28th April 2021

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

GCCN Network News

Updates Surveys and Consultations
  • National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development to 2030 - read here
  • Consultation: Wellbeing Framework for Ireland - read here
  • Sexual Health West Survey - read here
Funding and Programmes
  • Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021 - read here
  • Open Call for Proposals for Woodland Support Funding for 2021/2022 - read here
  • Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund - read here
  • Student Enterprise Programme National Final 2021 - read here
  • Engage & Educate Fund Webinar - read here
  • Create and Fire Station Artists' Studios Remote Residency Award - read here

Resources and Support
Events and Initiatives

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Restrictions Changes From 26 April 2021 - read here
  • Study: Impact of the COVID-19 on the Wellbeing of Teenagers - read here
  • Update on Vaccinations for Those who are Housebound - read here
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here

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Upcoming GCCN Meetings
May - June 2021
GCCN will hold the following Linkage Group or Thematic Group meetings in May and June as follows:
Social Inclusion Thematic Group Meeting May 11th 2pm 
Community Safety Meeting May 12th 6.30pm 
Arts and Culture LG Meeting May 17th 4pm 
Economic Development and Enterprise Support LG Meeting May 19th 2pm 
Housing and Accommodation LG Meeting May 25th 12.30pm
Community Safety Meeting June 2nd 6.30pm 

GCCN members can bring matters to the attention of the GCCN representatives by attending these meetings.

If you wish to get involved please get in touch with Jacinta at


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Upcoming SPC/LCDC Meetings

The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:
Economic, Community & Cultural Development SPC May 21st 2pm
Transportation SPC May 25th
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity SPC May 26th 2.30pm
Housing & Social Inclusion SPC May 28th

GCCN is represented on each structure above by the elected GCCN representatives - see 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 relevant GCCN representative.

Prior to the above local structure meetings, GCCN will hold Linkage Group or Thematic Group meetings.

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Galway National Park City New Website

The Galway National Park City initiative with President Michael D Higgins as its patron recently launched a website in the hope that it will become a major resource and information hub in helping to integrate nature into the fabric of the city.

According to Brendan Smith, Galway National Park City convenor, “The website at is about highlighting and bringing together at one virtual place all of the wonderful activities, projects and programmes taking place across all sectors, from schools to businesses, communities and research institutes, in developing an urban environment that recognises the importance of nature in our everyday lives.
Read more here.

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Surveys and Consultations

National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development to 2030
Public Consultation
DoS Environment/Community & Enterprise

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, launched a public consultation on a joint National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to 2030.
Please find here further details about the consultation process and the written submission from Local Authorities.
A submission can be made directly to the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, by email to  by 30th June 2021.

Consultation on a Wellbeing Framework for Ireland

What makes for a good life? Capturing what people value as being important for a good life is critical to developing a well-being framework for Ireland.
The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) has been requested by the Department of the Taoiseach to support work towards developing a well-being framework for Ireland. The government has committed to develop a framework that will look beyond economic indicators to give us a more holistic picture of where we are and where we want to be as a society.
The purpose of this survey is to gather insights that will inform and shape the development of a well-being framework for Ireland. Please complete the survey from the perspective of the work of your organisation, and, if you feel it is appropriate, please also share it with people that your organisation works with.
Link to the survey:
Please complete the survey by the closing date of Friday 14th May.
If you have any queries related to the survey please contact

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Sexual Health West Survey

Sexual Health West has started an online survey to assess what sexual health services and education people want and what they feel is lacking in our community across Galway City & Co. It is a short online survey so if you could share it with colleagues, mailing lists or on social media it would be much appreciated. Please see poster attached here and link to survey here.

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Funding and Programmes

Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021

As part of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) are inviting applications from community and voluntary organisations that wish to support and improve the employment opportunities (incl. self-employment opportunities) for People with Disabilities.
There are two key objectives of this funding:

  1. To support People with Disabilities to: access employment; improve their career progression opportunities ‘in work’; and improve their employment outcomes through education and training.
  2. To support potential employers to provide employment for People with Disabilities.

The closing time and date for applications is 3:00pm on Thursday 13th May.
 Please see the How to Apply to DAF page for details.

