GCCN News 2020
May 19th

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
GCCN Communication
Dear GCCN Member,
As the
COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease throughout the country, the communication we will be sending out to all GCCN members will now include both the GCCN COVID-19 related newsletters you have been receiving regularly since March and the standard GCCN newsletters containing members' news and events and other non-COVID-19 related information.
If you have any news or events you wish to share with us go

Upcoming SPCs and LCDC Meetings


A series of Strategic Policing Committee (SPC) meetings and the ocal Community Development Committee (LCDC) will be held as follows:

Structure Date of the meeting
SPC3: Economic, Community and Cultural Development - here 22nd May
SPC5: Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity - here 26th May
Local Community Development Committee - here 27th May
SPC1: Housing and Social Inclusion - here 29th May
Check the GCCN Diary Dates - here  

If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for any of the upcoming SPCs and LCDC meetings, please contact

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Rightsizing to More Age-Appropriate Housing
Age Friendly Survey
Age Friendly Ireland is conducting a survey on rightsizing (downsizing, or moving to a more age-appropriate house). This piece of work is being carried out in the context of the Housing Options for our Ageing Population Policy Statement.
Age Friendly are interested in hearing the views of older people across the country in relation to their perceptions and experiences of rightsizing. This survey follows on from research carried out by Fingal PPN last year on the same topic.
The link to the online version of the questionnaire is:
The survey is open until 20th May.

Below please find a printable PDF of the questionnaire and background information.
  • Questionnaire - see here
  • Survey background - see here
  • Project description - see here.
2019 GAA MacNamee Award Winners - Longford Leader

‘How to Age Well’ Webinar
Featuring Mícheal Ó Muircheartaigh

Tuesday 19th May 6.30pm-7.30pm 

Those in the GAA missing the unmistakable tones and tales of Michel Ó Muircheartaigh are in for a treat next Tuesday 19th May 6.30pm-7.30pm when the broadcasting legend contributes to a special webinar on wellbeing on the topic of ‘How to Age Well’.

The live event, supported by Irish Life and hosted by GAA and TILDA, will feature evidence and anecdotes revealing the secrets of a long and happy life.

See a press release here with details and link on how you can join the live event.

For more information contact: 
  • Colin Regan, GAA Community & Health manager on
  • Prof Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin on 
For those who cannot attend on Tuesday, you will be able to access the recording afterwards on GAA YouTube and GAA Facebook
Newsletter - IHREC - Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Student Bursary Scheme

As part of their work in promoting the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission IHREC has launched their bursary scheme for prospective students for the Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality at the Institute of Public Administration.
The student bursary scheme 2020 will support applications from civil society organisation representatives only.
The 2020 Bursary application process is open from 7th May until 5pm, Monday 15th June.
See details here.

Virtual Biodiversity Week 2020
Monday, May 18th -  Sunday, May 24th

This year, Friends of Merlin Woods are bringing Biodiversity week online with a number of interactive events and discussions ongoing for the week as follows:

Biodiversity week art competition: Bug Life
You are invited to create a story about the tiny creatures we share our homes, gardens or wild areas with: real or imagined, hairy, slimy or crusty. The competition is open to all ages and collaboration is welcomed. Artworks can be in any medium including drawing, photography, dance, sculpture, music or drama. Entries can be submitted in photo or video to or uploaded to the group page Friends of Merlin Woods on Facebook. Closing Date May 24th at 9pm
Thanks to Debbie Reilly for her input for the art competition , she will be helping us judge the winners . 

Facebook Live Events 
A series of Facebook events will be held from May 18th until May 24th.
Check the Virtual Biodiversity Week 2020 MerlinWoods events page on Facebook for the full programme which will include talks on the red squirrel, wildlife and healthy habitats, biodiversity and the actions everyday people can make in relation to protecting and preserving our beautiful wildlife areas.

Friends of Merlin Woods are also encouraging people to get out and photograph wildlife and record it to the National Biodiversity Centre. If needed, Friends of Merlin Woods can offer help with the identification of different wildlife species.
Resources for the Implementation of the
Charities Governance Code

Carmichael published a new guidance document, Resources Available to Help With the Implementation of the Charities Governance Code which was developed to help charities that are implementing the Charities Governance Code by matching the standards in the Code against resources that are available to help with implementation. You can download the resources document here.

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