GCCN News 2020
30th September 

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

GCCN Network News

GCCN Updates
  • GCCN Representatives Reports - September 2020 - read here
Events and Initiatives
  • #400Welcomes Campaign - read here
  • Is Free Speech Racist - Online Event - read here
  • Pro Bono: A Tool for Challenging Injustice and Championing Change - read here
Funding Opportunities
  • Volunteer Ireland Awards: Deadline Extended to 9th October - read here
  • New Foundations 2020 - Engaging Civic Society Strand - read here
  • Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020 - read here
  • The Housing Agency Research Support Programme, Round 2read here
Webinars and Courses
  • Free Online Living Well Programme - read here
  • GRETB Health and Wellness Course - read here
  • Webinar: Sharing the Vision- Translating Policy into Practice - read here
  • The Eden Programme - read here
  • The National Parents Council Presents ‘Let’s talk’ - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: 16th September - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Older People - read here
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - read here

GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates
GCCN Representatives Reports
September 2020

The complete version of the GCCN Representatives Reports - September 2020, is now available for download at the link below. The file includes all the reports submitted by the GCCN representatives following the main meetings attended since the last Plenary meeting in June.
Download document here.

Events and Initiatives
#400Welcomes Campaign
The recently launched #400Welcomes Campaign calls on the Irish government to act now and bring 400 people from Lesvos to Ireland.

#400Welcomes Campaign calls for the urgent evacuation of 400 women, men and children from Lesvos Island – families and UAMs, survivors of torture and gender-based violence, those with medical needs and those making the journey alone –  and for their relocation outside of the system of Direct Provision that continues to deny asylum seekers social, economic, political and civil rights.

How to get involved:

Further details on the #400Welcomes Campaign visit
Is Free Speech Racist
October FirstWeds: In Conversation With Gavan Titley
Join the online event Is Free Speech Racist as Comhlámh and the Department of International Development in Maynooth kick off a new season of FirstWeds conversations and debate, where Dr Eilish Dillion talks to Gavan Titley about his new book ‘Is Free Speech Racist?’

Tune in to the Comhlámh YouTube channel 7pm on Wednesday, 7th October.

Pro Bono: A Tool for Challenging Injustice and Championing Change

PILA (the Public Interest Law Alliance, a project of FLAC) is hosting an online event called Pro Bono: A Tool for Challenging Injustice and Championing Change. The event is designed to help social justice organisations in Ireland develop a deeper understanding of how they can use pro bono to advance their mission and deliver social change in 2020 and beyond.

Date: 13 October 2020
Time: 10.00-11.30
Venue: Online [Zoom details to be circulated upon registration]
You can register at:

This event is for social justice organisations working with marginalised and disadvantaged groups who would like to learn more about how they can use the law to advance their social change mission and tackle pressing social issues. We will be joined by a diverse panel of NGO leaders who will each share how they have successfully boosted their impact by accessing PILA’s Pro Bono Referral Scheme.

Funding and Awards
Volunteer Ireland Awards
Deadline Extended to 9th October

The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteers in Ireland. The awards shine a light on the remarkable achievements of volunteers around the country by honouring them at a national level. 

This year's deadline was extended to the 9th of October, so you are still in time to get your nominations in.
Nominate a Volunteer here today!

For further details visit the Volunteer Ireland Website here.

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New Foundations 2020
Engaging Civic Society Strand
Researchers Collaborating with Civic Society
The Irish Research Council is pleased to announce New Foundations 2020 which includes an “Engaging Civic Society” strand that specifically facilitates collaboration between researchers and civic society groups nationally.
The “Engaging Civic Society” strand will support small, discrete collaborative projects between academic researchers (the applicants to the Call) and an NGO or community/voluntary organisation. Awards for this strand are valued up to a maximum of €12,000.

CVOs or NGOs interested in seeking an Academic Partner can send their organisation name, contact details and strategic themes/relevant topic details to An updated spreadsheet with this information will be made available on the New Foundations 2020 page of the Irish Research Council website:

The closing date for applications from eligible researchers will be 4pm on 20th October 2020.
Queries from CVOs or NGOs can be forwarded to the Council by emailing

More information, deadlines, and all relevant documentation, are also available on the New Foundations 2020 page on the Irish Research Council website listed above.

Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020
Collaborative Arts and Human Rights

Create is delighted to announce the second Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights, in partnership with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. This bursary aims to support individual professional artists working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice. It is specifically aimed at an artist with a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest in the context of human rights. The bursary of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect and engage with and reflect on their practice. More particularly, it allows the artist to consider key questions associated with human rights using collaborative methodologies.

The closing date for applications to this bursary is the 9th November 2020.

For further details visit

The Housing Agency Research Support Programme, Round 2
Call for proposals from organisations and researchers 
The call for applications for the second round of the 2020 Housing Agency Research Support Programme is now open. The programme aims to fund projects which respond to key topical issues in housing and have the potential to impact on housing policy and practice
Please see the links below for further information and to apply.

