7th April 2021

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

GCCN Network News

News and Updates
  • Remote Working Strategy and Code of Practice on Right to Disconnect - read here
Public Consultations Funding, Surveys and Open Calls
  • Review of National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability - read here
  • Youth Climate Justice Fund 2021 - read here
  • Community Monuments Fund 2021 - read here
  • Creative Climate Action Fund - read here
  • Galway City Mayor’s Awards for 2020 - read here
Events and Initiatives
  • An Introduction To Mindful Practice for People Living With Arthritis - read here
  • Free Kids Camp at Galway City Museum! - read here
  • New April & May dates for the Living Well Programme - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Expert Report on COVID-19 Rapid Testing Published - read here
  • 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

 Don't forget!
If you have information to share with other groups and organisations in Galway City, members of GCCN, please drop us a quick email at
Thank you!
Submit Your Event
Send Feedback
Get In Touch
GCCN Network News
News and Updates

Remote Working Strategy and
Code of Practice on Right to Disconnect

From April 1st, all employees officially have the Right to Disconnect from work and have a better work-life balance, after Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Leo Varadkar TD brought in a new Code of Practice.
The Right to Disconnect gives employees the right to switch off from work outside of normal working hours, including the right to not respond immediately to emails, telephone calls or other messages. There are three rights enshrined in the Code which comes into effect today:

  • The right of an employee to not have to routinely perform work outside their normal working hours.
  • The right not to be penalised for refusing to attend to work matters outside of normal working hours.
  • The duty to respect another person’s right to disconnect (e.g., by not routinely emailing or calling outside normal working hours).
The full Code is available to view here.
In January, the Government launched Ireland’s first National Remote Work Strategy to make remote working a permanent option for life after the pandemic. The Strategy can be read here.
The Strategy sets out plans to strengthen the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, to provide the infrastructure to work remotely, and sets out clear guidance on how people can be empowered to work remotely from the office. Details are available here.
Read more here.
Public Consultations

Right to Request Remote Working

On April 1st the Tánaiste invited views on his plans to put the right to ask for remote working into law.
Currently in Ireland, all employees can ask their employers for the right to work remotely, but there is no legal framework around which a request can be made and how it should be dealt with by the employer. This new law will set out clearly how these requests should be facilitated as far as possible.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 7 May.

For more information and to find out how you can submit to the consultation, please visit Public Consultation on the introduction of a Right to Request Remote Work.
Further details are available here.

Back to top

GCCN Climate Conversations

GCCN would like to extend an invitation to all interested GCCN members to attend GCCN Climate Conversations on Thursday, April 15th from 6pm to 7.30pm on Zoom. 
If you wish to attend, please register here.
For more details please visit the GCCN website here.

Back to top

Funding, Surveys and Open Calls

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:
The closing date for survey submissions is Friday 16th April. 

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

Back to top

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.

Back to top

Community Monuments Fund 2021

The 2021 Community Monuments Fund, recently launched, will invest in our valuable archaeological heritage and help the owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public. 


The 2021 Fund will invest a total of €2,000,000 in the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments.
For full details on this fund and the application process, please visit the Galway City Council website here.

Back to top

Creative Climate Action Fund

The Creative Climate Action fund invites local authorities and creative practitioners to put their skills of engagement to the cultural challenge of climate change. Applications are now open and all explanatory materials are available on and
The deadline for applications is 21st May 2021.

Back to top

Galway City Mayor’s Awards for 2020
Closing date for nominations: Friday, 16th April 2021 at 5pm

Nominations are invited from people in Galway City for individuals or organisations for the Mayor’s Awards. There are 9 individual Mayor’s Awards: 

  • Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge Award
  • Residents & Local Areas Award
  • Community Service & Social Inclusion Award
  • Older Person Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Children and Youth Support Award
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Environmental Sustainability Award
  • The Galway City Council Volunteer of the Year Award

All nominations received will be considered and awards will be announced on live by the Mayor of Galway City which will coincide with the launch of the Galway City ‘Community Spirit’ video, a video that will be commissioned to showcase and highlight the breath of community spirit and solidarity that continues very strongly, making a significant impact on the quality of all communities across Galway City. 

Nominate a Volunteer Here
Events and Initiatives

An Introduction To Mindful Practice for People Living With Arthritis With Sandra Healy PhD

Galway Branch Of Arthritis Ireland are delighted to announce their event: An Introduction To Mindful Practice for People Living With Arthritis with Sandra Healy PhD. The event will be held as part of National Arthritis Week on Tuesday, 13th April 2021 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

To register please visit the Eventbrite page here.

Sandra Healy PhD, MTAI is a qualified mindfulness teacher and teaches the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course which is used for the management of chronic pain. Sandra will explore the history of mindfulness and give an introduction to mindful practices. She will give insight on how to use such practices to build the capacity to be mindful in our everyday lives.
For further details please contact

Back to top

Free Kids Camp at Galway City Museum!

Galway City Museum is offering an exciting series of free fun online workshops for kids. By visiting from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April, kids will be able to consider, explore and create whole other worlds of wonder. Read more here.

Back to top

New April & May dates for the Living Well Programme

Living Well is a free online group programme delivered over six workshops (2.5 hrs x 6). It is delivered by trained leaders, most of whom are also living with a long-term health condition.
You will develop self-management skills and confidence to live well with your health conditions.
Please find the Spring programme and further details in the event poster here.

Back to top

COVID-19 Related Updates

Expert Report on COVID-19 Rapid Testing Published

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD has published the Report of the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Group. The report recommends widespread pilots, or feasibility studies, of rapid tests across different sectors.

The report highlights that rapid testing is a fast-developing field. It recommends that various sectors and industries, including business, sports and education, should work in partnership with Government Departments to pilot and initiate widespread feasibility studies with a view to making rapid testing part of Ireland’s collective and sustained response to COVID-19.

The report contains 20 recommendations. It said immediate focus should be placed on establishing an agile rapid test knowledge group, which would enable information on validated tests and sampling to be widely shared across government departments, agencies and sectors.

The report is published here.
Further details are available here.

Back to top

Important Reminders


The Galway City Community Call Helpline
New Flyer Graphics
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

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
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.
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.


We want to hear from you!
Submit your event or send us feedback at the links below.

Submit Your Event
Send Us Your Feedback
Get In Touch With Us
Copyright © 2021 Galway City Community Network, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp