If you wish to highlight any issues or make comments relevant to any of the structures above please contact email@example.com 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Help protect children and young people from second-hand smoke exposure.
Contribute to the denormalisation of smoking for children and young people.
Reduce environmental nuisance, cost of cleaning and damage that discarded tobacco products create.
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.
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.
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.
The Galway City Community Call Helpline New Flyer GraphicsThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below the new graphics for the Community Call for Galway City, for your information and onwards circulation and promotion:
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
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.