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APR
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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13
APR
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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12
APR
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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12
APR
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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12
APR
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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12
APR
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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12
APR
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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12
APR
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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12
APR
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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06
APR
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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06
APR
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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03
APR
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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03
APR
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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01
APR
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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01
APR
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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01
APR
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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01
APR
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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01
APR
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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01
APR
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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01
APR
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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01
APR
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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31
MAR
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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31
MAR
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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31
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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31
MAR
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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30
MAR
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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29
MAR
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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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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06
JAN
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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04
DEC
2020

Fundingpoint Meath Digest: December 2020

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Please find the latest Fundingpoint Meath Digest available below: Fundingpoint Local Access – Meath County Council, Dec 2020 – Jan 2021  – pdf
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04
DEC
2020

HSE Covid Partner Pack Update – Thursday 3rd 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.      Keeping well this winter campaign The HSE has just launched the Keeping well this winter campaign across many media channels including TV, digital and social, radio...
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04
DEC
2020

Third Age: Navigate your Work Future – upcoming sessions

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Concluding Third Age’s Navigate your Work Future for 2020, we have a number of sessions lined up for December that will challenge, support and explore your career choices, your personal attributes and your job search. We are offering a series of talks with career coaches, organisational development consultants, psychologists, and interview preparation specialists. The talks will cover a range of topics such as personal skills analysis, understanding the jobs market, CV preparation, effective interview techniques and will finish, before the Christmas break, with a session on mindfulness...
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03
DEC
2020

UCC courses available for CovidPOP applicants free of charge.

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Upskill or Reskill with ACE’s Part-time Industry/Enterprise Focused Modules ACE at UCC are offering several hundred free or heavily subsidised places to those seeking to upskill or reskill under the Government’s new Modular Skills Provision initiative. Fees are subsidised by 90-100%. These industry-focused part-time modules offer opportunities to enhance your skills in a broad range of industry sectors. These short courses are ideal for jobseekers, returners, employed and formerly self-employed. Modules will be delivered online from mid-December to mid-May (exact timetables to be...
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02
DEC
2020

Have your say on the development of a 10-Year Strategy for Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy

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SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority would like to tell you about an important announcement that was made today (2nd December 2020) by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Mr Simon Harris TD. The Minister has announced a public consultation on a new 10-year Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy (ALND) Strategy, and we at SOLAS have been tasked with developing this strategy. We hope you will be able to take a few minutes to have your say in the development of the ALND Strategy. This will help us create an environment where...
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02
DEC
2020

The Citizen Engagement and Deliberative Democracy Festival: 6-12 December 2020 (online)

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The Citizen Engagement and Deliberative Democracy Festival is taking place from 6-12 December. You can register for the event and find the agenda HERE.   We have an exciting agenda planned for the week, including: An opening address by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel Thought-provoking live and asynchronous discussions with key practitioners on citizen engagement and    deliberative democracy policy in the EU Input from Commission Vice-Presidents and politicians working directly on the European Democracy Action Plan and the Conference on the Future of Europe A closing address by JRC...
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01
DEC
2020

The Wheel: Fundingpoint Newsletter – December 2020

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NEWS: Sports Capital Programme Opens for Applications The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, have announced that €40 million is being made available in 2021 under a new round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP). Read full story   The Wheel Launches EU Funding & Social Economy Support Programme The Wheel has launched Access Europe, a new support and capacity-building programme to help Irish civil society organisations access EU funding. The...
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01
DEC
2020

EPA Webinar – Innovation Driving a Green and Just Transition: Mission 2050 – 4th December 2020 @ 1pm

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EPA/IIEA Webinar: Innovation Driving a Green and Just Transition: Mission 2050 Dr John Bell, Director, ‘Healthy Planet’, Directorate-General Research & Innovation, European Commission. Friday, 4 December | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   To register follow this link and enter your details via Zoom: https://iiea.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gUpDzlSgR9CID_zmlQmzYA   In this event, the first of a new lecture series co-organised by the EPA and IIEA, entitled Environmental Resilience, Dr John Bell will explain how research and innovation (R&I) is a key enabler in the drive towards a...
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01
DEC
2020

Irish Rural Link Conversation: Digital Connectivity – 3rd December 2020 at 10am

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Irish Rural Link are inviting you to join them In conversation with Séamus Boland, CEO Irish Rural Link and President of Group Three, European Economic and Social Council as we discuss “Digital Connectivity ” On Thursday 3rd December 2020,  10am- 11am Joining the discussion are: Jim Foran, Proprietor of Foran Computers & Irish Rural Link Tutor Anne Mitchelle, Chairperson, IFA, Galway And other Guests Digital Connectivity has never been more important given the increase demand for remote working, online learning and social interaction. The global pandemic has highlighted unacceptable...
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30
NOV
2020

New Newsletter from the Meath Child & Family Support Network

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We are  delighted to finally share with you all Edition 1 of the New Meath Child and Family Support Networks Newsletter. Please a  copy to download below: Meath Newsletter CFSN – pdf In Edition 1 you will find information on some of the services available to children, young people and families across Meath, as well as information on the Child and Family Support Networks in Meath and Louth  and also Meitheal. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the services for taking the time to send their information for inclusion in this newsletter. The Meath Child and Family Support...
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30
NOV
2020

Safeguarding Ireland: Awareness Campaign on Adult Abuse

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A safeguarding PUBLIC AWARENESS campaign has commenced today and will continue for the next two weeks to December 13th. The theme is on raising greater awareness of what constitutes adult abuse and also the urgency for progress on safeguarding legislation. Here are the relevant links to the content for your information and uses: NEWS RELEASE: https://www.safeguardingireland.org/strong-public-support-for-improved-safeguarding-laws/ RESOURCES: https://www.safeguardingireland.org/public-awareness/   The campaign also includes: National radio ads on RTE Radio One and Newstalk Loca...
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30
NOV
2020

Community Services Programme Support Fund: €3.55 million extension

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Minister O’Brien announces an additional €3.55 million extension to the Community Services Programme Support Fund   Mr Joe O Brien TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities has today, Friday 27th November, announced additional funding of €3.55m for the Community Services Programme (CSP) 2020 Support Fund. This brings the total amount allocated under the Fund to €4.75m.   Announcing the funding, the Minister said : “I am delighted to be in a position to extend the Support Fund to assist CSP supported organisations who are struggling...
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30
NOV
2020

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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30
NOV
2020

The Wheel: Launch of Access Europe programme

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The Wheel launched an EU Funding and Social Economy Support Programme – Access Europe on the 25th November 2020. This new support and capacity-building programme aims to help Irish organisations access EU funding. The three-year project is being funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Access Europe programme aims to make organisations fully aware of the wide range of possible EU funding opportunities. Membership of the Access Europe programme is free and provides access for any part of civil society to: updates on EU funding calls and opportunities free training...
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30
NOV
2020

Men’s Health Forum in Ireland: event 10th December 2020

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The Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) would like to invite you to an online birthday party with a difference … YOU get a very valuable present to take home afterwards! MHFI is celebrating its 21st birthday this year.  To mark this achievement, we have undertaken a project called ‘Men’s Health in Numbers’.  We are now ready to launch the findings, and would like to invite you to a short webinar to hear the outcomes and get a free copy of the reports produced. The Men’s Health Forum in Ireland was established in response to the growing recognition of the need to address the poor...
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27
NOV
2020

2021 Artist’s Residency Bursary Applications Open

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  Meath County Council Arts Office, in partnership with the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, are pleased to announce: the 2021 artist’s residency bursary. Continuing their partnership for a third year, Centre Culturel Irlandais and Meath County Council Arts Office will work together to support an individual artist from Meath to spend a month in Paris. Open to practising professional artists of all disciplines living in county Meath, the bursary will provide: a month-long residency at the prestigious Parisian centre, and include travel from Ireland, accommodation, and a stipend ...
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27
NOV
2020

Ratoath Men’s Shed response to Covid-19

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Please find a link below to a report from Ratoath Men’s Shed to the Meath PPN on the impact and community response to Covid-19: Ratoath Mens Shed – Report on Impact of Covid – pdf  
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25
NOV
2020

Aware – Support & Self Care Groups

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As we all know, during Level 5 lockdown, many people are experiencing additional feelings of isolation, anxiety and distress as well as enduring depression, bi-polar disorder and other challenges with their mental health.  These feelings are often further exacerbated during this holiday season, as people can sometimes contrast their own sadness with other peoples joy. If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone In and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and...
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24
NOV
2020

Nominate your Adult Learning Initiative for the AONTAS STAR Awards 2021

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AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation is seeking nominations from adult learning initiatives for the annual STAR Awards 2021. 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. To highlight the diverse range of quality adult learning initiatives taking place across the country, AONTAS welcomes STAR Award nominations in five categories for 2021: Health and Wellbeing Learner...
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23
NOV
2020

Save Energy At Home & In Your Community: Codema online event 10th Dec @ 6.30pm

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Dublin’s Energy Agency Codema will be hosting an online event on Dec 10th sharing top tips and case studies to get you saving energy. Are you interested in learning how to save energy this Winter, especially when working from home? Would you like to know more about SEAI’s Sustainable Energy Community Programme and how you can get involved? Would you like to hear more about Codema’s Home Energy Saving Kits that are available to borrow for free from libraries across Ireland?   Then this is the event for you! Dublin’s Energy Agency Codema will be hosting an...
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23
NOV
2020

FraudSMART: online shopping tips

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  FraudSMART is a fraud awareness initiative developed by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) in conjunction with the following member banks, Allied Irish Bank plc, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland, PermanentTSB and Ulster Bank.   Further advice and resources are available on the FraudSMART website : https://www.fraudsmart.ie/ Phone +353 1 671 53 11 Email info@fraudsmart.ie
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23
NOV
2020

Singing for Health and Wellbeing: Survey from University of Limerick

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The University of Limerick is launching this first-ever, nationwide survey of singing for health and wellbeing groups! 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, in advance, for helping us learn: Where in Ireland singing for health and wellbeing is happening, When these groups ordinarily meet, Who is singing with you, And how to support...
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23
NOV
2020

Navan Cycling Initiative

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  Navan Cycling Initiative is a community-based group that aims to make cycling in Navan and surrounding areas safe, enjoyable, and popular.   We hope to encourage people to use cycling as part of their normal daily transport as well as a leisure activity and help Navan to become a cycle-friendly town.   Since forming earlier this year, we welcomed 100 participants to a family cycle event for bike week, built relationships with councillors and county engineers, and created a comprehensive map of existing and planned cycle paths.   To keep up to date on improvements to...
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23
NOV
2020

Know Your Rights – A Guide to Children’s European Rights to Online Privacy and Safety 

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Know Your Rights – A Guide to Children’s European Rights to Online Privacy and Safety After the successful launch of our Know Your Rights Guide last year, we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Communicating Europe Initiative to develop a guide for children and young people focused solely on their rights to online privacy and safety under EU law. Once again, we worked with member organisations to ensure that the information in the Guide was relevant and responded to some of the main concerns and questions young people...
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23
NOV
2020

Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2020

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Every November, the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN), co-funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and Tusla, organises a series of events across Ireland to highlight bereaved children’s needs and provide a voice for them to be heard. To access resources to support bereaved children and young people; and to learn more about the events that will take place from the 23rd to the 27th November, please visit:  https://www.childhoodbereavement.ie/
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23
NOV
2020

Be part of the AONTAS Community Education Census

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AONTAS would like to invite all community education groups to compete the survey, which was launched at the Community Education event, on 12 October and will remain open until 30 November (5pm).   Community education groups can complete the survey through the following link today: https://aontas.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cen-organisational-survey-community-education-in-a-time-o   The aim of the Census is to capture the breadth of provision across Ireland, identifying available courses, number of learners, funding streams, target groups and learner supports. This data is being gathered...
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20
NOV
2020

ALONE: Covid update 19th November 2020

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Please find update from ALONE below: Updates from ALONE Attached you will find ALONE’s Progress Report below from November 1st-15th along with infographic.  support. ALONE COVID 15th Nov External Metrics Take a look at a video of Conor McGarry who at 8 years old is one of ALONE’s youngest ever donor. Conor ran a marathon over 8 days. Nothing like an 8 year old running 43 kilometres to motivate us all in getting up and active after work today!  
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20
NOV
2020

HSE Suicide Prevention Office: training & resources available

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Please find information on training and resources available from the HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention:   Training: Face to face suicide prevention training such as SafeTALK, ASIST, Understanding Self-harm and STORM have been paused since March 2020 due to COVID-19. However, planning has begun to move some courses online. LivingWorks Start Builds skills and knowledge to keep others safe. The programme has been developed by Living Works, the same company who developed the SafeTALK and ASIST programmes. It is targeted at anyone over the age of 18 who wants to help prevent...
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20
NOV
2020

Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service (SBL Service) in Louth & Meath

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The HSE funded Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service (SBL Service) in Louth/Meath, managed and operated by Pieta, has recently appointed a new  Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer (SBLO). Her name is Marian King. The SBL Service is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 5pm to provide practical help and support those who may be grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. This includes the provision of: A prompt and proactive response in the aftermath of a suicide Ongoing practical and emotional support and information to individuals, families and groups – enabling...
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20
NOV
2020
20
NOV
2020

PPN Laytown-Bettystown MD Meeting: online 3rd December 2020

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MEATH  PPN NOTICE OF MEETING FOR LAYTOWN-BETTYSTOWN MUNICIPAL DISTRICT 3rd December 2020 – 7.30 pm By ZOOM Please note that due to COVID 19 the MD meeting above will be held by ZOOM. Notice of the Link will be sent out closer to the meeting time. To enable us hold the meeting within a reasonable timeframe, and to ensure that we capture all information, could you ensure that you have your submission/issue organised  We may ask that you email them afterwards to the PPN Resource Officer at Buvinda House so that none are overlooked.  You will, of course, have the chance to raise them at...
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19
NOV
2020

LGBTI+ Mental Health Webinar: 24th November 2020

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LGBTIWebinarPoster – pdf   LGBTI+ Mental Health  Mental Health Reform, LGBT Ireland, and BelongTo are hosting a free webinar on the morning of 24th November 2020 to explore the topic of mental health and the LGBTI+ community. This HSE funded event will explore themes including the prevalence of mental health difficulties within the LGBTI+ community, access to services and supports, early intervention and prevention for young people, and how services can be delivered in a manner sensitive to the needs of LGBTI+ people. Chaired by Dil Wickremasinghe, the conference will be opened...
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19
NOV
2020

