18 May 2022

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

GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates
  • Active Travel Within Galway City and County: 30 May - read here
  • Upcoming SPC Meetings - read here

Funding, Awards and Competitions
  • What Works Initiative: ‘Sharing Knowledge’ Fund - read here
  • Galway City Tidy Towns and Gardens Competition - read here
  • Create, Galway Arts Centre and Creative Places Tuam Artist Residency Award - read here
  • Funding Reminders - read here

In-Person Events
  • Galway City Council Mayor’s Awards: 24 May- read here
  • Africa Day Galway: 28 May - read here
  • Social Inclusion Forum 2022 - Galway Preparatory Meeting: 2 June - read here
  • LGBT Ireland's Pride 2022 Older Persons Healthcare Conference: 3 June - Dublin - read here
  • Developing a Social Enterprise: 17 June - read here

Workshops and Webinars, Resources and Initiatives
  • PPN National Network Insurance Information Session Recording - read here
  • National Epilepsy Week: 23 - 29 May - read here

Public Consultations and Surveys
  • Survey of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Community - read here
  • New National Cycle Network for Ireland: Public Consultation- read here

Community Updates

  • 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.
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GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates

Active Travel Within Galway City and County - 2nd meeting
May 30th | 6-8pm | Online Event

You are invited to join the 2nd meeting from the series Galway Active Travel.

Like for the previous meeting, the aim is to bring together groups and individuals who are passionate about creating a Galway City and County that are accessible for all active travel.

For details, please contact Brian at

Upcoming Strategic Policing Committee Meetings
May 2022
The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:

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

       See details here         
Housing and Social Inclusion SPC
27th May
See details here

If you wish to highlight any issues or make comments relevant to any of the structures above 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

Funding, Awards and Competitions

What Works Initiative: ‘Sharing Knowledge’ Fund
Cut-off date: 27th May

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D, is pleased to announce a €200,000 ‘Sharing Knowledge’ Fund, which will be rolled out as part of the What Works initiative and funded through Dormant Accounts Funding.

The aim of the Fund is to support professionals working in children, youth, and family services with their learning requirements, peer interaction, project collaborations and knowledge dissemination.  Projects to be considered will focus on organising or accessing relevant learning/training sessions, while putting a strong emphasis on future collaborations between peers and disseminating learning to larger audiences, including networks.  All applications must have a focus on prevention and early intervention.

Organisations can apply for a minimum grant of €5,000 and a maximum grant of €20,000.  The closing date for applications is 27th May, 2022.

More information on the scheme is available on the Department’s website. Full details of the fund, including eligibility, guidance notes, and an application form, are available on the What Works website here.

Galway City Tidy Towns and Gardens Competition
Now open for entries until June 3rd

Galway City Council is now taking entries for the Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden Competition 2022, with some changes to previous years. The Residential areas category will now be the main focus of the competition with Residents Associations in each of the 3 sections taking away a prize fund of €300. In addition, the public and commercial buildings category will be replaced by one overall winner instead of the many subcategories previously.

Entrants must be based in Galway City and can enter across categories such as ‘Best Residential Estate’, ‘Best Front Garden’, ‘Best School’ ‘Best Public and Commercial Building’ and ‘Best Community Project’. This year judges will again be awarding marks for enhancing and promoting Biodiversity and pollinator-friendly spaces.

Paper application forms will no longer be accepted and all applications must be completed electronically by visiting 

More information on the competition, including the full list of competition categories, is also available via the link above.

Completed applications should be submitted no later than the closing date of 4.00pm Friday 3rd June 2022.

Create, Galway Arts Centre and Creative Places Tuam Artist Residency Award
Now open for entries until June 27th

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 takes place across both Galway Arts Centre and Creative Places Tuam, provides opportunities for research, exchange, networking, and learning, with additional curatorial advice from Galway Arts Centre. The residency is aimed at a professional artist who is interested in developing or consolidating their collaborative socially engaged arts practice. 

This residency is funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create, Galway Arts Centre, which is funded by the Arts Centre Department of the Arts Council of Ireland and Creative Places Tuam which is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Creative Places programme.
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. 


AXA Parks Grant: 20 May
The Community Foundation for Ireland has partnered with AXA to launch a grant round that enables local community organisations to develop and enhance green spaces in their community. The grant round closes at 4pm on Friday 20th May.
Please click here for the full criteria and online application form. Applications sent in via email will not be accepted.

 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
In Person Events

Galway City Council Mayor’s Awards 
Tuesday, May 24th | Galmont Hotel, Galway

The annual Galway City Council Mayor’s Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge outstanding individuals and groups for their commitment and participation in voluntary activities, benefiting the many diverse communities throughout the City.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday 24th May 2022 in the Galmont Hotel, Galway to which all Nominees and Nominators will be invited.

See more details here.

