6th January

Welcome to the first edition of the GCCN News & COVID-19 Updates for 2022.

GCCN would like to take this occasion to wish you a Happy New Year!
Below we have information on:

GCCN Network News
Updates and Resources
  • GCCN Reports - read here
  • Implementing the Public Sector Duty in Galway Video and Resources - read here
  • Public Participation Networks Annual Report 2020 - read here
  • Toolkit: Eu Funds for the Integration of People With Migrant Backgrounds - read here
  • Domestic Violence & Family Homelessness Report - read here

Funding and Open Calls
  • Community Activities Fund for Galway City - read here
  • LEAP Artist Workshop: Creators from Underrepresented Communities - read here
  • Through my Lens: Smartphone Photography Workshops for Women - read here
  • Standing Together Against Direct Provision - read here
  • Creativity in Older Age Scheme 2022 - read here

Initiatives and Programmes
  • Health & Wellbeing Programmes & Resources - read here
  • Welcome to Work Programme - read here
  • EPIC Programme: Employment and Training for Refugees and Asylum Seekers- read here
  • Workshops for Non-profits - read here
  • Christmas Tree Recycling Service - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • 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.

This is our last newsletter for 2021.
Contact for details on the next newsletter.
GCCN Network News
Updates and Resources

GCCN Reports
December 2021 and Q4

Welcome to the first edition of the GCCN News & COVID-19 Updates for 2022.
GCCN aims to keep all members updated on the ongoing GCCN work and activities through the means of a report shared with the newsletter. Please read the December 2021 GCCN Report here and the 2021 Q4 Report here.

Implementing the
Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in Galway City

Video and Resources

On Friday, 17th December 2021 GCCN hosted the seminar Implementing the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in Galway City.

The event included the launch of the Equality and Rights in Action Galway video showcasing the work of the Galway City Civil Society Panel and the community resource launched by Sinéad Gibney, the Chief Commissioner of IHREC. Read the press release here.

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Public Participation Networks Annual Report 2020

The Public Participation Networks Annual Report 2020 details the work of the PPNs in Ireland and the National Advisory Group.


Toolkit on the Use of Eu Funds for The Integration 
of People With a Migrant Background

2021–2027 Programming Period
The European Commission has published a new toolkit (available for download here) in response to the pressing socioeconomic gap between people with a migrant background and mainstream society. The toolkit supports all relevant stakeholders at the European, national, regional and local levels in the design and implementation of integration policies targeted at people with a migrant background, through the coordinated use of EU funds in the 2021–2027 programming period.

 Domestic Violence & Family Homelessness Report
This Domestic Violence & Family Homelessness Report, authored by Dr Paula Mayock (Trinity College Dublin) and Fiona Neary (Research Consultant), was launched on December 6, 2021. The report aimed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the relationship between domestic violence and family homelessness in Ireland. It also examines the potential for greater cross-sectoral collaboration in preventing homelessness among families affected by domestic violence.

Get involved:
Research has shown a strong correlation between gender and domestic violence as a cause of homelessness for women. Also, women who experience homelessness are not immune to violence, and arguably are more susceptible to it.

Ending family homelessness and domestic violence requires coordinated action, so it would be hugely appreciated if you could help amplify the findings and recommendations of the report on your social media channels.
You can also support our work by signing our campaign to end child homelessness
Want to get in touch?
If you would like to get in contact, the Research team would love to hear from you with your comments and questions and it  can be reached at and
Funding and Open Calls

Community Activities Fund for Galway City
Closing date: Friday 4th February 2022
Galway City Council has been approved funding of €264,910 under a new scheme called the Community Activities Fund which will be administered by Galway City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) as per before. 

This fund is being provided by the Government to support community and voluntary groups impacted by Covid-19. This once-off fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas:
  • With their non-pay running costs, for example, utility bills (electricity costs, refuse charges, heating charges) or other non-pay operating costs for example rental/lease costs, insurance bills.
  • Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities, purchase equipment, for example, tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment.
The Department has recommended that LCDCs ring-fence some funding to provide small grants of €1,000 or less. Ring-fencing funding at this level will allow a larger volume of those with limited resources to receive some funding. The programme can also fund or partially fund larger scale projects to address disadvantage.