World Children’s Day – Friday 20th of November: Talks & Resources

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As we celebrate World Children’s Day on Friday 20th of November, we would like to share some helpful tips on connecting with your children.   Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon, will presents ‘Child Talks 2020 – A Day in my Life’ : From the environment to mental health, Child Talks 2020 will hear from children & young people on the issues that matter to them in their daily lives. Child Talks is an annual event marking World Children’s Day that features a number of children and young people, up to 18 years, sharing important stories about their...
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19
NOV
2020

2020-2021 Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme: Extension

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Due to the interest in the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme for 2021 Minister Noonan will announce the extension of the deadline for applications to the scheme to 4pm on Friday 4th December 2020.   A fund of €200,000 – double the fund of 2020- is being made available in 2021 to support initiatives with community benefit that promote awareness, conservation and revitalisation of Irish Peatlands.   Details of the scheme and how to apply are available on the website of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department at...
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19
NOV
2020

Meath Local Sports Partnership – Programme Updates November 2020

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Please see Meath LSP’s planned programmes below. All programmes are delivered whilst adhering to current public health guidelines. Meath LSP Strategy Meet n’Train  Buggy Buddies Come Fly a Kite with Meath LSP Basketball for Women (East Meath)  Walk n Tone Cara Centre Live Broadcast – ‘Adapting – How Change Creates Opportunities’.   Meath LSP welcomes your feedback!  Meath LSP is currently developing our new strategy – “Active Meath 2020 – 2025” and have created a short survey to capture your feedback. We would love to hear your opinions and...
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19
NOV
2020

Webinar on the eVA-VOL project aimed at e-validation of learning outcomes from volunteering: 27th November 2020

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Meath Partnership and Meath Volunteer Centre are delighted to invite you to a presentation of our eVA-VOL project, co-financed by the Erasmus+ program aimed at validation of non-formal learning gained through volunteering. Over the past 2 years, we have been working in cooperation with our partners from Spain, Italy, a Portugal on the development of the first open and multilingual online platform of information, training, guidance and support for volunteers during the transition between the documentation and assessment phases of the process of validation of the learning gained...
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19
NOV
2020

PILA – Public Interest Law Alliance

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The PILA  Pro Bono Referral Scheme is a clearinghouse which connects social justice NGOs with a campaigning arm to the legal community. The Alliance ensures that those organisations who work with the marginalised and disadvantaged and have a campaigning or policy arm can obtain pro bono legal assistance where they do not have the resources or in-house expertise to secure this themselves. Please see the link below for more information: https://www.pila.ie/help/how-it-works-orgs.html
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19
NOV
2020

From Access to Inclusion: Arts and Culture Summit is moving online – March 2021

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In the interest of maximising participation and international engagement at From Access to Inclusion, an Arts and Culture Summit, we are happy to announce that Summit will now take place online. Gathering the most thought-provoking leaders and advocates in arts, culture, tourism and access from across the globe, this dynamic international Summit is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to create accessible and inclusive experiences. The Summit will be essential for professionals at all levels in the arts, cultural and tourism sectors such as those...
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19
NOV
2020

Social Justice Matters Podcast: Deliberative democracy & PPNs

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SJI Ten Minute Lessons Ep11: Deliberative Democracy and the Development of the Public Participation Networks Deliberative democracy goes beyond mere representation to give a voice to all citizens in the decision-making process. The development of the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) in 2014 provided a mechanism for community groups to have their say in local government decision-making. With over 15,000 member organisations, PPNs are going from strength to strength. In this Ten Minute Lesson, we take a quick look at the pathway to the development of the PPNs. Listen on iTunes, Spotify,...
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19
NOV
2020

Meath Arts Office Newsletter – November 2020

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Please find a link below to the Meath Ats OfficeNewsletter – |November 2020:
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19
NOV
2020

Martin McEvoy Annual Conference 2020

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DCU School of Law and Government and DCU’s Office of Civic Engagement are delighted to invite you to the Martin McEvoy Annual Conference 2020 Politics, People and Public Policy – Case Studies in Policy Engagement Please register here. The conference will examine current approaches to, and potential trajectories of, public engagement in the public policy cycle. The programme is attached to this email. Date: 4th December Time: 9:30-13:45   Location: Zoom (A Zoom link will be shared prior to the event)
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19
NOV
2020

NVR Webinar: 25th November

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Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) Ireland have organised a Webinar which will take place on Wednesday, November 25th. A number of topics related to NVR will be covered. Of note, we will have a parent presenting on her experiences of NVR. This is a free event and it is aimed at practitioners and others who might be interested in NVR. To book a place see here:  https://nvrireland.ie/
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19
NOV
2020

Meath Local Sports Partnership: Strategy Survey

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Meath LSP is currently developing our new strategy – “Active Meath 2020 – 2025” and have created a short survey to capture your feedback. We would love to hear your opinions and ideas as to what we should include in our next strategy. Please find a link to the survey below and we would appreciate if you took 5 mins to complete same. Answers are completely confidential. Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K8DCFGM
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19
NOV
2020

“What is living in your garden?” – online talk at 8pm 30th November 2020

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“What is living in your garden?” – an online public talk with Michael Bell taking place at 8pm on the 30th November 2020. Hosted by the Roscommon Environmental Network
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19
NOV
2020

Have your Say – The Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade

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The consultation period on the EirGrid Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade has now passed its halfway point. The consultation closes on 14 December and EirGrid are asking communities to share their views on the options being considered to upgrade the electricity grid in Kildare and Meath. The fastest and easiest way to have your say is by filling out the online questionnaire, available by clicking here. Other resources including a project brochure, project microsite and a project virtual exhibition are all available at www.eirgrid.ie/KildareMeath. A copy of an information presentation is available...
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19
NOV
2020

PPN Handbook 2020: DRCD

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  From Department of Rural and Community Development https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/9db5e3-ppn-handbook/   Published on 18 November 2020. Last updated on 18 November 2020   A Public Participation Network (PPN) is a structure that brings together Community and Voluntary, Environmental and Social Inclusion groups in each local authority area. This Handbook was written following consultations to review the original Public Participation Networks User Guide , which was last updated in May 2017. The Handbook gives guidance, support and, where necessary, clarity, for everyone...
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19
NOV
2020

PPN 2019 Annual Report: Launched by Minister O’Brien

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Minister O’Brien launches Public Participation Network 2019 Annual Report Report shows 15,600 voluntary groups registered with the Public Participation Network in 2019 The report can be downloaded here.   The Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Mr. Joe O’Brien TD, today (19th November 2020) launched the 2019 Annual Report of the Public Participation Networks. This is the fourth Annual Report on the Public Participation Networks (PPNs), which were established to facilitate active citizen participation in policymaking at local authority level....
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17
NOV
2020

Meath PPN Secretariat – Plenary Document & Member Survey

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As we manage the impact of Covid 19 we know that the PPN Secretariat and groups from every Pillar are continuing their activities under much changed conditions. This Plenary Document and Survey is being sent to you to establish how best we may all work effectively together in the changed circumstances in which we and our communities find ourselves. The results of this Plenary Document and Survey together with the information gathered in our Issues Register will form the basis of our 2021 Workplan. Not all of you may know that Meath, being the second largest county in the Country, has over...
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17
NOV
2020
17
NOV
2020

Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase 2020

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Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Mr. Roderic O’Gorman TD invites you to the Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase 2020. Date:         Saturday 5th December 2020 Time:         11:00am – 1:00pm   The Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase is a biennial event which celebrates the work of all 31 Comhairlí. It is an opportunity for Comhairlí to share their work with one another and with decision makers from their own local areas and nationally. This year’s event will be held virtually due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Guest speakers on the day will include...
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17
NOV
2020

Your Country – Your Waste: campaign

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The “Your Country – Your Waste” campaign has been developed as part of the 2020 Anti-Dumping Initiative and includes a tailored suite of information and awareness messaging for use by Local Authorities, community and voluntary groups, schools and corporations during 2020 and into 2021. It will begin with a week-long social media campaign on mywaste.ie‘s social media platforms.  The “Your Country – Your Waste” campaign delivers on a commitment made in the enforcement chapter of the recently-published Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy. It will highlight relevant...
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17
NOV
2020

Have your say on the N3 Virginia Bypass Scheme

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Cavan County Council, in partnership with Meath County Council and in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, has commenced an online Public Consultation number 2 for the N3 Virginia Bypass scheme. Information showing the shortlisted options will be on display in Virginia at the poster box at the Ramor Theatre, in the window of Virginia Show Centre on the display board on the island in front of Virginia courthouse, on the project website www.n3virginiabypass.ie  and within an Online / Virtual Public Consultation Room, via www.innovision.ie/n3virginiabypass   Members of the...
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13
NOV
2020

HSE Covid Partner Pack Update: 12th November 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 now at Level 5. You can see all of the measures that are in place at Level 5 here.   Face coverings or masks are superior to visors as a measure for prevention of transmission of COVID-19 The HSE would like to remind everyone that cloth face coverings or masks are superior to visors as a measure for prevention of transmission of COVID-19. Expert opinion and...
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13
NOV
2020

Conversation with Irish Rural Link Series 3: 18th November 2020

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Irish Rural Link are inviting you to join them in conversation with Séamus Boland, CEO Irish Rural Link and President of Group Three, European Economic and Social Council as we discuss “Supporting Older People to Live Independently” On Wednesday 18th November 2020 10am- 11am Joining the discussion are: Minister Mary Butler– Minister of State Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People. Mark Hazzard– General Manager of McAuley Place Geraldine Ryan – Manager, Community Catering COPE Galway Research indicates that home based caring is the preferred...
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13
NOV
2020

Public Consultation on the draft EPA Research 2030 Framework now open

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Public Consultation on the draft EPA Research 2030 Framework now open – Closing date for submission: 5pm on the 6th January 2021 The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications. The current Research Strategy runs until 2020. The EPA is currently preparing a new Research Framework for the period from 2021 – 2030. The EPA is opening a Public consultation to receive comments on the draft EPA Research 2030 Framework (closing date for submission: 5pm on the 6th January 2021). View more details on the...
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13
NOV
2020

Create Networking Day: 9th & 10th December 2020

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Date: 9 & 10 December 2020 Time: 10am – 1pm Web: www.create-ireland.ie/activity/create-networking-day-2020/ Admission: Free, booking essential Create’s Networking Day 2020 seeks to take stock of collaborative and socially engaged arts practice in a year unlike any other. The Networking Day brings together artists and community and cultural practitioners to share practice and to exchange in the context of the unique challenges this year has presented for individual practitioners, collectives and for the arts sector more generally. It also provides a platform for a broader...
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12
NOV
2020

Know Your Rights: The European Pillar of Social Rights

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Know Your Rights: The European Pillar of Social Rights On November 17th the European Pillar of Social Rights will celebrate its 3rd Anniversary.  The European Pillar of Social Rights was agreed as a means of strengthening the living and working conditions of people in the EU. The Pillar aims to place an emphasis on the importance of a social dimension to European policy making, to place a spotlight upon a rights based response to poverty and social exclusion, away from an intense or isolated focus on fiscal conditions and economic growth. It is particularly relevant now, as the EU tries...
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12
NOV
2020

NTA Accessible Transport Survey

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Accessible travel is an on-going endeavour to ensure all operators provide safe, accessible and friendly access to all its passengers, regardless of their mobility difficulties, age or disabilities. It is now possible to map out your journey before you depart. The TFI Journey Planner is Ireland’s only door-to-door route planner and the service also highlights if the mode of transport is wheelchair accessible. The NTA are looking for your feedback on the accessibility on Public Transport. There are three ways you can complete the survey: You can fill in the survey onlin...
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12
NOV
2020

Wellóige: Free online events for Teenagers

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Registration available here: www.welloige.eventbrite.com These events are organised by Foroige, the national youth organisation, and supported by the Healthy Ireland Fund and Healthy Monaghan Our WellOige Campaign aims to promote health and well being amongst young people. The Welloige link above will redirect you to www.welloige.eventbrite.com where you can register for any or all of the events. On registering, further details and event links will be sent to the registered email address. Events are facilitated by Foroige staff and qualified instructors and have complied with...
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12
NOV
2020

Men’s Aid: International Men’s Day event – 19th November

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MENS AID, to mark International Men’s Day  are hosting a lunchtime seminar on the 19th November, 12.30 – 13.30. We will welcome a client of Men’s Aid who has a lived experience of domestic abuse. Dr. Elizabeth A. Bates (CPsychol, CSci AFBPsS SFHEA) will follow to present findings from her most recent research, “Things got a whole lot worse after the breakup”. We hope you will join us and feel free to share this invite amongst your colleagues. To register please email ‘events@mensaid.ie’. Check out details on our website https://www.mensaid.ie/news/international-mens-day/ . Details of...
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10
NOV
2020

Managing Relationship Challenges: online class from Meath Libraries

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Please find link to Meath Libraries Youtube channel below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6B10d5qDbNroMfDN08Wig
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10
NOV
2020

Getting the Balance Right: Life/Work – online class from Meath Libraries

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Please find link to Meath Libraries Youtube channel below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6B10d5qDbNroMfDN08Wig  
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10
NOV
2020

Yoga for Children: online classes from Meath Libraries

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Please find link to Meath Libraries Youtube channel below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6B10d5qDbNroMfDN08Wig
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10
NOV
2020

EPA: Research Reports – October 2020

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Please find links below to research published in October 2020: National Risk Assessment of Impacts of Climate Change: Bridging the Gap to Adaptation Action Develop a LEAP GHG Ireland Analytical Tool for 2050 Towards a Definitive Historical High-resolution Climate Dataset for Ireland – Promoting Climate Research in Ireland Assessment of the Impact of Ammonia Emissions from Intensive Agriculture Installations on Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas Nature and Environment to Attain and Restore Health (NEAR Health) Toolkit: Connecting with Nature for Health and Wellbeing...
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10
NOV
2020

Keep Well and Warm: HSE booklet

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Cold weather can be a problem for anyone, especially older people, children, people with a disability and those with long-term illness. The HSE has produced a booklet “Keep Well and Warm” which brings together all the information and support available to householders who may experience difficulties keeping well and warm during winter. Click the pdf on the link below to download the booklet: HSE Well and Warm Booklet – pdf Contents include information on: Keeping well Health advice Energy advice Safety and security at home Financial and other support services
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10
NOV
2020

