GCCN News 2020
26th August 

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

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • COVID-19: Back to School read here
  • Galway City Community Call Helpline read here

GCCN Network News

GCCN Updates & Reminders Funding and Open Calls
  • CEP 2020 Fund for Community Centres and Community Buildings - read here
  • Applications for Personalised Budgets for People with a Disability - read here
  • Volunteer Ireland Awards: Nominations Open - read here
  • Snap That: Youth Photography Call - read here
  • The Upcycle Challenge: Submissions Open - read here
Networking and Support
  • Full Spectrum: Peer Network for LGBTI+ People with a Disability - read here
Galway City Updates
  • Culture Night: 18th September - read here
  • The Galway to Athlone National Cycleway Scheme - read here
COVID-19 Related Updates
COVID-19: Back to School
Guidance Documents and Updates

The Department of Education, in close consultation with experts in the HSE, have produced a suite of guidance documents to facilitate the safe reopening of schools.
All of this information is available here.
Read the latest updates on the website here.

 Galway City Community Call Helpline
Galway City #CommunityCall Helpline remains available from 9.00am - 5.00pm, seven days a week for those who may need help in accessing food, essential supplies and medicine.

Helpline: 1800 400 150


GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates & Reminders
Upcoming SPCs/LCDC Meetings
September 2020

The following local structures will meet in September as follows:

SPC/LCDC Date Check the links below for details and documentation
Planning SPC Tuesday
1st September
Read more here
Economic, Community and Cultural Development SPC Friday
4th September
Read more here
Transportation SPC Tuesday
8th September
Read more here
Local Community Development Committee 
9th September
Read more here
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC Tuesday
29th September
Read more here

If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for any of the upcoming meetings please contact

GCCN Representative on the LCDC
GCCN Vacancies from September 2020

From September 2nd, 2020 GCCN will be looking for two dynamic and committed members to replace the two GCCN representatives on the Local Community Development Committee that will complete their term of office in September.

Elections for the GCCN LCDC representatives will be held remotely at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 30th September.
The online nomination process will be open from Wednesday, September 2nd until Wednesday, September 16th. 
Please note: Nominations received outside of this two-weeks period will not be accepted.

For your information, please read the GCCN Representative Elections on the LCDC 2020 Guidelines and Information - here.
Further details and documentation will be circulated in the coming days.

 GCCN Induction
September 2020

GCCN will hold two remote Induction sessions as follows:

       Evening Session  

7th September  

6pm – 7.30pm  

Register Here  

        Morning Session  

9th September  

11.30am -1pm  

Register Here  

All GCCN members are invited to join one of the sessions above, with a special emphasis being placed on those who joined GCCN after July 2019.
Find further details - here.

Funding and Open Calls
 CEP 2020 Fund for
Community Centres and Community Buildings
Closing Date: 18th September

Applications for funding are invited from interested Community Centres and Community Buildings within the Galway City administrative area under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) for 2020 for Community Centres and Community Buildings.

The funding is targeted at measures that stimulate local economies, while enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP).

Applications can be completed online and guidelines are available to view at
The closing date for applications is Friday, 18th September, 2020 at 4.00pm.
Read more here.
 HSE Personalised Budgets for
People with a Disability
Demonstration Project
Application Deadline: 7th September 

The HSE is looking for up to 180 disabled people to participate in the Personalised Budgets Demonstration Project over a two year period. The Project is running in two phases, with 90 people taking part in each phase. Phase 1 commenced in October 2019 and Phase 2 will commence from September 2020.
What is a Personalised Budget?
A personalised budget is an amount of funding that disabled person may be considered for by the HSE. If a person qualifies for a personalised budget they can make their own arrangements to meet their support needs, instead of having their needs met directly for them by the HSE and HSE funded services providers. Disabled people currently in receipt of HSE funded services can apply for a personalised budget if they so choose or they can choose to continue with their traditional services from the HSE or a HSE funded service provider.
Who can apply?
Applications are welcomed from:
  • Disabled people that are currently in receipt of HSE funded services; provided either directly by the HSE or through the non-statutory sector (including day services, residential services, respite services, rehabilitative training or personal assistance).
  • Young disabled people leaving school in 2020 that have a commitment to a funded day service can also apply.
If you are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest, please complete the Expression of Interest form and submit before September 7th 2020. This form is available in PDF here. An easy to read PDF is also available here. Please note the form is in PDF format. However, if anyone has any difficulty accessing it you can email for an alternative format.
For more details, on the HSE pilot please read here.
 Volunteer Ireland Awards
Nominations closing on 1st October

The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteers in Ireland. The awards shine a light on the remarkable achievements of volunteers around the country by honouring them at a national level. 