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Open Call for Proposals for Woodland Support Funding for 2021/2022

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett has announced a public call for innovative projects which support and highlight the environmental, social and economic benefits of woodlands, forests and timber products. Funding will be allocated by her Department by means of an open competition under a Woodland Support Fund.  The Fund is valued at €1 million euro and projects are to be delivered by the end of 2022.

  • The Specification Document is available to view on
  • Applications may be emailed, as per the application form
  • The closing date of 5pm on Monday 24th May 2021
Read more here.

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Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund

Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. has announced the opening of a new €15 million ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund’ to help ensure a Safe Outdoor Summer. The funding will support local authorities in enhancing outdoor urban space and improving walking and cycling infrastructure. This will assist the safe outdoor re-opening of society as Ireland gradually emerges from current COVID-19 public health restrictions.
Read more here.

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Student Enterprise Programme National Final 2021 Invitation

The Local Enterprise Offices wish to invite you to the Student Enterprise Programme National Final on Friday, 14th May 2021, broadcasting virtually from Croke Park. 

Please download here your digital E-Invite for the broadcast. 
●      Hosted by RTÉ’s Rick O’Shea
●      Special Guest: An Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar
●      Teachers’ Hall of Fame Opens From 13:30
●      Live Awards Ceremony From 14:30 – 15:30
●      Live Interviews with Overall Winners
The live broadcast will be available on the Student Enterprise Programme Facebook and YouTube channels.
A direct link to these channels will be available on the Student Enterprise Programme homepage on Friday 14th May.

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Engage & Educate Fund Webinar
Register here for the Engage & Educate Fund Webinar
The Engage & Educate Fund is a €1.2 million three year fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Mason Hayes & Curran LLP and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. The objective of the Fund is to back innovative projects that empower young people and adults through education, enabling people from marginalised communities to access game-changing education programmes.
You can apply to the Engage & Educate Fund via the online application form until Wednesday, June 2nd at 5pm.
Download the poster with more info here.
Learn more about the Engage & Educate Fund

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Create and Fire Station Artists' Studios Remote Residency Award

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios invite expressions of interest from collaborative socially engaged artists who have first-hand experience of displacement and/or are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration, for a remote residency to be held in June and July 2021.  For this residency, candidates may or may not self-identify as refugee, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories.

In 2021, the proposed Residency will happen remotely over four weeks between June and July. Offering a focused professional development opportunity that supports and nurtures the arts practice of a professional artist who is interested in developing or consolidating their collaborative/ socially engaged arts practice.

The residency is funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create. This residency opportunity is offered through a partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios.  Expressions of Interest must be received by 5.30pm on the 17th May 2021.

Read more about this residency and how to submit an Expression of Interest on the Create website.

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Events and Initiatives

Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide is intensifying our commitment to support your mental health and the health of those you care about along with your community.
Cycle Against Suicide are hosting a virtual cycle 'Share the Load on the Road' which replaces their annual Main Cycle: 
This event is supporting the Community Buddy Programme, a peer support programme that trains and equips individuals in local communities across Ireland with the practical, hands-on skills and knowledge they need to deliver support to those in mental health distress in their local communities. 

Through this programme, mental health Buddies are trained to provide a listening ear, show empathy, discern the level of mental health distress an individual is going through, and make recommendations for appropriate professional help and resources that can help the individual cope positively and build resilience. Full details are available at:
The aim is to create 'Buddy Communities' similar to 'Neighbourhood Watch' across Ireland.
Should you wish to discuss any element of the above with the organisers, please call Caroline on 0872465526.

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Photos Needed for Mayors Awards Exhibition

Galway City Council will be running an exhibition in Eyre Square during May and June to celebrate the Galway City Mayors Awards and the many types of volunteering (new and old) that took place in the City in 2020.

They are looking for photographs from community organisations and charities that showcase the efforts of their volunteers and would love if groups could send any photos they have to by 5pm Tuesday 4th May.

Please note the following

  • photos from volunteering in Galway City only are requested
  • not all photos may be used in the exhibition
  • you should have consent from the people in the photo for them to be shared

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Planet Youth: 2020 Data
WRDATF Short Webinars
29th April | 12.30pm

The next in the series of  WRDATF Short Webinars will take place on Thursday 29th April at 12.30pm. This month’s topic is Planet Youth: 2020 Data. The presentation will look at the findings from the 2020 Survey of 4478 fifteen and sixteen your olds in Galway, Mayo & Roscommon.
If you are interested in attending please click the link below to book a place.
For queries please get in touch with Orla at 087 7389175 or visit or WRDATF Facebook.