Core Meath Foodbank: Appeal

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This is an URGENT appeal from Core Meath Foodbank. Due to the ongoing effects of Covid-19 the Core Meath Foodbank stock is at an all-time low. Families throughout Meath are in desperate need of your help! We accept non-perishable foodstuffs, toiletries, and vouchers. Your help will be very much appreciated.   Contact:  085 228 9579 Email: info@coreireland.ie  
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09
NOV
2020

St Patricks Mental Health Services – Founder’s Day 2020: 27th November 2020

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Every year, St Patricks Mental Health Services host their Founder’s Day conference to recognise and contribute to the continued legacy of its pioneering founder, Jonathan Swift. Taking place virtually from 9.15 am – 1.30 pm on Friday, 27 November 2020 the event explores the future of mental health in Ireland, looking at the key features of an excellent mental health service, particularly when considering this year’s new government and national mental health policy, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register at:...
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09
NOV
2020

Architecture of the Great Northern Railway in Meath: MAHS online event 17th November 2020

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The Meath Archaeological and Historical Society is delighted to announce that it will hold its first online event: The Architecture of the Great Northern Railway in Meath The online lecture will take place on Tuesday 17 November at 7pm. Siobhan Osgood, a doctoral researcher at Trinity College Dublin, will present on ‘The Architecture of the Great Northern Railway in Meath’. The lecture will be delivered on Zoom and must be booked in advance (to obtain passcode) by emailing your interest to zoom@mahs.ie Or see the MAHS website (www.mahs.ie).
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05
NOV
2020

Dunshaughlin Biodiveristy Action Plan

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Dunshughlin Tidy Towns Group have have launched the Dunshaughlin Biodiveristy Action Plan 2021-2026. Please find a link to the plan below: Dunshaughlin Biodiversity Plan Final – pdf The plan was commissioned with Leader funding support from Meath Partnership and  research by Flynn Furney Environmental Consultants Ltd   The plan is a comprehensive document featuring the numerous aspects of biodiversity in the locality. Among the topics featured are: the importance of biodiversity, habitat creation, wildflower meadows, pollinator friendly planting, composting, bee nesting...
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05
NOV
2020

Meath Disability Network wants to hear from you!

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  “Do you have a disability? Or Have an interest in disability?   Meath Disability Network wants to hear from you !   If you are over 18 and would like to join a dynamic community led group we want to hear from you !   The network is inclusive and open to new ideas and new members !   We are ability focused and are working to raise the issues that are important to you with local government.   We meet once a month via Zoom.   If you would like more information please contact Danielle Monahan (Resource Officer Meath PPN) on email or phone.   Email:...
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05
NOV
2020

ALONE: Covid-19 Progress Report 4th November 2020

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Please find an updates from ALONE below: Attached you will find ALONE’s Progress Report from October 19th December 1st along with infographic (published below). ALONE COVID 19 1st November Metrics External   We had a request to reissue our volunteer protocols, so please find them below: ALONE 2020.04.03_Practical Supports_Finance Protocol for Volunteers_FINAL ALONE 2020.04.03_Practical Supports_Volunteer Protocol for Pension Collection_FINAL ALONE 2020.10.20_Practical Supports_Volunteer Protocol for Medication_Delivery_FINAL ALONE Email sent to vols ALONE_Level 5_QandA ALONE...
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05
NOV
2020

ENGAGE – Youth Support Service

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Please find a referrral form below for any young people of this age cohort you feel comes under the area of needing supports in staying in education. Eddie is still taking referrals during Level 5 COVID restrictions. ENGAGE – Referral form email copy  
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04
NOV
2020

2021 Supervalu TidyTowns Competition will proceed: DRCD

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Minister Heather Humphreys confirms 2021 Supervalu TidyTowns Competition will proceed 4th November 2020. DRCD Press Office <press.office@drcd.gov.ie> The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has given a firm commitment that the SuperValu TidyTowns competition will proceed in 2021. The SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been in existence since 1958 and has become an integral part of our culture over the intervening years. The competition continues to grow in popularity and in 2019 a record 924 entries were received. Unfortunately, like many other...
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04
NOV
2020

Keep Well Campaign: Meath information

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The “Keep Well” campaign was launched on 29 October 2020, and aims to support people and communities to mind their physical and mental health over the coming months.  The five key messages in the #KeepWell campaign are: Keeping active  Staying connected  Switching off and getting creative Eating well Minding your mood Visit https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/healthy-ireland/    Information on Meath programmes is listed below: https://www.meath.ie/notices/keep-well   Keep Fit during COVID-19! Improve your cardio and strength from the comfort of your own home. Follow our Meath Local...
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04
NOV
2020

International Men’s Day 2020: Free Webinar 19th November 2020

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If you would like to participate, you can register at: https://ims.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QlnhU5CZSMaI9QhEyrkF1Q International Men’s Day (IMD) takes place on the 19th of November each year.  This day offers an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the important contribution that men and boys make to their families, friends, communities, workplaces, society and the world.  However, it is also a time to highlight some of the key issues facing males, and to provide practical support and positive encouragement to overcome these. To mark IMD 2020, HSE Health and Wellbeing...
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04
NOV
2020

EPA Climate Lecture: online 11th November 2020

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Register now for this free event here.
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03
NOV
2020

Ráth Chairn Community Biodiversity Action Plan: online workshop 7th November 2020

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Ráth Chairn Community Biodiversity Action Plan: Workshop & Mentoring Event 7th November 2020 The aim of the biodiversity plan is to raise awareness of biodiversity and to empower the local community to undertake actions for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity in their local area A copy of the Plan is available below to download: Ráth Chairn Community Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2020 – pdf The purpose of the workshop and mentoring session is to discuss and advise on projects contained within Plan and move forward on actions. Date: 7th Novomber 2020 Time: 1.00pm to...
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03
NOV
2020

IWA Best Pratice Access Guidelines – launch event 10th November

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Webinar launch of Irish Wheelchair Associations, Best Practice Access Guidelines, 4th edition We are delighted to invite you a webinar to celebrate the launch of Irish Wheelchair Associations, Best Practice Access Guidelines, 4th edition. The event is taking place at 11am on Tuesday 10th November 2020 This is a free online event but pre-registration is essential. Please sign up today! Guest speakers Michael Hennessy Cullen and Leona Tuck, Access Advocates, @thestruggleiswheel Fionnuala Rogerson, principal Fionnuala Rogerson Architects, Access Consultant Professor Gerard Quinn, UN special...
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02
NOV
2020

Stress Control online programme: Today, 2nd November

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The next HSE Health & Wellbeing Stress Control On-line Programme will broadcast today, 2nd November, 2020.  This free online programme includes six modules which will be broadcast at scheduled times for three weeks (timetable attached).   For more information on how to access the programme, please visit www.stresscontrol.ie This will be the last run of this successful programme in 2020.  The programme has helped over 10,000 participants deal with increased stress during these challenges times and covers a range of topics including: ·       how stress affects our bodies and our...
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02
NOV
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. Please complete our survey 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, in advance, for helping us learn: Where in Ireland singing for health and wellbeing is happening, When these groups ordinarily meet, Who is singing with you, And how to support...
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02
NOV
2020

Ageing Voices

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Singing groups are critical to communities. Sing Ireland, the national singing development agency and Creative Aging International, are developing Ageing Voices to encourage singing for health and well-being amongst adults, whether they live in the community or in care. Singing is fun, therapeutic, social, and stimulating. Older adults who sing might be fit as a fiddle or challenged by illness. Great innovation in connecting singing with care is happening across Ireland. Inspiring and appropriate pandemic responses are being led by singing groups. Ageing Voices Lunchtime discussions from...
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30
OCT
2020

The Wheel: Meet, Share & Learn event – 11th November

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COVID-19 has obviously hit the Irish nonprofit sector hard. Traditional methods of fundraising have been decimated in 2020, threatening the ability of so many organisations to continue serving the communities and service users who depend on them. However, that is not to say all is lost… We invite you to join us online on the afternoon of Wednesday, 11 November (2.30pm – 4.30pm) for Meet, Share and Learn, our FREE virtual gathering of nonprofits in North Connacht, Ulster and North Leinster. The special focus for this event is on understanding the...
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30
OCT
2020

Resilience Workshops: 10th & 12th November 2020 – online

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Meath Partnership are hosting free online Resilience training, anyone with a Meath address can avail of this free workshop. The trainer is going to primarily focus on the following: Understanding what resilience really is! Appreciating how everyone can build their resilience Defining your current sources of strength and resilience Identifying areas where you can deepen your resilience Understanding the role of relationships in our resilience Knowing when to push on; when to step ; and when it is right to ask for support Developing new tools and techniques to change your...
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30
OCT
2020

Healthy Ireland: Resilience and Wellbeing ‘Keep Well’ Campaign

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We are pleased to share the next phase of the Healthy Ireland Resilience and Wellbeing campaign. Attached is a press release following the launch this morning (29th October) by An Taoiseach and also an overview of the campaign. KEEP WELL – Campaign Overview FOR ALL Resilience and Wellbeing campaign – Final Release – 29 October 2020 The Government Plan for Living with COVID-19 – Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 highlights the important role that individual and community resilience will play in contributing to our ongoing response to COVID-19. The launch today is a...
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29
OCT
2020

Launch of Keep Well Campaign: Government

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An Taoiseach, Minister for Health and Minister for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy launch “Keep Well” campaign. An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin T.D, the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D, and Minister of State for the Department of Health, with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan T.D., have today (Thursday October 29th) launched the “Keep Well” campaign which aims to support people and communities to mind their physical and mental health over the coming months. The Government Plan for Living...
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29
OCT
2020

Meath Community Call Forum & PPN Member Input

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Next Community Call Forum meeting is due to take place on November 3rd As Resource Worker, I am representing PPN member groups on the Forum. If you would like me to bring any issues forward for discussion please email me Danielle.monahan@meathcoco.ie  and I will feedback after the meeting.   Best regards, Danielle Monahan. Resource Officer, Meath Public Participation Network
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27
OCT
2020

E-Male Matters – newsletter

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Please find the September/October 2020 edition of ‘E-Male Matters’ – the newsletter of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI). E-Male Matters September – October 2020 – pdf An online copy of this newsletter (and earlier editions) is available at the link below: www.mhfi.org/newsletters/about-e-male-matters.html To mark International Men’s Day (19th November) 2020, HSE Health and Wellbeing – supported by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the National Centre for Men’s Health in IT Carlow – are organising a webinar which explores the impact of...
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27
OCT
2020

HSE 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 Healthmail to:...
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27
OCT
2020

Message from SOSAD Ireland

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SOSAD Ireland first came into fruition in 2003 when our founder Peter Moroney started the charity after his son Simon died by suicide.  In 2008 our first centre was opened in Drogheda.  We now have centres in Navan, Cavan, Dundalk and Carrickmacross, with outreach offices in Bailieborough and Cootehill and hopefully in October 2020 a new outreach in Kells, Co. Meath. We are a Suicide Prevention & Awareness centre and we work to reduce Ireland’s high suicide rates.  As we all know suicide is not always the result of a mental health problem or a moment of distress. To be understood it...
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23
OCT
2020

COVID Bubble Campaign: making invisible protection visible

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The HSE COVID Bubbles campaign creates a visual reminder of the protection we can share when we follow public health actions, and how easy it can be the lost. The bubble idea makes the invisible visible. A Youtube video is available:   Please find campaign information below: COVID Bubbles Partner Pack – pdf COVID Bubbles Partner Pack – powerpoint
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23
OCT
2020

Keeping Active in Meath: Update from Meath Local Sports Partnership

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Click here to view: Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine  Please content below:  
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21
OCT
2020

Family Wellbeing Toolkit: MHI

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Mental Health Ireland have developed a toolkit for family wellbeing. Please find content below:
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21
OCT
2020

Five Ways for Tough Times: MHI

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Mental Health Ireland has shared five simple actions we can all take to protect our mental health and maintain positive wellbeing during uncertain and challenging times.
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21
OCT
2020

Development Perspectives: Survey on mapping Development Education in Irish Adult and Community Education

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Mapping Development Education (DE) in the Irish Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector I work as Research Officer for Development Perspectives (DP) an Irish Aid funded NGO charged with, among other things, providing and promoting Development Education (DE) in the Irish Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector. You may already be familiar with DP & Development Education and the broad range or issues that this encompasses, including: social justice and equality issues; matters relating to migrant rights and new communities; poverty and North-South inequality; issues dealing with...
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21
OCT
2020

Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade Webinars: 22nd October

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On Wednesday 22nd October 2020, EirGrid are hosting two public webinars on their Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade consultation. The consultation opened on 6th October and will close on 14th December. EirGrid are seeking the views of the community on the 5 options they are considering for upgrading the grid between Dunstown in Co. Kildare and Woodland in Co. Meath. The pubic are invited to attend the webinar to learn more about the project and have your questions answered. The webinar will take place at 12.30pm and 7pm on the 22nd October 2020. Register now by: filling out this form: ...
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21
OCT
2020

COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Meath Groups

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The Department of Rural and Community Development has put in place a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support community and voluntary groups involved in the delivery of COVID-19 community response efforts.  The scheme is for capital expenditure and operational costs related to the COVID-19 response work. Costs could relate to COVID-19 signage, protective screening i.e. perspex, cleaning/sanitizing equipment and materials i.e. steamers, sprays, hand sanitizers, etc. The fund is being administered by Meath County Council and operated on a closed call basis with only groups who have...
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20
OCT
2020

Contact Number 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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20
OCT
2020

COVID-19 Information for Employers and Employees

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The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please find links below: Latest updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from DEASP COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Rates until April 2021 Information for employees and the self-employed Apply for Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences Ref: www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/4cf0e2-covid-19-coronavirus-information-for-employers-and-employees-test/
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20
OCT
2020

Ireland is moving to Level 5

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From Department of the Taoiseach . Last updated 20 October 2020 https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/   Ireland is moving to Level 5 At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, with certain exceptions. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings. Social and family gatherings If you live alone – you can form a support bubble with another household. Read more here. In your home or garden There should be no other visits to homes or gardens. Other settings outside your home or garden It is possible to...
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20
OCT
2020

