GCCN Network News 2019 #22

19th July 2019

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:

Funding available for Men’s and Women’s Sheds
Community Enhancement Programme 2019

As advised at the last meeting of Galway City LCDC held on Wednesday 10th July 2019 additional funding has been allocated nationally to the Community Enhancement Programme 2019, ring-fenced for small capital grants for Men’s and Women’s Sheds.

The funding allocated to Galway City Council for 2019 is €6,545 and this calculation is based on the number of Men’s Sheds affiliated to the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, the same method as the 2018 fund. The application process is being administered by Galway City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

Applications for this funding can be made on the application form available below or here.  
Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 2nd August 2019 at 4.00pm.

All Men’s Sheds in Ireland that are affiliated with the Irish Men’s Shed Association are eligible to apply. Women’s Sheds are also eligible to apply.
Women's Sheds
As advised by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) there is no equivalent national affiliation for Women’s Sheds, which can cause difficulty in defining them. Below are points to consider when deciding whether a group that applies is a Women’s Shed and is eligible for funding:
  • If they are affiliated with another parent association (which means they are not really a Shed), then they should not be eligible for this fund.
  • There must be an appropriate organisational structure to the Shed.
  • The number of members of the group should be considered. If there are very few members then this should be considered along with their level of activity when deciding on eligibility.
  • The group should demonstrate that their ethos is consistent with the ethos of the Men’s Shed movement. Information on this is available here or at the link below.
See details and application form in the link below.
Galway City Council - Info and Submission
Application Form
Men's Shed Info

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Capacity Building in Youth Mental Health Training
Dates: September/October 2019

Jigsaw Galway is announcing three training dates as part of their programme of Capacity Building in Youth Mental Health for professionals and volunteers working with Young People.  
Watercolour IllustrationStage 1 - Understanding Youth Mental Health
(two dates available)
1. When: Friday, September 20th, 9.30am-4pm
    Where: Jigsaw Galway

2. When: Tuesday, October 8th, 9.30am-4pm
    Where: Jigsaw Galway

Participants must attend the full day's training in order to receive a Certificate of Attendance. 
Stage 2 - Minding Youth Mental Health 
    When: Tuesday, October 22nd, 9.30am-4pm
    Where: Jigsaw Galway

Stage 2 Training can only be attended by participants who have received a Certificate of Attendance for Stage 1.

If you have any queries or wish to book a place, please contact Aoife at or 085-8011732.

Please see an outline of the programme in the posters available below.
Understanding Your Mental Health: September 2019 - Poster
Understanding Your Mental Health: October 2019 - Poster
Minding Your Mental Health: October 2019 - Poster
Book your place
Jigsaw - Website
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Making Space
Audio-described tour for visitors with visual impairments

As part of Galway Arts Festival 2019, Galway Arts Centre is offering visitors with visual impairments a free audio described tour of Making Space, an exhibition that interrogates contemporary approaches to astronomical research.

When: Tuesday, 23rd July, 11.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Galway Arts Centre 
Booking essential. To book your place email

Making Space is the fruit of collaborative work between artists Chloe Brenan, Jane Cassidy, Louise Manifold and Treasa O’Brien and researchers Dr. Ray Butler, Dr. Mark Lang, Dr. Matthew Peter Redman and Prof. Andrew Shearer from the Centre of Astronomy, NUI Galway.

For further details see links below.

Book your place
Making Space - Audio Described Tour

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Safefood Community Food Initiative

Ballybane Safe Food PosterThe first Safefood Community Food Initiative event held by Galway City Partnership in conjunction with Healthy Galway, Ballybane Community Organic Garden and Ballybane Taskforce will take place on Wednesday 24th July.
When: Wednesday 24th July 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Where: Ballybane Community Organic Garden

This free family-friendly event has lots on offer. 

See full-size poster below for more info.
SafeFood Poster
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Galway City Council Draft Strategic Policy Committees' Scheme 2019- 2024
Submissions on the Draft Strategic Policy Committees' Scheme 2019- 2024 are now invited by Galway City Council.
All GCCN members are invited to contribute to the submission that Galway City Community Network will be lodging.
If you wish to send us your comments please contact Oana at before Tuesday, 23rd July.

Otherwise, individual submissions can be lodged with the a/Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services, Galway City Council not later than 4.00pm on Friday, 23rd August 2019.

See further info and details in the links below.
GCCN Submission
Draft Strategic Policy Scheme 2019-20124 - Download
Galway City Council - Info on submissions
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Galway City Council Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019- 2024

Written observations or submissions regarding the Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019‐2024, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report and Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report are invited from members of the public and other interested parties.
All GCCN members are invited to contribute to the submission that Galway City Community Network will be lodging. 
If you wish to send us your comments please contact Oana at before Tuesday 23rd July.

Otherwise, individual submissions can be made as follows:
  • by visiting here,
  • by post addressed to Environment Section, City Hall, College Road, Galway.
The closing date for receipt of individual submissions is 4pm, Friday, 23rd August 2019.
Please read carefully the instructions at the links below before lodging your submission.
Galway City Council - Info on submissions
Reference Documents
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