16 June 2022

Welcome to this edition of the GCCN News & COVID-19 Updates.
Below we have information on:

GCCN Network News
GCCN Reminders
  1. GCCN Climate Conversations 2022: 21 June - read here
  2. Active Travel Within Galway City and County: 27 June - read here

Funding, Bursaries and More
World Refugee Day 2022 Events
  • Walk the Talk Against Racism Walk: 18 June - read here
  • Direct Provision Documentary Screening: 20 June - read here
  • Visionation Drama Performance in Doughiska: 23 June - read here

Webinars and In-Person Events
  • IHREC Conference on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Ireland: 21 June - read here
  • LifeLine: 16 July - read here

Supports, Training, Initiatives and Resources
  • Health & Wellbeing Programmes and Resources: June 2022 - read here
  • Recovery and Resilience Training Programme - read here
  • Galway City Social Enterprise Collective - read here
  • EPA StopFoodWaste Campaign - read here
  • First Climate Action Plan 2021 Progress Report - read here

Public Consultations and Surveys
  • Parkmore Road Bus Priority Scheme - read here
  • Public Consultation on new Library Strategy - read here

  • Ukrainian Community Contact Centres: Galway City - read here
  • Galway City Ukrainian Community Response Forum - read here
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here

There are a number of vacancies on the GCCN Secretariat.
All interested members are invited to get in touch at for details and to express an interest.
Do you want to share events and information with our next GCCN Newsletter?
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GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates and Events

GCCN Climate Conversations 2022
Tuesday, June 21st 2022 - 6pm - Zoom

GCCN extends an invitation to all interested members to join the 2022 GCCN Climate Conversations meeting on Tuesday, June 21st from 6pm via Zoom.


Please do not forget to read the Photo/Video Release Form - attached here and send a signed copy to All participants need to sign this form before attending to consent to the use by the Department (DECC) of any video, photographs, slides, transparencies, and images taken during the meeting which will be recorded.

Read more here.
For any queries, contact Rebecca at

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Active Travel Within Galway City and County - 3rd meeting
June 27th | 6-8pm | Online Event

Join us for the 3rd meeting from the series Galway Active Travel held jointly by GCCN and Galway County PPN on June 27th from 6-8pm, online. 

With this third meeting, we aim to continue the conversations and bring together groups and individuals who are passionate about creating a Galway City and County that are accessible for all active travel.
Funding, Bursaries and More

Ireland for Ukraine Fund
Open for Grant Applications

Groups responding to the needs of Ukrainian people fleeing the war in Ukraine and seeking shelter here are being invited to apply for grants from the Ireland for Ukraine Fund through The Community Foundation for Ireland.
Applications are being invited through four strands namely Primary Response, Community Response, Specialised Response as well as Collaborative Response. The Community Foundation has formed the strands by identifying areas of need through its established network of voluntary, community and charitable partners across the country – many of which are actively supporting people who have left Ukraine with little or no belongings.
Find further details and application guidelines HERE.
The closing date for applications is 30th June 2022.

The grants, of up to €100,000 are being made available from the Ireland for Ukraine Fund, which represents the combined voice of leading media outlets and has received €5 Million in support from Government. All monies raised are being split 50:50 between addressing need in Ukraine and meeting the needs of people arriving into Ireland.

The Community Foundation for Ireland hosted an Information Webinar outlining the criteria and sharing tips on how to make a good application. This webinar was recorded and published on the organisation's YouTube Channel at the link

Local Community Festivals Grant Scheme 2022

Galway City Council has announced its Local Community Festivals Grant Scheme for 2022. Local communities planning festivals or events in their areas in the city in the coming months may be eligible for a small scale grant under this scheme.
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 to encourage, support and celebrate participation in neighbourhoods across Galway City.
A total fund of €15,000 is available this year and interested local communities are invited to apply. If your local communities are planning a festival or event in your local area, you may be eligible for a small scale grant under this scheme.
Applications can be completed online at
For any queries in relation to the above please email Emma Johnston at

The closing date for applications online under the
Local Community Festivals Grant Scheme 2022 is Friday, 1st July 2022 at 4.00pm.

