Mayo Public Participation Network May Newsletter
Mayo PPN – Your Voice –Your Community
Mayo PPN are currently rolling out a suite of FREE training to all PPN Members. Training includes: Basic Bookkeeping, Writing Successful Grant Applications, HR update-returning to work after lockdown, Shooting a Video, Facebook for Community Groups, Beginners Social media, Designing a website without a budget. Guide to the Governance Code. To book your place email: [email protected]
NEWS AND UPDATES
We are delighted to introduce the
New Secretariat Members
Nominated by PPN Community Groups
Welcome to Mayo PPN – Reps on Committees
Mayo PPN elections completed – Vacancies are filled on all Committees (LCDC, JPC, SPC’s) Currently there are 31 PPN reps on Committees.
Rosaleen Lally | Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District
I have worked in the disability sector for 20 years and have a broad range of experience in advocating for people with disabilities and the elderly through my work in the Irish Wheelchair Association.
I have a strong belief in community and working with interagency groups in Erris.
I have previously held a seat on the LCDC as a PPN Rep and gained valuable experience on the workings of the LCDC and the PPN.
Mary Murphy McHugh|Claremorris/Swinford MD
I am committed, organised, community driven.
My previous roles as vice Chairperson and chairperson of Gortjordan PA and current position as Chairperson of Gortjordan Walkers has given me fantastic experience in dealing with community, councils, businesses as well as knowledge applying for funding and fundraising.
I have also facilitated the Community of Ballintubber in the Community Futures program.
Daragh Owens | Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District
Currently on the secretariat since 2017, I have contributed to the modernisation of the current structure, worked on implementing a new website, ensuring greater participation via electronic methods, ensuring faster decision making. I intend to work on allowing the community voice have a greater say within local government.
Kieran Joyce | Castlebar Municipal District
I have over 17 years experience working in Local Government sector and 2 years’ experience working in the Education sector. I am clear of the role that I would have to perform on the Secretariat and I am clear of the commitment that I must give to carry out the role. While working in the Local Government sector I have worked closely with many community groups and realise the importance of the PPN in shaping the futures of our communities.
Margaret Kenny Upton | Ballina Municipal District
A member of, and voluntary worker with Community groups in Bonniconlon and Ballina for 20 years.
Held committee positions in the ICA, promoting the inclusion of women locally and nationally.
Educator for 35 years at second and third level, vast experience in implementing projects and improving communication and organisation.
WELCOME TO PPN NEW LCDC REP
Mary Jackson| Social Inclusion
Mary is the Project Coordinator of Tacú Family Resource Centre which supports Individuals, Families and community groups in Ballinrobe and throughout the Lake District of South Mayo. Tacú also has a county brief as two of our Project’s cover the County ie The Community Based Family Support Project in Mayo and the Drug and Alcohol Family Support Project where I manage the County Team leader and the Drug and Alcohol Family Support worker. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” is a quote from Desmond Tutu and my AGENDA is that the voice of those that are oppressed are heard.
Online Training for representatives and Stakeholders of the Public Participation Networks on County Council Committees. Training will be delivered by Dept of Rural & Community Development to Chairs/Reps/Council Officials in May & Sept 2021
A survey was circulated by the PPN Resource Workers nationally to PPN reps on County Council Committees to gather feedback on experiences and participation – outcomes will be fed back to the DRCD for inclusion in the PPN Structural Review.
Mayo PPN drops the Red and goes all Green for St Patrick’s Day.
Mayo PPN had a fantastic response to the videos of Community Groups who took part in Mayo PPN goes Green project. Duncan Stewart offered feedback to the groups who participated.
Commenting on the video series Stewart praised the county on its tremendous work and believes “it would be very useful for other community groups in the country to have a look at these videos to get some ideas on what projects they could embark on”.
The RTÉ presenter of Eco Eye who is known for his environmental activism, was keen to give credit to the community groups involved. In Tourmakeady, 10% of the housing stock, 60 houses, have been retrofitted from an F rating to a B standard. Stewart believes this is an “incredible achievement” while commenting on the work of Ballina’s Green Town Initiative, Stewart believes “every town in Ireland should be doing what Ballina is doing, the spirit of volunteerism and collaboration in this town is great”.
