GCCN News 2020
21st October 

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

GCCN Network News

News and Updates
  • The Government Invites Views on Ireland’s Medium-Term Economic Plan - read here
GCCN News and Updates
  • GCCN Submission on the DRCD Statement of Strategy 2021-2023 - read here
  • GCCN Receives IHREC Award - read here
Have Your Say
  • Public Consultation on Proposed BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road - read here
Events and Initiatives
  • Charity Trustees’ Week: 16-20 November - read here
  • Sing Ireland Initiative - read here
  • Interested in Student Placements? - read here
  • Halloween - Facing Consequences (Posters) - read here
Webinars, Courses and Events
  • The Chartered Governance Institute Webinar: 18 November - read here
  • FREE Irish Sign Language Training on Governance Code: 2nd November - read here
  • WRDATF Motivational Interviewing Course: 2-12 November - read here
  • Living Well Programme for people with long-term health conditions - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Ireland Moves to Level 5 - read here
  • Organised Public Gatherings at Eyre Square - read here
  • Additional Enforcement Powers for Breaches of COVID-19 Regulations - read here
  • Changes to Covid Support Schemes - read here
  • Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: 16 October - read here
  • Living with Dementia in a Pandemic: Webinar Recording - read here
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Older People - read here

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News and Updates
The National Economic Plan
Government Invites Views on Ireland’s Medium-Term Economic Plan

The Government is inviting representatives from environment groups, non-governmental bodies, employer groups, and unions to give their views on how Ireland’s economy can recover and prosper post-Covid and the Brexit transition.

The National Economic Plan will set the priorities and objectives for Ireland’s medium-term economic recovery. Budget 2021 was unprecedented in scale in the history of the State, reflecting the enormity of the challenges faced by businesses and individuals during the course of this year and into the immediate future. It has never been more important than now to plan ahead and set out a roadmap for a resilient, sustainable economy.
The Plan is being structured around three themes:

  • Building Resilience across Enterprise and Sectors;
  • An Inclusive and Balanced Recovery;
  • Future Proofing our Economy and Society.

Read more here.

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GCCN News and Updates
GCCN Submission on the DRCD Statement of Strategy 2021-2023

On October 19th, 2020 GCCN welcomed the opportunity to make a submission on the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) Statement of Strategy 2021-2023.
Read here the GCCN Submission on the DRCD Statement of Strategy 2021-2023.

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GCCN Receives IHREC Award

GCCN is delighted to be one of the 42 organisations awarded by
the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) under the Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2020 with the project Building Collective Capacity and Engagement of Rights-Holders in Galway City.
This project, through the development of a civil society panel in Galway City, will facilitate and support the effective and transparent implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty by duty bearing organisations and agencies in Galway City.
See more on the IHREC website at the link here.

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Have Your Say
Public Consultation on Proposed BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road

Have your say on the Emerging Preferred Option for BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road. Learn more about the proposed scheme, and share your feedback, through an innovative ‘virtual information room’, which can be accessed through See  and the Galway City Council website for further details.

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Events and Initiatives
Charity Trustees’ Week
16-20 November 2020

Charity Trustees’ Week is a big thank you to charity trustees across Ireland for the important and tireless work they carry out throughout the year. Charity Trustees’ Week is hosted in partnership by the Charities RegulatorBoardmatch IrelandCarmichaelThe WheelVolunteer IrelandCharities Institute IrelandPobal and Dóchas. This year’s series of events is going virtual to allow charity trustees to take part from the comfort of your home or office.
To kick-off, Carmichael’s CEO, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí and Training Manager, Derek O’Reilly, will be hosting a free Virtual Coffee Morning at 8.30am on 16th November to discuss experiences, challenges and benefits of being a Charity Trustee, and share the events happening over the week.
Register through
Click on to view the list of events throughout Charity Trustees’ Week.

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Sing Ireland Initiative
Ageing Voices and Creative Ireland

Sing Ireland, the national group singing support agency, Creative Ireland and Creative Aging International have come together to produce resources and best practice training programmes for musicians and carers working with older people.
The Sing Ireland initiative is focused on maintaining older adult health through song and supporting community groups to do this. It has evolved from the Dawn Chorus project ALONE supported where older people joined a weekly singalong on their phone.  
This organisation is now trying to map out where there are singing groups, choirs etc. across the country. If you know of groups or individuals leading singing, please complete this form before October 31st.
Over the next few months they will be:

  • Mapping where adults sing, why they sing, and who supports this;
  • Creating and offering tools and training;
  • Sharing great examples to show what singing groups are doing.

