GCCN News 2020
June 4th

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
  • Lease of Allotment Plots in Galway City: 2020-2022 - read here
  • All Ireland Pollinator Plan: Raising Awareness - read here
  • Clean Coasts: Marine Litter Video Series - read here
  • Healthy Ireland: Benefits of Being Outdoors - read here
  • Cycle Against Suicide: Bike4Life MKM Challenge - read here
  • START - Online Suicide Prevention Training Programme- read here
  • Online Meeting Accessibility Guidance - read here
  • Create: Reading Group on Socially Engaged Collaborative Art - read here
  • Artwork Submissions for 2020 Leaving Cert Class - read here
  • Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance - read here
  • Sexual Health West Survey - read here
  • Lean On Me Initiative: Support Local Businesses - read here
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Lease of Allotment Plots in Galway City
Period 2020-2022
Galway City Council currently operates two allotment sites – Merlin Woods & Shantalla. Applications are invited from persons who wish to be considered for any vacant plots that may arise in these two sites or any new developed sites during the period 2020-2022. Find further details here.
The All Ireland Pollinator Plan
Raising Awareness

Have you heard of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan?
Did you know that bees and other pollinating insects are crucial for agriculture, food production and the economy?
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. If you're curious to find out more go here and watch a series of informative videos here.
RTE's Nationwide profiled recently the work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre and offered some great input on the All Ireland Pollinator Plan. You can watch the 27th of May episode on RTÉ Player here
Also, for initiatives led in Galway city, you can watch the Friends of Merlin Woods Butterfly Project Walk live-streamed on Facebook here and the talk led with Stuart Dunlop, a wildlife expert from Donegal here.
Marine Litter Video Series
1-minute explainer project
Marine wildlife is massively affected by our intensive use of plastic. As part of their 1-minute explainer project, Clean Coasts have created a Marine Litter Series of videos on the impacts of plastic on marine life. Watch the first video here and second video here. Keep an eye on the Clean Coast Facebook Page for more!
Benefits of Being Outdoors
Healthy Ireland
Healthy Ireland encourages everyone to enjoy the outdoors as. Being outdoors has so many benefits for our wellbeing and can help us to connect back with nature. Gary Graham, Show Manager of Bloom, shares some great tips on how to feel the power of nature and calm the mind in this video here.

With the good weather continuing this weekend, get outdoors and explore nature around you, notice the colours, sounds and smells, but do not forget to:

  • Protect your skin - wear a high SPF (50 for children, 30 for adults) especially during peak hours, seek shade and keep hydrated.
  • Stay within 5km from your home
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2m with others
 Cycle Against Suicide
Bike4Life MKM Challenge
In this time of great anxiety, we need to remain aware of the impact it is having on people's mental health.  We know that there are many people who are struggling through this period and many feeling they have nowhere to turn. Suicide prevention needs our immediate attention.
Cycle Against Suicide have designed a unique event to create a deeper sense of empathy, promote an active lifestyle and highlight to people that they are not alone, there are options available. We are urging people to take to their bikes and join the MKMChallenge. 
Full details are available at the link here.
Watch the promo video here.
Online Suicide Prevention Training Programme – START
A new online Suicide Prevention training programme called START is now available in Ireland (please see flyer here). The course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is seen as a step before SafeTALK.
The target audience for this START training is anyone who has not attended SafeTALK or ASIST workshops in the past.
It takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete START and is suitable for over 18s. 
If you are interested in completing the programme, please email Mary McGrath at and a licence will be issued to you. As this is a pilot phase, there are only a limited number of licences.
Please only apply if you fully intend to complete the course.
  • SafeTALK is a 3-hours suicide alertness training
  • ASIST is a 2-day suicide first aid training
  • Find out more on the HSE website here.
Online Meeting Accessibility Guidance
The Online Meeting Accessibility Guidance below can be used when organising and running accessible online meetings following a Universal Design Approach.
Universal Design is about creating an environment that can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. You can download the Online Meeting Accessibility Guide here.
Create Reading Group on Socially Engaged Collaborative Art
Create invites artists and other interested socially engaged practitioners based in Ireland to become members of their virtual Reading Group. Coordinated by Create’s Cultural Diversity Researcher Evgeny Shtorn, the group will have its first meeting on the 9th of June, from 1 to 2pm and then proceed meeting twice a month to read and discuss articles, films, and online exhibitions related to a number of different nonetheless interconnected topics such as cultural diversity, social citizenship, identities, the role of art and artists in the society, practices of resilience, meaningful collaborations, ethics, and aesthetics in collaborative arts. Please visit the Create website here to read full details and to join.

Thinking About The Future Post-Test
Artwork Submissions for 2020 Leaving Cert Class
Artist Lauren Conway is issuing a call for artwork from the Leaving Cert class of 2020 about how they have been affected by the cancellation of the Leaving Cert.
Skill essential. No entry fee. All submissions will be available to view online as part of an online exhibition and will be contributing to the artist’s artistic research.
Deadline June 20th. Find out more here.
Back to School
Clothing and Footwear Allowance
Parents of children aged between 4 and 17 on or before 30 September 2020, may be eligible for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance. If the requirements are met, payments of either €150 or €275 per child can be issued. The scheme is open for applications from Monday 1st June. Learn more on the Citizens Information website here.
Sexual Health West Survey
Sexual Health West (formerly AIDS West) are hoping to get a more detailed understanding of the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) needs of parents. They have created a short survey about what relationships and sexuality education people received at school, and how confident they are in talking to children or young people in their care about relationships and sexuality. If you can help, please complete the short survey here. It's completely anonymous, and it will help Sexual Health West plan future supports for parents. Feel free to distribute to friends & family.
Lean On Me Initiative
Support Local Businesses
Galway City Council is delighted to be sponsoring the Lean On Me initiative for Galway city. By purchasing a voucher, you will help your favourite local business as it re-opens for business. Plus, it is a way for you to have prepaid vouchers to spend in our local economy. Please support our local businesses by shopping local. Find more on

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