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GCCN News



15th April 2021

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

GCCN Network News

GCCN Updates
  • Upcoming SPC/LCDC Meetings - read here
  • GCCN Linkage & Thematic Group Meeting Dates- read here
  • GCCN Monthly Reports - April and Q1 - read here
  • GCCN AGM and Spring Plenary Documentation - read here
Updates
  • Social Inclusion Forum Will Focus on Poverty Reduction Measures - read here
  • My Body is My Own - UN Report Highlighting the Importance of Women’s Bodily Autonomy - read here
  • National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making - read here
  • Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027 - read here
  • Forest Europe Resolutions “Adapting Forests to Climate Change” and “The future we want: The forests we need” Declaration- read here
  • Stability Programme Update 2021 - read here
Funding and Surveys
  • Climate Conversations - Online Questionnaires - read here
  • Review of National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability - read here
  • Youth Climate Justice Fund 2021 - read here
Events and Initiatives
  • ‘Dip a Day in May’ for Galway Simon Community - read here
  • Launch of Not Around Us Campaign - read here
  • Fundamentals of Volunteer Engagement - Training - read here
 

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Minister for Health announces additions to list of designated States - read here
  • Post Cabinet Statement – Vaccine Programme - read here
Reminders
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - read here
  • Keep Well Campaign - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Older People - read here
  • Galway City Community Response Map - read here

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GCCN Updates

Upcoming SPC/LCDC Meetings

The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:
Local Community Development Committee April 21st 3pm
Galway Sports Partnership April 21st
Economic, Community & Cultural Development SPC May 21st 2pm
Transportation SPC May 25th
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity SPC May 26th 2.30pm
Housing & Social Inclusion SPC May 28th

GCCN is represented on each structure above by the elected GCCN representatives - see here.

If you wish to highlight any issues or make comments relevant to any of the structures above please contact developement@gccn.ie and your suggestions will be communicated to the relevant GCCN representative.

Prior to the above local structure meetings, GCCN will hold Linkage Group or Thematic Group as seen below.

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GCCN Linkage & Thematic Group Meeting Dates
Prior to the above local structure meetings, GCCN will hold Linkage Group or Thematic Group meetings as follows:

Sports Linkage Group April 20th 5.30pm
Social Inclusion Thematic Group May 11th 2pm
Arts and Culture Linkage Group May 17th 4pm
Economic Development and Enterprise Support Linkage Group May 19th 2pm
Environment Linkage Group May 18th 6pm
Housing Linkage Group May 25th 12.30pm

GCCN members can bring matters to the attention of the GCCN representatives by attending these meetings.

If you wish to get involved please get in touch with developement@gccn.ie to register for an upcoming Linkage or Thematic Group meeting.
 


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GCCN Monthly Reports
April and Q1

GCCN aims to keep all members updated on the ongoing GCCN work and activities through the means of a report shared with the newsletter on a monthly basis. Please read here the:

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GCCN AGM and Spring Plenary
Documentation

GCCN would like to thank all the GCCN members who attended the GCCN AGM and Spring Plenary yesterday evening. Below please find the presentation and all documentations previously shared for your information as follows:

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Updates

Social Inclusion Forum Will Focus on Poverty Reduction Measures

The first ever virtual Social Inclusion Forum opened on Monday, 12th April, hosted jointly by the Department of Social Protection and the Department for Rural and Community Development.
This significant event brings together policy makers, service providers and service users from across Government Departments, academia, NGOs, community and voluntary sector groups and people experiencing poverty and/or social exclusion, to discuss and debate national policy on poverty reduction and social inclusion. The Social Insurance Forum concludes on Friday, 16th April.
Read more here.

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My Body is My Own
UN Report Highlighting the Importance of Women’s Bodily Autonomy

Colm Brophy T.D., Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora today launched the UNFPA 2021 State of World Population report. The ‘My Body is My Own’ report finds that only 55 per cent of women worldwide have the power to make decisions about their own healthcare, contraception, and engagement in sexual intercourse. Ireland is proud to work with partners like UNFPA to empower women.
Read more here.

