GCCN and Galway City Partnership Win Funding for Work on Human Rights and Equality Galway Advertiser Article
GCCN is delighted to have been recently featured in the Galway Advertiser, together with the partner organisation Galway City Partnership for winning necessary funding support for their new work on human rights and equality.
GCCN was one of the 42 organisations awarded by the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission under the Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2020 with the project: "Building Collective Capacity and Engagement of Rights-Holders in Galway City"
Galway City Community Network and Galway City Partnership will develop a civil society panel in Galway city.
Now in its fifth year, the Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme awards small grants of up to €6,000 and general grants of up to €20,000 to support civil society organisations, rights-holder and community led groups, and trade unions in Ireland promote access to justice for people who face the greatest barriers to accessing their rights.
Ann Irwin, Galway City Community Network co-ordinator, says they are leading the third initiative to embed equality and human rights in Galway city, with partners Galway City Partnership and Galway City Community Development Committee.
"We look forward to building the capacity of those protected under the equality and human rights legislation, to engage with and use the Public Sector Duty as a mechanism to achieve equality.”
The Commission welcomed 138 applications to the grant scheme from across the country. Since its establishment in 2016, the Commission’s grant scheme has supported 150 human rights and equality projects across Ireland including research programmes, training or resource activities, conferences or events and cultural initiatives.
Variations of The Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023
Galway City Council, at their meetings of Monday 12th October 2020 and Monday 19th October 2020, made Variation No. 5 and No. 6 of the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023 in respect of the following:
Variation No. 5 - To align the Development Plan with the National Planning Framework (NPF), Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) and Galway Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan (MASP) and to incorporate the Galway City Council Climate Adaptation Strategy.
Variation No. 6 – To insert a Specific Development Objective on RA zoned lands at Cappagh Park to allow for consideration of an Aquatic Sports and Fitness Centre.
The Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023 together with the Variations and associated environmental assessments are available for view and download at www.galwaycity.ie.
A copy of the City Development Plan 2017-2023, Variations and environmental assessments are available for reference at the following locations:
REMINDERPublic Consultation on Statement of Strategy 2020-2023 Deadline| 20th November
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment invites submissions to a public consultation on its new Statement of Strategy 2020-2023.
The Department has commenced the preparation of its Statement of Strategy for the three year period from 2021-2023. The Statement will comprise the key objectives, outputs and related strategies of the Department during the period.
As part of the process of developing a new Statement of Strategy, The Department is now seeking input from the public and, accordingly, would like to hear your input, suggestions and views regarding any strategic issues that you consider should be incorporated in the new Statement of Strategy. For further details please go here.
Annual reports which were due to be filed with the Charities Regulator on any date from 12 March 2020 to 15 December 2020 inclusive, may now be prepared and submitted to the Charities Regulator at any time up to 16 December 2020.
The Charities Regulator encourages any registered charity that is in a position to file its annual report to do so. For information and guidance about filing your charity’s annual report go to the Charities Regulator website.
Misleór Festival of Nomadic Cultures 19th - 21st November 2020
Misleór (Cant/Gammon word for ‘wanderer’) celebrates the rich heritage of nomadic cultures and takes place online this year, from the 19th to the 21st of November, showcasing music, art, storytelling, poetry and cinema from around the world. Through the lens of creativity and social action for change, the festival will spark important dialogue about cultural rights, challenging the discrimination and racism experienced by nomadic communities.
The event is open to all except for the nomad-only dialogue on Friday 20 at 11am.
Details of all event and how to access them are included in the programme and at these links:
Pandemic Project “Dear Galway…” Galway City Museum
Galway City Museum is inviting the people of Galway to write a letter to future generations of Galwegians. The museum is asking the public to share their lived experiences of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and to offer advice to future generations on how to cope during a global crisis.
Letter writers may wish to address some of the following questions.
How did you feel when you first found out about the COVID-19 pandemic?
How did the pandemic affect your family, social, work, college or school life?
