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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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 https://bit.ly/3nXg3Om.
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 https://platform31.localartsireland.ie
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details please download the poster here.
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
Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support Wednesday 18th November
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 gov.ie/healthyireland 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.
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.
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.
The Galway City Community Call Helpline New Flyer GraphicsThe 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 email@example.com
Please find below the new graphics for the Community Call for Galway City, for your information and onwards circulation and promotion:
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
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.