1 June 2022

Welcome to this edition of the GCCN News & COVID-19 Updates.
Below we have information on:

GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates and Events
  1. Active Travel Within Galway City and County: 27 June - read here
  2. GCCN Climate Conversations 2022: 21 June - read here
  3. Upcoming JPC Meeting: 20 June - read here

Funding, Awards and Competitions
Webinars and In-Person Events
  • Love your Beach Week: 8-11 June - read here
  • Africa Day Youth Leadership Summit and Talent Show: 11 June - read here
  • Shifting the Narrative: Moving to an Inclusive, Feminist Model of Care: 9 June - read here
  • Stepping Up To Secondary School Webinar: 7 June - read here
  • Learning Landscape Symposium 2022: 15-17 June - read here
  • Managing Uncertainty in your Business - Reacting and Adapting: 17 June - read here

Supports, Training, Initiatives and Resources
  • Teach Solais LGBT+ Drop-In Relaunch - read here
  • The Community Buddy Training Programme  - read here
  • Galway City Social Enterprise Collective: Video and Articles - read here

Public Consultations and Surveys
  • Concept Designs - Safe Routes to School - read here
  • Ireland’s Second SDG National Implementation Plan - read here
  • Joint Tourism Destination Brand for Galway - read here

Community Updates
  • Need to Balance Immediate Ukraine Responses with Effective Medium-Term Measures - read here
  • Crisis food security funding in response to global impact of war in Ukraine - read here

  • Ukrainian Community Contact Centres: Galway City - read here
  • Galway City Ukrainian Community Response Forum - read here
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here

There are a number of vacancies on the GCCN Secretariat.
All interested members are invited to get in touch at for details and to express an interest.
Do you want to share events and information with our next GCCN Newsletter?
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GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates and Events

Active Travel Within Galway City and County - 3rd meeting
June 27th | 6-8pm | Online Event

Join us for the 3rd meeting from the series Galway Active Travel held jointly by GCCN and Galway County PPN.

Some of the strong themes that emerged from the two previous meetings are:
  • road safety and how those most at risk in the event of a collision should be prioritised according to the hierarchy of road users;
  • universal and accessible design and how this should be incorporated into city planning to accommodate the widest range of potential users;
  • the need for prioritisation of pedestrians and active travel road users, to make it easier for active travel to become more than a leisure activity, but a reliable, safe and sustainable way of commuting.
  • using social media to influence decision-makers, lobby councillors and raise awareness.
During the May meetings, the attendees also built on their knowledge and interests to help shape the identity and strategy of the group.

With this third meeting, we aim to continue the conversations and bring together groups and individuals who are passionate about creating a Galway City and County that are accessible for all active travel.

For queries please email Rebecca at or Oana at

GCCN Climate Conversations 2022
Tuesday, June 21st 2022 - 6pm - Zoom

The PPN Climate Conversations are part of a series of conversations happening across the country, connected to the government’s National Dialogue on Climate Action.

The 2022 Climate Conversations have been designed to ensure reach to as broad and wide-ranging an audience as possible across the whole of Ireland.

To ensure a wide diversity of voices will be heard, GCCN extends an invitation to all interested members to join the 2022 GCCN Climate Conversations meeting on Tuesday, June 21st from 6pm via Zoom.

For any queries and to join, contact Rebecca at

The objective of the 2022 PPN Climate Conversations is to build on the 2021 findings to track progress and identify regional barriers and to understand what could drive further behavioural change amongst the population now and in the future

The PPN sessions are intended to be self-led around the following themes:

  1. Climate Literacy
  2. Just Transition
  3. Transport and Travel
  4. Energy - Homes and retrofitting, Offshore Generation
  5. Circular Economy

Further details and documentation will be made available here in the coming days.

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Upcoming Joint Policing Committee Meeting
June 20th, 2022

A meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee will be held on Monday, 20th June 2022 from 11.00am (check diary dates here).

The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where matters that affect policing in Galway City are discussed.

The Galway City Community Network Representatives on this committee are Cameron Keighron, John Cleary, John Rabbitte, Nicola Tierney and Tommy Flaherty (check all GCCN representatives here).

