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GCCN News 2020
20th August 



Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:

COVID-19 Related Updates
Latest Updates
  • New Public Health Measures Announced - read here
  • New COVID-19 Communications Campaign - read here
Funding
  • Key changes to Restart Grant Plus Scheme - read here
  • COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme: Galway Sports Partnership  - read here
Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support: Latest Messages Other Recent News
  • Nine-month Plan for Living with COVID-19 - read here
  • Colour Coded System to Raise COVID-19 Awareness - read here
Resources
  • Resources to Support Adults Living with Long-term Health Conditions During Coronavirus - read here

GCCN Network News
Galway City
  • Suggestion Invited for Planning SPC: September 1st - read here
  • Expressions of Interest in the Former Tourist Office Site in Salthill Now Open - read here
Courses, Training, Webinars 
  • NUIG BA in Community, Youth and Family Studies: Starting September 2020 - read here
  • Charities Governance Code Training: Autumn/Winter 2020 - read here
  • Irish Cancer Prevention Network WebinarLearning from the Past – Planning for the Future: 8th September  - read here
Other
  • Apply With Your Project for National Heritage Week 2020 - Deadline: 30th August - read here
  

COVID-19 Related Updates
Latest Updates
 New Public Health Measures Announced
From 18 August to 13 September

You can see the new measures and restrictions here
 
The new restrictions announced on Tuesday, 18th August will be in place until September 13th. These aim to combat the spread of coronavirus. "We are acting to try and stop a national lockdown," Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said. Family gatherings are now limited to just six people and all outdoor gatherings to 15 people. Additionally, thousands of people who have returned to their offices in recent weeks are now being told to work from home once again until at least September 13. Public transport is also to be avoided where possible and masks should be worn by anyone travelling in a vehicle with someone outside of their household. Meanwhile, acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn revealed that an estimated 400 to 500 of 1,250 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ireland in the past two weeks have arisen directly from or are very closely related to meat factories or direct provision centres.
  New Phase of COVID-19
Communications Campaign

 
At he beginning of August, the Department of Health and the HSE launched a new phase of the COVID-19 communications campaign to encourage safe behaviours as we learn to live with COVID-19. Featuring posters designed by well-known illustrator Fatti Burke, the campaign encourages people to continue the safe behaviours of hand washing, physical distancing, wearing face coverings, covering coughs and sneezes and downloading the COVID Tracker app. The new look poster campaign is primarily aimed towards people who are out commuting, socialising and shopping, and encourages people to:
• step up & step back – go one step further to keep each other safe
• wash and go – clean hands stop the spread of COVID-19
• masking for a friend – wearing a face covering helps us to protect each other
• cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
• use the COVID Tracker app to protect yourself and people around you
The campaign also includes radio adverts on all Irish commercial stations and on Spotify, and social media messages on all HSE accounts. Later in August the campaign will be extended to include TV advertising, and spots on online players.
Read more here.
Funding
 Restart Grant Plus Scheme

The Restart Grant Plus is a key part of the government's July Stimulus package, a €7.4bn package of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of Covid-19.

Key changes to the Restart Grant Plus Scheme:

  • €300m additional funding in addition to €250m previously committed
  • Grant amount has increased substantially. Minimum grant is now €4,000 and maximum is €25,000. Previous grant amounts were €2,000 and €10,000 respectively
  • Medium sized companies now eligible Companies with up to 250 employees can now apply (previously the grant was for companies with less than 50 employees)
  • Increased eligibility- Non-rateable B&Bs, sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are now eligible.
Read more here.
 COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme
Galway Sports Partnership 

Sports clubs in Galway can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through Galway Sports Partnership.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland, following the announcement of €70 million of funding by the Government to support the sports sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will be implemented by Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs. This scheme is separate to the Sports Club Resilience Fund, which will be delivered through National Governing Bodies.

This scheme is designed to support sports clubs that do not have the finances to implement COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 2nd May 2020 onwards (Date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery). As the total fund available is limited, clubs which already have the finances to implement COVID-19 protocols should not apply.

This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only and cannot be used to support COVID-19 costs related to hospitality services such as bars or restaurants within sports facilities.

The scheme will be based on identified needs. Galway Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly and every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme. There is a €1,500 limit per club on this grant scheme however applications will be means tested and only clubs with the most need will be eligible for the full amount. Clubs should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support.

