GCCN Townhalls on the City Development Plan February 2021
All GCCN members are invited to participate in the thematic Townhall meetings on the City Development Plan 2023-2029 held by GCCN in collaboration with Galway City Partnership during February as seen in the table below. Read more here.
If you wish to join one or more Townhalls in February please register below:
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., launched Ireland’s first over-arching Animal Welfare Strategy. Taking a ‘One Health, One Welfare’ approach, the strategy recognises the strong interconnections and interdependences between human, animal and environmental health, and is underpinned by five guiding principles; working in partnership, science and evidence-led policy-making, improving education and knowledge, consistent evaluation and assessment, and an effective regulatory system.
Strategic Review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service
A strategic review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) gets underway today, February 3rd 2021. The review will assess the remit, status and funding of the NPWS division of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in the context of unprecedented ambition for the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity in Ireland.
The purpose of the review is to appraise the current operational model of the NPWS and to identify any issues, including structure, resourcing, staffing and governance, which need to be addressed in order to better equip the NPWS to meet its operational objectives. The review was a key commitment in the Programme for Government and its recommendations will inform the future development of the NPWS to enable it to support Ireland’s biodiversity objectives in alignment with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy and the forthcoming post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Read more here.
Government Publishes New Climate Jargon Buster Website
The Taoiseach and Minister O’ Gorman have published the Climate Jargon Buster Website now accessible at www.gov.ie/en/climatejargonbuster.
The website provides plain English explanations for approximately 80 common climate action terms. Developed in collaboration with a group of young people from Comhairle na nOg, it is designed to be of assistance to anyone looking to understand the language used in relation to climate action.
The Project was devised following feedback received from young people last year about the complexity of the terminology associated with climate science and policy and how it creates barriers to participation and engagement. Read more here.
The Arts Council announced recently more than 30 awards and funding schemes for 2021, designed to give to a wide range of artists and arts organisations the opportunity to apply for support.
The announcement includes a new ‘Agility Award’, Bursary Awards, Commissions Awards, Project Awards and Arts Grant Funding.
Schemes and awards are open to arts organisations, artists or practitioners meeting the published criteria. Please note that you must register for online services BEFORE you submit an application.
The table here lists the funding opportunities being planned by the Arts Council for 2021. It is as accurate as of January 2021, but subject to change.
For further details please visit the Arts Council website here and the funding section.
€400,000 in funding is being made available to social enterprises to help lead the post-Covid economic and social recovery through Rethink Ireland’s Social Enterprise Development Fund 2021.
The objective of the fund is to find and back the best social enterprises in Ireland by making cash grants and strategic business support available to Awardees. The 2021 Fund will be open for applications from 21 January until 5 March 2021.
Further details are available on the Rethink Ireland website here.
Online Healthy Food Made Easy Programme Starting Monday 22nd February at 10am
The newly developed online Healthy Food Made Easy (HFME) programme is a six-week nutrition education programme which aims to support participants to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for themselves and their families, from the safety of their own home.
The online HFME programme is suitable for adults who would like to gain practical information on healthy eating and experiment with healthy dishes that are quick and easy to prepare.
The first programme will take place on Monday mornings
from 10am to 11.30am, starting Monday 22nd February.
Please note that registration is essential as places are limited. The closing date for registration is Friday 12th February.
To register, or for more information, contact Ashling on 085 8217547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The programme will be delivered over 6 weeks. There will be one live Zoom session each week with a trained Healthy Food Made Easy Leader. New recipes will be shared each week for participants to try out at home. Links to demonstration videos will also be provided.
Self-management Course for
People Living With Chronic Migraine Migraine Association of Ireland
Migraine Association of Ireland is hosting a self-management course for people living with chronic migraine in the Galway area.
The course will run over three weeks via Zoom starting Wednesday, 17th February and continuing 24th Feb and 3rd of March.
The course is free of charge but persons interested should contact email@example.com to register their interest. See the poster here.
Review of the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023
Preparation of the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029
The review of the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023 and preparation of the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029 commenced on Thursday 7th January 2021.
The review process commences with a period of public consultation which runs from Thursday 7th January 2021 to Friday 5th March 2021.
The public notice - here outlines how submissions/observations regarding the review are invited from members of the public and other interested parties, noting that the closing date for receipt of submissions/observations is Friday 5th March 2021.