If you wish to highlight any issues or make relevant comments, please contact and your suggestions will be communicated to the GCCN representatives.

Previous meetings:

Transportation SPC
10th May

       See details here         
Economic Development, Enterprise
Support and Culture SPC 
13th May 
See details here

Climate Action, Environment,
Recreation and Amenity SPC
25th May

       See details here         
Housing and Social Inclusion SPC
27th May
See details here
Funding, Awards and Competitions

Community Safety Innovation Funding
Closing Date: 8th June 2022

In April 2022, the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, opened applications for a new fund which will see the proceeds of crime re-invested in local projects to improve community safety.
Reflecting the success of An Garda Síochána and the Criminal Assets Bureau in seizing proceeds from criminal activity, the new fund will use money seized from the proceeds of crime to support investment in community safety projects.
The Community Safety Innovation Fund, which is expected to grow in the coming years, will have an initial outlay of €2m for this year.  
It is anticipated that the kind of projects which may be supported will include activities intended to:
  • tackle crime or reduce the fear of crime; improve community safety and feelings of safety;
  • support the creation of safe and resilient communities;
  • reduce reoffending; or
  • divert vulnerable individuals away from engagement in criminal behaviour.

Further info here
The deadline for applications under this fund is next Wednesday 8th June 2022.

Applications will be invited from existing community safety initiatives as well as NGOs and community organisations working on issues relevant to community safety and youth justice.

Applications may be submitted by individual organisations, or by a consortium involving two or more organisations where the lead partner is a community organisation, not-for-profit, social enterprise or similar with a remit relevant to community safety and/or youth justice.

Applications with innovative approaches will be afforded particular consideration.
Read the guidelines here.

Social Inclusion Grants
Closing date: June 10th

Galway City Council invites applications for funding towards social inclusion projects and programmes in the City.  This Scheme provides financial support to groups and organisations promoting Social Inclusion which operate in the City. 
Grants are available to voluntary organisations or those which operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Application forms, guidelines and criteria may be obtained from: Housing & Social Inclusion Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway and may also be downloaded below.

View Application Form

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00pm on Friday 10th June 2022 

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Marketing Promotion Funds
Closing date: June 17th

Galway City Council's Marketing Promotion Fund provides support for events and festivals in the City that support economic development, including attracting additional visitors to the city and increased spending in local businesses. Galway City Council wish to advise that the application process for the Marketing Promotion Fund 2022 is now open for submissions.

Festivals / Events / Promotions that take place between September 2022 and April 2023 will be eligible for funding.

Please note that this is an online application process only. Application forms and guidelines for Galway City Council Marketing Fund 2022 are available online at:

Applications for grant aid for 2022 must be submitted no later than 4.00 pm Friday 17th June 2022.

New €500 grant towards the cost of hairpiece, wig or hair replacement
The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced a new grant of up to €500 towards the cost of a hairpiece, wig or hair replacement for people who suffer hair loss due to illness.
The new grant is expected to support approximately 2,000 women or men during the first year of its introduction.
The grant will fall under the Department of Social Protection’s Treatment Benefit Scheme and will cover hair loss resulting from cancer and forms of alopecia.
Read more here.

SDG Junior Art Competition
Enter before June 17th

The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications would like to invite young people, of all abilities, aged 18 and under, to take part in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) art competition. To take part all you have to do is submit a drawing/painting showing what the Sustainable Development Goals mean to you. The winning piece of art will be displayed on the cover of Ireland’s new National Implementation Plan for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Please find below the information note which can be shared with any relevant networks.

To enter please ask your parent or guardian to send the following to by Friday 17 June:
- A clear photo of your drawing/painting
- Your name, age and category of the competition you are applying under
- Parent or guardian’s name and contact email address


Create, Galway Arts Centre and Creative Places Tuam Artist Residency Award: June 27
Create, Galway Arts Centre and Creative Places Tuam invite expressions of interest from collaborative socially engaged artists who are from a minority ethnic background, have first-hand experience of displacement and/or are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration.  For this residency, candidates may self-identify as Traveller, Roma, refugee, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories. The residency runs over four weeks, 5th-30th September 2022. The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is the 27th June 2022. Full details can be found here.

