Galway City Community Network
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15th June 2020
Below please find:
  • Message from COVID-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support - read here
Governmental Info & Updates
  • Face Coverings Campaign - read here
  • Substantial Supports for the Re-opening of Childcare - read here
  • Government Announces New Summer Provision 2020 - read here
Supports and Resources
  • COVID-19 Perinatal Webinar: Tuesday 16th June - read here
  • The Living Well Programme: Thursday 18th June - read here
  • Re-Opening the Voluntary Sector Webinar: Wednesday, June 24th - read here
  • 'Five Ways to Wellbeing During Tough Times' Workshop - read here
  • Survival is Not Enough! Megs Morley and Gregory Sholette in Conversation - read here
  • Galway City Community Call Helpline - read here
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Message from COVID-19
Health Communications Stakeholder Support

12th June 2020
Message from COVID-19
Health Communications Stakeholder Support

Dear Colleagues,
We hope this message finds you well. We appreciate your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.

Public Health Advice:
Stay Safe Guidelines and posters
As we’ve entered phase 2 of the government’s roadmap, we have updated our public health advice posters to reflect current advice.
In addition to a new general public health advice poster, we have also created “Stay safe guidelines” for use in specific scenarios:

  1. at home
  2. at work
  3. at indoor gatherings
  4. at outdoor gatherings
  5. exercising outdoors
  6. when using public transport
  7. when shopping
  • The full range of formats are available on the Department of Health Information Resources page. Irish language versions are also available.
We are looking to get as wide a circulation as possible of these so would appreciate if you could share with local offices, stakeholders, etc. for them to disseminate as appropriate.
  • The Stay Safe pop up banner image is available here
Face Coverings:
Starting this Monday (15th June), there will be new radio adverts on air highlighting information on when and how we should use face coverings. There will also be information about face coverings on the HSE's social media, and we would be grateful if you would re-share any social media content in the coming days and weeks.
  • You can find information on face coverings here.
  • You can download the poster on how to use face coverings here with a high-resolution version available here.
 Self-Isolation images:
  • A number of self-isolation digital images are available under the ‘Social Media Graphics’ drop-down menu available here.
Wellbeing ‘In This Together’:
The joint DOH, HSE campaign continues to give mental health and wellbeing advice across the country and local authorities through Healthy Ireland are also rolling it out on a regional basis. New videos covering the following topics have been added here:
  1. Tips when visiting your GP, Dr John O'Brien, GP
  2. Tips for the traveller community, Patrick Reilly
  3. Staying safe in your home - Sgt Graham Kavanagh, An Garda Siochana
  4. Managing Sleep Difficulties, Daniel Flynn, HSE

We appreciate your continued support of this campaign under the hashtag #InThisTogether

Other resources/campaigns:
A new National Bereavement Support Line:
The Irish Hospice Foundation, in conjunction with the HSE, has set up a new National Bereavement Support Line to provide connection, comfort and support to those grieving in these exceptional times. It is a freephone service and will be open from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, starting from today, Tuesday 9 June.
The number to call is 1800 80 70 77. Please find more information on:
The service will provide a confidential space for people to speak about their experience with personnel specifically trained to provide bereavement support and information.
It is anticipated that the Line will be used by health care staff seeking support too.
It is staffed by Irish Hospice Foundation and HSE personnel and volunteers.  

HSE Launches Study to Investigate COVID-19 Infection in People Living in Ireland (SCOPI): go here
The HSE is issuing letters to more than 5,000 people inviting them to participate in the study to measure exposure to COVID-19 infection in the population using an antibody blood test. The presence of antibodies indicates that a person was infected with the COVID-19 virus. Initial results are expected in late August and will enable HPSC to estimate prevalence of infection of COVID-19 in the population across different age groups. A representative sample of people in both Dublin and Sligo will be invited to participate as it will be representative of the wider population, with higher and lower known levels of infection respectively. Those who consent to take part in the study will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and will provide a blood sample taken by a phlebotomist in a local HSE centre.
Government Roadmap:
The Government’s roadmap for reopening society and business can be found here.
Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.

Public Health Information:
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to:
Department of Health DOH:
Health Service Executive HSE:
Health Protection Surveillance Centre HPSC:

If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us and to let us know.

Please share and pass on to relevant teams and communities.
Keep well, remember we're #InThisTogether and #HoldFirm

Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support
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Governmental Info & Updates
Face Coverings Campaign 

On Monday 15th June 2020, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, Minister for Transport Shane Ross and Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority (NTA) have launched a campaign on face coverings.

Face coverings are recommended in situations where social distancing is not possible, for example in shops and on busy public transport, or if you are meeting someone who is vulnerable to the virus, for example, people who are cocooning. Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others.

Read the press release here  and further details here.

