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Come along to the PPN Information Night, online on Thursday 09 May 2024, from 7.00pm – 8.00pm  This session will be of interest to new members of the PPN, and to people who would like to know more about the vacant committee representative seats, after the elections in June 2024.  You can read information about the PPN, and why 2024 is so important to us ahead of the meeting here. Please email for the zoom invite. Ruth and Rachel are also available for one-to-one zooms, phone calls, coffees, and chats to update you about the PPN and the vacant PPN Representative roles this year.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys launched a major national awareness campaign aimed at Dog Owners this week.  The awareness campaign is to highlight the responsibility of dog owners, to address the issue of attacks on humans and livestock, and to improve dog control and welfare.  The name of the campaign is “It’s not your dog’s fault, it’s yours” and please share the campaign with your groups and networks.  Further information here.

Letter to the PPNs from the Ombudsman.  Please see the letter here, from the Ombudsman Ger Deering to all members of the Public Participation Networks.

Dublin City Council are pleased to announce their “Crowdfund Dublin City” initiative in partnership with Spacehive. Groups can “pitch” for up to €5000 and more information can be found on this link:  Dublin City Council Crowdfund Programme

Information session 1: 

Tuesday the 23rd of April, Online event, 12pm- 1pm – here

Information session 2: 

Thursday the 25th of April, In-person event, 6pm – 7.30pm – here

The PPN’s host, Dublin City Volunteer Centre (DCVC) invite you to the Volunteer Managers Coffee and Chat session, on Thursday 25 April from 11.00am – 12.00pm  You can register and come along to enjoy a chat about how to get the most from your volunteer programme.  Register for the zoom link here.

Community Law and Mediation invite public sector staff and all public servants to a half day training session entitled, “Public Bodies Statutory Duty to Eliminate Discrimination, Promote Equality and Protect Human Rights of Staff and Service Users” on 08 May, 2024 from 10.00am – 1.00pm  Bookings on  

The Irish Hospice Foundation invites applicants for a training programme exploring the many roles of arts and culture in contemporary dying, grief, and bereavement.  You can find out more about the application process here.

Crumlin CleanUp and Bloomin Crumlin invite you to a weekly litter picking in Crumlin on Saturday 27 April.  Meet in the middle of Bangor Circle from 11.00am, and later in Clonmacnoise Grove (for a cup of tea) between 12.30pm and 1.30pm

The IFI invite expressions of interest for a programme, which provides participants with all they need to know to plan and promote their own screening event.  It combines online learning through the “Curate-It” app, alongside in person meetings with the cohort and programme leaders.  You can find out more about the Irish Film Curators including how to apply here. Full info pack available here. Please share across your networks. Deadline for Expressions of Interest is 24 April. 

The Wheel invite members to an event entitled, “The Future is community:  local, EU, and General Election campaigning”.  The next 12 months will provide the community, social inclusion and environmental sector with significant opportunities to influence politicians on the local, national and European stage.  Of interest to those people thinking about being nominated for PPN Representative roles.  Registration for members here.

Age Friendly Newsletters can be accessed here.

Please enjoy a new section of the PPN’s website where stories about Dublin City are shared and uploaded.  This month we concentrate on “the rise and fall of the first Dublin tram network:  part one, beginnings” and you can read that here.


PPNs and the Sustainable Development Goals  Wednesday 8 May, 10am – 12pm. Register here

This workshop with be delivered by Johnny Sheehan, Member Engagement Manager at The Wheel. Johnny is currently co-chair of Coalition 2030, the civil society coalition working to ensure Ireland honours its commitments to achieving the SDGs.

Strategic Planning

There are still some spaces on the Strategic Planning Workshop being held on Wednesday 24 April from 10am – 12pm Luna Atkins from 2Into3 will deliver this workshop that will focus on how to develop a strategic plan, the process itself.  Please register here to attend Strategic Planning.  

Social Justice Ireland have an online, self-guided course on the Public Participation Networks.  This online support covers the following topics:  an introduction to PPNs, effective facilitation, effective participation in consultancies, local government budgets, measuring outcomes and impacts, PPNs and local government and strategic planning.  You can register for this support here.

The Wheel provide online supports to the Public Participation Networks and topics include:  PPN Hosting Arrangements, Basics of Employment and HR Practice, Successful Communication for Community Groups and Voluntary Boards, Leading Communities:  The Role of Board or Committee Members, Social Media, Procurement, Strategic Planning.  You can download these resources here

Updates from Representatives and Secretariat

All Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) meetings can be accessed here

Please contact Ruth and/or Rachel if you would like more information about the role of PPN representatives on the new SPCs to be formed, after the local elections on 07 June 2024.  Ruth and Rachel are available for one-to-one chats/coffees/zooms or visits to your group, to talk more about the up-and-coming vacancies.

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