Mayo PPN Newsletter #11


Mayo Public Participation Network Newsletter

Mayo PPN – Your Voice – Your Community

News from the Community Section of Mayo County Council 

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  • Covid Helpline: with the introduction of Level 5, the helpline now operates from 8am to 8pm seven days a week and is based in the Community Section, Mayo House, Moneen. The Covid Community Response Forum is working hard to meet the potential needs of vulnerable groups coming into the winter. Mayo PPN would like to thank the community as a whole for all the hard work they do around the county and hope you are all keeping well during these difficult times.

Mayo PPN & Age Friendly Updates

  • Positive Ageing Week (PAW) run by Age Action 28th September to 2nd October, is a festival which highlights the positive aspects of ageing and celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make to their communities. It celebrates the fact that we are living longer and that ageing is not a burden but an opportunity. Age Friendly Mayo and Mayo Public Participation Network (PPN) partnered to run with a positive contribution for Positive Ageing Week. i.e. afternoon tea party delivered to Nursing Home’s.
    Afternoon tea was brought to the residents and staff of two Nursing Homes in Mayo,  Cuan Cathriona in Castlebar and The Dalton Home Claremorris.
  • Age Friendly circulated a Community Response survey to hear from people and their experience during Covid.  The feedback will assist service providers to collaborate to optimize a local response to COVID-19 in the longer term and to plan to support older people.
  • New ‘Issues Form’ on the PPN website – This is to allow Community groups to submit issues of collect concern to the decision-making committees with Mayo County Council.
  • There are now over 900 community groups registered with Mayo PPN – This makes up groups from each of the 3 Pillars, Community/Social Inclusion/ Environment
  • Mayo PPN Capture of Community Groups involvement in Covid 19 Pandemic – The project was called MAYO PPN COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID 19. Six community groups registered with Mayo PPN were interviewed and videoed and this made up a two-part documentary which filmed community groups across every part of the county and covered Covid related activities in the most rural areas. This programme was shown on Sky Channel, iMayo TV-Sky Channel 192 and view the shortened version at
  • Mayo PPN delivered a suite of free training programmes and workshops for Community Groups  registered with Mayo PPN. The training included: Back to Business Covid 19 – re-opening for community groups, Zoom for meetings, writing successful funding applications, setting up systems to manage your community group, social media. 167 groups availed of the free training.
  • Mayo PPN supported na Cailleacha – a series of community engagement events in Ballinglen Arts Foundation and Ballina Arts Centre. The project titled ‘Ahead of the Crack’ worked with 8 people working in the area of Film, Art History, Jazz and Paint. The topics covered consisted of Arts and Loss, Art and older age among others. The group are all females over 70, cocooning due to Covid 19

Town and Village Renewal, CLÁR, Community Enhancement Programme and Leader Funding

  • Town & Village Programme 2020

15 Towns & Villages were awarded funding of approximately €460,000 under the first three rounds of Town & Village programme 2020.
An additional 10 applications were submitted under the final round of Town & Village Scheme 2020..

  • CLÁR 2020 Programme

10 Applications were submitted for funding under the CLAR programme 2020.
Dept announced today that 7 of the applications will receive funding under this scheme, totalling €265,000

  • Community Centre & Community Facilities Scheme 2020

55 Applications were received in October, for funding under the Community Centre & Community Facilities Scheme 2020. The funding allocated by the Dept for Mayo is €168,258.
Applications are currently being assessed and the successful applicants will be announced in November.

  • Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness week is organised by LCDC Social Inclusion Working Group chaired by Cllr Neil Cruise. Coordinated by Community Section of MCC.
  • Mayo SIAW took place from Monday Oct 12th to Sunday Oct 18th in line with the National Social Inclusion Week.
  • Online Launch of Social Inclusion week was streamed live on Facebook and has had in excess of 3000 views. View here
  • Flagship Event include a Webinar titled ‘Mayo Men & Diversity’ was also streamed live on Facebook and has had over 2000 views. View Webinar here
  • Mayo Says No to Racism Video was launched. View Video here
  • Poetry Competition Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition rolled out over next number of weeks which was launched as part of SIAW
  • In total over 30 events took place with significant input from partners and stakeholders.

Comhairle na nÓg

  • Comhairle na nÓg AGM took place Tuesday 27th of October online. The AGM will be available soon to see online. The AGM is an important event in the Comhairle calendar. It was attended by approx. 100 guests.
  • Interim Mayo Migrant Integration Forum re-established. This Forum will work closely to develop the Mayo Migrant Integration Strategy

Healthy Ireland

  • MCC staff health and wellbeing committee was formed at the beginning of October with Healthy Mayo being a key stakeholder. This committee will be responsible for rolling out Health and Wellbeing programme for staff over the coming months.
  • ‘Keep Well’ campaigned launched nationally on Oct 29th  with a dedicated page on webpage which aims to support people and communities to mind their physical and mental health over the coming months.

Renewed appeal launched to Mayo People in the fight against Covid-19

As Level five restrictions are now in place across the country, a further appeal has been issued to the Mayo public in the fight against Covid-19.

