5th May 2021

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

GCCN Network News

GCCN Updates
  • Social Inclusion Linkage Group Meeting - read here
  • Community Safety Thematic Group Meeting - read here
  • GCCN Monthly Report: May 2021 - read here
  • Other Upcoming Meetings: Reminder - read here
Public Consultations
  • Shaping Our Electricity Future - read here
  • Building Back Better: The Post Covid-19 world for persons with disabilities - read here
  • Public Consultation Reminders - read here
Funding and Programmes
  • €5m Additional Funding for Litter Prevention and Cleaning - read here
  • All-Island Community Fund - read here
  • Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund 2021-2022 - read here
  • Glas Communities Fund - read here
  • Funding Reminders - read here
  • Preparing an Annual Report - read here
  • Free Workshops on Gardening, Compassion and Volunteering - read here
  • Planet Youth Galway - REPORT 2020 - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead: Ease in Restrictions in May and June - read here
  • Update on COVID-19 vaccine deliveries - read here
  • Message to those who have been vaccinated - read here
  • Thousands of Irish Pubs Still Need Permission to Serve Outside - read here
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here
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Social Inclusion Linkage Group Meeting
May 11th 2pm

The next meeting of the GCCN Social Inclusion Linkage Group will take place on May 11th at 2pm. This will be an opportunity to discuss progress on the Local Economic and Community Plan, discuss the process of the development of the new LECP and discuss general updates in relation to social inclusion nationally and in the city.

In the context of the new National Action Plan against Racism, this meeting will have a specific focus on the national consultation on a National Action Plan against Racism. An independent Anti-Racism Committee was appointed by the government in 2020 to develop a new National Action Plan against Racism for Ireland. A national consultation was launched on April 21st to feed into the plan. The consultation runs until July 14th.  Anastasia Crickley, who is a member of the National Anti-Racism Committee, will give an update on the work of the Anti-Racism Committee and an overview of the committee’s Interim Report.
The remainder of the session will focus on a discussion on priority areas for the Plan which can be developed into a submission.
Remember to register HERE.

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Community Safety Thematic Group Meeting
May 12th 6.30pm

This meeting will provide an opportunity for member groups to highlight priority issues and actions in relation to Community Safety for the new Joint Policing Committee Strategic Plan.
The meeting will include an input from Sergeant Mick Walsh, Crime Prevention Officer.
The session will focus on a discussion of priority issues across the thematic areas;
• To Promote the Safety of all Road Users in Galway City
• To Enhance Community Safety Responses in Galway City with a view to crime prevention
• To reduce and prevent anti-social behaviour in Galway City
• To Support Community Engagement Models of best practice in Galway City
Remember to register HERE.

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GCCN Monthly Report
May 2021

GCCN aims to keep all members updated on the ongoing GCCN work and activities through the means of a report shared with the newsletter on a monthly basis. Please read here the May 2021 report.

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All Upcoming SPC/LCDC Meetings

May 2021

The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:

Economic, Community & Cultural Development SPC May 21st 2pm
more info here

Transportation SPC

May 25th
more info here

Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity SPC

May 26th 2.30pm
more info here

Housing & Social Inclusion SPC

May 28th
more info here

GCCN is represented on each structure above by the elected GCCN representatives - see 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 relevant GCCN representative.

Prior to the above local structure meetings, GCCN will hold Linkage Group or Thematic Group meetings as seen on the right.

Upcoming GCCN Meetings

May - June 2021

GCCN will hold the following Linkage Group or Thematic Group meetings in May and June as follows:
Social Inclusion Thematic Group Meeting
May 11th 2pm 
Community Safety Meeting
May 12th 6.30pm 
Arts and Culture LG Meeting
May 17th 4pm 
Economic Development and Enterprise Support LG Meeting
May 19th 2pm 
Housing and Accommodation LG Meeting
May 25th 12.30pm
Community Safety Meeting June 2nd 6.30pm 

GCCN members can bring matters to the attention of the GCCN representatives by attending these meetings.

If you wish to get involved please get in touch with Jacinta at


Public Consultations

Public Consultation: Shaping Our Electricity Future
Civic Society Forum to be held on 12 May 2021

The Irish Government has asked Eir Grid to make the grid ready so that at least 70% of Ireland’s electricity can come from renewable sources by 2030. At present, around 40% of the electricity used throughout the year comes from clean generation. The 70% target is a step towards the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is essential to reduce the life-threatening risks of the climate crisis. 

Shaping Our Electricity Future is a direct response to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan ambitions of reaching at least the 70% target by 2030.

EirGrid recognise that they cannot do this alone and want to hear your thoughts on the four draft approaches.

Visit the link below for more details and to make a submission:

This consultation period is open until 12 noon on 14th June 2021. 

Additionally, a Civic Society Forum will be held on 12 May 2021 to bring together representatives from a wide range of disciplines including academia, agriculture, community, environment, sustainable development and social justice. Register here.

Find out more on how to get involved by emailing

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Building Back Better:
The Post Covid-19 world for persons with disabilities

The National Disability Authority is holding an online consultation to listen to the views of persons with disabilities and DPOs on “Building Back Better: The Post-Covid-19 world for persons with disabilities”.

