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28
SEP
2021

Club Grant Scheme 2021: Meath Local Sports Partnership

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Meath Local Sports Partnership is calling for applications under the following 3 grant schemes:   Return to Participation – Max €1,000 This club grant is designed to support clubs in increasing participation in sport & physical activity, particularly amongst targeted groups (see grant criteria for more information). Deadline for return of applications – 14th October.   Volunteer Supports (Training & Education) – Max €1000 This grant is designed to support clubs in upskilling new & existing coaches and volunteers to increase participation in sport & physical...
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27
SEP
2021

Community Foundation Ireland: Covid19 Response Fund

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As vaccine roll-out continues and restrictions ease, the Covid-19 Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland has pivoted to support communities and the non-profit sector to recover better. Volunteers, communities, and charities are entering into the national recovery from Covid-19 deeply scarred, under resourced and drained from the pandemic. It is clear many lifeline organisations are struggling. The precarious future facing many is backed up by research, including findings that eight-out-of-ten charities worry about maintaining services. After rallying to the call to Recover Better...
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27
SEP
2021

Community Foundation for Ireland: Older Persons’ Fund

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The Older Persons’ Fund is a long-term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities. The Fund builds on our long-standing engagement and commitment to supporting older people in their communities. We have invested over €1m in this area to date. This year we have the following two categories that you may apply for a grant under – Advocacy and Active Citizenship: Inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles – Grants of up to €7,500 will be available to organisations working...
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27
SEP
2021

What Works Training Fund: open until noon on 1st October 2021

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The What Works Training Fund is designed to support nonprofit community and voluntary organisations, who provide direct services to children, young people and families, to meet training needs. It will fund organisations who are members of Tusla Child and Family Support Networks to engage in accredited evidence-informed or evidence-based training programmes to train staff to improve their services for children, young people and their families. Specifically, it will fund the thematic areas of parenting, non-violent resistance, and trauma-informed practice, as well as inclusiveness and...
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27
SEP
2021

DART+ West Consultation: Webinar 30th September 2021

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The second round of public consultation on the DART+ West Preferred Option  is open until  Wednesday 6th October 2021. In line with this extension, Iarnród Éireann is hosting some additional public webinars to give communities along the route another opportunity to pose questions to the project team. This will be an open mic forum with no presentation, simply an opportunity for questions and answers.   Please see details of the webinars below: Residents from Connolly/Spencer Dock – Ashtown area: Monday 27th September 19:00hrs Residents from Coolmine – Castleknock area: Tuesday...
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27
SEP
2021

CREATE: Opportunities & News – September 2021

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News from Create: Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 (Round 2) Deadline: 27 September, 5:30pm Web: www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/aic-awards/ The Arts Council offers awards through the Artist in the Community Scheme to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme is managed by Create. The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and...
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24
SEP
2021

Age Friendly Meath : New Strategy – Have Your Say

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The Age Friendly Programme operated by Meath County Council is about older persons and ensuring their communities are better places to grow old in. We are in the process of developing a new Age Friendly Meath strategy (2022-2026). The Programme focuses on 8 main areas: • Outdoor Spaces & Buildings; • Transport; • Housing; • Respect & Social Inclusion; • Social Participation; • Communication & Information; • Civic Participation & Employment; • Community Support & Health Service   As part of the process of developing the new strategy, we would like to hear directly...
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24
SEP
2021

Non-Violent Resistance Programme: Trim – closing date for registration: 4th October 2021

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Non Violent Resistance programme helps to empower parents to take positive action to end the violent and controlling behaviours. The programme has proven to be effective for many families where young people are controlling, violent or  abusive towards their parents/ carers. Parents/ guardians/ carers of young people between 12 and 18 years of age are welcome to attend. Prior registration is required – closing date for registration is 4th October 2021. The programme is due to start on 14th October 2021 from 10am to 12.30pm in Trim FRC, 15 Wellington Avenue, C15 FC03 and will be...
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24
SEP
2021

FASN: Fundraising Fun Run – Sunday 17th October 2021

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Help to Keep FASN Alive – Join our 5K & Family Fun Run   In an effort to address a shortfall in funding and maintain our services, we invite everyone to take part in the FASN 5K & Family Fun Run which will take place on the Sunday, 17 October 2021 at 12:00 in Dundalk, Co. Louth.   Register online and help us raise funds to support families in our community – this event is open to all joggers & runners as well as walkers – why not bring the family along and get out and get active! This event is kindly supported by An Garda Síochána. We are also seeking the support of...
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24
SEP
2021
23
SEP
2021

EirGrid EMF Webinar – 29th September 2021 at 7pm

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In our role as the national transmission system operator, EirGrid is responsible for a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity – now and in the future. As we look to the future, we are making the grid ready to carry 70% of Ireland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. To make this possible we have to strengthen the grid and expand and upgrade the existing transmission system. You may know of national EirGrid projects or there may be grid projects and infrastructure proposed in your own area or community and as a result you may have questions about electric and magnetic...
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22
SEP
2021

Meath Age Friendly Strategy: Online Discussion with Older People – 5th October 2021

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Age Friendly Meath is inviting older persons aged 55 and over to participate in an online discussion on 5th October 2021 from 11am to 1pm. We are in the process of developing a new Age Friendly Meath strategy (2022-2026). The Age Friendly Programme operated by Meath County Council is about older persons and ensuring their communities are better places to grow old in. In order to plan for the workshop, we would invite people to register in advance if they wish to attend. Register  at https://bit.ly/AgeFriendlyOnlineDiscussion
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22
SEP
2021

Make Way Day 2021: September 24th

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Every corner of Ireland will be put to the test for basic access issues this Friday, September 24th when the Make Way Day campaign returns, with a testing twist! The campaign organisers the Disability Federation of Ireland, DFI, have developed an online test that campaigners can use to test and rate their local area or 5k. Speaking about the campaign Meath County Council Chief Executive Jackie Maguire said “Make Way Day focuses on individual responsibility, on looking at what we can all do immediately to help our fellow citizens get from A to B, a very basic right. We in Meath County...
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22
SEP
2021

Meath Public Realm Plans & Design Guidelines

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Please a list below of Public Realm Plans in place across Meath. Also included is the Shopfront & Signage Guidelines issued by Meath County Council to promote good quality design in the towns and villages of Meath.   Ashbourne Public Realm Strategy July 2018 Download a copy of the Ashbourne Public Realm Strategy: link here   Athboy Public Realm Strategy 2021 Download a copy of the Athboy Public Realm Strategy: link here   Laytown and Bettystown Public Realm Strategy 2021 Download a copy of the Laytown and Bettystown Public Realm Strategy: link here   Navan Public...
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21
SEP
2021

Facebook Community Action Grants 2022: Meath

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Facebook Community Action Grant 2022 is now open for applications Community Action Grants are available to projects delivered in Meath that do one or more of the following: Address critical community needs by putting the power of technology to use for community benefit Connect people online or off Improve local science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.   For further details , please find a link to a flyer , a pre-recorded webinar and a written guide to the application form. The application link and program terms and guidelines can be found on our ne...
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21
SEP
2021

TidyTowns Newsletter – September 2021

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Please find a link below to the 9th edition of the TidyTowns Newsletter 9/2021: TidyTowns Newsletter – Issue-9-2021 – pdf
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20
SEP
2021

Trim Family Resource Centre: Newsletter – Autumn/Winter 2021

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Trim FRC Newsletter – Autumn Winter 2021 – pdf
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20
SEP
2021

Meath Archaeological and Historical Society: upcoming events

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Now that the COVID-19 restrictions are being eased, it is hoped that we can gradually resume our programme of events, though always in full respect for the government health guidelines in force.   Visit to Beamore excavation As a first step we have been permitted to visit the excavation at Beamore by the very kind permission of the land owner. On Sunday, 26 September at 3 pm., an outdoor outing, with up to 40 participants, will be held at Beamore, Drogheda, to visit the recently discovered archaeological site of a 13th century Cistercian monastery. Dr Geraldine Stout will give a...
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19
SEP
2021

Special Planning Meeting 2021: Meath County Council

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The final phase in the review of the Meath County Development Plan will commence with Special Planning Meetings scheduled to take place on Monday, September 20th, Tuesday, September 21st and Wednesday, September 22nd. Members of the press and public will be able to observe proceedings online only. In order to receive the link to a meeting, prior registration is necessary for each day, via email cservices@meathcoco.ie. You will also be required to provide your contact number so that the meeting administrator may communicate with you during the meeting Please see link below for meeting...
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19
SEP
2021

Ready & Able to Re-Open 2021: workshop for community groups: October 14th 11am online

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FREE  webinar  for community groups, community centres & not-for-profit organisations  in the Meath PPN The workshop aims to provide practical guidance by which to structure a return to operations and activities in a COVID compliant way.  An in-depth sensible look at how to safely reopen community activity Access new templates  and slides to help planning and operation Opportunity for live questions and answers  and sharing of experience   The workshop will take place online from 11am until 1pm on 14th Thursday October 2021 Please find a link below to register:...
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19
SEP
2021

Farmers Market at WIlkinstown Community Centre: 2nd October 2021

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FARMERS MARKET  at Wilkinstown Community Centre Saturday 2nd of October  New time of 12pm to 4pm    We are delighted to announce our 3rd Farmers Market Our Market will aim to offer our community more choice with fresh local produce, handmade goods and craft stalls present. All health & safety precautions and covid-19 regulations will be in place, masks will be required even at our outdoor stalls, your safety is paramount to us.   Our markets will run on the 1st Saturday of each month We hope you can join us  New vendors always welcome please contact Mary on 087 6336957 or...
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19
SEP
2021

Act Out Youth Theatre – New Registrations open for In-Person, Weekly Workshops in Navan & Dunshaughlin 2021/2022

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After 18 months of upheaval & online workshops, Act Out Youth Theatre is delighted to announce they are now accepting New Registrations for In-Person, Weekly Workshops for the 2021/2022 year: Dunshaughlin – Monday evenings from 18:30-20:00 – starting from 27th September. Navan – Tuesday evenings from 18:00-19:30 – starting from 28th September @ the Solstice Arts Centre.   Young people in the Meath area of secondary school age, who are interested in learning more about theatre, performing or expressing yourself in artistic ways, can email actoutmeath@gmail.com with...
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19
SEP
2021

EAPN Ireland Flash September 2021

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European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland: Newsflash September 2021   EAPN Ireland News: EAPN Ireland AGM 2021 and Workshop on the Future of Europe The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland is holding its 2021 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23rd September at 11am. The AGM will be online and include the business of the meeting followed by a workshop on the Future of Europe at 11.45pm.The keynote speaker at the workshop on the Future of Europe is Hugh Frazer, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University. Hugh formerly worked in the European...
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17
SEP
2021

Meath Age Friendly Strategy: Online Discussion with Older People

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Age Friendly Meath is inviting older persons aged 55 and over to participate in an online discussion on 5th October 2021 from 11am to 1pm. We are in the process of developing a new Age Friendly Meath strategy (2022-2026). The Age Friendly Programme operated by Meath County Council is about older persons and ensuring their communities are better places to grow old in. In order to plan for the workshop, we would invite people to register in advance if they wish to attend. Register  at https://bit.ly/AgeFriendlyOnlineDiscussion  
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17
SEP
2021

Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021

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The Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021 is one initiative being taken by the Department of Rural and Community Development under the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland. This scheme aims to support social enterprises and is complementary to other supports provided by the Department. It is a funding scheme that will provide social enterprises with small capital grants and is one of a number of schemes being funded from the Social Enterprise Measure of the Dormant Accounts Fund in 2021. Social enterprises are businesses that work primarily to improve the lives of people....
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17
SEP
2021

Irish Hospice Foundation: Forum 2021 – October 5th & 6th

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On October 5th and 6th 2021 from 11.00am to 4.00pm, Irish Hospice Foundation will create a safe space to examine our relationship with dying, death and bereavement at our online conference Forum 2021 on Dying, Death and Bereavement: Are we the same? The art of losing and building back better.    Featured Speakers: Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme will open Forum 2021. Dr. Ryan will share his reflections on the past eighteen months, what he has learned, what gives him hope and how the world can move forward into...
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17
SEP
2021

Fostering Healthy Communities through Family Learning: online event 22nd September 2021

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Meath Partnership are holding an  upcoming event aimed at exploring Family Learning: ‘Fostering Healthy Communities through Family Learning’   Date: 22nd of September 2021 Where: Zoom Time: 10am – 12:30pm   Fostering Healthy Communities through Family Learning‘ Project: Health@Home Key note speaker: Prof. Esther Prins – US Professor of Adult Education. Dr. Prins holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Cornell. Her research employs critical and sociocultural theories to examine adult and family literacy, adult basic education, rural adult education, and participatory approaches to...
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17
SEP
2021

National Disability Authority – Annual Conference 2021: 14th October

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National Disability Authority Annual Conference 2021 Opportunities and Aspirations for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Progressive Realisation of UNCRPD Article 12 (Equal Recognition before the Law)   Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021 Time: 10am – 4.15pm Location: Online Zoom Webinar   The National Disability Authority would like to invite you to its Annual Conference 2021, which will focus on the theme of progressive realisation of UNCRPD Article 12 through the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Article 12 of the UNCRPD obliges States Parties to recognise...
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17
SEP
2021

A Dialogue on the Future of Europe: Free Event, 24 Sept 2021

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Do you live in a rural community or work to support those who do? Do you have ideas for overcoming challenges and creating opportunities in rural Ireland? If so, we invite you to join us online on Friday, 24 September at 11am for a special event with Irish Rural Link and the European Commission Representation in Ireland: A Dialogue on the Future of Europe: Rural Communities.  This event is part of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), a year-long EU-wide project to seek citizens’ views about Europe’s future challenges and priorities on a variety of topics, including issues...
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15
SEP
2021

Open grant round at The Community Foundation for Ireland

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The Community Foundation for Ireland’s Covid-19 fund is open for applications. The aim of this fund is to ensure Ireland recovers better than the pre-pandemic status quo. Isolation and the impact on health and wellbeing is affecting people of all ages, so through the Overcoming Isolation grant round . The Community Foundation will support social prescribing initiatives in outdoor spaces and online. This will encourage peer support, a sense of community and improved mental wellbeing. Grants of up to €3,000 will be available for community development organisations for projects that...
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15
SEP
2021

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €500,000 Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise (ARISE) Scheme 2021

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Scheme to increase awareness of social enterprises and their positive impact Further information on the initiative and details of how to apply can be found at: https://www.gov.ie/en/news/4ddaf-awareness-raising-initiatives-for-social-enterprise-arise-scheme-2021/ Closing date for applications is the 20th October 2021   Press Release, Wednesday 15th September 2021 Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today announced a new €500,000 initiative designed to raise awareness of the positive role played by Social Enterprises. The Awareness Raising Initiative...
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14
SEP
2021

HIQA: Scoping consultation for Home Support Standards

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The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is developing Draft National Standards for Home support Services in Ireland. These standards will aim to promote progressive quality improvements in home support services and will give a shared voice to the expectations of the public, people using services, service providers and staff. HIQA  has launched a public scoping consultation to give people an opportunity to identify the key areas that these draft national standards should address, to describe how these new standards can be put into practice and to provide examples of what good...
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14
SEP
2021

Clár na nÓg: September 2021 – training, events, opportunities and more

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National Youth  Council of Ireland: News & Updates    Equity and Inclusion in STEAM NYCI is piloting a collaborative project with six organisations that want to enhance equity and inclusion within their STEAM-related programmes by working with youth work organisations. Find out how to get involved >>   Free e-learning: Online Safety and Awareness in Youth Work The Child Protection Programme has developed a new free online course to support the youth work sector to help keep young people safe online. This e-learning introduces youth workers and volunteers to key topics...
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14
SEP
2021

Meath Local Sports Partnership: Autumn/Winter 2021 Ezine

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The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Autumn/Winter 2021 is now available! Packed full of news, updates and upcoming events.   Click here to view: Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine    All programmes/activities will be delivered in line with current public health guidelines and are subject to change.
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14
SEP
2021

Minister O’Brien launches a New National Pilot Community Volunteers Programme

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Initially running in seven counties with ten Volunteer Centres Pilot programme is built on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic Designed to ensure that communities are better placed to respond quickly and effectively   DRCD Press Office <press.office@drcd.gov.ie>. 14th September 2021 Joe O’Brien TD Minster of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, today (14th September), launched a new National Pilot Community Volunteers Programme in partnership with Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Centres, supported by Local Authorities. This exciting new...
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14
SEP
2021

Non-Violent Resistance Training: Trim – closing date for registration: 4th October

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***Update: The closing date for registration is 4th October 2021. The programme is due to start on 14th October 2021 from 10am to 12.30pm in Trim FRC*** The Non Violent Resistance programme helps to empower parents to take positive action to end the violent and controlling behaviours. The programme has proven to be effective for many families in ending the cycle of child to parent violence. The programme is planned to start in October and will be facilitated by Trim Family Resource Centre and SMART Youth Project. For more information or to register, please contact 046 943 38850  
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13
SEP
2021

Athboy River Catchment: Community information Meeting – 15th September 7.30pm online

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What’s happening in the Athboy Waterbody Catchment? Community Information Meeting Wednesday 15th September at 7.30pm via Zoom   The Athboy Waterbody Catchment needs you! Good water quality in our rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters is a precious resource. The Local Authority Water Programme (LAWPRO) works to promote a healthy water environment by identifying water quality issues and finding ways to fix them. This is a new way of working to improve water quality and everyone can play their part. The Athboy Waterbody Catchment in counties Meath and Westmeath is one of 190...
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08
SEP
2021

Age Friendly Meath: New Strategy – have your say

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Age Friendly Meath are developing a new strategy and we would like to hear from your group.   As part of the process of developing the new strategy, we are running a survey  to hear the views of older persons living in Co. Meath. If you are aged 55 years or old, please complete the survey questionnaire yourself and/or share with your colleagues, friends and networks. Please help us to spread the word and hear from as many older persons as possible. You can complete the survey by clicking on the click below, if some questions are not relevant to you or you have no suggestions, please...
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08
SEP
2021

Talking Art Online: free online art experience via local Broadband Connection Point.

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The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), in collaboration with the Department of Rural and Community Development, wishes to connect with groups or individuals in rural areas to participate in the free Programme of ‘Talking Art Online’ for adults. People from all over Ireland are invited to join us for this free online art experience via their local Broadband Connection Point. The programme will take a closer look at selected artworks from the IMMA Collection and discuss IMMA exhibitions with our Visitor Engagement Team online. The programme is very conversation based and no previous...
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08
SEP
2021

Carmichael Good Governance Awards 2021: closing date 14th September 2021

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The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector.   Any Irish-based non-profit organisation which publishes an annual report is welcome to enter the awards. This includes Companies Limited by Guarantee, Registered Charities, Unincorporated bodies, Social Enterprises, Volunteer Centres, PPNs and Sports Organisations.   As an added incentive to encourage smaller volunteer-only nonprofits...
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08
SEP
2021

Inclusion Ireland & Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI): report launch 13th Sept 2021

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 Inclusion Ireland and Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) are  holding a launch event  for our report called:  Our Housing Rights: Tackling the Housing Crisis Disabled People Face   Disabled People face a housing crisis in Ireland right now. We came together in partnership using focus groups to understand the issues and solutions in housing for disabled people in 2021. We know it is difficult to access and afford housing and to get the independent living supports people need. Our report tells of the problems in housing and solutions to fix these problems. The solutions should be...
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06
SEP
2021

Age Friendly Meath: New Strategy – survey

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Age Friendly Meath are developing a new strategy and we would like to hear from your group.   As part of the process of developing the new strategy, we are running a survey  to hear the views of older persons living in Co. Meath. If you are aged 55 years or old, please complete the survey questionnaire yourself and/or share with your colleagues, friends and networks. Please help us to spread the word and hear from as many older persons as possible. You can complete the survey by clicking on the click below, if some questions are not relevant to you or you have no suggestions, please...
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06
SEP
2021

Arts Office Newsletter Autumn 2021

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Please find a link below to the Meath County Council Arts Office Autumn 2021 Newsletter: Arts Office – Autumn 2021 NewsletterL – pdf
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06
SEP
2021

Creating Our Future: community activation event 9th September 2021 11am-12.30pm

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Creating Our Future is a Government of Ireland campaign to stimulate a national conversation that generates ideas from the public to inform the direction of research in Ireland. Anyone, anywhere can have an idea that inspires research. It could be based on an opportunity or challenge that someone has identified in their own life, for their community, for Ireland or for the world. Or it could be based on a topic that someone is curious or passionate about. The campaign wants to hear them all – whatever facet of life they relate to. From now until the end of November, the campaign will be...
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03
SEP
2021

Webinars: Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade

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As part of our Step 4 consultation on the Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade, EirGrid is hosting a number of webinars in September and October 2021: 1pm on 8 September 2021 7pm on 8 September 2021 1pm on 5 October 2021 7pm on 5 October 2021   And interested parties can register at the following link: Webinars: Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade – Register Now   For project information, please see link below: www.eirgrid.ie/KildareMeath
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03
SEP
2021

New TidyTowns Handbook

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The TidyTowns unit of the Department continue to support groups by providing updates and information through the monthly newsletters, social media and through the TidyTowns website. Many groups have referenced the TidyTowns Handbook for information.  This was last updated in 2010.  During the last number of months, the TidyTowns unit have, with support from the National Panel of TidyTowns Adjudicators redrafted the TidyTowns Handbook to bring it up to date in line with the current competition categories. In line with our new sustainable approach, we will not be printing the Handbook, it...
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03
SEP
2021

Certificate in Social Enterprise Management (online) with Waterford IT

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The Certificate in Social Enterprise Management is a 30-credit, Level 7 special purpose award aimed at people working in the social enterprise (SE) sector to develop their knowledge, skills and self-confidence as SE managers. Throughout the programme, participants gain an understanding of how to manage a SE and the importance of their role and influence as a SE manager. The programme will be delivered online on Fridays (9am-3pm) from October 2021 to April 2022 (inclusive) and comprises the following modules: Introduction to Social Enterprise      Financial Management and Governance for...
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03
SEP
2021

Adult Learning: The One Step Up Information and Referral Service

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With over 50 years of experience in adult education advocacy, AONTAS knows how hard it can be to get the information and support needed to return to education. Every year, the free One Step Up Information and Referral Service signposts thousands of adults to the supports they need. The service consists of a Website www.OneStepUp.ie Free Information booklet Click Here Freephone number 1800 303 669 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)   This free service is delivered by AONTAS as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning project ‘Adult and Community Education: Supported Learner Pathways 2020-2021’.
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02
SEP
2021

LMETB: Community Education Tuition Hours – open for applications until 3rd September 2021

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Community Education Service NEW Autumn application is open for direct/online tuition hours for community and voluntary groups. 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘆 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽? 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲? 𝗜𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵?   If you have answered 𝗬𝗘𝗦 we currently have the Community Education Autumn Tuition Application Open for Community & Voluntary Groups in Meath and Louth.   𝗧𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 * Click on https://forms.office.com/r/BWNJdTGhNu to apply online The latest date for receipt of comple...
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01
SEP
2021

Government Announcement on Covid-19 Response Plan: 31st August 2021

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Today (31st August 2021), Government agreed Ireland’s plan for the next and final phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting. Thanks to the hard work of the Irish people and the progress of our vaccination programme, we are now in a position to change our approach to the ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 88 percent of the population over 18 are fully vaccinated, with almost 92 percent of adults (aged 18 and over) having received at least 1 dose. Subject to the continuation of this progress, we...
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AUG
2021

Free Drop Off Days for Householders 2021

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Mattresses (single, double, queen, king) Thursday 2nd September Navan Recycling Cente 10am-2pm Friday 3rd September Trim Recycling Centre 10am-2pm Saturday 4th September Kells Recylcing Centre 10am-2pm Satruday 11th September Thorntons Recycling Centre (Dunboyne) 10am-2pm   Note: the collection is for mattresses only – beds, divans, headboards, bases are not accepted as part of ths free event but may be paid for seperately. Maximum of 3 mattresses per household. No commercial customers Mattresses must be clean and dry.   Free  Couch and Armchair Drop Off Monday 13th...
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31
AUG
2021

Family Educational Program for family members living with addiction issues

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Family Educational Program for Family Members living with addiction issues Does someone you love have alcohol or/and drug issues? We know how difficult this is. Addiction is a complex issue that affects individuals and their families and the wider community. Families can become disconnected, our relationships suffer and we can feel isolated and helpless. F.A.S.N are hosting the highly recommended Family Educational Program for family members developed by the The Rise Foundation, which offers practical support, relevant education, coping strategies and the opportunity for people to connect...
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31
AUG
2021

EirGrid: Public Consultation on Route Options for Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade

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EirGrid is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a preferred underground route option for the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade.   The electricity transmission system operator is seeking feedback on four potential routes for the project following a decision in April that an underground cable was the best performing option. Last year EirGrid conducted an extensive public consultation, during which it wrote to 57,000 homes across the two counties, seeking feedback on technical solutions for the project. The Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade is a high-capacity connection between Dunstown...
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30
AUG
2021

Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2021: Round 2

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Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary 2021: Collaborative Arts and Community Development This bursary is offered in partnership with Irish Local Development Network, themed on Collaborative Arts and Community Development. The AIC Bursary Award 2021: Collaborative Arts and Community Development specifically aims to support an individual professional artist working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice. The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practice. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday the 18th of October. Full details of the award, as...
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30
AUG
2021

Draft Flowerhill & Abbeylands Urban Design Plan 2021

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  Meath County Council in conjunction with Paul Hogarth Company Consultants has prepared a Draft Urban Design Plan for Flowerhill & Abbeylands, Navan. Vision: ‘Flowerhill – A vibrant Town Centre Community, proud of its past and confident of its future.’   The Plan and accompanying Natura Impact Statement is available to view from Wednesday 25th of August to Friday 24th of September 2021 (inclusive) at the following locations: Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 Y291. Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 1.00pm & 2.00pm and 5.00pm...
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30
AUG
2021

TidyTowns Newsletter – August 2021

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Please find a link below to the 8th edition of the TidyTowns Newsletter 8/2021.   TidyTowns Newsletter – Issue 8 of 2021 – pdf   Please find a link below to a Word document containing links in the newsletter: Newsletter links Issue 8 of 2021 – Word   The newsletter contains the following: Request for TidyTowns Memorabilia Harpers Island Wetlands – Glounthaune TidyTowns Bat Conservation Ireland Articles from TidyTowns Groups – Tuam, Rush, Clonmellon TidyTowns Survey Data Chance to win a SuperValu Gift Card   Please note the newsletter is also available on...
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27
AUG
2021

LMETB: Community Education Tuition Hours – open for applications until 3rd September 2021

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Community Education Service NEW Autumn application is open for direct/online tuition hours for community and voluntary groups. 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘆 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽? 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲? 𝗜𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵?   If you have answered 𝗬𝗘𝗦 we currently have the Community Education Autumn Tuition Application Open for Community & Voluntary Groups in Meath and Louth.   𝗧𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 * Click on https://forms.office.com/r/BWNJdTGhNu to apply online The latest date for receipt of completed applications is 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆...
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27
AUG
2021

CREATE: Opportunities & News – August 2021

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News from Create Create and The Model residency recipient: Nadia Tamerji Web: www.create-ireland.ie/create-and-the-model-residency-recipient-nadia-tamerji/ Create and The Model in Sligo are pleased to announce Nadia Tamerji as the recipient of the 2021 Artist Residency Award. This award was designed for collaborative socially engaged artists who have first-hand experience of displacement and/or are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration. The residency will take place at The Model and provide opportunities for research, exchange, networking, and learning and is aimed at a...
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27
AUG
2021

September Schedule 2021 – Midlands Louth Meath CHO Recovery Education

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Midlands Louth Meath Recovery Education is pleased to share our upcoming Online Workshop Timetable for September 2021. We hope that you can join us for one of the workshops. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no pressure to engage should you choose to just sit and listen. We aim to create all our workshops collaboratively with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their family members/carers/supporters, community partners and staff working in the mental health services, with everyone’s contribution equally valued. This is called co-production. These sessions...
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27
AUG
2021

E-Male Matters Newsletter : Summer 2021

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Please find  a link below to the Summer 2021 edition of ‘E-Male Matters’ – the newsletter of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI).   E-Male Matters – Summer 2021 – pdf   Edition includes an article about the free ‘Men in the Middle’ workshops which are being offered to groups in the Republic of Ireland.  These explore the key question: ‘Are middle-aged men not interested in looking after their own mental health, or are we simply not offering them the right things in the right way?’  Please find a flyer below  for the workshops.  Please note, however, that there...
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26
AUG
2021

Public Consultation – The next Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan

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The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) are holding an online public consultation to assist with the development of the next Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) National Implementation Plan.   The consultation will be open for submission for an 8-week period, from Friday 16 July to Friday 10 September 2021. Please find the link to the consultation below: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/5998d-sdg-national-implementation-plan-consultation-2021/   Work is commencing on the development of the next SDG National Implementation Plan which will set out...
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25
AUG
2021

Streetscape Enhancement Initiative – Meath

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The Department of Rural and Community Development has announced the 124 towns and villages that will benefit from a new €7 million fund to support the enhancement of streetscapes and shopfronts. Under the scheme, businesses, community groups and property owners in Ashbourne, Athboy, Oldcastle, Laytown, Bettystown and Slane can apply to Meath County Council for funding to improve the facades of buildings, carry out artwork and install features such as canopies and street furniture. For further details and to apply visit https://bit.ly/3gLNse3. Closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday...
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25
AUG
2021

Survey on the Demand, Delivery and Accessibility Levels of Taxis and Hackneys

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The National Transport Authority (NTA) is committed to the provision of high quality, accessible, sustainable transport connecting people across Ireland. To this end, NTA wishes to progress inclusive Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV – Taxi, Hackney and limousine) services research. The survey asks for experiences, opinions and advice on the demand for and accessibility levels of taxi, hackney and limousine services nationwide. The information obtained through this survey is crucial to future planning for improved Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV – Taxi, Hackney and limousine) services...
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AUG
2021

Athboy River Catchment: Community information Meeting – 15th September 7.30pm online

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Notice of Community Information  Meeting for the Athboy River Catchment: The River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 – 2021 – Local Authorities Water Programme The River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 – 2021 was launched in April 2018, setting out measures to be implemented over the next four years and a new approach for the protection and management of our waters. The Plan lists over 700 water bodies for focussed actions aimed at improving water quality. On the ground action will involve catchment assessments and stream walks to gain a better understanding of the issues...
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23
AUG
2021

N3 Virginia bypass – Emerging Preferred Option Corridor

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Cavan County Council has commenced Public Consultation number three – announcing the Emerging Preferred Option Corridor for the N3 Virginia Bypass scheme. Information and drawings can be viewed at www.n3virginiabypass.ie or within an Online / Virtual Public Consultation Room, via www.innovision.ie/n3virginiabypass, and a drawing is also on display at Virginia Show Centre. The public is encouraged to engage with the project team and in-person meetings will be available between 19th August and 3rd September, while electronic/written/phone submissions will be accepted until 13th...
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17
AUG
2021

Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws: Meath County Council

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Road Traffic (Special Speed Limits) (Housing Estates) County of Meath Bye-Laws (N0.1) 2021 In accordance with the powers conferred by Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004 (No.44 of 2004), Meath County Council proposes, in the interest of road safety and prudent traffic management, to make the above Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws establishing a maximum speed of 30 kilometres per hour at which vehicles are legally permitted to travel on specified public roads. “Draft” Bye-Laws have been prepared and will be available for inspection by arrangement during normal office hours Monday to Friday...
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16
AUG
2021

LMETB: Community Education Tuition Hours – open for applications

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Community Education Service NEW Autumn application is open for direct/online tuition hours for community and voluntary groups. 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘆 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽? 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲? 𝗜𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵?   If you have answered 𝗬𝗘𝗦 we currently have the Community Education Autumn Tuition Application Open for Community & Voluntary Groups in Meath and Louth.   𝗧𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 * Click on https://forms.office.com/r/BWNJdTGhNu to apply online The latest date for receipt of completed applications is 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆...
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AUG
2021

Free Painting Classes at local Broadband Connection Points.

