Galway City Community Network is the Public Participation Network in Galway City.
Galway City Community Network (GCCN) is a network of community, voluntary and environmental organisations active in Galway City. GCCN is the main link through which the local authority connects with the community, voluntary and environmental sectors. GCCN is supported by a co-ordinator that works on a part-time basis.
Where did Galway City Community Network come from?
As part of the process surrounding the reform of local government, the legislative basis for which is the Local Government Reform Act 2014, Public Participation Networks (PPNs) have been established in each local authority area. In Galway City the Public Participation Network is called the Galway City Community Network.
What is the aim of Galway City Community Network?
The aim of Galway City Community Network is to co-ordinate and support the representation of the community, voluntary and environmental sectors in Galway City.
What is the role of Galway City Community Network?
The role of Galway City Community Network is:
- To act as a platform for the groups/organisations engaged in the community, voluntary and environmental sectors in Galway City to develop policy and positions on issues of common concern to the sectors and to communities and to advocate for these policies and positions to be implemented.
- To facilitate the representation of the community, voluntary and environmental sectors on the Local Community Development Committee, the Strategic Policy Committees, the Joint Policing Committee, other local government and local development bodies and any local, regional, national or international body deemed appropriate by the Galway City Community Network.
- To contribute to the development and achievement of a vision for the well-being of this and future generations.
There are three Electoral Colleges in the PPN and each member must opt for membership of one.
- Social Inclusion – To join the Social Inclusion Electoral College an organisation’s primary objectives and activities must focus on social inclusion / social justice / equality.
- Environment – To join the environment Electoral College an organisation’s primary objectives and activities must be environmental (i.e. ecological) protection and/or environmental sustainability. Membership of this Electoral College will be validated by the Environmental Pillar at a national level.
- Voluntary – Organisations whose primary objectives are other than those listed
Membership & Representation
There are now almost 100 members of the PPN with representatives on the following
- Local Community Development Committee
- Economic Development, Enterprise Support and Culture SPC
- Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC
- Housing SPC
- Planning SPC
- Transportation SPC
- Joint Policing Committee
- Galway City & County Childcare Committee
- Regional Drugs Task Force;
How often do the members meet?
GCCN members meet in Plenary four times a year – one of these meetings is the Annual general Meeting. In addition:
- The Secretariat meets on a monthly basis;
- The Linkage Groups meet on a regular basis;
- There are regular thematic meetings to which all members are welcome;
- GCCN seeks to organize innovative events on a regular basis to which all members are welcome.
Linkage Groups are subgroups of Galway City Community Network that meet on a thematic basis to discuss and develop GCCN policy. They provide the platform for electing replacement representatives as appropriate.
A number of Linkage Groups have been established in the following areas:
- Social Inclusion, to include the LCDC, JPC, Childcare Committee, Drugs Taskforce;
- Environmental, Recreation, Amenity and Sport;
- Planning & Transport;
- Economic & Enterprise;
- Arts, Culture & Heritage.
The Linkage Groups meet to discuss and establish PPN policies in these areas. They are open to all PPN members and others that have a commitment to the issues being discussed.
Galway City Community Network have undertaken a number of innovative initiatives and there are plans for a number of others. For example:
- Galway City Community Network was the local liaison and organiser for the President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative;
- GCCN is working with the Whittaker Institute in NUI Galway to develop a Statement of Wellbeing for This and Future Generations;
- GCCN is working with Blue Drum and other local partners under the banner of Creative Communities to explore the arts as drivers for change in advancing cultural rights;
- GCCN is the local liaison for Claiming our Future.
Is it too late to get involved?
No. GCCN is open to new members that fulfil the criteria for membership. All the information required by new members is on the website – www.galwaycitycommunitynetwork.ie.
For more information
If you require any additional information or support please contact the co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org