Galway City Community Network
The Public Participation Network in Galway City

29th April 2020
Below please find:

Governmental Updates
  • Additional Investment in Online Mental Health Supports - here
  • Measures to Protect Direct Provision Residents During COVID-19 - here
COVID-19 Surveys
  • One-Parent Family Challenges Survey - here
  • COVID-19 Remote Working National Employee Survey - here

Stay up to date on GCCN website
COVID-19 Webinars
  • Psychological First Aid Training for Staff - here
  • Meet Share and Learn - here
  • Living and Learning Empathy in COVID-19 - here
Services, Support and Resources
  • Food Provision Scheme for Young Children During COVID-19 - here
  • Resources for Children and Parents - here
  • Children's Right Alliance Helpline - here
  • Helplink Mental Health - Free Counselling Services - here
  • Galway City - In This Together Campaign - here
  • NUIG Responding to COVID-19 - here
Governmental Updates

 Additional Investment in Online Mental Health Supports

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced an additional €1.1 million euro investment in online mental health supports to help people, especially health services staff, manage their mental health during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will allow the HSE to deliver a range of additional online and telephone supports to frontline staff and the general population. 
Read more here.

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Measures to Protect Direct Provision Residents during COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Justice and Equality and the HSE have worked closely together to support the health and welfare of asylum seekers and refugees availing of the State’s accommodation services. Read more here.

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Services and Support

New Food Provision Scheme for Young Children During COVID-19
Closing date: Friday, 1st May 2020
On April 24th, the Children’s Rights Alliance, in partnership with Bank of Ireland, launched Food Provision Scheme for Young Children during COVID-19.
Please find the application form in PDF here / Word here and the information form here.
The closing date for applications is  Friday, 1st May 2020.

The target group of the Scheme is children under 6 years old and their families.
CYPSCs have a role in endorsing local applications before they are submitted to the Scheme.
The total fund nationally is €50,000.
Applicants will be notified about a decision by Friday, 8th May 2020.
Read more here.

Resources for Children and Parents

  • Parents Centre contains information for parents and provides links to a wide range of trusted and high quality online resources including learning, parenting and information on supports that are available.
  • Let's Play Ireland is an online portal on, providing access to a range of play resources for children.
  • First 5, is the Government’s strategy for babies, young children and their families, and it includes play and learning resources for children under 6.
Read more here.
Image may contain: textChildren's Right Alliance Helpline
COVID-19 is a worrying and uncertain time for children, young people, and their families. The Children's Right Alliance helpline offers support in areas like education, early years, immigration, family law.

01 902 0494
Modays 10am-2pm
Wednsadays 2pm-7pm
Fridays 10am-12pm
Helplink Mental Health
During the COVID-19 crisis Helplink are providing free counselling services, 7 days a week, to people who have been laid off work, people with addictions (gambling, alcohol and/or drugs) and Irish citizens returning home, stuck or living abroad.
Call 091 759887 or 0818 998880 during office hours or email
Find out more here.
Information and online resources can also be found on the new website.
Healthy Galway City

In This Together Campaign
Galway City Highlights
Galway City Council and its partners on the Community Response Forum are offering a range of activities and resources as part of a new In This Together initiative, launched nationally by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday, April 24th. Highlights include:
  • The recently launched Healthy Galway City website which acts as an information hub, signposting to reliable sources of health and wellbeing information, local programmes and events for Galway City;
  • The Galway City Council dedicated web page  which highlights resources to support the mind and body.
Find out more here.
NUIG Responding to COVID-19
NUI Galway are mobilising their academic capabilities to join the global action in the face of a global pandemic. Find examples of the research and innovation activities and contributions underway at NUIG here.
COVID-19 Surveys
One-Parent Family Challenges
One-Parent Family have created a survey for parents, guardians or foster-carers living in one-parent families. The survey is designed to understand what problems you are facing and what would help you and your family.
Go to survey here.
COVID-19 Remote Working National Employee Survey
NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission launched the COVID-19 Remote Working National Employee Survey. For further details go here.
Psychological First Aid Training for Staff 
Wednesday 29th April
A Psychological First Aid (PFA) training programme will take place today, Wednesday, 29th April at 2.30pm, via teleconference. The training was developed to meet the needs of staff, including frontline, healthcare and those working in the community at this time.
Please email to attend this teleconference training. You will be emailed the associated PowerPoint directly prior to the training.
Meet Share and Learn
Wednesday 6th May
Volunteer Galway and The Wheel invite you to join them online for Meet, Share and Learn, a free virtual gathering of nonprofits across the West of Ireland.
Day: Wednesday, 6th May
Time: 2.30pm to 4pm
 Register here

Note: this is a free event, but registration is essential. 

The focus for this event is going to be on:
  • Available supports and resources for communities dealing with COVID-19;
  • A timely examination of nonprofit risk during this difficult period;
  • Advice and tips for holding Board meetings and recruiting Board members during COVID-19 crisis;
  • An update from The Wheel on how the crisis is affecting the sector overall;
  • A look too towards the future for our nonprofit organisations, once this pandemic passes.
The session will start at 2.30pm, but participants are welcome to join from 2pm for a virtual coffee and chat and to resolve any technical issues.

  Living and Learning Empathy in COVID-19
 A Virtual Global Conversation

Programme - read more here
Webinar 1: Thursday 30th April  - read more here
Watch live on Facebook here or playback here

About this Webinar Series  
As a contribution to help us understand the on-going impact of Covid-19 and ways in which we can all help respond now and, in the future, a series of 12 weekly National/International free to public virtual conversations will be held and hosted by the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (NUI Galway) and The Global Network of UNESCO Chairs for Children, Youth, and Communities in collaboration with Penn State University.  
Each week, the virtual conversation, which will be free, globally accessible, and delivered across time zones to the public, will bring together the views of academics, policymakers and most importantly citizens directly affected by the coronavirus and living with its consequences.

This will include a focus on kernel issues for children and youth, parents, older people, families, people living with a disability and communities as well as in differing cultural and international contexts.  It is hoped the conversations will assist human understanding and compassion in relation to the coronavirus as well as proposed solutions for societies to connect and cope and become more resilient. 

The First Living and Learning Conversation in Covid-19 will take place at 6pm (Greenwich Meantime) on at 6pm (GMT) Thursday, April 30th, 2020.  During each of the 12 weeks, the conversation will alternate between an Irish and International focus across the different life course and or cultural challenges. 

All events are free to the public who are strongly encouraged to participate, ask questions in advance, and propose topics for conversations. All conversations can be accessed live through an online platform. All conversations will provide evidence-based knowledge, experiences from people facing the pandemic, and suggestions for what all of us can do to see everyone through this crisis.

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