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Over 10 weeks, Oonagh will conduct online painting classes, during which you will explore with her all the basics of how to paint with acrylics. Each week, Oonagh will approach a different topic, and teach you the basics. This will include colour mixing, still life composition, portraits, landscape, and many more techniques. Oonagh will also share her ongoing works  during a virtual visit of her studio. This free programme aims to provide people with the opportunity to take part in online artistic and cultural programmes through the free connectivity offered at their local Broadband...
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16
AUG
2021

Learning Symposium: Adult Learning Going Green and Digital – 25th August 2021

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  Join Meath Partnership in celebrating the end of their Summer Training Series with this final online learning symposium on Adult Learning Going Green and Digital. The symposium will cover the following topics: Part 1: The Circular Economy (09:30 AM – 11:00 AM) In this part of the symposium, you will be introduced to the concept of the circular economy and gain access to an online learning platform, developed as part of the CICLO-project, where you or your group of adult learners can develop their green skills and learn  about how to work towards a sustainable, greener future....
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13
AUG
2021

National Heritage Week 2021

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National Heritage Week, one of Ireland’s largest public events will kick off tomorrow, Saturday, 14th August and run until Sunday, 22nd August, and this year is all about getting as many people involved in heritage as possible. The Heritage Council is delighted to have received more than 730 projects as part of the initiative, all of which are showcased on the National Heritage Week website. Over recent months, project organisers have been working on their submissions and have produced some creative, inspiring, and engaging heritage projects for their communities and heritage enthusiasts...
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11
AUG
2021

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2020 na Roinne Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail á foilsiú ag an Aire Humphreys

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Dé Céadaoin, 11 Lúnasa 2021 Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2020 na Roinne Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail á foilsiú ag an Aire Humphreys Rinneadh beart maidir le riachtanais breise an phobail i rith Phaindéim COVID-19 le cúnamh díreach ón Roinn   D’fhoilsigh Heather Humphreys TD, an tAire Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail, Tuarascáil Bhliantúil na Roinne Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail i leith na bliana 2020 inniu (11 Lúnasa). Tugtar forléargas cuimsitheach sa tuarascáil ar réimse leathan de pholasaithe, de chláir agus de thionscnaimh a tugadh chun cinn agus a cuireadh i gcrích sa Roinn i rith...
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AUG
2021

Publication of 2020 Annual Report from Department of Rural & Community Development

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Press Release 11th August 2021 Minister Humphreys publishes 2020 Annual Report from Department of Rural and Community Development Department supports directly responded to increased needs of communities during COVID-19 Pandemic   Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Wednesday, 11 July) published the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Annual Report for 2020. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the wide range of policies, programmes and initiatives developed and delivered by the Department in 2020. The onset of the...
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10
AUG
2021

Online Training Event: Coaching – 18th August 2021

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Meath Partnership is hosting a free online training event on Coaching Wednesday the 18th of August. This session is aimed at everyone involved in or passionate about people management: From coaching of employees/volunteers/… to trainers looking for resources to use in their next coaching or leadership course. Participants receive an introduction on how to coach as a manager and how to get started with the GROW-model in coaching. This free training event is part of a European project called ‘Managers As Coaches’, so participants will gain access to a range of educational materials that...
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10
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2021

Family Caring & Mental Health: course starting in September 2021

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Mental Health and Family Caring; Supporting the Supporter Two sessions: Morning 10am  and Evening 7pm Numbers limited Start Date: 6th of September     AIM:  This workshop will support families in building skills to look after their own wellbeing whilst caring for a person living with a mental health challenge.   OBJECTIVES:  By the end of this workshop Family Carers will have:   Had time to reflect on and build tools and techniques to enhance their self-care Expanded their understanding of the concepts of mental health, mental illness and recovery Increased awareness around...
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AUG
2021

Update on Moynalty Country Music Festival: postponed until June 2022

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It is with great regret that we must announce the postponement of the Moynalty Country Music Festival until 26th of June 2022. We have exhausted every avenue to guarantee the safe running of the event next week; however due to the continued uncertainty on Covid-19 restrictions, and the continued spread of the Delta Variant, we feel it is in the best interests to delay the event. The line up of Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Robert Mizell, Matt Leavy and Paul Leavy will remain for the rescheduled event, with some more acts to be potentially added. Tickets that have already been issued will...
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30
JUL
2021

OPEN CALL – Meath Local Live Performance Programming Scheme 2021

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Meath County Council Arts Office invites applications from professional  musicians and performers who wish to be considered for paid performance opportunities arising under the Meath Local Live Performance Programming Scheme, funded by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.  Under this scheme a blended programme of outdoor live and filmed streamed performances at a selection of events in the county is currently being developed. This Open Call is open to professional performers and musicians only; all genres of performance are invited to apply (music, dance,...
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30
JUL
2021

Social Enterprise Start-up Fund: closing date extending to 9th August 2021

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Closing date extension for the Social Enterprise Start-up Fund To Monday, August 9th, 1pm   It’s a Bank Holiday weekend and we thought you might not want to spend it  filling in an application form so we have extended the closing date for applications to the Social Enterprise Start-up Fund  to  Monday 9th August 1pm   We are really looking forward to reading your applications to the €800,000 Fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. The fund seeks to support social enterprises at the...
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30
JUL
2021

United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2021 – 2022

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The National Youth Council of Ireland are now accepting applications for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2021 – 2022. Run by the National Youth Council of Ireland together with the Department of Foreign Affairs, this programme is a truly amazing opportunity that will see two young people aged 18-25 join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations, and give voice to issues concerning young people in Ireland and around the globe. Have you what it takes to be Ireland’s next UN Youth Delegate? Find out more or apply now! Note that the application deadline is...
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29
JUL
2021

Creating Our Future: Tell us what researchers in Ireland can do to create a better future

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Creating Our Future: A National Conversation on Research in Ireland Tell us what researchers in Ireland can do to create a better future https://creatingourfuture.ie/    What is it? Creating Our Future is an opportunity for everyone in Ireland to give ideas on how to make our country better for all. From science, the environment, health and education to poverty, the arts, diversity and inclusion – all ideas are welcome that can inspire researchers to help make a better future for Ireland. Submit your idea   Why are we doing it? The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the...
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29
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2021

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister Simon Harris launch Creating Our Future to collect 10,000 ideas on future of science and research

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Press Release: 29th July 2021 The Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris have today launched Creating our Future, to gather ideas from people all over the country on research that could shape a better future for all.   Speaking at the launch event, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “This is an important opportunity to contribute to shaping future research. I encourage everyone to get involved, this isn’t for any one section of society, we want to engage everyone in conversations in communities across...
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29
JUL
2021

Arts Council: current funding programmes

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Please find current Arts Council funding programmes below. Source: https://www.artscouncil.ie/available-funding/   Capacity Building Support Scheme The Capacity Building Scheme is available across all art forms and arts practice areas supported by the Arts Council. Maximum award €30,00 Application deadline: 12 August 2021  17:30   Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award The Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2021: Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity aims to support individual professional artists working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice....
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29
JUL
2021

New LMETB Community Education Courses for August

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Louth Meath ETB have a new listing of free course forAugust. Please find programme details and application process below: 2021 – August – LMETB Community Education Service Courses – pdf    
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28
JUL
2021

PPN Structural Review – Written Submission Process: DRCD

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The Department of Rural and Community Development has engaged Mazars to undertake a structural review of the PPNs which is currently underway. The Department would now like to invite  ‘written submissions’ to the review process. Below you will find a link to Mazar’s portal which will bring you to a template to provide your thoughts on the PPNs, and how their current structure and governance facilitates and supports the role of PPNs in relation to civic engagement. The link to the submission template is here:  PPN Written Submissions The template will ask you to provide your thoughts on...
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28
JUL
2021

NDA: Public consultation on effective engagement with people with disabilities

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The National Disability Authority is updating its guidance to Government departments and public bodies in relation to engaging people with disabilities, including children and young people with disabilities, in policy development and consultation processes. We are inviting a broad range of stakeholders to submit their views and experiences which will help us update our guidance. Information is available in Word and Easy-to-read formats and Irish Sign Language. We are accepting submissions by email, post or by video where you speak or sign your views. The closing date is 9th August 2021....
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27
JUL
2021

Sandcastle & Sculpture Virtual Contest 2021

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Saturday 31th July to Sunday 5th September Top Prize €250.00 Due to popular demand the 18th annual Beach Sandcastle Contest will be a Virtual Competition between 31st July and 5th September. The virtual competition is intended to be a COVID-SAFE alternative during this time requiring physical distancing for public safety. There are 2 categories: “Under 14” & “Family”. Get your sun cream, bucket & spade and start being creative! No experience necessary and all are welcome come and enjoy our great natural resources. Competition Dates: 31st July to 5th September 2021. Location: Any...
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26
JUL
2021

Public Consultation: Marine Protected Areas Report – closing date 30th July 2021

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The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, invite submissions, observations and comments on the report of an expert advisory group on marine protected areas (MPAs) entitled “Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network”. The aim of this public consultation is to invite you to share your views on the process by which Ireland’s network of MPAs will be expanded. In general terms, MPAs are geographically defined maritime areas with certain protections for...
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26
JUL
2021

Age Friendly Ireland: Newsletters

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Age Friendly Ireland Newsletters are available here: https://agefriendlyireland.ie/news/       The Age Friendly Ireland website is available to view below: https://agefriendlyireland.ie/
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23
JUL
2021

Fasn: still here for you

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The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is a dedicated support service for Family members/ concerned persons who are impacted by loved one’s substance misuse. In these extremely difficult times, we are very aware of the challenges our service users will be dealing with so we have developed a safe and secure online communications platform in which we can support you.  We are continuing to provide vital services in the form of One to one support sessions 5 Step Brief Intervention Health & Wellbeing support through Facebook (FASN) Counselling Family Support Groups – online peer led...
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23
JUL
2021

Have your say about how Social Enterprises are financed in Ireland

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Have your say about how Social Enterprises are financed in Ireland today and win €250 euro by doing so. Open until 28th July. The launch of a collaborative project that sees the best social minds in Ireland get the support of European funding and thinking is now launched and very much live. Our team are working with DCU, Irish Social Enterprise Network and Rethink Ireland in helping to establish what type of financial models are missing for the sector, what models are working and what might a future finance model look like. It’s a 2-year project but first off we need your insights and...
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23
JUL
2021

Create – Opportunities & News – July 2021

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OPPORTUNITIES & NEWS – July 2021 News from Create Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios residency recipient: Gea Gojak Web: www.create-ireland.ie/create-and-fire-station-artists-studios-residency-recipient-gea-gojak/ Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios are pleased to announce Gea Gojak as the recipient of the 2021 Remote Residency Award. This award was specifically designed for collaborative socially engaged artists who have first-hand experience of displacement and/or histories of intergenerational migration, and will take place remotely over four weeks in June and...
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23
JUL
2021

Pathways – All the news from An Cosán – July

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Welcome to the July edition of our bi-monthly e-zine, containing all the exciting news and opportunities from An Cosán! As we recently held our annual AGM, it gave us a wonderful moment to look back at the year past, and to see that despite the challenges and hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic we continue to improve the lives of those we work with and journey together on the path to a brighter future. An Cosán continues to grow in service of our mission of ensuring that no one is left behind. Over the past few months, I have been delighted to welcome three new members to our Senior...
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22
JUL
2021

Save the Date Notice: National Disability Authority Annual Conference 2021

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Annual Conference 2021 Opportunities and Aspirations for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Progressive Realisation of UNCRPD Article 12 Equal Recognition Before the Law Date: Thursday 14 October, 2021 Time: A detailed event programme will be available shortly Location: Online   The National Disability Authority invites you to save the date of its upcoming Annual Conference which will take place virtually on Thursday 14 October 2021. The conference will explore the theme of Equal Recognition before the Law (Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with...
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22
JUL
2021

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €8.8 million in funding under the Connected Hubs Scheme

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  117 remote working projects across every region to benefit Grants ranging from €10,000 to €250,000 for existing hubs & Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) Funding will assist in the development of the National Hub Network – a key action of Our Rural Future   Press Release, 22nd July 2021 Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (July 22nd, 2021) announced over €8.8 million in funding under the Connected Hubs Scheme – a key deliverable of Our Rural Future. The funding will enable existing hubs and broadband connection points to enhance and add...
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21
JUL
2021

Reminder: “Let’s Talk Integration in Ireland” – virtual event on July 22nd 2021 at 11am

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A gentle reminder that tomorrow (22nd of July) Meath Partnership will host an online conference called ‘Let’s Talk Integration in Ireland’. Community practitioners, educators and interested groups are invited to join us for a morning of learning about the importance of integration in communities and groups. Join us as we discuss the importance of integration and particularly volunteering to support integration for migrants and refugees in Ireland. Throughout the event, best practice examples will be shared, lessons learned and resource packs distributed to community groups.  ...
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20
JUL
2021

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan): Free mental health seminars in August 2021

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Meath Wellness Hub are offering a free mental health programme for people living in Meath. The programme is WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and is taking place in August on zoom. WRAP is a self-help mental health recovery programme for people looking to take control of their mental health and wellbeing. The programme looks at: Wellness tools triggers/stressors Daily maintenance plan, i.e. what do I need to do every day to stay well When things are breaking down Crisis planning and post-crisis planning And more   This programme is for anyone who would like to learn some tools and...
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20
JUL
2021

Public Consultation – The next Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan

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The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) have launched the online public consultation to assist with the development of the next Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) National Implementation Plan.   The consultation will be open for submission for an 8-week period, from Friday 16 July to Friday 10 September 2021. Please find the link to the consultation below: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/5998d-sdg-national-implementation-plan-consultation-2021/   Work is commencing on the development of the next SDG National Implementation Plan which will set out...
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20
JUL
2021

Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €650,000 Funding for Library Supports for Marginalised, Socially Excluded and Disadvantaged Communities

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Press Release 20th July 2021 €650,000 funding package for 120 projects provided from the 2021 Dormant Accounts Action Plan Funding aimed to assist public libraries in reaching out to marginalised, socially excluded and disadvantaged communities   Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, have today (Tuesday, 20 July) announced €650,000 in funding for library supports. The funding, under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan, is designed to assist libraries in...
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20
JUL
2021

August Schedule 2021 – Midlands Louth Meath CHO Recovery Education – Co-Production Workshops

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Midlands Louth Meath Recovery Education is pleased to share our upcoming Co-Production Workshop timetable for August 2021.  We are seeking interested people to get involved in Recovery Education. We hope that you can join us for these workshops. We want to produce and deliver recovery education modules that are relevant to you.   Aim The aim of these co-production workshops is to produce recovery education workshops and material for delivery in Midlands Louth Meath CHO. We aim to create all our workshops collaboratively with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their...
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19
JUL
2021

HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: 16th July 2021

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Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you. This week, we would particularly appreciate your help in sharing our communications updates on vaccination for people aged 18-29.   Public Health Measures You can find information here about the public health measures in place.   COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Nearly 5 million vaccines have been administered in Ireland so far and 59% of adults are fully vaccinated. Over 73% of adults have received at least one dose. We are grateful to all of our...
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16
JUL
2021

Minister Rabbitte seeks Expressions of Interest to join Ireland’s Disability Stakeholder Group

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Friday, 16 July 2021: Press Release The Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, T.D., today invited interested parties to apply to become members of the next Disability Stakeholders Group (DSG). This will be the sixth DSG and it will begin its work in January 2022. The DSG has an important role in monitoring the implementation of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2022 (NDIS). The NDIS is the key cross departmental framework for policy and action to address the needs of persons with disabilities in Ireland across. Through its actions, the strategy...
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16
JUL
2021

Cultúr: Free cultural competency and anti-racism training

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Cultúr have a suite of free cultural competency and anti racism training that we are offering service providers across Co. meath. This training is now being offered online. As part of the Social Connection and Inclusion Project, Cultúr will be delivering a number of free training sessions for service providers, the public and schools. These training sessions include 1. Intercultural Competence and 2. Integration and Anti-Racism workshops   These workshops aim to Promote opportunities for equality and intercultural dialogue between ethnic minority communities and the wider community....
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16
JUL
2021

The Wheel: Training Links Programme – FAQs

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Training Links funds community and voluntary organisations to form Training Networks — groups of a minimum of ten organisations who come together to undertake training that they may not have the opportunity to do individually. Please find details here: Training Links programme Applications for funding are now open under the Training Links programme. Training Networks are invited to apply for grants ranging from €10,000.00 to €50,000.00. Applications remain open until 5pm on 13 August 2021.   Let’s answer some of your frequently asked questions about the programme…  ...
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16
JUL
2021

Public Consultation on the Review of the Equality Acts

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On Tuesday, 6th of July 2021 the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., launched a public consultation process as part of a review of the Equality Acts (Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 and the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015). Submissions are invited on a range of issues including, the functioning of the Acts and their effectiveness in combatting discrimination and promoting equality; awareness of the legislation; and whether there are obstacles to taking an action under the Acts. Submissions are also invited on the scope of the current...
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16
JUL
2021

Community Finance Ireland: £/€10 million Recovery Loan Fund

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Community Finance Ireland has announced a £/€10 million All-Island Recovery Loan Fund, its first all-island loan scheme. The fund will offer flexible loans of £10,000-£250,000 (NI) and €10,000 to €500,000 (RoI) to community sector organisations including faith-based groups, sports clubs and social enterprises. Commenting on the launch, Dónal Traynor, Chief Executive of Community Finance Ireland said: “Throughout the pandemic we witnessed the incredible resilience of the community sector, with many pivoting their offerings and exploring new opportunities for development.  The All-Island...
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16
JUL
2021

Stay Safe: water safety guidance

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Did you know that 76 people drowned in Ireland last year? With the good weather forecast for the days ahead, please be aware of safety at or near water and stay safe.   Beware of rip currents. Know your limits. Never use inflatable toys on open water and always supervise children closely. As you socially-distance, avoid swimming in unfamiliar areas that are potentially unsafe. Before you get out on the water on a craft, get into a lifejacket. Never mix alcohol with water activities. When walking the shoreline be aware that incoming tides can lead to stranding. Know The Lifeguard...
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16
JUL
2021

National Mentoring Programme – CALL FOR WRITERS

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Are you a new, emerging or published writer? Would you like professional help with your current work-in-progress? Meath County Council Arts Office is supporting the Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme, which will ensure that at least one writer or poet from County Meath will benefit from a literature mentoring relationship. The opportunity is open to poets, fiction writers, children’s writers and creative non-fiction writers. The mentoring process involves 4 x two-hour meetings between the selected ‘mentee’ and their chosen professional writer over a 6–8 month period. The mentor...
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16
JUL
2021

Social Enterprise Start Up Fund 2021: ReThink Ireland – info & application clinic

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Rethink Ireland is delighted to announce the opening of The Social Enterprise Start-up Fund. The €800,000 Fund will be delivered over two years: 2021 – 2022 and has been created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. The fund seeks to support social enterprises at the start-up / early stage of their life cycle and will provide critical support to the most innovative and impactful start-up social enterprises across Ireland. Full details here A social enterprise is a business that works primarily to improve the...
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15
JUL
2021

Moynalty Country Music Festival: postponed to June 2022

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*** Due to Covid restricions, the  festival has been postponed until June 2022**** The Moynalty Country Music Festival will take place on Sunday 8th of August from 2-9.30pm Performances featuring Nathan Carter, Robert Mizzell, Mike Denver, Paul Leavy and Matt Leavy. Ticket price’s are €32 per individual. Due to Covid-19 regulations we are restricted to the amount of attendees we can have on site which includes children, due to this all attendees regardless of age will require a ticket. Tickets can be purchased through our website: https://moynaltysteamthreshing.ie/shop/ Please...
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15
JUL
2021

Minister Humphreys Announces €800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund

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Minister Humphreys Announces €800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund Full details of the Social Enterprise Start-up Fund are available at www.rethinkireland.ie Applications are open from Thursday, July 15th until 1 pm on Tuesday, August 3rd. Social Enterprise Start-up Fund Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, TD, today (Thursday, July 15th) announced the launch of the €400,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund. The Fund will support social enterprises with small grants to help them expand their businesses and create jobs. It is specifically aimed at early stage...
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15
JUL
2021

The changing face of Stroke support

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Providing a healing hand in time of need-the changing face of Stroke support Channonrock resident Seamus Casey is the Lead Stroke Co-Ordinator with the Irish Heart Foundation for the Dundalk, Drogheda and Navan areas. Though his role remains the same, demand for his service has grown by more than 50 per cent, since Covid began. Contact details for Seamus and the Navan Stroke Support Group are Phone: 086 130 0238 Email: scasey@irishheart.ie   Here Seamus talks about the way in which the Irish Heart Foundation has adapted to support stroke survivors and their families throughout the...
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12
JUL
2021

Age Friendly Day in Athboy: Wednesday the 14th of July from 2pm to 7pm

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Many of the businesses in Athboy have become part of the Age Friendly Business Programme, which means they will offer discounts, smaller portions, early bird menus, music, home delivery of purchases, demonstration of age appropriate exercises and much more for people over the age of 55. You can come to Athboy by car, with parking behind the new Medical Centre or you can avail of a free bus being provided by Flexibus, you will need to ring ahead and book. Phone : 046-9074830 The participating Businesses are: Bird’s Centra Athboy Staunton’s Pharmacy Mc Elhinney’s for Men – 10% discount RS...
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09
JUL
2021

Well-being Framework for Ireland: first report published by Department of the Taoiseach

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This week, the Department of the Taoiseach published its first report on the Well-being Framework for Ireland. The Report reflects the first phase of this work, and it will be followed by further consultation phases. Both the Department of the Taoiseach’s report and the NESC Council report are available to view here: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/fb19a-first-report-on-well-being-framework-for-ireland-july-2021/
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08
JUL
2021

Talking Art Online: free online art experience via local Broadband Connection Point.

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The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), in collaboration with the Department of Rural and Community Development, wishes to connect with groups or individuals in rural areas to participate in the free Programme of ‘Talking Art Online’ for adults. People from all over Ireland are invited to join us for this free online art experience via their local Broadband Connection Point. The programme will take a closer look at selected artworks from the IMMA Collection and discuss IMMA exhibitions with our Visitor Engagement Team online. The programme is very conversation based and no previous...
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08
JUL
2021

2021 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call

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Minister O’Gorman announces 2021 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call Wednesday 7th of July 2021 €700,000 will be made available to support community services for LGBTI+ people. Funding aims to promote inclusion, protect rights and to improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI+ people in Ireland. Grant scheme is open to applications from existing LGBTI+ non-government organisations and community organisations working with LGBTI+ people.   The Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., today announced that applications can now be made...
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08
JUL
2021

Community Platform: Launch of Principles for delivering a Public Childcare Model – 15th July 2021

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Launch of Principles for delivering a Public Childcare Model Thursday 15th July @ 10:30 Register Here   The Community Platform believes that the progressive delivery of a high quality, inclusive and accessible public childcare model is urgently needed. Lessons from the past, and reinforced by the Covid-19 pandemic, show the important role of the state in providing key public services and in ensuring universal access. A properly designed and delivered public childcare model can play an important role in addressing poverty and disadvantage. The Six Principles for a Public Childcare...
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07
JUL
2021

Arts Council announces round one of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS)

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The Arts Council announces round one of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between January and June 2022. The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant and sustainable arts profile at a local level. Festivals provide opportunities for artists and audiences to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals. The scheme will be open to multi-disciplinary festivals and single artform festivals.   There are...
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07
JUL
2021

Lets Talk about Integration in Ireland: EU VOICE Final Conference – 22nd July 2021

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Meath Partnership and Meath Volunteer Centre are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the Final Conference of the #EUVoice project.   Community practitioners, educators and interested groups are invited to join us for a morning of learning about the importance of integration in communities and groups.   Join us as we discuss the importance of integration and particularly volunteering to support integration for migrants and refugees in Ireland.   Throughout the event, best practice examples will be shared, lessons learned and resource packs distributed to...
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06
JUL
2021

Local Property Tax Public Consultation

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Meath County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on local authority services.   Notice of Consideration of Setting a Local Adjustment Factor The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act, 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor. At...
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06
JUL
2021

Free walk-in COVID-19 test centre in Navan from Thursday July 8th until Saturday July 10th

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A free walk-in COVID-19 testing site will open in Navan on Thursday 8th July. The facility at County Hall, Railway Street, Navan, Co Meath, C15 AW81 will operate for 3 days. No appointment is necessary to avail of this free service. Opening hours are: Thursday, July 8th               1pm- 7pm Friday, July 9th                    9:30am- 7pm Saturday, July 10th            9:30am – 6pm   The free ‘walk-in no appointment necessary’ COVID-19 test centre in Navan is open to members of the public of any age. The centre is being set up due to a number of outbreaks in recent weeks...
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06
JUL
2021

SOSAD Online Messaging Service

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SOSAD Ireland provides free counselling for those in our community who are experiencing mental health crises, who are suicidal, or who are experiencing suicide bereavement or loss.  This support is particularly important in these challenging times. We have also recently launched an Online Messaging Service to provide text support to people who may prefer to text rather than speak when in crisis. Young people in particular prefer the anonymity of text, but we are finding many older people are equally comfortable with the format.  All our volunteers are Garda Vetted and fully trained in...
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06
JUL
2021

Act Out Youth Theatre Summer Project 2021: 14th-16th July @ Solstice Arts Centre

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Act Out Youth Theatre are delighted to announce their 3 Day Summer Project for 2021 – MUSIC THEATRE PERFORMANCE – in the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, from 14th-16th July. The young people will have an opportunity to hone their acting & singing skills with workshops such as Voice; Solo Singing; Ensemble Singing; Musical Theatre History; Acting for Music Theatre & much more.   The course will be facilitated by Act Out YT AD Anthony Kinahan (MA in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London); Louise Foxe (MD & Choral Director...
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06
JUL
2021

EAPN Ireland Newsflash July 2021

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European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland: Newsflash July 2021   EAPN Ireland News  Basic Necessities Working Group- Briefing Note The Working Group for Basic Necessities, which is coordinated by EAPN Ireland, published a briefing note, “Addressing the Problem of Income Inadequacy and Meeting Basic Needs”, highlighting the link between income inadequacy and the increasing demand from people for basic necessities as provided by the Community and Voluntary sector. The briefing note reveals how low-income households are being forced to make difficult choices, such as paying rent and utility...
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06
JUL
2021

ReThink Ireland: Launch of “Financing Social Enterprise in Ireland: Models of Impact Investing and Readiness” 14 July

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ReThink Ireland are launching  “Financing Social Enterprise in Ireland: Models of Impact Investing and Readiness”, which is funded by the European Union under the EU Programme For Employment and Social Innovation – EaSi (2014-2020). The project is delivered in partnership between Rethink Ireland, Dublin City University and Community Finance Ireland, with the support of the Irish Social Enterprise Network. It is the project’s mission to co-design and develop new social financing instruments and an investment readiness tool for social enterprises in Ireland over the course of two...
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06
JUL
2021

Threshold Housing: online event 21st July 2021

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On Wednesday, July 21st our housing advisors will share their experiences of saving families and individuals from homelessness during Covid. When families and individuals who had received notices of termination prior to the COVID-19 pandemic did not know if and when they had to move out, Threshold’s team of housing advisors remained constant, guiding private renters amid the confusion, as events unfolded and legislation changed. Join us on Wednesday, July 21st at 11am at a unique celebration of Threshold’s impact during a historic and tumultuous year. Listen to Tessa, Sheila...
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06
JUL
2021

Free Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshops: July 2021: Midlands Louth Meath CHO Recovery Education

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Midlands Louth Meath Recovery Education Service is pleased to share our upcoming SUMMER WORKSHOPS! We hope you can join us to explore some creative alternatives to support your wellbeing this summer. All of our courses are free to attend and open to anyone (aged 18 and over) with an interest in mental health and wellbeing. Workshop Title Date & Time Meditation 12th July  2pm to 3.30pm Inspiring Hope through Poetry 20th July 10am to 12pm Wells for Wellbeing and Other Tools 26th July 10am to 12pm Book your place at one of our online modules: http://mlmrecoveryed.eventbrite.com or...
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06
JUL
2021

EU funded project to establish a National Competence Centre for Social innovation in Ireland

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Minister O’Brien welcomes announcement of EU funded project to establish a National Competence Centre for Social innovation in Ireland   Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, has today welcomed the announcement by an Irish-led international consortium of a new EU funded project to promote social innovation and cross-collaboration across Europe. The objective of the project, which will take place over two years, is to establish a sustainable and responsive National Competence Centre for Social Innovation (NCCSI) in each of the partner...
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06
JUL
2021

Public Consultation on Quality Framework for Mental Health Services

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The Mental Health Commisson, in collaboration with the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, is undertaking a review of the Quality Framework for Mental Health Services in Ireland dated 2007 (the Quality Framework). The Quality Framework was designed to be used as an indicator of the level and quality of services being provided by mental health services. It is applicable to all mental health services in the public, voluntary and independent sectors. It is a key reference document for people who use, deliver, and work in mental health services in...
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06
JUL
2021

Meath Joint Policing Committee: 5 Year Strategic Plan Consultation – Have Your Say

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Share your ideas about Co Meath Policing Priorities Questionnaire is open until 30th July 2021   Join in our Meath JPC SP consultation by sharing your ideas and feedback about Meath’s Policing Future, on our quick questionnaire at https://bit.ly/JPCSurvey. There are only 6 questions and it should take just minutes to complete. The questionnaire is open until 30th July 2021, and will help identify the issues and priorities that matter to the citizens, businesses, and communities of County Meath, and help us to create a new Co Meath Joint Policing Committee Strategic Plan 2021-2025....
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06
JUL
2021

AIC Scheme Bursary 2021: Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity

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Create is delighted to offer two Artist in the Community Scheme bursaries in 2021.   The first, themed on Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity, is offered in partnership with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, and is designed to support individual professional artists whose practice centres on collaboration with individuals or groups (non-arts professionals).   The AIC Bursary Award 2021: Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity specifically aims to support an individual professional artist working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice who has first-hand...
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06
JUL
2021

Phone Scam: fraudsters claiming to be members of An Garda Síochána.

