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GCCN News



20th October 2021

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

GCCN Network News
Galway Updates
  • Upcoming SPC and LCDC Meetings - read here
  • Local Community Festivals Grant Scheme 2021 Awardees - read here

Funding
  • Environment and Nature Fund 2021 - read here
  • The Housing Agency: Research Support Programme 2021 - read here
  • Special Bursaries for Youth Workers - read here

National Updates
  • Your guide to Budget 2022 - read here
  • Budget Approval for the Youth Travel Card - read here
  • Free Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for Children Aged 2 to 17 - read here

Events and Initiatives



Have your Say
Workshops, Webinars and Courses
  • Reimagining Sustainable Development - read here
  • TOUCH -TYPE READ AND SPELL (TTRS) Service - read here
  • Age Friendly Ireland - International Webinar Series - read here
  • Climate Action Workshop West Region - read here
  • Alcohol-Related Brain Injury Course November 2021 - read here
  • New Online Healthy Food Made Easy Courses - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates
  • COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing our Recovery & Reconnecting - read here
  • Updates to Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme - read here
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Reminders
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here
The next deadline for submitting events and information you wish to share with the GCCN Newsletter is
Tuesday 2nd November.

Contact communications@gccn.ie
GCCN Network News
Galway Updates

Upcoming SPC and LCDC Meetings
November 2021
The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:
 
Meeting Date Details
Local Community Development Committee Wednesday
3rd November
                                
See details here
                      Transportation SPC                          Tuesday
9th November
See details here
             Housing and Social Inclusion SPC          Friday
     26th November   
See details here

If you wish to highlight any issues or make comments relevant to any of the structures above please contact developement@gccn.ie and your suggestions will be communicated to the GCCN representatives.


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

Local Community Festivals Grant Scheme 2021 Awardees
Congratulations to all the groups and organisations that were approved funding under the Local Community Festivals Grant Scheme for 2021!

In total 12 projects have been approved funding under the Local Community Festivals Grant Scheme for 2021 for a variety of events/festivals throughout the city organised by local residents.

Galway City Council supports community festivals in local areas to encourage participation in community life. The Council will support festivals or events which are organised and run by local residents as a way to reconnect the local community in line with the next and final phase of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Public health measures, guidance and advice that will come into place during September and October must be followed to enable us to come together to protect ourselves and to live our lives to the fullest extent possible.

For a full list of events/festivals approved under the Local Community Festivals Grant Scheme 2021 please see the Galway City Council website here.
Funding

Environment and Nature Fund 2021
Closing Date for applications 12 November 2021

The Community Foundation for Ireland in partnership with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is inviting community groups to apply for grant funding to engage an ecologist and develop a Community Biodiversity Plan (CBP) for their local area.
Within the scheme, three levels of grant funding will be offered: 

Strand 1: Grants of up to €5,000 for community groups to work with an ecologist to classify their local habitats, assess their condition and extent, map them, and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity 

Strand 2: Grants of up to €7,500 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with one or two land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity 

Strand 3: Grants of up to €10,000 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with three to five land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity 

Full details including criteria and application process are available here. 


The Housing Agency: Research Support Programme 2021
Closing Date: 5th Nov, 2021

The  Housing Agency: Research Support Programme aims to fund projects which respond to key topical issues in housing and have the potential to impact on housing policy and practice. The 2021 Research Support Programme is strongly aligned with the Government’s Housing for All plan.

For 2021 the Housing Agency is interested in proposals under the overarching theme of Housing – Our Shared Future, under two main research strands.

1. Children and Housing
The Children and Housing theme responds to Pathway 2 of Housing for All “Eradicating Homelessness, Increasing Social Housing Delivery and Supporting Social Inclusion”.

Research projects that focus on the impact housing has on children’s quality of life and life chances will be considered. This may include, for example, children with disabilities, children in precarious housing situations and children from minority ethnic backgrounds.

2. Sustainability and Housing
The Sustainability and Housing theme reflects the Housing Agency’s strong commitment to supporting the development of sustainable and resilient communities. The theme also responds to the strong emphasis in Housing for All on embedding social, environmental and economic sustainability across the housing system.

