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The Lord Mayor of Dublin and Dublin City Council (DCC), invite you to four consultation sessions at the Mansion house, to discuss the steps needed for Dublin to become an “Autism Friendly City”.  The first session is taking place on 22 February from 6.30pm – 8.00pm in the Oak Room of Mansion House, and you can register for this first session here.

Dublin City Council (DCC) invite groups that are based in Finglas to make a submission to the Finglas Village Improvement Scheme.  Your group can complete an online survey or view the documents and designs at Ballymun and/or Finglas library, and at the civic offices.  Further details about the submission, including guidelines for comments, and deadline here.

Dublin City Council (DCC) invite you to participate on its customer services public consultation panel, on 14 March, from 9.30am – 12.30 in Dublin City Council’s training rooms.  The panel will be made up of 12 invitees from the PPN and senior staff from the customer services section.  Refreshments provided and full details of how to register your interest here.

St Patrick’s Cathedral invite you to tender for Youth Outreach Initiatives.  The Cathedral hope to “facilitate an offering that young people want, rather than what we think they want…submissions should be able to demonstrate a desire – or at least a gap in the market, for young people within a commutable distance of the Cathedral”.  Further information, including deadline and application details are here.

Dublin Northwest Partnership invite you to an “Aging with confidence 8 – week course” at the AXIS centre, Main Street, Ballymun from 21 February to 10 April from 2.30pm – 5.00pm  Each two and a half hour session is a combination of information, self-reflection and sharing.  You can sign up here.

The Irish Environmental Network (IEN) invite you to read and share their monthly newsletter here.  The newsletter carries information about events, campaigns, petitions and job opportunities that will interest anyone with an interest in the environment.  There’s also a section on the Environmental Pillars from other PPNs across the country and this month spotlights:  Fingal, Laois and Roscommon.

Creative Brain Week takes place from 04 – 09 March, 2024 and the full programme of activities is available to read here.  Dominic Campbell, (curator of Creative Brain Week) says, “Creative Brain Wek connects across disciplines, contexts and cultures.  It values richness and abundance in the diverse ways people understand and engage with the world”.


Cycle Against Suicide invite community groups, clubs and associations to join their free mental health, peer support training.  This training aims to provide support to the heart of the communities as a critical part of mental health awareness.  Further information about the group and its events here.

Hedgerows Ireland invite you to an “introduction to hedge laying” course in Ranelagh, with Mark McDowell.  Hedge laying is an ancient skill, involving a rejuvenative process that keeps the hedgerow young and vigorous indefinitely and the one-day progamme on either Thursday 15 or Friday 16 February Is aimed at novice hede layers and those who skills might be a little rusty.  Sign up here.

Development Perspectives invite you to sign up for their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocate training for adult and community educators.  The closing date for applications is 15 March, and the information pack and application form can be found here.

PPN Training Events can be found here

Updates from Representatives and Secretariat

The next Housing Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 February, 2024 and you can watch it here.  This portal holds the draft agenda for the meeting, minutes from the previous meeting and any slides to support presentations at the meeting.  The draft agenda will also support any motions being presented to the meeting.  The PPN has three representatives on this committee from member groups, Focus Ireland, South Georgian Core Residents’ Association, and the Meeting Place Club.  It’s the role of these representatives to represent the PPN at the committee meeting, and in any sub-working groups set up by the main committee.  The PPN has 20 representatives across 7 SPCs, a Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and a Joint Policing Committee (JPC).

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.

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