwide who wish to apply for grant funding under the Department of Justice and Equality Communities Integration Fund.   Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, David Stanton TD, today announced funding of €500,000 for…
Read More »

X