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PPN Bulletin

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Plenary at the Gresham, on 30 November.  An enormous thank you to Consultant Faciitators, Adrienne Boyle, Clare O’Connor and Stephen Rourke, and to special guest speaker, Martin Saunders. 

Thank you, to the Disability Thematic Group for their updates, and for the updates from the Secretariat.  A special thank you to Rhythm Africana for the music to start and close the meeting.

Anecdotally, people said it was a “lovely night and really enjoyable” and you can see some of the photographs here

We will have a further summary of the small group discussions to share, next week, and thank you so much, to everyone who came along on the night, either in person or online.  It was super to have so many people support the PPN!

The next PPN Plenary will be on the last Thursday of May 2024.


The Local Economic Community Plan (LECP), is still open for submission until Friday 15 December, 2023.  Your group can make a submission directly here.  Alternatively, if you would like help making a submission, then consultant facilitator Clare O’Connor is available to assist PPN Members make a submission to this plan.  The consultation period ends on Friday 15 December, so please email as soon as possible, if you would like to work with Clare.

The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) invite member groups to participate in a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE), Regulations 2007 – 2018  You can access the information about submissions, and further details here.

The European Climate Pact is inviting member groups to become European Climate Pact Partners, who are organisations committed to addressing climate change and contributing to a sustainable future.  As part of the Climate Pact, they gain access to a diverse network dedicated to driving climate action and policy advancements throughout the EU.  Further information and application for becoming a partner here.

Age Friendly Ireland would like to share their newsletter with PPN member groups, and you can access the newsletter here.


Martin Saunders, who spoke at the Plenary, would like to share the following message:

“My name is Martin Saunders, I am a qualified Nutrition and Health coach and a member of the UK and International Health coaches’ association, I am also a fully qualified personal trainer and sports nutrition coach. My colleague Eveanna is a fully qualified Yoga Alliance Teacher, Mindfulness practitioner with additional qualifications in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Childrens Yoga and She is also a fully qualified Pilates teacher and is Drama Therapist. We both are fully qualified Youth and Community workers and have both over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of community settings delivering programmes including arts, music, drama, addiction, personal/social development and physical/mental health programmes. Coming from living and working in disadvantaged communities we are aware of the challenges faced in relation to wellness and good health.

We are proud to have developed a series of comprehensive wellness programs tailored specifically for disadvantaged communities. We believe in fostering health and well-being for all regardless of postcode and aim to address the unique challenges faced by individuals of all ages in underserved areas. We approach health in a holistic way, our programs will encompass a diverse range of wellness activities which include the four pillars of health Nutrition (healthy choices, cooking, the role of diet in preventing illness and mental health), Relaxation (meditation techniques, tools for stress management) Exercise (improving mental health, managing stress, improving fitness) and Sleep (developing a better sleep routine, improving sleep quality). The programs can be tailored to specific requirements and budgets, and all programmes give the participants information in easy-to-follow steps and practical skills that they can use to improve their overall health and wellbeing. By working with communities, we can make a meaningful impact on the health and vitality of disadvantaged communities supporting them to thrive.

 If any Dublin City PPN groups are interested in talking to us further about any of our programmes and workshop, please email for our details ”.

Updates from Representatives and Secretariat

The Draft 2024 Workplan and Budget is here

This will be accepted by the next Secretariat meeting in January 2024, and will be implemented by all members of the PPN.

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