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GCCN News 2020
10th July



Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
COVID-19 Related Updates
  • Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: 8th July - read here
  • Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: 3rd July - read here
GCCN Network News
Public Consultation and Surveys
  • Remote Working Guidance: Public Consultation - read here
  • Galway Community Organisations Needs Analysis: Survey - read here
  • HSE Alcohol Programme Implementation Plan: Survey - read here
Events and Webinars
  • Reopening Facilities and Services Whilst Safeguarding Communities: Free Online Events - read here
  • Vitamin C: The Positive Effect of Creativity on Wellbeing in Older People: 21st July - read here
  • Manual Wheelchair Users Workshop: 21st July - read here
  • Maintaining Mental Well-being and Establishing Healthy Relationships with Technology in a Post-Covid Era Webinar: 30th July - read here
Resources
  • 5 Steps to Get Parents Online Ready - read here
  • Online Relationships & Sexuality Education Tutorials - read here
  • Step Up to Secondary School Website - read here
  • Understand Together: Dementia Resources - read here
Funding Opportunities
  • Communities Integration Fund Open Call 2020 - Deadline: 16th July 2020 - read here
  • DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Grants - Deadline: 22 July 2020 - read here
  • The Arts Council - Festivals Investment Scheme - Deadline: 23 July 2020 - read here
  • Ecclesiastical - Movement for Good Awards - Deadline: 24 July 2020 - read here
  • Energy for Generations Fund - Deadline: 4 August 2020 - read here
Submit Your Event / Send Feedback / Get In Touch
COVID-19 Related Updates
 
Message from Covid-19
Stakeholder Communications Support
July 8th

Dear Colleague,
Thank you for your continuing support and sharing information about COVID-19. Below is a communications update for you.

COVID Tracker App now available to download
The HSE has created a free smartphone app to help improve contact tracing for COVID-19.
The app will make contact tracing faster and more accurate, reducing the spread of coronavirus.
Nearly 500,000 people have already downloaded the app today.

If you use the app, you can:
  • get an alert if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19
  • alert others if you test positive for coronavirus – this will help keep other people safe
  • track your symptoms and get advice on what to do if you’re sick
  • get regular updates, and protect yourself and others as we learn to live with COVID-19

The app protects your privacy and you keep control of your information. It exchanges secure, anonymous records via Bluetooth when people using it are in close contact with each other. It will never identify you to other app users and you cannot access each other’s information.
 
We have attached a partner pack for you, with details of the app, the TV and radio ads we’re using to promote it, and some social media posts and images for you to use. You can also find an information leaflet with more detail that you can share with your own networks here.
 
The COVID tracker app will help us to track and stop the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to re-open services and communities. It goes hand in hand with the other important steps we can all take.   Everyone should continue to wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, keep our 2m distance and use face coverings when we can’t.
 
Thanks in advance for your support - the more people who download and use the app, the more it will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The COVID Tracker app is available on www.covidtracker.ie, or in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store now.
 
Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to:

If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us and to let us know.
Please share and pass on to relevant teams and communities.
 
Keep well, remember we're #InThisTogether and #HoldFirm
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

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Message from Covid-19
Stakeholder Communications Support
July 3rd

Dear Colleagues,
 
Thank you for your continuing support and sharing information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you.
Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business
Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which began on Monday 29th June. You can view the measures that form part of Phase 3 here.

Stay Safe Guidelines
As our country is reopened, keeping up protective behaviours is as important as ever to prevent the spread of infection. The recently developed Stay Safe Guidelines have been published here in a booklet which is available in English and Irish. There are a number of hard copies of the booklet available. If you would like to receive a hard copy or a number of copies for your organisation, please email us and we will be happy to send out to you.

Wellbeing “In This Together”
Our wellbeing campaign continues to give mental health and wellbeing advice across the country. New videos have been added in the last 2 weeks and include:
1. Staying Healthy and Keeping Well: Patrick Reilly, Traveller Mental Health Worker, Pavee Point.
2. Your wellbeing (Romanian language): Rares-Mihai Nicula, Roma Project Officer, Dublin City Community Co-op.
See videos here: Healthy Ireland YouTube Channel

Stay Safe. Protect each other. Wear a face covering.
Thanks again for your support in helping to share the message about the importance of face coverings. You can find information on face coverings here. You can also find videos on:

  • How to safely wear a face covering here.
  • How to make your own face covering here.
  • You can download the poster on how to use face coverings here with a high resolution version available here.


Living with Dementia in Times of COVID - 19 - Shaping Inclusive Communities Together
The community response, which many of you have been involved in, to reach out to people living with dementia in our society, has been incredible.  As part of this, you are invited to join Dementia: Understand Together’s first Virtual Partner Event on July 8th from 10.00 – 11.00am.
Speakers will include:

  • Emer Begley, Senior Project Manager at the National Dementia Office and Chair of the Dementia: Understand Together Working Group
  • Maire-Ann Doyle and Susan Crampton members of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network
  • Kevin Quaid, Vice-Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group

You can register here until July 6th.  Feel free to share this invitation with others. Everyone can make a difference in the lives of people with dementia and their families.

