GCCN News 2020
11th November 

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

GCCN Network News

Have Your Say: Public Consultations and Surveys
  • Night Time Economy Taskforce Public Consultation - read here
  • Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 Public Consultation - read here
  • BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road - GCCN Online Consultation - read here
  • Women's Experiences Accessing Abortion Care in Ireland - Survey - read here
  • Digital Health and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention - Study - read here
Events and Initiatives
  • Vote -  Social Enterprise Award Shortlist for Meals4Health - read here
  • Turning Galway Into An Exhibition - read here
  • Intergenerational Buddy Programme: Amach LGBT Galway - read here
Webinars, Classes and Support Programmes
  • Everything Has Changed - Adapting & Delivering Services during Covid19 - read here
  • Ways of Supporting Our LGBTI+ Youth and Parents - read here
  • ILMI Get Fit Classes - read here
  • Mapping the Accessibility of Galway's Footpaths - read here
  • Men's Mental Health in these Challenging Times - read here
  • Eden Programme - Suicide Support - read here
  • Disability Legal Information Clinic - read here
  • Online Support Clinic for Sport Clubs, Community Groups and Volunteers - read here
  • Housing and Social Inclusion SPC Meeting: 27th November - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - New Flyer - read here
  • Keep Well Campaign - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Older People - read here
  • Galway City Community Response Map - read here

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Have Your Say: Public Consultations and Surveys

Public Consultation| Night Time Economy Taskforce
Closing Date: 16th November 2020

The Night Time Economy Taskforce calls on interested groups to have their say in response to four questions:
1. What do you see as the key attributes of a positive night time economy? What does the best case scenario for you (as a group) look like?   
2. What cultural, creative or other activities are currently missing from the night time economy? 
3. What are the challenges for your particular group and others? Any suggested solutions? 
4. What in your view is a best practice example of a successful night-time economy internationally and/or are there international examples we can draw from?
The views of a wide range of stakeholders will feed into the work of this Taskforce and will assist in the development of policy measures and recommendations to the Minister.

  • Written submissions can be made in English or in Irish 
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a completed submission cover sheet - download here
  • Submissions must be sent via email to 
  • Submissions will be accepted until close of business Monday 16th November 2020. 

Read the Night-Time Economy Consultation Process - here.
Please feel free to share as appropriate.

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Public Consultation| Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030
Closing Date: 18th November 2020

The Road Safety Authority is currently working with stakeholders and key agencies to develop the next government Road Safety Strategy for the period 2021-2030 and wishes to obtain the views of the public and a wide range of interested groups.
Please view the background document for further information.
You can reply online by clicking here or alternatively you can download the consultation response document and submit it by email to entering “Response to Public Consultation on government’s Road Safety Strategy” in the subject line.
Respondents are asked to complete the consultation questionnaire and return it, along with any additional comments by 18th November 2020.

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BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road
GCCN Online Consultation

Join the GCCN Online Consultation on the Emerging Preferred Option for BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road this Thursday, 12th November at 5.30pm. Register Here and have your say! For questions, please contact

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Women's Experiences Accessing Abortion Care in Ireland
Seeking Research Participants

Participants are needed for a study led by The World Health Organisation and the University of Central Florida which aims to hear women's experiences of using the abortion service in Ireland and to make recommendations to the government on how we can improve those services for other women in the future.
Participation is entirely voluntary and interviews are anonymous. The interview will be led by a researcher and will revolve around your experience accessing or attempting to access abortion care in 2020 if:

  • you contacted MyOptions phone line, or
  • attended a GP practice or community based clinic, or
  • attended a hospital.
To participate, please contact Lorraine Grimes, PhD at or at 086 127 4124.
See the flyer here with more details.

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Have Your Say
Digital Health and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Researchers at the National University of Ireland, Galway are investigating the use of smartphone programmes that help people to increase their physical activity, improve nutritional habits, and prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

  • The Pre-T2D study is seeking adults living in Ireland to complete a 15-minute online survey on your health behaviours, technology experiences, and perceptions of Type 2 Diabetes.
  • All participants can go into the draw to win one of two €100 One4All gift cards.
  • After the survey you will also receive information about our optional 30-minute phone/video call follow-up interviews. All interview participants will receive a €20 One4All gift card.