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Africa Day Galway
Saturday, May 28th | 12pm - 6pm | Salthill Park

Africa Day Galway 2022 will take place in Salthill Park on Saturday, 28th May form 12pm - 6pm.

This year, Africa Day will be celebrated as a live in-person event.
All are welcome.

You will be spoiled with music, food, live performances and more.

For further details email

For info and updates, keep an eye on


Social Inclusion Forum 2022
Galway Preparatory Meeting
2 June - in person event

In advance of the Social Inclusion Forum 2022 (see info below) Community Work Ireland and the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland will hold a series of preparatory workshops that will provide an overview of the Roadmap for Social Inclusion and the workshop themes, and provide the opportunity for civil society, communities and stakeholders to discuss the issues.
One of the preparatory workshops will be held in Galway as follows:
When: 2 June, 2-4pm
Where: Galway City Partnership, 3 The Plaza, Headford Road, Galway

The details on all 4 workshops and the registration links are available at:

Feedback from the workshops will be presented to the opening Plenary of SIF 2022.

Social Inclusion Forum 2022
The Social Inclusion Forum (SIF) is one of the structures that supports the development and implementation of policy to address poverty and social exclusion as outlined in the current strategy, Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-2025.

The theme of SIF 2022 is Maintaining Momentum: Implementing the Roadmap for Social Inclusion

SIF 2022 will be held on June 22nd in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan and provide an important opportunity to engage with the midterm review of the Roadmap, as well as engaging with a number of the issues relevant to those experiencing poverty and their representative organisations.
SIF 2022 will focus on:
  • Core essentials – the Cost of Living and Income Adequacy
  • Supporting Communities
  • Social Inclusion and Children
  • Social Inclusion and People with Disabilities

LGBT Ireland's Pride 2022 Older Persons Healthcare Conference
Friday, 3rd June - Dublin

Registration is now open for LGBT Ireland's Pride 2022 Older Persons Healthcare Conference. This will be LGBT Irelands first in person Pride event since 2019, and LGBT Ireland couldn't be more excited to be together again.  
Creating inclusive and accessible health services' is everyone's responsibility - it is about logistics, and clear and understandable explanations of medications and procedures – but is also about ensuring everyone feels safe and assured that services are ready to meet and understand their needs should they need to access them
Join LGBT Ireland for ‘Visibility, Inclusion and Equality; Transforming the Care Experience of Older LGBTQ+ people’ 
When: Friday, 3rd June from 9:30 to 14:00
Where: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St Stephens Green
Registration: HERE
Registration for the event is currently open to all those involved and interested in improving the delivery of and access to older persons' Health and Social Care Services. Please share details with friends or colleagues who may be interested in joining us.


The event will bring together voices from the LGBTQ community, Health and Social Care Professionals, Policymakers, Advocates and Community Supports to discuss how we can enable older members of the LGBTQ+ community to flourish and enjoy inclusive, healthy, and fulfilling lives as part of their communities.

Developing a Social Enterprise
SCCUL Enterprises free workshop
17 June | 10.30am | in person in Ballybane

Are you thinking of starting a Social Enterprise? Would you like to know more about what it is and how to go about it?

Join the SCCUL Enterprises free workshop on Friday, 17 June 2022 from 10.30am to 12.30pm in person at the SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane, Castlepark Road.

The workshop facilitator is Donal McKenna who is a business coach and mentor who specialises in social enterprise. He teaches at TCD Business School. This workshop is aimed at individuals, groups, sole traders, SMEs and charities who are thinking about starting a social enterprise. It lasts for two hours and will be held in Ballybane. Spaces are free but limited. Part funded by Enterprise Ireland.

Register below👇

This workshop is aimed at individuals, groups, sole traders, SMEs and charities who are thinking about starting a social enterprise.

Spaces are free but limited.

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Workshops and Webinars, Resources and Initiatives

Autism Innovation Strategy
Thursday 19 May

Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, has launched a public consultation to inform the design and development of the Autism Innovation Strategy. (Read the Press Release here.)

The Disability Participation and Consultation Network (DPCN) are hosting two information sessions on the Autism Innovation Strategy on Thursday the 19th of May.

These sessions will support members to make their own submissions to the consultation. They are taking place on: 

  • Thursday 19 May, 11:00am – 12:30am
  • Thursday 19 May, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

This Strategy will identify key areas where individuals with Autism face particular challenges and barriers and will focus on areas that might not be addressed by other national Strategies. There are four main themes within this Strategy

  • Theme 1: Key themes in the Autism Innovation Strategy
  • Theme 2: Structure of the Autism Innovation Strategy
  • Theme 3: Actions beyond existing national Strategies
  • Theme 4: Terminology

There will be a short information input on the Strategy followed by a breakout room session where recommendations and issues will be gathered to allow members to make their own submission or to answer the online survey. You can find more information about the consultation here
Please email to register for the 11am or 5:30pm session.

