GCCN News 2020
25th November 

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

GCCN Network News

Updates and Reminders
  • GCCN Reminders - read here
  • GCCN Monthly Update: November 2020 - read here
  • Upcoming SPC/JPC Meetings - read here
  • City Council Rejects Proposal for New Speed Limits - read here
  • Variations of The Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023: Update - read here
Events and Initiatives
  • Community Involvement in Research Brainstorm Investigating LGBT Wellbeing - read here
  • Communities Caring for Water in Ireland - read here
  • What is Living in Your Garden - read here
  • Online Permaculture Course - Third Space Galway - read here
  • HANGING IN THE BALANCE RBG's Death And The Future of Gender Equality - read here
  • National Disability Authority research webinar on ‘Disability and Homelessness' - read here
  • Holiday Fundraiser for Kids in Direct Provision - read here
  • PLATFORM 31: Artist Development Scheme - read here
  • Ageless Grace: Body & Brain Exercise - read here
  • Changing Gears: Age&Opportunity - read here
  • Living Well Programme: January 2021 - read here
  • Mental Health Café - read here

  • PPN Handbook 2020 and PPN Annual Report 2019  - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: 18th Nov  - read here
  • Government Updates Protocol to Protect Staff in the Workplace - read here
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - read here
  • Keep Well Campaign - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Older People - read here
  • Galway City Community Response Map - read here

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Updates and Reminders

GCCN Reminders

Have your Say - Take the Strategic Planning Survey

Take the brief survey at the link here and help shape the new GCCN Strategic Plan.
Please complete the survey by Friday, November 27th 2020.

Winter Plenary and Strategic Planning Workshop

Join the Strategic Planning Workshop which will be held as part of the
Winter Plenary Meeting on December 2nd at 6.30pm on Zoom. 
Please register here for the Plenary Meeting before December 1st.

Pre Joint Policing Committee Meeting

Join us for a pre-meeting with our Joint Policing Committee (JPC) Reps on Monday November 30th 1pm ahead of the JPC meeting on December 7th. 

To register your interest please contact
On the date, join the zoom link HERE.

Meeting ID: 520 719 5964 
Passcode: GCCN

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GCCN Monthly Update
November 2020

GCCN aims to keep all members updated on the ongoing GCCN work and activities through the means of a report shared with the newsletter on a monthly basis. Please read here the November report.

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Upcoming SPC Meetings

The following local structures will meet in December as follows:

SPC/LCDC                                   Date       Check the links below for details and documentation
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC
  1st Dec  
Read more here
Joint Policing Committee
7th Dec
Read more here
Economic, Community and Cultural Development SPC
11th Dec
Read more here

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

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City Council Rejects Proposal for New Speed Limits

City Council has rejected the proposal for new Speed Limits. The plan which was first presented by the City Council Executive during the summer was defeated at the recent Local Authority’s plenary meeting.

The proposed changes to the speed limits included increasing the maximum speed from 50 to 80 kilometres per hour on the N6 Bothar na dTreabh and extending the 50 kilometre limit on the Letteragh and Ballagh road. Meanwhile, a speed limit reduction to 30 kilometres per hour was also being sought for areas in the inner city – including the Claddagh, Bohermore and Newcastle.

Read here the GCCN Submission on the Proposed Speed Limits as submitted on September 16th.

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Variations of The Galway City Development Plan


Following from the update on the Galway City Development Plan 
2017-2023 shared with the GCCN newsletter last week, new relevant documentation is now available on the GCCN website at the link here.

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Events and Initiatives

Community Involvement in Research Brainstorm Investigating LGBT Wellbeing
November 28th

The National LGBT Federation want the help of Ireland's LGBT+ community to shape upcoming research. Join the Community Involvement in Research Brainstorm Investigating LGBT Wellbeing on November 28th and gave your say.

The event will be a facilitated brainstorm where members of the LGBT+ community in Ireland will have the chance to influence the design of the research that the National LGBT Federation carries out.

This 2-hours-long Zoom brainstorm will focus specifically on designing a study of health and wellbeing within the LGBT community and the things that influence them. If you take part, you will be able to have your say on what the National LGBT Federation focus their research on and how people are recruited to take part in this research, how participation is made accessible and inclusive and how results are communicated.