A webinar on the Community Activities Fund will be hosted by Galway City Council in partnership with the Galway City Community Network. Details for the same will be finalised and circulated in the coming days.  

A copy of the notice inviting applications for funding under the Community Activities Fund is available for download here and the guidelines are available here

Please note that the closing date for applications online at under the Community Activities Fund is Friday, 4th February 2022 at 4.00pm.
Finally to note and acknowledge that the Community Activities Fund is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

LEAP Artist Workshop
Calling creators from underrepresented communities

 Deadline 30 January 2022

Baboró invites applications for a new, paid 4-day workshop aimed at creators from underrepresented communities who have passion and curiosity for making theatre for young audiences. 
The workshop will allow for collaboration with Moonfish Theatre Company—they will share tools and methods for making theatre in the spirit of creative exchange, as you explore and expand your craft and skills in developing theatre for young audiences.

The workshop will take place in April 2022 in Galway.
The closing date for applications is Sunday, 30 January at midnight.

Information Session
If you would like to know more about this opportunity or the application process, please join us at our online info session on Thursday, 13 January 2022 at 3-4pm on Zoom. You can sign up here to be sent the Zoom link.

For further details on the application criteria and forms please visit or contact Rachel at

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Through my Lens

Women4Women presents Through my Lens, a series of 6 smartphone photography workshops for women via Zoom.
These workshops will give you an opportunity to develop the skill of using your own smartphone for personal photography to capture some of your experiences during the pandemic restrictions.

The workshops will be facilitated by Ala Buisir— Visual Journalist and Artist ( She will teach you about light, composition, editing and mounting photos taken from your phone. There will be a group exhibit of work in June 2022.

  • Dates in 2022: 20, 27 January / 3 February / 3, 24, 31 March
  • Time: 10am-12pm 
  • For more information or to book a place: / 0872198183
    This project is supported by Southside Partnership.

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Standing Together Against Direct Provision (STAD)
Coalition of Civil Society Organisations
With a plan to launch in January, Standing Together Against Direct provision (STAD) are a coalition of civil society organisations standing together against direct provision.
STAD will speak with one voice to hold the government to account to fulfil the commitments it made to end direct provision by 2024 and replace it with an alternative that is fully compliant with human rights standards and respects the dignity of international protection applicants.
If your organisation is interested in joining STAD, please contact Nick Henderson, CEO of Irish Refugee Council on by early January.

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Creativity in Older Age Scheme 2022

 Cut off date: 25th January 2022

Applications are now invited for the Creativity in Older Age 2022 scheme.  Applications for funding under the scheme should be in the form of a 2-page proposal outlining the (i) concept detail, (ii) partners, (iii) costs, and (iv) proposed delivery dates.

For further information on the criteria and how to apply please contact

Proposals in PDF format should be emailed to by close of business on Tuesday, January 25th 2022 with ‘Creativity in Older Age Scheme 2022’ as the subject line.  All further relevant information is contained in the attached document.
This challenge fund is available to support the roll-out of specific creativity initiatives pursuing positive ageing and mental wellbeing initiatives for older people taking account of public health guidance in the community and for nursing homes/residential care facilities.

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Initiatives and Programmes

Health & Wellbeing Programmes & Resources
January 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
  • Free online Minding Your Wellbeing Programme
  • Free online course Managing Stress and Anxiety (40 mins)
  • Exercise for Wellbeing Videos (Beginners Yoga and Pilates, Chair Yoga for Beginners)
  • Self-management Support – HSE dedicated web page for people with long-term health conditions
  • Living Well (January 20th)
  • QUIT Smoking West (Free)
  • Alcohol – new law on Minimum Unit Price 
  • Weaning (Online talk) – next session Tuesday, January 13th
  • START Campaign – Let’s give treats a break
  • Sexual Wellbeing – Because Campaign
  • Sexual Wellbeing – Free Home STI Tests
  • Healthy Ireland Survey 2021 Results
  • Flu Vaccine 