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Underage Drinking Webinar
May 25 at 7.30pm - hosted by Galway City Alcohol Forum

Galway City Alcohol Forum is hosting a short webinar for Parents in Galway City on the topic of Under Age Drinking on Wednesday, May 25th at 7.30pm. See attached poster for further details.

This will be of particular interest to parents who are concerned about how they can stop their children from drinking too early. It provides lots of insights on how parents can make a big difference. The webinar will focus on  

  • helping parents/families delay adolescents introduction to alcohol
  • share latest research on impact of alcohol, and why it impacts young people so badly
  • provide simple but practical advice, to help stall teenage alcohol use.

Register to attend at:

Download the flyer here.

Wellness in the Workplace
A PR Training Academy free Webinar
May 26 - Online

Delivered my Mary Curran MD | Personal & Executive Coach | Motivational Speaker on Choice & Change | Trainer NLP & Coaching

On May 26, from 6pm to 5pm, join the PR Training Academy free Masterclass and get a deeper understanding of the meaning of work-life effectiveness.

Mary Curran, the event host, is a much sought after Personal & Executive Coach, who works with clients in the US and Ireland on achieving work/life balance.

Wellness in the workplace has become one of the imperatives in today’s society.
Join this free Masterclass and get the deeper understanding of the meaning of work-life effectiveness. Become aware of your environment and its stressors, identify areas where you procrastinate and feel you have no time. Explore what are your self-limiting beliefs, learn how to stop procrastinating, stay motivated and much more.

During the webinar, you will also have a chance to participate in a short exercise in Mindfulness.

To register visit:

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Migrant National Forum
 26th May 2022, 6pm-8pm
New Communities Partnership 

The New Communities Partnership (NCP) will launch the new Migrant National Forum on Thursday 26th May 2022, 6pm-8pm.
The event will be held online. The main aim of the event is to create a platform where migrant communities, community workers and service providers can assess their needs in the area they live, as well as discuss barriers which hinder social inclusion, integration, and engagement with Local Authorities.
NCP has undertaken consultations to organise local migrants support groups with a view to set up regional committees formed by local representatives which will then select their regional representatives to sit on NCP Migrant National Forum.

NCP mission is to be an effective network, representing and empowering migrant-led groups, at all levels, to influence positive change in policies that impact on their lives.

NCP Migrant National Forum will be a great opportunity to assess and address local needs as well as discuss them at the regional/national level with a view to influence and inform the Migrant National Integration Strategy, as NCP is a member of the Migrant National Integration Strategy Monitoring and Coordinating Committee.

PPN National Network Insurance Information Session
Recording available

On 17th May, the National PPN Network hosted an  Insurance Information Session for the PPN member groups.

This session saw presentations from Peter Boland from the Alliance For Insurance Reform and Nick Ryan from BHP.

Participants were first given an overview of the national picture with regard to insurance, what was happening to try and address the crisis and how the community sector could lobby for change. There was then an opportunity to get sectoral and individual questions answered.

National Epilepsy Week
23rd - 29th May

National Epilepsy Week is taking place at the end of the month and together with Epilepsy organisations in the UK, Epilepsy Ireland will be exploring the theme of 'You, Me & Epilepsy.

Epilepsy can be an isolating condition but by working together and by bringing those closest to you on your journey with the condition, this can help create greater awareness and understanding around the condition - and can help create a supportive environment for those living with epilepsy.

During the week Epilepsy Ireland will be sharing personal testimonies around #EpilepsyTogether.

Public Consultations and Surveys

Survey of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Community
Survey - Current Ways of Communicating

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on behalf of the National Digital Strategy Division (NDSD) are seeking feedback via this survey on the communications tools/devices that people who are deaf or hard of hearing are comfortable using, with a view to improving access to Emergency Services for all citizens.

 New National Cycle Network for Ireland
Public Consultation

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) launched plans for an ambitious National Cycle Network (NCN), a planned core cycle network of 3,500km that will criss-cross the country, connecting more than 200 villages, towns and cities. The network will include cycling links to transport hubs, education centres, employment centres, leisure and tourist destinations, and support “last mile” bicycle deliveries. The network will make it easier and safer for more people to cycle for commuting, leisure and tourism, reducing reliance on the car.

The public is invited to have their say on the New National Cycle Network for Ireland.
Community Updates

In collaboration with NUI Galway’s Office of the Vice President: International and a number of Student Services offices, the University of Sanctuary Steering Committee will facilitate an information event for Ukrainian nationals on Thursday, 19th May from 10am-4:30pm at the ILAS Building (please see attached flyer). Translators will be available on the day. Please share across your networks and on social media platforms.
Information provided on the day will include:
  • Pathways to further/higher education.
  • Information on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes available at NUI Galway.
  • Information on employment opportunities.
  • We also hope to have a representative from Maynooth’s dedicated National Student and Researchers Helpdesk to answer any additional enquiries.
Lunch is provided so people are asked to  register for the event via Eventbrite link 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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