If you would like to further engage in this public consultation, please contact the Development Plan Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 091 536599.
Wellbeing Booklet for Older People Launched
‘Keep Well’ Campaign in Galway City
Galway City Council, in collaboration with its partners, continues to drive and lead community based responses to the pandemic by developing and delivering local resources, services, initiatives and activities to support both individuals and communities, and strengthen their resilience through an especially challenging time in all our lives.
The HSE Community Services in Galway have joined with Galway City Council to support older people to mind their physical and mental health and wellbeing over the coming months by producing a 20-page booklet and series of accompanying videos, as part of a new range of initiatives under the Keep Well campaign. The booklet provides a range of practical advice focusing on the key themes of keeping active, staying connected, switching off, eating well and minding your mood.
Visit www.galwaycity.ie/wellbeing/ to download the booklet and for further details and updates on all the local initiatives and activities. If you would like a copy of the free booklet which also contains useful telephone numbers for support and practical advice, please call the Galway City Community Call Helpline by Freephone 1800 400 150 or email to email@example.com .
The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., has today launched the second Supporting Children campaign aimed at encouraging everyone to be mindful of vulnerable children and young people in these challenging times.
The campaign provides easy-to-access information on services available to children and families throughout the period of Covid-19 restrictions. Advertisements will be rolled out across radio and social media, with the Supporting Children website providing an information hub and practical supports to anyone who may need them.
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Tusla have a robust infrastructure of services providing assistance to children, young people and families throughout Ireland, involving over six thousand funded organisations and services, including child protection, youth work, and youth, community, and family services. This existing system of structures and supports was mobilised during the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that vulnerable children and their families could still access the services they needed.
Following the move to Level 5 restrictions in December, Tusla has put in place supports for victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, including additional funding for 24-hour helplines.
Tusla continue with their essential work in child protection. Anyone with a concern about a child’s safety or welfare should contact their local duty social work office using details on the Tusla website. Read more here.
Plan for Return to In-school Learning for Children with Special Educational Needs at Primary Level
Ministers Foley and Madigan welcome agreed on a plan for the return to in-school learning for children with special educational needs at the primary level. This announcement follows intensive engagement with the trade unions representing teachers and special educational needs assistants, and other relevant stakeholders including parents and school management bodies, to discuss the challenges posed and the supports required to ensure a safe return for this cohort of vulnerable pupils.
On Thursday 11 February, special schools will re-open to pupils. In accordance with this agreement pupils will attend on a 50 per cent basis to allow for attendance of reduced numbers within the school setting. This will be reviewed in line with public health advice.
On Monday 22 February, special classes in mainstream schools will re-open to pupils.
Talks will continue this week and in the coming period with stakeholders on further phases of return so that a wider reopening can be delivered for children as soon as possible.
During the period of school closure, remote learning provision will continue to be made available to all pupils in line with each school’s remote learning plan.
Recognising that remote learning is particularly challenging for children with additional needs, the Department of Education has put in place a supplementary programme to support the education and/or care needs of pupils with complex needs.
An allocation of five hours per week of home-based teaching or care supports will be made available to eligible pupils. This allocation is intended to supplement, and not replace, the remote teaching provided by the pupil’s school and can be provided by a teacher or SNA in a student’s home, at evenings and weekends. Participation in the programme is voluntary for families, teachers and SNAs and must be delivered in accordance with Public Health Advice.
The four–week programme (20 hours) can commence from11 February and can be used by families at any time up until the end of April. Read more here.
The national vaccination programme has begun in Ireland, starting with front line healthcare workers and people over 65 years of age and living in Long Term Residential Care facilities. In order to limit the spread of the virus, we will all need to continue to practise the important public health measures that we’ve been following during the pandemic:
regular hand washing
cover coughs and sneezes
keep a 2-metre distance from other people
keep social contacts with other people outside our household to a minimum
know the symptoms of COVID-19 and stay at home and contact your GP to arrange a test if you think you have symptoms
wear a face covering in shops and in busy indoor workplaces, on public transport and in crowded outdoor spaces
The Galway City Community Call Helpline New Flyer GraphicsThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below the new graphics for the Community Call for Galway City, for your information and onwards circulation and promotion:
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
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.