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

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Welcome to Work Programme
Seetec Employability and Skills

Seetec Employment and Skills are delivering an employability programme for migrants aiming to build community links and help migrants further their job opportunities or be given the chance to learn new skills.
The Welcome to Work programme is a complimentary service delivered on behalf of the Irish Government and European Social Fund.
Through this programme resident migrants that have a Stamp 4 or work permit can benefit by the Seetec staff aiding them to gain new employability skills, receive free support and advice on their career development, training allocation or employment.
The Seetec qualified team of advisors can lead support sessions for interested individuals in the business premises located in Plaza Offices above the Argos on Headford Road in Galway.  Due to Covid-19, these support sessions can be delivered remotely also via virtual meetings and telephone calls.
Please see below examples of support sessions that Seetec can offer:

  • Understanding of Irish culture, language, and history
  • Networking techniques
  • CV and cover letter workshops
  • Digital skills training
  • English lessons
  • Application form workshop
  • Volunteering and work placement information sessions
  • On-line learning tools and resources
  • Job-search techniques
  • Industry specific information session
  • Identifying transferable skills
  • Self-employment information session
  • Effective personal marketing
  • Aptitude/dexterity tests practice
  • Practice interviews
  • Interview techniques

If you have any individuals that are interested in participating in this complimentary programme, please contact Daria Chamot at or on +353 87 136 3941.

  • Download the Programme flyer here.

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EPIC Programme
Employment and Training for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The EPIC Programme works with asylum seekers and refugees to help them find jobs and integrate into Irish society.
Business in the Community will host new online training for the EPIC Programme targeting asylum seekers and refugee job-seekers in January. You can see the image above or the link here to learn more and apply by filling out the application form application form and emailing it to . BitC will be in touch in January regarding training on Monday 10th (morning) and Monday 31st (afternoon). You can contact Livia Bartolomé on 086 8391313 or with any questions.

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Free Online Workshops for Non-profits in 2022

Volunteer Galway announced a new stream of online training workshops for community groups and non-profits in 2022 over the next 12 months.

These workshops are funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland as part of a wider Covid-19 Fund for Recovery.

You can now browse and register for the first stream of workshops by clicking below:
More Details and Registration Here

Registration is open to non-profit board members, staff and volunteers of all participating Volunteer Centres and will be on a first come first serve basis.

A maximum of two people from any one non-profit can register per workshop. The training is limited to two workshops per person.

Topics include:

  • New Options for Funding (non-complex orgs)
  • Staff Wellbeing
  • Effective Meetings
  • New Options for Funding (complex orgs)
  • Cyber Security 2
  • Using Zoom
  • Social Media
  • Ready and Able (non-complex orgs)
  • Ready and Able (complex orgs)
  • Committee Skills
  • Strategic Planning
  • Managing Events Online
  • Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • Cyber Security 1
  • Boards, Chairs and Managers: Roles, Relationships & Boundaries
  • GDPR 1
  • The Role of the Chairperson
  • GDPR 2
  • Risk Management

Christmas Tree Recycling Service

Galway City Council is operating a Christmas Tree recycling service at two locations: the Hunters Depot, Lough Rusheen on the Barna Road and at Merlin Woods Depot in Doughiska.

The last date for disposing of your Christmas Tree will be this Saturday, January 9 from 9am to 3pm.

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COVID-19 Related Updates

R.S.V.P. Campaign
 Risk, Symptoms, Venue, People

R.S.V.P. is the new Government campaign that aims to empower people to assess the risk involved in different activities by providing practical information and guidance. R.S.V.P. encourages people to be risk aware, to think before they meet up with others, and to ask themselves the right questions about Risk, Symptoms, Venue and People.
Questions such as:

  • Risk. What’s the risk? Am I vaccinated? Have I received my booster?
  • Symptoms. Am I currently showing symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Venue. Are they following the guidelines? Will I be wearing a mask?
  • People.  How many people am I meeting? How many households are coming together?

For further suggestions on the questions you might ask yourself and others before meeting up, please see the attached leaflets below:

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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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