Active Travel Within Galway City and County - 3rd meeting June 27th | 6-8pm | Online Event REGISTER HERE
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.
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:
Transport and Travel
Energy - Homes and retrofitting, Offshore Generation
Further details and documentation will be made available here in the coming days.
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.
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.
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.
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: www.galwaycity.ie/mf2022
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.
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 SDGs@decc.gov.ie 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 https://www.gov.ie/en/service/fec91-community-centres-investment-fund/. Registration is now open. Applicants need to register as 'users' on the portal at the following link https://myportal.pobal.ie 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 CCIF@drcd.gov.ie
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 https://burrenbeo.com/lls/.
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 findingnature.org.uk and is on Twitter @findingnature.
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.
Teach Solais LGBT+ are very pleased to announce the re-opening of theTeach Solais LGBT+ Drop-In from Saturday, 28May 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.
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.
James Coyne (Westside Resource Centre) and Cathy Coote (An Mheitheal Rothar) were on Connemara Community Radio
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.