GCCN News 2020
17th July

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
COVID-19 Related Updates
  • Phase 4 Deferred as COVID-19 Reproductive Rate Rises - read here
  • Briefing on the Government's Response to COVID-19: Thursday 16 July 2020 - read here
  • Leaving Certificate Students: Update - read here
  • Minding Your Long-Term Health Condition During COVID-19: Information Guide - read here
GCCN Network News
Galway City
  • Salthill COVID-19 Temporary/Pop-Up Cycle Lane: Proposal Rejected - read here
  • Galway 2020: Government Approval of Funding for Re-Imagined Programme - read here
  • Galway City Museum: Reopening Tuesday 21st July - read here
Funding and Information Webinars
  • Community Enhancement Programme 2020: Information Webinar - read here
  • Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Q&A Session - read here
  • 2020 AIC Scheme Bursaries - read here
  • WRDATF Rehabilitation Bursaries - read here
  • Literacy Awareness: NALA Webinars - read here
  • Job Opportunity: GCCN Development Worker - read here
  • Jigsaw Referral Guidelines and Forms - read here
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COVID-19 Related Updates
 Phase 4 Deferred
COVID-19 Reproductive Rate Rises
The Taoiseach announced that Ireland will not progress to Phase 4 of the roadmap on reopening as planned next week. Micheál Martin said that Cabinet has agreed that current health measures on COVID-19 should remain in place until the 10th of August. Speaking at a press conference following a Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle, Mr Martin said that the Government identified five key priority areas:
  1. Face coverings must be worn in all shops and retail settings and shopping centres. Retail staff will also be required to wear them unless there is a partition in place or there is a space of 2 metres between them and customers.
  2. Pubs, bars, hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed until the 10th of August. Pubs currently serving food can remain open.
  3. Social visits to people's homes should be limited to a max of ten people from no more than four different households.
  4. Current restrictions of 50 people in indoor gatherings, 200 at outdoor gatherings is being extended until the 10th of August.
  5. It is continuing to advise against all non-essential travel.
 Leaving Certificate Students
Minister for Education Norma Foley TD announced that the Student Portal for the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades will open for students next Monday, 20 July 2020 at 12noon.
Through this portal, all Leaving Certificate students will be able to confirm that they wish to receive their Calculated Grades results.
The results of the Calculated Grades will issue to students on Monday, 7 September 2020. This date ensures that the results will work seamlessly with the CAO college entry system in Ireland and with UCAS, the college application process that operates in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Read more here.
 Minding Your Long-Term Health Condition During COVID-19
Information Guide
HSE Health & Wellbeing for Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow has developed a 4-page information guide to support self-management of diabetes, heart disease, and other long-term conditions during COVID-19. People with long-term health conditions may be more at risk of serious illness if they get coronavirus. You need to take extra care to protect yourself from coronavirus. If you have a long-term health condition you still have to do the things that help you to stay well. Set a daily routine. Get up, get dressed and get moving. Continue to monitor your condition. If your condition worsens call your GP or hospital to get advice. Download the full guide here.
GCCN Network News
Galway City
 Salthill COVID-19 Temporary/Pop-Up Cycle Lane
Proposal Rejected

Galway City Council at a Council Meeting that took place on the 13th July, 2020, rejected the proposals for the temporary cycle lane in the Salthill area. The initial proposals followed the extensive public engagement exercise undertaken on-line by the Galway City Council Mobility Team (GCCMT), which resulted in over 1400 submissions, 200 of which specifically requesting the installation of a temporary ‘pop-up’ cycle lane in Salthill. 

The Chief Executive has indicated that the City Council can still implement this cycle lane as designed if consensus can be achieved, subject to funding still being available in accordance with the provisions of the roads act.

Additionally, the Chief Executive also indicated that the 2016 Preliminary Report on the Proposed Barna Greenway can no longer be implemented as was proposed at that time.
Read the Statement on Galway City Council Proposal for COVID-19 Temporary/Pop-Up Cycle Lane in Salthill here.
 Galway 2020
Government Approval of Funding for Re-Imagined Programme

Last week a revised cultural programme was approved for Galway 2020, Ireland’s European Capital of Culture, ensuring that projects from the original winning bid by Galway can take place. The programme has been reimagined in order to take account of changed circumstances due to COVID-19 and will now involve a combination of online delivery and physical performance in compliance with restrictions.

The approval to proceed will be a great relief to all of those involved in Galway 2020 who have been working on it for many years. The movement of many projects online will also mean that audiences globally as well as nationally can experience the diverse and innovative projects being presented up to March 2021.
Read more here.

