18th August 2021

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

GCCN Network News
Galway Updates
  1. Approval for Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge - read here
  2. Galway Online Community Radio Launch - read here
Funding and Awards
  1. Local Live Performance Programming Scheme - read here
  2. Marketing and Promotion Fund 2021 - read here
  3. The Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 - read here
  4. Carmichael Good Governance Awards - read here
  5. Club Development Grant Fund 2021 - read here
Have Your Say!
  1. Survey on the Demand, Delivery and Accessibility Levels of Taxis and Hackneys - read here
  2. Survey of Government Departments and State Agencies on the SDGs - read here
Events and Initiatives
  1. ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ Fundraising Appeal - read here
  2.  Disability Inclusion Within the Workplace Discussion Panel - read here
  3.  Positive Ageing Week 2021: 27th September – 1st October 2021 - read here
Programmes and Resources
  1. Helium Arts' Creative Health Hub Launching in Galway - read here
  2. 8-week Online Exercise Programme for Over 55s - read here
  3. 'Westbewell' Service Directory - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here

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Tuesday 7th September.

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Galway Updates

Approval for Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge
This week, An Bord Pleanála has granted approval to Galway City Council to proceed with plans for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge parallel to the existing Salmon Weir Bridge.

The next stages in the process will be to complete the detailed design and tender documentation for the construction phase; then to invite tenders and award the contract, with construction hoped to commence in the early part of 2022.

Read more on the Galway City Council website here. 

Galway Online Community Radio
Launch on August 19th
On Thursday, 19th August, tune in for the launch of Galway Online Community Radio. The new radio will focus on representing ethnic minorities in media.

The Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Colette Connolly will launch the Galway Online Community Radio during an outdoor event taking place at 2pm at the Station Studio in Unit 11a Sandy Road, Galway on Thursday 19th August.
Register via Eventbrite at the link here.
Galway Rural Development, Galway City Partnership and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland are supporting the station and GOCOM Radio wich is led by Amdalah Africa Foundation -Amdaf.
Funding and Awards

Local Live Performance Programming Scheme

Galway City Council announces outdoor performance opportunities for Galway City based musicians, artists and performers.

Professional musicians, performers and artists living or working in Galway City are invited to apply to perform outdoors in the City under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme. 

The aim of this scheme is to facilitate the programming of outdoor live performances in 2021. Performances will take place in a selection of outdoor public spaces throughout Galway City.

For further information on the criteria, guidelines and eligibility, please visit the Galway City Council website here.

The closing date for applications is August 25, 17.00.

Please note that applications must be made online - 

For further information please contact:, in the subject line please use Galway City Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.


Marketing and Promotion Fund 2021

Galway City Council's Marketing and Promotion Fund will provide support to festivals, events or promotions that will help support the economic recovery of the city.

Application forms are to be submitted online only at

Application guidelines can be downloaded here: Marketing Fund Application Guidelines.

All applications must be adjustable to changing social distancing regulations.
All Festivals, Events and Promotions must take place between October 2021 and April 2022 to be eligible for funding.

Applications for grant aid for 2021 must be submitted no later than 4pm on Friday 3rd of September.

Any applications that clearly fall outside the eligibility guidelines and criteria may be eliminated.
For further details on the funding background and criteria please visit the Galway City Council website here. 

The Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 (Round 2)
The Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 (Round 2) is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.

Deadline: 5.30pm, Monday 27 September
For further details visit:

Carmichael Good Governance Awards
Carmichael are delighted to announce that the Good Governance Awards 2021 are accepting entries for the Annual Report Award until September 14th.

The Good Governance Awards recognise and encourage adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of Carmichael's partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector.
Any Irish-based non-profit organisation which publishes an annual report is welcome to enter the awards. This includes Companies Limited by Guarantee, Registered Charities, Unincorporated bodies, Social Enterprises, Volunteer Centres, PPNs and Sports Organisations.
For more details and to apply, see here.
As an added incentive to encourage smaller volunteer only nonprofits (with an annual turnover of less than €50,000) to enter for the Annual Report Award, thanks to the Community Foundation of Ireland, those shortlisted in category 1 will receive €1,000 with the overall winner receiving an additional €1,000.

Club Development Grant Fund 2021
The Galway Sports Partnership - Club Development Grant 2021, launched on Monday 9th August, is intended to help clubs/sporting organisations to increase the levels of participation in physical activity, especially amongst those who are not currently participating, with particular emphasis on women & girls, older adults, people who are unemployed, disadvantaged groups and people from disadvantaged areas and people with disabilities.
This funding is for all sports clubs, sporting and community organisations in Galway city and county, but priority will be given to those who are newly established or are 1 year or less in existence.

To apply for this grant, please complete the online form here:

Please see the documents below where you will find the funding criteria and more information:
  • Club Development Grant Fund 2021 - read here
  • Ciste Deontais d'Fhorbairt Cumann 2021 - read here
For further details, please visit or email
Have Your Say!

Survey on the Demand, Delivery and Accessibility Levels of Taxis and Hackneys
The National Transport Authority (NTA) is committed to the provision of high quality, accessible, sustainable transport connecting people across Ireland.
To this end, NTA wishes to progress inclusive Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV – Taxi, Hackney and limousine) services research.
Take part in an independent survey today on the demand, delivery and accessibility levels of taxis and hackneys across Ireland.
The survey is open until Tuesday, 31 August 2021 at 5pm and can be completed in the following ways:

1. Online, via the following link which is compatible with screen-readers:

2. By post: if you require a hard-copy version of the survey, please contact Behaviour & Attitudes at
You will also receive a stamped addressed envelope to facilitate the return of your completed survey.