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Misleór Film Bursary
Applications Open

Applications are now open for the Misleór Film Bursary to support an emerging filmmaker from the Traveller community. 

The successful applicant will receive €2000 funding, as well as mentorship and support to produce a short documentary, which will premiere at the Misleór Festival of Nomadic Cultures in 2022.
To apply you must be:
- From the Traveller community
- Based in Galway (city or county) or telling a story connected to Galway
- Aged 18+
- Fill out this online application form:
- Record a video of yourself answering the questions on the form, and email the video to
DEADLINE for applications is 5pm Monday 27th June.

Any further information please email:

The Misleór Film Bursary is supported by Ardán, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Galway City of Film, Galway City Council, Galway County Council and Galway Traveller Movement.

Schools & Sports Clubs Cycle Parking
Expression of Interest 2022

Galway City Council is making cycle and scooter parking available to schools and sports clubs, in support of Bike Week and European Mobility Week 2022.

Schools and sports clubs are invited to fill in the online expression of interest and to indicate the level of cycle/ scooter parking requested.

Read more here.

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Create, Galway Arts Centre and Creative Places Tuam Artist Residency Award: June 27
Create, Galway Arts Centre and Creative Places Tuam invite expressions of interest from collaborative socially engaged artists who are from a minority ethnic background, have first-hand experience of displacement and/or are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration.  For this residency, candidates may self-identify as Traveller, Roma, refugee, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories. The residency runs over four weeks, 5th-30th September 2022. The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is the 27th June 2022. Full details can be found here.

 DRCD Community Centres Investment Fund: 14 July
The Community Centres Investment Fund will provide funding for the improvement and refurbishment of existing community centres in both urban and rural areas. Guidelines and a sample application form can be accessed from the DRCD webpage Registration is now open. Applicants need to register as 'users' on the portal at the following link in advance of the application opening date on 7th June 2022. The closing date for applications is Thursday 14th July 2022. Please submit any queries and/or requests to be added to the mailing list to
World Refugee Day Events 2022

Walk the Talk Against Racism Walk
Ballinahinch Estate, Galway, Saturday, 18th June @ 11am
(pick up from Eglinton Hotel)

To mark World Refugee Day, Walk the Talk Galway are heading to Ballinahinch castle on Saturday 18th June for a free walk and connection time in the woods of the estate. It is a full-day event with lunch provided.

Transport is also provided (2 pickup locations: Salthill and Travelodge). For more details and to register please see here, or contact the committee at

Walk the Talk walks are open to asylum seekers, refugees, ethnic minorities and the general public, as they are about mixing communities.

Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) Direct Provision
Documentary Screening
Pálás Theatre, 20th June at 7:30pm

To mark World Refugee Day, the NUI Galway University of Sanctuary Steering Committee will collaborate with the Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) to screen the OCO's documentary entitled 'Direct Division Film', a documentary account of children’s experiences of living in Direct Provision in Ireland.
Please register here

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with contributions from the Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO), Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), NUI Galway and Galway's BRIDGE Project.
  • Tickets are free but places are limited.
  • Facebook event link here.

World Refugee Day- Visionation Drama Performance in Doughiska
Thursday 23rd June- 7.30pm-9pm

To celebrate World Refugee Day, ARD Family Resource Centre in partnership with Visionation Drama Group Galway are hosting a lively evening of drama, discussion, live music and food.

All are welcome to this special event which takes place on Thursday, June 23rd from 7.30pm-9pm.
Please note: this event is for Over 16s Only!
Webinars and In-person Events

IHREC Conference on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Ireland, 21 June 2022 ZOOM

As Ireland's National Rapporteur on the Trafficking of Human Beings, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is pleased to invite you to the launch of the first 'National Anti-Trafficking Report' and the 'Inaugural Conference on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Ireland' held on 21 June 2022 from 11am via Zoom.

Register by email at

The report will set out the Commission's key findings and recommendations and the conference will provide an open and constructive platform for discussion of the current State and international response to tackling human trafficking. It will also highlight the Commission's role in monitoring and assessing the States' response to human trafficking.

Conference Programme:

  • 11:00-13:00 Report Launch
  • 14:00-16:30 Thematic Workshops:
  1. Child Trafficking
  2. Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking
  3. Barriers to Prosecution of Human Trafficking Offences
See the flyer with more details here.

