GCCN News 2020
3rd July

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
GCCN Communication COVID-19 Related Updates
  • Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: 26th June - read here
GCCN Network News
  • Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge - read here
  • 2020 Galway City Mayor’s Award: Winners Announced - read here
  • Galway City Mobility Dashboard - read here
  • Care and Inform Hub & Bereavement Support Line - read here
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Note to All GCCN Members
Dear GCCN Member,
We have started sending you our COVID-19 Newsletter since the beginning of the current alert. While focusing on keeping you updated on a quickly developing situation, we have stopped sending out the standard GCCN newsletter for a while.

Most recently, as the COVID-19 restrictions began to ease throughout the country, we resumed issuing our standard GCCN newsletter every two weeks, while continuing to circulate the less frequent COVID-19 news and updates.

In our return to a new 'normal', as we now seem to have come out the other side of the peak of the alert, we will be merging our two newsletters in a weekly one containing both COVID-19 related updates and standard GCCN info.

We hope that soon there will be no need for COVID-related updates, but should any major development happen we will send separate communications as needed.

In the meanwhile, we encourage you to contact us here if your organisation has news or events you wish to share with the Network.

Thanking you,
The GCCN Team

COVID-19 Related Updates
Message from Covid-19
Stakeholder Communications Support
26th June

Dear Colleague,
We hope this message finds you well. Thank you for your ongoing support and sharing of information about COVID-19. Below are a few communication updates for you and please share with your team/stakeholders.
Department of Health COVID Hub
The Department recently launched its new COVID-19 data hub. This new dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators for COVID-19 in the community including the number of daily cases, deaths, number of people in hospital and ICU and a daily update on testing figures.
Department of Health and the HSE today announce the publication of the COVID Tracker App Data Protection Impact Assessment and source code
The Department of Health and the Health Service Executive have today (Friday, June 26th) published several important documents as part of our ongoing commitment to openness and transparency in the development of the Covid Tracker App for Ireland.
The Data Protection Impact Assessment, the source code, the Product Explainer for the Covid Tracker App, and a series of app design and development reports are available on the HSE website here:!DW3Q7R   
Department of Health Podcast
Health of the Nation, the official Department of Health podcast, was launched on Saturday 20th June. The series provides a platform where health officials, healthcare workers and experts deliver clear and factual information on topical health issues. In support of the national public health communications campaign, the first episode was dedicated to the topic of face coverings; how, when and where to use them. In the coming weeks, the podcast will continue to support messaging around COVID-19 and public health advice. The channel will evolve to focus on a variety of health issues into the future, including vaccines, key health trends and new health policy. If you want to know more about why we want people to wear face coverings, when you should wear them and how to put them on and take them off, you can listen to medical and nursing experts from the Department of Health on the following;
Spotify: spotify:show:12LzYCYvgqNXVManQIEOIe
Podcast Addict

Wellbeing “In This Together”
The joint DOH, HSE and Healthy Ireland campaign continues to give mental health and wellbeing advice across the country and local authorities through Healthy Ireland coordinators are now also rolling it out on a regional basis. New videos covering the following topics have been added in the last 2 week and include:

  1. Staying Healthy and Keeping Well: Patrick Reilly, Traveller Mental Health Worker, Pavee Point
  2. Your wellbeing (Romanian language): Rares-Mihai Nicula, Roma Project Officer, Dublin City Community Co-op

See videos here: Healthy Ireland YouTube Channel
Mental health policy and supportline
The Department’s new mental health policy, “Sharing the Vision: A Mental Health Policy for Everyone” was launched last week.
A new Crisis Textline – Text 50808 was also launched. The new text-based mental health service will provide support to anyone struggling with any issue, big or small for free and at any time of any day. The service is staffed by 300 trained crisis volunteers and people can access support by texting 50808.
Family Carers Ireland Online - Education and Training Programmes - supported by Dormant accounts funds provide family carers with information, knowledge, insights and practical tips to help you develop new understanding and skills important in your caring role while raising your awareness of self-care when providing care for a family member. Workshops cover topics such as Dementia Care, Life after Caring, Managing Challenging Behaviours, Healthy Nutrition. Browse all upcoming online training workshops through the following link  If you have any queries about the workshop or registration, please contact Bernadette on email

HSE Translated COVID-19 Resources
Since March 2020, the HSE has been working to make public health advice accessible to many groups of people, with different abilities and needs, and from varied communities. To date, these resources have been downloaded more than 27,000 times and the public health information has been translated into 27 languages other than English and Irish.
These languages include Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Czech, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Urdu and Yoruba.
You can find the most up to date translated information resources for COVID-19 including the latest ‘Stay Safe, Protect Each Other’ posters here.
You can find a COVID-19: Important information for the Roma Community video here.
The HSE’s National Social Inclusion office has a COVID-19 Migrant Health resources page, which includes videos in various languages and further specific translated resources.
Other Translated Resources
The COVID-19 World Service is a joint initiative of Nasc and Together Ireland. Over 20 doctors and other healthcare professionals from around the world, but living and working in Ireland, developed video messages aimed at providing up-to-date and accurate public health information in a range of languages. These videos have recently been updated and can be found at:
COVID-19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
For people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, communicating in a health setting such as a busy clinic or ward situation can be difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity for many healthcare staff to wear face masks have made communication even more difficult, especially for people who may rely on lip-reading. It is recommended that face masks be removed at social distance to facilitate lip reading where required. A transparent visor should also be considered as an option.
The Irish Deaf Society and Chime, in partnership with the HSE, have prepared resources for use by Healthcare workers and people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. These can be found here and include guidelines for staff, communication supports and videos in Irish Sign Language. 
Stay Safe. Protect each other. Wear a face covering.
Thank you for your support in helping to share the message about the importance of face coverings. We again attach a partner pack for face coverings. 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.
Public Health Information:
For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: and or
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 at to let us know.
COVID-19 Stakeholders Communications 
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GCCN Network News
Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge
EIA Screening Determination 
Notice was given that Galway City Council propose to construct a pedestrian and cycle bridge adjacent to the existing Salmon Weir Bridge.  The proposed development is to be located between Gaol Road and Newtownsmith in Galway City Centre and will cross the Lower River Corrib. Read more here.

Virtual Information Session
Galway City Council is inviting members of the public to learn more about the proposed Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle bridge.

In response to COVID-19 restrictions, the design team have developed a virtual information room, where the public can read about the project, including project documentation, live models and virtual fly-throughs. A feedback form is also available on the page where comments are invited from the general public.
Visit the virtual page at
Read more here.

2020 Galway City Mayor’s Award
Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the recently announced winners for the seventeenth Annual Mayor's Awards for Galway City.
Eleven Category Winners were awarded, across a hugely diverse range of areas, all making a significant impact across Galway City. We are delighted so many GCCN members among them.
The awards, which are normally celebrated with a ceremony in April, were held under different circumstances this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
To see the winners and read more go here.

Galway City Mobility Dashboard
The Galway City Mobility Dashboard brings together mobility data in an easy to access format available to the public.
The Mobility Dashboard is available at:
This is a beta version and will be developed further over the coming months.
Read more here.
Care and Inform Hub & Bereavement Support Line
HSE & Irish Hospice Foundation

The Irish Hospice Foundation, in conjunction with the HSE have launched a national bereavement support line, the first of its kind in Ireland.
The national freephone service (1800 80 70 77) will be available Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm.
Additionally, the Irish Hospice Foundation established a new 'Care & Inform' hub in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hub provides a series of resources on grief and loss and offers supports during the death and bereavement process. Read more here.

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