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Galway City Community Network
The Public Participation Network in Galway City

8th May 2020
Below please find:

Info and Updates
  • Postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate Examinations - here
  • Covid-19 Mortgage Break To Be Extended - here
  • Childcare for Essential Health Workers - Plan Announced - here
Funding and Local Initiatives
  • Community COVID-19 Emergency Fund - here
  • Support Local Businesses In Galway City - here
Online Courses
  • Stress Control - FREE Online Course - here
5K Restriction
  • 5K From Home Calculator - here
  • KnowYour5K - here
  • Virtual Solo Bike Rides - here
Surveys
  • COVID-19 Impact on Social Enterprises - here
Reminders - here
 
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Info and Updates
 Postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate Examinations

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Friday 8 May 2020) announced the postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate. 

Following a decision at Cabinet, all students are to be offered the option of receiving Calculated Grades for the subjects they are studying and the alternative of sitting the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations at a date in the future when it is considered safe to hold the examinations.  Find out more here and read the press release here

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland Covid-19 Mortgage Break To Be Extended
The COVID-19 mortgage payment break for people affected by the crisis is to be extended from three to six months. The break sees qualifying customers whose earnings have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic receive a break on loan repayments.
The scheme began last month and was expected to be for three months but this has now been doubled.
The Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) said this morning that the extension will apply to all of its members, including the five main retail banks as well as other non-bank lenders. The BPFI says that over 65,000 mortgage payment breaks and over 22,000 SME payment breaks have been granted since the initiative began on 18 March.
Read more here.
Gov.ie Childcare for Essential Health Workers
Plan Announced
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced new emergency measures to support essential health workers who are having difficulty meeting their childcare needs. This forms part of Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.
Read more here.
Funding and Local Initiatives


Community COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Tuath Housing Association has launched the Tuath Housing Community COVID-19 Emergency Fund to assist community groups who are providing support to Tuath Housing tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One-off funding of up to €1000 is available.

Applications are invited from:
  • Residents; groups involved in the Tuath Housing Tenant Engagement initiative
  • Not for profit Community Groups
  • Voluntary Organisations
Anyone wishing to apply or looking for further information can contact info@tuathhousing.ie.
The deadline for application is 5 pm, Tuesday 19th May 2020.

Please find further details here or download the information file here and the poster here.
 
 Support Local Businesses 
In Galway City
Galway City Council encourages people to support local restaurants and food producers with the #GalwayEatsLocal challenge:
1: Order from local restaurants
2: Shop for seasonal products at local shops
3: Buy/drink/eat locally produced food and drinks
The PorterShed has put together a list of Galway businesses that are open for business, through collection or delivery at the link here.
Online Courses
Learn to manage stress and depression using Cognitive Behavioural ... Stress Control
FREE Online Course
COVID-19 restrictions and changes to daily routines can make managing stress levels very difficult at this time. Take Control with Stress Control - a free online course that will begin again next week, starting Monday 11th May.
Visit
https://stresscontrol.org/ for more info.
5Km Restriction
5kmfromhome 5Km From Home Calculator
From Tuesday, 5th May new guidance allows people to exercise within 5 Km of their home.
The map at this link here will show you what a 5 km radius from your location looks like.
You can drag the pin to get your exact location for precise measurement from your door.
If the map doesn't show; enable location services on your phone and for your browser, allow the site permission to access your location.
Our Irish Heritage | Supporting & Promoting Irish History & Culture KnowYour5K

‘KnowYour5k ’ is a new initiative from the Heritage Council and National Museum of Ireland which provides an opportunity to share discoveries about our hidden heritage. The project helps the public to use a wealth of online resources to find out more about the story of their locality.
Contribute your own submissions here, or discover the heritage that surrounds us all by exploring what others have shared.
Find out more on the Our Irish Heritage website here and onto the Heritage Council website here.

 Virtual Solo Bike Rides
AXA Community Bike Rides
AXA Community Bike Rides are delighted to announce that with the slight ease in restrictions surrounding outdoor exercise, they are introducing Virtual Solo Bike Rides, which may be of interest to you or someone you know, as everyone looks for ways (and a bit of encouragement!) to keep active during this time.
Virtual Bike Rides are solo bike rides that you sign up to take part in on your own, within a 5km radius of your home which you will get credited for completing. So you can earn rewards while you cycle!
Click here to view the upcoming solo rides or alternatively go to the Find a Ride page and select ‘Virtual Rides’ from the drop down menu.
The AXA Community Bike Rides Programme is open and accessible to all adults 18yrs+.
 
Surveys
Image COVID-19 Impact on Social Enterprises
National Survey
The COVID-19 crisis has had a dramatic effect on most sectors in Ireland, including social enterprises. In the majority of cases, social enterprises are micro or small to medium businesses. Many deliver services to vulnerable groups of people and depend on the income generated from these services.

The Department of Rural and Community Development DRCD is now seeking to get a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of the impacts the COVID-19 crisis has had on the social enterprise sector throughout Ireland.

DRCD are asking all social enterprises to complete this short survey which should only take about 10 minutes.
Find out more here.

Reminders
 
Galway City Community Call Helpline is available 7 days a week from 8.00am - 8.00pm for those who may be vulnerable or cocooning.
☎️ 1800 400 150
📧 covidsupport@galwaycity.ie

Find the HSE information and advice on COVID-19, including available supports, services and resources at the link https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

Find the Government's information and advice on COVID-19 at the link https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/
It's normal to feel stressed during this difficult time, but there are things we can do to help us mind our mental health & wellbeing. At http://gov.ie/together you will find advice & tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing, stay active & stay connected.
Find wellbeing information and resources here.
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