6 October 2022

Welcome to this edition of the GCCN Newsletter. Below we have information on:

Meetings, Events and Webinars

Take Part in These Initiatives
  • Disability Action Group -Tuam - read here
  • Planting fruit trees and berry shrubs near Headford - read here
  • Developing a Local Food Hub- read here

Supports, Training and Resources
  • Health & Wellbeing programmes and resources- read here
  • Remote Working Checklist for Employers - read here
  • Upcoming GCCN Training - read here
  • Healthy Food Made Easy Leader Training - read here
  • Physical Activity Leader Training - read here

Funding Have Your Say!
Community Updates
  • Ukrainian Drama Group (age 5-14) - here

  • Free Workshops - read here
  • Support the LGBTI+ Community - read here
  • Mental Health Supports for Ukrainian People - read here
  • Galway City Ukrainian Community Response Forum - read here
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for 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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Meetings, Events and Webinars

Upcoming SPC/JPC Meetings
October 2022

The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:




Planning SPC  12 October HERE
Joint Policing Committee 17 October HERE

If you wish to highlight any issues or make comments relevant to any of the structures above please contact and your suggestions will be communicated to the GCCN representatives.

                                                              Past meetings                                                             




Transportation SPC 13 September HERE
Local Community Development Committee 14 September HERE
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC 28 September HERE
Galway Sports Partnership 28 September HERE
Housing and Social Inclusion SPC 30 September HERE

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AATE Festival - Free events around the city and county!
Until 9 October

AATE Festival continues this weekend with a series of workshops focusing on the realities of architecture in Galway City in use and the far-reaching consequences that the built environment has on our lives.
A few highlights include:

  • On Saturday, October 8, Streetscape Studies invites the public to actively join in a large-scale group drawing exercise with architectural sketching, mapping and field notes to study and observe the city through a wide range of lens, from the physical to the ephemeral
  • Repair Culture workshop on Sunday 9 OCtober sets out to illuminate the art of repair and in particular the notion that creative repair can add character and value to cherished but damaged possessions
  • Shaping Galway also on Sunday will offer a free interactive workshop exploring the tools of spatial organisation through abstract compositions.

Make sure to check out all the wonderful AATE Festival events scheduled for the coming days at the link HERE.

Social Inclusion Week 2022

Social Inclusion Week for Galway City is taking place from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd October 2022. The event celebrates and showcases the vast array of initiatives taking place locally to tackle social exclusion, poverty and deprivation.  The theme for Social Inclusion Week 2022 is ‘Reconnecting Post Covid’.
Further details will be available at in the coming days.

Free Environmental Rights Webinar Series

Do you want to know more about your environmental rights? Join the free webinar series, held by Community Law and Mediation on Tuesday 11th and 18th October from 9.30-10.30am.

  • On Tuesday 4th October Eoin Brady of Fred Logue Solicitors and Niall Sargent of Noteworthy discussed what Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) is and how to use it in practice - watch the recording HERE.
  • On Tuesday 11th October you will be joined by Dr Alison Hough BL of TU Shannon and Sarah Clancy of Clare Public Participation Network who will talk about what public participation means and the role of PPNs.
  • On Tuesday 18th October, the barriers in accessing justice in environmental matters in Ireland will be discussed, particularly for those most vulnerable to environmental harm.
Register for all three webinars here.

This webinar series is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of environmental rights or the Aarhus Convention, as well as those working with organisations or grassroots groups on issues related to health, housing, social inclusion, poverty, anti-discrimination, or equality

Environmental rights are fundamentally connected to these issues and may provide new perspectives in thinking about how such issues can be addressed.
If you require any further information, please contact us on 01 847 7804.

Funding, Bursaries and Open Calls

Solar PV Grant for Comunity Groups
Non-domestic Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS)

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, has announced new government supports of up to €2,400 for the installation of solar PV (photovoltaic) panels – for businesses, public organisations and community groups. The new grant scheme will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels convert energy from the sun into electricity, thereby reducing the amount of electricity a building draws from the national grid and, thus, lowering electricity bills.