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This message is to alert you to a Phone Scam involving fraudsters claiming to be members of An Garda Síochána.   Please be vigilant and alert your family, friends, colleagues and others in your networks and communities to help to protect everyone from this type of crime.   As I’m sure you are aware, in recent days Gardaí have received reports of people receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be members of An Garda Síochána. The number calling appears to be the phone number of a genuine Garda station.   There are several stages to these scam calls –   The person...
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25
JUN
2021

HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: 24th June 2021

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Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you.   Public Health Measures You can find information here about the public health measures in place.   COVID-19 Vaccination Programme The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide. More than 3.6 million vaccines have been administered in Ireland. We are grateful to all of our colleagues and partners, and to the public, for taking part and making this happen. For updates and information on each of the vaccine allocation groups, and...
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24
JUN
2021

PPP Structural Review – National Survey: closes on Friday 25th June 2021

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  The PPN structural review survey is closing this Friday evening, 25 June. We hope you will take the time to fill it in – the more responses the survey receives, the more accurately it will reflect the views of all those involved with PPNs.   If you started the survey before but did not get to finish it, don’t worry! There is still time to go back and complete your response – just make sure you use the same device and browser, and you will be brought straight back to where you left off last time.   You can access the survey at...
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22
JUN
2021

Birthday Edition Newsletter – Trim Family Resource Centre

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We are celebrating with one week of fun! On the week of 12th July 2021, Trim FRC will be turning 20, so we’ve decided we ALL need something to celebrate, so come join us for… Music and fun Arts & Crafts. When old met new – Staff and VBOM Family Funday Saturday. See you over the week of the 12th of July. All the Staff of Trim FRC Trim FRC  – Birthday-Newsletter – pdf Trim FRC  – Birthday-Newsletter – pdf  
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22
JUN
2021

CREATE initiative from Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI)

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CREATE is a new initiative from ILMI and stands for ‘Creating Raised Expectations and Aspirations Towards Employment’. The project will work with disabled people to develop their confidence and skills that supports them to start or progress on their employment pathway. Our direct engagement with our members has identified the need for a DPO to create an employment supports programme led by a social model of disability, which would focus on raising expectations of disabled people through peer supports.   CREATE aims to run at least four programmes which will offer 1-to-1 and Group...
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22
JUN
2021

The Wheel: Training Links Programme

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The Wheel is delighted to announce that applications for funding are now open under the Training Links programme. Training Networks are invited to apply for grants ranging from €10,000.00 to €50,000.00. Applications remain open until 5pm on Friday, 13 August 2021.   Programme Overview   Training Links funds community and voluntary organisations to form Training Networks — groups of a minimum of ten organisations who come together to undertake training that they may not have the opportunity to do individually. Since 2005, Training Links has supported the establishment of 90 Training...
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22
JUN
2021

Laptops for Loan Initiative: Meath Libraries

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Meath County Council Library Service offers a ‘Laptops for Loan’ scheme, which is generously funded by Facebook. The initiative aims to address the digital divide compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused disproportionate hardship on those who are disadvantaged, socially excluded or marginalised. In Phase 1 of the initiative we loaned 732 laptops to Post-Primary schools who in turn loaned them to the students most in need.  Already in Phase 2, we have loaned a further 170 laptops to organisations such as LMETB, Trim Family Resource Centre, Foróíge Navan and the National...
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21
JUN
2021

PPN structural review: 25th June closing date for online survey from the Department of Rural & Community Development (DRCD)

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Department of Rural & Community Development:  Public Participation Network Structural Review **Closing date is 5pm Friday 25th June 2021**   The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) are interested in getting your views on Public Participation Networks (PPNs). PPNs were first set up six years ago. They are now operational in all counties in Ireland and have over 18,000 groups with over 1.5 million members registered with them. The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) has appointed Mazars consultants to carry out an independent structural review of...
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21
JUN
2021

Public consultation on National Outdoor Recreation Strategy: closing date 23rd June 2021

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Public consultation launched on the first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy New strategy to shape the development of outdoor pursuits and activity tourism for years to come Public asked for feedback on how to enhance amenities such as trails, cycleways, waterways, beaches, mountains, bogs and forests Delivery of new strategy a key commitment in ‘Our Rural Future’   To input your views on outdoor recreation, please complete the online questionnaire on gov.ie. Responses will inform the preparation of the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy for Ireland. The closing date for...
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18
JUN
2021

Capacity Building Grant and Hub na nÓg Training: Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY)

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Capacity Building Grant and Hub na nÓg Training to support implementation of the National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-making at the level of everyday practice HOW TO APPLY: Application Form including guidance booklet available here. Closing Date for Applications: Close of Business on Monday June 28. Contact: citizenparticipation@equality.gov.ie   Press Release 11th June 2021: Link here Minister Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has today announced that the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) has established a fund...
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18
JUN
2021

DRCD Webinar for PPNs: Our Rural Future – June 23rd @ 10.30 – 11.30am approx

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Department of Rural & Community Development (DRCD), in conjunction with the Rural Strategy and Social Inclusion Unit, are hosting a Webinar specifically for PPN’s on the recently launched “Our Rural Future – Rural Development Policy 2021 – 2025” by Minister Humphreys and the Government. The Webinar will be attended by the Minister of State, Joe O’Brien, T.D. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. The webinar will taka place on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 from 10.30am until 11.30am.   Please find webinar link details below: Meetin...
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18
JUN
2021

Funding Information Workshop for Clubs in Meath, 28th June 2021: Meath Local Sports Partnership

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Workshop Content: Meath LSP in association with 2into3 Consultants are delivering a Funding Information webinar for clubs who wish to maximise the number & level of grants they apply for.  Webinar is suited for sports clubs; community centres & groups – anyone who’s ambition is to develop their club/facility. When: Monday, June 28 at 8.30pm (duration 1.5hrs)   The webinar will include information on: National & local grants (both capital and small equipment) – what’s available & when Funding for coach education and volunteer training How to source...
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18
JUN
2021

Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade Community Forum – Expression of Interest Form closes 30 June 2021

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EirGrid is in the process of setting up the Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade Community Forum. Many thanks to those who made it to the recent Information Evening held on Thursday 10 June.Please find a link below to a copy of the presentation provided on the evening. Many thanks to all those who made it. Eirgrid – Presentation on Community_Forum 10.6.21 – pdf   The community forum will be made of up representatives of local community organisations. The main aims of the forum are to: Represent the views of their organisation or community in relation to the project and its...
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17
JUN
2021

Summer Camps in Trim Family Resource Centre – July 2021

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  Trim Family Resource Centre 4 Week Summer Programme   Week 1: 6-9 Yr Olds 10am – 1pm 6th July: Arts & Crafts 7th July: Biodiversity Workshop / Beekeeper 8th of July: Music Workshop 9th of July: Creative Mindfulness   Week 2:  9-12 yr Olds 10am – 1pm 13th July: Arts & crafts 14th July: Creative Mindfulness workshop   Week 3 6-12 yr Olds 10am – 1pm 20th July: Kickboxing on the green (6-12 yrs) 21st July: Canoeing (10 – 12 yrs only) 22nd July:Trim Castle walk & picnic (Bring snack) (6-12 yrs) 23rd July: Arts & Crafts (10-12 yrs)...
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17
JUN
2021

NESC Report launch: Digital Inclusion in Ireland – 1st July 2021 10am

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The Covid-19 lockdowns have highlighted the importance of ICT to how we live, work and relate to one another, and digitalisation will only grow in importance in the years to come. However, a number of groups in Ireland are poorly engaged with ICT – particularly those who are older, have lower levels of education, lower incomes, and live in rural areas; as well as smaller businesses and farms. They face difficulties engaging with the online world due to variations in their broadband connection, access to devices, skills, and the confidence to engage with ICT. This is a cost for our...
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16
JUN
2021

TidyTowns Newsletter – June 2021

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  Please find a link below to the 6th edition of the TidyTowns Newsletter 6/2021.  Tidy Towns Newsletter – Issue 6 of 2021 – pdf   We have also included a word document that contains the links in the newsletter. TT Newsletter links Issue 6 of 2021   The newsletter contains the following: Information on how to submit the 2021 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition Entry Form & Registration process National Outdoor Recreation Strategy Public Consultation Information on the Special Awards Articles from TidyTowns Groups TidyTowns Survey Chance to win a SuperValu Gift Card
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15
JUN
2021

Communities Integration Fund 2021

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Minister O’Gorman invites applications to the Communities Integration Fund 2021 €500,000 will be made available to local community-based projects nationwide to support the integration of migrants. Grants of up to €5,000 will be allocated to successful organisations to support integration initiatives.   How to apply: Applicants can access a detailed guidance document and complete an online application form here. The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 pm on Friday 02 July 2021.   Press Release: 15th June 2021 The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration...
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11
JUN
2021

Summer Stars Reading Adventure: Meath Libraries

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Summer Stars is the free national reading programme for children that takes place in all public libraries and online from 14th of June until the end of August.  All children throughout the country are invited to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book/ ebook is regarded as having completed the programme – and it’s all completely free!   Meath County Council Library Service Summer Stars Reading Adventure 2021 Step 1: Get your Reading Card Drop in to your local...
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11
JUN
2021

Meath Local Sports Partnership: June 2021 Update

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Please see Meath LSP’s planned programmes below. All programmes are delivered whilst adhering to current public health guidelines.   Funding Information Workshop – Sign up today for our free webinar!  Monday 28th June at 8.30pm (duration 1.5hrs) To book your place: https://eventmaster.ie/event/mMzDtyVFM8 Workshop Content: Meath LSP in association with 2into3 Consultants are delivering a Funding Information webinar for clubs who wish to maximise the number & level of grants they apply for.  Webinar is suited for sports clubs; community centres & groups – anyone...
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11
JUN
2021

ADHD Ireland: Teacher training 15th June 3pm- 5pm

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The aim of this online course is to educate Primary school teachers and SNAs on ADHD and give them the strategies and methods to help, support and get the best from an ADHD child in your classroom. Date :  Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM The skills explored will increase classroom productivity and attendance, so improving confidence and peer to peer relationships in pupils with ADHD and engagement of Educators, improving understanding and awareness of ADHD nationwide. This programme will motivate teachers to become ADHD champions in their school, enabling them to take...
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10
JUN
2021

Youth Work Ireland Meath: LGBTQ+ Information Pop Up Events in June 20201

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Youth Work Ireland Meath in conjunction with Meath County Council and the Dept. Rural & Community Development are holding LGBTQI+ pop up information events in June throughout Meath. 15th June – Trim FRC 16th June – Kells FRC 29th June – Eastcoast FRC   The sessions will provide information regarding services and well being for LGBTQI+ people and their families. Contact: 046 9093402 for details.  
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10
JUN
2021

REMINDER: Eirgrid: Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade Community Forum – information meeting 10th June 2021 at 7pm

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JUST A REMINDER THAT THE KILDARE MEATH GRID UPGRADE PROJECT COMMUNITY FORUM IS ON THIS EVENING 10th JUNE 2021 @ 7PM. Community Forum Information Evening Registration Link available here: Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade Community Forum Open Evening Registration   Eirgrid announced in early April that the underground cable option has been selected for the Kildare-Meath Project. This is a critical project that will strengthen the electricity network in Kildare and Meath. The Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade project team has selected a single 400 kilovolt (kV) underground cable as the...
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10
JUN
2021

Mens Aid webinar: “What to do when things are difficult at home” – 14th June 2021

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Mens Aid are holding a webinar by Dr. Melissa Corbally, Assistant Professor – DCU. Taking place next Monday 14th June, 1pm. “What to do when things are difficult at home”. We are experiencing an extraordinary increase in contacts to our service, growing as lockdown lifts. Calls from mums, sisters, daughters and men, fathers and friends – all members of the family reaching out for information and support. Everyone welcome, please share, just email events@mensaid.ie for the zoom link.
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10
JUN
2021

The Wheel: Free Webinar – Preparing for a Post-COVID Workplace: 17 June 2021

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The Wheel are pleased to be able to invite you to join us online for an important gathering for our sector, in which we will be taking a detailed look at Preparing for a Post-COVID Workplace. This free webinar will take place on Thursday, 17 June from 10am – 12pm, and all are invited to register here for free. You can look forward to an engaging look at the following relevant topics: The HR-impact of COVID-19 (what to embrace and what to avoid!) The role of research in navigating your way as an organisation Staff engagement, well-being and buy-in, including practical tools A panel...
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10
JUN
2021

Irish Rural Link Annual Conference 2021: 24th June 2021

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Invitation to Irish Rural Link Annual Conference 2021 In partnership with Rural Action NI This timely conference will explore funding opportunities available to community and voluntary organisations on both sides of the Border as well as new funding for Cross Border collaborative projects through the All Island fund, International Fund for Ireland and the new PEACE Plus Programme. The conference will also look at different themes and ideas for collaborative projects to support development of rural communities on both side of the border and adapt to changes brought about as a result of the...
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10
JUN
2021

Core Ireland: Mental Wellbeing Course – 23rd June 2021

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Core Ireland will be running a Mental Wellbeing Course on “Self Care” Start Date 23rd June 2021   In this course, students will explore: Journaling Yoga Meditation Breathwork The 5 senses Time management Opposite to emotion thinking Mental Reframing   The course will run for 4 weeks at 2 hours per week. Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm   To Find out more about the course and how to register click below Find Out More
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10
JUN
2021

Act Out Youth Theatre: magic show with Joe Daly, 12th June 2021

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Act Out Youth Theatre, in association with Meath County Council, are celebrating the Cruinniú na nÓg Festival with a one-off, magic show over Zoom on Saturday 12th June at 17.30: VIRUTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE with “Ireland’s leading magician” Joe Daly (Irish Times). It is a FREE closed event for Act Out Youth Theatre Members.   Act Out have been responding to the current challenges of lockdown by adapting their programming, offering remote projects & weekly workshops online. But on top of their usual online workshops, this week they’re excited to offer something astonishingly unique....
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09
JUN
2021

Not Around Us: new campaign to support smoke-free environments

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World No Tobacco Day on Monday, May 31st saw the launch of the ‘Not Around Us’ campaign across County Meath.  The aim of the campaign is to promote an environment where it is easier for those who smoke to quit and stay quit and help to de-normalise smoking for the next generation. Healthy Meath is leading this campaign in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing Division, HSE QUIT team, Meath County Council’s Climate Action, Meath PPN, Meath Libraries, CYPSC Meath, Meath Comhairle na nÓg, Youth Work Ireland Meath and Healthy Ireland. The purpose...
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03
JUN
2021

Men’s Health Week 14-20 June 2021: Webinar with Mayo GAA Legend David Brady

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Men’s Health Week 2021 will run from Monday 14th – Sunday 20th June. You can find out everything that you need to know about the week / how to mark it / where to get resource materials at: https://www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-2021.html Many events will be taking place across the island of Ireland (both online and offline).  One of these will focus upon helping organisations and practitioners to engage more effectively with men around their health and wellbeing.  This free event – titled ‘The How of Men’s Health’ – will take place on Wednesday 16th June 2021, from...
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03
JUN
2021

NESC Report – Digital Inclusion in Ireland: Connectivity, Devices & Skills

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The National Economic & Social Council (NESC) has published report no.154, Digital Inclusion in Ireland: Connectivity, Devices & Skills. The report outlines disparities in access to ICT in Ireland, due to variations in access to connections, devices, and the skills and confidence to use ICT effectively.  Therefore NESC recommends the development of a national strategy for digital inclusion, with a key focus on co-ordinating existing work carried out by the State, businesses and the community. A comprehensive framework for digital skills progression and certification should be put...
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03
JUN
2021

Eirgrid: Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade Community Forum – information meeting 10th June 2021 at 7pm

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The Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade project team has selected a single 400 kilovolt (kV) underground cable as the best-performing option from a shortlist of overhead and underground technologies that were put forward for public consultation last year. Over the coming months, the project team will develop route options, continue extensive engagement with community, landowner and stakeholders and seek feedback on  these options. It is anticipated this round of consultation will take place from September for a 12- week period. Please a find a link below to a update brochure on the project. The...
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03
JUN
2021

Our Rural Future: launch of public consultation on the first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy

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Public consultation launched on the first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy New strategy to shape the development of outdoor pursuits and activity tourism for years to come Public asked for feedback on how to enhance amenities such as trails, cycleways, waterways, beaches, mountains, bogs and forests Delivery of new strategy a key commitment in ‘Our Rural Future’   To input your views on outdoor recreation, please complete the online questionnaire on gov.ie. Responses will inform the preparation of the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy for Ireland. The closing date for...
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02
JUN
2021

PPN structural review: online survey from the Department of Rural & Community Development (DRCD)

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Department of Rural & Community Development:  Public Participation Network Structural Review The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) are interested in getting your views on Public Participation Networks (PPNs). PPNs were first set up six years ago. They are now operational in all counties in Ireland and have over 18,000 groups with over 1.5 million members registered with them. The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) has appointed Mazars consultants to carry out an independent structural review of the PPNs to guide their future development and ensure...
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01
JUN
2021

Planning Your LEADER Project: free training on 8th June – The Wheel

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The Wheel are delighted to invite you to join us online on Tuesday, 8 June at 2:30pm for our Planning Your LEADER Project training.    The second of our 3-part series of trainings on the LEADER rural development funding programme, this session will explore LEADER funding themes in detail and provide guidance on specific project development. Brought to you by The Wheel’s Access Europe programme and 2into3 Nonprofit Consultancy, this event will focus on: LEADER thematic priorities and strategic objectives Developing a project plan and funding application based on project themes Preparing a...
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31
MAY
2021

Webinar: Irish Men’s Sheds Association launch ‘Sheds for Life’ Report – 14 June 2021

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A launch event is planned for the Sheds for Life Impact Report from the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. The Sheds for Life webinar takes place on the 14th June from 11.00 – 11.45 and registration is here. The Irish Men’s Sheds Association, in partnership with Waterford IT will host this webinar which will bring expert insights about the work and learnings to date from the delivery of the Sheds for Life programme.
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29
MAY
2021

Government Guidance on new Covid Measures: 28th May 2021

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Resilience and Recovery: The Path Ahead: 28th May 2021 Source: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/7894b-post-cabinet-statement-resilience-and-recovery-the-path-ahead/ 1. Your quick guide to the changes 2. What you can do in June 3. What you can do in July (subject to the public health situation at the time) 4. Next steps 5. Supporting the Recovery 6. International travel   Your quick guide to the changes From 2 June Activity Guidance Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, hostels and self-catering) Can reopen with services restricted to overnight guests   From 7 June...
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28
MAY
2021

Hall available for group activity: Academy Street, Navan

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Navan Unit Order of Malta have recently completed extensive refurbishment on our premises in Academy St Navan. We are now in a position to make the hall available to let for local groups, Hourly rates can be agreed. The space would accommodate small to medium sized groups. Contact: navan@orderofmalta.ie
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28
MAY
2021

CARA Inclusive Volunteer Programme

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Cara is offering 100 free places on their Inclusive Volunteer Programme to volunteers at club and community level. Each participant will receive online Inclusive Disability Training, endorsed by Sport Ireland, and participation in our volunteer webinar, presented by Rob Hartnett, Sport For Business. The programme aims to empower new and existing volunteers to provide positive opportunities for people with disabilities in sport and physical activity. We welcome applications from people with disabilities who are interested in volunteering and would like to up-skill in the area of sport and...
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28
MAY
2021

Dementia awareness talk: June 4th, 2021

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Meath partnership are holding a Dementia awareness talk June 4th, 2021Friday June 4th at 11 am. It is an information session with Kim Tully the current CEO of Engaging Dementia and Fiona Foley from the Understand Together campaign. It will be a dementia awareness information session and it will cover topics such as recognising signs and symptoms, how to have more dementia inclusive communities, alzheimer’s cafes etc. All are welcome to attend. Please an event registration link below: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/157036922663
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27
MAY
2021

Pride of Place 2021 – closing date 28th May at 5pm

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The Meath County Council 2021 Pride of Place competition is  open for applications until 5pm Friday 28th May 2021.   Please find application forms & guidelines below: Application Form and Guidelines (MSWORD, 164.45 kb) Prizes (PDF, 550.32 kb)   Completed application forms should be submitted to; Community Department, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 Y291 or by email prideofplace@meathcoco.ie    
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27
MAY
2021

EirGrid Sustainability Survey

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EirGrid Group is currently developing a sustainability strategy to launch later this year. As part of the strategy development, we are carrying out a ‘materiality assessment’ survey to give stakeholders the opportunity to feed into the strategy focus areas. A materiality assessment is a stakeholder survey used to help identify the economic, social and environmental issues that are most important to a business and its stakeholders. It is seen as a best practice step in the development of a sustainability strategy. This survey includes a number of topics related to environmental...
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27
MAY
2021

Failte Isteach programme, Trim FRC: volunteer tutors required

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Failte Isteach programme in Trim FRC deliver free classes in conversational English classes, This year for the first time we are planning on running a Summer School, before the next full course in September. We are looking for volunteer tutors or students to take part. Please contact failteisteach@gmail.com for details.
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27
MAY
2021

N3 M50 to Clonee: Public Consultation – 24th May to 11th June 2021

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ROD-AECOM are working on behalf of Fingal County Council and Meath County Council and have developed a number of options and alternatives as part of the N3 M50 to Clonee Scheme. Having carried out an assessment of these options and alternatives, an Emerging Preferred Option has been identified. This correspondence forms a part of the non-statutory public consultation running from May to June 2021. The Emerging Preferred Option consists of the widening of the existing N3 using the existing median, as well as potential improvements to a number of existing junctions along the existing N3...
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27
MAY
2021

Knitting Across The Nation – Airfield to Aran: 12th June 2021

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In collaboration with Creative Ireland and in celebration of Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of creativity for children, Airfield Estate are delighted to present Knitting Across the Nation: Airfield to Aran. Airfield invite fledgling knitters to join us online for knitting across the nation: Airfield to Aran. Saturday, 12 June 2021 – workshops 10am, 12pm & 2pm   Junior knitters (8-18yrs) are encouraged to join our online workshops to explore the heritage of Irish wool, wool processing, natural plant dyes and creative knitting. Registered participants will receive a free...
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27
MAY
2021

Bigger, Better, Bolder Fundraising: Academy Street Workshop

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Bigger, Better, Bolder Fundraising by Academy Street Workshop We have developed Bigger, Better, Bolder Fundraising as a comprehensive fundraising program specifically targeted towards smaller nonprofit organisations with limited resources. Over the course of 7 accessible workshops participants will gain a detailed understanding of a wide range of fundraising tactics and techniques. They will learn from the strategies of some of the biggest and most successful organisations and how smaller organisations can apply these strategies and techniques in an affordable, practical manner and still...
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27
MAY
2021

Waterways Ireland: showcase support for climate action initiatives

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Are you part of a group or know of a community based initiative that is taking climate action alongside our waterways? As part of the Waterways Ireland Stories from the Waterways 2021 series, and in support of their Climate Action Plan (currently under development), Waterways Ireland are looking for 2 community climate action projects along our waterways to showcase with the opportunity to have their climate action project professionally filmed as part of the award winning Stories from the Waterways initiative. If you are interested, please contact Cormac...
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27
MAY
2021

Meath Archaeological & Historical Society: Summer Update 2021

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Welcome to a summer update from  MAHS. It is great to see the gradual lifting of restrictions and the MAHS council looks forward to the time when we can resume our normal public activities. We do however continue to hold our council meetings by Zoom so the MAHS is continuing to operate in the background so to speak. We are continuing to send out this years Ríocht na Midhe as subscriptions are renewed and I would like to thank all those who have already renewed their membership for this year. Renewal details are on our website https://www.mahs.ie The table of contents can be seen on the...
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26
MAY
2021

TidyTowns Newsletter – May 2021

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Please find a link to the 5th issue of the TidyTowns Newsletter below:   Tidy Towns Newsletter – Issue 5 of 2021   We have also included a word document that contains the links in the newsletter. Newsletter links Issue 5 of 2021   The newsletter contains the following: Information on the 2021 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition & Registration process Our Rural Future – Rural Development Policy 2021 – 2025 Funding available from the Department of Rural and Community Development Articles from TidyTowns Groups TidyTowns Survey Chance to win a SuperValu Gift Card  
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21
MAY
2021

2021 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition Launch

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Earlier today, Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. and Mr Ian Allen Managing Director of SuperValu officially launched the SuperValu TidyTowns competition for 2021. A link to the full Press Release can be found by visiting www.tidytowns.ie These past months have been very difficult for everyone in society and communities have struggled to stay positive and optimistic. TidyTowns groups and their thousands of volunteers continue to demonstrate a can-do approach and a willingness and determination to improve our Towns, Villages and Cities for those who call those places home and as welcoming...
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21
MAY
2021

National Needs Analysis of social enterprises currently employing people with criminal records: survey

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The Department of Rural & Community Development is working on the implementation of the Working to Change employment focused strategy (click here to view) in partnership with the Department of Justice. The overall aim of this strategy is to increase employment opportunities for people who have criminal records in order to create active citizenship, safer communities for all and fewer victims. As part of a national Needs Analysis of social enterprises currently employing people with criminal records, we encourage all social enterprises to complete this short, anonymous survey:...
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20
MAY
2021