To complete the survey and find out more about the study, please visit
If you require further information please contact Luke, the research lead at:
This email can also be used to request a paper-based survey that comes with free return postage. 

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Events and Initiatives

Social Enterprise Award Shortlist for Meals4Health
Vote to show your support!

COPE Galway’s Meals4Health are delighted to be shortlisted for Social Enterprise of the Year at the Charity Impact Awards 2020. The award is now open to the public.

To show your support vote now tat the link:

Voting closes 24th November 2020.

Meals4Health provide support to some of the most vulnerable in our community. Throughout the pandemic Meals4Health have been working with rheir team and volunteers to provide delicious and nutritious meals to the older people in our community across Galway. All of the meals have been designed by a team of professional chefs and dieticians to meet a variety of  nutritional needs.

Your vote is very important to Meals4Health, recognition from awards like this will help them to spread their message further and help support more people in need of our services.

“From the word go, Meals4Health have been so helpful to my uncle. We will be forever in your debt, especially to one of your volunteer drivers, Donal who helped my uncle after he fell while he was alone. Donal not only contacted me immediately, but he also made sure that my uncle was not alone and waited with him until more help arrived. My uncle looks forward to his weekly meal delivery and really enjoys his dinners.” - Tina & Frank Murray, Corofin.

Your vote would be really appreciated to bring a Social Enterprise Award to Galway and the West.

"Working for a future where older people are valued, cared for & supported to live well and age well at home, and to make Ireland a great place to grow old."

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Turning Galway Into An Exhibition

Young people aged 10 to 25, here is your chance to exhibit artwork in Galway city centre!
Youth Work Ireland, Galway would like to give young people of Galway City an opportunity to showcase their artwork, photography and creativity with a Christmas theme for December and work of their choice for January.

  • December Exhibition: Christmas themed art
    Deadline for submission: November 15th
  • January Exhibition: your choice of work
    Deadline for submission: December 7th

For more information and to submit log onto or call Youth Work Ireland Galway on 087 6595534 / 087 9141522.
Download the flyer here.

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Intergenerational Buddy Programme
Amach LGBT Galway

Now, more than ever, having a friend is important. The most vulnerable in our communities are isolated and Amach LGBT Galway would like to help link young people 18years+ with older members of the community  through the Inter-generational Buddy programme.
For more information email or call 0892358476.
See the flyer here.

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Webinars, Classes and Support Programmes

Webinar: Everything Has Changed
Adapting and Delivering Services during Covid 19

The Western Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force in conjunction with URRUS, Ballymun will be running a webinar on Monday 16th November at 2pm.

To book your place please go here.

The event will explore how drug and alcohol projects and services have adapted to ensure continued delivery amidst a global pandemic. Presenters will demonstrate the innovative ways in which their services have adapted and continue to meet the needs of service users in this challenging time. Issues explored will include: provision of 1-2-1 supports, online group work and online delivery of training and capacity building. The final element of this event will be a piece on staff self-care and mindfulness.

The event will take place during the 2020 WRDATF Region Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week: November 16th to 20th.

Please see here a Calendar of Events that will take place during the WRDATF’s Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (Monday 16th - Friday 20th November 2020).

For further details see the website:

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Ways of Supporting Our LGBTI+ Youth and Parents
LGBTI+ Webinar

Join the upcoming LGBTI+ webinar on Ways of Supporting Our LGBTI+ Youth and Parents taking place on Monday 16th November from 11 am to 12.30pm.
The event will be featuring speakers from Transgender Equality Network Ireland TENI, BelongTo and
Tuismitheoirí le Chéile TLC.
To register or to request further info please contact Teresa O'Brien on 086 029 1215 or at
See the flyer here.

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ILMI Get Fit Classes

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) are delighted to bring you Get Fit, a new free online fitness community, which will be meeting every Monday evening at 7pm for the next five weeks.
Starting on the 16th of November experienced fitness instructor Lisa Kenny will be bringing us through our paces. Catering for all abilities, all levels of fitness and all ages.
Classes will include weight training, pilates - floor and chair, chair and floor based fitness inclusive to all abilities.
Spaces are limited for this class.
For further information please email
To reserve your place please email

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Workshops on Mapping the Accessibility of Galway's Footpaths
Crowd4Access | November 16th and 17th

Bianca Pereira at the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics of NUI Galway, is organising a set of two very important workshops next week on how to map the accessibility of footpaths in our neighbourhoods and across Galway city and county.
Everyone is welcome to attend these free workshops which will be of major benefit to all those who are concerned about highlighting and improving our walking infrastructure towards the principle of having 'access-for-all'. The arrival of social distancing due to Covid-19 made many of us aware for the first time of the importance of the width and condition of local footpaths.