Research projects can focus on one or more aspects of housing sustainability, for example, the town-centre first approach and sustainable communities, housing and climate change and housing in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Nature of Support and Timelines

The grant funding can contribute to activities such as literature reviews, policy reviews, best practice guides, policy evaluations and various primary research approaches depending on the setting.

We envisage that two successful proposals will be awarded grant funding in this round to a maximum of €60,000 per project (including VAT). Proposals awarded grant funding should be completed in 2022.

The Agency is open to joint funding of research projects with partnership organisations and welcomes collaborative proposals which may involve academic/professional researchers and practitioners working in the local authority, approved housing body, NGO sector and government sector.


Those wishing to apply for funding or other support can do so by completing an application form. Applicants are advised to consult the guidance document which provides further details on the programme.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Monday November 15th, 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted.


Applications will be assessed by a panel in accordance with the scoring system outlined in the application form. Funding will be at the absolute discretion of The Housing Agency, but an appeals mechanism will be introduced for unsuccessful applications. Appeals will be accepted, in writing only, within 14 days of the notification of the outcome of the competition.


Special Bursaries for Youth Workers - Train as a Certified Story Exchange Facilitator with Narrative 4

The Story Exchange is an evidence-based methodology, which teaches young people social and emotional skills and improves well-being. The Story Exchange increases peer support and instils a sense of resilience and belonging by reducing feelings of isolation.

The Narrative 4 Facilitator training will give you the skills to effectively deliver a Story Exchange programme in a school/youth group. You will be given access to an online toolkit and become a member of a growing community of practitioners.  The CPD (Certified Professional Development) online training consists of 4 short online modules and mentorship.

On completion, you will be able to deliver Story Exchanges in settings such as classrooms, youth centres, and online via Zoom. The training will take approximately 8 hours in total of self-directed learning modules & online workshops.

Throughout the year Narrative 4 Ireland offers a number of bursaries; providing recipients with free training. These bursaries are given priority to individuals/ organisations where budget is a barrier to training. Apply using the Facilitator application form, but please indicate in the application if you intend to apply for a bursary. 

For Autumn 2021 there are several bursaries on offer. Priority will be given to educators/ youth workers working with disadvantaged youth, Travellers /Mincéirs/ migrants youth. And Youth in direct provision centres. 

National Updates

Your guide to Budget 2022

The Budget 2022 measures were announced recently by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath.

Read more at the links below:

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Budget Approval for the Youth Travel Card

You may have already heard the good news that the National Executive’s recommendation for a Youth Travel Card was approved in Budget 2022.

With reference to the Young Adult Card, Minister Ryan said: “This exciting new initiative follows engagement with my colleague the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, and with representatives from Comhairle na nÓg, who first proposed the introduction of a youth card earlier this year. By giving all young people up to age 23 discounted public transport we’re hoping to build the habit of a lifetime."

Below please find some links below to articles published recently covering the good news.

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Children aged 2 to 17 can now get the free nasal spray flu vaccine

Children are twice as likely as adults to catch the flu.  
The children’s flu vaccine is free and available to all children aged 2 to 17 from participating GP practices and pharmacies. Their flu vaccine is given as a single spray in each nostril of the child's nose. Most children who get the flu have mild symptoms but sometimes children get seriously ill with the flu. Children, especially younger children, are also more likely than adults to get severe complications of flu.
 
Complications of the flu include:

  • pneumonia
  • bronchitis
  • inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) - this is rare
The flu vaccine is a safe, pain free and effective way to help protect children from the flu - and to protect others too, for example their brothers and sisters, parents and especially grandparents. Children who are sick with flu can sometimes miss weeks in crèche, childcare and school. If your child becomes sick with flu, they may also miss out on their usual activities such as hobbies and sports. If enough children are vaccinated against the flu, fewer children and adults will need to see their doctor or need treatment in hospital because of the flu during flu season.
 
