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The Department of Rural and Community Development have asked Amárach Research, Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) and the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) to find out how many social enterprises there are in Ireland, their regional spread, the primary sectors they are active in and their staffing levels and traded income.  This will ensure the Department is in a better position to support the sector.  The data provided in this survey will be used only for research purposes and will not be used in relation to any funding applications and no information provided will be able to identify your organisation.  Please complete the survey here .  At the end of the survey, respondents will be asked if they wish to participate in the prize draw open to those organisations who complete the questionnaire – there are 3 x prizes of €500 each to be won.

Dublin City Council would like to bring your attention to their Community Grants and Funding webpage, which provides local groups with easier access to information on available community grants and available funding from Dublin City Council.  You can access this page here.

Board Match Ireland would like to invite you to their Charity Trustee Speed-Dating event in Croke Park from 5.30pm – 8.00pm, on 12 October 2022.  This speed dating event is an opportunity for individuals to meet with charities and not-for-profit organisations who have board vacancies.  Candidates can attend at any time throughout the event and speak with the charities they are interested in.  You can register for the event here.

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI), invite you to “Freedom and Choice,” which is four online events in October, exploring what “independent living” is.  Email  to register.  Topics include peer mentoring research, assistive technology, what is a personal assistant? (and how to apply for one).

Research participation: Milan Maushart, is looking for interviewees for his work on “Urban Geography: cities, spaces and culture” so is ideally looking for people interested in the “Planning and Urban Form” SPC, but other PPN stakeholders too.  If you are interested in helping Milan with his research, please email Ruth and she will send on his email details.

Public Consultation:  Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council would like to meet members of the public, community groups, local businesses and interested bodies to find out what your vision for the Santry River is, on 17, 19 and 20 October.  If you are interested in participating, you can read further details here.

Irish Community Action on Alcohol Network (ICAAN) and the Alcohol Forum Ireland have created a petition calling on Drinkaware to cease all education-based activities with Irish Schools…as there is a growing concern about the delivery of a Drinkaware schools-based education programme.  You can find out more about the petition and sign the petition here.

DCU Centre for Engaged Research invite you to their autumn lecture series 2022:  Dr Catriona Murphy will present her work entitled, “Citizen Participation in the Design of Technology to Support Independent Living:  Lessons Learned on the Nex Project”.  This is a FREE zoom event and you can register here.  Details about other lectures from the Centre can be accessed here.

Training 

The Department of Rural and Community Development have asked Pobal to carry out an assessment of training that may be required by members of small community and voluntary groups and organisations in Ireland.  This survey will help Pobal identify the skills, knowledge and supports that groups already have, and those groups may need:  You can complete the survey here.

Dublin Northwest Partnership and Partners Training for Transformation, are delighted to offer a 2 day workshop called, “Working Interculturally, Promoting Integration” from 10.00am – 4.00pm on 15 and 22 November at the Rediscovery Centre, in Ballymun.  You can book your place here.

News from/about the PPN Representatives and Secretariat

Please come along to the PPN’s Last Thursday of the Month Members’ Meet-Up online, from 7.00pm – 8.30pm on 27 October.

Jamie Moore, from EIRGRID, will give a short presentation about the POWERING UP DUBLIN project to the members of Dublin City PPN.  EIRGRID is planning to replace over 50 km of underground cable across Dublin City and are easier to engage with local communities about these plans, and how EIRGRID is working to “future proof” the electricity grid.  This meeting will be of particular interest to anyone interested in the Planning and Urban Form SPC, the Disability Thematic Group, the Housing SPC, and from within the environmental pillar.  There will be time to ask Jamie questions and to network with other PPN Member Groups.  Email Ruth for the zoom link on

Finally, this Friday is our last Friday with our Support Worker, Beatriz, who is leaving the PPN to go travelling.  We wish Beatriz a wonderful adventure and safe journey as she flies from Europe towards south east Asia.  Thank you, Beatriz, for your work, your energy, your commitment to the principles of the PPN, and for your wonderful sense of humour. 

We will miss you very much, and we hope you remember us well.

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