The set of two free ‘Crowd4Access’ workshops taking place next Monday (November 16th) and Tuesday (17) evening are aimed at upskilling concerned individuals, community groups, schools and the general public in mapping the different levels of accessibility of footpaths in Galway city and county.

Everyone has challenges when navigating the footpaths of a city. The wheelchair user and the parent pushing a buggy may need access ramps, the runner may need an even surface, the user of crutches may need shorter street crossings, the person with low eyesight may need a good contrast between footpath and the street, whereas the blind may need tactile pavement.
So please take part and help to map the different levels of accessibility of Galway’s footpaths.
For further details and to register go to

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International Men's Day Webinar
Men's Mental Health in these Challenging Times
November 19, 2020 | 11am | Zoom

On International Men’s Day, the 19th November, at 11am, you are invited to attend the upcoming webinar focussed on Men’s Mental Health in these Challenging Times in partnership with the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the Centre for Men’s Health in IT Carlow.

Register Here

The event aims to highlight recent research and promote important messages for men in relation to their mental health. There will be an exciting line up of speakers on men’s health including inputs on farmers, men who attend men’s sheds and young men as well as a discussion panel with representatives from the GAA, SpunOut, Mental Health Ireland, Healthy Ireland in the Department of Health and the HSE.

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Eden Programme - Suicide Support
Galway / Mayo / Roscommon

The HSE’s National Counselling Service (NCS), is currently recruiting for the Eden Programme. Eden is an educational programme with a therapeutic element for people over the age of 18 years who have attempted or contemplated suicide.  The aim of the programme is to provide a safe space where participants can explore their experiences, learn skills to help them monitor and manage their mental health and build a range of supports appropriate to their needs with the ultimate aim of moving away from suicide as an option of choice in times of crisis.
This programme runs one morning a week for 26 weeks and the next programmes in Galway, Castlebar and Roscommon will begin in January 2021, with a maximum of 16 participants per location. Interviews for this programme will begin in November 2020. Participants need to self-refer to the programme and can do so by returning the application form by email to or by posting it to the NCS (58 Upper Newcastle Road, Galway).

Eligible Clients
·     Clients who have a history of suicidality – have attempted or contemplated suicide
·     Service available to all adults over 18 years of age
·     This is NOT an emergency service

Due to the recent pandemic, Eden Programme interviews will be conducted online and the programme will be facilitated online this year.

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Disability Legal Information Clinic

The Disability Legal Information Clinic was established as a joint venture between the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) and NUIG Free Legal Advice Centre Society. Since its launch in 2011, the clinic has provided legal information on a diverse range of disability related issues such as housing, employment, education or discrimination.

The clinic has two main goals:
  • to provide a legal information service on issues related to disability, and
  • to serve as a research resource for practitioners and organisations on aspects of disability law

The clinic takes place from October to May and it will be operating remotely (online) on an appointment basis for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Email for more information or to get an appointment.
For screen readers the clinic email is  d l i c at  n u i galway dot ie
For details on who should attend the clinic, confidentiality, accessibility and other information, please see the clinic’s policy document.
For further details go here.

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Online Support Clinic for
Sport Clubs, Community Groups and Volunteers

The Galway Sports Partnership Community Sports Hub launched their online support clinic on Saturday 7th November for sports clubs, community groups and volunteers.
The monthly clinic aims to develop and strengthen linkages between the community, sports clubs and other physical activity groups. It aims to train and develop local community leaders in order to increase rates of participation in sports and physical activity in our community.
Message the Community Sports Hub on 086 069 5132 or email for further information.

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Housing and Social Inclusion SPC Meeting
27th November 2020

A meeting of the Housing and Social Inclusion SPC Meeting will be held on Friday 27th November.
If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for any of the upcoming meetings please contact
Read more here.

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COVID-19 Related Updates

The Galway City Community Call Helpline
New Flyer Graphics
The helpline is open to anyone who needs it
from 8am to 8pm, 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
Important Reminders

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 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 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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