GCCN News 2020
14th October 

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:

GCCN Network News

News and Updates
  • Budget 2021: Statement of An Taoiseach - read here
  • Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020 - read here
Have Your Say
  • Public Consultation on Proposed BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road - read here
Funding, Bursaries and Awards
  • WRDATF Rehab Bursaries - Closing Date: October 20th - read here
  • Galway City Council Sports Club Grant 2020 & Minority Sports and Physical Activity Programme Fund - read here
  • AIC Scheme Bursary 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights Information Session - read here
  • Community Mental Health Fund Small Grants Scheme 2020 - read here
  • Global Citizen Award 2021 - read here
Webinars, Courses and Events
  • Join the GCCN SDG Project Working Group - read here
  • Free Online Training for Irish Charities, NGOs and Community Organisations - read here
  • Webinar | Moving Beyond Blame: Alcohol & Sexual Consent - read here
  • Compassion for Your Mental Health: AMACH! LGBT Galway - read here
  • Free Online Body Weight Circuit - read here
  • Age Opportunity | Bealtaine Gathering for Groups Interested in Creative Events - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Pobal Guidance on C&V Sector Operations| Resources on Restriction Levels - read here
  • Impact of Covid-19 on People With Intellectual Disabilities - read here
Have your Say
  • Galway City And County COVID Survey for Community Organistaions - read here
  • WDC National Remote Working Survey - read here
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Older People - read here

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News and Updates
Budget 2021
 Statement of An Taoiseach

On Wednsdeay, 14th October An Taoiseach, Micháel Martin TD released a statement regarding Budget 2021.
To read the statement please visit the Government Website here.

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Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020

The Government has published on October 7th the draft text of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020. The Bill will set the country on course to become climate neutral by 2050.
The key features of the Bill are:

  • putting our 2050 climate target in law
  • carbon budgets including a provision for setting sectoral targets
  • annually-revised Climate Action Plan
  • strengthened role for Climate Change Advisory Council
  • new oversight and accountability by Oireachtas
For further details visit the Government website here.

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Have Your Say
Public Consultation on Proposed BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road
Have your Say

Galway City Council, in partnership the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), have launched a non-statutory public consultation on the Emerging Preferred Option for BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road

Members of the public, landowners and other stakeholders are invited to learn more about the proposed scheme, and to share their feedback, through an innovative ‘virtual information room’, which can be accessed through

See  and the Galway City Council website for further details.

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Funding, Bursaries and Awards
WRDATF Rehab Bursaries  
Closing Date: October 20th
The closing date for applications for the WRDATF 2020 Rehab Bursaries is October 20th.
Who can apply:
Individuals residing in Galway, Mayo or Roscommon who are in recovery from drug/alcohol use and who wish to pursue activities to support their recovery.
Details are available at the link below:
Word versions of the applications are also available for download below:
2020 WRDATF/HSE Rehab Bursary Application Form
2020 WRDATF/HSE Education Bursary Application Form
2020 WRDATF/HSE Bursary Funding Announcement
2020 Rehab Innovation Initiative Fund Details and Application
If you have any queries please feel free to contact Orla Walshe on

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Galway City Council Sports Club Grant 2020

Minority Sports and Physical Activity Programme Fund  
Closing Date: 4pm, 13th November 2020
Galway Sports Partnership are pleased to announce the opening of the two sports and physical activity funds.
An advert will appear in tomorrow’s Galway Advertiser to announce same. Application forms will be available from next week on line.
All applications this year must be submitted online.
  1. Sports Club Grant 2020 (€130,000); Similar to previous years this grant is to support clubs in the city to deliver physical activity.
    One slight change from previous is the mandatory requirement to have a minimum 30% of application for coach development.
    Applications for coach development and sustainability will be given preference in the adjudication process. Maximum allocation per club: €3,500
  2. Minority Sports & Physical Activity Programme Funding (€22,000); This is a new fund to promote minority sports and physical activities. This is open to clubs and community groups to promote physical activity. Maximum allocation per club, organisation or group; €3,000
Closing date for applications is 4pm, 13th November 2020.
A Zoom meeting has been set up for Tuesday 27th October at 7:30pm for potential applicants for the grants.
To register for the meeting people should email their Name, Club/Group they are involved in and email address to
If you have any questions in relation to this please do not hesitate to contact Jason Craughwell, Galway Sport Partnership by phone to 091 536459 / 087 9817549 or by email to

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AIC Scheme Bursary 2020
Collaborative Arts and Human Rights Information Session

On Tuesday 20th October, Create will host an information event for artists in relation to the 2020 Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights. This bursary, offered in partnership with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, closes for applications on the 9th November.
In this information session Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, will outline the Bursary, answering any questions you might have about making an application. She will be joined by Doireann Ansbro, Senior Research and Policy Officer at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
The focus of discussion will frame the context of this Bursary, the application process and how a Bursary could help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development. Aisling Byrne, previous Bursary recipient (Collaborative Arts and Theatre, 2019), will speak to her experience and the role the Bursary has played in the development of her practice.