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Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support
Latest Messages

 Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support
13th August
 
Dear Colleague,
 
We hope this message finds you well. We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19.
Below are a few communications updates for you.
Face coverings
The importance of wearing face coverings came into sharp focus last week. By law, you have to wear a face-covering when you use public transport, and since Monday 10th August the wearing of face coverings is also mandatory in shops and shopping centres. With this in mind, we thought it might be timely to share with you some simple messages you can help to pass on.
This video is a really great explainer for anyone looking for advice on how to wear a mask, you can click here for all of the up to date information on when a mask should be worn as well as lots of other helpful information. 
Face coverings offer a higher level of protection from infection, however, face shields (including Perspex shield and similar) are acceptable forms of face coverings as they may be preferable for people with communications difficulties.
Approved Guidance for Disability Services
New guidance to support the resumption of Children’s Disability Services have just been published and can be found here. And as per last weeks update, all COVID-19 guidance documents developed to date to support staff and carers who provide services to people with disabilities can be found here.
Induction Session for the Youth Sector
This short online training from the DCYA in partnership with NYCI comprises video content, a quiz, and downloadable resources to help you get ready for a phased return to service provision. On completion of this official induction, you get a certificate for your employer/line manager. Take the course and get your certificate >>
HPV cervical screening – new videos
Cervical screening has started again. Priority groups started getting invitations for HPV cervical screening from 6 July. Those on a 3 or 12 month recall and 25-year-olds being screened for the first time are being invited first followed by those who have had tests delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HPV cervical screening is a new way of cervical screening. Though your sample is collected in the same way, it is tested for the HPV virus first. If HPV is found, your test sample is checked for abnormal cells. HPV cervical screening finds 9 in 10 cases of abnormal cells and is the best way to see if you’re at risk of cervical cancer in the future.
We have created a series of animated videos that explain the new testing process in a way that is simple and easily understood. We welcome your support by sharing the videos on your social media platforms.
1.            What is cervical screening? https://youtu.be/yrG2QOqOzS8  
2.            What is HPV? https://youtu.be/HrRTu3hUFdw  
3.            Restarting cervical screening safely - https://youtu.be/96Z61-1Dpm0  
4.            How is cervical screening done? https://youtu.be/v_3LgAeLhQQ  
5.            How effective is cervical screening? https://youtu.be/OU8u_sR79Kk  
6.            Your HPV cervical screening results https://youtu.be/764yCOozEiw  
7.            Symptoms to look out for https://youtu.be/vplfOi6kug0
 
Public Health Information
For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to:
https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/,
https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and
https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/
Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on http://www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.

If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us to let us know. ​
We wish you good health and wellness.
Many thanks,
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support
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 Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support
6th August
 
Dear Colleague,
 
We hope this message finds you well. We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19.
Below are a few communications updates for you.
New COVID prevention campaign
The new phase of our COVID campaign was launched today. https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/1fb5d-department-of-health-and-hse-launch-new-phase-of-covid-19-communications-campaign/
The campaign is giving people the general good public health advice, but with a new look and feel. We want to make sure the important protection actions are fresh in our minds, especially for people who are out and about more at the moment. The message is still the same – stay safe and protect each other. The campaign also includes radio adverts on all Irish commercial stations and on Spotify, and social media messages. Later in August the campaign will be extended to include TV advertising, and spots on online players. The campaign pack is available for download here and we’d love your support on social media sharing the new messages.
Face covering regulations
You may have heard that the Government confirmed that it intends to have face coverings mandatory, for those who can wear them, in retail and other outlets from Monday August 10th. We’ll share any updated materials on this next week.
HSE Webpage on disability day services now live 
A webpage providing details on the reopening of disability day services was published yesterday. The web page provides information on the services opening in each Community Health Organisation by location, and details the number of service users that will use the location on a daily basis. 
The web portal will be updated as more information becomes available and is available at http://www.hse.ie/newdirections​.
Public Health Information
For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to:
https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/,
https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and
https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/
Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on http://www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.
Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19. 
  
If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us to let us know. ​
We wish you good health and wellness.
Many thanks,
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support
 
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Other Recent News
 Nine-month Plan for Living with COVID-19
Articles since 11th August
A new long term plan for living with the coronavirus over the next nine months is being drafted by the Government. Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a Cabinet subcommittee on COVID-19 “will meet again next week with a view to having an initial discussion on the medium term plan to take us through COVID for the next six months to nine months of planning for the next phase of living with COVID-19”. “We've opened up to a considerable degree our economy and our society. Obviously, like other countries, there's been an increase in numbers so we’ve got to look and plan ahead in terms of potential scenarios that might emerge but also how we maintain that level of economic activity,” he added.
Read more in the articles published last week in the Irish Independent, Irish Times  and Irish Examiner
 Colour Coded System to Raise COVID-19 Awareness
Article since 12th August

Ireland is moving to a colour-coded system for coronavirus awareness and spread. It will see a move away from the "phases of lockdown" the state had previously used. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the change was necessary to plan for the next nine months of living with the virus. He said: "The colour-coded system is one we'd all recognise from weather warnings, a yellow level, where we would be at for the most of the country, the orange level would be some version of what Laois, Kildare and Offaly have in place right now, and the red level, which we've all been accustomed to and what Auckland is currently dealing with right now”. Laois, Offaly and Kildare have been reverted back to county-wide travel restrictions after several COVID-19 outbreaks in meat packing plants and Direct Provision centres, and Mr Donnelly said it is possible it could happen again in other counties.
Read more in the article published last week in the Irish Examiner.