Closing Date: 12 noon, Wednesday 21 October 2020.
For further information please contact:

All documentation is available on The Housing Agency website:

Webinars and Courses
Free Online Living Well Programme
If you are living with a long term health condition you may be interested in doing the Living Well Programme’.
This is a six-week programme delivered in 2.5 hour weekly sessions where you will learn new skills to manage your health condition on a day to day basis. This Programme will commence in September. 
You must register in advance as places are limited to 10/12 participants.
Please note you do not have to disclose your health condition on the programme.  Please contact Liam Gildea on 087 349 0393 or by email at

Four online programmes will take place over the winter months.
Please see start dates below and on the poster here:
  • Thursday 01st of October
  • Friday 16th October
  • Wednesday 28th of October
  • Monday 02nd November
GRETB Health and Wellness Course
GRETB Community Education Service in association with the GRETB Adult Education Guidance Service are facilitating a Health and Wellness Course.
Please see an outline of the course along with the scheduled dates here
The classes will be held using Zoom, with the first class starting Monday 5th October at 11am.
For further information or to register for one of these workshops, please email:
Webinar: Sharing the Vision- Translating Policy into Practice
World Mental Health Day 2020
To celebrate World Mental Health Day 2020, Mental Health Ireland are hosting a webinar Sharing the Vision- Translating Policy into Practice on Friday 9th October from 10am-1pm.
To register, please click here
The Eden Programme
Applications are currently being accepted for the Eden Programme in Galway, Mayo, and Roscommon.
This is a 26-week psychoeducation programme for those over 18 years who have attempted or thought about suicide.
Please see this poster for the Galway programme as well as background information (contact details for enquiries are the same for all three counties). Please circulate as appropriate.
The National Parents Council Presents ‘Let’s talk’
A series of conversations with Dr. Colman Noctor
Dr. Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, in a series of four sessions, which will be held each Wednesday in October, will provide support for parents looking at the following:  
  • Let’s talk about connecting with your child - 7th October
  • Let’s talk about helping anxious children - 14th October
  • Let’s talk about your child’s online life - 21st October
  • Let’s talk about building your child’s social savvy - 28th October
Each of the four sessions will last for 40 minutes beginning at 8pm and they will be interactive giving parents an opportunity to ask questions. All sessions will be online and FREE of charge.
You can register to attend one or all of these sessions by clicking this link:  or by calling 01-8874034.
Booking in advance is essential, as places are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.
COVID-19 Related Updates
 Up-to-date Public Health Guidance and National 5-Level Framework
To Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
A National 5-Level Framework is now in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. View the new Framework here.
Read the up-to-date Public Health Guidance - here.
Further information is available on the Government website.
 Speech by An Taoiseach
Friday 18th September 2020
Read the speech by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD released on Friday 18th September 2020 at the link here.

Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support
Wednesday, 24th September

Dear Colleague,
Thank you for your ongoing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.

Public Health Measures
The Government announced on Friday 18th September that the county of Dublin will be placed on Level 3 of the Framework for Restrictive Measures. This action is based on a review of the current public health advice and is in response to the deteriorating situation with the virus in Dublin over the past number of weeks. Dublin will remain at Level 3 until 9th October, at which point the situation will be reviewed by the Government based on public health advice.
The rest of the country remains at Level 2 of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 available here.

Symptoms & Testing TV ad
The HSE’s new COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing TV ad went live last Saturday, 12th August. The ad sets out the common symptoms of COVID-19 – cough, fever, breathing difficulties, changes to your sense of taste or smell – and encourages people to self-isolate and phone their GP if they have symptoms. The ad also highlights that the GP coronavirus consultation and COVID-19 test are free. You can watch our Symptoms & Testing ad on our YouTube channel. You can also download the Symptoms & Testing ad for sharing across your platforms.

Remote Healthcare – new video
Over the coming months, anyone who has a healthcare appointment may be given the option to have a phone or video consultation instead of attending in person. This short video helps to explain how this works.

EPA-HSE Joint Webinar - Key Findings of the Joint EPA-HSE Environment & Health Research Projects

Thursday 8th October @2.00pm - 3.30pm. Please register here
The focus of this webinar is on the impact and importance of blue and green space on our health and wellbeing. This is an opportunity to learn about the key findings from a number of excellent environment and health research projects.  These research findings contribute to the implementation of Healthy Ireland and other relevant health and environment policies and plans. 
During Covid-19, the importance of green and blue spaces around where people live is relevant with various (2km, 5km, county) restrictions and people have become more aware of what is around them and how important it is.
For policy makers, local authorities and others, the importance of promoting what is there, maintaining existing assets, looking at access for people and helping plan for the future.
Invitation – Social Prescribing in Ireland:
Wednesday 30th September @ 10:30am – 12:00pm.
Building the Evidence base, Launch of an Evaluability Assessment and minimum outcome frameworks webinar.

As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: and For clinical and professional guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings relating to COVID-19 Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.

If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us to let us know. ​
We wish you good health and wellness.
Many thanks,
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

REMINDER: Support for the Older People in the Coming Months
With the winter months approaching, 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 COVID-19 Community Call Helpline
1800 400 150

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