GCCN Network News 2020 #3

17th January 2020

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
Upcoming Meetings: Funding Opportunities: Events and Workshops: Other:
Public Consultations: Publications: Training Opportunities: Projects
Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming SPCs, JPC and LCDC Meetings

Dates and Documentation

A series of relevant meetings will be held in December as follows:

Structure Date of the meeting
SPC1: Housing and Social Inclusion 28th February
SPC2: Planning 18th February
SPC3: Economic, Community and Cultural Development 21st February
SPC4: Transportation 21st January
SPC5: Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity 25th February
Local Community Development Committee 12th February
Joint Policing Committee 23rd March

If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for the upcoming SPCs, LCDC and JPC meetings, please contact

Please find further information on the above-mentioned LCDC, JPC and SPCs meetings at the links below.

The agendas and further documentation will be updated on GCCN website as soon as available, so please check these links regularly.

Housing and Social Inclusion SPC Meeting - February 28th
Planning SPC Meeting - February 18th
Economic Development, Enterprise Support & Culture SPC Meeting - February 21st
Transportation SPC Meeting - January 21st
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC Meeting - February 25th
Local Community Development Committee Meeting - February 12th
Joint Policing Committee Meeting - March 23rd
GCCN Diary Dates
Funding Opportunities

Social Innovation Fund - Ability to Work Fund
Closing date: 14th February 

The Ability to Work Fund will support not-for-profit organisations to empower more people
with disabilities to gain employment.
Applications are invited from organisations that work with people with an intellectual, physical, mental health, learning or sensory disability who are aged 17 and older.

The organisations must be engaged in creating ways to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities through education, training and skill-building.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 14 February 2020.
The funding will be available over three years, from 2020 to 2023.

This is a €1.5 million fund created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with State Street and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

For further info and applications please see the link below.

Further Details and Applications
Public Consultations

Public Consultation on a Review of Sustainable Mobility Policy
Closing date: 24th January 2020

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has launched a public consultation to review Ireland’s sustainable mobility (active travel and public transport) policy. The review work arises from a commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government to review public transport policy “to ensure services are sustainable into the future and are meeting the needs of a modern economy”.

The public consultation is designed to give stakeholders, interested parties and the general public the opportunity to reflect on the information and analysis in the papers, to share their views, and to contribute to the development of a Sustainable Mobility Policy Statement.

The information needed to take part in this Public Consultation is available at the links below.
The closing date for submissions is 24th January 2020.
Review of Sustainable Mobility Policy - Public Consultation

Reducing Food Waste To Tackle Climate Change
Junior Cert Resource Pack by EPA

The EPA has produced an educational resource pack to support over 20,000 Junior Certificate students to learn about sustainable living through the Home Economics curriculum.

Reducing food waste is one of the most effective actions we can take to address climate change.
The pack is a valuable resource for Home Economics teachers and provides information and tools to teach students about food waste prevention and the important link to climate change.

The resource was developed through the EPA-led Local Authority Prevention Network and is a collaboration between Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Roscommon County Council, Mayo County Council, VOICE Ireland and St. Angela’s College, Sligo.

Download Resource Book
Events and Campaigns

European Solidarity Corps Programme
Information Workshop, 

Thursday, 23rd January

Léargas will be holding an informative workshop for organisations who want to apply for a Quality Label to take part in the European Solidarity Corps.

When: Thursday, 23rd January, 10am-3.30pm
Where: Siptu Offices, Bothar Irwin, H91 A9Y5 Galway

This event is free of charge to attend, but registration is required here.

The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people aged 18 -30 to volunteer, engage in a traineeship or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.

To start this process and to engage with the programme, all organisations must be awarded a Quality Label for the European Solidarity Corps. Funding can then be applied for organisations that hold the ethos of solidarity, respect and equality and that can support young people aged 18-30 to volunteer, or to engage in a traineeship or to take a job in organisations that connect with the mission and principles of the programme.

The workshop on January 23rd will give more information on possibilities within the programme, the strands and funding available, what is expected in order to gain a quality label, how to apply and complete the application form.

Eventrbite Registration

Enhancing Public Services
The Potential of The Public Sector

 Conference by Galway City LCDC
31st January 2020

Galway City LCDC is committed to implementing the public sector duty across the full range of its responsibilities and to support its member organisations to implement the public sector duty in their operations.

In 2019, the Galway City LCDC Social Inclusion Subgroup undertook a project funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission which sought to strengthen its approach to implementing the public sector duty.