Obtaining the perspectives of persons with disabilities is essential for the work of the National Disability Authority as these inform our work and advice to the government. The consultation will focus on employment and training, education, everyday living and the use of technology in these areas.
Register here to attend the consultation event.
Read more here.

Public Consultation Reminders
National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development to 2030
Please find here further details on the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to 2030. The deadline for submissiond is 30th June 2021.
Consultation on a Wellbeing Framework for Ireland

The Consultation on a Wellbeing Framework for Ireland is open until Friday 14th May.
The purpose of this survey is to gather insights that will inform and shape the development of a well-being framework for Ireland. Please complete the survey from the perspective of the work of your organisation, and, if you feel it is appropriate, please also share it with people that your organisation works with. Link to the survey:
If you have any queries related to the survey please contact

Funding and Programmes

€5m Additional Funding for Litter Prevention and Cleaning

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD has announced €5m in additional funding for litter infrastructure and awareness campaigns to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish thoughtfully.

As the economy re-opens, and Ireland prepares for an outdoor summer, we will enjoy a much higher level of outdoor dining and socialising, and local authorities have had to increase their spending on recycling and litter facilities. 

May 5th, 2021 also marks the publication of the 2020 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System (NLPMS) Results. The NLPMS Results provide important statistical data on the extent, causes and composition of litter in Ireland. Further details on NLPMS and the full results of previous surveys can be found at the litter website. 

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All-Island Community Fund
The All-Island Community Fund will provide flexible philanthropic support for civil society engagement on a north-south basis, leading to better understanding, strong relationships and progression towards a fairer, more equitable society on the island of Ireland. In 2021, grants of between €5,000 and €20,000 will be made available to interest groups in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who wish to partner with or to further partnerships with their counterparts on the other side of the border.
The Fund will close initially at 5pm on 14th May. 
Read more here.

Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund 2021-2022
The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund is a €600,000 one year fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The objective of the fund is to support services that work with children and young people through the use of technology.
You can apply to The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund via the online application form from 2 pm April 15th, 2021 until Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 5 pm.
Find further details here.

Glas Communities Fund

The Glas Communities Fund is a €200,000 fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Ornua Co-operative Limited and the Irish Government via the Dormant Accounts Fund. The Fund will back innovative solutions which are working to build green sustainable communities in Ireland.

The Glas Communities Fund will support proven social innovations with an environmental and community impact to grow and scale across the country. Projects with a focus on rural development will have an advantage. Please note that this Fund is only open to organisations that have already received funding from Rethink Ireland (previously Social Innovation Fund Ireland).

You can apply to The Glas Communities Fund via this online application form from 4th May 2021 to Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 5pm.
Read more here.

Funding Reminders
Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021

As part of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) are inviting applications from community and voluntary organisations that wish to support and improve the employment opportunities (incl. self-employment opportunities) for People with Disabilities. The closing time and date for applications is 3:00pm on Thursday 13th May.
See the How to Apply to DAF page for details.

Woodland Support Funding for 2021/2022

The Woodland Support Fund aims to support innovative projects which support and highlight the environmental, social and economic benefits of woodlands, forests and timber products. The closing date of 5pm on Monday 24th May 2021. The Specification Document is available to view on
Read more here

Engage & Educate Fund Webinar

The Engage & Educate Fund aims to back innovative projects that empower young people and adults through education, enabling people from marginalised communities to access game-changing education programmes.
Apply via the online application form until Wednesday, June 2nd at 5pm.

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Preparing an Annual Report
Free Workshop

An organisation’s annual report is a wonderful opportunity for an organisation to tell their story and engage with their stakeholders (i.e. their beneficiaries, members, volunteers, staff, funders, supporters, and regulators). It is a valuable instrument to demonstrate good governance, accountability and transparency.

A 2-hour online Preparing an Annual Report workshop will be held on Monday, 17 May 2021 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Register here

The workshop is delivered free to participants thanks to funding support from the Community Foundation of Ireland. It will cover the basics of what is required in an annual report and then focuses on how to use the annual report as a way of showing the public, members and funders what the organisation does and the difference it makes.

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Free Workshops on Gardening, Compassion and Volunteering
Volunteer Galway are running free online workshops to celebrate National Volunteering Week which takes place between May 17th and 23rd. If you are interested in gardening, meditation and mindfulness, or want to find out more about volunteering, register at the links below:
Plant for Pollinators and Rewild Neighbourhoods and Business
May 17th 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Register Here - Plant for Pollinators

Explore Volunteering
May 18th 1.00pm - 2.00pm Register Here - Explore Volunteering 1
May 19th 7.00pm - 8.00pm Register Here - Explore Volunteering 2
Compassion in Practice for Volunteers
May 20th 10.00am -11.00am Register Here - Compassion in Practice
Plant for Pollinators and Rewild Your Garden
May 20th 7.00pm - 8.30pm Register Here - Plant for Pollinators

Planet Youth Galway
 REPORT 2020
The Planet Youth Galway (City and County) Report 2020 was launched online earlier recently by Ministers Frank Feighan and Anne Rabbitte.
As you may be aware Planet Youth is an international evidence-based primary prevention model, developed in Iceland that has been used to reduce substance use rates amongst adolescents. It works by directly targeting the risk and protective factors in young people’s lives that determine their substance use behaviours and enhancing the social environment they are growing up in. 