Echoing Mr Stewart’s words was Mary Costello, Resource Worker with Mayo PPN; “I am delighted that Mayo PPN and the Climate Action Office were in a position to highlight this fantastic work. Community groups are working tirelessly each day to improve society and we are delighted in the PPN to be in a position to assist them”.
Acting Chief Executive Peter Duggan, Mayo County Council said “Mayo Community groups are doing excellent work to help protect our environment. I am delighted that Mayo PPN is availing of the opportunity under “Mayo Goes Green” to showcase examples of the work that is being carried out and effort being made by volunteers of these community groups throughout the county in the run up to St. Patrick Day. Mayo County Council will continue to help and support community groups and the wider community to address the climate and biodiversity challenge and assist local community groups in undertaking projects which contribute to the overall protection of the Environment. We look forward to launching a community action grant scheme in the coming months, which will fund some of these projects.”
You can catch all the videos here: PPN Drops the Green Videos
Mayo PPN Goes All Green
Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities, has welcomed today’s launch of the Climate Action Plan Public Consultation.
This process is being used to develop Ireland’s next Climate Action Plan and will support the update of the Climate Action Plan 2019 leading to a wide ranging and more in depth citizen, community and sectoral discussion.
The aim of this dialogue is to give the public an opportunity to engage constructively with the development of the Climate Action Plan 2021. It will involve a series of interlinked dialogues and conversations, which will feed into an annual National Climate Conversation.
There are three stages to this process including a broad online conversation, an in-depth citizen conversation and local level conversations that will be facilitated and hosted by Public Participation Networks (PPNs). These local level conversations will include engagement with community and voluntary representatives to inform the delivery of a Climate Action Fund to support climate related initiatives at a local level.
In highlighting the important role of the PPNs, Minister O’Brien stated:
“This consultation process is very important as Climate Change and our response to it in the form of the Climate Action Plan will affect many aspects of life in Ireland, from how we generate energy, how we move from A to B and how we shop.
“I am very glad that the PPNs are involved because they are realising one of their key functions which is bringing valuable on-the-ground, local experience and expertise into national policy-making.
Further information on the development of the new Climate Action Plan including how individuals and communities can engage with the consultation process can be found on gov.ie.
The CLÁR funding scheme is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage.
Funding is available for the following measures:
· Measure 1 Support for Schools/Community Safety
· Measure 2 Outdoor Community Recreation Facilities
· Measure 3 Community Wellbeing Measures:
(a) Community Gardens & Allotments
(b) Mobility and Cancer Care Transport
· CLÁR Innovation Measure
Measure 3 (b) application form, and the Expressions of Interest for the CLÁR Innovation Measure must be submitted directly to the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Scheme outlines and the relevant Expression of Interest Form/Application Form are available on www.mayo.ie
Closing date for receipt of the CLÁR Innovation Measure Expressions of Interest to the Department is Friday 21st May, 2021.
Please refer any queries to the Community & Integrated Development Section, Mayo County Council on 094 9064660 or [email protected].
All details relating to CLÁR 2021 are available on Mayo.ie/CLARFunding2021
Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021
Mayo County Council invites towns and villages within the county to submit Expressions of Interest for inclusion in the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021, which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development under Project Ireland 2040 as part of “Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021 – 2025”.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021 provides funding for rural towns and villages for delivery of projects in 2021 and 2022 with a particular focus on projects supporting remote working and enhancing town centre living. Projects that support the economic and social recovery of towns and villages in response to COVID-19 will continue to be supported.
Only one application for any individual town or village can be submitted.
Applicants are strongly advised to read the scheme outline prior to completing the Expression of Interest Form and to note the changes to the scheme in 2021.
The Online Expression of Interest Form and scheme outline are available at the following link: https://www.mayo.ie/townandvillagescheme2021
Expression of Interest Forms should be completed online and submitted on or before 5pm on Friday, 4th June, 2021. No Expressions of Interest will be accepted after that time.
If you have any queries, please make contact by email at [email protected] or by phone 094-90 64660.
MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL
•The Healthy Mayo Strategy was launched on April 15th. Minister Frank Feighan & Cathaoirleach Richard Finn addressed attendees.
•The Transitional LEADER programme began on April 1st and will continue until 31st December, 2022. The current total funding allocation for mayo is €3,016,507 for projects and administration.
