A meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee will be held on Monday, 22nd March 2021. The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where matters that affect policing in Galway City are discussed.
The Galway City Community Network representatives on this committee, Cameron Keighron, John Cleary, John Rabbitte, Nicola Tierney and Tommy Flaherty, will attend this meeting and would welcome your suggestions for consideration for the upcoming JPC meeting.
The objective of the Amenity Grants Scheme is to provide assistance to Community Gardens/Allotment Schemes and Residents Associations who wish to contribute towards the betterment of their local environment by undertaking improvement works in their local area, including litter clean-ups and anti-litter measures.
Further details and information on how to apply are available on www.galwaycity.ie/amenity-grants.
Please note: paper application forms will no longer be accepted.
All applications for the 2021 scheme must be completed electronically by visiting the online application form - here.
Completed applications should be submitted no later than the closing date of 4:00pm Wednesday 31st March.
Galway Gardai Divisional Virtual
Youth Awards Ceremony 21st April 2021
Galway Divisional Gardai in association with SUPERVALU present the third Galway Divisional Garda Youth Awards, to celebrate the outstanding young people, between the ages 13 and 21 years of age.
Galway Gardai and SUPERVALU recognise that there are many young people in every community, throughout the whole division, who are involved in many positive activities, and too often their contribution to society goes unrecognised.
The closing date for entries is 23rd March 2021.
Awards will be considered for nominated Young People who, by their presence, make
their communities a better place to live.
Any young person/group who receives a nomination will receive a Certificate of Nomination from their local Superintendent to recognise their nomination, even if they do not succeed in winning an award.
Disability Issues at the Heart of the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023 Open Call for Suggestions
Access for All are currently developing a submission to feed into Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023 and are inviting interested GCCN members to make a contribution. If you have any suggestions as to how disability issues can be placed at the heart of the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023, please email email@example.com.
The Access for All Submission on the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023 will be based on the principles of universal access where design and future planning is based on creating an environment that can be used by all people. Access is based on the inclusion of all people regardless of age, size, gender, race, ability or disability.
Access for All Galway is a network of individuals who have direct lived experiences of disabilities and local disability organisations, who focus on continually improving the accessibility of the local built environment.
Access for all is a GCCN member whose work is supported by Galway City Partnership, Galway City Community Network, Disability Federation of Ireland, other key stakeholder and community groups.
Access For All consult with various departments within Galway City Council to highlight the lived experiences around access issues that impact disabled people in the city. If you would like to join the next Access For All meeting to find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Public Consultation on the Mental Health Act Announced on World Wildlife Day
The Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler T.D., has announced a new public consultation on the ongoing review of the Mental Health Act 2001. The public consultation will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders, including people who have used the mental health services and their families to inform the review prior to publication of draft legislation to update the Act in full.
The Mental Health Act 2001 sets out the care and treatment of people who need inpatient mental health care, with a particular focus on procedures for involuntary detention. The Act further provides for an Inspector of Mental Health Services, safeguards for the rights of involuntarily detained individuals, the establishment of the Mental Health Commission as regulator of mental health services and for mental health tribunals, which review detention orders for people involuntarily detained.
All queries related to the public consultation should be emailed to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Wednesday, 31 March 2021. Due to time constraints, submissions received after this date cannot be considered and extensions cannot be provided.
A public consultation on the process of expanding Ireland’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs) was launched recently.
Details on the public consultation process for expanding the network of Ireland’s MPAs, can be found at www.gov.ie/en/consultations/. The consultation will be open for over 5 months, closing at 5pm on Fri 30 July 2021.
National Minimum Wage
The Low Pay Commission are considering the wage rate for 2022, and are looking for your views.
See how to have your say and take part in the consultation before 7th March at www.gov.ie/minimumwage.
'Power in Participation Project - The Right to Education'
Winner of the National AONTAS STAR Award 2021
Galway Traveller Movement, Community Action Network and Community Education NUIGalway, have been awarded the National AONTAS STAR Award 2021 in the Third Level Access and Community Engagement Category with the 'Power in Participation Project - The Right to Education'. The project was part funded by the The Community Foundation for Ireland
Well done to all involved, with a special mention to the 24 members of the Traveller Community who completed their level 7 in Community Development Practice.