Make an appointment with your GP or Pharmacist, or find out more about the children’s flu vaccine here

Please remember the following important flu vaccine facts that you can share with your family members:
  •        In the last 10 years, almost 5000 children were admitted to hospital with complications of flu. Almost 200 children had to have treatment in intensive care and 40 children died
  •        The nasal flu vaccine is the recommended vaccine for children who are in at-risk groups and have conditions like chronic heart, liver or respiratory diseases
  •        The nasal flu vaccine protects against the same strains as the vaccine given to at risk groups and 65s+
  •        The nasal flu vaccine has been found to be more effective for children than the flu injection
  •        The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu and you cannot spread the flu to others after getting the nasal flu vaccine
  •        A small number of children between the age of 2 to 8 years who are at risk and have never had the flu vaccine before will need 2 doses of the Nasal Flu vaccine 4 weeks apart for protection
  •        The flu vaccine for children has been given to children in the US since 2003 and in the UK since 2013 and in Ireland since 2020
  •        A study from the UK showed a 94% reduction in primary school age children and a 59% reduction in adults GP influenza like illness consultations.

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Have your say!

Launch of Your Vision, Our Future
Public Consultation of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare 

Your Vision, Our Future opened on 20 October 2021. It is the public consultation of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare (the Commission) and is seeking opinions on various elements of our taxation and welfare systems, in particular views on how public services are funded into the future. Speaking today, the Chair of the Commission Professor Niamh Moloney said, “Through the establishment of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare, Government has given us the opportunity to influence our shared future and help position our tax and welfare systems to meet future challenges and to build on opportunities arising. Everyone can engage with the Your Vision, Our Future platform at cotw.citizenspace.com”

The Commission was established earlier this year and is an independent body tasked by Government to “review how best the taxation and welfare system can support economic activity and income redistribution, whilst promoting increased employment and prosperity in a resilient, inclusive and sustainable way and ensuring that there are sufficient resources available to meet the costs of public services and supports in the medium and longer term.” The specific terms of reference for the Commission can be found at gov.ie/cotw.
Read more here.

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Galway City Public Consultations
Reminder

Millar's Lane Upgrade: open until 22nd October 2021

An update on progress of Millar’s Lane upgrade is provided through a brochure and drawings available for download at www.galwaycity.ie/millarslane.

Feedback, questions, and support are invited in writing, by email, or through the online feedback form that will be made available soon here before the closing date on Friday 22nd October 2021.


Public Notice – Eglinton Canal: open until Friday 29th October 2021
Details of the proposed development are available at https://www.galwaycity.ie/news/2260/59/Public-Notice-Eglinton-Canal or at www.activetravelgalway.ie.
Observations and submissions should be made through an online form (see www.activetravelgalway.ie) or in writing and addressed to Mr. Uinsinn Finn, A/Director of Services, Transportation & Planning, Yeats College Annex, College Road, Galway or emailed to activetravel@galwaycity.ie before 4.00 p.m. on the 29th of October 2021.


Public Notice - Doughiska Road (South): Open until Friday 29th October 2021
Details of the proposed development are available at https://www.galwaycity.ie/news/2258/59/Public-Notice-Doughiska-Road-South or at www.activetravelgalway.ie.
Observations and submissions should be made through an online form (see www.activetravelgalway.ie) or in writing and addressed to Mr. Uinsinn Finn, A/Director of Services, Transportation & Planning, Yeats College Annex, College Road, Galway or emailed to activetravel@galwaycity.ie before 4.00 p.m. on the 29th of October 2021.


Workshops, Webinars and Courses

Reimagining Sustainable Development
Webinar Series

REGISTER HERE

The autumn/winter instalment of Engineers Without Borders Ireland's new webinar series, "Reimagining Sustainable Development: Achieving Resilient Communities" will explore how we can reimagine how we live, the kind of cities we create and how we can collaborate across our different backgrounds and cultures to create more just, equitable societies.

  • Wed, 3rd Nov, 1.30pm: "Technology Innovations for Sustainable Development- EWB Australia's approach to Technology Development" - Angus Mitchell, Technology Development Lead, EWB Australia
  • Wed 17th November, 1.30pm: "The Transformative Potential of Community Led Housing" -Tom O'Donnell & Colin McDonnell, Self-Organised Architecture
  • Wed 1st December, 1.30pm: "Children, The City & Play" - Aaron Copeland, A Playful City

You can find further details and the registration link here.