What issues have most concerned you about the pandemic?
How have you marked any big events or occasions during this time?
How have you been passing your free time at home during the pandemic?
Given the restrictions on face to face meetings, how have you been staying in contact with friends and loved ones?
Have you acquired any new skills or hobbies during this time?
Have you or anybody you know become sick during the COVID-19 outbreak? What has been your experience in responding to this sickness?
In what ways do you think that COVID-19 is affecting people’s wellbeing, physical or mental?
What has been the most challenging aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Has anything positive come out of the situation?
What have you learned from the experience that may be of value to future generations?
These questions are only a guide but participants are also welcome to write about their own unique experience freestyle. We are in this together but our individual experiences differ and that is what the museum is looking to record and reflect.
Additional material can be submitted including photos, newspaper clippings, drawings, etc. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to write the letter, participants can write as little or as much as they want and they are reminded not to worry about spelling or handwriting.
Participants can submit their letters by post or by email up until and including Monday 1st February 2021.
Handwritten or typed letters can be sent via post to “Dear Galway” Project, Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, H91 CX5P or scanned or typed letters can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please title your letter “Dear Galway”.
This project is open to all age groups and all letters will form part of a digital archive to be made available for research purposes. A selection of the material submitted will also feature on the museum website and social media channels.
Galway City Museum look forward to hearing how the people of Galway have experienced and are experiencing this new era of Covid-19.
This initiative has been supported by Creative Ireland through Galway City Council.
Galway City Museum remains closed to the public in line with Level 5 government guidelines regarding Covid-19. Visitors are still welcome to explore the museum virtually at www.galwaycitymuseum.ie and to follow museum social media channels for updates.
Getting the Message Across: Reducing Exposure of Children to Alcohol Related Harm Galway City Alcohol Forum: Friday 20th November 10am-11.30am
Galway City Alcohol Forum: Getting the Message Across: Reducing Exposure of Children to Alcohol Related Harm
This event takes place Friday 20th November 10am-11.30am and aims to kick-start the conversation on reducing exposure of children and young people to alcohol related harm in Galway City. Please circulate to groups/organisations working with children and young people (0-24 years) in Galway City. For further information and details of how to book please click https://www.wrdatf.ie/training-details.php?ID=236
This event is part of Alcohol Awareness week.
Does your organisation have Irish speakers? Galway Volunteer Initiative
From time to time Galway Volunteer get contacted by Nuacht RTE, TG4 or Radio na Gaeltachta looking for people who speak Irish to come on their shows to talk about issues related to the community. These are often pre-recorded but can also be live depending on the show the journalist is working for.
Hence, Galway Volunteer are looking to identify groups that might be able to provide able Irish speakers - this would mean your group's issues could get highlighted on national media.
If you have someone who could potentially do this please complete the following very short survey.
Galway Volunteer are not looking for the Irish speakers contact details, but just need to find out which organisations they can quickly contact if needed.
Lock up Light Up Campaign Leaflets available for download
Lock Up Light Up is An Garda Síochána's anti-burglary awareness campaign which encourages homeowners to protect their homes over the winter months, when burglaries traditionally tend to rise.
Simple steps can help protect your home. Whether you are at home or going out, remember to turn on some lights, use timer switches, lock all doors and windows, use an alarm, store keys away from windows and letterboxes, and don’t keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.
Please find further details here and download the leaflet here.
Galway’s 2020 Calendar of Online Events for November
Since the announcement of the reimagined Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Programme, it has gained a huge response from audiences both online and in person. The reimagined programme was developed to take account of evolving COVID-19 public health restrictions. In that regard, many events under the programme are being presented online, while a number of events scheduled to take place in person over the coming weeks will now be presented at later date instead.
This November, the Galway 2020 programme offers a series of exciting online events - from celebrating sheep and lost Irish words, to watching Macnas deliver their own particular kind of magic.