The scheme provides an opportunity for all areas of the non-domestic sector to not only reduce their electricity bills, but to visibly demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and Ireland’s broader climate action goals.

To apply log on to the SEAI website and follow the outlined steps.

Read the full press release HERE.
European Year of Youth Micro Grant Scheme: October 15

To celebrate European Year of Youth 2022, the final open call for Léargas' European Year of Youth Micro Grant Scheme will be open until 15 October 2022. Complete the online form at the bottom of this webpage here. Please send any queries to For more information visit the website here with all the instructions and the application form.
2022 AIC Scheme Bursary: Collaborative Arts and Dance: 17 October

The closing date for applications under the 2022 AIC Scheme bursary award on Collaborative Arts and Dance is 5pm, Monday the 17th of October. Full details of the award, as well as the application procedure, are available HERE.

Take Part in These Initiatives

IWA Disability Action Group, Tuam 

GCCN would like to raise awareness of a new Disability Action Group being launched in Tuam by the Irish Wheelchair Association. Disability representatives from Galway City are welcome to take part if possible.
This group will bring disabled people together from across Galway to meet on a regular basis and focus on the issues that matter most. The IWA is inviting disabled people who are passionate for change and who are interested in working together with others in the community to identify issues impacting disabled people and lobby for equality for disabled people in all areas, including access to the built environment, the great outdoors, housing, education, health, employment, etc.  
The Irish Wheelchair Association is now calling on disabled people from across Galway to attend a public information evening on Monday 17th October at 6pm in the Ard Ri House Hotel, Tuam. This will be an interactive meeting with the opportunity for attendees to raise their concerns and have their voices heard.
Speakers on the night will include Joan Carthy, National Advocacy Manager IWA and Marion Cotter, IWA Tuam. 
Tea and Coffee will be served on arrival.
Monday 17th October : 6pm to 8pm : Ard Ri House Hotel, Tuam, Co Galway, H54 V267
For enquiries contact Emma-Jane Morrissey 085 8768336

Planting fruit trees and berry shrubs near Headford, Co Galway
Saturday, 8 October, 1pm

This Saturday, 8 October, there will be a good break in the weather, so at 13:00pm Conservation Volunteers invites you to join them to plant some pollinator friendly Plum trees and currant, raspberry, and gooseberry shrubs into Sandybanks lane, Headford wildflower area. GPS location 53.477099, -9.105132
This planting location is on a mound of good fertile topsoil, and this lane is used as an established local walking route, so more fruit trees and berry shrubs in addition to pre-existing wild blackberries will enhance the 'edible trail'.
There are only a few carparking spaces on the lane, so if need be, it might be just as handy to walk out from the town carpark adjacent to Keady's supermarket and pharmacy, Main street / Bridge street, Headford.
Spades and gloves will be provided for use, or you can bring your own if you prefer.
The supply of trees and shrubs being planted is sponsored by Galway County Council's Community Support Scheme.

Developing a Local Food Hub 

Síolta Chroí aims to work on restoring Ireland's ecosystems, including humans and communities.
Síolta Chroí believes food offers a powerful way to restore human health, community health and therefore ecosystem and planetary health. Síolta Chroí believe also it is vital that communities have more control of and connection with their food supply.

Síolta Chroí will host a two-day training bringing communities from across Ireland together to explore the issues of restoring Ireland's ecosystems and to learn how to connect with and regain control of their food supplies.

The training will run on the 12th and 13th November 2022 in Carrickmacross Monaghan.
There are also 3 online webinars from world leaders on the topic on 7th, 16th and 21st November.