For further details and to book your place please visit the link:

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Community Mental Health Fund

Small Grants Scheme 2020 
Call for Applications
Applications for funding are invited from community, voluntary and sporting organisations under the newly established Healthy Ireland Community Mental Health Fund Small Grants Scheme 2020. The Scheme offers small grants of €2,000 - €5,000 per project. The following provides a non-exhaustive list of indicative actions that could receive funding under the programme:

- Wellbeing activities
- Creative arts programmes / Play programmes
- Evidence-based initiatives
- Stress prevention programmes
- Infant and children’s mental health initiatives
- Actions supporting the implementation of ‘Connecting for Life’
- Social prescribing
- Family Support projects
- Educational initiatives
- Mental Health training through partnerships / collaboration
- Initiatives to improve living well with a chronic condition
- Initiatives to tackle loneliness and isolation 

Download the Information Leaflet
Download the Guidelines
Download the Questions to be asked by the Application Process

Applications must be completed online at
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 6th November 2020.
Applications will not be considered after this date.

Global Citizen Award 2021

Do you want to be part of the Global Citizen Award (GCA) 2021 programme? Join one of ActiveLink's two upcoming orientations (via Zoom) to find out more about the new GCA programme requirements, meet GCA mentors, past participants and discuss how to do your reflective posts and action projects.

21 October: 4.30- 6.30pm. Register here
24 October: 2-4pm. Register here

The GCA is open to anyone over 18, based in Ireland and who has at least 1 week of overseas volunteering experience with a Comhlaìmh Code of Good Practice Signatory.

For more details visit:
See the poster here.

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Webinars, Courses and Events
Join the GCCN SDG Project Working Group

Interested in the Sustainable Development Goals?

 Galway City Community Network is currently undertaking work aimed at exploring how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) can be relevant to Galway City.

To that end, GCCN invites expressions of interest form GCCN members to join the GCCN SDG Project Working Group, which will also include members of a number of statutory organisations in the city.

Save the Date
The first meeting of the GCCN SDG Project Working Group will take place remotely on Friday, October 30th at 12pm.
If you are interested in joining this exciting initiative, please let us know.
Sign up here or contact

For further details please visit the GCCN website here.

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Free Online Training for Irish Charities, NGOs and Community Organisations
Deloitte Ireland 
19th - 22nd October 2020

This year, Deloitte Ireland's Impact Week will run from Monday the 19th to Thursday the 22nd of October, providing world-class learning and development training to Irish charities, NGOs, and community organisations.

Impact Week is Deloitte’s flagship volunteering campaign, where each year Deloitte employees donate their diverse professional skill-sets to the Irish not-for-profit sector in order to increase their positive social impact in the community.
This is a fantastic opportunity for staff in your organisation to avail of dynamic, professional and personal development training free of charge.
During Impact Week, charity representatives will be able to attend a series of workshops and webinars specifically tailored for the not-for-profit sector on topics such as:
  • Risk Management
  • Social Media
  • Human Capital (Human Resources & People Management)
  • Taxation & Payroll
  • GDPR
We would encourage multiple members of your organisation to sign-up. Places are limited per course, however, and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. So, we would recommend you register as soon as possible, as we anticipate a huge demand for these webinars from the Irish not-for-profit sector.
Further details on the webinars, including the links for registration, can be seen at this link here.
If you have any difficulty with this system, please email

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Webinar | Moving Beyond Blame: Alcohol & Sexual Consent
November 6th 2020 9.30am - 10.30am

The Irish Community Action on Alcohol Network (ICAAN) would like to invite you to a series of seminars exploring the complex and challenging issue of alcohol and gender-based violence. 

Moving Beyond Blame: Understanding Alcohol & Sexual Consent
Takes place on Friday, November 6th at 9.30am

Register in advance for this webinar at the link below:
For further information please contact

For the past number of months a broad range of groups have come together, convened by the Irish Community Action on Alcohol Network (ICAAN), to discuss this topic.  This has involved representatives from the National Women’s Council, Rape Crisis Network Ireland, the USI, Tusla, the HSE Alcohol Programme, the Gardai, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, AkiDwa.
The aim of coming together was to work towards a collective understanding and to build an inclusive and non-blaming approach to this topic.
ICAAN are delighted to now ask you to ‘save the date’ for the first in a series of hour-long seminars.  
Please circulate and promote through your networks.
To download the event poster please go here.

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Compassion for Your Mental Health 
Compassion for Your Mental Health is a 6-week online psycho-educational workshop starting on November 4th. The workshop aims to build the capacity of members of the LGBT+ community to cope with the discrimination, isolation and harassment that they experience and, as a result, poor mental health outcomes.
Starts: Wednesday 4th November 7pm - 8pm
Facilitator: Dr Ger McNamara, Clinical Psychologist
For details and to register please contact

Dr Ger McNamara is a clinical psychologist working in adult mental health. She has a special interest in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, both in clinical practice and research.
To download the event poster please go here.