Re-Opening & Operating Safely: information & resources from Pobal & DRCD

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Information and Resources for the Community and Voluntary Sector on Operating Safely During COVID-19 In response to requests and queries from the community and voluntary sector and the many groups we work closely alongside, Pobal worked with the Department of Rural and Community Development and prepared a detailed webpage providing guidance on re-open and operating safely. Please find the link below: https://www.pobal.ie/reopeningyourservice/   Information and links to official Government and Public Health websites and a breakdown of steps which can be applied in a community and...
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20
MAY
2021

CREATE: News & Opportunities – May 2021

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News from Create Creative Places Tuam seeks to grow Creative Team Deadline: 27 May, 12 noon Web: https://creativeplacestuam.ie/support-roles-for-cp-tuam/ https://www.create-ireland.ie/opportunity-support-roles-for-creative-places-tuam/ Creative Places Tuam is an Arts Council initiative, led and managed by Create. The three year programme aims to develop a grassroots approach to creativity and arts engagement, building capacity for a rich, engaged artistic and cultural practice in the town and its hinterlands. Creative Places Tuam is utilising residencies, commissions, creative exchanges...
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20
MAY
2021

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys allocates €10.5 million for upgrade works on rural roads and laneways

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Funding to improve access to homes, farms and outdoor amenities Every county to receive budget increase Minister Humphreys: Supporting connectivity in rural Ireland is vital   The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (14 May 2021) announced the allocation of €10.5 million for repairs and improvement works on non-public roads in rural communities. The funding, announced under the Local Improvement Scheme, will improve access to rural homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches. The €10.5 million...
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20
MAY
2021

Connected Hubs Fund

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What is the Connected Hubs Fund The primary objective of the Connected Hubs Call is to support and complement the development of a National Hub Network, which is a key action of the Rural Development Policy – Our Rural Future and the National Remote Working Strategy – Making Remote Work. The call aims to add additional capacity to the existing remote working infrastructure in Ireland by upgrading existing hubs and Broadband Connection Points (BCPs), while continuing to support COVID-19 measures. It will provide owners, operators and managers of existing remote working facilities and BCPs...
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19
MAY
2021

Community Enhancement Programme 2021

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The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) is a Capital Grant programme which provides funding to enhance community facilities and address disadvantage in County Meath. Meath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is responsible for allocating funding to projects.  The total allocation for Meath for 2021 is €142,893. Applications are now invited from Community and Voluntary groups in County Meath for a Small scale capital grant of €1,000 or less or for a Capital Grant in excess of €1,000. This year’s CEP will provide: grants towards projects or equipment enhancing facilities (similar...
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19
MAY
2021

COVID-19 Stability Fund 2021: application process

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Source: https://www.pobal.ie/programmes/covid-19-cv-stability-fund-2021/ Overview: The COVID-19 Stability Fund has played an important role in providing much needed financial assistance to many community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises to help them continue to provide critical supports and services in 2020. Community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises can now apply, including those who were successful in the previous rounds of the COVID-19 Stability Scheme in 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously...
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19
MAY
2021

Towards a National Action Plan Against Racism for Ireland: Public Consultation 2021

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The Anti-Racism Committee’s Public Consultation on a new National Action Plan against Racism for Ireland is now open and will run for 12 weeks from Wednesday 21 April to Wednesday 14 July 2021. It gives everyone an opportunity to have their say about how we can effectively tackle racism in all its forms in Ireland today. The Committee have prepared a Consultation Document to explain what the consultation is about, which you can access here. The Committee’s Interim Report was published on 21 April 2021. You can access it here. In the Interim Report, the Committee highlights key areas for a...
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19
MAY
2021

National Council for the Blind in Ireland – Advocacy Networks

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NCBI Advocacy Flyer – pdf   National Council for the Blind in Ireland – Advocacy Networks Would you like to get involved in positive change for people who are blind, or vision impaired at a local and national level? Join one of our Local Advocacy Networks and/or sign up for regular updates on our National Advocacy Network mailing list. What is the National Advocacy Network? The NAN is a mailing list that allows us to share our updates and news about NCBI’s advocacy and policy work. By joining the NAN, you can keep updated with the issues that impact on you and on the...
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19
MAY
2021

Pathways – All the news from An Cosán

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Welcome to our bi-monthly e-zine where we’ll be sharing all the exciting news and opportunities from An Cosán! We look forward to sharing the story of our learners, the impact we are having for communities around Ireland, and information on upcoming courses and events. Despite the upheaval of the past year, we have continued and expanded our services to provide a pathway of lifelong learning for the most marginalised communities in Ireland. Whether it is for our littles ones receiving the best Early Years education and care, or for our adult learners elevating themselves and their...
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19
MAY
2021

2021 EPA Research Call now open with €10.5 million available for new research projects

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The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.5 million available for new research projects, the funding will be provided under the four EPA Research 2030 interconnected research hubs: Addressing climate change evidence needs Facilitating a green and circular economy Delivering a healthy environment Protecting and restoring our natural environment   The Research Call is designed to support the design and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland....
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19
MAY
2021

Royal Sites of Ireland: new website & survey

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In 2010 the Royal Sites of Ireland, a group of six unique collectives of largely prehistoric monuments and sites associated in early medieval and medieval sites as the principal ancient sites of royal inauguration in Ireland, was placed on Ireland’s Tentative World Heritage List. Spread throughout the island, four of the sites represent the ancient Kingdoms of Ireland and its current provinces of North (Emain Macha), South (Rock of Cashel), East (Dún Ailline) and West (Rathcroghan). Tara was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland situated in the ancient ‘fifth’ province of Meath (Midhe)...
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19
MAY
2021

Core: fundraiser for Mental Wellbeing Progamme

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In an effort to support the Core Mental Wellbeing Program we are launching a raffle to raise funds. The prize is an Apple iPad 10.2 “.  Entry is limited to the first 1,000, and at €10 presents amazing value.  You Can enter as many times as you like. The draw will take place once the 1,000 entries have been reached or the 15th June 2021 at 12:00 midday, whichever happens sooner. Please find a link below to enter: https://coreireland.ie/raffle/ 
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18
MAY
2021

National Biodiversity Week is here!

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National Biodiversity Week is underway with free events every day! Could you please share with your groups or on social media? There are lots of inspiring events happening all week, with fun things to do and lots to learn. Have a look at the calendar to browse events. This weekend we are hosting a Backyard Bioblitz. Explore your local area to discover fabulous flora and fauna. Ecologists and wildlife experts will be on hand to identify your finds. Tag us in your photo on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week with #BackyardBioblitz. For younger people (or people...
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18
MAY
2021

Meath Local Sports Partnership – Summer 2021 E-Zine

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The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Summer 2021 is now available! Packed full of news, updates and upcoming events. Click here to view: Meath LSP Summer Ezine
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17
MAY
2021

Meath Africa Day Event: online 25th May 2021 @ 4pm – Cultúr

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Join us virtually to celebrate the African continent its people and their rich cultures. This year’s celebrations will happen virtually due to the massive impact of COVID-19 in Ireland and the rest of the world under the theme: SilencingTheGuns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development and Intensifying the Fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please find a link below to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/meath-africa-day-event-tickets-155611378823
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17
MAY
2021

E-Male Matters Newsletter – Spring 2021

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Please find a link below to the Spring 2021 edition of ‘E-Male Matters’ – the newsletter of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI). E-Male Matters – Spring 2021 – pdf   Men’s Health Week 2021 This edition contains a lot of information about Men’s Health Week 2021, which will run from Monday 14th – Sunday 20th June, and the resource materials which are available. Even at this late stage, there are many simple, free, and extremely easy ways to promote and celebrate the week. For ideas, check out the ‘Toolbox for Action’ at:...
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14
MAY
2021

Act Out Youth Theatre SCREEN SCENES GALA – Tuesday 18th May @ 19.30

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Act Out, Meath’s leading Youth Theatre, are delighted to premiere their most recent project SCREEN SCENES, in an online gala presentation over Zoom on Tuesday 18th May at 19.30. Act Out have been responding to the current challenges of lockdown by adapting their programming, offering remote projects & weekly workshops online. The screening will be a culmination of their recent Acting-for-Camera project and will showcase some of the best young acting talent that Meath has to offer. The Act Out members have been working remotely & tirelessly over the last few months on scenes from...
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14
MAY
2021

Innovation in Politics European Awards 2021

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Search opens for pioneering projects that improve the lives of people and communities for entry to fifth Europe-wide Political Awards 2021-05-10IrishAnnouncementOfAwards – pdf A jury of 1,000 European citizens will single out the year’s most innovative projects. Submissions are open now. From today, the search is on for the most innovative projects in Ireland for entry to the prestigious Innovation in Politics European Awards which are heading into their fifth instalment. Politicians and public authorities from Ireland and all over Europe are being invited to submit their most...
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14
MAY
2021

FREE CPR Training with Meath Civil Defence

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Meath Civil Defence are available to provide CPR training. 24 places are available. 6 people per session. The location for training will be in Navan. If interested, please email meathppn@meathcoco.ie  and include preferred time of daytime/evening/weekend
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13
MAY
2021

Cycle Against Suicide – Community Buddies

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Cycle Against Suicide are working to train and deploy a network of ‘Community Buddies’ into communities across Ireland. We are inviting individuals in clubs and associations to participate in this training. Our Community Buddy programme is peer to peer support and is centred around a structured but supportive conversation in a safe and non-judgemental space.  It allows an individual to discuss how they are coping or not coping and working with the Buddy to discuss (and co-produce) ways of moving forward to overcome the challenges. The training to become a Community Buddy is 2...
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13
MAY
2021

FASN – Still here for you

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The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is a dedicated support service for Family members/ concerned persons who are impacted by loved one’s substance misuse. In these extremely difficult times, we are very aware of the challenges our service users will be dealing with so we have developed a safe and secure online communications platform in which we can support you.  We are continuing to provide vital services in the form of One to one support sessions 5 Step Brief Intervention Health & Wellbeing support through Facebook (FASN) Counselling Family Support Groups – online peer led...
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13
MAY
2021

Arts Office – Summer 2021 Newsletter

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Please find a link below to the Meath County Council Arts Office Summer 2021 Newsletter. MCC Arts Office Summer 2021.Newsletter
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13
MAY
2021

Family Learning Course: Meath Partnership

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Join Meath Partnership throughout May/June to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted your child’s life. Throughout the 5 sessions, the group will have the opportunity to learn more about child nutrition, mental health, sexual health and social media use. The sessions will focus on how as parents we can support our young people in this changing world and hear from others in the group. This is a free course and will be hosted via Zoom (with the possibility of 1 in-person session). All participants need is access to the weekly call (laptop/phone) and a cup of tea. All participants will receive a...
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13
MAY
2021

Health Issues in the Community: Training 10th & 11th June 2021

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  Health Issues in the Community is a training course which explores health issues that are relevant to you and your community. The course looks at how poverty, housing, employment, income, food, and a range of other things affect our health and the health of our communities. HIIC is for everyone, particularly for people who would like to improve their knowledge, skills, and become more involved in their local community. It is for local community members, volunteers and those who work with community members.   The following  course will be delivered with funding from Healthy...
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11
MAY
2021

Conference on the Future of Europe Ireland – launch event 14th May 2021

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Government of Ireland’s Launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe in Ireland 11.00am Friday, 14 May 2021 – Online   The Government of Ireland’s official launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe in Ireland, organised and hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs in co-operation with European Movement Ireland. The Conference on the Future of Europe is an EU-wide project to engage citizens on the debate about Europe’s future challenges and priorities. Over the next year, a series of debates and discussions will be held that will enable people from every corner of...
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11
MAY
2021

Engage and Educate Fund: Rethink Ireland

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The Engage and Educate Fund is a €1.2 million three year fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Mason Hayes and Curran LLP and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. The objective of the Fund is to back innovative projects that empower young people and adults through education, enabling people from marginalised communities to access game-changing education programmes. The Engage & Educate Fund aims to work with organisations that empower young people and adults through education and break the negative cycle of poverty through...
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11
MAY
2021

Closing date 13th May 2021: Dormant Accounts Fund: supporting employment opportunities for People with Disabilities.

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As part of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) are inviting applications from community and voluntary organisations who wish to support and improve the employment opportunities (incl. self-employment opportunities) for People with Disabilities. There are two key objectives of this funding: To support People with Disabilities to: access employment; improve their career progression opportunities ‘in work’; and improve their employment outcomes through education and training. To support potential employers to provide employment for People...
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11
MAY
2021

Rethink Ireland: Glas Communities Fund – closing date 25th May 2021

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The Glas Communities Fund is a €200,000 fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Ornua Co-operative Limited and the Irish Governmentvia the Dormant Accounts Fund. The Fund will back innovative solutions which are working to build green sustainable communities in Ireland. The Glas Communities Fund will support proven social innovations with an environmental and community impact to grow and scale across the country. Projects with a focus on rural development will have an advantage. Please note that this Fund is only open to organisations that have already received funding from...
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11
MAY
2021

‘Building Back Better’: NDA Consultation event 14th May 2021

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Building Back Better: The Post-Covid-19 world for persons with disabilities Date: Friday 14 of May 2021 Time: 10am – 1pm The National Disability Authority is holding an online consultation to listen to the views of persons with disabilities and DPOs on “Building Back Better: The Post-Covid-19 world for persons with disabilities”. Obtaining the perspectives of persons with disabilities is essential for the work of the National Disability Authority as these inform our work and advice to government. The consultation will focus on employment and training, education, everyday living and the...
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11
MAY
2021

Policing Authority: Public consultation on policing priorities

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The Policing Authority has launched a Public Consultation on Policing Priorities for the Garda Síochána for 2022. The consultation, which is open to all, will be carried out using a new, online tool. It is hoped that individuals from a broad and diverse cross-section of society will take the opportunity to give their views on how policing resources may be allocated. Please find a link to the online consultation portal below: https://policingauthority.prioritysimulator.com/   The Policing Priorities are determined annually by the Authority and set out the areas of policing that it...
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11
MAY
2021

Louth Meath Recovery Education Co-production Workshop: New Date – 18th June 2021

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  Do you have experience of Drogheda Department of Psychiatry as a service user, a family member/carer or as a member of staff? If so, then you are invited to attend a Louth Meath Recovery Education Co-production workshop on “Recovery Education in Drogheda Department of Psychiatry” where your knowledge and expertise can add significant value to new Recovery Education material to be delivered on the unit.   Aim The aim of these co-production sessions is to produce recovery education workshops and material for delivery in acute mental health services in Drogheda....
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11
MAY
2021

The Wheel: LEADER Funding Explained – free webinar 25th May @ 10.30am

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Are you interested in exploring funding opportunities for your organisation within the LEADER rural development programme? If so, please join us online on Tuesday, 25 May at 10:30am for The Wheel Introduction to LEADER Funding training.     With a budget of €70 million for 2021 – 2022, the LEADER programme operates on a locally-led / bottom-up approach to meeting the needs of local communities and businesses. LEADER supports private enterprises and community groups in rural areas.  Brought to you by The Wheel’s Access Europe programme...
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11
MAY
2021

LMETB Community Education Service Summer 2021: tuition application process open for community & voluntary groups

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  𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘆 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽? 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲? 𝗜𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵?   If you have answered 𝗬𝗘𝗦 we currently have the Community Education Summer Tuition Application Open for Community & Voluntary Groups, to apply * Click on www.lmetb.ie for application form Or * Click on https://forms.office.com/r/xVttNdUKDA to apply online   The latest date for receipt of completed applications is 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝘆. If successful, course/s must be completed by Friday 27th August...
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11
MAY
2021

Town & Village Scheme 2021

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On Monday 3rd May 2021, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced €15 million in funding to help revitalise rural towns and villages post Covid-19. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is designed to breathe new life into rural communities – making them more attractive places to live, work, socialise and raise a family. The initiative is a key part of “Our Rural Future” – the Government’s five year strategy to revitalise rural Ireland. The measures that will be supported by the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme include: Tackling...
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11
MAY
2021

Pride of Place 2021: closing date 28th May

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The Meath County Council 2021 Pride of Place competition is open for applications. Further details and the application form can be obtained from The Community Department, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 Y291 or by email prideofplace@meathcoco.ie or alternatively from our website: https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/community/community-grants-and-initiatives/pride-of-place The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5.00pm Friday, 28th May 2021”
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11
MAY
2021

Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €4.5 million to improve community facilities

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Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €4.5 million to improve community facilities  Funding to support local groups to re-open their facilities post Covid-19 Small grants for repairs and renovations, new equipment and safety upgrades Community Enhancement Programme to focus on disadvantaged areas   DRCD Press Office <press.office@drcd.gov.ie> Sunday 9 May 2021  Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, have today announced €4.5 million to support community...
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11
MAY
2021

Building a Memory Garden: online workshop Thursday at 11am: Meath Partnership  

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Meath Partnership will be offering a FREE workshop on Building a Memory Garden next Thursday at 11am via Zoom. This is suitable for anyone with an interest in gardening. It may benefit older adults who have memory issues due to dementia. Places can be booked using the link below: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/memory-building-gardening-for-older-people-tickets-153967953293  This workshop is being held in conjunction with two other workshops around the subject of dementia. One will focus on the area of dementia prevention and the other will be a workshop on building a more dementia inclusive...
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11
MAY
2021

Meath Libraries: Events Newsletter May 2021

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Meath Library Service wish to let you know that, from Monday May 10th, we will be re-opening our doors to the public. All Meath libraries (except for Ráth Chairn library) will be open at the normal hours of service – check your local branch hours here. Branches will be open for browsing and borrowing of items and the photocopying & printing service from your own device will be permitted. Unfortunately at this time, we cannot provide Study Spaces or PC usage. Please see updates below  from  ahead of their opening on Monday 10th May.   Bealtaine Festival 2021 Meath County Council...
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07
MAY
2021

HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: 7th May 2021

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We hope this message finds you well. Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you.   Public Health Measures You can find information here about the public health measures in place.   COVID-19 Vaccination Programme The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide. As of 4th May 1,655,866 vaccines have been administered in Ireland. You can find the latest information here. For updates and information on each of the vaccine allocation groups, and when and where they’ll be invited for...
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06
MAY
2021

Launch of €10m Covid Stability Fund: DRCD

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Ministers Humphreys, McGrath and O’Brien launch €10m Community Fund €10 million Covid Stability Fund to support community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises Supports for organisations which deliver critical services to the vulnerable Community centres providing social services can also apply for funding Fund to prioritise groups who have not received support since onset of pandemic   More information about this fund is available on the Pobal website The application portal will go live on 20 May with an application window until 3pm on 27 May 2021. All of the...
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06
MAY
2021

CRANN: Governance Training – 13th May 2021 at 6.30pm (online)

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CRANN will be hosting a Governance seminar on Thursday 13th May, which will be of particular interest to all who are volunteering, employed in, or associated with Community or Voluntary Organisations in the non-profit sector. The Seminar will be delivered virtually by Gerry Egan, who is well experienced in encouraging NGO’s to adopt best governance practices for their organisations. This focus on good governance extends to the implementation of the Charities Governance Code. The Code sets the minimum standards required, which all Board Members of a registered charity should ensure their...
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05
MAY
2021

In the Midst of Masters: a mindful exploration of art

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As part of the Meath County Council’s Keep Well Campaign, Meath Arts Office is delighted to present In the Midst of Masters; a mindful exploration of art. Featuring works currently held in the Meath County Council Public Art Collection, this art and mindfulness series invites you to focus your attention in a guided survey of works by some of the foremost figures in 20th Century Irish art. In the Midst of Masters features a mix of audio, text and video presentation and will be available online in a three part series throughout the month of May. Including artwork by Maurice MacGonigal,...
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05
MAY
2021

Be Summer-Ready campaign: Government

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The Government of Ireland recently launched the ‘Be Summer-Ready’ campaign to provide information on issues that may affect the general public this summer. During summer months, more people visit the countryside, engage in outdoor pursuits and visit family farms. Information and tips are available at www.gov.ie/summerready   This year, there is a particular focus on water safety as Ireland’s waterways and beaches become very popular in the summer. Sadly, this can lead to associated risks including drowning accidents. So we are asking everyone to ‘be alert to water safety’.  ...
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05
MAY
2021

Eirgrid: Civil Society Forum on Shaping Our Electricity Future

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Eirgrid in partnership with Irish Rural Link has hosted regional Rural Workshops on Shaping Our Electricity Future proposals. The final workshops take place this week (additional info). Thank you for participation so far.   Following these workshops, the next key event in our consultation on Shaping Our Electricity Future is a Civil Society Forum on 12 May 2021 from 10am to 12.30pm. The forum will be chaired by Marie Donnelly, Chair of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council, and aims to bring together stakeholders across Civil Society, including NGOs, Academia, Agriculture,...
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05
MAY
2021

What Works 2021 Learning Together Fund

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The What Works 2021 “Learning Together Fund” is designed to support community and voluntary organisations, or networks of statutory and non-government organisations, to promote increased understanding and use of evidence informed approaches to prevention and early intervention services for children, young people and their families. What is What Works? The What Works Initiative, funded under Dormant Accounts, aims to take a coordinated approach to enhance capacity, knowledge and quality in prevention and early intervention for children, young people and their families, with a focus on...
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05
MAY
2021

Green Social Economy workshop: 13th May at 2pm

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  A short workshop  on the subject of PAYMENT for ECOSYSTEM SERVICES is taking place on 13th May. The workshop is being presented by partners in Italy along with Teagasc. It will detail how payments systems can work. It should be of interest to anyone in the rural areas working in the social economy or anyone working in the green economy. Registration is free and can be done by clicking on the images in the form below. Green Social Economy Workshop – pdf
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04
MAY
2021

LMETB Community Education Summer 2021: Application for Community & Voluntary Groups in County Meath and Louth

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The LMETB Community Education Summer 2021 Direct Tuition/Online Application is now open,   Please find details contained in documents below including application form and types of courses which we deliver Online. Summer 2021Community-Education-Service-Application-Form-TuitionHours and Advert – pdf Summer 2021Community-Education-Service-Application-Form-TuitionHours and Advert – word   The application form is available to download at www.lmetb.ie or by Clicking on Online Summer Application to complete online form   The closing date for returning completed...
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30
APR
2021

Trim FRC Community Food Bank initiative

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Trim Family Resource Centre Community Food Bank initiative brings much needed food supplies to local families who have difficulty purchasing enough to meet their needs and not fall into financial difficulties. Via Food Cloud and Neighbourly Community Fund platforms surplus food is collected from local businesses – Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, M&S, Dunnes Stores and given away to local families twice a week. We receive a lot of non perishable products  with long shelf life and also some products that  are close to their best before date. All foods are still safe for consumption and some are...
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30
APR
2021

RESCHEDULED: Louth Meath Recovery Education: Co-Production Workshop 11th & 18th May 2021

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****Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to reschedule our planned May co-production sessions. Please find revised rescheduled details here *****   Invitation to Louth Meath Co-production – pdf   Do you have experience of Drogheda Department of Psychiatry as a service user, a family member/carer or as a member of staff? If so, then you are invited to attend a Louth Meath Recovery Education Co-production workshop on “Recovery Education in Drogheda Department of Psychiatry” where your knowledge and expertise can add significant value to new Recovery...
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30
APR
2021

Meath Age Friendly: “Think Ahead/Power of Attorney” – online talk May 11, 2021 10:30

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Meath Age Friendly are hosting a talk on “Think Ahead/Power of Attorney”  on Tuesday May 11th 10.30am. Staff from the Citizens Information Service will give a presentation for about 30 minutes with time for questions afterwards. The talk will take place online. Please email meathppn@meathcoco.ie to register.
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30
APR
2021

Trim FRC: Support group for parents of children with disabilities or additional needs

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  Trim Family Resource Centre are setting up a parent led support group of children with disabilities or additional needs. We are looking for parental input to the group and are organising a focus group to inform how we plan the group. This engagement can be done through a link on our facebook page or by scanning the QR code on our poster. Contact: Caroline Morris, Community Development and Family Support Worker, Trim Family Resource Centre. Contact 0876031108, 0469438850 for more details.
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29
APR
2021

Healthy Ireland/Keep Well – Sustainable Gardening Course – Growing Together with Aoife Munn

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Meath County Council is delighted to offer  a course called “Growing Together” with Aoife Munn as part of the Keep Well campaign. It is a week by week guide to growing vegetables and pollinator friendly plants.  The course covers, pricking out seedlings, looking after trees in pots, organic vegetable growing and much more. If you would like a place on this course click the link below with the time that most suits you.  We will be running the course at 11.30am and 7pm on Thursdays starting 6th of May (places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis).  Please click one or...
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29
APR
2021

Older Persons Impacted by COVID – Time to get Moving Again’ Webinar 7th of May from 2pm – 4pm .

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The National Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons in partnership with the ONMSD and HSE Health and Wellbeing, are hosting an ‘ Older Persons Impacted by COVID – Time to get Moving Again’ Webinar taking place on the 07th of May from 2pm – 4pm . The upcoming webinar will focus on the reconditioning needs and recovery pathways for older people to support and facilitate a significant increase in physical, cognitive, and emotional activity. The webinar will also launch the National Frailty Education E-learning Programme. You can register for the Webinar at...
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29
APR
2021

Cultúr: Job Activation and Business Tech Seminar – 6th May 2021 at 11am.

