GCCN News 2020
23rd September 

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

GCCN Network News

GCCN Updates
  • Have you registered yet for the GCCN AGM and Autumn Plenary?- read here
  • GCCN Annual Report 2019 - read here
Events and Initiatives
  • Call to take part in the Virtual Sleep Out for Simon: October 2nd- read here
  • FAI Visual Impaired Football: September 26th- read here
Webinars and Resources
  • "Nitrous this drug part of the new normal?": September 24th - read here
  • Applying to Register as a Charity: September 30th- read here
  • Key Findings of Joint EPA-HSE Environment & Health Research Projects: October 8th - read here
  • SCOPE: Free Online Training Resources for Non-profits - read here
  • Webinar Series by Galway Cycling Campaign for Bike Week 2020 - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Up-to-date Public Health Guidance and National 5-Level Framework To Reduce the Spread of COVID-19- read here
  • Speach by An Taoiseach: September 18th - read here
  • Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: 16th September - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Elderly - read here

GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates
GCCN AGM and Autumn Plenary
30th September 2020
Have you registered yet? 

All GCCN members are invited to attend the 2020 GCCN Annual General Meeting and Autumn Plenary Meeting from 6.30pm on Wednesday, September 30th.

If you wish to attend please register herebefore Friday, 25th September 2020.
Kindly avoid late registrations to allow time to receive the Zoom meeting info.
For further details and documentation go here.

GCCN Annual Report 2019 

The GCCN Annual Report 2019 is now available for downolad at the link below.
The document outlines the GCCN work, activities, collaborations and financial report for the year 2019.
Download the document here.

Events and Initiatives
Galway GAA call on local clubs to take part in the Virtual Sleep Out for Simon
Friday, October 2nd
Galway GAA are calling local clubs from across Galway to swap their beds for sleeping bags for one night and host their own Virtual Sleep Out in support of those facing homelessness in our community.
This year, due to Covid-19, Galway Simon Community’s Sleep Out for Simon annual event has been re-imagined and is set to take place virtually across Galway and beyond on Friday, October 2nd.
The Virtual Sleep Out is an easy to-do, engaging fundraiser and each club can choose to take part their own way – whether it’s pitching a tent at home in their gardens, bedding down on their living room floors, or spending the night under the stars on their local pitch!
On the night there will be a timeline of live-streamed activities from Galway Simon which will bring everyone together with interactive games, music and entertainment. This will allow those taking part to keep connected whilst they spend the night fundraising online in a unique and powerful way.
100% of proceeds will go directly towards Galway Simon’s Homelessness Prevention Services here in Galway, ensuring the charity can safeguard their essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
To register your local GAA club to take part, visit, select the ‘take part as a team’ option and search for Galway GAA from the drop-down list.
FAI Visual Impaired Football
Saturday 26th September 2020
The FAI FFA programme and Vision Sports Ireland work in conjunction to promote and develop football opportunities for people with vision impairments.
Join the match held on the 26th September, from 4pm to 5.30pm
in Mervue United AFC, Fahy's Field, Walter Macken Pl, Mervue, Co. Galway.

To book your place contact FAI Football For All Development Officer Nick Harrison on 086 0472051.
All Players who are blind or have vision impairments are welcome!
Download the poster here.
Webinars and Resources
"Nitrous this drug part of the new normal?"
Thursday 24th September, 2020
During these unusual times Nitrous oxide or ‘laughing gas’ has come to greater public attention.
The WRDATF would like to invite you to a short webinar “Nitrous this drug part of the new normal?” on Thursday 24th September 2020 at 2.30 P.M.
If you are either working with young people or a concerned parent the session will be suitable to further you understanding concerning the use of this drug in Ireland.
The 20 minute training will be followed opportunity to discuss the current situation.
Click here to book a place:
Webinar: Applying to Register as a Charity
Wednesday September 30th, 2020
The Charities Regulator invites you to attend our Applying to be a Registered Charity webinar for those who are in the process of registering a charity. These webinars have been developed in response to contact with charities, including our recent Survey of over 2,000 charity trustees, employees and volunteers. You will hear from senior staff from the Charities Regulator and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Registration process.