Webinar on Being Young in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Friday 23 October – 11am IST

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Dear friends and colleagues, Together with Eurofound and the European Parliament Liaison Office in Sweden, we are pleased to invite you to our next upcoming online event that will look at the challenges young people in particular face during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event Being Young in the COVID-19 Pandemic takes place on Friday 23 October at 11am IST. Against the background of Eurofound’s new report Living, working and COVID-19, speakers including Maria Walsh, MEP, Evin Incir, MEP, Massimiliano Mascherini, Head of Social Policies at Eurofound and Ian Power, CEO of SpunOut.i...
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20
OCT
2020

Stamullen Community Biodiversity Action Plan: 24th October 2020

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Stamullen Community Biodiversity Action Plan: 24th October 2020 The aim of the biodiversity plan is to raise awareness of biodiversity and to empower the local community to undertake actions for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity in their local area A copy of the Plan is available below to download: https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/heritage-architectural-conservation/heritage/heritage-plans-policies-and-guidelines/biodiversity-plans/community-biodiversity-action-plans The purpose of the workshop and mentoring session is to discuss and advise on projects...
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20
OCT
2020

Slane Community Biodiversity Action Plan: workshop 24th October 2020

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Slane Community Biodiversity Action Plan: workshop 24th October 2020 The aim of the biodiversity plan is to raise awareness of biodiversity and to empower the local community to undertake actions for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity in their local area A copy of the Plan is available below to download: https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/heritage-architectural-conservation/heritage/heritage-plans-policies-and-guidelines/biodiversity-plans/community-biodiversity-action-plans The purpose of the workshop and mentoring session is to discuss and advise on projects...
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20
OCT
2020

Ratoath Community Biodiversity Action Plan: online workshop 24th October 2020

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Ratoath Community Biodiversity Action Plan: online workshop 24th October 2020 The aim of the biodiversity plan is to raise awareness of biodiversity and to empower the local community to undertake actions for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity in their local area A copy of the Plan is available below to download: https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/heritage-architectural-conservation/heritage/heritage-plans-policies-and-guidelines/biodiversity-plans/community-biodiversity-action-plans The purpose of the workshop and mentoring session is to discuss and advise on...
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19
OCT
2020

Financial Safeguarding during COVID-19: Awareness Campaign

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Financial Safeguarding during COVID-19 – October 2020 A financial safeguarding public awareness campaign from Safeguarding Ireland together with Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) has commenced today and will continue for the week ahead. The theme and message are on encouraging people to ‘take back and keep control of their own money’ as much as possible during COVID-19. Please find links below to campaign content: NEWS RELEASE:  Majority who needed help managing money during COVID lockdown have not taken back control WEBS...
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19
OCT
2020

Safeguarding Ireland Report: Funding Long Term Support and Care for Older People

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Please find a link below to a newly published major report by Safeguarding Ireland entitled Funding Long Term Support and Care for Older People – A Safeguarding Perspective Safeguarding Ireland – Funding Long Term Support and Care for Older people – pdf   Further information available below: https://www.safeguardingireland.org/radical-and-new-plan-needed-on-long-term-care-of-aging-population/
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19
OCT
2020

An Post: Free postage to care homes

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Care Homes Community Focus Community is about reaching out with compassion, staying connected and sending love to each other. That’s why at An Post, you can now send love to communities living in care homes across Ireland with free postage. Recognising the increased restrictions in nursing homes across the country and to bring a little joy, An Post will ensure free delivery of all card and letter mail posted to and from residents of Nursing and Care homes in the State until January 31st 2021. By writing FREEPOST where the stamp would normally be affixed, An Post will carry cards, letters...
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16
OCT
2020

Sports Inclusion & Disability Awareness Webinar: 31st October 2020

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Sports Inclusion & Disability Awareness Webinar Meath LSP in conjunction with Cavan Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Sports Inclusion and Disability Awareness Webinar on Wednesday, October 31 between 7.00pm and 8.30pm via Zoom. This is a FREE webinar, aimed at people who are interested in taking the first step in making their activities inclusive. To register please contact Terry on tdonegan@meathcoco.ie.
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16
OCT
2020

HSE Covid-19 Partner Pack Update: 16th October 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 Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan are now at Level 4. You can see the measures that apply in these counties here.   The rest of the country remains at Level 3, but with restrictions on visitors and meeting others outside your home. You can see the measures that apply here.    New COVID-19 Campaign The Bubble – a new social media creative and content-sharing campaign for young...
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16
OCT
2020

Pollinator & Citizen Science Biodiversity Workshop- 7th Nov 2020 online

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Please find a link to register below: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkceuvqzIoHdONsq_4UI__canW7ENmLiVa
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15
OCT
2020

CREATE: Updates – October 2020

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OPPORTUNITIES & NEWS – October 2020   Beyond the Now: opening new creative, cultural and political affinities for a post-pandemic world Web: www.create-ireland.ie/beyond-the-now-opening-new-creative-cultural-and-political-affinities-for-a-post-pandemic-world/ Create is delighted to introduce ‘Beyond the Now’ a syndicated social practice platform, founded by partners based and working in locations across the globe. Beyond the Now aims to open new creative, cultural and political affinities for a post-pandemic world. Beside Create, partners include Counterpoints...
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15
OCT
2020

TODAY live webinar- Have your say: The Future of the European Pillar of Social Rights-Thursday 15 October, 13.30 – 15.00 Irish time

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Have your say: The Future of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Live Webinar – Thursday 15 October, 13.30 – 15.00 Irish time The European Commission Representation in Ireland and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, in cooperation with Eurofound and  the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland, invite you to a LIVE Webinar on the Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights on Thursday 15 October 2020 at 13.30-15.00. The webinar is part of a series of events across the EU to prepare the European Commission’s Action Plan for the implementation of the...
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14
OCT
2020

Recording of the Joint EPA-HSE Webinar now available

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The Joint EPA-HSE Webinar to launch the Key Findings and recommendations of a suite of Environment & Health Research Projects took place on the 8th October 2020. Thanks to all our speakers and chair for their excellent presentations and contributions. The Webinar Recordings are now available on the EPA Research Programme playlist on YouTube. The Joint Brochure prepared by the GBI-Health, ECO-Health and NEAR-Health is available for download on the EPA website.   Related EPA Research Reports Research 264: Green and Blue Spaces and Health: A Health-led Approach – Watch the...
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14
OCT
2020

Budget 2021 allocation for Dept. Rural and Community Development: DRCD Press Release

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Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien welcome €341 million allocation for rural and community development in Budget 2021 €23 million in additional investment for rural Ireland and our communities  Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State with responsibility for Communities, Joe O’Brien T.D., today welcomed the 341 million euro to the Department of Rural and Community Development as part of Budget 2021. The two Ministers have secured €23 million of additional funding, representing an overall 7pc increase in funding. The Budget has a particular...
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14
OCT
2020

SDG Advocate Showcase 2020 – 23rd October 2020

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‘Tackling the Root Causes of Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change.’ You are invited to join the journey of this year’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Advocates; a group of motivated and concerned Active Citizens from all over Ireland, who took the “call to action” in March 2020. The following 8 months unraveled as a rollercoaster of alteration! The team of Advocates were flexible with every adaption of the training and still remained rooted in the integrity of their goal; to deepen their understanding of the SDG’s and to design informed action projects of positive change...
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14
OCT
2020

Webinar: Exploring the Potential of a Wellbeing Framework in Ireland – 2nd November 3pm

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Exploring the Potential of a Wellbeing Framework in Ireland – 2 November 3pm The Programme for Government proposes to go beyond focusing on economic indicators as signs of progress. The government will develop and implement wellbeing indices that show how individuals and communities are faring in education, health, and housing, and likewise, will incorporate intended outcomes in these areas into public policy. A number of other countries have pursued the implementation of a wellbeing framework. They have done so through following the recommendations of the 2009 Commission on the...
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13
OCT
2020

Bealtaine Gathering 2020: online events 20th & 21st October

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The Bealtaine Gathering 2020 The Bealtaine Gathering is happening next week online on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st of October (10am – 12.30 each day). The event will be  of interest to members who organise creative events or events with older people in mind. As we all know it is increasingly difficult to plan events in the current landscape and so we hope these sessions will support groups in thinking about new and innovative ways of working next year. As part of the event, there will be information on running events online and outside, as well as inspirational talks from people...
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13
OCT
2020

ReLove Fashion Competition 2020

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***The closing date for expressions of interest is on Friday 16th October 2020*** RELOVE FASHION COMPETITION INFO 2020 – pdf Relove Fashion Comp Expression of Interest Form 2020 Relove Fashion Comp Submission Form 2020
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13
OCT
2020

Tusla National Fostering Week 2020

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Tusla National Fostering Week 2020 is running from Monday 12th October to Sunday 18th October, 2020. Our public information and awareness campaign aims to recruit many new foster carers from across Ireland. It’s the ordinary little moments in the foster care journey that show children just how amazing they are. Our Tusla National Fostering Week launch event is taking place now – you can watch here https://t.co/YvUZoDNRwu For more information visit: www.fostering.ie Freephone: 1800 226 771 Email: tusla.fostering@tusla.ie
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12
OCT
2020

Mind Yourself – the Mental Health and Wellbeing Reading Guide: Children’s Books Ireland

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The Covid-19 pandemic is a considerable source of worry for children and families, and young people are having to cope with big changes at home and at school. In response, Children’s Books Ireland, in partnership with Jigsaw and ISPCC Childline, has created Mind Yourself – the Mental Health and Wellbeing Reading Guide. The Mind Yourself reading guide is a resource that can be used by adults – parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers – to support and educate young people in relation to mental health and wellbeing. The guide contains reviews and recommendations of over 400 books for...
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12
OCT
2020

Minister Humphreys awards further €4.3 million for COVID-19 adaptations in towns and villages

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Minister Humphreys awards further €4.3 million for COVID-19 adaptations in towns and villages 137 towns and villages countrywide to benefit Over €10 million now awarded to 363 projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme since July Full details of the 137 projects supported under this round of funding are available on the Gov.ie website here. DRCD Press Office <press.office@drcd.gov.ie. Monday, 12 October 2020   Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Monday, October 12th) announced details of a further 137 rural towns and villages that...
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12
OCT
2020

Meath Sports Strategy: Have Your Say

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We in Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP) are in the process of developing our next strategy (2020 – 2024) which will outline our programme of work for the next five years. As part of this strategic review, we are undertaking a consultation process with our key stakeholders, which will include an online survey and a request for submissions. As you are aware, the remit of Meath LSP is to increase participation rates in sport and physical activity across the ages in Co. Meath. We achieve this by delivering a range of opportunities directly to clubs, organisations, community groups...
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12
OCT
2020

ALONE: Update 4th October

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Please find updates from ALONE below:   Updates from ALONE Attached you will find ALONE’s Progress Report from Sept 20th  -October 4th along with infographic. We are finalising our organisational approach to the Living with Covid Plan through each level. Don and Dana took part in a lovely (socially-distanced) video for Today FM to show the value of befriending and how Don’s whole attitude to life changed as a result.   Other Updates The Sing Ireland initiative is focused on maintaining older adult health through song and supporting community groups to do this. It has evolved...
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12
OCT
2020

Jigsaw Meath: Recruitment

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Jigsaw Meath are recruiting for Administrator position (temporary contract). Please see link below: https://apply.workable.com/jigsaw/j/DD06C029D1/ Closing date for applications is the 23rd October 2020
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09
OCT
2020

Meath Arts Office Newsletter – October 2020

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Please find the Meath Arts Office October 2020  Newsletter below: Arts Office Newsletter October 2020 – pdf
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09
OCT
2020

Online Course: Understanding Stigma & Discrimination – DNE Recovery College

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Applications via email (forma below) or online via our website (link below) welcome.  All Applicants must be over 18. http://www.recoverycollege.ie/sign-up-for-a-course  DNNE-RC-Blank-Application-Form-Year-Five
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09
OCT
2020

Webinars for Parents: National Parents Council

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Please find a link below for bookings: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Lets_talk_a_series_of_conversations_with_Dr_Colman_Noctor 
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09
OCT
2020

Launch of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Global Report: 22nd October

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Registrations are now open for the launch of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Global Report   Listen to the findings in three areas: disabled people living in institutions, underrepresented groups and disabled people living in the community   Hear personal accounts from disabled people from all over the world   Find out how survey findings can inform current responses to the pandemic, from Danlami Basharu (Chair of the CRPD Committee), Prof. Gerard Quinn (incoming Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), Dainius Puras (former Special Rapporteur...
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08
OCT
2020

The Wheel: Updates – October 2020

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COVID-19 Stability Fund As you may be aware, a fourth tranche of funding allocations through the COVID-19 Stability Fund (which we worked hard with a coalition of sector bodies to secure from Government in May this year) was announced on Monday bringing the total amount of funding disbursed to circa 580 organisations to around €30m. The scheme has been a vital lifeline to the charity sector (with some organisations being awarded over €200k – indicating the extent of the income loss faced by many charities). Undoubtedly, without this funding, many organisations would have alread...
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08
OCT
2020

The Wheel: Budget 2021 Campaign

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Please see the link below for information on the Wheel’s 2021 Budget campaign: https://www.wheel.ie/policy-and-research/campaigns/budget2021 
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08
OCT
2020

Responses to queries: PPN Financial Reporting Workshop

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Please find responses below to some queries raised by Members following the workshop facilitated by RBK in June 2020:   Does County Council grants come under the definition of Government grants as per module 5 in SORP? You should seek clarification from the funder but the term ‘government grants’ is defined in the Glossary to FRS 102 as: “Assistance by government in the form of a transfer of resources to an entity in return for past or future compliance with specified conditions relating to the operating activities of the entity. Government refers to government, government agencies...
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08
OCT
2020

DRCD: National Broadband Plan – launch of Broadband Connection Points 

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Major milestone in the National Broadband Plan as Ministers Humphreys and Ryan launch Broadband Connection Points                                                                More than 50 sites connected across the country under new “Connected Communities” initiative 275 sites to be connected by the end of the year   Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, and Eamon Ryan T.D, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, today (8th October 2020) announced that the first group of Broadband Connection Points, a key element of the Government’s...
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07
OCT
2020