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Cultúr migrant Centre would like to invite you to our Job Activation and Business Tech Seminar taking place online on Thursday 6th May 2021 at 11am. Guest speakers will cover topics such as How to prepare for career change/ Kickstart your job search/ What does your dream job look like? Education for progression and new guidelines for refugees and asylum seekers. Jobs on demand, Could employers be looking for you, Using social media for Job seeking, Ways to stay motivated CV Preparation, interview tips and skills and much more.   Please find a registration link below:...
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29
APR
2021

6th May workshop on public participation & Irish climate policy

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Climate consultations – how to make your submission work Workshop on public participation and Irish climate policy Thursday, 6th May: 7pm – 8:30pm via Zoom The Government is currently running a Climate Dialogue, to consult the Irish public on the Climate Action Plan 2021 and the Climate Action Fund – but does public participation translate into climate policy? And how can consultation processes best serve communities? This workshop, hosted by Clare PPN (Public Participation Network), will ask how we can use climate consultations to bring about real policy change; what kind of...
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29
APR
2021

Social Justice Ireland Webinar: Delivering a Basic Income Pilot Wednesday, 12th May 2021 at 1pm

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Social Justice Ireland has advocated for the introduction of a Basic Income for decades. We welcomed both the inclusion of a Basic Income pilot in the Programme for Government and the recommendation of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce to provide a Basic Income to artists to support them through the pandemic. REGISTER NOW to join us on Wednesday, 12th May 2021 at 1pm to hear our proposals for how this can be done! Social Justice Ireland will put forward our costed proposals and hear responses from the Arts and Trade Union sectors. We look forward to seeing you there! Register Now
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APR
2021

National Broadband Ireland: survey work in Ratoath & Trim MDs, May 2021

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National Broadband Ireland will be surveying around parts of Ratoath MD and Trim MD during May 2021. Contractors from Entregro will start survey work in the Donadea Deployment Area from the 10th May 2021. Please find area maps below: DA111 – Donadea (Overall Map) (4) DA111 – Donadea (Meath CoCo) – pdf DA111 – Donadea (Meath CoCo) – pdf   WWW.NBI.IE
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APR
2021

POSTPONED: Meath PPN Plenary Meeting, 28th April 2021

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The Meath PPN Plenary Meeting planned for this evening has been postponed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  
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26
APR
2021

Wellóige: Free online events for parents & young people

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Wellóige Meath Parents Online Events – pdf
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26
APR
2021

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI): webinar 5th May 2021 at 3pm (online)

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Event invitation “Everything you wanted to know about disability but were afraid to ask!” Wednesday 5th May 3pm (Zoom) Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) would like to invite you to our webinar “Everything you wanted to know about disability but were afraid to ask!” which will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 5th May 3pm. May 5th was designated by the European Network on Independent Living as European Day on Independent Living and this event is part of ILMI’s celebration of this date. The webinar will be an opportunity for people to listen in and informally learn about the social...
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APR
2021

CREATE: Opportunities & News – April 2021

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News from Create: Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Remote Residency Award Deadline: 17 May, 5.30pm Web: www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/residencies/remote-residency-award/ We are delighted to announce a new Remote Residency, in partnership with Fire Station Artists’ Studios, for collaborative socially engaged artists with first-hand experience of displacement and/or histories of intergenerational migration. For this residency, candidates may or may not self-identify as refugee, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories. The...
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23
APR
2021

We can do this- keep going with Covid19 protections

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While the vaccination programme means that there are better days to come, it is more important than ever to keep taking action and prevent the spread of the virus. The enormous efforts made by the people of Ireland show that we have the power to stop the spread of COVID-19 and that we have protected each other from serious illness. We are also seeing the combined impact of our sacrifices and the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Case numbers are falling and there are fewer people in hospital – but we’re not quite there yet. We all need to keep doing the things which we know protect us and...
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APR
2021

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) Scheme: now open

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Minister Heather Humphrey has launched the 2021 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) scheme. Measure 1 projects are those up to €20,000 with a maximum of 7 to be submitted Measure 2 projects are those up to €200,000 with a maximum of 3 applications to be submitted Measure 3 projects are those greater than €500,000 with only 1 application to be submitted.   Details of the various measures, including the relevant Scheme Outlines, are available in the attached documents. M1 Application Form M2M3 Application form Project Dev Measure Application form Scheme Outline ORIS 2021...
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Consultation workshops on EirGrid’s Shaping Our Electricity Future Strategy: 29th April 2021 at 7pm

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Irish Rural Link are hosting a series of online consultation workshops on EirGrid’s Shaping Our Electricity Future Strategy. A new report that details innovative approaches to developing the grid to meet ambitious 2030 renewable energy targets. It must redevelop the grid to manage 70% of Ireland’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. The North East Regional Consultation takes place on Thursday 29th April 7pm – 9pm via Zoom   Shaping Our Electricity Future comprises four approaches to achieving this, as well as meeting the projected increase demand for electricity over...
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2021

Community Law and Mediation Limerick: training on Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty

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Community Law and Mediation Limerick presents training on: Overview of Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty: Public Bodies’ Statutory Duty to Eliminate Discrimination, Promote Equality, and Protect Human Rights of Staff and Service Users   Who the duty applies to Equality and Human Rights Sources: Equality Legislation Constitutional Rights European Convention on Human Rights Other International Treaties and Conventions Implementing the duty in a public body The role of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in promoting and monitoring the implementation of the duty...
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2021

.IE Digital Town Awards 2021 Closing date extended: 30th April 2021

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We have some big news regarding the upcoming .IE Digital Town Awards 2021. The response has been fantastic, but a piece of consistent feedback we are hearing is that you would like some more time to complete your entries and really do justice to the great digital projects out there. You asked and we listened! The deadline for entry into the 2021 awards has been extended to Friday, 30 April at 5 pm. Remember there are 14 awards in a number of categories with a total prize fund of €100,000. ENTER HERE NOW
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2021

‘Share the Load on the Road’: Community Buddy programme from Cycle Against Suicide

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Cycle Against Suicide is intensifying our commitment to support your mental health and the health of those you care about along with your community. We are hosting a virtual cycle ‘Share the Load on the Road’ which replaces our annual Main Cycle: : https://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/sharetheload/ This event is supporting our Community Buddy programme, a peer support programme that trains and equips individuals in local communities across Ireland with the practical, hands-on skills and knowledge they need to deliver support to those in mental health distress in their local...
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2021

Meals on Wheels Providers Survey & Small Grants

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Meals on Wheels Provider Survey The National Meals on Wheels Network is inviting meals on wheels providers to complete the survey below. The survey is part of our national needs analysis on Meals on Wheels in Ireland. This information will help us understand the sector’s experiences and challenges while informing our Meals on Wheels policy in the future. The survey should take no longer than ten minutes. The survey deadline is Friday the 23rd of April 2021. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLmbhUIHtInNIzeikG4L_ZcyuQhFhtgoUrBVbjNkQAViCahg/viewform?usp=sf_link   IRL...
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2021

Covid19 Tech Help

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Covid19 Tech Help are a group of dedicated volunteers who are offering a free tech support service to those 65+. As many older people are cocooning at this time, it is important for them to stay in touch with their loved ones. e.g a video call with family can make a huge difference and really help to lift the spirits! Technology can be daunting for many and we are here to make the experience less difficult. All technical questions are welcome. No question is too big or too small.   We provide support to the older community countrywide and our helpline can be reached on 01-9633288....
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2021

Community Benefit Funds & Renewable Electricity Support Scheme: Virtual Town Hall session

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The Department of Climate would be delighted if you could join them in one of their two town hall webinars on this Wednesday 21st at 10am or next Tuesday 27th at 7pm to discuss the Community Benefit Funds that are a mandatory element of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme. The Community Benefit Funds will see hundreds of million euro being distributed into communities nationwide over the next two decades. The Department has published a consultation on how these funds can best be operated to maximise the benefits for communities. Registration details for the webinars can be found with...
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2021

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI): webinar 5th May 2021 at 3pm (online)

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Event invitation “Everything you wanted to know about disability but were afraid to ask!” Wednesday 5th May 3pm (Zoom) Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) would like to invite you to our webinar “Everything you wanted to know about disability but were afraid to ask!” which will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 5th May 3pm. May 5th was designated by the European Network on Independent Living as European Day on Independent Living and this event is part of ILMI’s celebration of this date. The webinar will be an opportunity for people to listen in and informally learn about the social...
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2021

Dormant Accounts Fund: supporting employment opportunities for People with Disabilities.

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As part of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) are inviting applications from community and voluntary organisations who wish to support and improve the employment opportunities (incl. self-employment opportunities) for People with Disabilities. There are two key objectives of this funding: To support People with Disabilities to: access employment; improve their career progression opportunities ‘in work’; and improve their employment outcomes through education and training. To support potential employers to provide employment for People...
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2021

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces 24 landmark rural regeneration projects nationwide

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Old Cinemas, Courthouses, Hotels, Convents, and Market Houses to be transformed into remote working hubs, libraries, e-learning, cultural, enterprise and community spaces  Development of pedestrian zones, green areas and outdoor public spaces to breathe new life into town centres  Focus on combatting dereliction, increasing the vibrancy of towns and regenerating iconic town centre buildings with new purpose   The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced €75million for 24 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country....
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2021

HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: 16th April 2021

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Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you.   Public Health Measures Ireland continues at level 5 restrictions. New public health measures came into place on 12th April, and you can find more information here.   COVID-19 Vaccination Programme The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and as of 13th April 1,094,964 vaccines have been administered in Ireland. While we have largely completed vaccinations for the first 2 allocation groups, we are still working to vaccinate...
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2021

Clár na nÓg – training, events, opportunities across the Youth Sectorand more

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NYCI News Upcoming training, deadlines, and calls New! Meditation Sessions series Ongoing Developing a sexual health policy April 19 Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme Deadline April 20 Youth consultation event: climate change and energy April 21 Info session on ERC funding possibilities for youth arts projects April 22 Call for applications: Youth 2030 Young People’s Committee Deadline April 30 Introduction to stop-motion animation May 10 NYCI youth arts online summer school Starts May 17 Survey: Space and participation for all Closes June 15   Remember to check out...
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2021

.IE Digital Town Awards 2021: closing date 26th April 2021

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.IE Digital Town Awards 2021:  7 days until applications close!  There are 14 awards in a number of categories with a total prize fund of €100k. The Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on our country.  Digital offers the opportunity to create new ways of doing things, promote innovation and breathe new life into local communities, making them more attractive places to live and work as well as contributing to a more sustainable future. The .IE Digital Town Awards are open to towns of various sizes across the island of Ireland. There are 14 awards across a number of categories with...
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2021

Navan Stroke Support Group

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Please find information on  our current supports: For new stroke survivors we at Irish Heart in conjunction with the HSE offer support to newly diagnosed people for a 12 week period through our Stroke Check In Service. i.e. help with coping after a stroke, with no obligation attached.   We are available to connect online whilst Covid restrictions are in place: The Monday club 3pm to 4.45 Social interaction among members and group coordinators, i.e. Zoom Concerts, Zoom Bingo, Zoom talks with various health professionals and experts in social aspects of life. Every Tuesday, Wednesday...
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2021

Speak Out Virtual Tour 2021 – Young Social Innovators

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Students from all over Ireland are speaking out on the issues that matter to them and their innovative ideas for change. Thousands of teenagers are taking part in Young Social Innovators, designing and co-creating solutions to social issues impacting people, communities and the environment. The Speak Out Virtual Tour allows their voices and ideas to be heard on the issues that matter to them. The Speak Out Virtual Tour, running from 12th – 16th April, gives YSI participants from all corners of Ireland an opportunity to share their ideas, spark meaningful conversations and advocate for...
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2021

National Environmental Pillar: Training for Community Groups

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To aid groups in completing the Community Groups Eligibility Form , the national Environmental Pillar are offering an information session aimed at Community&Voluntary and Social Inclusion groups.   In this information session, we will focus on the eligibility form and explore the reasons behind the environmental standards that a group should meet if they wish to join the PPN Environmental College.   Attendees will gain insight into common environmental challenges, including why they are of importance and how they can address them through their work. Examples of positive...
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2021

Free training on health literacy & family learning: Meath Partnership

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Meath Partnership are delivering free training for adult educators on health literacy and family learning. This training is part of our Erasmus+ Project called Health@Home where a consortium of international partners developed a series of educational materials for families to encourage their learning on the topic of health literacy. This resulted in the development of health related comics for smaller children, WebQuest challenge activities for teenagers and a manual for parents. In this training programme, you will gain insights in how to support parents in challenging times, you will...
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2021

Minister O’Gorman announces new funding schemes worth €800,000 as part of What Works Initiative

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The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., today (Friday 9th April 2021)  announced two new funding schemes, worth €800,000 and aimed at supporting staff and expanding the use of technology in community and voluntary organisations working with children, young people and their families. The two schemes form part of the Department’s What Works Initiative, which looks to maximise the impact of prevention and early intervention to improve outcomes for children and young people, and is funded through Dormant Accounts. Alongside the two...
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2021

Deiberative Futures Toolkit: launch event 21st April 2021 at 6pm

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‘DELIBERATIVE FUTURES’ TOOLKIT LAUNCH 21st April, 2021 from 6-7 PM  Toward ‘Future-Oriented’ Communities and Decision-Making     We are very happy to say that registration for the ‘Deliberative Futures’ Toolkit launch is now open. The toolkit seeks to offer practical advice and guidance on futures thinking focused engagement drawing from deliberative and participatory processes. We are pleased to announce that Dr Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh will be the guest speaker for the launch.  The event will be held online, on Wednesday 21st April, 2021 from 6-7 PM. We hope to share a...
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2021

Eirgrid: Update on Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade Project

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EirGrid selects underground cable option for key Kildare-Meath project that helps facilitate the integration of renewables and meet growing electricity demand EirGrid has selected an underground cable option for a critical, new electricity project that will reinforce the network across Kildare and Meath. The upgrade will help to more effectively transfer power to the east of the country and distribute it within the electricity network in Meath, Kildare and Dublin. It will help to facilitate the integration of renewables on the grid by strengthening the network and help meet the growing...
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2021

HSE invites people aged 65-69 to register for their COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine

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HSE invites people aged 65-69 to register for their COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine ·       Register online at www.hse.ie or by phone at 1850 24 1850 for HSE vaccination appointments ·       Vaccines will be given during April and May   HSE Press Release: Wednesday, 14th April 2021 The HSE today, (Wednesday, 14th April 2021), confirmed details of the next group of people to be offered COVID-19 vaccines and introduced the COVID-19 online registration system. Over the coming weeks, about 180,000 people aged 65 to 69 will be asked to register for their COVID-19 vaccine on the HSE website....
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2021

Trim Family Resource Centre – Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Celebrating 20 Years Newsletter Spring 2021 (1) – pdf
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2021

EirGrid’s Shaping Our Electricity Future Strategy: online consultation event 29th April 2021

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Irish Rural Link are hosting a series of consultation workshops on EirGrid’s Shaping Our Electricity Future Strategy  – a new report that details innovative approaches to developing the grid to meet ambitious 2030 renewable energy targets. People can find out more about the public consultation and how to have their say in Shaping Ireland’s Electricity Future by visiting consult.eirgrid.ie Eirgrid must redevelop the grid to manage 70% of Ireland’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. Shaping Our Electricity Future comprises four approaches to achieving this, as well as...
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2021

Mental Health Act 2021: online discussion sessions

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HSE Mental Health Engagement & Recovery and partners, Mental Health Reform are holding online discussion and update sessions on the Mental Health Act 2021: Sessions area an opportunity to Learn more about the current law and debates that have taken place to date. Gather with other interested people to share your experience in informing a submission to the Department of Health on the key themes in the new Mental Health Act.   These information and discussion sessions will be held over two days – April 15th – Information session hosted by Mental Health Reform April 16th –...
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2021

Creative Climate Action Fund

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The Creative Ireland Programme in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications is delighted to announce the launch of Creative Climate Action.   The €2 million fund- the first of its kind in Ireland –  is for creative projects which can meaningfully connect people with profound changes happening in our environment, society and economy arising from climate change. Creative Climate Action is looking for proposals which can use creative and artistic approaches to transform connection and awareness into climate action and behaviour change. We know...
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2021

2021 Pride of Place: now open for applications

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The Meath County Council 2021 Pride of Place competition is now open for applications. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5.00pm Friday, 28th May 2021.   Please find forms, guidance and prize documents below: 2021 Application Form and Guidelines (MSWORD, 164.45 kb) 2021 Prizes (PDF, 550.32 kb)   Completed application forms should be submitted to; Community Department, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 Y291 or by email to prideofplace@meathcoco.ie   Source:...
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2021

Upcoming Women in Sport Webinar: 15th April @7.30pm

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 She…..Inspires & Belongs in Sport – FREE interactive webinar Meath Local Sports Partnership are delighted to announce the line-up of excellent speakers for our upcoming Women in Sport webinar on Thursday 15th April @ 7.30pm-9pm. Speakers include: Nora Stapleton – Women in Sport lead with Sport Ireland & ex Irish rugby international Liam Sheedy – All-Ireland winning manager Joanne O Riordan – journalist and disability advocate Vikki Wall – All-Ireland winning player with Meath Intermediate Ladies Gaelic team Rachael Flynn – PE teacher & Meath LSP tutor Lisa O Dowd –...
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2021

Creative Writing Course for Young Adults

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Cruinniú na nÓg Creative Writing for Young Adults with Allanah Scully Are you aged 15- 18 years and want to discover your ‘creative spark’ through creative writing? This is a 6 week creative writing course for young adults aged 15 -18 that will take place over Zoom. Participants will focus on a different element each week during the Creative Writing Course.  The first week will be used to explore prompts and ideas and delve into the many inspirations that can be right in front of us every day.  The remaining 5 weeks will explore Character Creation, Setting, Dialogue, Different Writing...
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2021

Green Kilometre Scheme: update from Meath County Council

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There has been a tremendous response to the Green Kilomertre Scheme with 170 groups and individuals across Meath signed up, ranging from small family groups to larger community led events such as the Moynalvy GFA, Bohermeen Bog Development Group, Ballinabrackey Communities Together. Meath County Council was aware from the high number of emails received that people who found themselves with a little bit more time on their hands, and from those undertaking regular exercise in their very local area had noticed an increase in littering and illegal dumping, and wanted to take action. However,...
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2021

Minister O’Brien announces an additional €3.2 million extension to the Community Services Programme Support Fund

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Joe O’Brien, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, has today (Friday, 9th April) announced additional funding of €3.2 million for the Community Services Programme 2021 Support Fund. This brings the total amount allocated under the CSP Support Fund in 2020 and 2021, to €7.95 million. Press Release DRCD published 9th April: available here   Announcing the funding the Minister said: “I am very pleased to once again provide additional financial supports to those CSP organisations continuing to face unprecedented difficulties as a result of...
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2021

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces details of new €70m Transitional LEADER Programme

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Local Groups can apply for funding immediately A total of €70 million to support rural communities and enterprises Funding allocations for 29 Local Action Groups announced Ground-Up approach of LEADER a key plank of Our Rural Future   Press Release published by DRCD 9th April: Available here The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., has today (9th April 2021) announced the details of the allocation of the €70 million Transitional LEADER programme for the period 2021-2022. €65 million is being allocated to support locally-led rural development projects...
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2021

Notice of Plenary Meeting of the Meath PPN: 28th April 2021 at 7pm (online)

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Meath Public Participation Network invites all member groups to attend an online Plenary Meeting which will take place on Wednesday April 28th 2021 from 7pm to 8.30pm. The Plenary Meeting will be held online via Zoom due to Covid-19 restrictions.   What is a Plenary Meeting? Plenary meetings are the main decision making forums for a PPN. All member groups are invited to attend and participate.  The aim of the meeting to review and plan the work of the PPN.   Meeting arrangements and documents will issue in the coming days. Please save the date & we will look forward to...
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2021

2021 Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

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Under the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (incorporating the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups), one-off grants are being made available to local youth clubs/groups to assist with their development needs including supporting administration, programme and services costs.  Louth and Meath Youth clubs/groups are invited to apply for one-off funding under this scheme. Application Form and related Guidance notes may be downloaded from Youth Services & Projects section in LMETB at the following link: www.lmetb.ie/youth-services-projects/youth-services/  and are...
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2021

Social Media training with Meath PPN: 21st April 2021 10am-12pm

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The Meath PPN will be holding an online workshop on social media on the 21st April 2021 from 10am to 12pm. The workshop will be delivered Emily Bourke from the The Wheel. This workshop will guide you through the process of framing and telling your story through social media. You will be introduced to how social media tools such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter can provide you with opportunities to share the story of your organisation’s impact, promote your work and build your organisation’s support base. Over the course of the session we’ll share examples of best practices from a...
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2021

Purpose & Principles Framework for the Meath PPN

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To help support the development of the Meath Public Participation Network, a draft Framework of Purpose & Principles for the network is being circulated by survey link to all members for consideration. A set of principles and a clear purpose for the Meath PPN will help ensure that the network operates in a way which is useful and relevant for its members and supports the participation and representation of communities in decision-making within Meath. An outline of purpose and principles includes:   Purpose of Meath PPN Collaboration –  support member groups to work together...
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2021

#StaySafe in Meath this Easter

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A renewed appeal to Meath people in our fight against COVID-19 delivered by Cathaoirleach Cllr. David Gilroy, Chief Superintendent Fergus Healy and Dr. Peter Finnegan, Health Service Executive. Last week (week ending March 28th) 52% of cases in the North East occurred in Meath. Please Stay Home and keep your contacts to a minimum this Easter – we know it’s hard, but it’s the best thing to do to keep safe right now. #StaySafe​ #TréNeartLeChéile
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2021

HSE Covid-19 Walk in Testing Clinic open in Navan: 1st April to 5th April

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A Covid-19 walk-in testing centre for people with no symptoms will ve open in Navan, at Navan O’Mahonys GAA Club, Brews Hill this Thursday April 1st for 5 days until April 5th from 11.00am to 7.00pm each day.   The HSE’s regional Public Health Department and Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) working with the National Ambulance Service aim to carry out 300-500 Covid-19 tests per day. The temporary walk-in testing centre will allow people, who don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, to get a free COVID-19 test without having to contact their GP first. It is hoped that this initiative...
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2021

TidyTowns Newsletter April 2021

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Please find attached the 4th issue of the TidyTowns Newsletter. TidyTowns Newletter – Issue 4 of 2021 – pdf We have also included a word document that contains the links in the newsletter. Newsletter links Issue 4 of 2021   The newsletter contains the following: Information on the 2021 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition Registration process Information on Tree Week 2021 CLÁR 2021 Funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development Information on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) apply to the categories in the TidyTowns Competition Articles from...
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2021

Public Consultation on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

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A Public Consultation on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the MPA Advisory Group report entitled “Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network” is currently open and will run until 5pm on Friday 30 July 2021. This important consultation dealing with marine area-based conservation in Ireland, now and into the future, invites all stakeholders and members of the public to submit their views and comments. The focus of this consultation is on the future process for expanding Ireland’s MPA network, not on particular spaces, sites or regions that might be suited to further or new...
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2021

Communities Creating Jobs: Spring 2021 E-Magazine

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Click here to view Communities Creating Jobs 2021 Spring E-Magazine   Highlights SERI Announcements Professor Luke O’Neill John Corcoran: The Celtic Corridor Mairead McGuinness: Profile Dress For Success: Social Enterprise Dublin
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2021

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland – Newsflash March 2021

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EAPN Ireland News: Social Inclusion Forum 2021- Registration open  You are invited to attend the annual Social Inclusion Forum, which will be taking place from 12th to 16th April 2021.  The theme of this year’s Forum is “Implementing the Roadmap for Social Inclusion: reducing poverty and improving social inclusion” and it will take place online for the first time in line with government guidelines. 2020 saw the publication of the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-25: Ambition, Goals, Commitments, the arrival of Covid-19 and related restrictions on economic and social life, as well as the...
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2021

Call for Expert Evidence – Climate Action Plan 2021

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The next ten years are critical if we are to address the climate and biodiversity crisis which threatens our safe future on this planet. The Programme for Government commits to an average 7% per annum reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions from 2021 to 2030 (a 51% reduction over the decade), and to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. This will be challenging and will require fundamental changes in so many parts of Irish life. In rising to the challenge, we will be able to improve the health, welfare and security of all our people. The Government has decided to prepare the next...
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2021

Climate Conversation – Climate Action Plan 2021 consultation

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The Climate Action Plan is Ireland’s roadmap to becoming a climate neutral economy and resilient society by 2050. This means that the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere is dramatically reduced and is balanced by the amount removed by our land, forestry, or technology. Becoming a climate resilient society will help us to cope with the impacts of a changing climate. Ireland is committed to achieving this future through a just transition, meaning all voices will be heard in a fair and equal manner, and that new opportunities will mean no one is left behind. The...
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2021

Online Events from Clann Credo

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Clann Credo’s hugely successful series of online events – Changing Landscapes – is back with two new events! These free online events focus on new opportunities for communities arising from the huge increase in remote working and working from home. The Covid-19 pandemic has propelled forward the move towards remote working and opened up the possibility of alternatives to time-consuming commutes and office-based working practices. We have a great line up of speakers with unique insights into the latest trends and developments in remote working, as well as inspirational stories from...
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2021

Women in Sport Webinar: Thursday 15th April @7.30pm – “SHE…Inspires & Belongs in Sport”

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Meath Local Sports Partnership has unveiled our line-up of excellent speakers for our upcoming Women in Sport webinar on Thursday April 15th @ 7.30pm.  Speakers include: Nora Stapleton – Women in Sport lead with Sport Ireland & ex Irish rugby international Liam Sheedy – All-Ireland winning manager Joanne O Riordan – journalist and disability advocate Vikki Wall – Meath All-Ireland intermediate gaelic star Rachael Flynn – PE teacher & Meath LSP tutor Lisa O Dowd – Meath LSP Sports Development Officer & Women in Sport lead.   For full profile of the speakers, pleas...
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MAR
2021

A renewed appeal to Meath people in our fight against COVID-19

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A renewed appeal to Meath people in our fight against COVID-19 delivered by Cathaoirleach Cllr. David Gilroy, Chief Superintendent Fergus Healy and Dr. Peter Finnegan, Health Service Executive. Last week (week ending March 28th) 52% of cases in the North East occurred in Meath. Please Stay Home and keep your contacts to a minimum this Easter – we know it’s hard, but it’s the best thing to do to keep safe right now. #StaySafe​ #TréNeartLeChéile
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2021

HSE Covid-19 Walk in Testing Clinic to open in Navan: 1st April to 5th April

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A Covid-19 walk-in testing centre for people with no symptoms will open in Navan, at Navan O’Mahonys GAA Club, Brews Hill this Thursday April 1st for 5 days until April 5th from 11.00am to 7.00pm each day.   The HSE’s regional Public Health Department and Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) working with the National Ambulance Service aim to carry out 300-500 Covid-19 tests per day. The temporary walk-in testing centre will allow people, who don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, to get a free COVID-19 test without having to contact their GP first. It is hoped that this initiative will...
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2021

Update on Meath Covid19 cases

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Please find an update below: Unfortunately the current level of Covid-19 cases in Meath is very high and well above the national average. Ashbourne’s 14 day incidence rate is now TWICE that of the National Average Navan’s 14 day incidence rate is now THREE TIMES that of the National Average Over 50% of all positive cases this week in the North East have been in Meath   We all have an opportunity, and the responsibility, to contain the spread of the virus by moderating how we act collectively and individually. Over the next few weeks we need to make an extra effort in Meath’s...
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2021

Todhchaí Cheantair Thuaithe na hÉireann: Treoirphlean an Rialtais maidir le hathrú a chur ar shaol na tuaithe in Éirinn

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Todhchaí Cheantair Thuaithe na hÉireann: Treoirphlean an Rialtais maidir le hathrú a chur ar shaol na tuaithe in Éirinn  Deis faoi leith maidir le Forbairt na Tuaithe tar éis COVID-19  Béim mhór ar Chianoibrithe a mhealladh go dtí pobail faoin tuath   Athbheochan ar lár na mbailte móra, postanna faoin tuath, turasóireacht eachtraíochta, an geilleagar glas agus forbairt na n-oileán lárnach maidir leis an mbeartas nua  Deiseanna nua maidir le r-Shláinte, foghlaim i gcéin, trádáil ar líne agus cineálacha nua teicneolaíochta mar gheall ar cheangal leathanbhanda a chur ar fáil   Straitéis cúig...
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29
MAR
2021

Our Rural Future: Government’s blueprint to transform rural Ireland

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Our Rural Future, Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 is available here. Unprecedented opportunity for Rural Development post COVID-19 Major focus on attracting Remote Workers to rural communities Revitalising town centres, rural jobs, adventure tourism, green economy and island development central to new policy Broadband roll-out to bring new opportunities in areas like eHealth, remote learning, online trading and new technologies Five-year strategy will be underpinned by updated National Development Plan   Press release from Depart. of Rural and Community Development Press...
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25
MAR
2021

Launch of Our Rural Future, Ireland’s new Rural Development Policy: 29th March 2021 @2.15pm

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The launch will be live streamed at: http://twitter.com/merrionstreet
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25
MAR
2021

HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: 25th March 2021

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We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you, including some new information about vaccination for people who have health condition that put them at very high risk if they get COVID-19.   Visiting people in Long Term Care Facilities – Updated guidance has been agreed for nursing homes and long-term care facilities where most people have been vaccinated, allowing for more frequent visiting arrangements. This will provide support to people in our community who have endured a difficult...
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25
MAR
2021

Minister O’Brien welcomes the role of PPNs in the development of the next Climate Action Plan

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Minister O’Brien welcomes the role of PPNs in the development of the next Climate Action Plan 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...
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25
MAR
2021

Irish Environmental Network: monthly meet up – 29th March 2021

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Each month we are hosting meet ups and discussions on topics of interest requested by you. Anyone with an interest in environmental and sustainability issues is welcome to attend these meet ups, even if you are not a member of an environmental group. I hope you can join us to meet others from around the country who are interested in and working on climate and sustainability issues. This month we are discussing group membership, and how to grow an active membership base in your group. Our guest speaker for the evening, Peter Couchman, Marketing and Development Coordinator for Irish Seed...
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25
MAR
2021

Dementia Adviser Service in Meath: Alzheimer Society of Ireland

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  Leaflet: Dementia Adviser Service Leaflet Meath – pdf  
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25
MAR
2021

Grow It Forward 2021

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The Grow It Forward 2021 initiative, in partnership with Healthy Ireland and Libraries Ireland, is designed to help the nation’s wellbeing by inspiring and supporting people to grow some of their own food and plants at home while connecting with friends and family to join them. Through this initiative, 50,000 seed packs will be given away, and participants asked to use the kits to share the experience with ten people, enabling half a million people across Ireland to enjoy the wide range of benefits that come from growing food at home. You are invited to claim a Grow it Forward pack....
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25
MAR
2021
24
MAR
2021

FASN: still here for you

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The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is a dedicated support service for Family Members/Concerned Persons who are impacted by a loved one’s substance misuse. In these extremely difficult times we are very aware of the challenges our service users will be dealing with. With this in mind we are continuing to provide vital service’s in the form of One to One Support sessions via phone and video calls 5 Step Brief Intervention via phone and video calls Health & Wellbeing support through Facebook (FASN) Counselling via phone and video calls Family Support Groups- virtual peer led...
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24
MAR
2021

April 2021 Schedule – Midlands Louth Meath CHO Recovery Education

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We hope that you can join us for one of the workshops. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no pressure to engage should you choose to just sit and listen. We aim to create all of our workshops collaboratively with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their family members/carers/supporters, community partners and staff working in the mental health services, with everyone’s contribution equally valued. This is called co-production. These sessions are free and open to anyone (aged 18+) with an interest in mental health and well-being. You can book a place at one...
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24
MAR
2021

LogalGov.ie Website Survey: LGMA

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The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), and its partners, are exploring the value of establishing an online website to make local government information easily accessible to everyone. PPN members are invited to participate in a short survey to gather your views on the value of a localgov.ie website. Your participation will be of great assistance to us in determining the best way forward to support the citizen and achieve our objectives. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please click the link below to go to the survey Web site (or copy and paste the link...
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24
MAR
2021

The MAST Project

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The MAST Project-leafletprofessionals – pdf
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24
MAR
2021

Supports available in Trim Family Resource Centre

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Please find contact details for supports available in the Trim Family Resource Centre: Low cost counselling/ Play Therapy – counselling@trimfrc.ie/ 087 7383858 Food Bank – 087 6602088 Family support , online classes, Laptops 4 loan, Easter Packs for children – info@trimfrc.ie/ 046 9438850   Anniversary Event – celebrating 20 years We are also gathering old memories from the community members about Trim FRC in order to celebrate 20 years of working with and for  the community so we would be most grateful for people to give us a call on 046 9438850 and share...
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24
MAR
2021

