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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Galway Library on 091 509388. See the flyer here.
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
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.
Please note the workshops are delivered over 2 days PART 1 and PART 2. Participants 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.
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:
Tuesday 2nd November: 7.00pm-8.30pm
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01 830 7033 and ask for the Advocacy Team.
Check out the upcoming NCBI Advocacy Network Activities at the link here.
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 email@example.com or on 089 4126491.
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 & Cardshttps://bit.ly/3ASrddD and visit www.mychild.ie.
Watch the campaign videoclip here.
Misleór Festival of Nomadic Cultures
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Galway City Community Call Helpline New Flyer GraphicsThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below the new graphics for the Community Call for Galway City, for your information and onwards circulation and promotion:
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
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.