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July 16th, 2022

Galway Community Circus invite you to LifeLine, Europe's largest highwire spectacle performed over the River Corrib and Claddagh Basin in Galway City. Staged on 7 highwires and featuring a cast of 150 people of all ages and backgrounds, LifeLine will feature a stunning display of strength and resilience over one of Ireland’s most iconic waterways.
LifeLine is a free, drop-in event running continually over five hours on Saturday, 16 July from 1:30-6:30pm, with the finale performance ‘BassAlto’ at 5:30pm.
LifeLine is part of the 2022 Galway International Arts Festival.
Supports, Training, Initiatives and Resources

Health & Wellbeing Programmes and Resources
June 2022

Information on some current health and wellbeing programmes and resources is outlined in the PDF file here.

The Programmes and Resources included are:

  • Free online Stress Control Programme – starting June 20th
  • Free online Minding Your Wellbeing Programme
  • Free online course Managing Stress and Anxiety (40 mins)
  • Exercise for Wellbeing Videos (Yoga, Pilates, Chair Yoga, Strength and Conditioning)
  • Self-management Support – HSE dedicated web page for people with long-term health conditions
  • QUIT Smoking West
  • HSE Tobacco Free Ireland – New Publications 
  • Alcohol – low-risk guidelines and support
  • Let's go EASY on the treats – START campaign
  • Men’s Health Week - June 13th -19th
  • The Art of Being Healthy and Well Symposium – Virtual Event (June 22)
  • Sexual Wellbeing
  • My Options - unplanned pregnancy support
  • Sun Smart Campaign
  • Health Promotion Publications –

The information was collated by Health Promotion & Improvement, HSE Health and Wellbeing Division, Community Healthcare West.

Recovery and Resilience Training Programme
Carmichael Free Courses

Carmichael have added new Free workshops to the Recovery and Resilience Training Programme, which is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland as part of a wider Covid-19 Fund for Recovery. The Community Foundation for Ireland hopes that this funding will strengthen the skills base of the sector around fundraising, digital, governance and leadership, and build resilience among volunteer and staff teams. This programme is run in collaboration with Volunteer Ireland.

Below is a list of available workshops:

Registration is open to Irish non-profit board members, staff and volunteers. A maximum of two people from any one Irish non-profit can register per workshop in the Recovery and Resilience Training ProgrammeThe training is limited to two workshops per person.

Contact if you have any questions.

Galway City Social Enterprise Collective

The most recent Galway City Social Enterprise Collective article published in the Galway Advertiser is entitled " Galway Community Circus: Fuelling Creativity, Confidence and Change" and is now available for download here.

Previous resources include:

- A video encasing the #ChooseGalwaySocial message available to view on Youtube here.

- Print Media:
  1. Galway City Partnership - Thursday 14 April: read here
  2. Westside Resource Centre - Thursday 28 April: read here
  3. An Mheitheal Rothar - - Thursday 12 May: read here
  4. GoCom Radio - Thursday 26 May: read here
- Radio:
  1. Fiona Blaney (GCP), Martin Ward and Keith Mc Donagh (Bounce Back Recycling) were on the Keith Finnegan Show:
  2. James Coyne (Westside Resource Centre) and Cathy Coote (An Mheitheal Rothar) were on Connemara Community Radio
- GoCom Radio interviews:
  1. Westside Resource Centre - watch here
  2. Galway Community Circus - watch here
The Galway City Social Enterprise Collective is a group of six social enterprises that came together earlier in the year and secured funding, to raise awareness around social enterprises, under the ARISE programme. The social enterprises participating are An Mheitheal Rothar, Bounce Back Recycling, Galway City Partnership, Galway Community Circus, Go Com Radio and Westside Resource Centre.
Social media
Keep an eye out on all the social media platforms of these six social enterprises including their Websites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


EPA StopFoodWaste Campaigns
June - July Campaign

The EPA’s Stop Food Waste programme is the national food waste prevention campaign, providing guidance and resources to help people reduce their food waste.
During June and July, EPA's aim is to make people aware that ‘knowing what meals you’re going to eat’ can save money, time and help you feel more organised. As well as avoiding food waste!