(EPA) CRISIS Survey

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The CRISIS Project (Climate Change in the Republic of Ireland – Societal Health Impacts and Solutions)  aims to gain insights into the impacts of climate change on public health in the Republic of Ireland. In particular, the survey focuses on mental health & well-being. The online survey aims to gain insights into past experiences associated with Extreme Weather Events among the Irish public. Please see survey link for additional information. Please find the survey link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JTQWZHP Participation in the survey will provide you with the opportunity to...
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23
MAR
2021

Public Consultation: Development of a National Model of Parenting Support Services

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A collaborative working group set up by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is currently developing a draft national model of parenting support services. Parenting support is the provision of information and services aimed at strengthening parents’ knowledge, confidence and skills to help achieve the best outcomes for children and their families Parenting supports include parenting programmes, information sessions, one-to-one advice and support, group-based supports, parent mentoring, home visiting programmes, drop-in advice clinics, support helplines...
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23
MAR
2021

WIn a Fitbit Fitness Tracker: Core Ireland raffle

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Fundraising Raffle: Core Ireland Last Chance to WIN a Fitbit Inspire HR Fitness Tracker. All proceeds go to Core Ireland for the expansion of the Nourish Food Bank. Entry is limited to the first 300, and at €5 presents amazing value. Click Here to enter the raffle
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23
MAR
2021

.IE Digital Town Awards – now live

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The .IE Digital Town Awards are now live! The .IE Digital Town Awards are open to towns of various sizes across the island of Ireland. There are 14 awards across a number of categories with a total prize fund of €100,000. You can see all details on our website. The awards promote awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of digital in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. They also highlight the benefits and possibilities of digital and celebrates the digital achievements of local towns, big and small. The awards are the first phase of our .IE Digital Town programme that...
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22
MAR
2021

How to save energy at home: Information sessions from Trim SEC

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As part of Trim Sustainable Energy Community’s mission to make Trim a more sustainable place to live and work, we’re organising online information sessions for those in the Trim area interested in creating warmer and more sustainable homes or premises. We’d like to share these information sessions with voluntary groups in the Trim area. What the sessions will cover: Three chances to attend the Basic Introduction to Energy interactive session (dates below). A qualified Energy Specialist will advise on how to reduce bills and make homes/premises more sustainable. Energy efficiency...
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22
MAR
2021

Connecting Cultures: programme from Meath Partnership

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As part of this programme, Meath Partnership are offering a 5 week course that aims to connect people from across the world through art, music, storytelling and much more. Feel free to sign up through this form – Cultural Exchange Volunteer Registration Form (google.com) Contact Irena@volunteermeath.ie for further information.
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22
MAR
2021

Virtual Reality & Adult Education

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Use of Virtual Reality (VR) in Adult Education contexts working with disadvantaged adult learners – How to get started? The last couple of years, the use of VR in education has gained more and more attention and the group of ‘believers’ in the potential of VR in education is growing every day. Additionally, companies specialized in the development of educational VR-software apps and learning platforms have become a booming business since COVID reduced most of our social interactions to online gatherings. Top universities such as Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, etc. are of course well ahead in...
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22
MAR
2021

Ceol21: live online concert 30th March – Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI)

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Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) proudly invites you to join us for ‘CEOL 21’ on Tuesday the 30th of March at 8pm. Ceol21 is a free live online concert via zoom. We want as many loud and proud disabled people possible to be there! The past year has been a difficult one for us all. On March 30th we are going to relax, unwind and join together for a virtual musical soiree. We have created a virtual stage like no other, where you can be enveloped by genres and carried away by some seriously talented people. All artists chosen have equality at heart and include: James...
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22
MAR
2021

Eisteacht Programme: focus group meeting 31st March

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Meath Child & Family Agency  are holding a focus group by zoom  on 31st March with young people who have expressed an interest in being part of our Eisteacht focus group to get their voices around  what supports they require. There are still some spaces available. For more information, please contact Alice alice.ohalloran@tusla.ie Jackie jackie.jackson@tusla.ie 
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22
MAR
2021

Easter Camp: Trim Family Resource Centre

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Trim Family Resource Centre are holding an Easter Camp for children under 6. Activities include story time, arts & crafts. No charge to take part.   To register, contact Caroline by the 26th March by email caroline@trimfrc.ie or phone 0876031108
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19
MAR
2021

Clár na nÓg – training, events, opportunities: March 2021

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Online Safety and Awareness Training: What do you need? The NYCI Child Protection Programme is developing a training to support the youth work sector with online safety and awareness, and we would like to have your inputs and feedback as part of this development process. Share your training needs now >>   The 2021 Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme is now open for applications! Do you have a good idea for a youth arts project in your youth group but require the funding to work with an artist? Apply now for the Youth Arts Explorer Grant €1,500 or Youth Arts Full Gra...
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19
MAR
2021

Create: Opportunities & News – March 2021

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OPPORTUNITIES & NEWS – March 2021 In Conversation event with Grant Kester Date: 23 March Time: 6pm Venue: Online Web: www.create-ireland.ie/activity/in-conversation-event-with-grant-kester/ Admission: Free (booking essential) To book: www.eventbrite.ie/e/in-conversation-event-with-grant-kester Create, in partnership with Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Age & Opportunity, University of Limerick, Fingal Arts Office, and the Engagement and Learning Dept of IMMA, is delighted to announce an In Conversation event with renowned US-based art historian and educator Grant Kester, and...
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18
MAR
2021

Consultation: Draft National Standards for Children’s Social Services

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Health Information and Standards HIQA is launching a public consultation to give people an opportunity to provide their feedback on the Draft National Standards for Children’s Social Services and are inviting you to contribute to the consultation. How you can contribute to the Draft National Standards for Children’s Social Services As part of the development of the Draft National Standards for Children’s Social Services, HIQA engages with a wide range of stakeholders at key points of the project to ensure that the standards are fit for purpose and will contribute to the improvement...
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18
MAR
2021

Parenting When Separated: FREE Online Talk for Parents

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‘Parenting When Separated’, a FREE online talk for parents Date: Friday 19th March 2021 Time: 12.00p.m. – 1.00 p.m. Prof John Sharry Drawing on the evidence-based Parents Plus Programmes, John Sharry describes practical ways parents can help themselves and their children cope and thrive after separation.  In particular the talk will describe how you can learn to Communicate and co-parent effectively with your children’s other parent Maintain the quality of your parenting Tune into and respond to your child’s needs Prioritise your own self care as a parent Minimise post...
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18
MAR
2021

Meath CLÁR Programme 2021: now open for applications

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CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage. The 2021 scheme is now open. On Monday, March 15th 2021 Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development launched the 2021 CLÁR programme There are a number of measures being proposed for funding for 2021: Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measure Measure 2: Outdoor Community Recreation Facilities Measure 3: Community Wellbeing Measure, comprising: (a) Community Gardens...
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18
MAR
2021

Jigsaw: launch of Digital School Hub – a new mental health and wellbeing resource for schools.

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Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity, have launched the Jigsaw Schools Hub: a new resource offering schools across Ireland the latest tools and information to help them support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.  Our Jigsaw Schools Hub offers schools across Ireland the latest tools and information to help them support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. At www.jigsaw.ie/schools you will find a growing range of resources for school staff, created in collaboration with young people, school staff, and parents. The resources can contribute to supporting the delivery of the...
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18
MAR
2021

Minister O’Gorman announces LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme

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Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has today announced a new LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme aimed at LGBTI+ young people. From Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth . Published on 5 March 2021   The LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme will be run by Foróige in collaboration with BelongTo and is open to applications from all LBGTI+ young people. The Programme aims to enable LGBTI+ young people to develop the skills, inspiration, vision, confidence, and action plans to be effective leaders and to...
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18
MAR
2021

Safeguarding, Protecting, Preventing Elder Abuse in our Communities Webinar for Community Leaders: Thursday, March 25th, 7.30p.m.

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Lifting the Lid on Elder Abuse Safeguarding, Protecting, Preventing Elder Abuse in our Communities Webinar for Community Leaders Thursday, March 25th, 7.30p.m. CLICK TO REGISTER In the midst of this crisis and into the future, how can we keep our older neighbours safe from elder abuse? Muintir na Tíre in collaboration with the National Safeguarding Office of the HSE is hosting a series of webinars across the country to raise awareness about Elder Abuse in all its forms. I hope you can join me for the first of these live online events targeting the Eastern Region, with experts from the...
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16
MAR
2021

“Underestimate Me?” film launched by Prosper Meath Learners and LMETB: matinee 19th March at 1pm

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There was great excitement among the learners of Prosper Meath Kells, with the launch of their short film, ‘Underestimate Me? – That’ll Be Fun!” in co-operation with the Community Education Service of Louth and Meath ETB.  A “matinée” virtual launch of the short film “Underestimate me?- That’ll Be Fun!” will take place at 1:00pm on Friday 19th March on Facebook live. It can be accessed by logging on to the LMETB Community Education Facebook .   Devised, filmed, edited and produced entirely by the learners, this thought-provoking video charts the progress of learner and actor...
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16
MAR
2021

Community Monuments Fund 2021

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Meath County Council in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are inviting applications for the Community Monuments Fund 2021. The grant scheme offers funding for the conservation, maintenance, protection and presentation of archaeological monuments. The Community Monuments Fund has 3 streams: Stream1 for essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments. Stream 2 for the development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports aimed at identifying measures for the conservation of archaeological monuments and...
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16
MAR
2021

County Meath Strategy for Housing People with a Disability 2021-2026: consultation

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Co. Meath’s Housing & Disability Steering Group, coordinated by Meath County Council, has started work on drafting a new action plan in regard to housing persons in the County who are living with a disability. Our local action plan will feed into the new national strategy, due to be developed later this year. The Steering Group is made up of representatives from Meath County Council’s Housing Section, HSE, Approved Housing Bodies and groups involved with persons with a disability. The Group’s goal is to meet the housing needs of people with disabilities locally, with a focus on...
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16
MAR
2021

Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2021-22

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The 2021-22 Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme is now open. The closing date for applications will be 4pm on 22 April 2021. Download the guidance document in English / Íoslódáil an doiciméad treorach i nGaeilge Download the application form in English / Íoslódáil an fhoirm iarratais i nGaeilge   The scheme is open to civil society organisations, including community and voluntary organisations, non-governmental organisations, rights-holder groups, area-based community groups, communities of interest groups, and trade unions from across the country, who can bring forward proposals...
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16
MAR
2021

Tuath Housing: second round of funding for 2021 under the Community Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

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Community Covid-19 Emergency Fund 2021 – Round 2 In response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, Tuath Housing has released a second round of funding for 2021 under the Community Covid-19 Emergency Fund. The fund will assist residents’ groups involved in Tuath Housing’s Tenant Engagement initiative, local community groups and not-for-profit organisations who are providing support to vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic in communities where Tuath Housing tenants live. Last year we supported 16 not-for-profit organisations through the fund, including Seniorline, COPE Galway, Finglas...
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16
MAR
2021

HSE National Lottery Grants: closing date 16th April 2021

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The HSE are distributing National Lottery funding to community groups and voluntary organisations. We are providing this funding under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme. https://www2.hse.ie/services/national-lottery-grants/national-lottery-grants.html#How-to-apply Groups and organisations who provide Health and Personal Social Services can apply for funding. Amounts of between €500 and €10,000 are available for suitable projects.   How to apply You should send your application form, declaration form and your organisation’s banking details to...
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16
MAR
2021

Minister Humphreys launches €5.5 million CLÁR 2021 programme

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Minister Humphreys launches €5.5 million CLÁR 2021 programme 10% increase on 2020 funding New Innovation Measure to support communities to develop and test new project ideas and encourage outside the box thinking Community Gardens and Allotments also to be supported   Monday, 15 March 2021 Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday, March 15th) announced the launch of the 2021 CLÁR programme. CLÁR provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. Funding for...
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16
MAR
2021

Clár CLÁR 2021 ar fiú €5.5 milliún é seolta ag an Aire Humphreys

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Clár CLÁR 2021 ar fiú €5.5 milliún é seolta ag an Aire Humphreys  Méadú 10% ar mhaoiniú 2020 Beart Nua chun tacú le pobail smaointe nua tionscadail a fhorbairt agus a thástáil Tacófar le Gairdíní Pobail agus Cuibhrinn Phobail chomh maith   Dé Luain, 15 Márta 2021   Tá sé fógartha ag an Aire Forbartha Pobail agus Tuaithe, Heather Humphreys TD, inniu (Dé hAoine an 12 Márta) go bhfuil clár CLÁR 2021 seolta. Cuireann CLÁR maoiniú ar fáil do thionscadail bhonneagair ar scála beag i gceantair thuaithe atá buailte mar gheall ar thitim shuntasach i ndaonra. Tá méadú 10% curtha l...
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12
MAR
2021

TidyTowns Newsletter: March 2021

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Please find the 3rd issue of the TidyTowns Newsletter 3/2021 below to download: TidyTowns Newsletter Issue 3 of 2021 – pdf   The newsletter contains the following: Information on the 2021 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition Links to the TidyTowns Webinar hosted by Limerick City & County Council Tips on entering the EPA Circular Economy Special Competition Information on the TidyTowns Grant Information on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) apply to the categories in the TidyTowns Competition Trees for TidyTowns Groups Information on the SolarStreetBinTM   Chance to...
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12
MAR
2021

Artist in the Community Scheme: CREATE

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The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme, managed by Create, offers awards to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The aim of the AIC scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. Create is delighted to announce that with the support of the Arts Council, maximum award amounts will be increased in 2021 for all Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Research and Development awards. The maximum available timeframe has been increased from 5 months to 6. From 2021, we will...
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12
MAR
2021

Guidelines for Local Economic and Community Plans (LECP)

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The current Local Economic and Community Plans in place across the country will come to the end of their 6 year terms in 2021/2022. The Department of Rural and Community Development are reviewing the current guidelines in place for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of LECPs. Please find a copy of the current guidelines below: Guidelines on Local Economic and Commuinty Plans 2015 – pdf   Feedback is welcomed as part of the review process. A copy of a feedback questionnaire is available below: LECP Guidelines Questionnaire (1) – word Please forward...
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12
MAR
2021

Ministers Humphreys and McConalogue announce €70 million LEADER funding for rural communities and enterprises

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Ministers Humphreys and McConalogue announce €70 million LEADER funding for rural communities and enterprises  Overall LEADER allocation increases by €50m following EU support Increased funding will support rural communities and private enterprises in COVID-19 recovery   DRCD Press Office <press.office@drcd.gov.ie> Friday 12 March 2021   Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, have today (12th March 2021) announced the allocation of €70 million through the LEADER...
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12
MAR
2021

Health Issues in the Community Training: Meath Partnership

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Meath Partnership will be hosting three half day workshops on the 14th, 15th and the 21st April on “Health Issues in the Community”. Health Issues in the Community (HIIC) is an accredited course that will help people to understand what affects their health and the health of the community. This qualification will make you a trained tutor in this area. The course will be ran by experienced tutors from Scotland. HIIC supports people of all ages to develop the skills and knowledge to address health issues using community development approaches. Through the course participants will gain a...
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12
MAR
2021

Jigsaw: recruitment

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Jigsaw are currently recruiting for two new roles: Regional Schools Coordinator to be based in the Southern Region covering Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary – 2year post. Regional Schools Coordinator to be based in the Dublin Region covering North Dublin City, North Fingal, Dublin 15 and Meath – 1year post   Anyone interested can find further details and the application form through our website https://jigsaw.ie/work-with-us/
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11
MAR
2021

New Statement of Strategy: Department of Rural and Community Development

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            Minister Heather Humphreys today 25t h February 2021 published the Department of Rural and Community Development’s second Statement of Strategy, covering the period 2021-2023.       The Strategy sets out the Department’s key Strategic Objectives in delivering that mission over the next three years.       The Department’s Statement of Strategy is available in both Irish and English  here & below:       DRCD Statement of Strategy 2021-2013 – pdf       Welcoming the Strategy, Minister Humphreys said : “The Department of Rural and Community...
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11
MAR
2021

Cultúr Migrant Centre: Annual Anti Racism Event – Friday 19th March @ 11am

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Cultur Migrants would like to Invite you to attend the Anti-Racism Day Event Celebration. The diversity online event is an opportunity to celebrate and renew our commitment to strengthen diversity and equality in Co Meath and surrounding area. “World Against Racism” will feature a variety of activities and promote inclusion in line with the UN World Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the European Week Against Racism.    Please register online by Thursday 18th March using the link below....
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11
MAR
2021

Communicating Europe Initiative 2021: open for applications

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Do you have a great idea for how to raise public awareness of the role the EU plays in our daily lives? Would you like to connect your community to high-quality information on European issues? If so, the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Communicating Europe Initiative might be for you!  The Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) provides funding for projects that communicate European issues, the role of the European Union and Ireland’s place in Europe. The Department of Foreign Affairs is now accepting applications from voluntary organisations, educational bodies and civil societ...
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11
MAR
2021

Meath County Council: Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021

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Meath County Council, in association with the County Meath Heritage Forum, is pleased to announce the Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021. The grant scheme is an action of the County Meath Heritage Plan 2015-2020 and the aim of the scheme is to support community groups and organisations to undertake projects that will gather information, help to appropriately manage and promote an awareness and appreciation of our heritage. Meath County Council encourages projects which relate to all aspects of our heritage including: monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural...
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10
MAR
2021

Public Consultation on the development of new Solid Fuel Regulations for Ireland

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The Government has committed to a nationwide ban on smoky coal by the end of its term, but we also need to regulate other solid fuels to improve air quality for everyone. The choices we make when heating our homes has a big impact on our health and the health of our neighbours. We are developing new solid fuel regulations for Ireland and are holding this public consultation to gather your views to inform them. Please find a link to the consultation document below: Consultation on the Development of a new Solid Fuel Regulation for Ireland...
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10
MAR
2021

Public Consultation on the Mental Health Act

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The Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler T.D., has announced a new public consultation on the ongoing review of the Mental Health Act 2001. The public consultation will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders, including people who have used the mental health services and their families to inform the review prior to publication of draft legislation to update the Act in full. The Mental Health Act 2001 sets out the care and treatment of people who need inpatient mental health care, with a particular focus on procedures for involuntary detention. The Act...
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09
MAR
2021

Bealtaine Hero Award – deadline extended

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Bealtaine Hero Award Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival wishes to recognise two innovative grass roots arts projects through the Bealtaine Hero Award. We invite applications from individuals and / or organisations who wish to create an exciting new online festival event which will be presented during the Bealtaine Festival 2021. Read More Here: https://bealtaine.ie/bealtaine-hero-2021/ Deadline Extended: 26th March 2021
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08
MAR
2021

Social Inclusion Forum 2021 – CWI/EAPN Preparatory Workshops

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The Social Inclusion Forum The Social Inclusion Forum (SIF) is one of the structures to support the development and implementation of Government plans to address poverty and social inclusion. The event provides a forum for consultation and discussion on social inclusion issues, particularly with people experiencing poverty and social exclusion and their representative groups/organisations. SIF 2021 is being organised in the context of the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-2025, the national strategy to address poverty and social exclusion published in January 2020, that aims to make...
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08
MAR
2021

Training on Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty: Community Law and Mediation Limerick

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Public Bodies’ Statutory Duty to Eliminate Discrimination, Promote Equality, and Protect Human Rights of Staff and Service Users.   Community Law and Mediation Limerick presents training on:  Overview of Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty    Who the duty applies to  Equality and Human Rights Sources: Equality Legislation Constitutional Rights European Convention on Human Rights Other International Treaties and Convention Implementing the duty in a public body The role of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in promoting and monitoring the implementation of...
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08
MAR
2021

Grow Remote Jobs Club – Wed March 10th, 6:30

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Grow Remote would  like to invite job seekers, those considering a career change or those working with people on the career path to join us for our next jobs club meetup on March 10th from 6:30-8pm for a mix of talks and networking. Finding work is challenging at the best of times. Join the Grow Remote community for support & knowledge in your remote job hunt. Register here via Eventbrite for our free monthly meetup   Join the Grow Remote Jobs Club Hear from industry experts Learn skills to improve your job hunt Learn more about remote working Talk to current remote workers Ask...
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08
MAR
2021

Shaping Our Electricity Future – EirGrid launch 14-week consultation on future of electricity grid

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Eirgrid have launched a new consultation:  Shaping Our Electricity Future. This consultation aims to identify the best way for Ireland to move from reliance on fossil fuels to cleaner energy. EirGrid is responsible for the flow of electricity around the country and we are hosting a nationwide 14-week consultation to find an agreed approach to reach the Government’s 2030 renewable electricity target – of at least 70% of Ireland’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. Homes, communities and businesses across Ireland cannot “go green” without the right electricity grid to...
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08
MAR
2021

NVR Training: East Coast Family Resource Centre

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What is it? An 8 week parenting programme How does it work? By breaking the cycle of violent and destructive behaviour Who is it for? Parents with children age 4-18 What will it change? The way you respond to violent and challenging behaviour. Strengthen parent child relationship. Parents feeling more empowered. When: Thursday 15th of April – 3rd June 2021 Where: online via zoom Time: 10am – 11:30pm Cost: €5 registration fee Contact: East Coast Family Resource Centre: 041-9812230 or 0876443364
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08
MAR
2021

Barnardos: online safety training programme

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As part of our Digital Offering, we are delivering webinars about online safety to parents. Delivered live by a Barnardos trainer, these free 45 minute parent webinars about online safety are taking place in March, April, and May 2021. Choose your date and time below and book your place for free through Zoom.  Once you book your place, Barnardos Online Safety team will email you a link to the webinar. Each Webinar lasts 45 minutes. Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 7.30pm – register Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 1pm – register Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 7pm – registe...
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08
MAR
2021

HSE Primary Care: counselling services

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Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC) Tel: 046-9027303 This is a free HSE counselling service for people with mild to moderate psychological difficulties. It is a short-term counselling service that provides counselling to medical card holders, who are 18 years of age or over, and who want help with psychological problems that are appropriate for time limited counselling in primary care. Referrals are made through GPs or through members of the HSE Primary Care Team. Referrals can be posted to HSE Counselling in Primary Care Service, 34 Brews Hill, Navan, Co. Meath or via Healthmai...
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05
MAR
2021

HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: Friday 5th March 2021

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We hope this message finds you well. We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you, including some new information about vaccination for people who have health condition that put them at very high risk if they get COVID-19.   Public Health Measures Ireland is at level 5 restrictions. You can see the measures in place here.   COVID-19 Vaccination Programme The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and more than 446,474 vaccines have been administered as of th...
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05
MAR
2021

N2 Rath Roundabout to Kilmoon Cross – Public Consultation No. 3

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The 3rd Public Consultation for the N2 Rath Roundabout to Kilmoon Cross Scheme has just commenced. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, in-person events are not permitted and as such the project team from Roughan & O’Donovan AECOM Consultants are facilitating public participation via an online virtual public consultation event through the scheme website. Interested parties are invited to log onto the website to view the Public Consultation Drawings, Brochure and Questionnaire online at: www.N2Rath2Kilmoon.ie   The online virtual public consultation commenced yesterday...
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05
MAR
2021

Boyne Greenway and Navigation Restoration Scheme – Public Consultation

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Meath County Council is opening a process of public consultation on Friday, 26th of February 2021 around proposed route options for the Boyne Greenway between Navan and Oldbridge Estate, Drogheda.   Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, we will not have the opportunity to hold a traditional, in-person public consultation event during this round of public consultation. However, we are still very keen to receive your feedback on the scheme.   Details of the Greenway Route Options can be found on Council’s Consu...
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05
MAR
2021

Meath County Council Arts Funding

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Meath County Council Arts Grants, Awards, Bursaries & Residency Schemes 2021 Funding artists, arts activities and development is a key strategic objective of the Meath County Arts Development Plan 2019 – 2024. To help maximise the potential for arts provision in the county, Meath County Council Arts Office operates a range of annual bursary and award schemes. These schemes provide funding opportunities for creative organisations, arts practitioners and groups working with the arts in the county. Through these schemes the Arts Offices aims to support a diverse range of arts activities...
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05
MAR
2021

Public Consultation: Commission on the Defence Forces

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The Commission on the Defence Forces has been tasked by Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the Defence Forces and to report on its recommendations by the end of 2021. As part of its work, the Commission is conducting a public consultation and invites your views. In the context of the current security environment and the roles of the Defence Forces as assigned by Government to the Defence Forces, and having regard to the detailed Terms of Reference assigned to the Commission on the Defence Forces by Government, you are invited to make a submission to the Commission under any...
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04
MAR
2021

DRCD: €1m fund for Community Development Pilot Projects

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Minister O’Brien launches €1m fund for Community Development Pilot Projects Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development today launched a call for Community Development Pilot Projects to trial community led interventions that address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, and promote human rights. The call invites expressions of interest from community development organisations working to address issues in areas such as racism (including Travellers and Roma), domestic or sexual violence, migration, gender, people living in direct provision or...
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04
MAR
2021

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland: call for applications

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Social Entrepreneurs Ireland have launched a national call for applications. We’re inviting everyone to “see the challenge, be the change” by applying for a place on our Ideas Academy or Impact Programme, and believe that our programmes might be of particular interest to your network. We’re looking for people with innovative ideas to solve social problems – people with courage, insight and ambition to put forward a solution to a social problem, and act on it. We will be hosting a free Spark Session event on Thursday, 11th March at 1pm which aims to demystify what it is to be a social...
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04
MAR
2021

Wellóige: Free online events for Teenagers

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Wellóige Meath Teen Online Events March 2021 – pdf
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04
MAR
2021

Meath Local Sports Partnership: March 2021 Update

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Please see Meath LSP’s planned programmes below. All programmes are delivered whilst adhering to current public health guidelines.     Virtual Royal County 3k, 5k & 10k Walk/Run It’s a VIRTUAL return for our Royal County 3k, 5k & 10k Walk/Run event on May Bank Holiday weekend! It’s our 10th anniversary of the Royal County event! The 3km distance is a new addition this year! All participants will receive a bespoke exceptionally designed t-shirt and to celebrate our 10th year, a commemorative medal. You virtually have no excuses not to be a part of it!!! We are...
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04
MAR
2021

RSA child car seat checking service ‘Check it Fits’ available online!