 DRCD Community Centres Investment Fund: 14 July
The Community Centres Investment Fund will provide funding for the improvement and refurbishment of existing community centres in both urban and rural areas. Guidelines and a sample application form can be accessed from the DRCD webpage Registration is now open. Applicants need to register as 'users' on the portal at the following link in advance of the application opening date on 7th June 2022. The closing date for applications is Thursday 14th July 2022. Please submit any queries and/or requests to be added to the mailing list to
Webinars and in-person events

Love your Beach Week
8th-11th Jun 2022

Love your Beach week programmeThe award-winning Love your Beach week is back for its second year from 8th -11th Jun 2022.
Various activities including beach clean-ups, workshops and volleyball activities will be held on:

  • Ballyloughane Beach - 8 June,
  • Claddagh Beach - 9 June,
  • Salthill Beach - 10 June, and
  • Silverstrand Beach - 11 June.

For further information on clean coasts Ireland or to become a clean coasts group visit: 

For a full program of events and litter clean ups on your local beach, please visit  or email 

All events are subject to Covid 19 public health guidelines.

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Africa Day Youth Leadership Summit and Talent Show
June 11, 2022, at the NUIG Theatre Hall, from 12 noon to 5pm

The youth in your organisation contacts are encouraged to attend Africa Day Youth Leadership Summit and Talent Show on June 11, 2022, at the NUIG Theatre Hall, from 12 noon to 5pm.

The registration link is:

This program is an Africa Day event organised by Amdalah Africa Foundation – AMDAF and themed around post-pandemic impact on youth, mental health, climate change and talent showcase.

The main objective is to build youth leaders who develop solutions to problems, see possibility in the face of challenges, proudly showcase their talents, and network to create a community of their dreams.

This event is sponsored by Irish Aid for Africa Day and supported by GOCOM Radio, Shining Light Galway and NUI Galway.
Participants are allowed from the age of 17.

There are 6 categories for this summit. Youth from your organisation can choose one or more categories; then send an email to to let us know. The categories are:
• Interactive dialogue - post-pandemic impact on youth.
• Carrier building session
• Beauty of Africa exhibition
• Climate Change presentation using recycled objects
• Debate - Second Class Treatment of Second Class Citizens from Third World Countries; and
• Talent show - Fun activities and games.

This is a free event. The organisers are planning to present meals for our guests and participants to help them participate with full enthusiasm. Gifts such as laptop, Bluetooth speaker, LED lights, phone holder, backpack, headphones, turntable and more will be won. We would appreciate your support to encourage youth in your contacts to attend, promote this event widely, and donate more gifts for participants.

National Women's Council
Shifting the Narrative: Moving to an Inclusive, Feminist Model of Care
Thurs 9th June at the Spencer Hotel, Dublin

National Women's Council (NWC) invites you to attend ‘Shifting the Narrative: Moving to an inclusive, feminist model of care’. As the pandemic has highlighted, care is the very foundation of a functioning economy and society. Across the lifespan, we all both give and receive care, and this is a deeply fulfilling and necessary human experience.

However, Ireland has traditionally underinvested in the care economy, relying instead on the unpaid or underpaid care labour of women, including the many young and migrant women on whom the care sector depends. And many go without the support or care they need to live independent, self-directed lives.

Join NWC to discuss how we can start to build a caring society. Speakers include: Minister Roderic O'Gorman, Prof Ursula Barry, Mariaam Bhatti (The Great Care Co-op), Derval McDonagh and Margaret Turley (Inclusion Ireland) and Deputy Ivana Bacik, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality.

NWC invites you to join on the morning of Thursday 9th June, 10am -12pm in the Spencer Hotel, Dublin 1 for this in-person discussion and networking opportunity.