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TOUCH -TYPE READ AND SPELL (TTRS) Service

 

Galway Library Service is now offering free access to Touch-Type Read and Spell (TTRS) services.
TTRS takes a multi-sensory approach to learning, where a user hears the words spoken through headphones or speakers, sees the words printed on the screen, and is prompted as to which fingers to press via the on-screen keyboard.

TTRS resource tool is particularly useful for those with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ASD and ADHD. It is extremely beneficial for those who experience spelling, reading, and writing difficulties.

TTRS is self-paced and can be customised to meet the needs of every learner. It is web-based so it can be used on your own device in the privacy of your own home.

To register for TTRS simply email: info@galwaylibrary.ie or phone Galway Library on 091 509388.
See the flyer here.

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Age Friendly Ireland Announces International Webinar Series
Save the Dates
Age Friendly Ireland announces International Webinar Series streaming Live from the Solstice Arts Centre.

Make sure to save the following dates in your diary and to look for the registration information that will be available online soon. 
  • 2nd Nov 2021 - Housing
  • 14th Dec 2021 - Community Support and Health Services
  • 11th Jan 2022 - Social Participation
  • 8th Feb 2022 - Respect & Social Inclusion
  • 8th Mar 2022 - Communication & Information
  • 12th Apr 2022 - Transportation
  • 10th May 2022 - Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  • 14th June 2022 - Civic Participation and Employment

To contact Age Friendly Ireland, please email rleavy@meathcoco.ie. 

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Climate Action Workshop West Region
8th & 9th November

The next Let’s Talk Climate Action Workshop is due to take place in the West Region on the 8th & 9th November.
 
Let’s Talk Climate Action is a 3 hour online workshop delivered over two sessions. The workshop offers a general introduction to Climate Action and Sustainable Development and is led by Gavin Harte.

This workshop will assist participants to better understand the need for climate action at a local level and community level and help learners to build climate action capacity within their local Age-Friendly groups.
 
The workshop offers an introduction to climate science, its impacts and possible solutions. It also helps learners to promote climate actions at a local level. Topics covered will include

Session 1 Session 2
The Science of Climate Change Examples of Climate Action
There Is No More Debate -  Q&A Exploring Climate Actions at a local level
Climate Action -  Globally, Nationally and Locally The Climate Is Changing! Will You? Changing Behaviour.
Adaptation and Mitigation What do they mean? Sustainable Energy Community
FOLLOWED BY SMALL GROUP EXCERCISE FOLLOWED BY SMALL GROUP EXCERCISE

REGISTRATION

The registration link for both sessions is: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkduirqD0vH9d_MofYTflcg0pLeSHkafZx

Please note the workshops are delivered over 2 days PART 1 and PART 2Participants should attend both days. 
Once registered each participant will receive an email with a link to join the session. The same link is used for both sessions.


Please find Flyer for Climate Action Workshop in the West Region here.

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Alcohol-Related Brain Injury Course November 2021

A few places have just become available on the Alcohol-Related Brain Injury (ARBI) Course facilitated by Western Region Drug & Alcohol Task Force.

This course will include five 2-hour sessions run over five Tuesdays in November and it will explore:

  • What is ARBI?
  • What are the impacts of ARBI on the individual, their family, and the services they come in contact with?
  • Adaptations that can be made in providing person-centred treatment to people at risk of ARBI

Click the link below to see the course details and booking link.

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New Online Healthy Food Made Easy Courses

There will be two online Healthy Food Made Easy programmes starting Tuesday 2nd November and Wednesday 3rd November, one in the morning and one in the evening.
Please see the poster here for your information.
The programme times are as follows:

  1. Tuesday 2nd November: 7.00pm-8.30pm
  2. Wednesday 3rd November: 10:00am-11:30am

The online Healthy Food Made Easy programme is suitable for adults who would like to gain practical information on healthy eating and experiment with healthy dishes that are quick and easy to prepare.
The programme will be delivered over 6 weeks.
There will be one live Zoom session each week with a trained Healthy Food Made Easy Leader.
New recipes will be shared each week for participants to try out at home. Links to demonstration videos will also be provided.
 