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National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., launched the ‘National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making’. The Minister also announced details of an associated Capacity Building Grant to support the implementation of the Framework.

The Participation Framework supports departments, agencies and organisations to improve their practice in listening to children and young people and giving them a voice in decision-making. It is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Read more here.

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Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027

The Minister of State for Law Reform, James Browne TD, has launched the new Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027 with the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD. The Strategy, a key commitment under Justice Plan 2021, is designed to provide a developmental framework to address key ongoing challenges, as well as new and emerging issues in the youth justice area.

This will include preventing offending behaviour from occurring and diverting children and young adults who commit a crime away from further offending and involvement with the criminal justice system.
Read more here.

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Forest Europe Resolutions “Adapting Forests to Climate Change” and declaration on “The future we want: The forests we need” at Ministerial Forestry Conference

The Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett delivered a statement with other European Forestry Ministers to the Forest Europe Ministerial Conference being held in Bartislava, Slovakia. The conference which is taking place over two days from the 14th to 15th April 2021 will see Ministers adopt resolutions on the subjects of adapting forests to climate change and the future of European forests.
The Minister stated, “On behalf of the Irish Government and as Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry I am delighted to acknowledge and support the excellent work of Forest Europe. I am especially pleased to make a statement to the Conference on the important topic of adapting forests to a changing climate. I am also pleased to show Irelands support for the Ministerial resolutions and declarations that I will sign during the conference proceedings.
Read more here.

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Stability Programme Update 2021

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD, published the Government’s Stability Programme Update for 2021. This document sets out the Department of Finance macroeconomic and fiscal forecasts for the period 2021-2025.  The macroeconomic forecasts underpinning the SPU were endorsed by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council on 7th April (a legal requirement).
Read more here.

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Funding and Surveys

Climate Conversations
Online Questionnaires

The Climate Conversations Consultation is now live. If you would like to also take part in the Online Questionnaires please see the links below.


Call for Evidence
Climate scientists, experts and industry are invited to share their data-based technical proposals to support development of the Plan.
The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications want to hear views on the cross-sectoral and sectoral implications of the overall increase in climate ambition, and proposals for additional policies and measures across sectoral areas, including estimations of the associated greenhouse gas emissions reductions and/or increased resilience to the locked-in climate change impacts.


 Climate Conversation
The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications also want to hear from households and communities about what Government can do to further support them as part of Ireland’s journey to net zero. 
Views received will help inform the design of the wider National Dialogue on Climate Action, and will help to engage and communicate with more people on Ireland's climate action in the future.

For more details please visit the GCCN website here.

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REMINDER
Review of National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability

The National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (2011-2016 - extended to 2020) will come to an end this year. A new national strategy is now being developed. The strategy is about facilitating the provision of housing options and related services to disabled people to allow individual choice and support independent living. 
 
The Housing Agency are leading out on this review and want to hear your views on the current strategy and what you would like to see included in the new national strategy.


The survey and further details about the review can be found at the following link: https://www.housingagency.ie/NHSPD-Survey
The closing date for survey submissions is Friday 16th April. 


Please feel free to undertake the survey and share with people in your networks.

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REMINDER
Youth Climate Justice Fund 2021

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman T.D., has invited applications from eligible youth organisations for funding under the Youth Climate Justice Fund 2021.

The Youth Climate Justice Fund was established in 2020 following on from the United Nations’ focus on youth engagement as part of the global response to climate change. The purpose of this Fund is to support youth-led action on climate justice at community, regional and national level. 
This year’s funding, which totals almost €500,000, is intended to support the further development of initiatives in the area of youth engagement in climate justice.

The deadline for completed applications is Tuesday 04 May 2021.
Read more here.

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Events and Initiatives

‘Dip a Day in May’ for Galway Simon Community

Galway Simon Community has launched their brand new ‘Dip a Day in May’ challenge that is set to take place throughout the month of May.
 