Galway City Museum
Reopening Tuesday 21st July
Galway City Museum will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday 21st July at 10am.  Admission remains FREE but visitors will now require a ticket for their visit. 
For Phase 1 of the Museum Re-Opening Plan visitors will be granted access to the GROUND FLOOR only with two brand new, never-before-seen exhibitions; the much anticipated European Capital of Culture Galway 2020 MONUMENT exhibition and the captivating display on The Corrib: Myth, Legend & Folklore, both of which are promised to Central!

Tickets can be booked online by visiting and will need to be presented either in printed format or on mobile phones at the main entrance to the museum.  The number of visitors will be strictly controlled and those attending will have to adhere to correct social distancing and health and safety protocols so that everyone can enjoy the exhibitions in a safe and comfortable environment. 

For further information go here or contact or phone +353 (0)91 532 460. 
Funding and Information Webinars
 Community Enhancement Programme 2020
Join the Information Webinar

Applications for funding under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2020 are now invited from interested community groups and organisations in Galway City. See applications and all details here.

Join the Information Webinar hosted by Galway City Community Network and Galway City Council will be held remotely on Zoom.
Date: Tuesday, 21st July 2020
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Register here today!

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 Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Q&A Session
Calling all Collaborative Artists!

In light of the upcoming Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary deadline of July 30th, Create is delighted to host a Q&A session with Ann O’Connor, Head of Arts Participation at the Arts Council. Karen Whelan, Arts Participation Officer and Kath Gorman Arts Participation Advisor will also attend.

The session will take place online Wednesday 22nd July 12.30 – 13.30, bring your lunch and your questions and let’s learn together about some dos and don'ts of making an Arts Participation Bursary Award application. Read more here.

 2020 AIC Scheme Bursaries
Focusing on Cultural Diversity and Human Rights

2020 marks ten years since the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Bursary award was inaugurated. Create are pleased to announce that this year they will award two AIC Scheme bursary awards.

  • The first will focus on the theme of Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity, and specifically aims to support an artist from a minority ethnic or migrant background. This bursary, offered in partnership with the Irish Refugee Council, closes for applications on the 17th August.
  • The second bursary to be offered in 2020 will take as its focus Collaborative Arts and Human Rights. Full details and closing date for this bursary will be published in September.

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WRDATF Rehabilitation Bursaries
Reopened for Applications
The Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force WRDATF have reopened their Rehabilitation Bursaries and are now accepting applications.
Applications for funding are invited under the following headings:
  • Strand 1: Rehabilitation Bursary: for those in recovery from drugs & alcohol
  • Strand 2: Education Bursary: for those in recovery from drugs & alcohol
  • Strand 3: Rehabilitation Innovation Fund: for groups and organisations who wish to develop initiatives aimed at supporting individuals in recovery
Closing dates for applications are August 4th, Sept 1st & Oct 20th
All strands are aimed at supporting people in recovery from drugs & alcohol who reside in the Western Region (Galway, Mayo & Roscommon).
To apply for funding under any of the strands above please complete the relevant application form and submit the completed form along with any associated information to:
  • By post: Orla Walshe, WRDATF, Unit 6. Galway Technology Park, Parkmore, Galway
  • By email to 
Applications forms and further information are available on Please note there are been some changes to the criteria and forms.
Literacy Awareness
NALA Webinars
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is putting on two Literacy Awareness webinars in July and August.
The webinars are for those working with the public. For example in government departments, semi-state bodies, County Councils, libraries, charities, community and voluntary sector organisations as well as health, legal and financial organisations.
Registration is free at the links below.
Thursday 30 July
Registration Link:
Thursday 27 August
Registration Link:

These 1-hour webinars will give participants tips on how they or their organisation can be more accessible to people with literacy or numeracy difficulties. They will look at the challenges of participating fully in society with literacy needs and how to deal sensitively with adults with literacy needs.  An adult literacy student and a NALA staff member will discuss literacy and how to deliver a literacy-friendly service.
GCCN Development Worker
Job Opportunity

Galway City Community Network is seeking a skilled, motivated person for the position of GCCN Development Worker, initially on a one year contract.
The closing date for this position is Wednesday, July 22nd. 
Download the Job Description & Person Specification and read more at the link here.

 Jigsaw Referral Guidelines and Forms 

Over the past months and weeks, Jigsaw Galway & Roscommon have been providing phone support and video sessions for young people. Jigsaw are intending to re-open the service for face-to-face sessions the week commencing July 20th. Dependent on Covid-19 rates and government guidance Jigsaw will provide a combination of face-to-face and phone/video sessions to young people in order to manage social distancing within the services.

New referrals are now accepted by email
Please find below the most up to date referral guidelines and forms for Jigsaw Galway:

Apart from sessional support, Jigsaw clinicians continue to provide a range of information and support for young people, their parents, and those working with young people all through our online platform –  Young people can find articles, videos, live group chats, webinars, our new web chat feature and can also post questions about their mental health and have them answered by a Jigsaw clinician. 

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