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 Interested in Student Placements?
February to June 2021

Would your organisation be in a position to offer a student placement from February to June 2021?
NUI Galway Applied Social Science students complete a placement in semester 2 of their 3rd year of the programme and are interested in placements in social care, charities, NGOs, sustainability and environment, human rights and community development. The types of roles students have undertaken in previous years include project work, client-facing social care, admin, research and policy, HR, marketing, fundraising, IT.
Students are currently applying for roles, so please contact Emma Marron,,  for more information on the placement process or to offer a placement.  
Fore details please see the Brochure here and Information for Organisations here.

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Halloween - Facing Consequences (Posters)

In the lead up to Halloween, An Garda Siochána together with Galway Fire and Rescue Services are reminding the public of the dangers of fireworks and bonfires.

Please see the posters below that form part of this campaign which is currently being promoted and highlighted.

Your support and circulation of this widely across our community is gratefully appreciated.

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Webinars, Courses and Events
ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute Webinar
18 November 2020

As part of Charity Trustees’ Week, The Chartered Governance Institute Ireland is hosting a webinar on 18th November in partnership with Carmichael. The topic is ‘Virtuous circle of good charity governance’ and session will discuss the benefits of good charity governance from the perspective of a virtuous circle that delivers for a range of stakeholders.
The speakers are Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (Not-for-Profit) at ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute, Jillian Van Turnhout, Jillian Van Turnhout, highly experienced corporate governance consultant and Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael.
Visit for more information or to register for the free event.

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FREE Irish Sign Language Training on Governance Code
2nd November 2020

The Charities Regulator is running free online training for charity trustees of charities registered in Ireland. This training will be of particular benefit to charity trustees of smaller, volunteer-led charities. The 2nd November 2020 training will be delivered in Irish Sign Language, therefore, priority access will be offered to charity trustees who are members of the Deaf community. The training, which is being offered free of charge, is intended as additional support for charity trustees and complements existing guidance materials and templates on the Code which are available as part of the Charities Regulator’s Governance Code Toolkit. 
For a full list of other November and December dates and to book a place on an online training session, please follow this link. Please note that these events are strictly for charity trustees working with registered charities. As places are limited, only one charity trustee from any charity should take part in the Governance Code Training.

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WRDATF Motivational Interviewing Course

The Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF) are running another Using Motivational Interviewing when supporting people on phone/online course in November. This training will be delivered over 4 sessions of 2 hours on November 2nd, 5th, 9th and 12th.  Places are now available and can be booked at the link

Additionally, the WRDATF are running another short webinar on Thursday 22nd October at 2.30pm. The topic for this 30-minute webinar is Ketamine. Places can be booked on the following link

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Living Well Programme
For people with long-term health conditions

Are you living with a long-term health condition? Examples include (but are not limited to) COPD, asthma, diabetes, stroke, heart conditions, multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, chronic pain, depression.
You might be interested in Living Well, a free group programme for people living with long-term health conditions. The programme is delivered over six workshops (2.5 hrs x 6) by trained leaders, most of whom are also living with long-term health conditions.
Living Well can help you to develop the skills and confidence to manage your health condition(s).
Online Programmes - Winter Programmes

  • Thursday 7 pm to 9.30 pm: October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th
  • Friday 10.30 am to 1 pm: October 16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th November, 13th, 20th
  • Wednesday 10.30 am to 1pm: October 28th, November 4th, 11th 18th, 25th, December 2nd
  • Monday 7pm to 9.30 pm: November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, December 7th

How do I register?
If you are interested in taking part in this programme or would like more information, please contact Jackie Lynott on 087 7185615 or at
For further info please visit the HSE website here and check out the brochures below:

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COVID-19 Related Updates

Ireland Moves to Level 5

Following a governmental decision, from midnight 21st October, all Irish counties will be placed on Level 5 under the Plan for Living with Covid-19, for a period of 6 weeks, at which point the situation will be reviewed by the Government, based on the status of the virus and public health advice. 

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Organised Public Gatherings at Eyre Square
Following the public health guidelines and the release of the governments ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’ framework, Galway City Council has taken the difficult decision in the interest of public safety to cancel activities and events in Eyre Square in the coming months including the Christmas Markets and comedy festival.
Read more here.

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The New Health (Amendment) Bill 2020
Additional Enforcement Powers for Breaches of COVID-19 Regulations

The Government has agreed to introduce additional enforcement powers for An Garda Síochána to deal with breaches of COVID-19 regulations.

The new Health (Amendment) Bill 2020 will amend the Health Act 1947 to allow for a system of fixed penalty notices. It is planned to enact the legislation as soon as possible.