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has announced that its child car seat checking service – ‘Check It Fits’ is now available online. The FREE online service is delivered by RSA child car seat experts and provides advice and support to parents, grandparents, guardians, and childminders on how to ensure that child car seats are fitted correctly. For further information or to book a virtual appointment with the RSA Check it Fits service visit: www.rsa.ie/checkitfits
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04
MAR
2021

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland: Newsflash February 2021

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EAPN Ireland News: Social Inclusion Forum 2021- Register for Preparatory Meetings EAPN Ireland and Community Work Ireland are hosting a number of online preparatory meetings, throughout March, in advance of the Social Inclusion Forum for 2021. The Social Inclusion Forum itself will be held online throughout the week of April 12th. The Social Inclusion Forum is one of the structures that helps to monitor and enable discussion around Government plans to address poverty and social exclusion, including the implementation of the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-2025. Plea...
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03
MAR
2021

Free Online Concert for Ashbourne’s 201st Birthday

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Ashbourne will be 201 years old on Thursday, March 4th 2021! To celebrate this, ASH2020 are delighted to announce Ashbourne’s FIRST EVER Online concert to mark the occasion with Rory O Connor of “Rorys Stories” as our MC on the night! We have a fantastic array of local talent instore featuring:  Johnny Logan, Brian Dunphy of the High Kings, Ian Jenkinson , Alan Kavanagh, Giovanna & Ephrem Feeley, Niamh Crowther, Siúbhán Ní Ghríofa & Will Palmer, The Treble Melodies, Joanne O Connor and family! It will be an evening to remember to bring the community of Ashbourne...
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03
MAR
2021

Cultúr: Migrant Forum Meeting – Wednesday 10th March at 6pm

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Cultur Migrant Centre would like to invite you to attend Migrant Forum Meeting on Wednesday 10th March at 6pm  We will be discussing the difficulties migrants face trying to home-school children and will try to come up with suggestions/ solutions that we can bring to the schools. We know some children are back in schools, while others are still at home, but we feel like this is still a conversation worth having in case this happens again. We would kindly ask that you share this event and the link with your contacts and any Parents in your area that might be interested in attending.  ...
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03
MAR
2021

Meath Arts Office: Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Please find a link below to the Meath Arts Office Spring 2021 Newsletter. Arts Office Meath – Spring 2021 – pdf
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03
MAR
2021

Community Grants Scheme 2021: closing date 12th March

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The Community Grant Scheme is available to Community Groups, Tidy Towns/Village Committees, Residents Associations and other organisations, to assist with actions and projects being undertaken in their local area for the Meath County Council Community Grant Scheme 2021. The closing date for the 2021 scheme is Friday 12th March 2021.   The range of grant categories available under the Community Grant Scheme 2021 are: Residents Association Tidy Towns Equality and Social Inclusion Recreation and Sport Festivals & Events Burial Ground     Please find a Frequently Asked...
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03
MAR
2021

Cultur Migrant Centre International Women`s Day event: 8th March @ 4pm

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Cultur Migrant Centre would like to invite you to attend our international Women’s day event on Monday 8th March 2021 @ 4pm Please see the link below for the eventbrite registration https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/143763278837
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03
MAR
2021

Heritage Council: 2021 Community Heritage Grant Scheme: open for applications

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Applications are now invited for the 2021 Community Heritage Grant Scheme The Scheme closing date is Monday 29th March 2021 at 5:00pm.   The Heritage Council has allocated in the region of €1,000,000 to its Community Grant Scheme 2021. The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, or objects (including buildings). The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental...
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26
FEB
2021

Ministers Humphreys, McGrath and O’Brien announce €10 million in COVID Stability funding for community and voluntary groups

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DRCD Press Office: 26th February 2021 Funding targeted at organisations which have suffered due to Pandemic   A €10 million fund is to be established to assist community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, which have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The funding was jointly announced today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, and Minister of State with special responsibility for Charities and Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD. The €10m...
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26
FEB
2021

FASN –Still here for you

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The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is a dedicated support service for Family members/ concerned persons who are impacted by loved one’s substance misuse. In these extremely difficult times we are very aware of the challenges our service users will be dealing with so we have developed a safe and secure online communications platform in which we can support you. With this in mind we are continuing to provide vital service’s in the form of One to one support sessions 5 Step Brief Intervention Health & Wellbeing support through Facebook (FASN) Counselling Family Support Groups –...
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24
FEB
2021

Age & Opportunity: Active Fitline Mentor Volunteer roles

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Become a FitLine Volunteer Mentor!   We are delighted to announce we are expanding our FitLine initiative in 2021 to reach more older adults right across the country. We’re looking for more volunteer mentors, individuals or groups, to join our FitLine team, to help us deliver this very worthwhile initiative. FitLine, one of our Active programme initiatives, is a volunteer peer led telephone based motivation line which encourages older adults to introduce physical activity into their daily lives.  FitLine is designed to help people who want to feel a bit healthier but just don’t have the...
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24
FEB
2021

FASN International Family Drug Support Day

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Over the past few years, the Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) has celebrated the annual International Family Drug Support Day on 24th February and organised an information/awareness event at their premises in Dundalk for family members, public representatives, statutory agencies, and other C&V organisations.    The aim of the event was to introduce those attending, to the work of the Family Addiction Support Network, helping them to understand the necessity of families being supported and included in the treatment & rehabilitation of their loved one and to create public...
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23
FEB
2021

Free Mental Health & Well-being Workshops: March 2021

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The HSE Midlands Louth Meath Recovery Education Team  hope that you can join us for one of the workshops. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no pressure to engage should you choose to just sit and listen. We aim to create all of our workshops collaboratively with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their family members/carers/supporters, community partners and staff working in the mental health services, with everyone’s contribution equally valued. This is called co-production. These sessions are free and open to anyone (aged 18+) with an interest in mental...
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23
FEB
2021

TidyTowns Newsletter: February 2021

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The TidyTowns Unit of the Department of Rural and Community Development have issued the 2nd edition of the TidyTowns Newsletter 2/2021: TidyTowns Newsletter – Issue 2 of 2021 – pdf TT Newsletter links Issue 2 of 2021 – word   The newsletter contains the following: Updates from the following TidyTowns Groups, Glounthaune, Co.  Cork, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry Some information on the 2021 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition Update on the 1st phase of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015 – 2020 and tips on entering the Pollinator Special...
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22
FEB
2021

Climate Action Leadership: survey

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Local authorities Elected Members have capacity to lead on climate action at a local level. What leadership styles are required to build trust, motivate citizens to change behaviours and move towards participatory democracy? The survey is in relation to climate action leadership by local authorities and councillors and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0p0Dx3X3oIcIOjl4w6X0CcpM64U2-Pqj-Yd-ZBiqMJmCSUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link  
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22
FEB
2021

Age & Opportunity’s new Creative Ageing Writing Bursary

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The Age & Opportunity inaugural Creative Ageing Writing Bursary aims to generate discussion, debate and knowledge about creative ageing in Ireland. The bursary is intended to afford time and space for an artist/ writer to reflect on their practice – the learnings, insights but also challenges they have faced. The writer/artist might also want to consider how they have approached working with older people and the learnings generated through that.   Read More Here: https://bealtaine.ie/creative-ageing-writing-bursary/ Deadline: Friday 26th March
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19
FEB
2021

From Access to Inclusion, an Arts and Culture Summit is fast approaching!

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From Access to Inclusion, an Arts and Culture Summit is fast approaching! Over the course of three days, Tuesday 9th, Tuesday 16th and Tuesday 23rd March 2021, this international online gathering of access professionals and advocates provides a forum to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways for your organisation to include and welcome everyone.   Just in case you missed the launch, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/oqKbUxWNeyQ   With 22 presenters, from 16 cities, representing a range of organisations such as Theatres, Museums and Galleries, Festivals, Cinema...
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19
FEB
2021

HSE C19 Partner Pack Update: 18th February 2021

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We hope this message finds you well. We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you. Public Health Measures Ireland is at level 5 restrictions. You can see the measures in place here. We ask everyone, for the protection of our friends, family and the frontline, to please stay at home.   COVID-19 Vaccination Programme The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and more than 280,000 vaccines have been administered. This week we saw the vaccination programme go firmly out...
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18
FEB
2021

Support for Grieving in Exceptional Times: Free resources from the Irish Hospice Foundation

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  The Irish Hospice Foundation have released a free bereavement resource pack this week:  Support for Grieving in Exceptional Times.   It includes all our bereavement resources (for adults and children/teenagers) specially developed as part of our COVID-19 Care & Inform hub.    It’s free to download at the link above if anyone might need care in grief at the moment.  
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18
FEB
2021

Wellóige: Free online events for teenagers in Meath

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  Wellóige Meath Teen Online Events Feb 2021 – pdf
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16
FEB
2021

An Cosán’s Women’s Education Programme

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An Cosán’s Women’s Education Programme: Business Administration with Digital Skills for Work QQI Level 5 : Next Intake starts March 2021   We know the challenges women face when returning to work and education and as a result we designed this Women’s Education Programme to equip women with the skills they need! An Cosán are currently accepting applications for this fully funded programme which will commence Early March 2021.  We are very grateful to the support of Rethink Ireland Mná na hÉireann, (Women of Ireland) Fund for supporting this programme.   Online Information...
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16
FEB
2021

Sports Development Project CLG, Navan CE Scheme: Call for new sponsor groups

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Sports Development Project CLG is a local Community Employment Scheme based in Navan Co Meath, we are currently looking for new sponsor groups to join our team. Are you looking for a Community Employment Learner to support your group’s activities?   What we can offer potential Sponsors Source suitable learners for your organisation Provide support and assistance to your liaison person Ensure adequate insurances are in place Support you with purchasing materials required for the CE learner Ensure issues of concern are addressed in a timely manner Inform you of any changes to the...
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15
FEB
2021

College Connect: education opportunities for all

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College Connect is a partnership between four colleges in Ireland that aims to increase student diversity. Working together with the community we aim to reach the most underrepresented students and connect them to higher education courses. Groups which we specifically seek to work with include: Irish Travellers People with previous convictions Lone parents and students from One-parent families Young people who have been in care of the state People with disabilities Refugees People from lower socio-economic groups First time Mature students Further education award holders   *** Great New...
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15
FEB
2021

Bealtaine Festival 2021 & the Bealtaine Hero Award

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Bealtaine Festival 2021 – Registration is Open! Bealtaine is Ireland’s only festival that celebrates creativity as we age. While we may still be fighting Covid-19, we want you to know that we’re busy preparing for an exciting new online Bealtaine 2021 and we need you to join us! The festival will take place online throughout the month of May, with a wide range of exciting activities that will be shared soon. Our new theme for 2021 is In(ter)dependence. Read More Here: https://bealtaine.ie/bealtaine-festival-event-registration-is-now-open/ Tips for an organising an event here:...
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15
FEB
2021

HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: Friday 12th February 2021

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Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.   Public Health Measures Ireland is at level 5 restrictions. You can see the measures in place here. Everyone is asked, for the protection of our friends, family and the frontline, to please stay at home.   COVID-19 Vaccination Programme The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and more than 240,000 vaccines have been administered. Daily vaccination data is now available to all on the COVID-19 Data Hub and is on the...
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12
FEB
2021

Sustainable Energy Communities: Webinar for Meath Groups – 24th February 2021 7pm

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A Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is a community in which everyone works together to develop a sustainable energy system. To do so, they aim as far as possible to be energy efficient, to use renewable energy where feasible and to develop decentralised energy supplies. The webinar will explain how Meath County Council partner with the SEAI and communities to ensure that communities’ current and future energy needs in terms of electricity, heat and transport consumption are met. The Sustainable Energy Communities initiative run through the SEAI is an excellent starting place for...
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12
FEB
2021

East Coast Family Resource Centre: Newsletter – February 2021

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East Coast A4 2pp Newsletter Feb21 (1) – pdf
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12
FEB
2021

Stay Connected: new learning support from the LMETB

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Stay Connected support project from the LMETB has launched today. The project provides one to one remote support to adults who want to up-skill to stay connected throughout the pandemic. Please find an expression of interest form below: Expression of Interest in Technology Support in your home – word doc Adults who wants to avail of this support just need to contact LMETB and complete the expression of interested form over the phone and our tutor will be in contact with them to arrange a convenient time to provide the one to one support. Contact: 046 901 0064 (Meath support line)
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12
FEB
2021

Zoom training course – Wednesday 17th February at 11am: Meath Partnership

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Meath Partnership will be running a basic Zoom training course next Wednesday the 17th of February at 11am until 12.30pm. The aim of this workshop is to get people started on Zoom. You will learn how to schedule a meeting, share your screen how to use breakout rooms, virtual backgrounds etc….  It may be useful for people involved with community and voluntary groups who would like to schedule AGMs and committee meetings in the future. Please register your interest by emailing  angela.farrelly@meathpartnership.ie or by calling 086 839 0448  
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11
FEB
2021

Have Your Say: Pensions Commission Consultation  

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Have Your Say: Pensions Commission Consultation   The Pensions Commission would like your views on State Pensions arrangements and your proposals for making sure they are sustainable into the future. The Commission was established as part of a Government commitment to look at ways to ensure the sustainability of State Pensions and the Social Insurance Fund into the future. The Commission has also been asked to examine the issue of retirement ages in employment contracts that are set below the State pension age, and to consider how long-term carers can be further accommodated within the...
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11
FEB
2021

EPA Climate Change Lecture 2021: 24th February, 2021

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EPA Climate Change Lecture 2021 Direct the money: how does finance become an enabler of a climate neutral economy and society? Wednesday 24 February, 2021 @ 7.15pm The EPA, as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, will host an online public lecture. Dr Kristen Dunlop will set out how EIT Climate-KIC is investing systemically to change whole places and economic sectors, how it is matching the available pools of capital to the need – such as ‘cities as an asset class’ for investment – and how we can avoid an oversupply of capital to ‘green-designated’ assets to ensure that...
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11
FEB
2021

Carranstown Community Grant Scheme: closing date 26th Feb 2021

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The Carranstown Community Grant is available to community groups for environmental improvement and recreational / community facility projects in the vicinity of the Carranstown waste management facility. Meath County Council and the Indaver Community Liaison Committee are inviting applications for grant assistance, under its Carranstown Community Grant Scheme 2021, from community groups and organisations in the Carranstown / Duleek and surrounding areas. The scheme is funded by Indaver Ireland Ltd and administered by Meath County Council.   Areas which qualify for the Grant Scheme?...
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11
FEB
2021

Meath Local Sports Partnership: February 2021 Update

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Please see Meath LSP’s planned programmes below. All programmes are delivered whilst adhering to current public health guidelines.   Walk n Tone Podcast Programme Do you want to add more variety to your walks? Meath LSP are launching our Walk n’ Tone podcast programme! This is a 4-week walking programme that includes 2 podcasts per week. The podcast includes mobility, balance and walking incorporated with some strength toning exercises. Toning videos will be included to give guidance on how to perform the strength/balancing exercises with correct technique. Our tutor will TALK...
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11
FEB
2021

National No Smoking Day: webinar on Wednesday 17th Feb 2021 from 12pm

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A special webinar on National No Smoking Day is taking place on Wednesday 17th Feb from 12pm -1pm. National No Smoking Day is an opportunity to highlight how far we have come in relation to denormalising tobacco use in Ireland and to call on all sectors of society to support the next steps. We are asking for your support to engage smokers in our 28 Day Challenge in March and to join forces to build a Tobacco Free Ireland. Register here – https://bit.ly/3p227D6
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10
FEB
2021

2021 Virtual Chinese New Year Celebration – Tuesday16th of February 2021 @ 3pm

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Join Cultúr Migrant Centre on Tuesday16th of February 2021 to celebrate Chinese New Year online. With guest speakers, prizes and information about Chinese Culture and food. Please register on eventbrite link below for the event. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/celebrate-chinese-new-year-with-us-tickets-139368287299?utm-campaign=social%2Cemail&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=checkoutwidget
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10
FEB
2021

Mental Health Recovery Education & Managing Well-being – Taster Sessions

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Your HSE Midlands Louth Meath Recovery Education Team is up and running so we are sharing details about two taster sessions we are running in February.   We hope that you can join us for one of the workshops where we will: introduce ourselves provide you with an introduction to Recovery Education in Midlands Louth Meath explore what is meant by Recovery in Mental Health share tips and tools for managing well-being and mental health and introduce CHIME and mental health recovery.   With current Covid 19 restrictions affecting how we connect with others this is great way to meet...
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10
FEB
2021

Internet Safety Day: Louth & Meath CYPSCs Webinar for Youth Organisations – 10th March 2021

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To coincide with Internet Safety Day, which takes place today 9th February, 2021, Cybersafeireland on behalf of Louth and Meath CYPSCs are hosting a cybersafety webinar for Youth Organisations entitled EMPOWER YOURSELF: WHAT CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DOING ONLINE AND HOW TO HELP. This webinar will take place at 3:00pm on Wednesday, 10th March, 2021 and is available to organisations in Louth and Meath that work with children and young people. The duration of the session is one hour. Places are limited to 50 persons so book early to avoid disappointment. To register please click on...
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10
FEB
2021

Social Enterprise Development Fund 2021: Information Webinar 12th Feb 2021

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The Social Enterprise Development Fund for 2021 is now open for applications with a deadline for applications of 5th March 2021.  The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million Fund, being delivered from 2018 to 2022. The Fund was created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Dormant Accounts Fund. Next Friday, February 12th 2021, at 11am, we will be holding a free webinar to provide an overview of the Fund. We will cover what applicants can expect if they...
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09
FEB
2021

Call for Focus Group Participants: views & experiences of LGBTI+ Mental Health Service Users

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MY VOICE MATTERS: Views and Experiences of LGBTI+ Mental Health Service Users Call for Focus Group Participants In short This project is being undertaken to gain insights into the lived experiences of LGBTI+ people using mental health services in Ireland. If you are 18 or over, have used mental health services in the last 2 years, and are willing to take part in an online focus group between 15th and 24th February, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more at www.mentalhealthreform.ie/myvoicematters Mental Health Reform and LGBT Ireland are collaborating on this research to produce a set of...
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09
FEB
2021

Community Addiction Studies Course: closing date Fri 12th Feb

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The Community Addiction Studies Course (Casc) is for people living, working or volunteering in the community who wish to become more effective when the encounter drug/alcohol misuse or addiction. It is a QQI level 5 course and with current Covid restrictions it will be begin via online until the current restrictions change. Please find further information and an application form below: CASC info & application 2021 Please send applications to the North East Regional Drugs Task Force by email to info@nedrugtaskforce.ie  The closing date for applications is Friday 12th February 2021.
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05
FEB
2021

Meath PPN Spring 2021 Training Programme: Now open for registration

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A range of courses will be available online over the coming weeks to support the work of Meath PPN members and build the capacity of groups in the network. The courses are free and will be delivered by experienced trainers from Social Justice Ireland and the Carmichael Centre. The classes cover a wide range of areas: from finance, to communication and what the PPN is itself. The  mix of subjects could help your group  with new ideas and guidance. The programme is an also an opportunity to support groups and work together. The classes are an opportunity to learn about: What is a PPN?: the...
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05
FEB
2021

HSE Living Well Programme

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living well brochure CHO 8 – pdf Courses Information flyer 1 2021 – word
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05
FEB
2021

MCCC Strategic Plan For Housing People With a Disability 2021-2026

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Meath County Council’s Housing & Disability Steering Group will shortly be starting work on drafting a new action plan for housing social housing applicants in the County who are living with a disability. Our local  action plan will feed into the new national strategy, due to be developed later this year. The Steering Group is made up of representatives from Meath County Council’s Housing Section, HSE, Approved Housing Bodies and groups involved with people with a disability, including the Meath Disability Network. The Group’s goal is to meet the housing needs of people with...
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02
FEB
2021

2021 Social Enterprise Development Fund: open until March 5th

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The 2021 Social Enterprise Development Fund is now open for applications. The closing date is March 5th 2021. Further information is available at: https://rethinkireland.ie/current_fund/social-enterprise-development-fund-2021/       WHAT IS THIS FUND’S OBJECTIVE? The objective of the fund is to find and back social enterprises that add to the social and economic fabric of their community by way of social impact. The fund will provide critical support to the most innovative and impactful social enterprises across Ireland, helping them to: ● Increase their social impact...
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29
JAN
2021

Safer Internet Day 2021: 9th Feb 2021 – event

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Safer Internet Day 2021 is just around the corner, and we hope that you will help us to promote a better internet on Tuesday, February 9th. Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. Webwise is responsible for the coordination and promotion of Safer Internet Day in Ireland and while the celebrations will look a little different this year, we are reaching out to all our online safety stakeholders, partners, friends, and colleagues to help make SID 2021 as vibrant and meaningful as ever. As we rely on technology more...
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29
JAN
2021

Navan Stroke Support Group

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Please find information on  our current supports: For new stroke survivors we at Irish Heart in conjunction with the HSE offer support to newly diagnosed people for a 12 week period through our Stroke Check In Service. i.e. help with coping after a stroke, with no obligation attached. We are available to connect online whilst Covid restrictions are in place: The Monday club 3pm to 4.45 Social interaction among members and group coordinators, i.e. Zoom Concerts, Zoom Bingo, Zoom talks with various health professionals and experts in social aspects of life. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and...
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29
JAN
2021

Meath PPN: Training Programme – Spring 2021

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To help build capacity and support the work of groups, the following course detailed below will be available to members of the Meath PPN. All the course will take place online. Registration will open on the 3rd February  and groups will be emailed details on the process. Please find Training Subjects & dates for online sessions: Fundamentals of the PPN – 16th February at 1pm Facilitation Skills – 23rd February at 1pm Funding Applications – 25th Feb at 11.30am Communications and Advocacy – 2nd March at 1pm Strategic Planning – 9th March at 1pm Local Government Budgets –...
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29
JAN
2021

“Minding Me, Minding You” Workshop: 1st February 2021

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Monaghan PPN have kindly extended an invitation to an online mental health and self-care session taking place on the 1st February 2021: ‘Minding Me, Minding You‘ : Self-care While Supporting Others. Monday 1st Feb @ 11am – 12.30pm Interactive online workshop exploring the risk & protective factors to wellbeing during a pandemic in our various roles. Includes breakout room discussions, a guided mindfulness practice, tips & resources. Hosted by Miffy Hoad – Mental Health Ireland   Join on Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88586894937
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29
JAN
2021

Consultation: Review of the National Development Plan

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The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform invites submissions to Review to Renew, the public consultation element of the National Development Plan. This consultation offers all people in Ireland – expert stakeholders and users of infrastructure – the opportunity to inform and influence important policy that affects the fabric of our daily lives including the distribution of our people, our jobs, businesses, houses, roads, public transport, education and health infrastructure; our social, cultural and sporting facilities. The review will not be considering the merit of...
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28
JAN
2021

‘Stories from the waterside’ event and website launch: LAWPRO

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  LAWPRO is delighted to launch a new website dedicated to Stories from the Waterside.   This launch will take place during an online event on 02 February at 7:00pm.  Anyone can attend the event by registering at https://bit.ly/3p0fLHp   Stories from the waterside was a writing competition held last May during Lockdown. LAWPRO received almost 500 stories from across the island of Ireland and even further afield from Irish living abroad. This new website will archive all those stories, celebrating local connections with Ireland’s magical waters. It will also be a platform to...
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28
JAN
2021

Adult Learners’ Festival 2021

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This year’s Adult Learner’s Festival will take place from March 1st to 5th. This celebration of adult learning is an opportunity for you to promote your organisation, showcase your learners, and connect with your community. This week will also include the AONTAS STAR Awards, and our Policy Day event. Please keep an eye on www.aontas.com and for more information visit https://www.aontas.com/community/adult-learners-festival/. You can showcase your work and promote adult learning in your local community to a national audience by submitting your online open days and virtual information...
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28
JAN
2021

AONTAS: One Step Up – information & referral service

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AONTAS believes in creating a more equitable lifelong learning system in Ireland where all learners, particularly in adult and community education can thrive. Simply put, every adult should be able to access quality education throughout their lives. Education is transformative and empowering for individuals, their families and communities, with wide ranging benefits for society as a whole. Education opens doors, builds confidence, increases job satisfaction and employability, creates life opportunities, improves health, and plays a vital role in personal development, as well as much more....
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27
JAN
2021

Green Kilometre Scheme: Meath County Council

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Meath County Council is aware that there are many groups and individuals around the county who would like to contribute to their local community, especially since Covid. An increase in walking and cycling since the lockdowns began has made many people aware of both the litter that may be seen along the roadside, but also the wildlife that exists in the hedgerows and roadside margins. People may also notice built heritage features such as old gates, water pumps etc. As a response to this we have created the Green Kilometre scheme. With over 3,600 kilometres of road sin the county, there...
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27
JAN
2021

Irish Heart Foundation – Heart Failure Support Programme

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The Irish Heart Foundation have recently launched a new Heart Failure Support Programme. This support service for Heart Failure patients includes monthly information sessions with expert speakers, a 7 episode informational podcast series, a peer to peer support closed Facebook group (Heart Support Network), monthly newsletters, a nurse Support Line for any medical queries and counselling sessions. Please find the link to our dedicated Heart Failure page: https://irishheart.ie/get-support/support-groups/heart-failure-support/ where patients can sign up by filling in the form on the page.  
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27
JAN
2021

TidyTowns Newsletter: January 2021

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Please find a link below to the 1st edition of the TidyTowns Newsletter 2021 TidyTowns Newsletter – Issue 1 of 2021 – pdf   We have also included a word document that contains the links in the newsletter. Newsletter links Issue 1 of 2021   The newsletter contains the following:   Information on the TidyTowns Grant How TidyTowns Groups can apply the Sustainable Development Goals to their activities How pollinator friendly actions can be implemented in sport grounds in communities An article on bird feeding Interesting articles from TidyTowns Groups   Please...
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26
JAN
2021

Community Grant Scheme 2021: Now Open for Applications

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The Community Grant Scheme is available to Community Groups, Tidy Towns/Village Committees, Residents Associations and other organisations, to assist with actions and projects being undertaken in their local area for the Meath County Council Community Grant Scheme 2021. The 2021 scheme is now open. The closing date is the 12th March 2021   The range of grant categories available under the Community Grant Scheme 2021 are: Residents Association Tidy Towns Equality and Social Inclusion Recreation and Sport Festivals & Events Burial Ground     Please find a Frequently Asked Questions...
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22
JAN
2021

DRCD: 3,000 projects supported through 2020 Community Enhancement Programme

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Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce that over 3,000 projects have been supported through 2020 Community Enhancement Programme Friday, 22 January 2021. DRCD Press Office <press.office@drcd.gov.ie>   Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, have today announced that over 3,000 projects have been supported through the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP). The Programme, funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, is designed to...
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22
JAN
2021

Clár na nÓg – training, events, opportunities across the youth sector.

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National Youth Council of Ireland News Upcoming training, deadlines, and calls Young Voices Meet Decision Makers Jan 21 (full) Vision for Youth Work: NYCI member consultation Jan 26 (full) Research Launch: Mapping Youth Arts Provision in Youth Work Settings Feb 4 Official DCEDIY/NYCI Covid-19 Induction Session for the Youth Sector Ongoing Remember to check out our Covid-19 hub for more resources, training, and advice.   Launch of new research: Mapping Youth Arts Provision in Youth Work Settings Join us to learn more about the shift at policy level and significant financial investment...
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21
JAN
2021

Covid19: Message to those who have recently travelled from Brazil.

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Dear All You will be aware of the newly reported Brazilian variant of COVID. By way of maximising the communication with people who may have travelled from Brazil in recent weeks, we are requesting Departments to reach out to their agencies and other organisations with which their sectors interact, including through local channels, to facilitate the following information reaching (and, as far as possible, being acted on by) the intended audience:   All passengers who have arrived from Brazil in January are requested to come forward for a COVID-19 PCR test.  This test can be obtained...
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20
JAN
2021

HSE Minding Your Wellbeing programme

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The HSE Minding Your Wellbeing programme is a free series of online video resources to help you learn and practice key elements of mental wellbeing, like resilience and self-care. This is a universal programme which encourages all ages to mind your wellbeing. You can access all of the videos HERE The programme consists of a series of 5 video sessions of around 20 minutes each on the following topics Practicing Self Care Understanding Our Thoughts Exploring Emotions Building Positive Relationships Improving Our Resilience  ...
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20
JAN
2021

Conference: Exploring Critical Thinking & Problem Based Learning in Youth Work: 28th January 2021

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Meath Partnership and the Game of Phones consortium from across Europe are holding a conference to explore the concept of Problem Based Learning in Youth Work.   This online conference will take place on Zoom on  28th of January, 2021 – 10am – 12pm. Please read the outline of the session below: Findings and resources from the Game of Phones project Exploring Problem Based Learning and Critical Thinking in Youth Work – Guest speaker: Nora Furlong (Youth Worker & Educator) Incorporating the SDGs into Youth Work – Guest speaker: Conn Mc Carrick (Irish UN...
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19
JAN
2021

Ciste Sheachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2021- fund for Irish Language Week

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A chara, Súil agam go bhfuil cúrsaí go maith leatsa.   Mar eolas tá ciste tacaíochta le haghaidh Sheachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2021 ar oscailt anois agus sinne ag glacadh le hiarratais go dtí 29 Eanáir más mian le grúpaí ó do cheantar cur isteach air. FYI, the support fund for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2021 is now open and we are accepting applications until the 29th of January if groups from your area wish to apply.   Tá an fhoirm iarratais ar fáil anseo. The application form is available here.   Má tá aon cheist agat faoin gciste nó má tá tuilleadh eolais uait ní...
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19
JAN
2021

CORE January Giveaway: Win an Amazon Echo

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CORE January Giveaway: WIN an Amazon Echo DOT 3rd Generation. In order to raise awareness of Food Poverty and extend our reach across Social Media, we are launching a monthly giveaway.  January’s giveaway is for an Amazon Echo DOT 3rd Generation. Entry is FREE. Please share this with your Network. Click Here to enter The draw will take place on Thursday 31st January 2021 at 1:00 pm GMT.
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19
JAN
2021

CREATE: News & Opportunities – January 2021

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OPPORTUNITIES & NEWS – January 2021 News from Create A message from our Director 2020 was a year full of steep learning curves and realigned plans for Create and our partners, funded artists and wider community. However, seeing how collaborative and socially engaged arts practitioners oriented themselves to work in creative solidarity with each other and social movements, to imagine new ways through and beyond the crisis, means we face into 2021 with a renewed sense of purpose. Challenges of growing inequality, climate change, and increasing polarisation have been further...
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19
JAN
2021

An Post: 5 million new free postcards to brighten up January

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5 Million new free postcards from An Post to brighten up January  Two new free postage-paid postcards for every home Customers invited to Design Your Own Card for family and friends Community Supports to continue Increased business supports for SMEs   14 January, 2021:  An Post is inviting the nation to Brighten up January with a two new free postcards to be delivered to every home from next week.   The large format postcards are postage paid for delivery within Ireland and each household will receive two cards – one with a printed design and one blank for decorating by customers of...
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18
JAN
2021

COVID-19 Emergency Fund – 2nd Round: closing date 27th January 2021

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The 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund The 2nd round of the Covis-19 Emergency Fund will provide grants to community groups to assist them: to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality. Examples of measures supported could be adapting premises to allow for social distancing; offering on-line activities; providing social supports and friendly calls by phone etc. to become more involved in the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign. The grants are aimed at assisting participation in the campaign, in particular with the three themes: staying...
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15
JAN
2021

Meath Local Sports Partnership: January 2021 Update

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Please see Meath LSP’s planned programmes below. All programmes are delivered whilst adhering to current public health guidelines.   Podcast Running Series Meath LSP are bringing a complete Podcast Running Series to suits all fitness levels. All podcast programmes will consist of a 6-week structured training plan that includes 3 weekly training sessions of 40 minutes each. Our tutor Andrea McGuinness will be you own personal trainer and TALK you through 3 sessions each week. Each podcast programme provides you the opportunity to complete the programme outdoors, in your garden,...
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15
JAN
2021

National Family Support Network Virtual Conference and Wellbeing Event: Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd January 2021