The winners of the AONTAS STAR Awards were announced online on MArch 1st 2021. The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS, to recognise and celebrate the work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.
COVID-19 Emergency Funding approved for Galway City
Galway City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) have approved grants totalling €58,029 to a wide range of local groups and organisations in Galway City under the COVID-19 Emergency Fund (2nd Round).
This is the 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Galway City, providing immediate support to local groups and organisations involved in the ongoing delivery of the COVID-19 community response efforts.
In total 36 groups have been approved funding for a variety of projects that will assist local community and voluntary groups to adapt their local services and operations in order to continue to provide critical social supports; to enable and support online activities and to allow for changes to premises and spaces to provide for social distancing. In addition, a number of groups were approved funding to embrace the ‘Keep Well’ campaign, enabling their participation in the campaign which focusses on the themes of staying connected, switching off and being creative and minding your mood.
Galway City Mayor’s Awards - Nominations Open
Galway City Mayor, Mike Cubbard, has launched the Mayor’s Awards scheme to celebrate community spirit shown during 2020 in particular, with residents asked to nominate their own community heroes for an award. Mayor Cubbard said: "I would like to know more about the kindness and support so many have given, and may still give, and to say thank you to you all.”
Read more in the Galway Advertiser.
Galway Volunteer Centre invites public to reflect on the last 12 months. Members of the public, young and old in Galway City are being encouraged to share their thoughts on the last 12 months through a new initiative, 3 Questions, which is being co-ordinated by Galway Volunteer Centre. Participants are being asked to submit answers to three questions about the challenges faced, lessons learned during the year and what they have been grateful for.
Anyone submitting answers can then nominate a local charity or community group for a €500 prize, which will be selected randomly from entries. All answers submitted will be reviewed and many, if not all, will be shared publicly after being reviewed by the Volunteer Centre.
The Volunteer Centre is encouraging people to visit www.volunteergalway.ie and complete the online questionnaire before the 9th of March. Anyone who does so will receive a copy of their response and will be kept up to date on how the project develops.
3 Questions is being funded through the KEEP WELL campaign, a healthy Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare fund delivered by Pobal.
Funding for Local Authority Biodiversity Projects Announced on World Wildlife Day
Malcolm Noonan T.D., Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, has today, World Wildlife Day (March 3rd 2021), announced that over €1.35 million will be made available to local authorities in the Local Authority Biodiversity Grant Scheme for projects which tackle Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and to carry out actions in the National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021 (NBAP). The funding is made available, in line with a grant application and award process, to biodiversity officers in the counties that have them, and heritage officers.
First launched in 2018, funding for the grant scheme has been increased from €700,000 in 2020. The scheme comprises two streams: a €500,000 fund for projects tackling Invasive Alien Species (IAS), including species which are included on the EU IAS list of Union concern, and €850,000 for other maintenance, restoration and awareness-raising projects under actions in the National Biodiversity Action Plan.
The scheme is operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and offers funding to assist local authority biodiversity officers and heritage officers in local authorities without a biodiversity officer with the implementation of projects that promote actions contained in the Plan.
The funding awarded is:
subject to provision of an agreed level of co-funding from the local authority’s own resources;
spent on a project directly related to one or more actions of the National Biodiversity Action Plan or targeting Invasive Alien Species projects, including species which are included on the on EU IAS list of Union concern;
the project outputs must be reported to the Department before the end of the year.
Government Agrees on New Approach to
Strengthening Social Dialogue
The Government has agreed this week on a number of steps to strengthen social dialogue and engagement with civil society in line with the commitments in the Programme for Government.
The Government agreed to properly map out the different social dialogue structures and processes in place across Government and drawing on this, to develop and commit to some principles around approaches to social dialogue in its different forms.
As part of this work, the Taoiseach and key Ministers will begin a series of engagements with the main social partner representative groups. This work will be coordinated by the Social Dialogue Unit the Taoiseach has established in his own Department. Read more here.