Invitation to Participate in Global Project Investigating Loneliness & Isolation and COVID-19
A number of our partner organisations are collaborating on a global study looking at ‘Coping with Loneliness, Isolation and Covid-19’ (CLIC). The study is being undertaken by a group of International academic researchers who are part of the International Loneliness and Isolation research NetworK (I-LINK). Click here to undertake the survey. Click here to read more about the study and those involved.

Mental Health Crisis Textline
A new Crisis Textline – Text 50808, was recently launched. The HSE text-based mental health service will provide support to anyone struggling with any issue, big or small, for free and at any time of any day. The service is staffed by 300 trained crisis volunteers and people can access support by texting 50808.

Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/.
Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.
You can find the Phase 3 Public Health advice posters here in English and Irish (and various sizes/formats).

Please share and pass on to relevant teams and communities.
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GCCN Network News
Public Consultation and Surveys

Remote Working Guidance
Public Consultation

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is conducting a Public Consultation to inform the delivery of guidance on remote working for both employers and employees.

The Remote Work in Ireland research paper, published in December 2019, found there is a need for national guidance for employers and employees seeking to engage with remote working solutions. Following its publication, DBEI committed to the delivery of this guidance.

The Department is now seeking written submissions on the key areas of need for guidance on remote working from employers and employees. These submissions will inform the production of official remote working guidelines this year.

As you are aware, much has changed since the publication of Remote Work in Ireland In response to the unprecedented number of people working from home as a result of COVID-19, DBEI has published a webpage on Guidance for Working Remotely during COVID-19 detailing where information can be found on each of these areas.

The public consultation aims to identify how the existing guidance can be built upon, and what additional areas need to be addressed in order to support business and employees engaging in remote working long-term. Full details are available on the DBEI website.
Stakeholders are invited to share their views by making a written submission by 7th August via:
  • Email: RemoteWorkingGuidance@dbei.gov.ie
  • By post: Remote Working Guidance Consultation
    Enterprise Strategy Competitiveness Evaluations Division
    Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Please feel free to share/raise awareness of this consultation amongst your networks.
 
Galway Community Organisations Needs Analysis
Survey

With the Galway Community Organisations Needs Analysis Survey, Galway Volunteer Centre are trying to get a picture of what are the future plans and needs of the community groups in Galway city and understand if the Volunteer Centre's existing supports can help and/or if new and extra ways will need to be put in place.
Help Galway Volunteer Centre be ready to help you as much as they can, as quickly as they can by
taking the
survey here!

Additionally, Volunteer Ireland and the Volunteer Centres have just published Returning to Volunteering Safely available for download here. This guidance and advice may help you in your plans to re-engage with your volunteers over the coming months. 

HSE Alcohol Programme Implementation Plan
Survey

 
The national HSE Alcohol Programme invites you to participate in a short survey to inform the development of its implementation plan. The purpose of the survey is to seek stakeholder views on the needs that the HSE Alcohol Programme should address and key priorities for its implementation plan.
The short survey can be accessed at the following link:
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HSEAlcoholProgramme/  
The deadline for submissions is Friday 24th July.

The HSE Alcohol Programme is part of HSE Health and Wellbeing, Strategic Planning and Transformation, which provides evidence-based programmes to support people to improve their health and wellbeing. The HSE Alcohol Programme works to reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption. It raises awareness about alcohol harm, supports the implementation of alcohol policy and legislation, builds capacity within services to identify and respond to harmful alcohol consumption, and supports evidence-based community action.
Events and Webinars

Reopening Facilities and Services Whilst Safeguarding Communities
Free Online Events
Clann Credo's focus throughout the Covid-19 crisis has been on supporting the network of Clann Credo customers and colleagues to work collaboratively on the challenges faced by community and voluntary organisations. In the coming weeks Clann Credo are hosting a series of free online events to help with the next steps, reopening facilities and services whilst safeguarding communities. The following events may be of interest: 
1. Community Centres; Information and Manual for Covid-19 Reopening 
Tuesday 14th July, 7:30 – 9pm
Find out more and register here
2. Community Childcare Centres; Sharing Experiences of the New Normal  
Tuesday 28th July, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Find out more and register here
3. Local Sports Organisations; Adapting to the New Normal and Finding Supports
Thursday 30th July, 7 – 8pm
Find out more and register here


Vitamin C: The Positive Effect of Creativity on Wellbeing in Older People
21st July

 
The Creative Ireland Programme in association with Healthy Ireland and the HSE Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme invite you to Vitamin C: The Positive Effect of Creativity on Wellbeing in Older People.
This event will highlight the role of creative activities in promoting mental health & wellbeing among older people and to explore future areas for action and collaborative opportunities in this space.
The event will be held on Tuesday, July 21st from 10:30 am to 12noon.
To register go here.