In January 2020 the Galway City LCDC will be hosting "Enhancing Public Services: The Potential of The Public Sector" conference. 
Friday, 31st January 2020, 10am – 4pm

Harbour Hotel, New Dock Street, H91 E9PR, Galway

To register, please go here.

This conference seeks to share learning from the Galway City LCDC project and the work of its member organisations, disseminate and discuss the tools developed, and provide an opportunity for other stakeholders to share their perspectives, experiences and ideas on the most effective implementation of the Duty.
Professor Terence McDonough
LCDC Chairperson

Niall Crowley

Bairbre Nic Aongusa
Department of Rural & Community Development

Frank Conaty
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Ann Irwin
Galway City Community Network

Damien Walshe
National Community Platform
Caitríona Morgan,
Galway City Council

Eithne Nic Dhonnchada

Elaine Harvey
Galway City Partnership

Morgan Mee
Eventbrite Registrations
Conference Flyer
Training Opportunities

Free 6-Week Stress Control Programme

6th February - 12th March

Healthy Galway City, in partnership with the HSE Galway Psychology Department, will run a free 6-week Stress Control Programme on Thursday evenings in February and March.

Start date: 6th February
End date: 12th March
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: ARD Family Resource Centre, Doughiska

The programme aims to help the large number of people who experience stress through learning new ways to help overcome it.

The six sessions are: Learning about stress; Controlling your body; Controlling your thoughts; Controlling your actions; Controlling your panic; Controlling your sleep and maintaining wellbeing for the future.

To register, or for more information please see the links below.

Programme and Registrations
Course Flyer

Galway City Partnership List of Courses

Spring 2020

Galway City Partnership will be holding a series of 8-weeks course in Ballinfoile, Ballybane and Westside as follows:

Registration Day: 21st Jan 2020,10am - 2pm

  • Ballinfoile Cookery: Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
  • Ballinfoile Sewing: Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
  • Ballinfoile Yoga: Thursdays, 10am - 12pm 

 Registration Day: 4th February 2020, 10am - 2pm
  • Ballybane Art: Fridays, 10am - 12pm
  • Ballybane DIY: Thursdays, 7pm - 9pm
  • Ballybane Hairstyling & Cutting: Wednesdays,10am - 12pm

Registration Day: 18th February, 10am - 2pm    
  • Westside  Art: Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
  • Westside Cookery: Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm
  • Westside Yoga: Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm

For details check the calendar below or contact Geraldine or Donnacha on 086 1424904 / 091 773466.
Spring Courses - excel file
Spring Courses - PDF file

Re(al) Productive Justice

NUI Galway Project

Are you a person with a disability? Have you experienced difficulty accessing services related to fertility, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, childbirth or parenting?

The Re(al) Productive Justice project is based at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway. The aim of the project is to make visible the reproductive experiences of persons with disabilities in Ireland. This will be done through legislative and policy analysis alongside the collection of Oral Histories and Key Informant interviews.
Led by Prof. Eilionóir Flynn, the Research Team is comprised of Dr. Áine Sperrin, Dr. Jenny Dagg and Maria Ní Fhlathartha. The project runs until 2022 and focuses on experiences across the Republic of Ireland.

Key Informant interviews will determine the impact of legislation and policy on people working in the disability and reproductive services sectors.

Oral Histories are being collected from persons with disabilities, over the age of 18, with a story about accessing reproductive services in Ireland. We want to hear your stories about difficulties you have had based on your disability when you have used, or tried to use, reproductive services. Reproductive services include fertility and contraception – including surrogacy, abortion, pregnancy and childbirth, parenting – including fostering and adoption. Oral Histories will be recorded on a tape recorder. All Oral Histories collected can be anonymous if desired and will be archived for use by researchers in the future.

Who can participate?

  • The project is open to people over the age of 18 who identifies as having a physical, intellectual, sensory or psychosocial disability;
  • Anyone who identifies as neurodivergent and users and survivors of psychiatry;
  • People with disabilities who live in rural communities, members of the Travelling Community, the LGBTQI Community, the Direct Provision community and people who have experiences with institutionalisation.

The Re(al) Productive Justice Research Team also want to hear from:
  • who works in the field of reproductive rights for persons with disabilities;
  • Legal, medical or social work professionals with experience of supporting persons with a disability to access reproductive services.

For further details see the links below or contact the Research Team at

Further Details
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