COVID-19 Restrictions : Phase 3 from 6th October – 27th October 2020

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The Government has decided that, from midnight 6th October, all remaining counties will be placed on Level 3 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19. This action is based on a review of the current public health advice and is in response to the deteriorating situation with the virus across the country. All counties will be at Level 3 for a period of 3 weeks until midnight on 27 October 2020, at which point the situation will be reviewed by the government, based on the status of the virus and public health advice.   Placing all counties at Level 3 has the following implications:...
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07
OCT
2020

Information & Resources for Community and Voluntary Sector: DRCD & Pobal

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Information and Resources for Community and Voluntary Sector https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/bb0da-information-and-resources-for-community-and-voluntary-sector/  Published at 6 October 2020. Last updated 6 October 2020   Community and voluntary organisations are ensuring that offices and facilities across Ireland operate safely. In this context, a number of significant resources and public health guidance have been issued by Government, the HSE, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC), the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and others. These resources and supporting...
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07
OCT
2020

DRCD: Statement of Strategy 2021-2023 Consultation

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The Department of Rural and Community Development is currently preparing a new Statement of Strategy to cover the period 2021-2023.   This important document will set out the strategic vision of the Department as we look to build upon the progress made since our establishment in 2017. It will set out our high-level goals and objectives as well as the strategies and actions to be progressed to achieve our mission, which is, as identified in our current Statement of Strategy; To promote rural and community development, and support vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities...
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07
OCT
2020

HSE Covid-19 Partner Pack Update: 6th October

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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 All counties in Ireland are moving to Level 3 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19.  Extra measures and supports are in place in Donegal and Dublin. You can download a graphic of all of the levels here of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19.   COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Webinar: Guidance for Staff in Mental Healthcare Services  ...
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07
OCT
2020

Women & Racism in Ireland: Webinar  – 21st October

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Register Now The Women and Racism Webinar will be jointly held by the National Women’s Council, National Traveller Women’s Forum and AkiDwA and will be part of the Dublin Human Rights Festival. This is a free event where we will be discussing the experiences of racism for women in Ireland, the intersection of racism and sexism and how we can collectively build a society free of racism and one that respects diversity. The webinar will be co-chaired by Orla O’Connor, Director of NWC and Maria Joyce, Coordinator of National Traveller Women’s Forum. We have a brilliant...
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07
OCT
2020

Webinar: The Future of the European Pillar of Social Rights – Thursday 15th October

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LIVE webinar- Have your say: The Future of the European Pillar of Social Rights Thursday 15 October, 13.30 – 15.00 Irish time (14.30 CET) The European Commission Representation in Ireland and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, in cooperation with Eurofound and  the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland, invite you to a LIVE Webinar on the Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights on Thursday 15 October 2020 at 13.30-15.00. The webinar is part of a series of events across the EU to prepare the European Commission’s Action Plan for the implementation of the...
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07
OCT
2020

EAPN Ireland and Theatre for Change Galway Online Event-October 14th

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Marking both 30 years of EAPN Ireland and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, EAPN Ireland and Theatre for Change Galway invite you online to: ‘The Poor Will Always Be With Us ……’ A forum Play followed by discussion. When – Wednesday 14th OCT 2020 at 4pm Theatre for change creates a space for dialogue. A space to listen to other perspectives and empower people to make a change. This event will utilise drama performance to challenge, question, and encourage discussion around poverty and inequality. What can we do to address the systematic failures that result in poverty...
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06
OCT
2020

AIC Scheme Bursary 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights Information Session 20th October

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On Tuesday 20th October, Create will host an information event for artists in relation to the 2020 Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights. This bursary, offered in partnership with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, closes for applications on the 9th November. In this information session Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, will outline the Bursary, answering any questions you might have about making an application. She will be joined by Doireann Ansbro, Senior Research and Policy Officer at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties....
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06
OCT
2020

Volunteer Ireland Awards – closing date 9th October

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Volunteer Ireland Awards – 4 Days Left to Nominate! https://www.volunteer.ie/events/volunteer-ireland-awards/ There are just four days left to nominate a volunteer for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards and we need your help! This year has been challenging to say the least but one big positives has been the response in our communities. Across the country, friends, neighbours and groups stepped up to make sure no-one was left behind and we want to say thank you. We want to recognise as many people as possible and show our sincere thanks. We know it can be hard to choose just...
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06
OCT
2020

Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade Webinar: 13th October 10.30-11.30am

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On Tuesday 13th October 2020, EirGrid are hosting a webinar for members of Meath PPN on their Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade consultation. The consultation opened on 6th October and will close on 14th December. EirGrid are seeking the views of the community on the 5 options they are considering for upgrading the grid between Dunstown in Co. Kildare and Woodland in Co. Meath. PPN members are invited to attend the webinar to learn more about the project and have your questions answered. The webinar will take place from 10.30am to 11.30am on the 13th October 2020. Register now by filling out...
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05
OCT
2020

Conference: ‘I’m a Child First’ – Collaboratively Working to Support Children with Disabilities

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Please find below details of the upcoming conference ‘I’m a Child First’ – Collaboratively Working to Support Children with Disabilities. This free event has been organised by IASW (Irish Association of Social Workers) and SWID (Social Workers in Disability). This years event has been opened up to all services working with children and families to attend. The conference takes place on Friday 16th of October from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Guest speakers include Niall Muldoon; Ombudsman for Children, Bernard Gloster CEO Tusla, representatives from the Child and...
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05
OCT
2020

Vision for Community Wellbeing webinar – recordings

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Thank you to all those who joined us for our introductory webinar on the Vision for Community Wellbeing. We heard some wonderful insights into the Wellbeing process and the uses for a completed Wellbeing Vision. The speakers were Harriet Emerson who works closely with PPNs during the Wellbeing process, Longford PPN Resource Worker Siobhán Cronogue, and Longford PPN Secretariat members Tess Murphy and Pozy Green. See the recordings from this session below, and please feel free to share them. Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxW5eTQ92HdMhWi0eNZfhVy4F0W41MlOv Access...
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05
OCT
2020
05
OCT
2020

Minister O’Brien announces the fourth tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding

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Monday 5 October 2020 11:04. DRCD Press Office <press.office@drcd.gov.ie> Minister O’Brien announces the fourth tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding €4.29 million support package to benefit 79 organisations Collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Health Funding aimed at providing immediate assistance to community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises Cash injections for organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society   Some 79 organisations across the country are to benefit from €4.29 million worth of funding under...
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02
OCT
2020

Charity Impact Awards: closing date extended to 9th October

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Good news! We’ve extended the deadline for entering the Charity Impact Awards until next Friday, 9 October, at 5pm. A number of you have been in touch in the last few days to ask for an extension, and, given the circumstances, we’ve decided to keep entries open for an extra week. That means you can still grab this opportunity to promote your organisation’s work far and wide! It’s easy to enter, just complete the online form and include the link to any Youtube video featuring your organisation (videos should be no longer than 2 minutes). You can enter one or more of...
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02
OCT
2020

Community Platform: Budget 2021 statement

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Community Platform Press Statement: 1st October 2020 Budget 2021 must lead to a just and fair recovery and address the social inequality that existed before Coivid-19 A network of 30 national community and voluntary organisations has called on the Government to put the values of Community, Participation and Decency at the heart of Budget 2020 and use it to redress ongoing inequalities in our society that Covid-19 had highlighted and reinforced. The Community Platform, a network of 30 national organisations working to address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, has published Four...
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01
OCT
2020

HSE Covid-19 Partner Pack Update: 1st October 2020

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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.    Public Health Measures The following counties are at Level 3: Donegal Dublin The rest of Ireland is currently at Level 2.   You can download a graphic of all of the levels here of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19.    COVID-19 Contact Management Programme Overview You can view the updated information for the COVID-19 Contact Management Programme here.    HSE Webinar: COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance in...
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01
OCT
2020

Community Biodiversity Action Plan Workshops

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Community Biodiversity Action Plan Workshops/Mentoring: The purpose of these workshops/mentoring sessions is to discuss and advise on projects contained within the Community Biodiversity Plan with Local Implementation Group.   Julianstown Community Biodiversity Action Plan – Date: 3rd October 2020 Time: 10.00am to 11.30am Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYldO-sqzIpG9OJLCz7cCOsDs5VD-mLPmkV   Kells Community Biodiversity Action Plan Date: 3rd October 2020 Time: 1.00pm to 2.30pm register at...
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OCT
2020

Biodiversity Workshop on Zoom: 10th October 2020

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Heritage Section, Meath County Council has organised the following Zoom Biodiversity Workshop: Please find a link below to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pduqgrjgtG9b3GvICLlNvoaB1AzgDgFnd   
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01
OCT
2020

Positive Ageing Week 2020: Activities in Meath

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Positive Ageing Week 2020 Meath Age Friendly and Meath Older Persons Committee are delighted to be involved in Positive Ageing Week 2020. Ita Healy Chairperson of Meath Older Persons Committee invites you to organise or get involved in an activity or event to celebrate the Older People in our lives and the contribution they make to our families and our communities. The following are some activities organised during Positive Ageing Week: Tai Chi & Meditation – See the ‘Lifestyle Development Group’ Facebook Page. Meath Libraries presents music and songs by Teresa...
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30
SEP
2020

DRCD: Publication of Independent Review of the Community Services Programme

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Minister Joe O’Brien publishes independent review of the Community Services Programme by Indecon Consultants The Report and High Level Action Plan is published on gov.ie and is available here.   DRCD Press Office, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, at the Department of Rural and Community Development, today (Wednesday, 30 September) published the comprehensive independent review of the Community Services Programme by Indecon International Economic Consultants. The Community Services Programme (CSP) transferred to...
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30
SEP
2020

Public Participation & Policy Engagement Research Seminar: call for papers

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**Closing date for submission of papers extended to 9th October 2020***
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30
SEP
2020

Review of the Youth Work Sector Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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We were delighted to have almost four hundred attendees register for yesterday’s launch of the Review of the Youth Work Sector Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The response to this important piece of research was very positive. Minister O’Gorman welcomed it, and recognised the important role the youth work sector has played in these challenging times. Download your copy of the research overview here   If you missed the launch event, or you’d like to watch it again you can access the launch recording here   Kind regards National Youth Council of Ireland
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29
SEP
2020

Launch of Men’s Development Network Annual Report – 11am Friday

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Greetings from the Men’s Development Network (MDN). We hope this update finds you both happy & healthy and settling into an Autumn season that seems to still have some shades of summer! We are delighted to announce that Mary Butler TD and Minister for State for Mental Health and Older People will be formally launching the Men’s Development Network Annual Report at 11am this Friday 2nd October on Zoom.  We will also be having a short panel discussion focusing on some of our work concerning older men and mental health and the challenges it has encountered over the pandemic period....
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29
SEP
2020

NWC Online Harassment Webinar – 2nd October 2020

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This Friday 2nd October at 2.30pm, Orla O’Connor, NWC Director will chair the Online Harassment webinar about abuse suffered by many women online in politics. This event is in partnership with the European Parliament, and we have a brilliant line up of speakers, including: Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin Gina Miller, Transparency Campaigner and Businesswoman Maria Walsh, MEP Colm O’Gorman, Amnesty International Ireland Tom Felle, Head of Journalism and Communications, NUIG & former journalist   To register for the event, please click the link below: Register Now
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29
SEP
2020

Communities Creating Jobs: Autumn 2020 E-Magazine

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Here is our Autumn 2020 E-Magazine, which we hope you enjoy: Click here to view our 2020 Autumn E-Magazine
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29
SEP
2020

Innovation Recovery Project: upcoming online courses

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Please find details below from The Innovation Recovery Project on their upcoming online courses. The project are providing free online courses and support for people who are recovering or at risk of  mental ill health.   2187 – CAWT – Online Course Prospectus – Oct 2020 – Final – pdf
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29
SEP
2020

Engaging Dads, Supporting Families – Webinar 30th September

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The Childhood Development Initiative is hosting an Engaging Dads, Supporting Families Webinar. The Webinar takes place on Wednesday 30th of September 2020 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. The Webinar aims to Explore Fatherhood, gain knowledge and strategies to engage Dads in a positive and effective way. Guest speakers at the Webinar: Dr Gary Barker, CEO and Founder of Promundo Cassius Campbell, Fatherhood Insituite UK Damien Peelo, CEO Treoir Dave Saunders, CEO From Lads to Dads Dr Catarina Leitao and Celine Moran from the Childhood Development Initiative.   For further information or to...
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28
SEP
2020

Social Justice Ireland: Budget 2021 submission

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Social Justice Ireland has just published Budget Choices 2021, our pre-budget policy briefing which contains detailed, fully-costed Budgetary packages across more than a dozen policy areas including health, housing, education, welfare, sustainability and more. It also contains a range of costed revenue-raising proposals. Click here to read the full document for free, or to watch the video of our launch seminar. As the first budget of the Government of the 33rd Dáil, Budget 2021 will be a litmus test of how serious Government is taking its commitment to the creation of a new social...
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28
SEP
2020

CROSSDRO: stakeholder survey around drought in the Boyne.