These training events are for anyone that wants to tackle social and environmental issues. Including:

  • For people that want to create a fairer local and global community. But also
  • For farmers that want to get a fairer price for their produce and their work
  • For families and community members that want access to food that is good for their family's community and the planet
  • For entrepreneurs that want to create a livelihood that focuses on environmental and social justice

The aim of the training is:

  • To bring communities across Ireland who want to get involved in creating a fair and regenerative food system in their community.
  • To build and support the work already done by the Open Food Network (OFN)Ireland to create local resilient food systems all around Ireland.
For further details see the POSTER HERE (not screen-readable).
Supports, Training and Resources

Health & Wellbeing programmes and resources
October 2022

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

The Programme and Resource items include:

  • World Mental Health Day Webinar: Making the Connections Monday Oct 10th (12.30-1.30)
  • Living Well – Upcoming programme
  • Free online Stress Control Programme (Starting Oct 17)
  • Free online Minding Your Wellbeing Programme
  • Health Promotion Publications
  • HSE Self-management Support webpages for people with a long term health condition
  • New HSE Exercise videos for people living with chronic conditions
  • Exercise for Wellbeing Videos
  • QUIT Smoking in October
  • Alcohol – Supporting women to have an alcohol free pregnancy
  • Make a START – Let’s go easy on the treats
  • New Obesity information on HSE Website
  • Sexual Health

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

Remote Working Checklist for Employers

Remote working has become a much bigger part of life. Is your business looking for a quick way to navigate the adoption of remote working arrangements?
The Remote Working Checklist for Employers can help. This has been prepared to provide employers with a quick way to navigate the adoption of remote working arrangements. This checklist covers the key areas of consideration for remote working based on official guidance.
Read more HERE.
For further information visit Guidance for Working Remotely / Treoir maidir leis an gCianobair.

English: Remote Working Checklist for Employers
Irish: Seicliosta Cianoibre d’Fhostóirí »

Training Opportunities
Upcoming GCCN Training
October - November 2022






Disability Awareness Training

General training around Disability Awareness for community groups and organisations.
Note: attendees need to join both sessions to complete this training.

18 and 25 October
6pm – 8.30pm

To reserve a place, please contact Brian at

Supporting LGBTIQ+ Communities
General Training for Community Groups 

This session will introduce the Resource Pack for Supporting LGBTIQ+ Communities and include training on the ABCs of the LGBTIQ+ community and welcoming diversity in your group
Download the flyer HERE

24 October 2022
7 pm start

Register Here

Supporting LGBTIQ+ Communities
Training for Service Providers

This session will aim at building cultural competency to increase awareness, and understanding of the LBGTIQ+ community
Download the flyer HERE

26 October 2022
10.30am start

Register Here

GCCN Induction
Evening Session

Come along to the GCCN Induction and find out more about GGCCN and how you, as a member, can become more involved and actively influence decision-making structures in Galway City.
Read more about the GCCN Induction here


8 November 2022
6.30pm – 7.30pm

Register Here

GCCN Induction
Evening Session

See above and read more about the GCCN Induction here
22 November 2022
1pm – 2pm

Register Here

Training on Public Participation Networks
Free, online, self-paced training video programme developed for all who wish to learn more about PPNs

- An Introduction to the PPNs (2 Modules)
- Local Government Budgets
- PPNs and Local Government
- Effective Participation in Consultations
- Effective Facilitation
- Strategic Planning
- Measuring Outcomes and Impacts


Online and in your own time

 Register here

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Healthy Food Made Easy Leader Training
10th & 17th October 