Nominations for the 2020 awards are open 
until the 1st of October.

Anyone can nominate a volunteer, someone they know who gives their time and energy voluntarily and without pay.
Individual volunteers or volunteer duos can be nominated in 1 of 9 categories, groups of volunteers can also be nominated and the final category recognises volunteer managers.
This year more than ever, you are invited to consider nominating a volunteer or volunteers for a Volunteer Ireland Award. 
Find more details on the Volunteer Ireland Awards - here and make a nomination here.

 Snap That: Life Through the Lens of Ireland's 18- to 25-year-olds
Youth Photography Call
The Royal Irish Academy’s Social Sciences Committee has launched a youth photography call (18- to 25-year olds) for an online exhibition. We are seeking submissions of photographs and captions that tell the story of things that help or hinder the lives of this generation of young people on the whole island of Ireland, from urban and rural communities.  The closing date is 30 September.
I wonder if you know of any local groups or individuals who might be interested in taking part?  We would very much like to include the voice of Galway City youth in this project.  
Please see the flyer below and attached which links to the project webpage.  I would be very grateful for your assistance in promoting ‘Snap that’ to encourage contributions from Galway City’s 18- to 25-year olds.  If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch.
For further details go here.
 The Upcycle Challenge
Now Open for Submissions
Closing date: 30th October

My Waste Irelandmand the EPA are challenging you to unearth the imagination within and create something new out of something old…to breathe new life into an old or unwanted item or material.
Record your journey from the old product to the new one you upcycled and enter the competition which is open to non-professionals and which offers cash prizes.
For details on how to get involved see:
Networking and Support
 Full Spectrum: Peer Network for
LGBTI+ People with a Disability 
Regular Virtual Community Space

Full Spectrum is a new national network for disabled people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersex, Asexual, Non-Binary, or simply non-heterosexual in orientation/gender identity.

Full Spectrum are launching a regular virtual community drop-in space by and for disabled LGBTI+ people. This will be a safe and welcoming peer-support space where people can come together to get to know each other, share experiences, support one another and build a community identity.

If you identify as disabled and identify as LGBTI+ (or any other letter of the alphabet!), then you are welcome to join our space of equals.

The next remote meeting will be held on September 8th and then every second Tuesday after that.

For further information, and to register your interest in taking part:
email* or call / text 085-2277033

*For screen-reader users, the email address is d l g b t q peer 20 20 at g mail dot com – all lower case

There are currently three people acting as a steering group; Maureen, Niall and Isolde. At least one of them will be present at each session to facilitate discussions and deal with the inevitable technical hitches.

Full Spectrum are supported by ILMI (Independent Living Movement Ireland), who can offer technical training for anyone unfamiliar with using the Zoom platform. You do not need to be a member of ILMI to take part.

Galway City Updates
 Culture Night
18th September

Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir will return for its fifteenth edition on Friday, 18th September 2020.

Given the events of recent months, there are obviously some new challenges this year, but Culture Night is still packed with over 250 performances for a memorable night. Many of this year’s events will take place online / digitally, but there are safe offline events programmed too.
The National Programme for Culture Night 2020 will include tours, workshops and conversations, streamed from across the island. A number of national landmarks will be available for virtual tours, including the Houses of the Oireachtas, the National Gallery of Ireland and Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre in Mayo.
To see the events that will be held online and offline in Galway city visit

 The Galway to Athlone National Cycleway Scheme
Back on Track
After a five-year pause, the Galway to Athlone Cycleway is being developed with a fresh new start. New consultants, RPS, have been appointed and given a blank canvas to develop a route for the cycleway. There will be four focused periods of public consultation to hear people’s views on the Project and the proposed Study Area.

The stages of public consultation for this Cycleway are:

1. Study Area Public Consultation - 10-14 August 2020
2. Route Corridor Options Public Consultation - End 2020
3. Preferred Route Corridor Public Consultation - Mid 2021
4. Preferred Route Consultations with individual landowners -  from Mid 2021

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