GCCN News 2020
June 12th

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
  • Reminder of the GCCN Plenary: June 24th - read here
  • National Water Conservation Order - read here
  • Re-opening of Galway Public Libraries’ Services - read here
  • 2020 Health Promotion Conference: 18th June - read here
  • Digital Dublin Pride & Webinar: 18th - 28th of June - read here
  • Men's Health Week: 15th - 21st June - read here
Submit Your Event / Send Feedback / Get In Touch
Supports and Resources Research Projects
  • Accessibility/Utility of City Dashboards - read here
  • Food Behavioural Change During COVID-19- read here
  • Footpath Accessibility - Experience Sharing Workshop- read here
  • Rightsizing to More Age-Appropriate Housing - read here
GCCN Plenary

The next GCCN Plenary will be held online on
Wednesday, 24th June at 6.30pm. 

Register here today!
Further information on the Plenary will be sent in the coming days. For more details visit the GCCN website.
National Water Conservation Order
From 9th June to 21st July

Irish Water has confirmed that a National Water Conservation Order commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban will be in place from Tuesday 9 June until Tuesday 21 July.
The Water Conservation Order has been issued in a bid to safeguard water supplies for essential purposes.
View the Water Conservation Order here.
Find out more here.
Re-opening of Galway Public Libraries’ Services
Galway Library Service has begun a phased reopening. Online services will continue to be provided as will services to cocooners and the postal service for visually impaired. 
In addition, a Contact and Collect service (click on picture on the left) and a Summer Reading Challenge for Children are now provided from Ballybane Library, City Library and Westside Library. A Mobile Service will also be made available shortly.
See further details here
2020 Health Promotion Conference
18th June - Online Event

Registration Deadline 16th June 2020

The annual Health Promotion Conference takes place this year virtually and is focusing on how to use health promotion for a more equitable and sustainable environment.
A presentation of the Woodlands for Health Programme will be delivered at the conference by Mental Health Ireland in conjunction with Get Ireland Walking and Coillte.
The registration deadline is 16th June 2020.
For the full virtual online programme, registration and submission of abstracts go here.

‘Pride & Prejudice’ Webinar
Digital Dublin Pride 
18th - 28th of June

As part of the Digital Dublin Pride that will take place from the 18th to the 28th of June, the National Action Group for LGBT+ Traveller & Roma Rights invites you to the 'Pride & Prejudice’ Webinar.
The webinar will be held on the 22nd of June from 7 to 8.30pm and will involve a panel of LGBT+ Travellers, Roma, Romani and Gypsy participants who will be discussing experiences and issues of discrimination within the LGBT+ community, and how Pride is still very much a protest.
To register for the webinar please email

To Support LGBT+ Traveller and Roma you can take part in the “Coming Out as an Ally Campaign. To find out more contact:
See the Pride Webinar invite here and the June Programme here.
For further details visit

Men's Health Week
15th - 21st June
International Men's Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself.  During 2020, it will run from Monday 15th until Sunday 21st June.
The key theme this year is is Restoring the Balance and throughout the week, everyone is invited to be part of the solution and to do something realistic and practical - no matter how small - to help to restore some balance in their lifes, especially in these unusual times. For more information visit Men's Health Week Facebook here or website here
Supports and Resources
Mental Health Ireland
Workshops for Community Groups
Mental Health Ireland have developed a series of workshops for community groups. Read more about them here. Click the Register Interest button if you have any questions or would like to book a workshop.
Galway Walking Route Map
Sport Ireland
Are you looking for new walking routes to explore in Galway?
Check out Sport Ireland's walking route map for walks within Galway.
The site allows you to specify the grade (difficulty and access) and length, so there is something for everyone. People are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors while adhering to Government protocols and public health guidelines.
Visit the map on the Sport Ireland website here.
Bereavement Support Line
Irish Hospice Foundation
The Irish Hospice Foundation have launched a new Bereavement Support Line in partnership with HSE Ireland.
If you need support at this time, please freephone 1800 80 70 77 to speak to a trained member of Irish Hospice Foundation or the HSE.
The service is available from 10am - 1pm, Monday to Friday.
For more information go here.
Research Projects
Accessibility/Utility of City Dashboards
Insight Data CentreProject

Heike Vornhagen from the Insight Data Centre in NUI Galway is currently researching how citizens can access data about their city online, specifically on websites called 'city dashboards'. There are dashboards for DublinCork and also an older one for Galway and the aim of this project is to understand how accessible they are in terms of use and content and how useful are these dashboards to the community.
After working closely with members of the community to try and pinpoint what needs to be included on such a dashboard Heike has created a prototype model and is now looking for people to help her test it.
The test involves the exploration of the prototype given a set scenario and uses think-aloud methods to capture feedback. This would be facilitated via Zoom online and should not take longer than 20min.
If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch with Heike at

Food Behavioural Change
During COVID-19
How and to what extent has COVID-19 changed our relationship to food: how we plan, obtain, grow, prepare and eat food?
Take the CitizenScience survey on food habits during the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to a better understanding of the role of our food system in times of pandemic compared to that in other EU countries.
This is an Insight Centre for Data Analytics NUI Galway Ireland initiative. Go to the survey here.
Footpath Accessibility
Experience Sharing Online Workshop
The Crowd4Access citizen science project are looking for people to join an online focus group to help them understand what are the urban elements that either support or create barriers for footpath accessibility.People have different experiences when navigating footpaths around the city. Is there any specific challenge that you face over and over again? Are there solutions that, if implemented, would make your mobility much easier?Crowd4Access aims at empowering citizens to map the accessibility of cities through crowdsourcing and data analytics.
If you wish to join the online focus group or would like to learn more about this study, please send an email to Bianca Pereira at
For more information visit this link here.
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). 
Age Friendly are interested in hearing the views of older people across the country in relation to their perceptions and experiences of rightsizing. 

Go to online version of the questionnaire here.  
The closing date for the survey has been extended to 30th June 2020.
Below please find a printable PDF of the questionnaire and background information.
  • Questionnaire - see here
  • Survey background - see here
  • Project description - see here.

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