This study addresses the following outcome of the National LGBTI Inclusion Strategy: "Better information is available on the population and needs of LGBTI+ people in Ireland to support the development of effective policy".

If you have any questions about this event, email
Fort further details and to register please visit the Eventbrite link:

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Communities Caring for Water in Ireland
Saturday 28th November, 2020 | 09am - 12.30pm

After a successful inaugural event in 2019, this year’s Rivers Trusts and Catchment Community Groups Seminar: Communities Caring for Water is being delivered online. This event is free and open to all Rivers Trust or community group members or volunteers. You will get important updates, guidance, and advice from people working to protect and conserve rivers on the island of Ireland.

You can now register via this Eventbrite link:

The agenda features informative sessions on a range of topics, including:

• Funding for smaller groups and trusts

• Citizen science

• Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

• Communications: cutting through the noise of COVID-19.

Register today to find out how you can develop your practice, whether you are with an established Rivers Trust or a small, less experienced grassroots group.

Zoom joining details will be sent to all registrants in due course.

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What is Living in Your Garden
INVITATION for 30th November

The Roscommon Environmental Network (REN) is going to be hosting a series of online talks around the general area of Biodiversity and would like to invite you to join.

The first of these talks is on Monday 30th November at 8pm.
See the Poster here.
If you want to join on the night please register at the link:
The guest speaker for this event is Michael Bell of   

Michael Bell is based in Ballymote, Co. Sligo and is an experienced wildlife educator and Specialist with the Heritage in Schools Scheme.  He will be talking about wildlife that may be hidden away in corners of your garden, and how to care for it and encourage more wildlife to move in. Green fingers are not required, just a willingness to share your surroundings with nature.

Future topics include:

  • Hedgerows - Natures Green Arteries with Anja Murray. Ecologist and Broadcaster with RTE's EcoEye and Lyric FM. 8pm Monday 18th January
  • Protecting Our Biodiversity - What are Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas - Details to be announced.
  • Learning to Love our Lakes and Rivers - Full Day Workshop Saturday 30th January -  Details to be announced.
  • Stop Treating Soil Like Dirt - A series of talks about this very important, much-ignored, wonderful but fast depleting resource - its biodiversity and what needs to be done to protect it - Details to be announced.
  • Sustainable Forestry
  • Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas
  • Peatlands

If you would like to be informed about future events please contact Michael Ewing
on Facebook at

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Third Space Galway GRETB Course

Third Space Galway are holding a free GRETB training on permaculture starting on Tuesday 24th November.
The next dates are:

  • Tuesday December 1st - 18.30 - 20.30 - Hannah Mole & Martina Finn
  • Tuesday December 8th - 18.30 - 20.30 - Tao Orion & Martina Finn
  • Thursday December 10th - Ludwig Leodhas Appeltans & Martina Finn
  • Saturday December 12th December - TBC Permaculture Day of Action

For further details and to register please follow the Eventbrite link:
The Facebook event is here:
Download the event poster here.

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HANGING IN THE BALANCE RBG's Death And The Future of Gender Equality
December 3rd at 7pm

Join HANGING IN THE BALANCE RBG's Death And The Future of Gender Equality event on Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm and explore the situation regarding gender equality today with Senator Eileen Flynn, JoAnne Neary - Leitrim Abortion Rights Campaign, Áine Treanor - Galway Feminist Collective, Joseph Kalelo-Phiri - Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare - Malawi and Trixie Neary - Activist.

While considerable advances have been made since the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women, UNDP’s 2019 global Gender Inequality Index shows that overall progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 - gender equality and women’s empowerment - has slowed in recent years. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the fragility of progress made.

For further details and to register visit the Facebook event link:

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National Disability Authority research webinar on ‘Disability and Homelessness'

The National Disability Authority will be hosting a research webinar on ‘Disability and Homelessness’ on Tuesday, 8 December 2020, from 10.00am – 12.00pm.

The webinar will present the findings of two studies commissioned by the NDA and will be followed by a panel discussion.

The two studies are:

  • “People with a Disability Experiencing Homelessness”
    Presented by: Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, TCD and Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services
  • “Adult autism in homelessness: prevalence, experiences and support needs in an Irish context - a mixed methods study”
    Presented by: Dublin City University and Dublin Simon Community

If you want to attend, please email quoting ‘Disability and Homelessness Webinar 2020’ in the subject line.