Dyspraxia DCD Awareness Week Galway Dyspraxia Support Group
The Galway Dyspraxia Support Group is delighted to announce Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland Awareness Week2020 on the week of 23rd November.
Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and will mark this special occasion by launching Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland Awareness Week 2020 on the 22nd November. Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year’s Awareness Week will be fully online, allowing attendees to participate and view talks from the comfort of their own home
As a part of Awareness week activities, Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland have scheduled a series of evening talks that include a line-up of speakers on diverse subjects.
Please click on the relevant link below to book tickets to any of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland’s awareness week talks:
Monday 23rd November - ‘Our Say in Schools’, a presentation developed by Occupational Therapist Stephen Hodnett, with primary and secondary school students with Dyspraxia/DCD. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/128867649609
Wednesday 25th November - ‘Adolescence and Mental Health’, an interactive online discussion with Psychotherapist Lorraine Mooney & her daughter and SpunOut.ie ambassador, Sarahann Mooney (who has Dyspraxia/DCD) on the impact of Dyspraxia/DCD during the teenage years. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/128869517195
Housing Conference 2020 From Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December
The Housing Agency's Housing Conference is going online this year, with daily webinars taking place from 11:30am on Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December. Each webinar will feature expert speakers and discuss a key topic of importance to the Irish housing sector.
Monday 30 November, 11:30am-1pm
Key challenges for the housing sector
Tuesday 1 December, 11:30am-1pm
Wednesday 2 December, 11:30am-1pm
Thursday 3 December, 11:30am-1pm
Friday 4 December, 11:30am-1pm
Skills for New Housing Professionals
Each session will provide expert input, followed by questions and discussion. The final session will provide an opportunity for housing practitioners to network and learn about opportunities to further their professional skills and career development.
Participation at the conference is free, but advance registration for each webinar is required. More details will be announced and emailed to you next week, including registration links. Please note that these sessions will be recorded for future use. For further details go here.
Launch of Open Doors video by the Community Response to Domestic Abuse Western Region Network 25th November 2020
At a time when Covid -19 restrictions have confined women and children to homes that may not be safe, essential supports continue to be provided to those that need help.
In order to share this vital message, The Community Response to Domestic Abuse, Western Region Network - which comprises of the Family Resource Centres of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, along with other organisations and frontline services are launching the Video " Open Doors" on November 25th, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This also marks the start of the 16 Days Campaign which ends on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
You are cordially invited to attend the launch of " Open Doors" on Thursday November 25th at 2.30 pm via Zoom. Please see the invite here.
To register, please email email@example.com on or before Friday 20th November at 12pm.
A zoom link will be sent out to those that have registered the day prior to the launch.
The Community Response to Domestic Abuse, as a Network, are proud to present this piece of work and believe this video is an effective way to create awareness that essential supports continue to be provided in towns across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
Mental Health Reform, LGBT Ireland, and BelongTo are hosting a free HSE funded webinar on 24th November 2020. The aim is to prompt interest in and discussion about mental health services and the LGBTI+ community.
The Webinar will take place on November 24th, from 9.15 am to 1.30 pm.
A pre-webinar Wellness Session, Mindfulness & Chair Yoga with The Mindfulness Centre, will be held from 8.45 am for 30 minutes.
For details & to book your place, visit https://lgbtimentalhealthwebinar.eventbrite.ie
To learn more contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 089 4888016 View the Programme here.
Think Before You Flush! World Toilet Day: 19th November
Clean Coasts and Irish Water are asking you to Think Before You Flush on World Toilet Day.
Think before you flush. About 75 percent of blockages are caused by inappropriate items such as wipes and sanitary products being flushed down the toilet. As a result of COVID-19, people are using more wipes than ever to keep hands and surfaces clean. While it is critical that we follow the HSE guidance on hand-washing and coughing etiquette, it is important that we dispose of items like wipes correctly.