Following on from a public message issued jointly on behalf of Mayo County Council, with the HSE and An Garda Síochána, a further appeal is being released today as a video created by the Communications Department of Mayo County Council.

The strong message, delivered by Dr. Gillian Chambers, Health Service Executive, Garda Colm Boyle and Cllr Richard Finn, An Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council , asks us to stay strong as a county and take pride in our behaviour so that we can continue to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Co Mayo.

Free online Living Well Programme

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Training Course In Remote Work

Grow Remote has already provided training to those who are unemployed to over 200 people.
In response to the latest lock down measures, the course is opening for applications for a fully funded, online course in remote work.
The sessions help candidates get the basics in remote work as a skill, hear from remote employers, and access a nationwide community of remote workers.
There are currently over 200 locationless jobs open for applications which can accessed through the Grow Remote job’s board.

‘Remote Work Ready’ is designed for unemployed and underemployed people hoping to transition to a remote working role and is fully funded.

The programme is 100% online, available nationally and runs for between 7-14 weeks in duration. Anybody interested in applying can find all the information at this link

Mayo PPN Community Issues Form 

Mayo PPN has representation accross various County Council Committees.

We have representation on the Local Community Development Committee, Joint Policing Committee and five of the six Strategic Policy Committees of Mayo County Council. To see list of reps please visit


Mayo PPN have developed an online ‘issues form’ on the Mayo PPN website. You in the community will be receiving notification when the meetings are scheduled and will be asked to submit any collective issues or concerns to your representatives via the online issues form. We would like to hear from you in the community on COLLECTIVE ISSUES OR CONCERNS you feel should be brought to the attention of the committee by your representative. Please see


Minister for Disability awards funding to help people with disabilities have their say on issues that affect them

New Disability Participation and Consultation Network is part of Ireland’s plan to implement the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The newly established Disability Participation and Consultation Network will enable people with a disability to be involved in the development of policy and legislation.
The Department of Children. Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth ran an open competitive process to select an independent organisation to manage the network and a further four organisations to act as grant-funded members of the network.
Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Ms Anne Rabbitte T.D. has approved the outcome of this process and is today announcing the outcome.
Supporting people with disabilities to participate in consultation on Ireland’s Initial State Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UNCRPD) is an immediate task for the Network.
The network will be open to additional organisational and individual members. A call for expressions of interest from organisations and individuals will be issued by the Department shortly.


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Mayo County Library now Online

All library buildings are closed and as a result, call and collect services suspended.  As books and reading are a great relief to many during times like this, you can get eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines & more straight to your device.

This is a fantastic service and very user friendly.

Your online library is here:

Your Personal Best Campaign Launched – Men Over 45

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Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Sport Jack Chambers TD launched Sport Ireland’s Your Personal Best Month, which will run throughout November, aimed at getting men over 45 more physically active.


Mayo Sports Partnership is offering a FREE 8 week virtual Men on the Move Programme which will be supported by a team of tutors in Aughamore, Ballina, Ballaghdereen, Bangor Erris, Ballyhaunis, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, Claremorris, Kiltimagh, Westport. You will be given a weekly programme and monitored on your progress. Even if you are not from the above areas and you want to join contact programme co-ordinator Tracy Cunnane at 086 0618126.


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Artist looking for your creative responses to the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service, The Office of Public Works (OPW) and the National Park & Wildlife Services are delighted to announce that the visual artist Susan Mannion has been selected for the public art commission at the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park.

Susan is interested in hearing about your experiences of living near or visiting the National Park and would like to learn more about what the Park means to the community, what people love about this amazing place, and also about your concerns for the environment and the future.


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Mayo County Council COVID Helpline 

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With new restrictions in place, please remember that our Community Support Helpline is here to assist
Please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.
The Covid Helpline hours are now extended and will operate from 8am to 8pm – 7 days a week.
Phone: (094) 9064660
Email: [email protected]

Mayo Digital Strategy – Citizen Survey

Mayo County Council are in the process of developing a second digital strategy, to run from 2021 to 2024, and want you to help in this research and consultation period. Take their citizen survey at this link: to inform the key elements and actions of the strategy.

Other Tongue Mother Tongue

Poetry Competition

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Other Tongue, Mother Tongue is a Poetry initiative launched during Social Inclusion Awareness Week. The initiative will run for several weeks and invites poetry submissions from those who would like to submit a poem in their mother tongue (where English is not their first language).


Edith Geraghty MTSG Co-ordinator is leading out on this initiative in conjunction with Darina Molloy, Castlebar Library, Mayo Arts Office and Community Section Mayo County Council and the Social Inclusion Working Group. The aim is to celebrate and showcase the rich diversity of the people who live in Mayo. The competition is open to all ages and there will be 3 prizes awarded and featured on


Closing Date for Entries is 27th November, Poems can be in English and if using another language should be submitted with an English Translation and sent to [email protected]


For Further information please contact:

Edith Geraghty

[email protected]

086 0820266


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Mayo PPN will promote your groups news/activities/events on our various social media channels and monthly newsletter.

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Mayo PPN

094 90 64358