Please email by Tuesday 1 December 2020 and let the organisers know if you have any accessibility requirements.
For further details visit the link here.


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Holiday Fundraiser for Kids in Direct Provision

There are currently 85 children in the Galway Direct Provision centre, ranging in age from babies to young teenagers. To make sure that each and every one of them receives something special this holiday season, so Galway Anti Racism Network are teaming up with The Melting Pot Luck - Galway* for fundraising to buy each child an One4All voucher.
Each child will also be given a holiday bag filled with small goodies appropriate for their age range, similar to the arts and crafts bags distributed during the first lockdown.
For further details and to donate please visit the link

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Artist Development Scheme
The Association of Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31: a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work.
Platform31 is a nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council. Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental.
For more details on this please visit

Ageless Grace
Body & Brain Exercise

Lou Burchall is a qualified Ageless Grace Educator holding a free online Ageless Grace class this Thursday, 26th November by Zoom. The class will start at 11am with 45 minutes of exercise followed by the chance to make a cuppa and have a chat with your fellow class participants.
Ageless Grace is a body and brain exercise and ideal for people worried about dementia or cognitive function. Please pass the details on to any of your groups that may be interested.

The class is free but please register to get the Zoom details:
More information on Ageless Grace:

Ageless Grace is a fitness and wellness program created by Denise Medved. The program consists of 21 simple exercise tools designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind.
The 21 Tools have creative, imaginative names, so they are easy to remember. They are simple to do at home. The movements are designed to be performed seated in a chair, yet they can be done on a bed, standing near or behind a chair, down on the floor, or standing. Almost anyone can do them, regardless of most physical conditions.

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Changing Gears
Online Programme for People Over 50 Experiencing Health Challenges

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐆𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 is an online programme designed to help people who are 50+ to manage health challenges. The programme promotes resilience in later life, facilitating participants to be more self-directive in making life style choices to optimise older age.

Due to funding conditions the programme is strictly for those aged 50+ experiencing health challenges. Please note there is no charge for the programme as Changing Gears is supported by Sláintecare Integration Fund.

It will be delivered via Zoom. To book your place on one of the four-week programmes below, please contact Fiona Holohan, the Engage Programme Co-ordinator, at clearly stating what dates you wish to attend.

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞 𝟏 (𝐯𝐢𝐚 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐦)
Tuesdays 24th November and 1st, 8th and 15th December | 2pm – 4pm

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞 𝟐 (𝐯𝐢𝐚 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐦)
Wednesdays 25th November and 2nd, 9th and 16th December | 2pm – 4pm

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞 𝟑 (𝐯𝐢𝐚 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐦)
Thursdays 26th November and 3rd, 10th and 17th December | 2pm – 4pm

For further details visit the link

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Free Online Living Well Programme
January 2021

The next Free online Living Well Programmes commence on 

  • Thursday 07th January
  • Tuesday 12th    January
  • Monday 18th    January
  • Wednesday 20th of January 

If you are living with a long-term health condition you may be interested in doing the Living Well’ Programme’. This is a six-week programme delivered in 2.5-hour weekly sessions where you will learn new skills to manage your health condition on a day to day basis. This Programme will commence in January. 
You must register in advance as places are limited to 10/12 participants. Please note you do not have to disclose your health condition on the programme. 
Please contact Liam Gildea on 087 349 0393 or by email at
For further details please download the poster here.

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Mental Health Café
Opening in Galway City

A Community Café offering mental health support will soon open in the evening in Mr Waffle Café, opposite the city centre hospital.
A recently launched video shows how the Community Café aims to reach its key purpose of providing an out-of-hours mental health support service in a café environment. This will occur in an accessible, safe and inclusive space.
This initiative has three aims:
● To add out-of-hours capacity to support those experiencing mental health distress
● To demonstrate a socially innovative model for mental health services and potential for extension to other areas
● To deliver a service that is person-centred based on expressed need and developed through consultation and coproduction

The initiative will implement some significant innovations in pathway design:
● To provide significant engagement and contact with individuals outside of typical service working hours
● To support some individuals through A&E each evening the Community Café is open where appropriate and necessary
● To gauge user satisfaction using a Recovery Star model (a baseline will be undertaken before the service is opened)
● To demonstrate co-production methods used during the design and delivery of the service
● Implement the evaluation of the initiative and produce a case study to support and justify further investment, enhancement and extension of the service

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PPN Handbook 2020 and PPN Annual Report 2019

On November 19th, 2020, the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) launched the Public Participation Networks Handbook and the Public Participation Networks Annual Report 2019.
Download the documents at the links below:

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COVID-19 Related Updates

Message from
Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support

Wednesday 18th November 

Dear Colleague,
Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.