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CROSSDRO (Cross-sectoral impact assessment of droughts in complex European basins) is a European research project at the ICARUS Climate Research Centre, Maynooth University. Focused on the Boyne catchment, we will assess the potential impacts of prolonged dry weather and water shortages on different aspects of society (e.g. water supply, agriculture, industry, leisure and the environment). The project team is interdisciplinary, bringing together expertise in historical weather series, modelling, remote sensing and qualitative social science methods to better understand drought risk in...
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28
SEP
2020

REMINDER: Invitation to NDA Annual Conference 2020, Wednesday 21st October

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National Disability Authority Annual Conference 2020 Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 10am–4pm Facilitating the effective and equal participation of persons with disabilities in the Irish criminal justice system (Article 13 UNCRPD) The National Disability Authority’s Annual Conference 2020 will focus on the theme of Access to Justice in line with Article 13 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), in the context of criminal justice. Article 13 of the Convention seeks to ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities on an equal basis with...
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28
SEP
2020

Together Old and Young (TOY): An intergenerational approach to learning

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Together Old and Young (TOY): An Intergenerational Approach  A not to be missed opportunity to learn how young children and older adults are learning together also in COVID times. Do you want to know more about intergenerational learning? Do you wish to participate in continuing professional development in intergenerational learning? If yes, there is a unique opportunity to join a free, 5-week online course starting on October 5th, 2020 Registration ends on 30th September, 2020   Together Old and Young (TOY): An Intergenerational Approach ...
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25
SEP
2020

Sustainable Energy Communities in Meath

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Sustainable Energy Communities – developing a community response to climate action in Meath  The Climate Action Plan: To Tackle Climate Breakdown 2019 sets out a number of strong actions and objectives to meet our 2030 targets and aim for climate neutrality by 2050. There is no doubt we are laggards when it comes to climate action but things are changing, our renewable energy sector is doing well and there is a greater acceptance that we must all work together to achieve the targets while leaving no-one behind. An area of great opportunity lies around the retro-fitting of homes, to...
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25
SEP
2020

ALONE: Covid19 Updates & Report

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General Updates: Alongside the Samaritans 116 123 24/7) and Pieta 1800 247247 24/7), SeniorLine is another fantastic organisation helping older people cope during Covid. The SeniorLine Freefone 1800 80 45 91 and is open every day of the year 10am-10pm.   Attached you will also find a booklet Recovery Post Covid-19 developed by St Marys Hospital to assist staff recovering from COVID 19 and gives advice on specific COVID-19 related symptoms. HSE Recovery Post Covid Booklet – pdf The booklet is a great resource, easy to use and suitable for anyone who may be recovering from...
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25
SEP
2020

HSE Covid-19 Update: 24th September 2020

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HSE Communications Team Partner Pack update of 24th September 2020. 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 You can download a graphic of all of the levels here of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with CDOVID-10. Dublin will remain at Level 3 until 9th October, at which point the situation will be reviewed by the Government based on public health advice. The rest of Ireland is currently at Level 2. “Be...
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24
SEP
2020

The Wheel: Meet, Share, Learn – 30th September 2020

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With all the necessary restrictions in place across the country at present, it’s important that we still have a chance to gather as a community. To share resources. To grow ideas and alliances. And to connect with our fellow change-makers as best we can. And so, we are delighted to invite you to join us online on the afternoon of Wednesday, 30 September for Meet, Share and Learn, our FREE virtual gathering of nonprofits across the North East of Ireland. We are pleased to inform you that the special focus for this event will be on harnessing the power of social media for promoting...
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24
SEP
2020

Positive Ageing Week 2020

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Positive Ageing Week 2020: September 28th  – October 2nd  After the outbreak of COVID-19 affected the health of so many older people across the globe, the United Nations decided that the theme of the International Day of Older People (1st October) this year, would be on the impact of pandemics on how we address age and ageing. ‘2020 has seen the emergence of COVID-19, which has caused upheaval across the world. Considering the higher risks confronted by older persons during the outbreak of pandemics such as COVID-19, policy and programmatic interventions must be targeted towards...
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24
SEP
2020

BusConnects Dublin: New Dublin Area Bus Network

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      BusConnects Dublin: New Dublin Area Bus Network (Bus Services Only) The National Transport Authority (NTA) has today published a finalised plan of the BusConnects New Dublin Area Bus Network. Please note that these plans relate to bus services only and not the Core Bus Corridors projects (bus lanes and cycle lanes/tracks). The next round of public consultation for the Core Bus Corridors projects will be held later this year.  For the past four years the NTA has engaged in an extensive public consultation process on the redesign of the bus network. Over the course of three separate...
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24
SEP
2020

Dublin North East Recovery College – Autumn Schedule

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Dublin North North East Recovery College is delighted to announce our Autumn schedule of online courses via zoom – using video or phone link. Please see attached promotional materials and the schedule below. Due to high demand, we prioritise applicants from the Louth, Meath & North Dublin Areas but all interested are welcome to apply.  Applications via email (recoverycollege@dcu.ie) or online via our website (link below) welcome.  All Applicants must be over 18. http://www.recoverycollege.ie/sign-up-for-a-course  On-Line Autumn Courses: 1. ‘Thoughts, Feelings, Actions’ Star...
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24
SEP
2020

Open Data Engagement Fund

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Open Data Engagement Fund The 2020/2021 Open Data Engagement Fund is now available for submissions. The total amount of funding available is €30,000 and the maximum available for any one project is €5,000.   Applications can be made by any organisation or individual. This includes a public body, a business, research body, educational body, civil society group. Details of the Engagement Fund for 2020/2021 are now available here.   Applications can be made for funding to support a variety of Open Data related activities.  These include the organisation of outreach and engagement...
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23
SEP
2020

European Anti-poverty Network Ireland publishes research “Giving Health Inequality a Voice”

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European Anti-poverty Network Ireland publishes research “Giving Health Inequality a Voice” Read “Giving Health Inequality a Voice” here. The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland has today published the findings from its health research project entitled Giving Health Inequality a Voice. The project, funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, explores how the social determinants of health, poverty, and ill-health, intersect to create health inequalities. The research was commissioned to explore the factors that drive health inequality through listening to people in...
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23
SEP
2020

One Step Up: information & referral service for adult education

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  With over 50 years of experience in adult learning, AONTAS understands that getting the right information for returning to education can be challenging. The free One Step Up Information and Referral Service supports thousands of adults of all ages and backgrounds back into education every year. The service consists of a Website (www.onestepup.ie) Free Information booklet (click Here) Freephone number (1800 303 669)   Last year the website was viewed over 28,000 times Over 270 individuals contacted the service directly via Freephone and email Almost 450 events were promoted for...
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23
SEP
2020

Scéim na Gaeilge / Irish Language Scheme 2020 – 2023

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Scéim na Gaeilge 2020 -2022: Iarratas ar Aighneachtaí   An chúis taobh thiar den chomhairliúchán Ghlac Comhairle Chontae na Mí a céad scéime Teanga i 2006. Tá sé beartaithe ag an gComhairle anois an dara scéim a fhorbairt don tréimhse 2020-2023; de réir Alt 11 d’Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003. Moltar go leanfaidh an Scéim ar feadh trí bliana ó Nollag 2020. Is é príomhaidhm Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla infhaighteacht níos fearr agus caighdeán níos airde sheirbhísí trí mheán na Gaeilge a chinntiú. Táthar ag súil go dtógfaidh an Scéim úr ar an dul chun cinn a rinne an Chomhairle leis...
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23
SEP
2020

Consultation on Draft Ashbourne Town Appointed Stands (Taxi) Bye-Laws 2020

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Notice is given that under Section 25 of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013 Meath County Council intend to make Appointed Stands (Taxi) Bye-Laws for Ashbourne, Co. Meath.   The Ashbourne Town Appointed Stands (Taxi) Bye-Laws 2020 – Draft will be available for inspection at the following locations from Monday 21st September to Friday the 23rd October between the hours of 9.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00p.m. to 5.00p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashbourne Civic Office, Meath County Council, 1-2 Killegland Square Upper, Killegland Street, Ashbourne, Co Meath, A84 NY73 Meath County Counci...
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23
SEP
2020

Meath Matters Newsletter

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Meath Matters Quarterly Newsletter In June, Meath County Council published the first edition of Meath Matters, an external newsletter to better inform Meath citizens on the activities and services provided by their Local Authority.  The first edition focused on engaging those cocooning with the hope of providing some entertainment and comfort in challenging times. Our second edition will be published in September which will be an online publication.  A limited number of copies will be printed, for distribution to local libraries. Subscribe now to receive your digital copy, click here. The...
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23
SEP
2020

Launch: A Review of the Youth Work Sector Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic – 28th September

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Launch: A Review of the Youth Work Sector Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic September 28th 2020 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   In June 2020 National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)  commissioned an independent review of the youth work sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us at the virtual launch of the research to find out: How has the youth work sector responded to challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic? What methodologies have been used to support to young people during the pandemic? What are the limitations of working in this way?   PROGRAMME: Welcome and...
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23
SEP
2020

European Commission: online public consultation on the Roadmap for the Long Term Vision for Rural Areas.

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The European Commission has commenced online Public Consultation on the Roadmap for the Long Term Vision for Rural Areas.  Consultation opened on 7 September and will end on 30 November. The EU aims to create a debate on the future of rural areas and the role they have to play in our society. This initiative will set out a vision for the future of rural areas by 2040 and gather views covering challenges such as: demographic change connectivity low income levels limited access to services.   The European Commission intends to work with rural stakeholders, local and regional...
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22
SEP
2020

The Wheel’s 2020 Charity Impact Awards: closing date – Thursday, 2 October at 5pm

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Entries for The Wheel’s 2020 Charity Impact Awards will be closing next week on Thursday, 2 October at 5pm!  It is more important than ever to maintain your organisation’s public profile, so don’t’ miss this opportunity to showcase your work, raise your profile and acknowledge the work of your staff,  volunteers and trustees (i.e. board members). Now Even Easier to Enter  To make the awards as accessible as possible, we have decided to amend the following entry criteria: Impact Awards: your online written entry should be accompanied by a short video (up to 2 minutes long). You can produce...
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22
SEP
2020

Webinar: Introduction to the DELSA Project – 24th September

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DELSA Multiplier Event “ Introduction to the DELSA Project” Thursday 24th September 10-11am   Irish Rural Link alongside Longford Women’s Link and NUIM Maynooth will host a webinar on Digital Skills. The two-year project is almost completed and this event will showcase all their work throughout the project. The DELSA Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.  DELSA involves a Consortium of 8 partners across 6 countries (Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Spain), in which IRL are the lead partner. There are also two other Irish Partners in...
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21
SEP
2020

HSE Covid-19 Partner Pack update: 18th September 2020.

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HSE Communications Team: Partner Pack update of 18th September 2020. 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 The Government has today (18th September) announced that the county of Dublin will be placed on Level 3 of the Framework for Restrictive Measures. This action is based on a review of the current public health advice and is in response to the deteriorating situation with the virus in Dublin over the past number of...
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21
SEP
2020

Clár na nÓg: Youth Work Sector Update – September 2020

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With another month come new changes to how we’re managing work in our sector: you’ll have received our CEO’s notice of updated Covid-19 guidance for youth services and below, there’s also your usual update on opportunities, supports and training to help you work through this time. Remember to check out our Covid-19 hub for more resources, training, and advice. NYCI News: Save the date: ‘A Review of the Youth Work Sector Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic’ This important new piece of research will be launched on September 28th Monday, 28th September from...
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18
SEP
2020

IGNITE Training Programme – Relaunched

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As you may have been aware, due to Covid restrictions the IGNITE Employability Programme, which was due for delivery over the summer has been reimagined and relaunched to reflect the new Covid environment. The result is, we believe a stronger, more contemporary, and more practical course, delivered through blended learning in a concise programme, focusing on industries which offer real employment opportunities for participants with leading employers across Meath. IGNITE TRAINING MANUAL – pdf   The new IGNITE Programme offers: Blended learning with participants receiving tablets...
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18
SEP
2020

**SAVE THE DATE** The Family Addiction Support Network Launch ‘Crossing the Threshold’

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Over the past eight months FASN has worked in collaboration with Ger Fitzpatrick, Fusion Training and Development to develop a manual “Crossing the Threshold” , a facilitators guide to running developmental and support groups. The Family Addiction Support Network are inviting you to save the date Wednesday 30th September 2020 10.00am  to attend the launch of this manual by Minister Frank Feighan, Minister with Responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy. This meeting will take place online through Zoom, courtesy of Louth PPN and details of how to join the Zoom meeting will...
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17
SEP
2020

National Family Support Network Young Person’s Support Programme

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National Family Support Network Young Person’s Support Programme The National Family Support Network have developed a programme to support young people living with substance misuse in the home. The Young Persons’ Support Programme is designed to respond to the needs and risks faced by children living with problem substance users. The programme aims to develop resilience, coping and relationship development skills through peer group facilitation. The programme is designed for delivery over 10 sessions by 2 facilitators active in frontline youth work.   The National Family...
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17
SEP
2020

FundingPoint Meath Digest: September – December 2020

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The latest issue of the Fundingpoint Local Access Digest is available below to download with information on local and national funding programmes: Fundingpoint Local Access – Meath County Council, Sept – Nov 2020 – pdf
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16
SEP
2020

Webinar: Applying to be a Registered Charity – 30th September

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Webinar: Applying to be a Registered Charity When:       Wednesday September 30th 2020 Time:         12pm – 1pm   The Charities Regulator invites you to attend our Applying to be a Registered Charity webinar for those who are in the process of registering a charity. These webinars have been developed in response to contact with charities, including our recent Survey of over 2,000 charity trustees, employees and volunteers. You will hear from senior staff from the Charities Regulator and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Registration process. The...
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16
SEP
2020

Make Way Day 2020: 25th September

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Make Way Day 2020 : National Day of Local Action Friday, 25th September 2020 @ 11:00am Friday 25th September 2020 is a very important date in our calendar. As you know ‘Make Way Day’ is a National Public Awareness Campaign to highlight the issues people with disabilities face getting around their local communities. “Hey, this blocks my way!” is the message.  Each County Council is hosting a virtual Make Way Day Event on Friday, 25th September 2020 at 11:00am all over Ireland.  Your local coordinator is here who will let you know how to get involved.   This will be...
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15
SEP
2020

HSE Communications: Partner Pack Update 15th Sept 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.    Living with COVID-19 Plan Today, the Government has announced the Living with COVID-19 five-level plan for the next six months. These measures aim to protect key priorities – protecting health, strengthening employment and supporting communities.   You can view the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 here. You can view the additional measures for those living in Dublin noted...
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15
SEP
2020

Biodiversity Workshop on Zoom: 10th October 2020

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Please find a link below to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pduqgrjgtG9b3GvICLlNvoaB1AzgDgFnd 
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15
SEP
2020

National Disability Authority Annual Conference 2020: 21st October 2020

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National Disability Authority Annual Conference 2020 Facilitating the effective and equal participation of persons with disabilities in the Irish criminal justice system (Article 13 UNCRPD) Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 10am–4pm The National Disability Authority’s Annual Conference 2020 will focus on the theme of Access to Justice in line with Article 13 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), in the context of criminal justice. Article 13 of the Convention seeks to ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities on an equal basis with...
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15
SEP
2020

