GCCN News 2020
31st July

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
COVID-19 Related Updates
  • Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: 17 July 2020 - read here
COVID-19 Funding
  • Comic Relief Funding & Information Webinar: 4th August - read here
  • COVID-19 Stability Fund & Innovate Together Fund: Reminder - read here
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Trials - read here
  • COVID-19 Public Opinion Tracking Research
    Survey Results - read here
  • Updates from ALONE - read here
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GCCN Network News
Galway City
  • Galway City Speed Limit Review - read here
  • Tourism Recovery Fund 2020 - read here
  • 2020 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding - read here
Online courses
  • Stress Control: Free Online Classes - read here
  • Living Well Self-Management Support Programme - read here
  • Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland - read here
COVID-19 Related Updates

 Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support
29th July 2020 

Dear Colleague,
Thank you for your ongoing support to help share information about COVID-19.
Below are a few communications updates for you.
A Safe Return to Health Services - restoring services in a COVID Environment
The HSE has published a schedule for our Safe Return to Health Services that were curtailed during the initial response to COVID-19 since March. While many services were protected during COVID, and many are now returning, there remain challenges in some areas, and there is a need to take extra care to protect both patients, service users and our staff delivering care.
Read more about the schedule here.
Watch Bernard O’Regan, Head of Strategy and Planning HSE Disability Services, explain the safe return of adult disability services here.
Guidance on Visitation to Residential Care Facilities
With effect from 29th July, the guidance around visiting residential care facilities is changing. You can find the updated guidance here.
Face Coverings in Shops
Many thanks for your support to date in sharing the message about the importance of wearing face coverings. By law you have to wear a face covering when you use public transport, and regulations on the mandatory wearing of face coverings in shops are also being developed. You can find posters encouraging the wearing of face coverings here.
Updated Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic and the wearing of face coverings have made communication challenging for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing who may rely on lip-reading. HSE COVID-19 resources for use by Healthcare workers and people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing have recently been updated and can be found here. These resources include guidelines for staff, communication supports and videos in Irish Sign Language. 
Updated World Service Videos
The COVID-19 World Service is a joint initiative of Nasc and Together Ireland and includes video messages in a range of languages. These videos have recently been updated and can be found at: advice on Travel and Education
The website has been updated recently with new information about travel to and from Ireland, and with details on the plan to return to primary and post-primary education. You can read more about these here :  
Public Health Information
For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us and to let us know.
Please share and pass on these resources as you feel appropriate with  relevant communities.
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support
 Comic Relief Funding & Information Webinar
Applications open from 4th August

The Community Foundation for Ireland invites you to join a webinar which will focus on how the funding raised from the RTE Does Comic Relief will support non-profit organisations to apply to the Comic Relief Fund as they respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
The webinar is free to attend and will take place on Tuesday, August 4th at 11am.

To sign up go here.

Applications under the Comic Relief Fund will also open on Tuesday 4th August.

This funding is made available thanks to the incredible success of RTE Does Comic Relief: 1.4 million people tuned into the fundraiser show and helped raise over €5.5 million.

More details will be soon available on the Community Foundation for Ireland website here.
 COVID-19 Stability Fund & Innovate Together Fund
Phase 2 Closing Soon

The Philanthropy Fund - 'Innovate Together' has issued a second call for applications. Those eligibile to apply include charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisations based in the Republic of Ireland who provide services in Irish communities.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday the 5th of August 2020.
More information can be found here.

The COVID19 Stability Fund has announced a further round of funding specifically for Unincorporated Organisations. The fund is being administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The deadline for applications is Monday the 10th of August at 3pm.
More information can be found here.
Moderna, Pfizer start decisive Covid-19 vaccine trials COVID-19 Vaccine Trials
In the race for a COVID19 vaccine two companies have begun late-stage vaccine trials with hopes that early approval could be sought for these treatments as early as October. More information about the trials can be read here in an article published by the Irish Times.

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 COVID-19 Public Opinion Tracking Research
Survey Results

The Amárach Public Opinion Survey has been led on behalf of the Department of Health to identify how COVID-19 has impacted behavioural changes, emotional wellbeing, risk perceptions, policy preferences, information and communications.
Find the latest results here.
ALONE Updates from ALONE 
Recently, a study between TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing) and ALONE was published which explored loneliness and social isolation experienced by over 70s during the COVID19 pandemic.
Data provided by ALONE showed an increase in loneliness and associated negative emotions experienced during the cocooning period as opposed to the usual high levels of social ties and interaction found amongst the majority of the older population.
This important information is crucial to influencing future policies and services provided to older people. Access to the full article can be found here.
More COVID-19 reports can be found on the ALONE website.
You can download the ALONE Progress Report for the weeks of July 13th-26th here along with a graphic highlighting key numbers. Housing was once again the area of highest need identified by their helpline staff with concerns surrounding electrical appliances and grant applications. 

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GCCN Network News
Galway City
 Galway City Speed Limit Review
Notice is given that Galway City Council proposes to make Bye-Laws namely Galway City Council Road Traffic (Special Speed Limits) Bye-Laws No. 1-2020, in respect of implementing special speed limits on public roads in its administrative area.
Representations or submissions may be made by email to or online at
The deadline for submissions is 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday, the 16th September, 2020.
Find further details here.
 Tourism Recovery Fund 2020
Galway City

The Tourism Recovery Fund was established in order to ensure that Galway City Council could provide support for the holding of events, festivals and for the promotion of Galway that will help support the economic recovery of the city. To be eligible for funding, all applications must be adjustable to changing social distancing regulations and all Festivals, Events and Promotions must take place between September 2020 and April 2021. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday, 21st of August. Further details and the application forms are available online here.

 2020 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, and the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman TD, announced on 17th July that applications can now be made for funding from the LGBTI+ Community Services fund. €700,000 is being made available to applicant groups, operating at national, regional and local level, to support community services and promote visibility and inclusion of LGBTI+ people. There are two streams of funding, and applications must be submitted electronically.
For more details visit .
Online Courses
 Free online Stress Control Classes
HSE Health and Wellbeing are offering a free Stress Control programme,  beginning on 7th September. Stress Control is an evidence-based programme that teaches you practical skills to deal with stress.
The sessions will be available online for 48 hours after being broadcast in the event you cannot attend at the scheduled time. Read more here .

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 Living Well Self-Management Support Programme
Starting from September 9th

This free online group programme for adults with long-term health conditions starts this September.
For more information contact Olga Maguire on 087 6078950 or email
The Living Well Programme will be delivered as an on-line programme during the COVID-19 restrictions period. 

To download the Programme poster go here.
Visit hse/ie/livingwell for more information.

Founder & CEO of Sensational Kids joins SERI as Founding Member ... Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) 
Open for Members

SERI was born from the passion and knowledge within the sector, and a universally recognised need for a united voice. SERI was created by Social Enterprises, for Social Enterprises, and are deeply committed to support, unite and champion the Social Enterprise sector in Ireland to ensure that it fulfils its potential in terms of impact and sustainability. SERI aims to build a new and stronger Social Enterprise sector together from the bottom-up, working inclusively and collaboratively.
Over the next few months, SERI aims to engage with their members to ensure that each and every social enterprise in Ireland has the opportunity to highlight the issues and challenges that most concern them, and can inform and shape the development of the sector as a united voice.
Join SERI, and let them hear what you care about, what challenges you are facing, and how you can be supported. Please contact with any queries.

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