Healthy Ireland Keep Well Campaign
The new ‘Keep Well’ campaign is a cross-Government wellness campaign launched by An Taoiseach. The aim of this campaign is resilience in the months ahead, as we look towards living with COVID-19 in the winter months. It’s important to mind yourself and your physical and mental well-being. This campaign, funded by Sláintecare and led on by Healthy Ireland, involves a wide range of supports for this time – across sports, creativity, connectedness, eating and community outreach. Visit for more information and resources.

Nursing Home Webinar Series - Supporting Care of Residents in Long-Term Residential Care during Covid 19 Pandemic.
An online webinar series for nursing homes will be hosted jointly by ONMSD / National Integrated Care Programme Older Persons as part of COVID 19 Pandemic Response. The aim of the series is to harness experience of those caring for residents in the Long-Term Residential Care setting and provide relevant clinical updates on care issues related to same. There will be 4 sessions, each Thursday Evening (7-8.15pm) hosted online, starting on the 19th November covering key areas related to the COVID 19 pandemic in the Long-Term Residential Care Setting. Each session will host 3/ 4 speakers with panel discussion at end.

Traveller COVID-19 Resources
In response to COVID-19, resources have been developed nationally by the Traveller Health Units (THUs) and Traveller groups and are available on the Traveller COVID-19 Resources page.

Our Health Service this Winter
Look out for your Keeping well this Winter booklet in the post. It is being delivered to every household in Ireland over the coming weeks.
This booklet contains essential health information and advice to help you plan for the winter months ahead, as we live with the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on our lives.
You can download the English version – Keeping well this winter - here.
You can download the Irish version - Ag fanacht slán an geimhreadh seo- here.
Accessible and translated versions are being developed.
You can listen to the new radio ad here.

Hold Firm Campaign
Hold Firm is part of the ongoing COVID-19 public health advice programme from the HSE and the Department of Health. The Hold Firm campaign first aired in May 2020, as the end of the first phase of restrictions came into sight. Our President’s words, the poem ‘Take Care’ written in 1993, is the inspiration for the campaign to acknowledge and encourage the enormous effort being made by everyone in Ireland to stay safe and protect each other. Please find here the new Hold Firm partner pack. We would be grateful if you would help share the campaign messages and new videos.

Face coverings or masks are superior to visors as a measure for prevention of transmission of COVID-19
The HSE would like to remind everyone that cloth face coverings or masks are superior to visors as a measure for prevention of transmission of COVID-19. Expert opinion and international guidance indicates that cloth face coverings or masks are more effective than visors.
There is evidence that visors reduce exposure to droplets to a certain extent compared with no face covering. They may be an alternative in certain limited circumstances including:
-People with breathing difficulties
-People who are unable to remove masks/face coverings without help
-Anyone with particular needs who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the mask/face covering
-In settings where people who have learning difficulties or hard of hearing or deaf are present.
For more information, please see the HSE’s face coverings page and the Brief Evidence Summary: Efficacy of visors compared with masks in the prevention of transmission of COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings.

Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to and Information on the Government’s Keep Well campaign is available at: 
Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.

Many thanks,
Covid Stakeholder Communications

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Government Updates Protocol to
Protect Staff in the Workplace

On the 20th November, 2020 the Government published updated guidance to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace to staff. This updated Work Safely Protocol sets out the actions that need to be taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

It contains information and practical advice on a range of topics such as the management and control of outbreaks, selection of hand sanitisers, wearing of masks, ventilation of workplaces and symptoms. These are areas where our knowledge has developed since the start of the virus and it is important that the guidance reflects the most up to date public health advice available.
For further details visit the link here.

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Important Reminders


The Galway City Community Call Helpline
New Flyer Graphics
The helpline is open to anyone who needs it
from 8am to 8pm, 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
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.
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.


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