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.
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