The event will build on a very successful event run by the Creative Ireland Programme and Healthy Ireland in March 2020, exploring the value of creativity in health to mental wellbeing outcomes. Check details on this past event here.
Manual Wheelchair Users Workshop
CROWD4ACCESS Footpath Accessibility Research
The Crowd4Access Citizen Science Project are looking for manual wheelchair users to join a online webinar part of the Crowd4Access Citizens Science Project.
The two-hour online workshop will be held on Tuesday, 21st July.
The aim of the projects is empowering citizens to map the accessibility of cities through crowdsourcing and data analytics.
If you wish to join the webinar or would like to learn more about this study, please send an email to the co-ordinator Bianca Pereira at bianca.pereira@nuigalway.ie.
For more information visit this link here.
Maintaining Mental Well-being and Establishing Healthy Relationships with Technology in a Post-Covid Era
Webinar: Thursday 30th July

Mental Health Ireland and Galway Mental Health Association are delighted to announce their live webinar event with Dr. Colman Noctor on Thursday 30th July from 7-9pm.
For further details and to register go here.
Resources
5 Steps to Get Parents Online Ready
ISPCC Childline, in partnership with the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, have developed a guide to ‘5 Steps to Get Parents Online Ready’
You can download the document here.
Read more here.
Online Relationships & Sexuality Education Tutorials
Sexual Health West
Parents and 6th class students can access this information by clicking on http://www.bewiser.ie/6th-class-tutorials/  or under ‘Online RSE’ you will see ‘6th Class Tutorials’ on the www.bewiser.ie website.
Step Up to Secondary School Website
The Step Up to Secondary School website is now live.
This website aims to help students and parents with the move from primary school to secondary school. Visit https://stepup.ie/ for more information.
Understand Together Resources
The Understand Together Campaign has a number of resources available to support communities in being Dementia inclusive. Below please find a series of leaflets available for download:
More resources can be found on the Understand Together website.
Funding Opportunities
Communities Integration Fund Open Call 2020
Deadline: 16th July 2020

The Communities Integration Fund 2020 provides grant funding for local community projects that support the integration of migrants.

This funding is for community-based groups carrying out projects or activities under the following themes:✅Combating Racism and Xenophobia ✅Intercultural Awareness ✅Sport & Community Games ✅Arts ✅Other Community Events ✅Capacity Building ✅Employment ✅Integration Research ✅Food/Cuisine ✅Education.


Applications may be submitted here before July 16th: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CIF2020

See further details here: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR20000114

This funding can be used for both once-off initiatives and short to medium term projects. Projects should take an inclusive approach, aiming to bring migrants and host communities together, and may not be directed solely to any one particular group or nationality. The maximum amount that may be granted per project under CIF 2020 is €5,000.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Grants
Next Deadline: 22 July 2020
The DM Thomas Foundation has a rigorous grant process which aims to identify the most effective projects helping disadvantaged young people in the UK and Ireland. 
Applications are invited in the areas of education or health with one of the following three chosen focus groups: ✅ Children and young people with disabilities ✅ Children and young people who are sick in hospital ✅ Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).
Visit the Foundation website now for application forms and full guidelines: https://dmthomasfoundation.org/what-we-do/grants/dmtf-central-grants/
The Arts Council - Festivals Investment Scheme
Deadline: 23 July 2020
The Arts Council announces round one of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between January and June 2021. The Festivals Investment Scheme will be open to multidisciplinary festivals and single artform festivals. There are three bands of funding available: ✅ Band A: Up to €7,000 ✅ Band B: Between €7,001 and €20,000 ✅ Band C: Between €20,001 and €35,000.
Visit the Arts Council website for further information and guidelines: http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Festivals-Investment-Scheme/
Ecclesiastical - Movement for Good Awards
Deadline: 24 July 2020
The Ecclesiastical - Movement for Good Awards £50,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland with an income of less than £5million, which support ✅ the advancement of education and skills ✅ citizenship or community development ✅ arts, culture or heritage.
To ensure you're in with a good chance of being shortlisted, be sure to read the application guide, containing useful information about the assessment criteria and how each application will be scored.
Full details available here: https://www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good/
Energy for Generations Fund
Deadline: 4 August 2020
ESB's Energy for Generations Fund sees €1m per year disbursed through a quarterly fund to charities working in the areas of ✅ suicide prevention, ✅ homelessness and ✅ education access and support. 
Visit the ESB website for full application details: https://www.esb.ie/acting-responsibly/community-stem-and-the-arts/esb-corporateresponsibility


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