Members of An Garda Síochána will continue with the policing policy which has worked to keep the vast majority of the public with them during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They will continue to use the ‘Four Es’: engage, educate, encourage and only as a final resort - enforce.  

Currently, sanctions of a fine up to €2,500 and/or six months imprisonment can apply under the 1947 Health Act. The new amendments will introduce a system of tiered fines, including fixed penalty notices which can be set up to €500. Read more here.

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Changes to Covid Support Schemes
To further support the economy and society

On Tuesday 20th October, the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, T.D; the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath T.D and the Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D have provided further details surrounding the changes to the pandemic support schemes put in place by Government, as announced by Government on Monday 19th, in line with revised health restrictions.
The changes:
• Fourth Rate of PUP now payable to people who earned €400 or more per week
• New applicants urged to apply online at
• Cabinet approves revisions to rates paid under Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) to encourage retention of staff by employers
• Changes to Covid Restrictions Support Scheme to capture greater range of businesses

 Read more here.

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Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support 

Friday 16 October

Dear Colleague,
Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a number communications updates for you.

Sláintecare Webinar
Sláintecare, in partnership with IFIC Ireland and the HSE, is pleased to invite you to the fifth Sláintecare Integration Fund Learning Network Webinar on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 from 3:30 to 5pm. The theme of the webinar is ‘Health & Wellbeing – Empowering Citizens’.
You can register for the webinar here, please note that registration closes on the 21st October.
The webinar will share stories of projects which have a focus on prevention and on empowering people and communities to be more engaged in their own health and wellbeing. The innovation and best practice that these projects represent will be of great value to the work underway in every county to implement Healthy Ireland as a key part of the Sláintecare vision. If you require further information about this event, please contact with the subject line "Sláintecare Integration Fund Learning Network event 22nd October 2020”.

New COVID-19 Campaign
The Bubble - a new social media creative and content-sharing campaign for young people will go live from October 20th. The first phase of the campaign will see TV, social and digital formats. The idea of the Bubble is to create a visual reminder for the protection we share when we follow public health actions, and how easily it can be lost. The bubble idea makes the invisible, visible. We will share a campaign Partner Pack with you next week.

Attending Healthcare Appointments
If you have a healthcare appointment in person during this time, you will see some changes. These changes are in place to keep you safe. You can watch a video here to see what you need to know.
For some appointments, you may be given the option to have a phone or video consultation instead of attending in person. This short video helps to explain how this works.

COVID-19 Guidance Documents for Vulnerable Communities
The following HPSC Guidance documents have recently been updated on the HPSC website:
COVID-19 Guidance for Roma
This guidance is tailored for the Roma Community on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and manage COVID-19 cases. It applies to Roma who often live in overcrowded private housing or family hubs.
COVID-19 Guidance for Travellers
This guidance is tailored for the Traveller Community on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and manage COVID-19 cases. 
COVID-19 Guidance for Homeless Settings and Other Vulnerable Group Settings
This guidance is tailored for Homeless settings, and other vulnerable groups, including those with addiction, on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these settings and manage COVID-19 cases.  They can be applied in hostels or homeless hubs, including those without clinic or in-house nursing, medical or healthcare support.
COVID-19 Guidance for International Protection Accommodation Service (Direct Provision)
This guidance is tailored for International Protection Accommodation Services, including Direct Provision, on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these settings and manage COVID-19 cases. 
COVID-19 Guidance for DSGBV Refuge settings will shortly be made available at:

Dementia Campaign
Next week is the final week of a Dementia: Understand Together radio partnership with IRS local radio. Recent months have been especially difficult for people living with dementia and their families. With many staying at home due to COVID-19 and services changing to help protect people from the virus, many people with dementia are missing out on social connections and activities so vital for wellbeing. Twenty interviews with people living with dementia, caring for a loved one and working to create dementia-inclusive communities, took place across ten local stations. The interviews will be shared across the station and campaign social channels next week. You can find more information on dementia and actions we can all take to support people living with dementia here.

Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: and
Many thanks,
Covid Stakeholder Communications

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Living with Dementia in a Pandemic
Recording of Recent Webinar and Information Pack
Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care recently ran a series of free webinars to discuss challenges for healthcare professionals and for family carers of those living with dementia during the pandemic. Please see here the info brochure that was drawn up on foot of these webinars. Also, recordings of the webinars were uploaded on YouTube as follows: i

Please share with others that might need this information.

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Important Reminders

Galway City Community Call Helpline remains available from 9.00am - 5.00pm, seven days a week, for those who are cocooning or may be vulnerable and need help getting access to essential supplies.
☎️ 1800 400 150

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.

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