More info and registration here: 

Stepping Up To Secondary School Webinar
Tuesday 7th June 2022

Stepping Up To Secondary School webinar is on next Tuesday, 7th June at 7.15pm.
This short webinar is for any 6th class parents who want to support their children a bit more with the move to secondary school.
Niamh O’Flanagan, a school chaplain will talk about life in secondary school, pastoral care and support, subject choices, mentoring etc. Helen Butler, a youth coach and information officer with Youthwork Ireland Galway, will have lots of practical tips for parents. Gina Dowd, an adolescent psychotherapist, will talk to any particular concerns that parents have. This might be about things like anxiety, learning supports etc.
Register at

Learning Landscape Symposium 2022
Webinar and In-person Events
Burrenbeo Trust - 15 to the 19th June

Burrenbeo Trust will be hosting the 11th annual Learning Landscape Symposium that will bring together leading change-makers and educators on the theme of From Learning to Action at the community centre in Kinvara, Co.Galway and outdoors in the Burren from the 17th to the 19th June 2022.

The symposium will comprise of a mixture of indoor workshops, outdoor field trips, discussions, and networking events, and is open to anyone with an interest in communicating natural, built, or cultural heritage and sustainability to their audiences and inspiring action.
More information can be found on

A webinar entitled 'Our Connection to Nature and ways to improve it' will be held by with Prof. Miles Richardson on June 15th at 8pm.
Miles Richardson is a professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness and he also leads the Nature Connectedness Research Group at Human Sciences Research Centre at the University of Derby,UK. His research interest like in our connection with nature and ways to improve it, for the benefit of nature's and human wellbeing. He blogs at and is on Twitter @findingnature.

Managing Uncertainty in your Business - Reacting and Adapting
June 17th | 2.30pm - 5pm | In-person Event

Managing Uncertainty in your Business - Reacting and Adapting is a practical workshop designed for SMEs, sole-traders and social enterprises.

When:June 17th from 2.30pm to 5pm
Where: The SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Castlepark Road, Ballybane
Register here:

Facilitator Elizabeth Kineen has vast experience in organisational development and change management.
This workshop is part-funded by Enterprise Ireland and it will allow attendees to consider their options in these challenging times.

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Supports, Training, Initiatives and Resources

Teach Solais LGBT+ Drop-In Relaunch
Teach Solais LGBT+ are very pleased to announce the re-opening of theTeach Solais LGBT+ Drop-In from Saturday, 28 May in the Westside Resource Centre (H91 C1KX).
Teach Solais Drop-In is a social space for LGBT+ folks, people that are questioning and our allies.
This relaunch Drop-In is held in person and runs every second week.

Phone: 089 497 5162


The Community Buddy Training Programme 
June 16-17th

The Community Buddy team calls on those active in improving emotional wellbeing within their communities to join a free online training programme. Cycle Against Suicide developed the Community Programme as a platform for peer support within all community groups across Ireland’s counties in a drive to promote a positive mental health dialogue among peers as a critical part of suicide prevention.

Buddies are the first-point-of-contact within their communities and are trained to provide structured but supportive conversation in a safe and non-judgemental space; to mentor individuals to take positive resilience enhancing actions, such as positive coping; to allow individuals to discuss how they are coping so that they can co-produce ways of overcoming challenges; to recognise more complex symptoms; and to encourage individuals to speak with a healthcare professional where necessary.
Next training dates (2 online options):
  • 2 days 9.30am-5pm: Thurs 16th & Fri 17th June
  • OR 4 evenings 7pm-10pm: Mon 21st/Tues 22nd June & Mon 27th/Tues 28th June.
To register:

Further details are available on the Cycle Against Suicide website.

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Choose Galway Social
Galway City Social Enterprise Collective
Video and Articles

The Galway City Social Enterprise Collective launched recently with an awareness drive focusing on:
  • Creating awareness amongst the general public around social enterprises
  • Encouraging existing social enterprises to identify as such and to join in future events
  • Create awareness amongst groups that a social enterprise model is a way to address a lack of services, create sustainable employment, and address environmental issues.
A video encasing the #ChooseGalwaySocial message has been recently launched and is now available to view on Youtube here.

The Collective has also been present on the radio and in the local newspapers over the past few weeks as follows.

