Galway City Community Network
The Public Participation Network in Galway City

Public Participation Networks (PPNs) are being regarded by the State as an important conduit for information and are issuing important information to PPNs to circulate to members.

In that context, we
would ask you to
 check your emails regularly and circualte to your own members if relevant.

We will also be regularly updating our website and Facebook page with the information we receive
Your Group/Organisation's Activity During Covid-19 Alert
Survey for GCCN Members

During the time of the Covid-19 alert, GCCN is attempting to map the activities/services of members that are still operating. To that end, we would appreciate if you could complete the brief form at the link here.
We have put arrangements in place so that GCCN will keep working for the period of the Covid-19 alert. If you need to contact any of us please do:
Below please find information on:
  • Galway City Council Announcement - read here
  • Useful Support Numbers - read here
  • Volunteering Opportunities / Is your group/organisation still operating? - read here
  • Community Volunteering Initiatives During Covid-19 read here
  • A message from the Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support - read here
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing - read here
  • National Action Plan on COVID-19 - read here
  • COVID-19 Government Action Plan To Support The Community Response read here
  • Arrangements for energy customers during Covid-19 restrictions - read here
  • Temporary Ban on Evictions and Rent Freeze To Be Introduced During Covid-19 Crisis read here
  • New outdoor Covid-19 poster - Social Distancing Outdoors - click here to read
Galway City Council Announcement

Download the PDF document here.
Useful Helplines
                  National download here.                                 Local - download here.

Volunteering Opportunities
GCCN is supporting Volunteer Galway in their efforts during this time. Volunteer Galway are putting together a volunteering plan to tackle the current situation. Anyone interested in giving some of their time by volunteering in a safe way in the following weeks, please visit

Is your group/organisation still operating?
Volunteer Galway would like also to see what organisations are still operating and in what capacity. Please contact Helen in Volunteer Galway on to join efforts and see what supports are available.

Community Volunteering Initiatives During Covid-19

Galway Isolation Support
Galway Isolation Support Network has been set up to support the community in Galway City during the Covid-19 alert.
If you can offer practical support you can register here.
A Draft Organising Document outlining what the group is trying to achieve, the type of volunteering activities and how the volunteers would work together is available here.
Self-Isolation Helpers - Nationwide
A temporary website has been created to support the community as people adjust to the COVID-19 emergency.
This website registers both requests for help and support offers from individuals, organisations and businesses showing them on an interactive map.
For details and registration go here.


The Local Employment Service are providing assistance to those who find themselves out of work or on reduced hours as a result of COVID-19.
Phone 091-566617 or follow the LES on Facebook
Find more information on the payment here or download the application form here

A message from the Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

Dear Stakeholder,
As you know as part of the national response to Covid-19, the Department of Health, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the HSE are working closely to support stakeholders and community groups.

Thank you for your positive response to our first email to you all yesterday evening. For organisations who have come on this mailing list today, the information from yesterday is replicated and updated below.

Partner Pack
As we said yesterday we would send you an online partner pack  for your organisation to use in your own communication and across your network.
This pack can now be downloaded online here
The starter partner pack contains:
  • The most up to date posters on Coronavirus COVID-19 (please display and share these with your teams and service users, and please replace any previous posters with the updated version) See posters translated in other languages here.
  • Videos on Coronavirus COVID-19 that you can share and display
We are working on content for a variety of needs, and we will be adding more videos, materials and translations so this partner pack can act as a source of helpful information and resources for you.

We would be grateful if you would let us know if your organisation has any specific requests or urgent needs in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19 public health information materials.  If you do, please email us at to let us know.

There is further information on Coronavirus COVID-19 available at: and

Social Media Accounts:
If your organisation is not already doing so, please follow the following sources on twitter and re-tweet messages relating to Coronavirus COVID-19:

Looking after mental wellbeing:
We are aware that many people may be feeling a sense of anxiety and stress at this time.  In this regard we are also developing information and resources to support mental wellbeing and promote resilience during these challenging times.  We will be sharing this with you when these are developed.

Our collective efforts are critical, we need to do this together, as one community. We will be asking everyone to play their part, to help each other. Slowing the spread of this disease protects everyone, but it particularly protects those who are most at risk.

Thank you again in advance for your support at this important time.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Infectious disease outbreaks like coronavirus (COVID-19), can be worrying. Social distancing and isolation can have an impact on your mental health. But there are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this.

Read HSE's advice on how to mind your own mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak here.

National Action Plan on COVID-19
A National Action Plan on COVID-19 has been recently launched and this includes information on:
  • what we know about the COVID-19 virus
  • what the public can do to reduce the threat
  • the public health led approach being taken
  • supports for businesses and those who have lost their jobs
  • supports for vulnerable people in society
  • measures to ensure continuity of essential services
  • measures to protect vital supply chains
Please download the plan here.

COVID-19 Government Action Plan To Support The Community Response

A Covid-19 Government Action Plan to support the community response was launched today, March 20th.

This Action Plan sets out three key areas of initial focus in supporting a community response to COVID-19:
  • letting people know how and where they volunteer through the Government's partnership with Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres;
  • to provide community supports for older people by providing funding to ALONE for their crisis telephone support line and follow through practical supports;
  • launching an email helpdesk facility from today (20 March) in the Department of Rural and Community Development to assist smaller community groups with their queries.
Please read further details here.
To download the Action Plan please go here.

Arrangements for energy customers during Covid-19 restrictions

SVP has been engaging with the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) and all energy suppliers for the past number of days to make sure arrangements are in place for low income and vulnerable customers during Covid-19 restrictions. 

Please find further details here

Temporary Ban on Evictions and Rent Freeze
To Be Introduced During Covid-19 Crisis

The Government has announced proposal for a temporary ban on evictions for an initial period of three months, including a temporary ban on rent increases for those whose incomes have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Please find further details here and here.
New outdoor Covid-19 poster
Social Distancing Outdoors
Download the PDF here.
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