The webinar will take place via Zoom at 12pm on Wednesday 30th September.
Registration is FREE but you must register by 5pm on Tuesday 29th September.
Please click the following link to register:

Topics to be covered include:
  • Drafting a charity registration application
  • How to submit an application
  • What to do if you have submitted an application but have not passed level 1
For queries email with “Webinar” in the subject line. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentations on the day and speakers will answer as many as time allows.
Webinar: Key Findings of the Joint EPA-HSE Environment & Health Research Projects
Thursday 8th October, 2020
The Key Findings of the Joint EPA-HSE Environment & Health Research Projects webinar will showcase the key findings and recommendations from a suite of Environment & Health research projects and will explore how the natural environment is connected to our wellbeing.
The webinar will take place on Thursday 8th October from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Participation is open to everyone with an interest in the topic and is free of charge.
Click here to register.
New Free Online Training Resources for Non-profits
The Wheel and An Cosán  have recently launched SCOPE, a brand new free online training resource offering training in the fundamentals of governance, communications, risk management, financial management and fundraising.
The SCOPE project is aimed at third sector staff and volunteers in need of capacity building, skills development and recognition of non-formal learning, particularly those who are socially excluded in such a way that it is difficult for them to access training opportunities. Geographical, financial, accessibility, and time restraints can make it difficult to engage in training and much needed capacity building. Communicating the skills gained through training often does not happen, so skill recognition, job mobility and employability are also affected. The SCOPE project aims to address these challenges.
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Webinar Series by Galway Cycling Campaign
Bike Week 2020
This year Bike Week looks a little different. Galway Cycling Campaign have a series of webinars for you about bike parking and business, international policy on road safety, and a virtual screening of the MOTHERLOAD documentary. 
Bike Parking and the Bottom Line
September 24, 2020 | 1pm
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local businesses and retail in Galway city and county. We’re all living our lives more locally these days. Galway can learn from Dutch and Dublin experiences that quality and inclusive bike parking is an investment in local and loyal customers and communities.
  • His Excellency, Adriaan Palm, Ambassador at The Netherlands Embassy to Ireland
  • Chris Bruntlett, Dutch Cycling Embassy, and co-author of Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality
  • Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town
  • Clodagh Colleran, Development Studies Association of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin  


Safer Roads, Safer Cities, Better Lives: The view from Europe and the UN
September 25, 2020 | 1pm
Decisions made by the European Commission and the UN have an impact on the road design and safety of our urban roads, residential streets, and bóithirín.
Insights into the impact of the lockdown on road safety from across Europe will be discussed as well as ideas for how we deal with a transition out of it.
Our guests from Europe will share how and why safe walking and cycling infrastructure and reducing speeds will be at the heart of our transport and mobility evolution.
  • Matthew Baldwin, the first European Coordinator for Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility, Deputy DG MOVE at the European Commission
  • Ellen Townsend, Policy Director at the European Transport Safety Council
  • Rod King MBE, Founder and Campaign Director of 20’s Plenty for Us / Love30  

MOTHERLOAD, virtual community screening in Galway and Q&A with director Liz Canning
September 27, 2020 | 7.30pm - 10pm
Join Galway Cycling Campaign for MOTHERLOAD, a free virtual community screening and covideo party for a Bike Week finale. 
Director Liz Canning will join us for a Q&A on Zoom immediately afterward for a panel discussion about parenting, safe routes to school, and place making.
This 86 minute documentary from the USA captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. It won a Sundance Special Jury Prize in 2019.
On Sunday evening also join a co-video party on Twitter using the hashtags #MOTHERLOAD and #MOTHERLOADgalway
Post-screening Q&A with: 
  • Liz Canning, director of MOTHERLOAD
  • Neasa Bheilbigh, co-founder of Galway Cycle Bus
  • Síle Ginnane, co-founder of Better Ennis
  • Jo Sachs-Elderidge, organiser of the Leitrim Cycling Festival and co-author of A Vision for Cycling in Rural Ireland by the Rural Cycling Collective
>>Register here for MOTHERLOAD and post-screening Q&A<< 
These events are part of Bike Week 2020 and funded through Galway City and County Councils through the Active Travel initiative of the Government of Ireland.
COVID-19 Related Updates
 Up-to-date Public Health Guidance and National 5-Level Framework
To Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
A National 5-Level Framework is now in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. View the new Framework here.
Read the up-to-date Public Health Guidance - here.
Further information is available on the Government website.
 Speech by An Taoiseach
Friday 18th September 2020
Read the speech by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD released on Friday 18th September 2020 at the link here.

Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support
Wednesday, 16 September

Dear Colleagues,

We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.

Living with COVID-19 Plan
Yesterday the Government announced the Living with COVID-19 five-level plan for the next six months. These measures aim to protect key priorities – protecting health, strengthening employment and supporting communities.

You can view the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 here.

You can view the additional measures for those living in Dublin noted here. 

Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: and Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.

If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials please email us to let us know. ​

We wish you good health and wellness.
Many thanks,
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support
REMINDER: Support for the Elderly 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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