4 May 2022

Welcome to this edition of the GCCN News & COVID-19 Updates.
Below we have information on:

GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates
  • Active Travel Within Galway City and County: 9 May - read here
  • GCCN Report - May 2022 - read here
  • GCCN Spring Plenary Documentation - read here
  • Upcoming SPC Meetings - read here
  • GCCN Environment Linkage Group Meeting - read here
  • REMINDER: GCCN Policies & Positions Review Workshops - read here

  • Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2022 - read here
  • AXA Parks Grant: Enhance Green Spaces in Your Community - read here
  • FUNDING REMINDERS - read here

Initiatives and Events
  • Launch: Resource Pack for Supporting the LGBTIQ+ Community: 17 May - read here
  • Is your group considering construction projects? Webinar: 24 May - read here
  • Summer 2022 Art Camps: register before 16 May - read here
  • Health & Wellbeing Programmes and Resources: May 2022 - read here

Public Consultations and Initiatives
  • National Outdoor Recreation Strategy: Phase 2 - read here
  • Cycle Against Suicide - Community Buddy Programme - read here
  • EPA National StopFoodWaste Campaign May 2022 - read here

Community Updates
  • English Classes for Ukrainians - read here
  • Ukrainian Community Contact Centres: Galway City - read here
  • Ireland’s Humanitarian Response to the Ukraine crisis - How businesses can help - read here
  • Galway City Ukrainian Community Response Forum - read here
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here

There are a number of vacancies on the GCCN Secretariat.
All interested members are invited to get in touch at for details and to express an interest.
Do you want to share events and information with our next GCCN Newsletter?
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GCCN Network News
GCCN Updates

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.
Register HERE

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.
For details, please contact Brian at

GCCN Spring Plenary Documentation
GCCN held the first Plenary meeting of 2022 on April 27th.
Below please find the meeting documentation as follows:

GCCN Report
May 2022

GCCN aims to keep all members updated on the ongoing GCCN work and activities through the means of a report shared with the newsletter.

Please read the 
May 2022 GCCN Report here


GCCN Spring Plenary Documentation
GCCN held the first Plenary meeting of 2022 on April 27th.
Below please find the meeting documentation as follows:

Upcoming Strategic Policing Committee Meetings
May 2022
The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:

Transportation SPC
10th May

       See details here         
Economic Development, Enterprise
Support and Culture SPC 
13th May
See details here

If you wish to highlight any issues or make comments relevant to any of the structures above please contact and your suggestions will be communicated to the GCCN representatives.

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.

The GCCN Environment Linkage Group supports representatives on the appropriate SPCs and is open to all GCCN members and any interested individuals.
To register please visit the link:
The GCCN Environment Linkage Group covers the following areas:
  • Environment and Climate Change;
  • Transport;
  • Planning;
  • Heritage;
  • Recreation & Amenity.

GCCN Policies & Positions Review Workshops

You are invited to join the GCCN Policies & Positions Review Workshops below:

Arts and Culture Workshop
May 5th | 6-8pm | Online Event

Register HERE
Details here
Economic Development Workshop
May 11th | 6-8pm | Online Event
Register HERE

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Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2022

€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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Full details of the grant scheme are now available in the Commission’s Guidance Document.

The Commission will run three online Information Sessions on the 2022-23 Grants Scheme on the 22, 26 and 27th of April.

Further details are available on the Grants webpage.

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.

Ireland’s Basic Income for the Arts: 12 May
This pilot scheme is open for applications until Thursday, 12 May 2022. See information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply for the pilot scheme.
Read more here.
Creative Ireland Funding: 12 May
Applications are now open for the Creative Ireland Fund 2022. The application form and guidelines are available at For any queries in relation to the above please email Angela Breslin at with subject line Creative Ireland Funding Open Call 2022. Closing date for Creative Ireland Funding Applications 2022: 12th May, 2022 at 4pm.

 DRCD Community Centres Investment Fund: 14 July
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 Registration is now open. Applicants need to register as 'users' on the portal at the following link 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
Events and Resources

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.

Is your group considering construction projects?
Upcoming Webinar - 24 May 7-8pm

Clann Credo is hosting an online event for community groups that are considering construction projects, and we’d be very grateful if you would pass on the word to your members. 

Registration and details:

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 or 0830103240
Please see the flyers attached HERE and HERE for more details.

Health & Wellbeing Programmes and Resources
May 2022

Information on some current health and wellbeing programmes and resources is outlined in the PDF file here.

The Programmes and Resources included are:

  • Free online Stress Control Programme – starting May 9th
  • Free online Minding Your Wellbeing Programme
  • Free online course Managing Stress and Anxiety (40 mins)
  • Exercise for Wellbeing Videos (Yoga, Pilates, Chair Yoga, Strength and Conditioning)
  • Self-management Support – HSE dedicated web page for people with long-term health conditions
  • QUIT Smoking West
  • Tobacco Endgame, Nobody Left Behind Conference – May 31st
  • Health Promotion Publications –
  • Alcohol – low risk guidelines and support
  • Shaping the Healthier Food Environment across Healthcare Settings - May 10th
  • Weaning (Online talk) – next session Tuesday May 17th
  • START Campaign - healthy diet and lifestyle for children
  • Sexual Wellbeing – New Resource

The information was collated by Health Promotion & Improvement, HSE Health and Wellbeing Division, Community Healthcare West.

Public Consultations and Initiatives

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 -  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
Community Buddy Programme

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. 
Further information on this programme is available at:
See the Peer Support Feedback file here.
We would be grateful if you could share with your community.

EPA National StopFoodWaste campaign May 2022

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 Social Media Toolkit of 3 top tips is available here.

The kit includes a graphic for each tip and suggested text that can be posted on your group's social media accounts.
There is also a campaign blog that you can link to here.
Household bills are a key concern for people at the moment and reducing food waste can be one way of keeping shopping costs down.

Previous initiatives include:

Useful links:

Community Updates

English Classes for Ukrainians
English Classes are available for Ukrainian people in Galway starting from Tuesday 3rd May in the WESTSIDE RESOURCE CENTRE, GALWAY CITY
H91 C1KX
  • BEGINNERS 2-3.30PM
To book your place, text/WhatsApp your name and 'Beginners'/'Intermediate' to Ciara 083 0234390 or email Places limited.

Ukrainian Community Contact Centres: Galway City



10am-12pm (Not open Monday 2nd May or 6th June)

10am -1pm

Ireland’s Humanitarian Response to the Ukraine crisis
How businesses can help

An online platform for businesses to pledge offers of supplies and services to help Ireland’s humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis has been set up by the government.

An online form will capture business offers to supply or donate goods or services into a central register to help with the humanitarian effort.

Read more here.

Galway City Ukrainian Community Response Forum

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.

For general queries in relation to the above please contact Galway City Council by email to
ind the dedicated page on the Galway City Council website here.

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The Galway City Community Call Helpline
New Flyer Graphics
The 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

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
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.

Support for Older People
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.

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