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New European Bauhaus

The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative, convening a space of encounter to design future ways of living, situated at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology. It brings the Green Deal to our living places and calls for a collective effort to imagine and build a future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful for our minds and for our souls.
The European Commission are asking people to share their ideas, examples and challenges via an online portal.
For further information, please see the document here or visit the New European Bauhaus website.

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Get Active for Your Wellbeing Webinar

HSE Health and Wellbeing are hosting ‘Get Active for Your Wellbeing’ Webinar on Wednesday May 5th at 2pm-3pm. Register Here. This upcoming webinar will focus on supporting people on how to build physical activity into daily life. Please see poster attached here.

Join and hear from the special guest, 3 time Olympian, Derval O’Rourke. Derval will talk about what she has learned and ways to improve your health and wellbeing through exercise.  There will also be an input from HSE colleagues highlighting ways and opportunities to get active for your wellbeing.

The webinar will also showcase the new FREE HSE Health and Wellbeing online exercise programmes. The first 8 ‘Pilates for beginners’ videos will be launched on the 5th May, which will be followed by Yoga, Strength and Conditioning and Chair Based Exercise videos.

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Webinar on Dementia Inclusive Communities

The National Standard Authority of Ireland are hosting a webinar on Dementia Inclusive Communities tomorrow Tuesday 27th April. This 2.5 hour webinar will give an overview of the draft standard and more importantly give a voice to a range of diverse experts including those living with dementia, acting as caregivers, working in the community, advocating, or conducting research in the area of dementia. This might be of interest to you and your networks, and you can find more information and register through the following link - Webinar Registration - Zoom.

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Final Week of Galway 2020

It’s the final week of the Galway 2020 programme, and with it some of the event's most beautiful productions of dance and music. Visit the Galway 2020 website at for details.

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Resources and Support

Free App on ADHD for families & Project Report

Fantastic free App on ADHD to support families
The Changing Lives Initiative has developed an App to help families understand what ADHD is and provide practical strategies and tools for parents to use with their children.  The App is particularly relevant for parents who have concerns about their child’s behaviour but are not yet sure if their child may have ADHD.  The App is also very useful for those working with children, in helping them understand ADHD and how they might support children who have issues with inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity.
The App can be downloaded for free at

Project Report
The Changing Lives Initiative launched last week the final report on the 3-year project and its evaluations.  The cross-border project which provided an innovative early intervention programme for ADHD has been highly successful working with almost 2,000 families and providing training to over 1,700 professionals.  The project evaluations demonstrated considerably improved outcomes for families who took part in the programme including a significant reduction in ADHD related behaviours reported in children and reductions in parental stress.  The project report, video interviews with parents and other information on the project can be found at


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Patient Advocacy Service

The Patient Advocacy Service is a free, independent and confidential patient advocacy service, that offers support and empowerment to users of HSE funded public acute hospitals making a formal complaint about their care. The Patient Advocacy Service can provide information and support needed to make a complaint to the HSE over an experience a person has had in a public hospital. The service receives no funding from the HSE. For further information please see:
Please find attached here and here further promotional information.

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COVID-19 Related Updates

Restrictions Changes From 26 April 2021

Some restrictions changed on 26 April, and further changes are expected at the start of May depending on public health advice.

From 26 April 2021:

  • Outdoor sport facilities can reopen, including golf courses and tennis courts.
  • Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen, including zoos and heritage sites but not amusement parks.
  • Outdoor underage non-contact sports training can start again in pods of up to 15
  • Funerals can have 25 people in attendance
Read more here.

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ADAPT Research Study
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Wellbeing of Irish Teenagers

Researchers from NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin are currently conducting a research study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of Irish teenagers, and are inviting young people (12-18 years) from across the country to take part. There are 3 surveys in total. For more information including parental / guardian consent forms please visit ADAPT STUDY (

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Update on Vaccinations for Those who are Housebound 

The Minister for Health announced an update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme for those who are housebound.mThe National Ambulance Service (NAS) has been working hard to process a high volume of referrals received for the programme. NAS is currently operating a seven-day service and is undertaking around 400 appointments per week (50-60 daily).
Read more here.

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Important Reminders


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
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.
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.


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