Resources
 Resources to Support Adults Living with Long-term Health Conditions During Coronavirus 
The national team of Self-management Support Co-ordinators have been developing some new resources to support adults with long-term health conditions during Covid-19. These are all now available on a dedicated webpage at the link:
https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/selfmanagement/resources-for-people-living-with-a-long-term-health-condition
The Minding Your Long- term Health Condition during Coronavirus information leaflet also provides practical and clear information to support people to manage their long-term health condition and to stay healthy.
In addition, in partnership with Pavee Point through the Eastern Region Traveller Health Unit, the coronavirus information leaflet was adapted for travellers with long-term health conditions. Click here for the information leaflet.
GCCN Network News
Galway City
 Planning SPC
September 1st

A meeting of the Planning SPC will take place on Tuesday, 1st September 2020.

Check further details and documentation on the GCCN website at this link here.

If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for the upcoming SPC please contact communications@gccn.ie.

 Expressions of Interest in the Former Tourist Office Site in Salthill Now Open
Deadline: 16th November

Galway City Council is looking for expressions of interest for the former Tourist Office. This is a great opportunity for the right occupier to provide a positive impact for Salthill through the re-imagination of this site. Any proposal should benefit Salthill, the community on the West of the City and have a positive impact on the overall economic, tourism and community benefit of Galway. Read more here.

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Courses, Training and Webinars
 NUIG BA in Community, Youth and Family Studies
Starting September 2020

Level 8, 180 ECTs (Part-time)

 

The NUIG BA in Community, Youth and Family Studies is a four year, part-time degree programme (level 8, 180ects) with exit qualifications at the end of year one and two. Formal academic qualifications are not required for application. This programme normally involves one full day Saturday per month on campus, however, due to social distancing guidelines, it will be delivered on a fully on-line basis for semester 1 of the academic year 2020-2021 (the teaching schedule for semester 2 will be reviewed in line with government restrictions). 
For further information go directly to the link below: 
https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/adult-and-continuing-education-courses/community-youth-family-studies.html 
or Contact 
deirdre.hardiman@nuigalway.ie or helen.casey@nuigalway.ie 
 Charities Governance Code Training
Autumn/Winter 2020

The Charities Regulator is running free online training for charity trustees. If you are a trustee of a small volunteer-led charity, this training will be of particular benefit to you. This half-day training will take place over the Autumn/Winter 2020 and is designed to support charities to apply the six core principles and meet the 32 core standards contained in the Charities Governance Code. 

Charities should nominate only one charity trustee to attend. The half-day training will be run entirely online. Visit https://www.charitiesregulator.ie/en/information-for-charities/charities-governance-code for the list of training dates and to access online booking. 

 Irish Cancer Prevention Network Webinar:
Learning from the Past – Planning for the Future

September 8th

Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Time: 10:00am -12:30pm
Click here to register.
It is free of charge but registration is required to secure your place.


Join the Irish Cancer Prevention Network’s first webinar as it explores and discusses cancer prevention in action, the past, the present and the future. Speakers include:

  • Smoking and Cancer Prevention: Dr Fenton Howell
  • Obesity and Cancer Prevention: Prof Donal O'Shea
  • HPV, Vacines and Cancer Prevention: Dr Abigail Collins
  • Alcohol and Cancer Prevention: Dr Sheila Gilheany
Tackling modifiable risk factors has vast potential to reduce cancer risk for the people of Ireland. While major strides have been made in promoting cancer prevention behaviours in recent years, there is still much to be done.

This webinar should be of interest to those working in the areas of health improvement, policy development, advocacy and research.

Other

 Organise a Project for National Heritage Week 2020
Deadline: 30th August
National Heritage Week celebrates all things heritage. It brings together communities, families, organisations, cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and support its conservation.

With ongoing restrictions on social gatherings due to COVID-19, this year, National Heritage Week 2020 is not calling for events, instead, you are invited to organise a project that explores a topic associated with this year’s theme – ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’.
You have until Monday, 30th August to submit your heritage project to be considered for an award. The most engaging projects will be featured on the Heritage Week website during Heritage Week 2020, and will be considered for a Heritage Week 2020 Award!
Further info and applications ave avaiable here.


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