Please note that registration is essential as places are limited. To register, or for more information, contact Andrew on 087  777 7790 or email amcbride@galwaycoco.ie.

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Events and Initiatives

Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland - Let's Get Back Campaign

‘Let’s Get Back’, is a national awareness campaign encouraging the Irish public to get back involved in the sport and exercise that they love. ‘Let’s Get Back’ has been created by Sport Ireland in partnership with Healthy Ireland to encourage members of the Irish public who are anxious or unsure about returning to sport and physical activity following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 

The campaign intends to reassure people that it is possible to do so in a safe and secure manner. The campaign will be supported by the National Governing Bodies of Sport in Ireland and the network of Local Sport Partnerships. 

Members of the public can get information on how to return to sport and activities in a safe way by visiting https://www.sportireland.ie/letsgetback. The campaign message is tailored to ensure that it reaches those most in need of support and encouragement and it is hoped that this campaign can touch the hearts and minds of every age, ethnicity, demographic, ability and more. 

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Anti-human Trafficking Awareness Initiative

On October 18th, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the Minister of State for Civil and Criminal Justice, Hildegarde Naughton TD, launched a public awareness initiative on human trafficking. The launch coincides with EU anti-trafficking day, which is marked on 18 October each year.

The key messages are that human trafficking is a crime that is happening in Ireland, that traffickers often profit from the misery of their victims in forced employment, and that the public need to be vigilant.   

Read more here.

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NCBI’s Advocacy Network Activities
For people who are blind or vision impaired

Are you a person living with sight loss? NCBI would like to promote their advocacy network to people who are blind, or vision impaired, in the Galway community.

By joining one of NCBI's Local Advocacy Networks and/or signing up for regular updates on the NCBI National Advocacy Network mailing list you can get involved in positive change for people who are blind, or vision impaired at a local and national level.

To join a Local Advocacy Network near you and sign up for the National Advocacy Network please email campaigns@ncbi.ie or tel: 01 830 7033 and ask for the Advocacy Team.

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Adult Safeguarding Day
November 19th, 2021 

Ireland’s first Adult Safeguarding Day is on Friday, November 19th.

Included below is advance information on the communications messages, organising events, the materials that will be available and timings.

The awareness drive is being coordinated by Safeguarding Ireland in partnership with organisations across the health, social, financial and justice sectors. 

Please get in touch with any queries at info@safeguardingireland.org


COMMUNICATIONS MESSAGES

Safeguarding means putting measures in place to promote people’s human rights and their health and wellbeing, to reduce the risk of harm and to empower people to protect themselves.

The campaign communications messages will be:

Rights
Safeguarding is  Upholding Our Rights 
Safeguarding is  Respect for my Rights 
 
Settings
Safeguarding is  Everybody Preventing Adult Abuse
Safeguarding is  Services and People Together  
 
Empowerment
Safeguarding is  I am Free from Harm
Safeguarding is  Independence and Choice.
  
 
INFORMATION EVENTS
 
Organisations can use the campaign as an opportunity for public awareness events that are focused on safeguarding. These can be anytime around the campaign period and may involve:
  • A public display, or meeting using the materials
  • A lunchtime, or evening seminar, about safeguarding issues relevant to your work
  • Include the campaign information in your newsletter
  • Make the leaflets available in a public place / put the posters on display / wear the badge!
  
 
INFORMATION PACKS
 
HARDCOPIES – These will be posted to you, or representative in your organisation arriving approx. a week before the campaign (November 12). The packs will include: 
  • A guiding cover note
  • Badges
  • Posters (two types)
  • Leaflets
  • A frame sheet for pictures on social media.
Additional badges, leaflets or posters available on request to info@safeguardingireland.org

SOFTCOPIES – The materials will go live ONLINE for download at www.safeguardingday.ie from Friday, November 12.

www.safeguardingday.ie / #safeguardingday21


Dementia and Virtual Reality Study 
18th October

Researchers in NUI Galway are seeking to design Virtual Reality (VR) technology with older adults living with dementia and their support persons.

