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PPN Bulletin

The Public Participation Network has three main purposes:

  • To share information with the Member Groups in the network
  • To offer training opportunities to the Member Groups in the network
  • To help Member Groups participate more, in local authority decision making, and to this end we have 20 nominated and elected Representatives, who sit on Dublin City Council committees, on behalf of the PPN.

We thought it might be useful, to divide our PPN Bulletins, into those three sections of updates:  information, training, and news about/from the Reps.

Please let us know if you like this new style, or if you have anything to add for next week’s Bulletin.


Dublin City Council invite you to a photo opportunity on 11 September, to create an “Efficiency of Space” image.  The idea of this photo is to show how much more space cars take up on the road, compared with sustainable modes of transport.  80 volunteers are needed for this photo, and you are welcome to sign up here

Community Gardens Ireland want to double the numbers of allotments and community gardens in Ireland by 2025.  They would like local authorities to provide community growing spaces, and to this end, they have started a campaign to achieve these goals.  You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved here.

Friends of the Earth have asked Dublin City PPN to sign an open letter, asking the government of Ireland to tackle both energy poverty and pollution, in response to the worsening energy crisis.  You can read this open letter here and you are also invited to sign the letter, on behalf of your organisation. 

Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development, is carrying out an assessment of training that may be required by those who manage volunteers. If you manage volunteers, you are invited to complete the survey here.

Training Courses

If you would like to register for the Social Justice Ireland online-only training on the structure, form and functions of the PPNs in Ireland you can sign up to the training here.  This online, self-managed training is of benefit to anyone involved in the PPN, who wants to know about its history, purpose, and role and who wants to learn more about the PPNs true potential.

Recovery College would like to share their full range of course with you here.

An Cosán would like to invite people to sign up to their new day time and evening courses here.

Anam Cara invite you to an event called “Supporting a bereaved colleague on their return to work”.  The session takes place on Friday 23 September, from 10.30am – 12.30pm with Dorothy Ingram, who is a pluralistic counsellor.  Her specialist area is bereavement.  For more information about this event, please go here.

Dublin City Volunteer Centre have a variety of diverse training sessions and other supports here.  DCVC have also just launched their strategic 5 year plan, and you can read that here

The Wheel offer excellent training for people and organisations here and Carmichael have a huge selection of in-person or online courses here.

PPN Autumn Events

Finally, don’t forget to come to our PPN events this autumn.

26 – 29 September            Festival of Fundraising

27 October                       Last Thursday of the month members’ meet-up

24 November                    PPN Plenary in the Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun

News from/about the Representatives

If you would like to see your elected representatives in action and would like to learn more about what goes on in the SPC meetings, you can watch the meetings live or recorded here

You can see a full list of your Dublin City PPN representatives here.

Philip O’Callaghan is a member of the South Georgian Core Residents Association and is the PPN Representative for the Finance SPC.  Philip has just started a new Twitter account for updates about his PPN work, and you can follow him  here or at @ppnspc

Dublin City PPN has put Philip forward to be on the Roadmap Implementation Working group, which will assist the Department with their re-structuring recommendations, and Philip can also be reached at:

Next week – news from/about another PPN Representative!

PPN Communications

Please follow Dublin City PPN on Facebook and Twitter if you can, and feel free to browse through our website.  Dublin City PPN is hosted by Dublin City Volunteer Centre, and you can find out more about their work and activities here.Please contact Ruth on or Beatriz on if you have any questions, comments, thoughts or suggestions.

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