GCCN News 2020
3rd September 

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

GCCN Network News

GCCN Updates & Reminders
  • Have your Say - Join the meeting for the GCCN Submission on Galway City Speed Limits Review 2020- read here
  • Upcoming SPCs/LCDC Meetings - read here
Funding and Open Calls
  • HSE 2020 National Lottery Grant Scheme - read here
  • The Irish Citizen Engagement: Ocean Survey - read here
  • Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation
    Proposed Sizewell C, Nuclear Power Station, Suffolk, UK - read here
Training and Courses
  • Free Online Training Programme For The Nonprofit Sector - read here
  • Stress Control - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form - read here
  • How to Practice Responsible Tourism During COVID-19 - read here
  • Age Action - Getting Started Kit: Reminder - read here
GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates & Reminders
 GCCN Submission on Galway City Speed Limits Review 2020
Join the Meeting - Have your say!

Galway City Council proposes to change speed limits on selected public roads in its administrative area. Read more about the Galway City Council Road Traffic (Special Speed Limits) Bye-Laws No. 1 – 2020 – here.

GCCN welcomes the opportunity to make a submission on the Galway City Speed Limits Review.
To this end, GCCN invites all interested members to join the Zoom meeting on Speed Limits and offer their input on
Wednesday, 9th September at 6.30pm.

To join this meeting, please register here.

The cut-off date for submissions is 4pm on Wednesday, the 16th September, 2020. Read more here.

Upcoming SPCs/LCDC Meetings
September 2020

The following local structures will meet in September as follows:

SPC/LCDC Date Check the links below for details and documentation
Economic, Community and Cultural Development SPC
4th September
Read more here
Transportation SPC
8th September
Read more here
Local Community Development Committee 
9th September
Read more here
JPC Subcommittee 4 Meeting
16th September
Read more here
Housing and Social Inclusion SPC Meeting
25th September
Read more here
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC Tuesday
29th September
Read more here
If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for any of the upcoming meetings please contact
Funding and Open Calls
 HSE 2020 National Lottery Grant Scheme
For Community Groups and Voluntary Organisations
The HSE 2020 National Lottery grant scheme is now open for community groups and voluntary organisations and the closing date is 12 noon on September 18th 2020.   

Groups and organisations who provide Health and Personal Social Services can apply for funding.

Amounts of between €500 and €10,000 are available for suitable projects.

Details including the application form are on the following weblink:
The Irish Citizen Engagement: Ocean Survey
The Irish Citizen Engagement: Ocean Survey is open to all people living on the island of Ireland and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The aim of the survey is to help understand people's opinions and levels of awareness of oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters.
The results of the survey will be used to inform the development of a major flagship 'mission' to be funded by the European Union under the forthcoming Horizon Europe programme (2021-2027). The mission will bring together funding, expertise, stakeholders and citizens to help restore our ocean and waters.
Further details are available at the link:
Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation
Proposed Sizewell C, Nuclear Power Station, Suffolk, UK

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) has invited the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to undertake a transboundary public consultation in respect of environmental information relating to the Sizewell C Project, a new nuclear power station in Suffolk, on the East coast of England, United Kingdom (UK).

Members of the public may make a written submission or observations in relation to the potential transboundary environmental effects of the project, by sending them to the Planning Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway before the closing date on Wednesday 28th October 2020
Submissions may also be made by email: 
A copy of the documents are available to view at the Planning Counter, Galway City Council subject to appointment being made.
Contact Elaine Coffey, email to arrange an appointment. 
Read more here.
Training and Courses
Free Online Training Programme For The Nonprofit Sector
The Wheel and An Cosán, together with other European partners, have developed a free, online training programme for the nonprofit sector - SCOPE. The is a virtual launch event on Tuesday 15 September at 10am. At the event, you will be given exclusive early access to the training programme, covering topics such as fundraising, governance, risk management, communications and financial management.
To register for the event please visit
Alternatively, register your interest with Lauren Carroll or Maria Flanagan
Read more here.
Stress Control On-line
September 7th
Stress Controll helps attendees learn ways to recognise the signs of stress and gain helpful tips to manage it.
The course is free of charge and it contains a six-session on-line programme, two sessions per week, each session lasts 90 minutes. Each session will be available on demand for 48 hours.
For further information and to access the course, go to:
See the dates of the classes in the leaflet here.
COVID-19 Related Updates
COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
Now Online

People travelling to Ireland must fill in the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before they arrive. Failure to do so is an offence. The COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form is now an online form. If you are arriving in Ireland you can complete this form in advance of arriving in the State. The information you provide may be used to contact you in the next 14 days to verify the details given on this form and to provide you with public health advice. This form may also be used for the purposes of contact tracing in relation to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID19. You are not required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form if you are an essential supply chain worker (that is, air and ship crew and hauliers) or if you are an accredited diplomat. If you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland, you will have to fill out a portion of the form. Click here to complete the online COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.
How to Practice Responsible Tourism During COVID-19
LoveHoliday published a timely and very informative guide called How to practice responsible tourism during COVID-19.
The guide contains information such as:
  • Data-rich insights on how COVID-19 affected global tourism (UNWTO estimates the loss of 120mn jobs due to travel restrictions).
  • How millions embraced 'virtual travel' during lockdown via virtual museum and landmark experiences, and live streams of events, zoos, and even the Northern Lights.
  • What safe and responsible travel would look like post-pandemic: from travel bubbles, incentivized domestic tours, to contactless innovations and digital health passports, all aimed at reducing infections as countries restart their tourism.
  • Useful advice, resources, and other essential information to keep people safe and well-informed as they begin to plan their holidays.
Age Action - Getting Started Kit
Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it is more important than ever to keep in touch with family and friends, so Age Action drew on their Getting Started programme which offered face to face digital skills classes, to create easy How-To Guides.
The Getting Started KIT is made up of seven How-To Guides that will support older people to learn, use, and be confident using smartphones and applications. Video tutorials presented by Mary Kennedy are available to view on their YouTube Channel.
The Age Action Getting Started KIT materials are available to download here or people can call 01 8730372 leave their name and address and Age Action will post the How to Guides within 10 days.

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