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Maynooth University invite you to apply for their full-time, three-year degree in Community and Youth work.  This Bachelor and Master of Social Science Community and Youth Work is endorsed as a professional qualification in youth work by NSETS and AIEB and you can find out more here.

Dublin City Television (DCTV) invite you to their festival on 26 and 27 January, at TCD Macken Street, and St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse Street.  Further information about the programme here (lunch included on both days).

The Age Friendly Ireland newsletter for 19 January can be accessed here.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are pleased to announce that Creative Brain Week 2024 will take place from 4 – 9 March 2024.  This year’s theme for the online and in-person events is:  Attention, Connection and Love and you can find out more here.

The Wheel is advertising a number of Fundraising jobs this week here.

The Cancer Prevention Network invite you to a seminar, online, on 01 February to mark World Cancer Day.  The webinar begins at 1.00pm and you can register for it here


There is a variety of PPN specific training available in 2024.

  1. Social Justice Ireland have a self-led, online training course for PPN stakeholders here.  This is designed for Representatives, Secretariat, Member Groups, and members of the local authority who work with PPNs.  This FREE resource can be worked through at the participants’ own pace and is an excellent starting point.
  • The Public Participation Network Handbook (2020) can be accessed here.  There are still some hard copies of this resource, so please reach out if you would like a copy of the handbook in print.
  • PPNs are mainly funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), and you can read about the PPNs (annual reports/minutes of the National Advisory Group – NAG), here.  A PPN awareness campaign, launched by DRCD, can be accessed here.
  • If you would like Ruth or Rachel to come and speak to you and your group about the PPNs, please email us and we can arrange a date/time/place online or in person, which best suits your needs.  We can make formal presentations or just meet up for a coffee and chat – whatever you prefer.

DC PPN will also be delivering a series of training sessions as part of the 2024 Summer School with DCU’s Centre for Engaged Research.  This will take place in June 2024 on the DCU campus and will be FREE for all PPN member groups. 

DC PPN will also be delivering an autumn series of training sessions for its member groups in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown PPN and Carmichael.  More information as the year progresses, but these sessions are likely to take place from September – November 2024.

Updates from Representatives and Secretariat

Dublin City PPN Secretariat met on 09 January for its first monthly meeting of 2024, and agreed the minutes of the previous monthly meeting, held on 14 November.  You can read those minutes here.  The Secretariat welcomed its three newest members to the meetings of 2024: Frank Foley, Siobhan Guyatt and Alicia McConnell.

The Economic Development and Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), met on 23 January, at 3.30pm and you can watch this meeting here.    Watching an SPC meeting really brings people into the heart and core work of the PPN.  The PPN has 20 seats on a variety of SPCs, and you can watch these meetings live, or from the archive.

In 2024, all Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) will be dissolved and re-convened, which means that all seats will become vacant.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Representative Roles, please contact Ruth and Rachel in January and February to discuss the vacancies, the PPN in general, and the challenges and opportunities of 2024.

Email Ruth on or Rachel on

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