The simple steps EPA want people to take are thinking ahead about the meals you want over the coming days and being a smarter shopper.
If you can plan what you’re going to eat tomorrow or for the next few days, you will be less likely to buy and waste extra food you don’t need.
Find out what type of planner you are with our planning profiles at:
Do you want to feel more in control of what you’re going to eat during the week?
Planning some (or all!) of your meals will take some of the stress away during the busy working week.
More tips to ‘Know What You’re Going to Eat’ at: #StopFoodWaste
When you buy fresh food, try matching meals with similar ingredients.
For example, if you include spinach in a delicious curry for your evening meal, you can use up the rest in a salad for lunch the next day!
Learn more about how to #PlanToStopFoodWaste at

First Climate Action Plan 2021 Progress Report

The first Progress Report on the Climate Action Plan 2021 was published by Government today, detailing progress made on 423 climate action measures due for delivery in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.

It highlights climate action progress achieved in both quarters, while also emphasising the need to address barriers to implementation.

The challenging nature of climate action delivery remains evident, underscoring the difficult but necessary journey that Ireland has embarked upon by putting ambitious climate action targets into law through the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021.
Read more here.

Public Consultations and Surveys

Parkmore Road Bus Priority Scheme
Public Consultation open until 7 July 2022

Galway City Council proposes to provide the following measures on Parkmore Road (L-5147), from the junction with the R339 Monivea Road to the Parkmore Road Roundabout:

  • Provision of Bus Lane southbound on Parkmore Road (L-5147) from the Parkmore Road Roundabout to a point 180m north of the Monivea Road Junction
  • and associated works including the provision of three additional traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings on Parkmore Road, raised junction treatments along Parkmore Road and the provision of ancillary works including kerb realignment, pavement works, landscaping, public lighting, footway renewals, traffic signs and road markings.

Drawings of the proposed upgrade are available for public inspection from 2nd June 2022 to 7th July 2022 (each day excluding weekends and public holidays) from 9.00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Galway City Council, College Road, Galway. Drawings are also available for inspection on the Galway City Council website

Observations and submissions in respect of the proposed upgrade should be made through an online form (see or in writing and addressed to Mr. Patrick Greene, Director of Services, Transport, Climate Action & Environment, Recreation & Amenity and Water Services, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway or emailed to before 4.00 p.m. on the 7th of July 2022.
Read more here.

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Public Consultation on new Library Strategy
The public consultation on the development of a new strategy for the public library service has started recently and all are invited to have their.

To share your views, please click on the link below and complete the online questionnaire.

The closing date for completion of the survey is Saturday, July 9th 2022.

The main objective of this consultation is to seek the views of the public and understand attitudes towards the library service. It will also seek feedback on how services can be improved in terms of access, use and visibility of the public library.
The consultation will assist in the development of a new Public Library Strategy which will be published in 2023. This strategy will underpin ongoing government and local authority investment in the public library service over the next five years. The new strategy will be the successor to ‘Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities’ which has overseen much progress in the public library service in Ireland over the past five years. The new strategy will be equally ambitious in continuing to grow the library service. 

People are invited to complete the survey online at or alternatively, visit their local library to complete it in person.

Ukrainian Community Contact Centres: Galway City




10am-12pm (Not open Monday 2nd May or 6th June)

10am -1pm

Galway City Ukrainian Community Response Forum

A Ukrainian Community Response Forum has been established in Galway City to enable the various organisations and agencies at local level, to work together in the delivery of services for Ukrainian refugees relocating to Galway City. The role of the Forum is to coordinate the community-led response in the provision of local assistance and support to Ukrainian refugees as they are accommodated in Galway City. Supplementing the supports and services being provided by government agencies at a local level, the purpose will be to ensure effective communication and information sharing in the coordination of local community and voluntary actions in providing community supports to the new Ukrainian communities.

It is intended that the information contained on this page will be a useful resource for Ukrainian people, agencies and members of the public who are seeking information on services and help available in Galway City. As we get more relevant, useful information we will continue to update this page.

For general queries in relation to the above please contact Galway City Council by email to
ind the dedicated page on the Galway City Council website here.

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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

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
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.

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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