3. By telephone: should you prefer to complete the survey in this manner, please contact Behaviour & Attitudes at or on 01 2057561. They will arrange for an agent to call you to go through the questions with you.

Survey of Government Departments and State Agencies on the Sustainable Development Goals
The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) recently launched an online public consultation to assist with the development of the next Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) National Implementation Plan.
The consultation will be open for submissions until Friday 10 September 2021. Please visit the link to the consultation:
Work is commencing on the development of the next SDG National Implementation Plan which will set out arrangements for interdepartmental coordination and governance, stakeholder engagement and actions needed for further implementation of Agenda 2030.

A fundamental objective of developing the next National Implementation Plan is listening to and integrating the voices of stakeholders and this is why the consultation process is being launched at the outset of developing the Plan.

The approach is also reflective of the fact that the SDGs belong to everybody and that Governments need to work in partnership with society to achieve the Goals.
As part of the consultation process, DRCD will want to hear from as many people as possible to:
i)                    Assess the awareness of, and engagement with, the SDGs;
ii)                  Establish general opinion on progress made to-date; and
iii)                Seek feedback and recommendations to inform the drafting and development of the next National Implementation Plan
In addition, a sector-specific section has been included to determine the activity and support requirements in different sectors.
Events and Initiatives

‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ Fundraising Appeal
Westside Resource Centre

Donate Here
Westside Resource Centre is supporting UNICEF Ireland's
‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ fundraising appeal. Throughout August 2021, all donations to Westside Resource Centre via iDonate will go towards the UNICEF campaign.

Westside Resource Centre are delighted to confirm that the local collection has already raised €200 for this initiative. To support the campaign even further, the Board of Directors of Westside Resource Centre have pledged to match the funds raised, bringing the total amount to €400.
Perhaps during these challenging times, another generous organisation will join this initiative and help increase the impact of our community's efforts.

The collection continues until the end of August 2021 and all donations - big and small - are welcome and appreciated and will be put towards the "Get A Vaccine, Give a Vaccine" campaign.
Please visit to take part.

Disability Inclusion Within the Workplace Discussion Panel
On Tuesday, August 31st at 3 pm join Rethink Ireland's virtual panel discussion "Disability Inclusion Within the Workplace - How Do We Move from Awareness to Action?"

The webinar will showcase the Awardees of the Ability to Work Fund, a €1.5m fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with State Street and the Government of Ireland.

This fund supports organisations challenging barriers and creating a new, more inclusive workplace for all.

To register and for further details please visit the link here.
Download the flyer here.

Positive Ageing Week 2021
27th September – 1st October 2021
Positive Ageing Week (PAW), celebrated this year from the 27th of September to the 1st of October,
is an annual opportunity to highlight the positive aspects of ageing and celebrate the contribution older people have made and continue to make in their communities.

Galway’s Age Friendly Alliance have started preparing for a range of activities and campaigns to take place during Positive Ageing Week 2021 and are now seeking your engagement on ideas and suggestions to ensure a week full of community activities and events which will truly celebrate positive ageing and all the active older people we know in our lives and neighbourhoods. 

To get involved or to share ideas please e-mail one of the following:  /  / 

You can also compile a short description of an older person (no more than 200 words), describing their contribution and approach to healthy and active ageing. Send your tributes to Jacquie Lynskey ( ) before 31 August with their written permission and a photo.

For further details see the press release here.
Programmes and Resources

Helium Arts' Creative Health Hub Launching in Galway

Helium Arts, the national children’s arts and health organisation, are delighted to announce the launch of its award-winning Children’s Creative Health Programme in Galway this Autumn. 

Do you know a child or teenager with a long-term health condition who would benefit from exploring their creativity, having fun and building friendships in a safe and stimulating environment? If so, Helium Arts in-person and remote art-based art programmes are designed to develop creativity while increasing wellbeing through activities such as painting, sculpture, collage, animation, printmaking and more.

For children with long-term health conditions, aged 6-18 years  

  • Free of charge.  
  • Professional medical cover provided.
  • Facilitated by a trained and experienced Helium Arts artist.  
  • Wheelchair accessible. 

To refer a child or for further information, please contact:  

Helium Arts’ Family Liaison or 086 838 9240

Please see the flyer attached here for more details.

8-week Online Exercise Programme for Over 55s
Healthy Galway in partnership with Siel Bleu will deliver an additional 8-week online exercise programme for over 55’s this Autumn.
Start date: Monday 13th September
Time: 11am
Location: Online via Zoom

The classes will have a wide variety of exercises that will be adaptable to suit all ability levels. The Siel Bleu Ireland trainer will give seated and standing adaptations to all exercises. The types of exercises participants will be doing will be based around Strength, Balance, Aerobic, Flexibility and more.

Participants will be able to use household objects to act as weights to add intensity to the workout, if required.
The programme is free, but places are limited. For more information, or to register, contact Ashling on 085 8217547 or email
Please see the poster here for your information.

'Westbewell' Service Directory Social Media Platforms
Voluntary, community and statutory groups involved in wellbeing, mental health promotion, and suicide prevention initiatives in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon have developed the Westbewell resource.

This common platform communicates key health messages and promotes education and training events
and provides contact details for a wide range of national and local services which are government-funded and available in the community.

Visit the Westbewell website here.

Westbewell would appreciate your support by ‘liking’, ‘tagging’ or ‘sharing’ their service directory on social media platforms, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
COVID-19 Related Updates


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.


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