Community Call Programme Research Paper National Economic and Social Council
Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities, has welcomed the publication of ‘Community Call - Learning for the Future’ a report by the National and Economic Social Council (NESC). The paper outlines the National Economic and Social Council's review of the Community Call Programme.
The Community Call was an unprecedented mobilisation of national government, local government and the community & voluntary sector to support vulnerable people in our communities during the COVID-19 emergency.
The Programme for Government has committed to examining the merits of maintaining Community Call on a more permanent footing, and the findings outlined in this paper will contribute to that work. Read the research paper Community Call: Learning for the Future - here.
Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD announced further supports to those schools catering for children and young people who are experiencing the highest levels of educational disadvantage. As part of the Budget 2021 measures to tackle educational disadvantage, the Minister announced:
A one-point reduction in the staffing schedule to reduce class-size in all DEIS Urban Band 1 primary schools.
An extension of the School Completion Programme to include 14 urban primary and 14 post-primary schools newly included in DEIS in 2017.
A 5% increase in funding for the School Completion Programme to support the attendance and participation of vulnerable learners and those at risk of education disadvantage.
A reduction of the enrolment threshold for the allocation of an additional deputy principal in DEIS post-primary schools, from 700 to 600 pupils.
Fund to Improve Homes of Older People & People With Disabilities
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD and Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, have announced a €75m fund for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability.
The fund, which supports home adaptations for older people, those with a disability and people with mobility issues, is 80% exchequer funding through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority.
White Paper to End Direct Provision
and to Establish a New International Protection Support Service
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., today published a White Paper to End Direct Provision and to establish a new International Protection Support Service. This White Paper sets out a new Government policy to replace Direct Provision, which will be phased out over the next four years.
A new system for accommodation and supports for applicants for International Protection will be established. Under this new system, people who are applying for protection will be helped to integrate into Ireland from day one, with health, housing, education, and employment supports at the core of the system.
The new system will be grounded in the principles of human rights, respect for diversity and respect for privacy and family. It is being designed to offer greater support and greater autonomy to International Protection applicants. It will operate on a not-for-profit basis.
Read the White Paper: DCEDIY-White-Paper-Final Read more here.
Well-being, Autonomy and Community: Key Elements in Housing For Older People Health Research Board (HRB)
A new evidence review conducted by the Health Research Board (HRB) explores the perspectives of older people from around the world on housing with support and examines the impact of this kind of housing on their well-being. The review will support the development of a policy framework for housing for older people in Ireland, which is being jointly developed by the Department of Health and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
Housing with support refers to non-institutional accommodation where older people have their own front door and access to support or care services, with the aim of providing independent, accessible housing options that can improve quality of life. The implementation of this kind of housing has been rapidly expanding in recent years – a trend that is likely to intensify in the context of COVID-19, which has made clear the risks of relying primarily on nursing homes.
Key findings from the international evidence review include:
Individual choice and autonomy are important for successfully transitioning to housing with support.
The change is made easier where the housing location allows older people to maintain their existing social networks.
While personal care and support services are a key aspect of housing with support, opportunities to socialise are also essential for well-being. The report findings are brought together in an aspirational model of housing with support that will inform future policy, with the ultimate aim of improving quality of life for older people.
Preparing an Annual Report Free Online Training | March 30th | 10.30am-12.30pm
An organisation’s annual report is a wonderful opportunity for an organisation to tell their story and engage with their stakeholders (i.e. their beneficiaries, members, volunteers, staff, funders, supporters, and regulators). It is a valuable instrument to demonstrate good governance, accountability and transparency.
This 2-hour Preparing an Annual Report online workshop is aimed at Board Members, Directors, Trustees and CEOs/Managers and anyone involved in preparing an Annual Report for their organisation. It is particularly focused on the annual report needs of smaller nonprofits (annual income of less than €250,000).
The workshop is delivered free to participants thanks to funding support from the Community Foundation of Ireland and delivered by trainers from Carmichael.
See other Carmichael Training opportunities - here and The Wheel Training opportunities - here.