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Reopening Early Learning and Childcare Services
Funding Package of €75 million

On 10th June, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone announced a major funding package to facilitate the reopening of childcare facilities from 29 June. The new funding model contains four significant elements:

  1. A once-off reopening grant of €18 million for centre-based providers opening on 29 June and in late August.
  2. A once-off capital grant of €14.2 million. All registered centre based services re-opening between 29 June and the beginning of September can avail of this grant.
  3. Continuation of the Revenue-operated Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) (€32.8 million).
  4. All DCYA funding schemes, including universal subsidies and targeted subsidies for parents (NCS, CCS and TEC) will be available again for children attending Early Learning and Childcare services from 29 June.

This suite of measures will run from 29 June to 23 August. For detailed information go here.

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Government Announces New Summer Provision 2020 

On Friday 12 June 2020, the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath announced Summer Provision 2020 – a significantly expanded programme for children with special needs and students in DEIS schools. Read more here.

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Supports and Resources
COVID-19 Perinatal Webinar 
Tuesday 16th June at 11am

COVID-19: Looking after your emotional well-being during pregnancy and post-pregnancy is a free online talk with HSE Senior Clinical Psychologists Dr. Jeananne Garavan & Dr. Clare Thynne that will be held on Tuesday 16th June at 11am.  
To book a place on this online talk Call: 094 9042281 Email:
Please see the poster here for more information.

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The Living Well Programme
Thursday 18th of June

The ‘Living Well’ Programme (formerly known as the Self Care to Wellness Programme) is commencing on an Online Platform on Thursday 18th of June.  Living Well is a recognised self-management support programme, based on the evidence-based Stanford model. Prior training will be given to any participants who need additional supports to get online.
The Living Well Programme is free of charge. 

When: Commences Thursday 18th of June from 10.30 am – 1 pm (will take place every Thursday for a total of six weeks)
Who: For anyone living with a long-term or on going health condition  or someone who is caring for a person with a long-term health condition.
How:  You can register over the phone or email with: Bonnie King Galway Living Well Programme Administrator, Mobile No: 087-9176354,

The aim of the programme, is to equip and empower adults with the essential skills so they can become better self-managers of their own health condition.
More information on the programme can be found on the following link:

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Re-Opening the Voluntary Sector
Wednesday, June 24th 11.30am -1pm
Free Webinar
Community groups and charities are keen to get back to their much needed activities, but are rightly concerned as to how to do this in a way that maximises safety and minmises the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
This first session will describe the essential steps to take when reopening operations amidst COVID-19 and will cover:
• COVID-19 protocols for returning to operations
• Doing risk management in the voluntary sector
• Risk assessment templates
• Useful forms and checklists
• There will also be opportunity for dialogue and reflections on the how we lead at this time of uncertainty. 
Trainer: Liam Scollan, ACC certified coach with the International Coach Federation. Former CEO of Ireland West Airport Knock and Chief Executive of Western Development Commission.
For more info and to register go at the link here.
Five Ways to Wellbeing During Tough Times
Mental Health Ireland Workshop for Family Carers

Mental Health Ireland is partnering with Family Carers Ireland to offer the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing during Tough Times' workshop to family carers. This is a free 90-minute interactive online workshop which will be hosted by Mental Health Ireland Development Officers. The workshop aims to:

• Define what mental health and wellbeing is
• Have an improved understanding of how you can look after your wellbeing during Covid-19
• Explore how much time you spend each day looking after your mental health and wellbeing
• Explore the application of the Five Ways to Wellbeing as a helpful coping strategy during tough times

Sign up for one of 9 upcoming dates here:

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Survival is Not Enough!
Megs Morley and Gregory Sholette in Conversation

The crisis of global democracy has been normalized, but with COVID-19, bare-bones governments such as in the US are being forced to remember their role governing capitalism. Our task is to prevent a “return to normal”  from ever happening, while realizing that their idea of “normal” means both “like it was,” and like they have always wished it to be: a limitless debt-drive subscription to disciplinary systems of social control.

As part of their Conversations for Change series with leading practitioners, thinkers and activists, Create are delighted to host curator and artist Megs Morley and New York based artist, activist and writer Gregory Sholette. This series aims to amplify the means of creative and social solidarity between artists and communities, much needed in these unprecedented times.

Join Survival is not Enough! at 3pm on the 18th June
to view their conversation, with a live Zoom Q&A at 4.15pm. 

Drawing from historical and recent examples of civil resistance and artistic disobedience, Morley and Sholette reflect on what moments from the archive act as potential disruptors to our understanding of the now, whilst considering the role that artists might play in the radical reimagination of the world. They ask; how can the tools of socially engaged arts practices reinvigorate critical capacities? How can collaboration, democratisation, critical and creative intervention, trans-disciplinary exchange, and the building of relationships of reciprocity and solidarity  create counter political imaginations and be re-purposed for world change?

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Galway City Community Call Helpline
operating from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

See the full-size poster here.

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