Development Perspectives: Update on upcoming SDG events

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Some updates on Sustainable Development Goals which may be of interest… The 5th anniversary is on route (25th of September) and we are hosting an online celebration. As part of the event, we have a short video produced specifically for the event from the permanent ambassador to the UN Geraldine Nason Byrne and the Department of Communications, Climate and Environment (DCCAE) will give a short input. Eventbrite link: https://sdganniversary.eventbrite.com   There is an upcoming National Stakeholder Forum in the pipeline for the 24th of September which will be hosted by DCCAE to...
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15
SEP
2020

Social Justice Ireland: Budget 2021

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Budget Choices 2021 Social Justice Ireland launches submission for Budget 2021 Online Budget Seminar Next Monday, September 21st, 13:00 Streamed live on socialjustice.ie Fully-costed Budgetary packages across more than a dozen policy areas, and costed revenue-raising proposals   Budget 2021 is important for a number of reasons. As the first budget of the Government of the 33rd Dáil, it will be a litmus test of how serious Government is taking its commitment to the creation of a new social contract, contained in the Programme for Government. It is also important because the Covid-19...
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15
SEP
2020

EPA Research 2030 Strategy: Thematic Hubs Virtual Workshop 28th October

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Registration Now Open – EPA Research 2030 Strategy: Thematic Hubs Virtual Workshop Date: Wednesday 28th October 2020 The EPA is organising a virtual workshop as part of its consultation for its new Research Strategy 2030. The workshop represents one stage of our consultation process to inform the development of the EPA Research Strategy 2030 and will provide a means to obtain input from key stakeholders.   The event will include presentations and discussions with the EPA, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Department of Housing, Planning and Local...
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15
SEP
2020

RISE Family Programme & FASN: Starting 15th October, Navan

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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 Rise Foundation (Senator Frances Black), which offers practical support, relevant education, coping strategies...
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15
SEP
2020

EAPN: Giving Health Inequality a Voice report webinar: 23rd Sept

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Giving Health Inequality a Voice Online workshop and launch Wednesday 23rd September 2020 @ 11:00am   The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland is running a project called ‘A community approach to addressing health inequalities and strengthening the Right to Health’. The overall goal is to draw on the experience of communities to strengthen how health strategies such as Sláintecare and Healthy Ireland address health inequalities and achieve better health outcomes. In order to capture the lived experience of various public health service users EAPN Ireland facilitated five...
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14
SEP
2020

Jigsaw Meath: Supports & Updates

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Please find updates from Jigsaw Meath below: JIGSAW.IE LIVE A new development to support schools in their return alongside Covid-19 has officially gone live from Jigsaw. This new resource is aimed at promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and is now available to all schools across the country, including those within/outside of our One Good School Initiative (OGS). Click on the link below to access this resource and for further information see attached flyer link: https://jigsaw.ie/resources-for-schools/ JIGSAW also have a new live Webchat facility (it is contained...
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11
SEP
2020

RTE Does Comic Relief: Fund open for applications

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RTE Does Comic Relief: fund open for applications Closing date: 30th September 2020 https://www.communityfoundation.ie/grants/types-of-grants/rte-does-comic-relief  In response to the significant need of community and voluntary groups across Ireland, many of whom are working to support people affected by Covid-19, RTÉ and Kite Entertainment came together to host RTÉ does Comic Relief. The night of entertainment raised over €5.5million for the Community and Voluntary sector which will be distributed through a process of application and assessment. The funds raised through RTÉ does Comic...
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11
SEP
2020

Living Bog nominated for Natura 2000 Award: support closing date – 15th September 2020

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The Living Bog raised bog restoration projechas been nominated for one of Europe’s top environmental awards The Living Bog, which commenced in 2016 and finishes this December 2020, is among 27 finalists for the European Commission’s Natura 2000 Awards.  The awards recognise excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites. The Living Bog is nominated in the ‘Community’ category, with the bog project’s work in the local community and its involvement of community groups and individuals. Information on the project is available here: http://raisedbogs.ie/ It is the project’s work in...
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11
SEP
2020

EPA Research Newsletter: September 2020

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Welcome to the September issue of the EPA Research Newsletter.  This issue features updates from the EPA Research Programme, information on research funding and details of events that may be of interest to our readers. Read in web browser   Save the Date – Thematic Hubs Virtual Workshop 28th October 2020 The EPA is organising a thematic workshop as part of the consultation for its new Research Strategy 2030. This workshop will be held virtually on Wednesday 28th October 2020.   EPA Support for Climate Change Advisory Council Research Fellowships The EPA is funding and...
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10
SEP
2020

Webinar: Creating a Local Sustainable Future: The importance of a Vision for Community Wellbeing – Tuesday 15th September

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Creating a Local Sustainable Future: The importance of a Vision for Community Wellbeing What: Webinar – The Importance of a Vision for Community Wellbeing Date: Tuesday 15th September Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm   A county’s Vision for Community Wellbeing (VCW) acts as a guiding vision for the work of the local Public Participation Network, ensuring that the community’s vision for the future is at the heart of all decisions. This webinar focuses on the why of creating a Wellbeing Statement and hears from PPNs who have been through the process about their experience....
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10
SEP
2020

Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade: Update from Eirgrid

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Please find an update from Eirgrid Engagement Team below:   The Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade – Keep Informed! We all know how much better an upgrade can make things. That’s why EirGrid is planning to upgrade the Kildare-Meath Grid. It’s vital if we are to have the power we need for our growing population and to ensure you have a safe, secure and sustainable supply of electricity for the future. It also means we can bring more renewable energy onto the grid, helping Ireland to reduce carbon emissions. We’re currently looking at five possible ways of doing this, with overhead or...
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10
SEP
2020

National Integration Fund 2020

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National Integration Fund 2020  Supporting Communities to Promote the Integration of Migrants and their Children Closing Date: 22 September The National Integration Fund 2020 is open for applications from both public and private bodies until September 22nd. €749,600 per year over a maximum of three years will be made available for projects that help migrants integrate into Irish society. The National Integration Fund 2020 is a key element of the Migrant Integration Strategy 2017-2020. The Strategy was developed to enable migrants, or persons of migrant origin, to participate on an equal...
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10
SEP
2020

The Wheel’s Charity Impact Awards

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Charity Impact Awards The Wheel’s Charity Impact Awards are open for application from 1st September to 2nd October 2020. The Charity Impact Awards celebrates the work of charities, community groups and voluntary organisations that have changed Ireland for the better. In 2020, there are 4 Award Categories: Charity Impact Award, Social Enterprise of the Year, Charity Trustee of the Year and a special Community Hero Award. Visit https://charityimpactawards.ie/ for more details.
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10
SEP
2020

Proposed Ballivor Wind Farm – update

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Proposed Ballivor Wind Farm – update from Bord na Móna Please find documentation below and letter to PPN groups. PPN Ballivor_Letter Ballivor PPN Map FINAL_Brochure Phase 2 Wind Farm 20ppA4 Aug 20_Rev1 Ballivor Questionnaire Final_PPN   Community Engagements Clinics are being held in September 2020 by appointment only.  Please contact Jeff McDonald to arrange same. Mobile – +35387 9460284. Email – Jeff.McDonald@bnm.ie   Please find the text of the letter to PPN groups below. Attachments are included at the top of this post.    Dear Public Participation...
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10
SEP
2020

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme 2020: closing date 2nd October

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Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme 2020 Closing Date: 2nd October   What is the Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme? The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme offers financial supports – provided by Sport Ireland – to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide who promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people. How does it work? It aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned activity and sport initiatives. In particular, the scheme is aimed at: Supporting the...
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10
SEP
2020

HSE 2020 National Lottery Grant Scheme: closing date 18th September 2020

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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. 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 your local Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO). Application form (docx 104 KB) You must submit your...
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10
SEP
2020

Research to understand health and wellbeing during times of infection

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The COVID-19 virus pandemic is causing huge personal, societal and economic impact for the population. Physical and mental well-being can be affected in everybody to varying degrees by the stress associated with the pandemic and the changes to our behaviours and ways of living. Researchers from Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland) are working with a large group of scientists from around the world, led by Prof. Christoph Correll (The Feinstein Institute, USA; the Charité Universitätsmedizin, Ger) and Prof. Marco Solmi (University of Padua, Italy) on one of the largest surveys to...
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10
SEP
2020

Meath Local Sports Partnership: September 2020 Updates

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Please see Meath LSP’s planned programmes below. All programmes are delivered whilst adhering to current HSE guidelines.   Bike Week Funding 2020 – Now Available! Bike Week funding 2020 is now open for applications. Bike Week will take place from 19th-27th September. The overall aim of the Bike Week fund is to provide support to cycling clubs, schools, voluntary groups or communities who wish to deliver events during Bike Week 2020. If you would like to organise an event, you can now apply for funding. Please see funding criteria and application form attached. Please read...
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09
SEP
2020

Ministers Humphreys, Donnelly and O’Brien announce third tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding

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https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/88b83-ministers-humphreys-donnelly-and-obrien-announce-third-tranche-of-covid-19-stability-funding/  €11 million support package to benefit 209 organisations Funding aimed at providing immediate assistance to community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises Cash injections for organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society   Some 209 organisations across the country are to benefit from €11 million worth of funding under the Covid-19 Stability Fund. The funding was announced today by Minister for...
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09
SEP
2020

Rediscover the Boyne Valley

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Boyne Valley Tourism along with Meath County Council has embarked on an Autumn Marketing Campaign to highlight the Boyne Valley as a tourist destination.  The campaign is centred around the message – Rediscover the Boyne Valley. While many people will have visited the Boyne Valley on school tours many years ago, we are now asking them to reconnect with family in Meath and rediscover the Boyne Valley.  We hope to inspire them through lots of great outdoor activities that you can do right across the Boyne Valley through our itineraries.  The campaign will run over the next couple of...
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09
SEP
2020

Public Consultation on EU Citizenship Rights

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Public Consultation on EU citizenship rights (open to 1 October) By the end of the year, the Commission plans to publish its next Citizenship Report. Placing the citizen at the heart of the policy efforts, the report will take stock of the progress made since the 2017 EU Citizenship Report, collect lessons learned from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU citizenship rights and propose new priorities and actions aimed at bringing concrete benefits to EU citizens in terms of effectively enjoying their EU citizenship rights, in particular in a cross-border context. To help inform the...
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09
SEP
2020

HIQA: scoping consultation for the development of National Standards for children using health and social care services

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HIQA is developing Overarching National Standards for the Care and Support of Children using Health and Social Care Services.    Overarching national standards have the potential to improve the experience of all children using health and social care services, by promoting clarity, consistency and continuity within and between services, and to focus services on the child first, rather than on the individual service needs. These standards, written from the perspective of a child, will help health and social care services to plan for and deliver high quality child-centred services. HIQA is...
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08
SEP
2020

Supports for Mental Health & Wellbeing

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  Please find PDF copies of material below: Help is at Hand Covid-19 Poster CHO8 V6 Louth and Meath Emergency Crisis Contacts Poster
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08
SEP
2020

World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10th 2020

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World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th 2020, is an opportunity for all of us to play our part in preventing suicide.   We can all make a difference, as a member of society, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour.   There are many things that we can do, on a daily basis and on World Suicide Prevention Day, to prevent suicidal behaviour.  These include raising awareness about the issue, educating ourselves and others about the causes and the warning signs for suicide, showing compassion and care for those who are in distress in our communities, questioning the...
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07
SEP
2020

EPA-HSE Joint Webinar: Environment & Health Research Projects – 8th October

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EPA-HSE Joint Webinar: Key Findings of the Joint EPA-HSE Environment & Health Research Projects This webinar will showcase the key findings and recommendations from a suite of Environment & Health research projects, jointly funded by the EPA and the HSE. Date: Thursday 8th October 2020 Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm This will be an online event. Participation is open to everyone with an interest in the topic, and is free of charge. Registration is mandatory. To Register and view more details about the event, go to the Registration Page.
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07
SEP
2020

Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights

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Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights Create is delighted to announce the second Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights, in partnership with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. This bursary aims to support individual professional artists working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice. The Bursary is funded by the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create.  The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practice; it is specifically...
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03
SEP
2020

Community Heritage Grant Scheme: now open for applications

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Community Heritage Grant Scheme The Community Heritage Grant Scheme is now OPEN for applications.   Who can apply? The scheme is open to: voluntary and community groups heritage-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs) not-for-profit heritage organisations Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) participants Adopt a Monument Programme participants (supported by funding from National Monuments Service)   Applications from other organisations, private companies or individuals will not be considered.   Aims of the Community Heritage Grant Scheme The aim of this...
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03
SEP
2020

Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications (3rd Sept): Support and Updates

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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 communications updates for you.   Public Health Measures As you know, we are seeing some increases in rate of COVID around the country, and as a result, some additional advice and restrictions have been recommended by NPHET and the Government. These measures aim to protect our priorities – caring for vulnerable people and keeping health services open. You can view the national public health measures here.   New COVID-19 TV ad The HSE has...
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03
SEP
2020

CLÁR funding for Meals on Wheels: extension of criteria & closing date -11th Sep

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CLÁR funding scheme (Measure 3(a): Meals on Wheels and linked service With regard to the CLÁR funding scheme (Measure 3(a): Meals on Wheels and linked service), this Department is pleased to advise that an adjustment has been made to the scheme outline. Eligibility has been extended to provide for funding to Meals on Wheels services that do not operate from a CLÁR area but provide a service to people based in CLÁR areas. It will be necessary for applicants to demonstrate that over 50% of their normal clientele using the service reside within CLÁR DED’s. A listing of eligible CLÁR DED’s is...
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02
SEP
2020

Meath Arts Office Newsletter  – September 2020

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Please find link below for the latest edition of the Meath Arts Office Newsletter  – September 2020 Arts Office Newsletter September 2020 – PDF
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02
SEP
2020

‘New Options for Funding’: online course from Carmichael

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Carmichael has a new online course available: New Options for Funding This course is for all those challenged with loss of any type of income from traditional sources as a result of Covid-19. The course will cover ‘new ways of fundraising during Covid-19, digital fundraising, building support from your community and adjusting your organization to support its survival throughout the pandemic and how to make effective applications for funds, up-to-date information on grant and loan sources for the development of social, community, health, enterprise, educational, arts and other objectives’....
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02
SEP
2020

Tusla Educational Support Services (TESS) website

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Please see link below to Tusla Educational Support Services (TESS) website: https://www.tusla.ie/tess/   The website contains revised contact lists, FAQs, and signpost resources for families.
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01
SEP
2020