Deliberative Democracy and the Development of
Public Participation Networks Podcast | 50.SJI Ten Minute Lessons Ep11
Deliberative democracy goes beyond mere representation to give a voice to all citizens in the decision-making process. The development of Public Participation Networks (PPNs) in 2014 provided a mechanism for community groups to have their say in local government decision-making. With over 15,000 member organisations, PPNs are going from strength to strength. This Ten Minute Lesson takes a quick look at the pathway to the development of the PPNs.
Charity SORP Review Launched Survey open until December 7th
The Charities SORP is a Statement of Recommended Practice which sets out how charities should prepare their annual accounts and report on their finances. The SORP is an interpretation of the underlying financial reporting standards and generally accepted accounting practice. The SORP is overseen by a committee of 17 expert members drawn from the 4 charity law jurisdictions covered by UK-Irish GAAP.
The Charities SORP Trustee Engagement Strand has been tasked with helping the SORP-making Committee develop the next SORP, providing insight from the specific perspective of charity trustees. They are seeking the help of charity trustees to understand their:
• Awareness of the SORP;
• How, if at all, they engage with the development of their charity’s annual report and accounts;
• What help trustees need to help prepare their annual report and accounts; and
• What aspects of the charity annual report and accounts are unhelpful or otherwise unnecessary.
The survey can be completed anonymously here until 7 December 2020.
Healthy Ireland Resilience and Wellbeing ‘Keep Well’ Campaign
We are pleased to share the next phase of the Healthy Ireland Resilience and Wellbeing campaign will go live on Monday 16th November with a national and local advertising campaign.
The Government Plan for Living with COVID-19 - Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 highlights the important role that individual and community resilience will play in contributing to our ongoing response to COVID-19. The “Keep Well” campaign will signpost to people of all ages about minding their own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to their daily and weekly routines. The Healthy Ireland “Keep Well” campaign will provide guidelines, information, and tips on things to help all to keep well through the coming months. This Resilience and Wellbeing information is being added on an ongoing basis on www.gov.ie/healthyireland and under the following sections: Staying Active, Keeping Connected, Switching Off, Eating Well, and Minding Your Mood.
A number of Sláintecare funded initiatives will be delivered through the Healthy Ireland Fund and rolled out over the coming months. A suite of creative assets are available to share with you if you have use for them. Follow on support on social is always welcome. #keepwell
Invitation to International Men's Day Webinar: Men's Mental Health in these Challenging Times
An invitation to attend an upcoming webinar on International Men’s Day the 19th November focussed on Men’s Mental Health in these Challenging Times in partnership with the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the Centre for Men’s Health in IT Carlow. It will highlight recent research and promote important messages for men in relation to their mental health. There will be an exciting line up of speakers on men’s health including inputs on farmers, men who attend men’s sheds and young men as well as a discussion panel with representatives from the GAA, SpunOut, Mental Health Ireland, Healthy Ireland in the Department of Health and the HSE. Please see the link here for registration.
New COVID-19 Campaign
The HSE Bubbles campaign and the Irish language version of the ad are live. The idea of the Bubble is to create a visual reminder for the protection we share when we follow public health actions, and how easily it can be lost.
Flu Vaccine Animations
The following animations about the flu vaccine have been developed by the HSE for people in the Traveller and Roma communities with support from the Wexford Roma Health Advocacy Project, the Intercultural Health Hub in Waterford and the HSE Traveller Health Office in the South East.
Due to COVID-19, the Irish Heart Foundation had to cancel its free CPR training programme in communities nationwide, but CPR is still a very important skill. Around 70% of cardiac arrests happen at home, in front of a loved one and performing CPR can double, if not triple, the person's chance of survival. The good news is that performing CPR is relatively simple and the Irish Heart Foundation has developed a new campaign 'The Hard and Fast Rule' to help everyone learn the two key steps in CPR. Take one minute to view this important video that’s available on their website.