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The National Family Support Network are hosting a “Virtual Learning & Wellbeing Event” in January. The event will be a host of workshops and will be run over 2 days, Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd January 2021. The workshops will be delivered via ZOOM and all links will be sent closer to the dates. The first 250 people that book will receive a carepack!!! So get booking!! If you need any assistance with your booking please call us any time from 4th January 2021 and we will be happy to help. For further information or to book a place, please click on link below:...
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15
JAN
2021

Stresscontrol.ie Online Programme

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stresscontrol.ie  have a Stress Control Online programme available free for January, February and March based on a limited timetable (Jan timetable above). There are also resources available on the website such as information Booklets and Relaxation Mindfulness techniques. Stress Control is an evidenced based programme which teaches practical skills to deal with stress. Please feels free to use this information for yourself and and share with your colleagues, service users or target groups #StressControlIrl #KeepWell.
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14
JAN
2021

Public Consultation on a Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) in Ireland

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Micro-generation is defined as micro-generation technologies, including micro-solar PV, micro-hydro, micro-wind and micro-renewable CHP with a maximum electrical output of 50kW, designed to primarily service the self-consumption needs of the property where it is installed.   Currently in Ireland there is no support scheme for this range of micro-generation technologies. There are a number of grant schemes available that support deployment of renewable technologies, particularly Solar PV, for self-consumption, such as the Domestic solar PV and Better Energy Communities schemes...
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14
JAN
2021

Online lecture series on the Irish Revolution by Dr. Myles Dungan: Hinterland Festival & Meath Libraries

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MEATH COUNTY LIBRARIES In collaboration with HINTERLAND FESTIVAL Presents A SHORT HISTORY OF THE IRISH REVOLUTION A weekly series of six online lectures by Dr. Myles Dungan (The History Show, RTE Radio 1) From Monday 18 January at 7.00 p.m. (Free, but booking is necessary as places are limited) E-mail: heather@hinterland.ie to register your place.
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14
JAN
2021

Launch of SJI Report ‘Delivering Deliberative Democracy, Participation by the Public Participation Networks in Local Government Decision-making’: January 26th 2021

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It is our great pleasure to launch the Report ‘Delivering Deliberative Democracy, Participation by the Public Participation Networks in Local Government Decision-making’ on Tuesday, 26th January 2021 at 1pm. Minister Joe O’Brien T.D. will speak at the event, as will Ciara Bates, Principal Officer with the Department of Rural and Community Development. This short event is free, but registration is required at the link below. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Having trouble with the button? Copy and paste this link to your web browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N51PaDOhRA-n22PaHoRrVg...
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13
JAN
2021

How to Use Zoom: helpful videos

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Zoom training for beginners The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown PPN have created learning resources for groups on how to use to use Zoom for video-calling. They have kindly shared their videos and presentations with us and other PPNs. Zoom Training – How to set up the account – CLICK HERE Zoom Training – How to set up the account (with voiceover) – CLICK HERE Zoom Training – Basic Use – CLICK HERE Zoom Training – Basic Use (with voiceover) – CLICK HERE A pdf copy of the training material is available below: Zoom Training – December 2020 DLR PPn very comprehensive – pdf
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13
JAN
2021

2021 Tusla Participation Seed Funding : Closing date 22nd January 2021

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Tusla are now inviting funding applications for the Tusla Participation Initiatives for Children & Young People and Parenting for 2021. For each Management area there is seed funding of €13,000 available for Child and Youth Participation initiatives and seed funding of €13,000 available for Parental Participation initiatives. €26,000 in total to be drawn down by December 2021, although we strongly encourage draw down between March and September. Please find application form and supporting documentation below: 2021 Tusla Participation Initiatives Application Form – word doc 2021...
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13
JAN
2021

CORE Fundraising Raffle

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Wina Fitbit Inspire HR Fitness Tracker: CORE January Fundraising Raffle In an effort to further develop the Core community Food Bank, we are launching a monthly raffle to raise funds.  January’s raffle is for a Fitbit Inspire Fitness Tracker, just what you need to start some of your new year’s resolutions.  Entry is limited to the first 300, and at €5 presents amazing value.  Please share this with your Network. The draw will take place once the 300 entries have been reached Click Here
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12
JAN
2021

GDA Transport Strategy Issues Paper Consultation

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The Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 was prepared by the National Transport Authority (the “NTA”) and adopted by the Government in 2016, in accordance with section 12 of the 2008 Dublin Transport Authority Act (the “Act”). That Strategy set out to contribute to the economic, social and cultural progress of the Greater Dublin Area by providing for the efficient, effective and sustainable movement of people and goods. It has been an essential component, along with investment programmes in other sectors, for the development of the Greater Dublin Area. Major projects...
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11
JAN
2021

Circular Economy: webinar series – starting 20th January 2021

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The Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Management Plan Office, together with the Dublin City Council Economic Development Office, are delighted  to invite you to our interactive webinar series about the Circular Economy. We begin on Wednesday  January 20th at 4pm to 5pm. The webinars are free and are packed with useful and specialist information  for businesses and for those interested in how we move to a more sustainable and resilient economy Please register your place here A Circular Economy offers potential benefits for our economy, environment and communities. However, moving business...
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11
JAN
2021

Citizens’ Jury to discuss the matter of access to health information

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The Irish Platform for Patients’ Organisations, Science & Industry (IPPOSI) are seeking members for a Citizens’ Jury to discuss the matter of access to health information? As individuals, our healthcare professionals need to be able to review our health records to best determine our care. However, that information can also serve the public interest by offering key insights into the development and innovation of our health services for future generations. One might ask should our health information only be used for our own individual needs? Or should it also assist in wider societal...
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08
JAN
2021

National Broadband Ireland (NBI) surveying in Meath

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National Broadband Ireland (NBI) surveying in Meath Surveying and design works for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) rollout continues in Meath on WB 11th of January. National Broadband Ireland (NBI) are the company undertaking the fibre network roll-out to enable high speed internet connectivity for 544,000 premises across the country. NBI would like the public to know that contractors will be on the ground, both inspecting and recording pictures of infrastructure such as poles, cables and underground ducts. The teams have been fully trained in physical distancing practices, hygiene,...
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08
JAN
2021

HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: Friday 8th January 2021

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We hope this message finds you well.   We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.   Public Health Measures New Level 5 restrictions have come into place.   You can see the measures in place here.  We are experiencing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in Ireland. Right now, we all need to stay at home and act as if we have COVID-19.     Supporting the Consent Process for the Vaccination Programme against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Webinar Friday, 8th January 2021 (1pm – 2pm) Yo...
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08
JAN
2021

Touch-type Read & Spell (TTRS) courses free with Meath County Council Library Service

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Did you know that as a library member, you can access the Touch-type Read & Spell (TTRS) course for free? TTRS is a multisensory, structured, online typing course which assists students to learn at their own pace. In addition to developing typing skills, TTRS is designed to benefit students of all ages, in particular those who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties. Learners with dyslexia or literacy issues have also found it helpful TTRS can be beneficial for: learners with Dyspraxia learners with Dysgraphia students studying English as a second language those who wish...
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08
JAN
2021

Family Addiction Support Network (FASN): supports

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The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is a dedicated support service for Family members / concerned persons who are impacted by loved one’s substance misuse. In these extremely difficult times we are very aware of the challenges our service users will be dealing with so we have developed a safe and secure online communications platform in which we can support you. With this in mind we are continuing to provide vital service’s in the form of:        One to one support sessions        5 Step Brief Intervention        Health & Wellbeing support through Facebook (FASN)     ...
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08
JAN
2021

Minister Humphreys announces over €15.4 million in funding for 147 rural towns and villages

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Funding aimed at helping communities respond to COVID-19 Focus on developing outdoor amenities and enhancing public spaces Emphasis on supporting Remote Working in rural communities   Friday, 8 January 2021 Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Friday January 8th) announced over €15.4 million under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The funding will assist towns and villages to implement measures that can help them to respond to the challenges associated with COVID-19. The funding will benefit 147 towns and villages and will fund a wide and...
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07
JAN
2021

Irish Hospice Foundation announces new grant scheme to support creativity in the community during COVID-19

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Today, we announced our new IHF Seed Grant Scheme to inspire and support creative responses to the themes of dying, death and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Covid-related grief and loss have had a significant effect on all ages, all counties and all sectors leaving many of us confused and distressed. In partnership with the Creative Ireland programme, the aim of IHF Seed Grants is to support groups, organisations and individuals in exploring creative initiatives and approaches to reflect and remember. This may take the form of starting new local art projects, or to support...
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06
JAN
2021

New Level 5 Measures: 6th January 2021

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https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/    Your guide to the changes Activity Guidance Schools Closed until 1 Feb with some specific exceptions for 6th year Leaving Cert students, special education and specialised settings Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) The resumption of the ECCE programme is delayed until 1 Feb Childcare Closed with exceptions for vulnerable children and children of essential workers Construction Construction will close from 6pm on Friday 8 Jan, with limited exceptions Retail Essential retail only. Click and collect from non-essential retail outlets...
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06
JAN
2021

Boyne Valley Drive Public Consultation

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Fáilte Ireland has appointed a multi-disciplinary team to review the established Boyne Valley Drive and its wider landscape setting to advise on opportunities to help make it a world class experiential route that celebrates both the heritage assets and the wider Boyne Valley setting. The design team is led by The Paul Hogarth Company (Landscape Architects and Urban Designers) and includes Atkins (Sustainable Transport Consultants) and Repucon Consulting (Tourism Advisors). At this stage, we would like to review our initial findings with the public to verify our understanding of the Boyne...
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06
JAN
2021

Art and Ageing Spring Programme from the Irish Museum of Modern Art

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Please find details below on the free Art and Ageing Spring Programme from the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  The project is funded through The Creative Ireland.   Talking Art Printed Resources This new programme encourages active engagement and conversation, prompting participants to share their thoughts and opinions on IMMA artworks with a printable ‘Talking Art with IMMA’ resource pack. These printed resource packs will highlight a selected work from the IMMA Collection, accompanied with a range of  conversational prompts that form a guided way of exploring artworks. These...
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06
JAN
2021

Minister Heather Humphreys announces funding of €1 million for TidyTowns groups

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Press Release: 24th December 2020   Minister Heather Humphreys announces funding of €1 million for TidyTowns groups Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (24 December 2020) announced funding of €1 million to help TidyTowns groups to prepare for the 2021 SuperValu TidyTowns competition. This allocation will provide up to €1,000 for every eligible TidyTowns group in the country. The funding announced by the Minister is in addition to €1.4 million allocated to these groups at the end of last year. TidyTowns groups across the country have continued...
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2021

Contacts for Support Services

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Support for older people Alone  0818 222 024– Helpline open 8am-8pm for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Coronavirus Third Age Senior Line 1800 80 45 91– free phone service open 10am to 10pm Alzheimer Society of Ireland  1800 341 341-  National Helpline to make an appointment.  helpline@alzheimer.ie SAGE Advocacy  1850 71 94 00 support and advocacy service for older people   Support Services Irish Cancer Society  Freephone 1800 200 700  for help and support.        Email:   cancernurseline@irishcancer.ie Irish Wheelchair Association  0858723355 /...
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23
DEC
2020

2021 Tusla Participation Seed Funding – Applications OPEN

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Tusla are now inviting funding applications for the Tusla Participation Initiatives for Children & Young People and Parenting for 2021. For each Management area there is seed funding of €13,000 available for Child and Youth Participation initiatives and seed funding of €13,000 available for Parental Participation initiatives. €26,000 in total to be drawn down by December 2021, although we strongly encourage draw down between March and September. Please find application form and supporting documentation below: 2021 Tusla Participation Initiatives Application Form – word doc 2021...
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22
DEC
2020

Ireland is moving to Level 5: Update 22nd December 2020

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https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/ Activity From 24 December From 27 December From 1 January Visitors to your home 2 other households max 1 other household max No visitors Travel outside your county Yes No – except to return home after Christmas No Restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants Closed at 3pm Closed Closed Places of worship 50 max until Christmas Day Private and online worship only from 26 Dec Private and online worship only Retail Open Open but with no January sales Open but with no January sales Weddings 25 max 25 max 25 on Jan 1-2; max of 6 from Jan 3...
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22
DEC
2020

Solstice Anthem for Ashbourne

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  https://www.hennisoft.ie/media/Anthem_for_Ashbourne.mp4 If there was ever a year when the Solstice idea of ’embracing the New Dawn’ carried palpable meaning, surely it is this year. As the prospects of defeating the common enemy seem more credible, it is tempting to be optimistic on many fronts, Health, Social, even Economic and Political. But perhaps the principal benefits from the pandemic experience have been around a renewed focus on matters local? The new rendition of Ashbourne’s Anthem is an example of this community solidarity that has emerged as a...
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21
DEC
2020

Volunteering opportunities with Age & Opportunity

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Become a FitLine Volunteer Mentor! We are delighted to announce we are expanding our FitLine initiative in 2021 to reach more older adults right across the country. We’re looking for more volunteer mentors, individuals or groups, to join our FitLine team, to help us deliver this very worthwhile initiative. FitLine, one of our Active programme initiatives, is a volunteer peer led telephone based motivation line which encourages older adults to introduce physical activity into their daily lives.  FitLine is designed to help people who want to feel a bit healthier but just don’t have the...
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21
DEC
2020

Meath Arts Office Newsletter – December 2020

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Please find a link below to the Meath Arts Office Newsletter – December 2020 Meath Arts Office Newsletter – December 2020  – pdf  
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21
DEC
2020

2nd Round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Closing date 27th January 2021

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The 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund is now being launched. The COVID-19 Emergency Fund is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development  and administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area.   This round will provide grants to community groups to assist them: to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality. Examples of measures supported could be adapting premises to allow for social distancing; offering on-line activities; providing social supports and friendly calls by phone etc.   to...
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18
DEC
2020

The Wheel: NewsWheel – December 2020

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The Latest News & Updates for Irish Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises NEWS & RECENT DEVELOPMENTS   Making Sense of 2020 – Reflections on a Monumental Year by Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel As 2020 draws to a close, it is very tempting to just draw a line under the past year, indulge in some much-needed seasonal joviality, and start 2021 afresh. But before we do, I think it worth pausing for a few minutes to reflect on what we collectively achieved this year, what we have learned along the way, and how this may shape the future of...
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18
DEC
2020

Navan, Trim and Kells Parking Update

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Navan Parking Update Meath County Council will increase the observation period to 30 mins after the expiry time on the meter ticket  from the 12th December to the 25th December 2020. This effectively allows vehicles to remain for an additional 30 mins after their paid parking period at no additional charge. This incentive is in addition to the current parking incentive in place which is  pay one hour get one hour free . Therefore drivers can park for 2 ½ hours parking for €1.00 on town  streets , €1.20 in Fair green Carpark and €1.40 in Kennedy Place.  The maximum stay of 2 hours  has...
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18
DEC
2020

Winter Solstice at Newgrange 2020: live stream

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The Office of Public Works’ annual Winter Solstice gathering at the Neolithic Passage Tomb of Newgrange on 21 December has been cancelled this year, due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The hugely significant Solstice Sunrise event will be live-streamed from within the Chamber, on Sunday 20th, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December. The live stream will be available at the link below from 08:45 on each day www.gov.ie/newgrange  
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18
DEC
2020

Christmas Food Waste Campaign

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This Christmas reduce your food waste with Catherine Fulvio’s Seven Secrets to Stop Festive Food Waste. Shockingly we will throw out millions of euros worth of food over Christmas Week.  Meath County Council and eight other local authorities have linked up with Catherine Fulvio to explore how we can avoid food waste in the coming weeks. See below lots of top tips around avoiding food waste this Christmas.   1) Plan ahead how many people are coming? what’s your favourite food? build your menu decide your recipes do shopping list Stick to your list   For more Christmas Food...
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18
DEC
2020

HSE: Minding Your Wellbeing Programme

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The HSE Minding Your Wellbeing programme is a free series of online video resources to help you learn and practice key elements of mental wellbeing, like resilience and self-care. This is a universal programme which encourages all ages to mind your wellbeing. You can access all of the videos HERE The programme consists of a series of 5 video sessions of around 20 minutes each on the following topics Practicing Self Care Understanding Our Thoughts Exploring Emotions Building Positive Relationships Improving Our Resilience  ...
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18
DEC
2020

Minister for Health announces National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

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Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has today (15th December 2020) announced the National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which outlines Ireland’s high-level plan for safe, effective and efficient vaccination of the population, while safeguarding continued provision of health and social care services. The National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which was prepared by the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination, was signed off by Cabinet this morning. The Government established the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination in November with the purpose of supporting the...
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18
DEC
2020

Barnardos: Impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse on Children

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07 December 2020: Every year Barnardos works with hundreds of children impacted by domestic violence and abuse in their homes. To date their voices remain absent from the public debate and discussion. In collaboration with domestic abuse services around Ireland, Barnardos asked children to share, in their words, what domestic violence was to them. “It gets louder and louder. They don’t think we can hear it but we can, even if we are in the last corner of the house” Child 2 “It is our job to protect our little brothers and sisters” Child 3 Reports from Barnardos projects across the country...
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17
DEC
2020

SJI Podcast: PPN Vision for Community Wellbeing

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SJI Interview Series Ep28: Visions for Community Wellbeing – Public Participation Networks There has been a recent political shift towards wellbeing, with talk of a Wellbeing Budget for 2021 and the publication of a discussion document on Wellbeing Indicators with that Budget. This is a good thing, but how those Wellbeing Indicators are developed, and who is consulted, will be key to their success. In 2018, the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) embarked on a large consultative project to develop Visions for Community Wellbeing across all Local Authority areas. This process saw...
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17
DEC
2020

Consultation on the Draft Initial State Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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The Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Ms. Anne Rabbitte T.D. has published the Draft Initial State Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for consultation.   Please find a link to the Draft Initial State Report below: Draft CRPD Initial State Report Please find a link to Screen Reader Version of Draft Initial State Report below: Draft CRPD Initial State Report – Screen Reader Version   A three month long consultation process period is now open.   Consultation will take place in a number of ways....
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17
DEC
2020

Sports Capital Programme 2020: new closing date for registration

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***Sports Capital programme deadline has been extended to Monday 1st March; clubs must be registered through the online system (OSCAR), deadline for registration in 15th February 2021*** The Sports Capital Programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. Its objectives are to: assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high...
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17
DEC
2020

Meath Local Sports Partnership: December 2020 Update

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Please see Meath LSP’s planned programmes below. All programmes will be delivered whilst adhering to current public health guidelines.   Virtual 2k Turkey Trot Charity begins in your community…make your donation count locally this Christmas! The Local Sports Partnerships (LSP’s) in Louth & Meath have combined forces to host the inaugural virtual 2k Turkey Trot in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP). This worthy charity does tremendous work with those who need it and has branches in most local communities across the counties of Louth and Meath. 2020 has...
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17
DEC
2020

LAWPRO Catchments Catch-up Newsletter December 2020

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Please find a link below to a copy of LAWPRO’s Catchments Catch-up Newsletter for December 2020: LAWPRO Catchments Catch Up Newsletter DECEMBER 2020 – pdf
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17
DEC
2020

Communities Creating Jobs: Winter 2020 E-Magazine

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Here is our Winter 2020 E-Magazine, which we hope you enjoy: Click here to view our 2020 Winter E-Magazine   Highlights Europe Letter – Neale Richmond, TD Covid Update & Vaccine Roll-out – Prof. Luke O’Neil Community Finance Ireland’s New CEO, Donal Traynor More Awards for Billy & Mary Sharpe and Irish Gourmet Butter Triest Press – Into the Future
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16
DEC
2020

CREATE: news & opportunities – December 2020

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OPPORTUNITIES & NEWS – December 2020 2020 – A Year Like No Other As 2020 draws to a close, we take this moment to reflect on this year like no other. To all our colleagues – artists, community activists, key stakeholders and project partners we say a sincere thank you for your work with us this year. Despite such challenging times, which saw many projects interrupted, plans halted, and many personal and professional hurdles to overcome, we were heartened daily by the imagination, determination and collegiality of the artists, arts organisations and community members and networks...
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16
DEC
2020

Minister Humphreys announces details of Transitional LEADER Programme

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Programme will bridge gap between EU LEADER programming periods Initial allocation of €20 million to support locally-led rural development Key focus on building capacity in communities   Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Wednesday, December 16th) announced details of the Transitional LEADER Programme which will come into effect in April 2021. The Minister also announced some flexibilities in relation to the finalisation of the current LEADER programme. In line with a commitment in the Programme for Government, the Transitional LEADER Programme...
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16
DEC
2020

Community Water Development Fund 2021: LAWPRO

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The Community Water Development Fund supports 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...
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16
DEC
2020

National Water Resource Plan (NWRP): Consultation on Irish Water Draft Framework Plan

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Irish Water has published the first Phase, the draft Framework Plan of the National Water Resources Plan (NWRP), for public consultation. The NWRP is Ireland’s first 25-year strategic plan enabling us to move towards safe, secure, reliable and sustainable water supplies for all of our customers and communities, whilst safeguarding public health and the environment. For the first time, the NWRP will provide a country-wide analysis to identify the water we have, the water we use, the water we need and any potential risk to water quality. It sets out the methods and options to meet these...
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16
DEC
2020

Save Energy At Home & In Your Community: Recording of Codema Webinar

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Thank you for attending last week’s webinar: Save Energy At Home & In Your Community. If you couldn’t make the event you will find the recording here: https://we.tl/t-JeY2fGRsbm Please note this link will expire in 7 days, so please download the recording before then.   Attached are the presentations from the event for your reference as well as some useful links and resources below relating to home energy savings and our Sustainable Energy Communities Programme: More on the SEC Programme: https://www.codema.ie/sec Guide to Home Energy Savings:...
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14
DEC
2020

Minister O’Brien launches first National Volunteering Strategy 2021-2025

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Whole-of-government framework to support the voluntary sector New Volunteer Reserve to be established to respond quickly to local community needs Saturday 5th December is International Volunteering Day   From Department of Rural and Community Development . Published on 5 December 2020. https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/93402-minister-obrien-launches-first-national-volunteering-strategy-2021-2025/   Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, today (5th December) launched the first National Volunteering Strategy 2021-2025. The...
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14
DEC
2020

National Volunteering Strategy (2021 – 2025)

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From Department of Rural and Community Development . Published on 5 December 2020. https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/3cba6-national-volunteering-strategy/   The National Volunteering Strategy (2021 – 2025) sets out a long-term vision for volunteering and volunteers in Ireland. With actions to be implemented over the next five years, the Strategy set a general direction of travel for government policy in relation to the volunteers and the volunteering environment. It also builds upon and strengthens the renewed relationship and partnership between Government and the voluntary...
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14
DEC
2020

Singing for Health & Wellbeing: Survey

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The University of Limerick is launching this first-ever, nationwide survey of singing for health and wellbeing groups.   If you’ve already completed the survey or forwarded it to someone in your network, thank you, and please feel free to ignore this friendly reminder.   Please complete our survey by 31 December, 2020 if you run such a choir & help spread the word.  https://unioflimerick.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3eiPcwJ7ch3zaOV    Our aim is to compile a resource of singing for health and wellbeing groups in Ireland and get more people singing! Thank you, i...
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14
DEC
2020

Keep Well Walking Challenge: Social Calendar December 2020

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Please find a copy of the Sport Ireland Keep Well Walking Challenge Social Calendar below: Keep Well Walking Challenge Social Calendar – pdf  
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14
DEC
2020

E-Male Matters Newsletter: November/December 2020

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Please find the November / December 2020 edition of ‘E-Male Matters’ – the newsletter of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) link below.  I hope that you will find something of interest to you in it. E-Male Matters November – December 2020 – pdf You can also access an online copy of this newsletter (and earlier editions) at: www.mhfi.org/newsletters/about-e-male-matters.html Can I please draw your attention to one of the articles in the News section? …   To mark its twenty-first birthday in 2020, MHFI undertook an initiative titled ‘Men’s Health in Numbers’.  This...
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11
DEC
2020

Additional €10 million funding allocated to COVID-19 Stability Fund

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Minister O’Brien announces distribution of the additional €10 million funding allocated to COVID-19 Stability Fund – Addition brings total available under the COVID-19 Stability Fund €45 million Joe O’Brien, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, today (Friday 11th December 2020) announced the distribution of the additional €10 million funding allocated to the COVID-19 Stability Fund for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises. An additional €10 million was provided for the COVID-19 Stability Fund, which...
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11
DEC
2020

HSE Covid Partner Pack Update: 10th December 2020

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We hope this message finds you well.   We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.    Public Health Measures Ireland is currently at Level 3.   You can see the measures in place from 1st December here.  You can see the measures in place from 18th December here.  You can see the quick guide to the Christmas changes here.    Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos on Self-isolation and Restricted Movements You can watch the ISL self-isolation (stay in your room) video here, the restricted...
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11
DEC
2020

TidyTowns Newsletter

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  Please find the bumper Christmas edition of the TidyTowns Newsletter below. Edition 9/2020 along with Sustainability Factsheet No. 7 from Ennis TidyTowns.  We have also included a word document that contains the links in the newsletter. Issue 9 of 2020 Sustainability Factsheet 7 – Outdoor Water Station Newsletter links 9   Please note the newsletter is also available on our website, link attached https://www.tidytowns.ie/about-us/newsletters/        
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11
DEC
2020

Age Action: Getting Started KIT

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We are all doing everything we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during the COVID 19 pandemic. It is important that we all continue to: • wash our hands properly and often • practice social distancing • cover coughs and sneezes The HSE developed the COVID Tracker application, or app, as an additional defence against the spread of COVID 19 in Ireland. Not everybody however is comfortable or confident using online services or apps. Age Action is delighted to offer you our Getting Started KIT which we put together to help older people who are not online, or not confident being...
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10
DEC
2020

Meath Libraries: Christmas Concerts on Youtube

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Meath Libraries youtube channel  – link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6B10d5qDbNroMfDN08Wig/featured
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10
DEC
2020

Minister O’Brien announces funding to strengthen the development and growth of community work

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Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, today (Wednesday, 9 December 2020) announced funding of €254,000 to support the work of the All Ireland Endorsement Body for Community Work Education and Training (AIEB) between 2020 and 2022. The funding will support the future growth and development of community work in Ireland. It will do this by promoting the highest standards of community work education and training at all levels in the context of the agreed all-Ireland standards. The AIEB was established in 2010 as an all-Ireland body for...
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10
DEC
2020

Act FAST When Stroke Strikes

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This winter the Irish Heart Foundation together with the Government of Ireland renewed the F.A.S.T. campaign for stroke. We are asking the public to know the signs of stroke and to act F.A.S.T. by calling 112 or 999 at the signs of stroke. When someone has a stroke, minutes matter: because two million brain cells die every minute after a stroke. Encouraging others to act F.A.S.T. by calling 112 or 999 you are saving lives and giving people a chance at recovery. You can also help us by spreading the F.A.S.T. message by telling 5 people you know about the fast campaign, so others know to...
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10
DEC
2020

Core Community Food Bank: appeal for donations

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Core community food bank, in partnership with Trim and Kells family resource centres are holding a food appeal to support communities and families affected by Covid-19. Donations can be dropped to Core Meath Office, Unit 3 Meath Enterprise Centre in Navan or both resource centres. Alternatively, you can support this appeal by donating supermarket vouchers. Phone: – 085 228 9579
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10
DEC
2020

RSA Check it Fits Service: free virtual child car seat checks

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Since October 2013, the Check it Fits Service has provided free child car seat checks at our nationwide face-to-face events. Following the introduction of public health measures in response to Covid-19 this March, we made the decision to suspend the service. Since then we have been working on ways to bring this vital service back in a way that is safe for both the public and our expert checkers.   The RSA Check it Fits Service is now offering FREE virtual child car seat checks. The new virtual service means that parents, guardians, grandparents, and childminders, can now have their...
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10
DEC
2020

LMETB Community Education Spring 2021 Direct Tuition Course: Open for Application

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The LMETB Community Education Spring 2021 Direct Tuition Course Application is now open.    Please find Spring 2021 Application Form below: Spring2021 Community-Education-Service-Application-Form-Tuition Hours and Advert  – word doc   The closing date for returning completed application forms is Friday 18th December 2020
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10
DEC
2020

AONTAS Star Awards 2021

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As part of the Adult Learners’ Festival the STAR Awards will take on extra significance in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as we celebrate and acknowledge the incredible work that adult learning providers have done in adapting their provision to ensure that the learners’ needs continue to be met. This year there are even more STAR Award categories as we search for new, diverse and experienced programmes that provide opportunities for adults to learn. Nominations are invited from any individual, group or organisation involved in adult learning. There are five main STAR Award categories:...
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10
DEC
2020

Cultúr: Human Rights Day 2020

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You can register for the event at Eventbrite by following this link. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/human-rights-day-tickets-130572609189.
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10
DEC
2020

Core Ireland: Update

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The announcement of the winners of the Meath County Council’s Community Wellbeing Initiative for participating Municipal Districts took place virtually on Thursday 3rd December 2020. Core Meath won the Social Inclusion Category in the Navan District. Core would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers and supporters without whom this would not have been possible.   Please find a link to the Core magazine below: Download Our Magazine
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