Strengthening Families Facilitator Training: closing date for applications 4th Sept

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Strengthening Families Facilitator Training takes place in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dundalk on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2020. Louth Leader have provided the funding for this training course, there are a limited number of places available. Please note that the deadline outlined on the application form has been extended to Friday 4th September 2020. Please find an application form below: SFP TRAINING APPLICATION FORM – LOUTH 2020
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01
SEP
2020

Meath Child & Family Support Network: Updates

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Please find attached some information that may be helpful to you and the families you are working with.   Louth Meath Education and Training Board Education form for Community Education Services Applications are now invited from community groups and voluntary organisations for support regarding the delivery of educational programmes under LMETB’s Community Education Programme. In line with Government guidelines for usage of funding, priority will be given to courses / programmes which aim to work with individuals and groups that experience barriers to participation in adult learning....
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28
AUG
2020

The Wheel: Training Programme – Autumn 2020

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Please see the link below for information on upcoming training and events from the Wheel: https://www.wheel.ie/training
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27
AUG
2020

Music Network Music Capital Scheme 2020

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN — MUSIC NETWORK MUSIC CAPITAL SCHEME 2020 The Music Network Music Capital Scheme is designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments and respond to a broad range of capital needs within the music sector in Ireland. Award 1: Non-professional performing groups Applications are invited from a wide range of non-professional performing groups, including but not limited to orchestras, marching/concert/pipe bands, Irish traditional, popular, contemporary, jazz, choral and samba groups. Award 2: Individual professional performing musicians Applications...
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27
AUG
2020

So you want to write …? Call for budding novelists, scriptwriters and podcasters to join in free creative writing sessions

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  Meath County Council Library, Writer-in-Residence for 2020, Nicola Cassidy, has put together a fascinating series of webinars for aspiring writers and avid readers, starting next week. Further information on the programme is available in the document below: Call for budding writers – Meath Writer-in-Residence 2020 – Word Doc   The webinars are free but registration is required in advance. Each of the webinars have their own direct booking link: https://nicolacassidy.easywebinar.live/shortstory https://nicolacassidy.easywebinar.live/screenplay...
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27
AUG
2020

Information for parents of children returning to school

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Please see link below from the Department of Education and Skills with information for students and their families about returning to school: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/  
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26
AUG
2020

HSE Covid-19 Partner Pack Update: 25th August 2020

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Dear Colleague,  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 As you know, we are seeing some increases in rate of COVID around the country, and as a result, some additional advice and restrictions have been recommended by NPHET and the Government. These measures aim to protect our priorities – caring for vulnerable people, keeping health services open, and getting children back to education.   You can view the special advice...
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26
AUG
2020

LMETB Community Education Autumn 2020 Application for Community & Voluntary Groups in County Meath and Louth

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The LMETB Community Education Autumn 2020 Direct Tuition/Online Application is now open,   Please find the Autumn2020 Direct Tuition Hours for Online Courses Application Form below to download: Autumn 2020 Community-Education-Service-Application-Form-Tuition Hours and Advert – Word Doc   On page 5 please see types of courses which we deliver Online  in County Meath. The application form is also available on www.lmetb.ie or the online version through MS Forms can be completed click on Autumn 2020 to open link The closing date for returning completed application forms is...
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24
AUG
2020

Rethink Ireland’s Equality Fund: information webinar 27th August

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The Equality Fund Team at Rethink Ireland are holding a series of webinar information sessions with potential applicants for The Equality Fund.    About The Equality Fund As you might already know, on July 13th Rethink Ireland launched the Equality Fund 2020 – 2023. This €3 million Fund is supported by the Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist Foundation and the Government of Ireland and runs over 3 years.   This Fund has three strands: 1. Empowering Women: This strand supports projects to empower more women from minority communities into employment. This strand will also fund...
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21
AUG
2020

Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) – Meath

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Broadband Connection Point Initiative The Department of Rural and Community Development in partnership with local authority Broadband Officers (BBOs) and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), has identified approximately 300 sites around the country to act as Broadband Connection Points (BCPs). BCPs are located in some of the most rural communities throughout each local authority area, including islands off Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Cork. BCP sites have been prioritised for connection within the first 12 months of the roll-out of the National Broadband...
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21
AUG
2020

Make Way Day – 25th September: National Day of Local Action on Accessibility

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Make Way Day 2020 National Day of Local Action Friday, 25th September 2020   Make Way Day is coming to your area so, come on and join the conversation, take this time to be part of the bigger Make Way Day story and generate a national conversation about accessibility in Ireland today. In an unprecedented move Make Way Day is about to be supported by all 31 City and County Councils in Ireland this year, where you can get involved with other disability and community groups in your area to work with the council to take action on access in the public spaces we all share. Details for your...
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19
AUG
2020

Update from Government on new Covid-19 measures (18th August)

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Please see an update below from the Government on new Covid measures (18th August): From Department of the Taoiseach . Published at: 18 August 2020. Last updated 18 August 2020 https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77b6d-statement-on-the-introduction-of-new-measures-to-limit-the-spread-of-covid-19/    Statement on the introduction of new measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 Following a Cabinet meeting today (Tuesday) the government has decided to implement a number of measures in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.   The virus is on the increase in Ireland and in recent...
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18
AUG
2020

Charity Regulator: Free Training on Governance Code during September & October

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Charities Governance Code training The Charities Regulator is running free online training for charity trustees. If you are a trustee of a small volunteer-led charity, this training will be of particular benefit to you. This half-day training will take place over the Autumn/Winter 2020 and is designed to support charities to apply the six core principles and meet the 32 core standards contained in the Charities Governance Code. You can read more about the Charities Governance Code by scrolling down this page. For a full list of dates and to book a place on a training session, please...
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18
AUG
2020

Thank you Karen

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Karen Mahon has served on the PPN Secretariat since June 2016 as an Environmental Representative.   Karen has now resigned from this role on the Secretariat.   On behalf of the PPN, we wish to thank Karen for her work and commitment given to the Secretariat and wish her every success in her new challenges.
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18
AUG
2020

Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade Information Webinars: 26 & 27 August 2020

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Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade Information Webinars In advance of our public consultation, which will run between September and November, we have launched an information campaign to raise awareness of the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade project and the options we are currently investigating. The information campaign includes publishing a project brochure, developing a project micro-website with interactive maps, and publishing various studies we have completed to date with associated documents. All this information is available at www.eirgrid.ie/KildareMeath. We are also hosting online information...
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18
AUG
2020

River Nanny: Community Information Meeting (online) – 26th August

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Please find a link below to register for the session: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlf-yrrTktHdSQbU85lyFM7qy6MjG3w4D- 
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17
AUG
2020

Third Age’s Navigate your Work Future: Webinar on CVs & Interviews – 20th August

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Third Age’s Navigate your Work Future: Webinar Series This week’s FREE Webinar in Third Age’s Navigate your Work Future series  is with Sinéad English, Careers Consultant and founder of career management firm – Hilt. Zoom webinar. When: Aug 20, 2020 11:00 AM Dublin Topic: How to write a great CV and excel at your job interview   Sinéad will focus on CVs, job applications and excelling at job interviews. Sinéad would be happy to address any specific questions you may have. If possible, please email them to Liam Carey (lcarey@thirdageireland.ie) by Tuesday at 4pm and...
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17
AUG
2020

Snap that: Life through the lens of Ireland’s 18- to 25-year-olds

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The Royal Irish Academy’s Social Sciences Committee has launched a youth photography call (18- to 25-year olds) for an online exhibition. We are seeking submissions of photographs and captions that tell the story of things that help or hinder the lives of this generation of young people on the whole island of Ireland, from urban and rural communities. The closing date is 30 September.
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17
AUG
2020

Free Online Courses from LMETB Community Education Service: August 2020

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NEW FREE Online Course for August 2020 from the Community Education Service LMETB Brochure available to download here:  Free Online Community Education Courses for August 2020 – PDF Pleas find course information below:   PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES Morning Mindfulness How to be mindful in your everyday life, mindful communication, mindful relationships and mindful presence Please download – ZOOM from the Apple or Play Store for this course. Tutor – Elfreda Manahan Vaughan Times 10am to 12pm Starting Monday 24th August Day Monday No. of sessions 6 To Register Click on...
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17
AUG
2020

Getting to know Sustainable Development Goals: online training 9th September

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Getting to know the Sustainable Development Goals:    Everyone has a role to play in supporting Ireland progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ireland’s National Implementation Plan for the SDGs identifies the crucial role that Local Authorities have to play in translating the SDGs into practical action at a local level.   This September Meath PPN and Development Perspectives are offering a free online SDG training for those working in community development and/or volunteering within their community.   This training will offer participants an opportunity...
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17
AUG
2020

Launch of Disability Participation & Consultation Network EOI: Dept. Justice & Equality

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Launch of Expressions of Interest to establish a Disability Participation and Consultation Network The newly established Disability Participation and Consultation Network will enable persons with a disability to be involved in the development of policy and legislation. Funding is available for an organisation representing persons with disabilities to administer the network as an Organising Member. Separate funding is also available for up to four Disabled Persons Organisations to provide training and support to persons with disabilities to be involved in the network. The network will also...
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14
AUG
2020

Meath Local Sports Partnership: August Update

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Please see Meath LSP’s planned programmes below. All programmes are delivered whilst adhering to current HSE guidelines.   COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme Safeguarding 2 Club Children’s Officer Workshop Safeguarding 3 Designated Liaison Person Workshop Mature Movers 0-3k Walk to Jog Programmes GAA National Inclusive Fitness Day European Week of Sport Bike Week 2020   COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP) as part of the Government of Ireland COVID-19 club small grant scheme is providing support to sports clubs and community groups...
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14
AUG
2020

Social Economy Diaries – Insights for the Social Economy Unit at the European Commission

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  Community Finance Ireland regarding the launch of the Social Economy Diaries by the Social Economy Unit at the European Commission. In order to collect practical, tangible stories of how social economy stakeholders are contributing to create economic value, societal bonds and environmental impact  – we have decided to launch the Social Economy Diaries. Social Economy contributes significantly to changing the economic landscape of Europe for the better but it is still challenging for many to grasp what it really brings and what is its added value. In addition to being an...
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14
AUG
2020

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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14
AUG
2020

Minister Joe O’Brien announces details of €5m funding for Community Centres & Community Facilities

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Minister Joe O’Brien announces details of €5m funding for Community Centres & Community Facilities   €5m fund under the Community Enhancement Programme Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities at the Department of Rural and Community Development, today announced details of €5m funding for community centres and facilities under the July stimulus package. The funding will be provided under the Community Enhancement Programme, and is in addition to €2m provided under that programme earlier this year.   Minister O’Brien said: “This €5m funding will...
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14
AUG
2020

Face Coverings: Advice from Dept. Health

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When to wear face coverings and how to make them Advice from Dept. Health. Published at: 15 May 2020. Last updated 11 August 2020 https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/aac74c-guidance-on-safe-use-of-face-coverings/   Wearing of cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from spreading it to others. If you wear one, you should still do the important things necessary to prevent the spread of the virus. These include: washing your hands properly and often covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze...
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14
AUG
2020

Arts Grant Schemes: closing date 20th August

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Arts Grants, Awards & Bursaries Schemes 2020 Closing Dates Just a reminder to all that the new closing date of Thursday August 20th 2020 at 1pm for the following schemes is approaching; • Annual Arts Grants Scheme • Community Arts Award • Festival Grant Scheme • Professional Artists Development Fund • Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Bursary Award And Thursday September 24th 2020 at 1pm for the School Musical Instrument Purchase Scheme. Unfortunately there will be no Drama League of Ireland Bursary awards this year as the DLI Summer School has been cancelled due to Covid19. Full details...
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14
AUG
2020

MCC Arts Office: Newsletter August 2020

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Please find the Meath Arts Office August 2020  Newsletter below: Arts Office Newsletter August 2020 – PDF  
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14
AUG
2020

CORE: Musical Bingo Event

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One of the many challenges facing people within our community today is food poverty.   To help raise awareness around food poverty and also the availability of food from Core’s Community Food Bank, our Food Raising Events team has put together a 2-hour fun-filled Musical Bingo. This is an all-inclusive family-friendly event.   Core would like to partner with your housing association and hold this free event. For further details, please contact us at info@coreireland.ie or on 0852289579.  
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14
AUG
2020

COVID-19 Updates from ALONE 12.08.20

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Updates from ALONE: Last week, it was announced that regional restrictions were to be implemented in  Kildare, Offaly and Laois  following a spike in COVID- 19 cases in these counties. We sent the attached update to staff on Friday.  We have also stalled volunteer befriending visits in these counties.   You will find the most recent weekly progress report and graphic from ALONE attached below. Housing once again was the highest area of need amongst our callers with support from ALONE staff with home maintenance, decluttering and grant applications for improved accessibility and...
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14
AUG
2020

LGBTI+ Funding Call Deadlines: Dept. Justice & Equality

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  LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call. Launched as part of the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy, this funding aims to promote inclusion, protect rights and to improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI+ people in Ireland. Further information is available in the press release below. There are two streams of funding, and applications must be submitted electronically.   Scheme A:  Supporting Community Services (deadline 31 August 2020) The application form and comprehensive guidance note is available on https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/LGBTI_Scheme_A   Scheme B:...
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14
AUG
2020

CEP – Community Buildings: €5m fund for Community Centres & Community Buildings under July Stimulus package

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  Please be advised that additional funds are being made available by the Department of Rural & Community Development under the Community Enhancement Programme 2020 for Community Centres and Community Buildings only.    Applications are invited from Community Groups to apply for funding to improve community buildings.  Small grants up to €1,000.00 and larger grants in excess of €1,000.00 may be applied for.   More information and application forms are available on the following link: ...
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14
AUG
2020

Meath Child & Family Support Network Newsletter (14th Edition)

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Please find attached Edition 14 of the Meath  Child and Family Support Network Newsletter – Local Service Delivery during Covid 19. The information in the newsletter is up to date as of the 10th August,  2020. Meath Child and Family Support Network Service delivery 14th Edition 10.08.20  – PDF   Edition 14 of the newsletter combines the local service delivery from Edition 1 – 13, with new updates on service provision which are highlighted below: Page 44  – Information update re: Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP) as part of the Government of Ireland COVID-19 club...
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