GoCom Radio:
  1. Westside Resource Centre - watch here
  2. Galway Community Circus - watch here
Print Media
The initiative will be in the Galway Advertiser every fortnight over for six entries with full-page spreads.
Below is the link to the first four articles:
  1. Galway City Partnership - Thursday 14 April: read here
  2. Westside Resource Centre - Thursday 28 April: read here
  3. An Mheitheal Rothar - - Thursday 12 May: read here
  4. GoCom Radio - Thursday 26 May: read here
Radio Social media
Keep an eye out on all the social media platforms of An Mheitheal Rothar, Bounce Back Recycling, Galway City Partnership, Galway Community Circus, Go Com Radio and Westside Resource Centre: Websites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Galway City Social Enterprise Collective is a group of six social enterprises that came together earlier in the year and secured funding, to raise awareness around social enterprises, under the ARISE programme. The social enterprises participating are An Mheitheal Rothar, Bounce Back Recycling, Galway City Partnership, Galway Community Circus, Go Com Radio and Westside Resource Centre.
Public Consultations and Surveys

Concept Designs - Safe Routes to School
Public Consultation

As part of the Safe Routes to School programme, Galway City Council is engaging with the school communities of Radharc na Mara NS, Scoil Bhríde NS, Scoil Iognáid NS, GET NS and St Joseph’s Special School to develop a ‘front of school’ design to make it safer for children walking, cycling and scooting to school. The design will also benefit residents and commuters walking and cycling through their neighbourhood.

Feedback, support and comments are now welcome on the concept design now at public consultation, online or in writing by 10th June 2022.


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Ireland’s Second SDG National Implementation Plan
Final Round of Consultation until June 14

The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications has launched the final round of consultation on the draft of Ireland’s Second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) National Implementation Plan.
The consultation will be open for submission until Close of Business Tuesday 14 June 2022.
A link to the consultation can be found here.
Read more in the Information Note here.
Watch the video on Twitter here.
Joint Tourism Destination Brand for Galway

Galway City Council and Galway County Councils, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, are developing a joint tourism destination brand to represent Galway, for the first time, as a unified destination. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to create a useful asset for Galway's Tourism Industry in promoting the destination and also help deliver the strategic priorities set out in the Tourism Strategies of Galway City & County Councils.
To that end, anybody working in or connected to tourism/hospitality in Galway is invited to share their ideas, via a short three-minute survey, on what are the key elements the new brand needs to represent.
This short survey will be used to help craft the brand story for Galway and how it should be positioned with potential visitors both nationally and internationally.
The survey is available at
Participants have a chance to win a €100 One4All Voucher. If you wish to be included in the draw, please leave your contact details in the final section.
Community Updates

Need to Balance Immediate Ukraine Responses with Effective Medium-Term Measures
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD, emphasised the need to examine all options to protect supply chains and food security as the European Union continues to evolve its response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  
Read more here.

Crisis food security funding in response to global impact of war in Ukraine
Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., has announced funding of €1 million to the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Crisis Response Initiative in response to the global food security impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine worldwide. Read more here.

Ukrainian Community Contact Centres: Galway City




10am-12pm (Not open Monday 2nd May or 6th June)

10am -1pm

Galway City Ukrainian Community Response Forum

A Ukrainian Community Response Forum has been established in Galway City to enable the various organisations and agencies at local level, to work together in the delivery of services for Ukrainian refugees relocating to Galway City. The role of the Forum is to coordinate the community-led response in the provision of local assistance and support to Ukrainian refugees as they are accommodated in Galway City. Supplementing the supports and services being provided by government agencies at a local level, the purpose will be to ensure effective communication and information sharing in the coordination of local community and voluntary actions in providing community supports to the new Ukrainian communities.

It is intended that the information contained on this page will be a useful resource for Ukrainian people, agencies and members of the public who are seeking information on services and help available in Galway City. As we get more relevant, useful information we will continue to update this page.

For general queries in relation to the above please contact Galway City Council by email to
ind the dedicated page on the Galway City Council website here.

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The Galway City Community Call Helpline
New Flyer Graphics
The 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

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
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.

Support for Older People
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.

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