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PPN Bulletin

Plenary 27 May 2021, from 7.00pm – 9.00pm

In case you missed it last week, we would like to invite you to the Dublin City PPN plenary on Thursday 27 May from 7.00pm – 9.00pm

The event is taking place on Zoom and you can register for it here.

Please download Zoom onto your device before the event.  If you would like some assistance with Zoom, our colleagues at Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown PPN have a “Zoom Training for Beginners” resource here.  If you are still stuck, please email us and we will try and organise assistance before the event so that you can participate.  The draft agenda for the evening is here.

We look forward to meeting with you on 27 May.  This is an opportunity to reconnect with people from other organisations and from other pillars/colleges/sections of the PPN.  People will be invited to think about how to engage, share and assist one another more in 2021, and we also have some wonderful music and spoken word at the beginning and end of the evening.  We hope that the evening will be interesting, enjoyable, and inspiring.

Job Vacancy:  PPN Support Officer role.

We would like to advertise the role of Support Officer within the PPN, and the details of this role are here. Please share this information with your groups and networks and we hope to have this position filled as soon as possible.  The Support Officer will work closely with the Resource Officer to provide administrational support to the PPN.

PPN updates

The Housing SPC meeting, held on 12 May at 11.00am and this meeting can be watched back, on Dublin City’s webcast portal here.  Your housing representatives are Mike Allen, Áine Wellard and Liam Kelly.  We are hoping to establish a Housing Linkage Group as soon as we can, and if you are interested in joining this (yet unformed) linkage group, please email us and we will add you to the list.

The next Arts, Culture, Leisure, Recreation SPC meeting is taking place on Monday 17 May at 9.30am and the link to the meeting is here.  Your Arts representatives are Ciarán Taylour and Adekunle Gomez.  We are also hoping to establish an Arts, Culture, Leisure and Recreation SPC linkage group as soon as we can, and if you are interested in joining this group please get in touch.  The Arts group will be looking, in some detail, at the connections between their SPC and the Dublin City Development Plan 2022 – 2028.  Adekunle Gomez will be at the Plenary on 27 May performing a piece of Spoken Word at the end of the event.

“Achieving Results as a PPN Environmental Representative” is an interesting presentation by Justin Byrne, who has a great deal of PPN representative experience.  This presentation was organised by the Irish Environmental Network and gives guidelines, tips and advice for all PPN reps, not just the Environmental ones.  It’s a short and very useful presentation for all reps (or those interested in becoming reps in the future), and it’s available here.

One of the new members of the Secretariat, Steven Doody was speaking with John Healy on Northside Today, on NearFM on Wednesday.  You can listen back to the interview here.  Steven spoke about his art, his local activism, his interest in environmentalism and his new role as a member of the Dublin City PPN Secretariat.

In order to celebrate National Volunteer Week, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu has invited 10 people from the PPN to come along to the Mansion House for tea, on Wednesday 19 May, from 2.00pm – 3.00pm  If you are interested in having tea with the Mayor, please email us and we will put the names into a hat, for a draw on Monday.  If you would like more information about National Volunteer Week (the events taking place, how to get involved), the extensive programme is here. 

An easy way to get involved next week, is to send us a photo of your volunteers or projects, and we will post it on the PPN social media, using the hashtag #smallactionsbigimpact

News from the wider PPN

The Wheel’s Charity Summit is taking place on 19 and 20 May and you can find out more about the events taking place here.

Would you like to discuss Marine Protected Areas in your region and learn more about the public consultation that is currently open?  The Irish Wildlife Trust is holding a series of townhall meetings in all the major coastal counties to address questions and concerns the public may have.  Dublin’s townhall meeting is on 02 June and you can sign up here.

Physical and Mental Health:  How can migrants access health services in Ireland?  Join New Communities Partnership on 19 May at 11.00am for a webinar for migrant people living in Ireland, who might be interested in learning how to access health services across the country.  Further details and registration is here.

Ministers Humphreys, McGrath and O’Brien launched a €10 million Covid Stability Fund on 06 May to support community and voluntary groups, charities, and social enterprises.  Examples of organisations that can apply to the fund are family supports and supports for the elderly; domestic abuse and addiction services; mental health and disability supports; education supports in disadvantaged communities; community centres that provide social services and you can find out more about the fund here.  In addition, Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien have announced a further €4.5 million euro to improve community facilities, and in particular, Funding to support local groups to re-open their facilities post COVID-19/Small grants for repairs and renovations, new equipment and safety upgrades/Community Enhancement Programme to focus on disadvantaged areas and you can find out more about that fund here.

Be Summer Ready:  this campaign is part of the Government of Ireland initiative to provide information to the general public on issues which may affect them during the summer months in Ireland.  Please share this information widely with your groups and networks.

If you would like to volunteer, or you would like to find volunteers for your organisation, you can contact Dublin City Volunteer Centre for information, support, resources and training and you can find out more about DCVC here.

Please follow Dublin City PPN on Facebook or Twitter or please reply to this email if you have any questions or comments. 

You can read previous PPN Bulletins here.

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