Upcoming Health & Wellbeing Related Programmes/Initiatives March 2021
Please see below details of some current health and wellbeing related programmes and initiatives some of which are starting in March. Please feel free to circulate/promote as appropriate.
Stress Control Free Online programme – March 2021 (commencing March 8)
HSE Health and Wellbeing are offering a free Stress Control programme that teaches you practical skills to deal with stress. The six sessions are 90 minutes a session and will cover different topics. Participants are encouraged to watch all sessions, but participants can join at any stage for one or more session. The next programme will begin from Monday, March 8th. To register please see www.stresscontrol.ie
Minding Your Wellbeing
HSE Health & Wellbeing have launched a new free, online mental health and wellbeing programme called Minding Your Wellbeing. The programme consists of a series of 5 video sessions of around 20 minutes. Click here or log on to www.yourmentalhealth.ie for more details.
Living Well – HSE programme for adults with long term health conditions
Living Well is a free group self-management programme. Self-management is what a person does every day to manage their long-term health condition. There will be two online programmes starting in March on dates outlined below, and each programme runs once a week for 6 weeks.
QUIT Smoking West
Take the 28-day #TheLastStop no smoking challenge this March
If you can quit smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good. Starting from the 2nd March 2021, people who smoke all over Ireland will be taking the 28-day challenge. Need some help? Contact QUIT Smoking West on 091 737262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are worried about your or someone else's relationship with alcohol, there is help available.
For support and advice, call the HSE Alcohol helpline on 1800 459 459 or email email@example.com.
Free Online Exercise Classes for Over 55s
Healthy Galway have partnered with Siel Bleu Ireland to deliver an 8-week online exercise class for over 55’s. Start date: Friday 12th March |Time: 11am |Location: Online via Zoom
For more information, or to register, contact Ashling on 085 8217547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the poster here for your information.
Looking after your emotional well-being during pregnancy and post-pregnancy
Places need to be reserved in advance by emailing email@example.com or call 087 3594321 no later than Wednesday 3rd March 2021.
Free Online Weaning Talk
Next session Tuesday March 23 (11am-1pm)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 0274858
Long Walk to Freedom (session 2) March 6th | 5pm - 6pm
On Saturday, March 6th, from 5pm to 6pm the Galway African Diaspora will live-stream the Long Walk to Freedom (session 2) event featuring the multicultural DJ Will Softly. The event will be held online due to level 5 restrictions.
All are welcome to join the event from the Galway African Diaspora page - here.
See the Facebook event - here.
Africa Women Roundtable and Intercultural EPIC Award 2021 March 13th | 2-5pm
African Women Roundtable and Intercultural EPIC Award 2021 will be held on March 13, 2021 from 2pm-5pm on Zoom and everyone is welcome to join.
This is a unique gathering that brings women from diverse backgrounds together, to create understanding around issues that affect them, especially at the intersecting grounds of gender, race, class and faith.
The aim of this conference is to inspire, empower and position women to take opportunities and challenges towards greatness. It aims to change the narrative and position women for success.
The theme for this event is: “Feeling Stuck? What Next?”. A 4 member panel will discuss mental health, entrepreneurship, marriage, parenting, direct provision, literacy, personal development and career among other areas where women may find themselves stuck. The discussions will look at causes, effects and ways to challenge these issues and press for progress.
As part of the conference, Amdalah Africa Foundation (AMDAF) will honour women for making positive impacts in the community through the Intercultural EPIC Award.
End Period Poverty Campaign
Talk and Tea March 5th | 3pm
Abolish Direct Provision Ireland is an Irish non-profit group working directly with asylum seekers in direct provision. This International Women’s day, Abolish Direct Provision are seeking to help female asylum seekers tackle period poverty.
Their End Period Poverty Campaign involves getting TDs, Councillors and Senators to sign a pledge to tackle period poverty in direct provision. There will be a series of talks with asylum seekers and youth activists who want to work together to tackle this problem, despite political differences.
