Active Travel Within Galway City and County May 9th | 6-8pm | Online Event
GCCN and the Galway County PPN are collaborating to host an online meeting on Active Travel within the city and county on May 9th at 6pm.
This meeting aims to bring together groups and individuals who are passionate about creating a Galway City and County that are accessible for all active travel.
We imagine a place where people of all ages and abilities, including blue-badge drivers, disabled people, people with infants and young children, walkers, joggers, people on bikes, trikes and scooters and bus & train users can all move with ease and be treated with respect.
Universally accessible active travel and public transport that will benefit all residents is a vital part of a just transition and a people-centred place to live work and visit.
Galway City Community Network and Galway County PPN will host this meeting to facilitate a collective voice for active travel and public transport users.
GCCN Environment Linkage Group Meeting May 18th - 6pm - Zoom
GCCN will hold the Environment Linkage Group Meeting on May 18th from 6pm via Zoom, in advance of the relevant upcoming Strategic Policing Committee meetings scheduled by the Galway City Council for May.
€400,000 National Programme Calls for Projects to Promote Economic Equality and Support Public Sector Duty to Human Rights/Equality
Organisations and groups across Ireland, that work on issues of human rights and equality are being invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2022, which has been opened today by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
The focus of this year’s grant scheme is to support projects that contribute to advancing greater economic equality and supporting compliance with the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty.
Funding for the projects will be available across two strands.
The first strand provides for general and small grants and is open to all civil society organisations. This strand which has two tiers will see grants of up to €6,000 and up to €20,000.
The second strand, which is new, provides funding for local rights-holder and community-based groups of up to €5,000. A goal of the Commission is to reach those who are least heard and support smaller community groups working to promote human rights and equality in their localities.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 18 May 2022 strictly at 3.00pm.
AXA Parks Grant Enhance Green Spaces in Your Community
The Community Foundation for Ireland has partnered with AXA to launch a grant round that enables local community organisations to develop and enhance green spaces in their community. Community participation and biodiversity are key aspects of this grant round.
Eligible organisations can apply for €3,000 to €20,000 to develop and enhance a green space in their local area.
Successful projects will include all of the following aspects:
The green spaces will be on public land that is accessible to all members of the community.
Exceptions apply for specific cases, for example refuges, schools, or community day care centres where the land might not be accessible to the whole community, but where the green space will be of huge benefit.
The green spaces and their development will encourage community engagement, participation and a sense of ownership in the local area.
The green spaces will improve the local environment through protecting current native biodiversity or supporting the recovery of neglected or damaged natural habitats.
The grant round closes at 4pm on Friday 20th May. Please click here for the full criteria and online application form. Applications sent in via email will not be accepted.
The Community Centres Investment Fund will provide funding for the improvement and refurbishment of existing community centres in both urban and rural areas. Guidelines and a sample application form can be accessed from the DRCD webpage https://www.gov.ie/en/service/fec91-community-centres-investment-fund/. Registration is now open. Applicants need to register as 'users' on the portal at the following link https://myportal.pobal.ie in advance of the application opening date on 7th June 2022. The closing date for applications is Thursday 14th July 2022. Please submit any queries and/or requests to be added to the mailing list to CCIF@drcd.gov.ie
Resource Pack for Supporting the LGBTIQ+ Community May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia
You are cordially invited to the official launch of the LGBTI+ Interagency Resource Pack for Supporting LGBTIQ+ Communities, which takes place on the 17th of May 2022 at 11am in the Westside Resource Centre to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
This Resource Pack was created by the Galway LGBTI+ Interagency Group, which is a partnership comprising of statutory, community and voluntary organisations from across Galway city and county. The Resource Pack contains a sample Code of Practice Guide for your organisation along with a description of the role of the code of practice leader. It also contains information on available training, support services, relevant organisations, and some helpful definitions.
Managing a construction project can be very intimidating, but many community and non-profit organisations have overcome this challenge in order to realise their vision for the future. Clann Credo has huge experience in supporting community and not-for-profit organisations to manage construction projects. The impact that these projects have on local communities is amazing and Clann Credo are keen to help organisations embark on their development projects with confidence!