Healthy Galway City is offering Healthy Food Made Easy (HFME) Leader Training to members of the community and staff of workplaces / not-for-profit organisations. The training is taking place on Mondays 10th & 17th October 10:30 am – 3:30 pm in the Westside Resource Centre.
‘Healthy Food Made Easy’ is a six-week nutrition education programme which aims to provide practical information on healthy eating and improve skills by showing participants ways to provide healthy, nutritious, low-cost meals and snacks for their families.
An ideal HFME Leader will be someone who is already involved in an identified group and is willing to deliver the course and has access to kitchen facilities. Please note that spaces for staff members are limited; contact Healthy Galway City Coordinator Aisling Colreavy on 085 821 7547 if you wish to nominate a staff member.
Please see the HFME Leader training information sheet HERE and application form HERE to share and promote as appropriate.
To apply, prospective learners should complete the attached HFME Leader Training Application Form and return to Aisling Colreavy, Healthy Galway City Coordinator by email or post to Galway City Council, City Hall, College Rd, Galway, H91 F798.
The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 4pm on Wednesday 5th October 2022. Please note, as there are limited places available, participants will be selected on the basis of information provided in the application form.

Physical Activity Leader Training
Starts Wed 19th October 

Healthy Galway City & Galway Sports Partnership are hosting an Age & Opportunity Physical Activity Leader Training (PALs); a nine-week Active Programme that teaches older adults the skills to lead physical activities within their own groups or communities. 

  • Where: Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre, Galway, H91 PN50
  • When: Starts Wednesday 19th October, runs weekly until Christmas, 10 am - 3:30 pm 
  • What: 9 workshops that cover basic principles and skills required for leading physical activities suitable for independently mobile, active older people, including chair based exercises, walking, bowling games and more. Suitable for: Independently mobile active older adults who are willing to lead members of their own group or community in physical activities, volunteers, members of Active Retirement Groups or community groups, etc. 

Light lunch and refreshment provided. 
This course is free but spaces are limited; for more information or to register your interest, please contact Aisling on 085 821 7547 or email

Have Your Say

Survey on Social Enterprise in Ireland

A Baseline social enterprise research project is being delivered on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development by Amárach Research, in partnership with Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) and the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN).

This exercise will identify key data such as the total number of social enterprises in Ireland, their regional spread, the primary sectors they are active in, their staffing levels and traded income.

  • Take the Survey HERE
  • See Minister Humprey's call HERE
  • If you have any queries, email
Community Updates

Ukrainian Drama Group for children and teens from 5- 14 years

A new drama group for 5-14 year old Ukrainian speakers started on Saturday 1st October in Mervue.
The Drama Group will be focusing on developing a play which will be hosted during a Ukrainian New Year celebration event. The group is being led out by UA Mriya.
For details please contact 089 9790644.


Free Galway Autumn Academy Workshops for the Community

Volunteer Galway are running free online workshops that may be of interest to you or others in your organsation/'group. 
All the workshops last 1.5 - 2 hours, so your time will be well spent!
You can see each workshop below and click through for more info and to register.

View all Volunteer Galway courses and workshops HERE


Date Time
Boards, Chairs and CEOs: Roles,
Relationships & Boundaries
Weds October 12th 7pm to 9pm
Facilitation Skills  Weds October 19th 10am to 12pm
Managing Change  Tues October 25th 7pm to 9pm
Project Time Management Weds November 2nd 10am to 12pm
Running Effective Meetings Weds November 9th 7pm to 9pm
Design Thinking  Weds November 16th 10am to 12pm
Committee Skills Weds November 16th 7pm to 9pm
Managing Diversity  Weds November 30th 10am to 12pm
Critical Thinking Weds December 7th 7pm to 9pm

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Galway LGBTI+ Interagency
Public Recognition Marker & Resource Pack

Available on request. Show your support!
The LGBTI+ Interagency Public Recognition Marker is available for shops, businesses, community groups and more, in the city and county to display in their windows, showing that the LGBTQI+ community are welcome there.
If you would like to order a PRM sticker, get in contact with

The LGBTQI+ Interagency also developed a resource pack for supporting the LGBTIQ+ community.
Find the Interagency Resource pack in PDF format - here ore request one by post by emailing

Mental Health Supports for Ukrainian People

Free counselling supports (6 sessions) are available from My Mind with a particular focus on Ukrainian refugees.
The sessions are provided in Ukrainian.
Details at: 
The counselling service is funded by the Department of Health.  

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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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