The charity is calling on all sea swimmers, fitness enthusiasts and everyone in between, to take the challenge in support of those facing homelessness in the West.
 
As we enter the summer months, what better way to enjoy the finer weather than a dip at your nearest beach, lake, river or pier – the perfect opportunity to boost your well-being while making a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in our community!

Find out more here.

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Launch of Not Around Us Campaign

Healthy Galway City and Galway CYPSC, in partnership with a range of stakeholders, are delighted to launch the Not Around Us initiative to create smoke-free environments for children and young people.

Not Around Us is about promoting an environment where it is easier for those who smoke to quit, and stay quit, and to help de-normalise smoking for the next generation.

Watch the launch video to learn more about this initiative.  


The purpose of Not Around Us is to:

  1. Help protect children and young people from second-hand smoke exposure.
  2. Contribute to the denormalisation of smoking for children and young people.
  3. Reduce environmental nuisance, cost of cleaning and damage that discarded tobacco products create.
  4. Signpost to HSE QUIT services.

Not Around Us signage will be made available free of charge to interested not for profit groups or organisations, schools, and early years services in Galway. Interested services and organisations should go to healthygalwaycity.ie/tobacco-free to get more information and to download the Expression of Interest form. Information leaflets will also be provided to help participating organisations communicate the Not Around Us message with those visiting their building. 

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Fundamentals of Volunteer Engagement
Training

Volunteer Ireland and the national network of Volunteer Centres are jointly running a series of online training in the Fundamentals of Volunteer Engagement.
The collaborative project will make training accessible to any volunteer-led volunteer-involving organisations based in the Republic of Ireland.
The sessions run monthly, with additional sessions available in the evening for those that prefer an evening course. 
More Information and Registration Here

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COVID-19 Related Updates

Minister for Health announces additions to list of designated States

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has announced recently his intention to add an additional 16 States to the list of designated states. People arriving into Ireland from these states or transiting through them must complete Mandatory Hotel Quarantine. 


The additional countries to be added to the list are: Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Turkey, the USA, Canada, Armenia, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Curaçao, Maldives, Ukraine.


The decision to add to the list of designated states was approved at a Government meeting. States being added to the designated list will be included as a priority on the booking system for mandatory hotel quarantine early next week, with passengers from these States entering quarantine starting from 04.00 on Thursday, 15 April.
Read more here.

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Post Cabinet Statement – Vaccine Programme

"As we progress through this pre-recovery phase of the pandemic, we are seeing a welcome reduction in COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths.

We have one million children back in the classroom and residential construction is underway. 

The vaccine programme is a key enabler to the reopening of society and the economy. Even with the advices on AstraZeneca and the pausing of Janssen the vaccine programme is well underway."

Read the statement here.

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Important Reminders


REMINDER

The Galway City Community Call Helpline
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The helpline is open to anyone who needs it, seven days a week.
If you need support or help to get access to shopping, food, medication or if you feel isolated or lonely and need someone to talk to, please get in touch at:
☎️ 1800 400 150
📧 covidsupport@galwaycity.ie
 
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Keep Well Campaign
The Keep Well campaign provides guidelines, information, and tips on how we can add healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines around five simple actions: keeping active, keeping in contact, switching off and getting creative, eating well and minding your mood
REMINDER
Support for Older People
We would like to share once again some of the main helplines for older people to access, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 alert.
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline: 1800 400 150
  • COPE Galway Helpline: 085  87 67 785
  • Alone Helpline: 0818 222 024
  • Senior Line: 1800 804 591
We highly encourage you to share these numbers with any older person you know.
REMINDER
Galway City Community Response Map

As part of the ongoing work of the Galway City Community Response Forum, Galway City Community Network and Galway City Council have developed a map of the COVID-19 related responses, activities and services available to people in Galway City.

The map is publicly available and can be used as a useful information resource both for individuals made vulnerable by COVID-19 and by organisations or agencies that need to know where they may refer their clients to for support.

The map is online at the following links:
Further details are available on the GCCN Website.

 


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