New COVID-19 Testing, Self-Isolation and Restricted Movements Ad
This new ad explains that COVID-19 wants to spread from person to person, but there’s a lot you can do to stop it reaching someone near you or dear to you. It’s important to know when you should self-isolate and when you should restrict your movements. You can watch the ad here. It’s currently live on TV, radio, digital and social media.
Webinar Invitation: COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Palliative Care Services
This webinar will take place on Friday, 13th November 2020 from 12-1pm. You can pre-register for the webinar on this link.
Irish dial in number: 01 5260058
Access code: 163 577 4868
Enhanced Illness Benefit for COVID-19
Last week, the Department of Social Protection launched a public information campaign to raise awareness of Enhanced Illness Benefit for COVID-19.
Enhanced Illness Benefit for COVID-19 is available to employees or self-employed people who are unable to work due to:
-A diagnosis of COVID-19, or
-An instruction by a doctor or the HSE to self-isolate/restrict their movements.
The payment is €350 per week. To apply, a person will require medical certification and will need to make an application to the Department of Social Protection. The online applications can be made at: www.mywelfare.ie
A series of multi-lingual resources including posters and social media posts in a wide range of languages have been developed. These are designed to help ensure that as many people as possible are made aware of this important support. The resources are available to download by language here.
The START partnership campaign from the HSE, safefood and Healthy Ireland (Department of Health) encourages families with young children to adopt healthier lifestyles. Conscious of the impact of COVID-19 on families and recent research demonstrating that family time is highly valued at the moment, this month we are focussing on “Big wins start with small changes. Make the most of family time by adding a healthy habit.”
TV, radio, out of home and digital advertising are running for the month of November. You can view the TV ad here. If you and your family would like to get more information on healthy habits check out www.makeastart.ie/
Dementia Inclusive Tipperary
Partnering with the HSE’s Dementia campaign, Tipperary County Council is embarking on the journey of making Tipperary towns inclusive. Dementia awareness training for businesses, community and sport groups as well as training on dementia inclusive design and walkability audits are part of the programme. The outcome of this project is to ensure that people with dementia and their families are supported in our communities and to increase awareness across the county. We would like to encourage representatives of all our partner organisations and local champions in Tipperary to join this programme to ensure that all groups and organisations are connecting, working together and supporting each other to achieve this goal – which is now more important than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first step is dementia awareness training and you are invited to attend this programme which will take place online on The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Moodle Workplace site. We are focusing on the Thurles, Templemore, Roscrea area first and will then roll it out across other towns. The course will begin with an Introductory Video Meeting on Monday 16th November 2020. During the Introductory Video Meeting you will be guided and shown how to get the most from the online course. The course is free, and to secure your place please email email@example.com with your name and email address. This initiative is funded by Tipperary County Council and Healthy Ireland.
On Tuesday, 3rd November the HSE Health & Wellbeing division and the Department of Health launched a new free on-line mental health and wellbeing programme at www.yourmentalhealth.ie, which is part of the new national ‘Keep Well’ resilience campaign launched by the Government.
The Minding Your Wellbeing programme is an evidenced-based programme for the public focusing on the promotion of mental wellbeing which has been adapted from a face-to-face programme into a series of free to view online videos to make it more accessible to the public at this time.
You can access the programme at a time that suits you by visiting www.yourmentalhealth.ie or go straight to our YouTube playlist of all five videos here. There was a great deal of interest in the webinar with over 800 people in the audience on the day and over 1,300 registering for the event. Here is a link to the recording of the Launch Webinar.
Supports available to the public:
• www.yourmentalhealth.ie for information on different mental health issues, including what to look out for and what you can do to help yourself, or someone you care about
• Freephone 1800 111 888 – you can call this to find out what mental health services are available to you in your own area
• Irish Hospice Foundation National Freephone Service 1800 80 70 77 which is available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday. Any adult who has been impacted by bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic can call. Further info:
• Minding your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Galway City Community Call Helpline New Flyer GraphicsThe helpline is open to anyone who needs it from 8am to 8pm, 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.