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?
VR is a technology that makes you feel as if you are in a different place. VR uses a head-mounted display and handheld controllers (displayed on right).

Are you interested in having your voice heard on the design of VR?
NUI Galway would like to hear from people living with dementia or memory difficulties (over the age of 59) and their nominated support person.

If you are interested in getting involved contact Alsing Flynn at a.flynn15@nuigalway.ie or on 089 4126491.




 

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Active Play Campaign
Message 1. Let's Move and Play Everyday
I love to kick my feet and wriggle

HSE Health Promotion & Improvement in partnership with Galway CYPSC Early Years Committee and a range of stakeholders are working together on a campaign over the next few months to support children 0-1 years to meet the recommended physical activity guidelines.  
 
Please see details below for Message 1. Let's Move and Play Everyday - I love to kick my feet and wriggle

Babies need lots of opportunities every day for free movement (with supervision) to help their growth and development. It is important that the amount of time a baby is not active is limited to no more than an hour at a time except when they are sleeping. This includes time spent awake in car seats, bouncer, walkers and buggies. It is best to place your baby in a flat pram for the first 6 months. For more ideas and information to support active play for babies please see Active Play Every Day Leaflet & Cards  https://bit.ly/3ASrddD and visit www.mychild.ie.
Watch the campaign videoclip here.

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REMINDER
Misleór

Festival of Nomadic Cultures 
22-24 October

Misleór, which means ‘wanderer’ in the Irish Traveller language Cant (aka Gammon), is a truly special event: the only festival in Ireland that celebrates and connects nomadic cultures from around the world.

At a time when our freedom to move and travel feels more precious than ever, we invite you to join us for this unique gathering of people who cherish their nomadic heritage and identity.

With a vibrant and diverse programme of music, dance, theatre, film, storytelling, and visual art, this year Misleór explores a number of creative and contemporary themes, including the relationship between nomadism, nature, and environmental sustainability; the important role of horses in Traveller and nomadic cultures; and art as a powerful force to promote cultural rights.

The festival will be happening in Galway from 22-24 October.
The festival programme is available at the link here.

Register here
All events are free. Booking via Eventbrite essential for indoor events. Spaces limited! For more information contact: misleorfestival@gmail.com.
 

GRETB Local Creative Youth Partnership

Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board is pleased and proud to be appointed as one of the second cohort of three new pilot Local Creative Youth Partnerships. 
 
GRETB would like to take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders who contributed to the initial application in 2018 and look forward to creating new and building on existing partnerships during the roll out of this pilot scheme in 2021/2022.
 
Please find a brief overview of the Local Creative Youth Partnership in English here and in Irish here.

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COVID-19 Related Updates

COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing our Recovery & Reconnecting

On Tuesday 19th October 2021, following public health advice, Government has agreed that the remaining aspects of the hospitality, entertainment and night-time economy sector can reopen only with the full range of protective measures in place and the wide and robust implementation of the COVID-19 pass.

This will allow us to move forward carefully with Ireland’s plan for the next phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 infection rates are once again increasing along with hospitalisation and ICU admissions. However, thanks to the hard work and exceptional support of the Irish people for the Vaccination Programme, we are in a position to continue our careful and gradual approach to re-opening.
Read more here.

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Updates to Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has announced several updates to Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. These updates follow recommendations made by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The CMO has endorsed these recommendations.

  • The NIAC has recommended that a booster dose of Comirnaty® (Pfizer) vaccine be offered to all those aged 60 to 79 years who have completed their primary course with any COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The booster dose should ideally be given six months (with a minimum interval of five months) following completion of the primary vaccination schedule.
  • If a person in a group for whom a booster dose is recommended has had laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infection after a completed primary vaccine course (i.e., a breakthrough infection), the booster dose should be delayed for at least six months after the COVID-19 infection was diagnosed.

Read more here.

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Reminders


REMINDER

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
📧 covidsupport@galwaycity.ie
 
REMINDER

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
REMINDER
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.

 
REMINDER
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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