On March 5th at 3pm, Abolish Direct Provision are holding a Talk and Tea event to raise awareness on period poverty and the struggles female asylum seekers go through in Direct Provision. To attend the talk, please register either at www.directprovision.org
or by using the Google Doc file - here
A Q & A session will take place at the end and there will be some space for female asylum seekers to tell their story. Download the flyer here.
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture April Extension
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture has secured an extension to allow some events to move into April. Level 5 government restrictions in January and February have impacted on cultural events across Ireland including the Galway 2020 programme which has many projects still in progress.
In the coming weeks, Galway 2020, along with our partners, will present a host of online projects. From visual art and film, to literature and music, our home-grown art will put a spring in your step.
Read about them here
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and more than 359,616 vaccines have been administered as of the 22nd February 2021. This week the vaccination programme has continued with people aged 85 and over being invited for their vaccines by GPs. When this group is complete, we’ll move on to the next age-group, those aged 80 or over, then 75 and over, then 70 and over and then those with some serious medical conditions.
New COVID-19 Vaccines Campaign
From the 23rd February, the HSE has launched a new TV ad as part of the COVID-19 vaccine campaign. The ad contains messages on vaccine roll-out and safety and encourages people to visit hse.ie or call HSELive for information. Watch the TV ad here.
The last frame of the ad shows snapshots of a range of people of all ages, filling the screen, representing the real people of Ireland. A special thank you to our stakeholder network for taking the time to record and send in videos for this.
Other campaign elements:
-Main radio ad on all local and national radio stations since Monday 1 February. Listen to the radio ad here
-Radio ad targeting the next group for vaccination, those aged 80 or over on air since 23 February. Listen to the radio ad here
-National press targeting the next group for vaccination, those aged 80 or over, 75 and over, 70 and over and those with some serious medical conditions from 28th February
-Social media, google search and Youtube advertising
COVID-19 Infection Prevention Control Guidance for Healthcare Workers in Residential Care Facilities
Friday, 26th February (from 12-1pm)
You can register for the webinar here.
For telephone access, please use the following:
Irish dial in number: 01 5260058
Access code: 181 932 7057
Isolation quick guide: aged greater than 3 months and up to 13th birthday
You can find this guide here.
Interim Public Health and Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines on the Prevention and Management of COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities
You can find this guidance here.
Where to find COVID-19 Vaccination Information
We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:
Check hse.ie/covid19vaccine for information about the vaccine, information on this page is updated regularly
COVID-19 vaccine information for people with sight loss
Working with NCBI, information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with sight loss have been created in Braille, audio and large print. These have been distributed to NCBI members. The large print format is also available on hse.ie.
Resources to support people with long-term health conditions to self-manage
The national HSE Self-management Support Co-ordinator team have developed a number of resources to support adults in the self-management of their long-term health conditions. The ‘Minding your long-term health condition during Coronavirus (COVID-19)’ leaflet originally developed in April 2020 has been updated and was launched recently. This leaflet provides practical and clear information to support people to manage their long-term health condition and to stay well. Each key message is supported by a helpful tip and people are signposted to supports, reputable websites or healthcare practitioners for further information. It also includes the new Dept. of Health recommendation on Vitamin D supplementation for those aged 65+.
Furthermore ‘Tips for Self-Managing your Health when living with a longterm health condition’ is another useful resource. It is designed to highlight 10 practical steps that people can take to live well with their long-term health condition. This leaflet could also be uploaded or signposted as a resource to support those with Long-term health conditions to self-manage.
These leaflets, along with other resources, videos and information about Living Well, the HSE Self-management programme can be found at www.hse.ie/selfmanagementsupport.
Carers and Disadvantaged Could be Given
Higher Vaccine Priority
Professor Karina Butler, the head of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, has said carers, the socially vulnerable, and the disadvantaged could be among the groups who could next be moved up the vaccine priority list in Ireland. She also said the the elevation of vulnerable people with cancers or motor neurone disease up to Group 4 - meaning they are next in line after the over-70s - offers good news already for their carers. Prof Butler did however warn that vaccine supply remains an obstacle and there is not yet enough supply for widespread vaccination.
Read more in this article in the Irish Examiner - here.
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.