Planet Youth Galway
The second Planet Youth Galway survey was conducted in all 46 post-primary schools and 5 Youthreach centres across Galway during December 2020. The document reports on 2,540 15 and 16 year olds living in Galway City and County.
Some key findings are:
  • 41% reported being drunk once or more in the last year
  • 18% have tried cannabis
  • 59% are not getting enough sleep
  • Only 56% of boys and 36% of girls report their mental health to be good or very good
  • 87% reported that it is easy or very easy to receive caring and warmth from their parents
For more information see or contact Emmet Major on 087 6629953.
Download the Galway 2020 Planet Youth Report - here and the Infographic Poster - here.
COVID-19 Related Updates

Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead

Ease in Restrictions in May and June
Speech by An Taoiseach and Post Cabinet Statement

On Thursday 29th April, 2021, Government decided to move ahead with the Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead plan with a cautious and gradual phased reopening over May and June, with an emphasis on outdoor activity and a moderate increase in social contact.

May 2021

Everyone should continue to work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.

From 4th May

  1. All remaining construction can recommence.

From 10th May (See notes to editors for further detail):

  • An increase in the numbers that can meet outdoors for social/recreational purposes, including in private gardens – maximum of 3 households or 6 people.
  • Organised outdoor gatherings with a maximum attendance of 15 people.
  • Outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people.
  • Phased reopening of non-essential retail. Click and collect, in store by appointment only and outdoor retail can recommence from 10th May.  All remaining retail to reopen from 17th May.
  • Reopening of personal services by appointment.
  • Reopening of galleries, museums, other cultural attractions and libraries (lending services only).
  • Recommencement of in-person religious services. No communions or confirmations should take place.
  • Funerals– 50 mourners permitted at service. Related events, either before or after should not take place.
  • Weddings –
    • Services - 50 guests permitted at service (civil or religious).
    • Celebration/Reception - 6 for indoor gatherings/15 for outdoor gatherings.
  • Inter-county travel can resume.
  • Increase in numbers on public transport, up to 50% of normal capacity.

Vaccine bonus

From 10th May, indoor private home visiting is permitted (without masks or social distancing) in the following cases:

Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than 3 households present.

Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household, provided that they are not at risk of severe illness and no more than 3 households are present.  

June 2021

Subject to prevailing disease situation and a full assessment by public health at that time

From 2nd June:

  1. Accommodation services including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can reopen. Services including leisure facilities, indoor restaurant and bar services must be restricted to overnight guests/residents only.

From 7th June:

  • Outdoor sports matches can recommence (no spectators).  
  • Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only.
  • Outdoor services in restaurants and bars can recommence, with groups limited to a maximum of 6 people.
  • The numbers of guests attending wedding celebration/reception can increase to 25.
  • Visiting indoors in private homes – visitors from one other household is permitted.

Medium Term

A number of higher-risk activities will be considered at the end of June for later in the year including:

  • Indoor hospitality (restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos).
  • Indoor team/group sports including matches, training and exercise classes.
  • Mass gatherings/events (including spectators) indoors and outdoors.
  • International travel 

Business Supports

Recovery will include economic measures to help businesses and get people back to work.  Clear sectoral guidance and supports for business will be provided at each stage to ensure safe reopening.  There will be no cliff edge in financial supports for businesses. Any business currently availing of CRSS and that can now reopen as restrictions are eased will be able to avail of double restart week payments for two weeks subject to the statutory maximum of €5,000 per week to support them in meeting the costs of reopening as they exit the scheme.

Read the Speech by An Taoiseach -here and Post Cabinet Statement - here.
Download the infographic - here.
Read more here.

Update on COVID-19 vaccine deliveries
5 May 2021

Ireland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme strategy is to distribute all available vaccine as quickly as is operationally possible, prioritising those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

The programme is based on the principles of safety, effectiveness and fairness, with the objective of reducing severe illness, hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19 infection.

See at the link here an update on the total number of vaccines delivered to Ireland, up to and including Sunday 2 May 2021.

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Message to those who have been vaccinated
On Tuesday 4th May, 2021, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer launched an open letter to those who have been vaccinated on what comes next. To read the letter go here.

Thousands of Irish Pubs Still Need Permission to Serve Outside
A number of papers look at the challenges facing pubs and restaurants – with thousands currently without permission to sell alcohol outdoors left with just weeks before outdoor opening is set to be permitted from June 7. Cities and towns including Galway, Dublin and Cork have by-laws that ban drinking in public, and proprietors will need special permission to sell drinks in a public place from their local authority. Mark McGowan, the president of the Restaurant Association of Ireland, has urged local authorities to do all they can to facilitate the reopening of restaurants and pubs where outdoor seating provision allows.
Read more: Irish Mirror   Dublin Live   The Irish Times
Important Reminders


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
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.
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.


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