Guest speaker, Michael White has over 20 years of experience in the construction sector and volunteers with Clann Credo, contributing his huge expertise in project management. Michael established Feasible, a property development and project management company, with Pat Nolan in 2009. Prior to that, he worked for a large multi-discipline engineering company and a multi-national project management company, heading up their Irish office.
The guest project for this event is Athlone Boat Club which has recently completed an ambitious construction project, a state-of-the-art clubhouse on the banks of the Shannon. Read more about their story HERE.
The event will be hosted by the Clann Credo CEO, Mary Lawlor and you will have an opportunity to meet your regionally based Social Finance Executive.
Summer 2022 Art Camps in Galway and Castlebar Register before Monday 16th of May 2022
Helium Arts is delighted to be facilitating free 3 day art camps in the West this Summer for children aged 6 - 12 years living with underlying and complex medical conditions near Galway City and Castlebar. Through the workshops, children can explore their creativity, develop and express their interests, have fun and build friendships in a safe and stimulating environment.
All workshops are…
Free of charge
Delivered by professional artists
Inclusive and accessible
Overseen by paramedics
Supported by volunteers
Children will have the space to…
Be themselves and have fun
Meet new people and make new friends
Learn new skills in painting, crafting, filmmaking and more!
What parents and children have to say:
“It was a very nice, encouraging, and artistic environment. I grew more confident in sharing my work and got inspiration from others” - Child
“They let her be herself in a room of people just like her. It’s like she looked up and realised, ‘I’m not alone’.” MOTHER OF PARTICIPANT (AGED 7)
Closing date for registrations is Monday 16th of May 2022.
To refer a child or for further information, please contact:
Helium Arts’ Family Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org or 0830103240
Please see the flyers attached HERE and HERE for more details.
National Outdoor Recreation Strategy
Second public consultation
The Department of Rural and Community Development are delighted to announce the launch of the second phase of public consultation for the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy. The consultation can be accessed at the following link - https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/42e3a-public-consultation-on-a-national-strategy-on-outdoor-recreation/ and will be open until 17 May 2022.
Please circulate this to your colleagues, friends, family and other groups who may be interested in providing their input on the future direction of the outdoor recreation sector.
See further details and the Survey Questions HERE.
Cycle Against Suicide - a national charity (CHY 20867) - has as its main goals, the prevention of suicide and support for those affected by it, as well as the promotion of mental health as a critical part of overall wellness.
The peer support/Community Buddy programme is available free of charge to all community groups.
This programme trains individuals in communities on how to have a structured but supportive conversation in a safe and non-judgemental space.
It allows an individual to discuss how they are coping or not coping, and working together, the individual working with the Buddy discuss (co-produce) ways of moving forward to overcome the challenges.
During the Community Buddy training, participants will be educated on how stress and mental health problems can affect individuals.
They will be instructed in the skills of active listening. They will be trained in the use of a structured interview schedule to ascertain whether individuals might be experiencing significant levels of distress and how to practically manage distressed individuals. Furthermore, they will be trained to mentor individuals to take positive resilience enhancing actions, such as positive coping. They will be trained on how to recognise more complex symptoms requiring professional interventions. They will develop skills based on the principle of motivational mentoring to encourage individuals to speak with a healthcare professional where necessary.
The EPA’s Stop Food Waste programme is the national food waste prevention campaign, providing guidance and resources to help people adopt good food management behaviours and reduce their food waste.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s National StopFoodWaste campaign for May focuses on ‘knowing what you need before you shop’.
EPA is giving people simple tips around checking their cupboards, fridge and freezer to find out what they have and what has run out to then make a plan before they go shopping to only buy what is needed and reduce food waste.
A Ukrainian Community Response Forum has been established in Galway City to enable the various organisations and agencies at local level, to work together in the delivery of services for Ukrainian refugees relocating to Galway City. The role of the Forum is to coordinate the community-led response in the provision of local assistance and support to Ukrainian refugees as they are accommodated in Galway City. Supplementing the supports and services being provided by government agencies at a local level, the purpose will be to ensure effective communication and information sharing in the coordination of local community and voluntary actions in providing community supports to the new Ukrainian communities.
It is intended that the information contained on this page will be a useful resource for Ukrainian people, agencies and members of the public who are seeking information on services and help available in Galway City. As we get more relevant, useful information we will continue to update this page.
The Galway City Community Call Helpline New Flyer GraphicsThe helpline is open to anyone who needs it, 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.