Welcome to the this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
Consultation on the Public Realm Strategy in Galway
Upcoming courses with Galway City Partnership
Rainbows Programme in Westside
Invitation to the National SDG Stakeholder Forum
Galway Integration Consortium and Galway 2020: Story Telling Workshops
Community Waterways Development Fund
Review of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion
Consultation on a new National Strategy on Volunteering
Public Realm Strategy
Galway City Council is preparing a Public Realm Strategy to guide the development, enhancement, management and use of streets and public spaces.
You are invited to an important roundtable discussion regarding streets and public spaces in the city on Friday 1 February, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway. The workshop is being run by the Galway City Council Planning Department and will include a walking audit and workshop for you to demonstrate the strengths, issues and potential of city centre streets and public spaces.
At the Forum we hope to have representatives from across various networks, and Government departments and interested parties to explore how we can work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Following feedback and discussion from our previous Forum, this year we are introducing a new approach.
There will be a presentation by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the new Climate Action Plan, followed by a question and answer session with senior Departmental officials dealing with climate change. We have engaged facilitators for all sessions including the breakout sessions in the afternoon. A report and final conclusions from the breakout sessions will be published within two weeks of the Forum. View the full agenda here.
When you register, we will ask you to indicate your relevant sector (individual, business, civil society, NGO, Government, media, academia, or other) for statistical purposes. You will also be asked to indicate your dietary preference for catering purposes.
Once you register you should receive an automatic acknowledgement confirming your attendance. If this does not happen, please contact us directly on SDGsIRL@DCCAE.gov.ie.
Galway Integration Consortium and Galway 2020
HAVE YOUR SAY WITH ADE AND MARTIN
Do you want to tell your story or any story, upskill and have some fun? Galway Integration Consortium and Galway 2020 are holding a 4 week workshop on Wednesdays at 6.30-9.30PM from January 23rd to February 13th in the Blue Teapot Theatre, Munster Ave, Galway
Learn about self expression and public speaking with: Stand up comic Martin ‘Beanz’ Warde (comedian featured on RTE) and Playwrite and performer Ade Adekeye (A day in the life of an Asylum Seeker performed in the Town Hall Theatre)
Everyone is welcome but participants need to be over 18 and places are limited. Please contact Suzanne on Suzanne@gcp.ie or 0860433376
Community Water Development Fund 2019
The Local Authority Waters Programme have announced the launch of an open call for applications to a Community Water Development Fund 2019. Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7.00pm.
The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive. This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment. This can include the development of a catchment partnership or River/Lake Trust, and delivery of local projects to protect and improve water quality in a local waterbody. This fund will enable communities to get more involved in the management of their local water environment, delivering multiple benefits for present and future generations. The fund is administered by the Local Authority Waters Programme on behalf of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Types of projects considered will include:
Capital projects such as restoration/habitat conservation/natural flood mitigation measures.
Projects that promote public awareness/education and events such as biodiversity days, surveys, training workshops, surveys and plans, etc.
General amenity such as beach clean, improving amenity areas, bird watching facilities, etc.
Grants awarded will range from up to €5,000; up to €10,000 and up to €25,000. The fund is capped at €180,000 for 2019.
Application Form and Guidance Notes in respect of the Community Water Development Fund 2019 are available to download at www.watersandcommunities.ie or by contacting the Waters and Communities Office at 0761 06 5260 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Review of the implementation of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 and the Updated Plan 2015-2017
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has commenced a review of the implementation of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 and the Updated Plan 2015-2017 (NAPinclusion 2007-2017). The review is being carried out by Indecon International Consultants.
Indecon are now providing the opportunity for all interested stakeholders to contribute to the review by submitting their views in writing. Details on the consultation process can be found below.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 16 January 2019.
Consultation on a new National Strategy on Volunteering
The Department of Rural and Community Development are in the initial stages of developing a strategy for volunteering. The Dept has issued a ‘Call for Input’ (CFI) to inform and seek views from stakeholders on key topics under consideration to develop the National Strategy on Volunteering (the Strategy). The purpose of this document is to:
Inform stakeholders of the proposed volunteering strategy;
Seek views from stakeholders on what constitutes volunteering;
Invite comments and proposals on the CFI including additional and emerging considerations which may further inform the Strategy.
The outcome of this CFI and potentially the input from a proposed National Advisory Group will inform the Department’s development of this volunteering strategy.
If you would like to contribute your views on volunteering, please download the Submission Form. The closing date for submissions is 3pm on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Submissions received after this time and date will not be considered. Only submissions made on the Submission Form will be considered
To return a submission electronically, please download the Submission Form and send your completed submission to email@example.com in Word.doc format. Please note that returning the submissions in this format is required to facilitate the collation of information. If you wish, you may also return your submission in PDF format and Word.doc format. The subject line of your submission should read ‘Volunteering CFI Submission.’