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Free Online Body Weight Circuit
AMACH! LGBT Galway invite you to join their Free Online Body Weight Circuit. No equipment needed.

When: Wednesdays 8am
Where: Teach Solais Instagram Live Session @teachsolaislgbt
This beginner-friendly event is open to everyone. So bring a towel and a mat and join!
For queries please contact Mark on 0877835243 or email
To download the event poster please go here.

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Bealtaine Gathering
Networking Event for Groups Interested in Creative Events

20th - 21st October

The Bealtaine Gathering will be held next week online on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st of October from 10am to 12.30 each day.
This event could be of interest to those groups/organisations that organise creative events or events with older people in mind. As we all know it is increasingly difficult to plan events in the current landscape and so the Bealtaine Gathering organisers hope these sessions will support groups in thinking about new and innovative ways of working next year. As part of the event, there will be information on running events online and outside, as well as inspirational talks from people working in this field internationally. 


Tuesday 20th October
  1. Creative Ageing in the time of Corona - Susan Perlstein, USA
  2. Advocacy for the sector - Dr. Victoria Tandy, OBE, UK
Wednesday 21st October
  1. A Tumultuous Year - 3 Arts & Ageing organisations respond
  2. The Welcoming Project – communities come together through working on an intercultural arts project
  3. Making Art outdoors...what you should know & approaches to running projects and events remotely (online/phone/post)

  • Book a place HERE
  • Find out more HERE
  • See full overview of line-up HERE
  • See speaker biographies HERE
  • Share on Twitter HERE
COVID-19 Related Updates
Pobal Guidance on C&V Sector Operations

Resources on Restriction Levels

You are encouraged to visit the Pobal webpage containing guidance on how community and voluntary groups can apply the prevailing public health advice to their own activities at the link: The page contains step-by-step guidance on how community and voluntary groups can prepare to manage any risks associated with their activities and premises (if applicable).

Given the varied nature of community/voluntary activities, each group will need to assess their own needs individually and ensure that their operations are in line with the various levels of measures laid out in the National Framework for living with Covid-19 which outlines restrictions that will apply to many of the activities and services offered by community/voluntary groups, e.g. indoor and outdoor events, sports facilities, childcare, cultural venues etc.

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Impact of Covid-19 on People With Intellectual Disabilities
Research Report
People with intellectual disabilities in Ireland have been hit hard by the closure of their day services and workplaces during the COVID-19 crisis, according to new research. 
A report conducted by and with people with intellectual disabilities and published by Inclusion Ireland and Technological University (TU) Dublin shows that people with intellectual disabilities believe that public health advice and information about the disease and how to prevent its spread needs to be more widely available in accessible formats, such as picture-based and easy-to-read forms.

While the report focuses on how the COVID-19 crisis affects adults with disabilities, the participants shared a mix of fear, confusion, curiosity, frustration, isolation, leisure, boredom and empathy that will be familiar to most readers who have lived through the last six months.

A video showing the research in action is available on Inclusion Ireland’s YouTube page.

A copy of the full report is available here.

For more information, please contact Gavin Nugent, Communications Officer, Inclusion Ireland, on 083 1877794 or

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Have Your Say
Galway City And County COVID Survey

How has COVID-19 impacted your organisation?
The last 6 months have been an incredible challenge to all of us in all aspects of our lives. It has been particularly challenging for many groups and organisations in the community, voluntary and environmental sectors that work to provide a vast range of services to all sections of society and marginalised communities.
Galway City Community Network, Galway Volunteer Centre, Galway City Partnership, Galway Rural Development, Forum Connemara and Galway County Public Participation Network are working together to develop a better understanding of the challenges that organisations like yours are facing in continuing their vital work.

We would really appreciate it if you could take a little time to complete a short survey that we have developed to get a better picture of your organisation’s experience over the last 6 months and your needs in the future.
Please complete the survey here before the 30th of October.
WDC National Remote Working Survey
Phase 1 Findings and Phase 2 Survey - What has changed 6 months on?
The second phase of the Western Development Commission remote working survey, in conjunction with NUI Galway has gone live. The purpose of the survey is to examine what has changed six months after lockdown. Data will also capture commuting habits, and seek to identify how many have moved house, or region, on the basis of the on-going change in work habits, which should help to give us an indication of the numbers who have moved west.
You are welcome to complete the survey at the link - 
Please feel free to share with friends, colleagues or networks to ensure a representative view across a number of sectors and organisation types.

The second phase of the national survey will build on the more than 7,200 responses in April and enable trend analyses on changes in employees’ experiences between Phase 1 (April 2020) and now, six months later (October 2020) in what has become a prolonged change in work habits for many employees who continue to work remotely.
Please go here to download the infographic of the Phase 1 Findings following the survey led last April.

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Important Reminders

Galway City Community Call Helpline remains available from 9.00am - 5.00pm, seven days a week, for those who are cocooning or may be vulnerable and need help getting access to essential supplies.
☎️ 1800 400 150

Support for the Older People in the Coming Months
With the winter months approaching, 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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