GCCN Network News 2019#1
January 11th 2019

Dear GCCN Member,

Welcome to the first edition of GCCN Network News for 2019. Below we have information on:
  • Join the City Hall Protest to demand Wardens for Galway's Parks
  • ALIVE Winter Volunteering Fair
  • Galway Arts Centre - exhibition by Gerry Davis
  • ARD Women's Health Day 
  • Community Water Development Fund
  • First Fortnight Events
  • Review of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016
  • Consultation on a new National Strategy on Volunteering

Join City Hall Protest to demand Wardens for Galway's Parks
Public parks, woods and other green spaces are more and more recognised as essential to the health of people and to the wellbeing of the planet.

Sadly Galway city’s public parks are increasingly suffering from anti-social behaviour that is undermining all of the great work that has been undertaken over so many decades by volunteers of all ages. Issues such as litter, dumping, destruction of seating/tables and tree felling are undermining not only citizens’ enjoyment of our valuable green spaces but are also impacting negatively on wildlife species.

It is well past time that Galway city follows the centuries-old example of Dublin and Belfast in having dedicated full time park wardens. Such on-the-ground staff could regularly carry out essential maintenance, act as tour guides, dramatically decrease acts of vandalism and in the process restore public confidence and usage of a rich diverse range of meadows, forests, wetlands and parks that would be the envy of most other European cities.

A motion from Councillor Mark Lohan in requesting such a full-time parks crew is on the agenda of the first meeting of Galway City Council in 2019, that starts at 2pm on next Monday (January 14th).

So we are asking all lovers of our urban green amenities to join us at 1.40pm outside the front door of City Hall and demand that all councillors support this critical motion that could make our parks and natural heritage areas as popular as St. Stephens’ Green or Phoenix Park in Dublin, Hampstead Heath in London or Central Park in New York.

Lets make a positive start to the New Year by having our publicly elected local politicians implement a policy that will positively transform our parks and natural heritage areas
More Info

!!!Save the date!!!!!
ALIVE will hold a Winter Volunteering Fair as an opportunity to meet over 2000 students, staff and general public and offer them your volunteering activities on the 31st of January 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm at NUI Galway
Register below by 27th January   

Galway Arts Centre are kicking off an exciting year of events with the launch of an exhibition by Gerry Davis

All are welcome to the launch of Procession this coming Friday 11 January at 6pm. Procession is a solo exhibition of work produced since 2017 by Limerick based artist Gerry Davis, chronicling a dreamlike progression through ideas associated with painting, identity and the subjective obstacles encountered by a contemporary practicing artist.

Women's Health Day at ARD

ARD Family Resource Centre are running a Women's Health Day on Monday 14th January from 10am - 12:30pm with free Blood Pressure and Pulse Checks and checkups by the Marie Keating Foundation and many more.

Community Water Development Fund 2019

The Local Authority Waters Programme have announced the launch of an open call for applications to a Community Water Development Fund 2019. Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7.00pm.
The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive.  This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment. This can include the development of a catchment partnership or River/Lake Trust, and delivery of local projects to protect and improve water quality in a local waterbody. This fund will enable communities to get more involved in the management of their local water environment, delivering multiple benefits for present and future generations. The fund is administered by the Local Authority Waters Programme on behalf of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Types of projects considered will include:

  • Capital projects such as restoration/habitat conservation/natural flood mitigation measures.
  • Projects that promote public awareness/education and events such as biodiversity days, surveys, training workshops, surveys and plans, etc.
  • General amenity such as beach clean, improving amenity areas, bird watching facilities, etc.

Grants awarded will range from up to €5,000; up to €10,000 and up to €25,000. The fund is capped at €180,000 for 2019.
Application Form and Guidance Notes in respect of the Community Water Development Fund 2019 are available to download at or by contacting the Waters and Communities Office at 0761 06 5260 or .

First Fortnight has established itself as an arts and cultural event that challenges prejudices around mental health. Galway2020 and artistic groups around Galway are running a number of events over the fortnight. See below for more information in relation to what's happening.

Galway 2020 Supported First Fortnight Events
More Information on First Fortnight Events
Review of the implementation of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 and the Updated Plan 2015-2017
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has commenced a review of the implementation of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 and the Updated Plan 2015-2017 (NAPinclusion 2007-2017).  The review is being carried out by Indecon International Consultants. 
Indecon are now providing the opportunity for all interested stakeholders to contribute to the review by submitting their views in writing.  Details on the consultation process can be found below.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 16 January 2019.
Further Information
Consultation on a new National Strategy on Volunteering
The Department of Rural and Community Development are in the initial stages of developing a strategy for volunteering. The Dept has issued a ‘Call for Input’ (CFI) to inform and seek views from stakeholders on key topics under consideration to develop the National Strategy on Volunteering (the Strategy).
The purpose of this document is to:
  • Inform stakeholders of the proposed volunteering strategy;
  • Seek views from stakeholders on what constitutes volunteering;
  • Invite comments and proposals on the CFI including additional and emerging considerations which may further inform the Strategy.
The outcome of this CFI and potentially the input from a proposed National Advisory Group will inform the Department’s development of this volunteering strategy.

If you would like to contribute your views on volunteering, please download the Submission Form. The closing date for submissions is 3pm on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Submissions received after this time and date will not be considered. Only submissions made on the Submission Form will be considered

To return a submission electronically, please download the Submission Form and send your completed submission to in Word.doc format. Please note that returning the submissions in this format is required to facilitate the collation of information. If you wish, you may also return your submission in PDF format and Word.doc format. The subject line of your submission should read ‘Volunteering CFI Submission.’
Further Information

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