•Community Groups can still apply (directly to the Department) for the CLÁR Innovation Measure. This funding is targeted at piloting new ideas which address specific challenges faced by communities in CLÁR areas, including rural isolation, population change, social disadvantage and marginalisation. The innovation measure has been widely advertised through Mayo.ie, social media and Mayo PPN. Closing date 21st May.
•Sport Ireland has announced €40m funding announcement for sport nationally with €369,000 allocated to Mayo Sports Partnership.
•From Here to There to Everywhere a film by Katie Moore was launched on Earth Day. This project was an initiative of Mayo County Council Arts Service in partnership with the Arts Council.
•Mayo County Childcare Committee continue to provide support, information & guidance regarding reopening of childcare services. Additional supports were provided on funding available, compliance, preparation for inspections and guidance on best practice.
Oweninny Community Benefit Fund scheme 2021
Oweninny Community Benefit Fund scheme 2021 for the Target Area has now closed for receipt of applications since 30/4/2021.
73 groups have applied for funding. The Board have scheduled to inform applicants of their application outcome during late May / early June 2021.
The Oweninny Community Benefit Fund scheme 2021 for the Rest of County will be open for applications in the coming months.
Details will be placed on the PPN website so please continue to watch this space!
Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality
As part of their work on promoting the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission are delighted to announce the launch of the sixth and final year of their student bursary scheme for prospective students of the Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality at the Institute of Public Administration.
In 2021, the bursary scheme will support applications from individuals employed by Civil Society Organisations only. The bursary scheme will cover all course fees for successful applicants. There are 6 bursary places available.
The Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality is a one-year, part-time programme that has been developed in conjunction with the Institute of Public Administration.
The application process is open now and the closing date is Wednesday 9th of June 2021 at 5pm (sharp).
Older National Physical Activity Plan for Ireland
Please see links below for various exercises:
PUBLIC AWARENESS May 10-23
Understanding of Coercive Control & urgency for broader legislation
Safeguarding Ireland’s upcoming Public Awareness campaign (May 2021)
Sport Ireland Participation Plan 2021 – 2024*
Good news for sports participation today with the launch of the Sport Ireland Participation Plan 2021 – 2024, Mayo Sports Partnership are looking forward to translating the plan actions into local opportunities to #BeActive
The Sport Ireland Participation Plan is built on, and guided by, the National Sports Policy 2018-2027 (NSP) and the Sport Ireland Strategy 2018-2022. The Participation Plan takes into consideration Healthy Ireland – A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013–2025 and the National Physical Activity Plan as well as global and national developments.
See the full plan on
Sport Ireland Return to Sport COVID-19 eLearning Course
Sport Ireland Return to Sport COVID-19 eLearning Course is now available on their website click here.
This e-Learning course should be completed and interpreted in conjunction with the Governments latest public health measures provided at www.gov.ie/coronavirus along with the public health advice provided on the Health Service Executive Coronavirus webpage.
Updated Sport Ireland COVID-19 eLearning Course Content:
Introduction to the Sport Ireland COVID-19 Return to Sport e-Learning Course.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
COVID-19 Medical Considerations for Sports Activities
Safe Return to Sport and Physical Activity Checklist
Recommendation for specific populations
Stay Safe in the Outdoors
Sport Ireland COVID-19 Officer Return to Sport
e- Learning Course
Recording Attendance at Activities
How to manage a participant with COVID-19 symptoms?
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, 17th – 23rd May 2021
To highlight the range of community involvement with Covid-19 Mayo PPN showcased the value of volunteering in County Mayo.
Mayo PPN developed a series of inspiring videos of the breadth and diversity of volunteering in the midst of the lockdown.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Groups currently being vaccinated
The groups currently being vaccinated against COVID-19 are:
· people aged 65 years and older who live in long-term care facilities (Group 1)
· frontline healthcare workers (Group 2)
· people aged 70 and older living in the community (Group 3)
· people aged 16 to 69 who are at very high risk (Group 4: 234,000 people at very high risk of severe COVID-19 due to an underlying condition have now received a first dose)
· people aged 65 to 69, including those at high risk (Groups 5 and 6)
· people aged 16 to 64 who are at high risk (Group 7)
You can read more about these vaccine allocation groups in the “Vaccination progress updates” section available here.
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