Mayo PPN - Issue #4





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Mayo PPN

March 27 · Issue #4 · View online

Welcome to the Mayo PPN newsletter with up-to-date information on the latest funding and training opportunities, notices of current consultations and relevant news from the Community & Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental sectors.

Mayo PPN Newsletter - Issue 4

Reminder about County Information Evening
On April 6, a County Information night will take place in Macalla Hall, Lough Lannagh, Castlebar at 7pm. This evening is open to all groups registered with Mayo PPN. The evening will start with a meeting to discuss issues of importance to Mayo PPN and to complete any of the formal work of the network. This will be followed by information sessions from Mayo Volunteer Centre on Garda Vetting and The 2016 Charities Regulation Act, groups on the night will receive information on how these topics will affect your community group or organisation. Mayo PPN is asking groups to please confirm attendance at this event if possible.
Groups wishing to attend any of the above meetings should be registered with Mayo PPN. If your group/organistaion hasn’t already registered, you can do so at the following link Full details of the criteria for membership are listed here and you can now complete the registration online by following the appropriate link on this page.
For further information and to confirm your attendance please contact Ann Marie McGing, Mayo PPN Resource Worker | 094-9042607 | 087-2830538
Major evening of culture, creativity and heritage announced
Mayo County council invites anyone with an interest in culture, creativity or heritage to a briefing evening on Creative Ireland in Lough Lanngh Holiday village Castlebar on Friday next, March 31st.
Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme, an ambitious five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which will place our strongest assets – our culture and creative communities - at the centre of public policy. In 2016, Mayo County Council demonstrated their unique capacity to activate and support community engagement and participation in marking the Centenary year through a wide range of arts, culture and heritage initiatives.
Creative Ireland aims to build on this success by leading on the development of a dedicated Culture and Creativity plan for Mayo based on the premise that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing. 2017 will see a special focus on children and young people with the specific objective of fast-tracking the Charter for Arts in Education, which will significantly increase access and participation for children in high quality arts and culture experiences.
A network of highly experienced arts officers, heritage officers and librarians has been set up across all 31 local authorities to lead on each county’s Creative Ireland Programme and a series of public meetings will be held over the next four weeks to share ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for increased investment in local arts, culture and creative industries. Additional funding to support the initiative will be made available through the Creative Ireland Programme in 2017 with the potential for further investment over the next four years. Austin Vaughan has been appointed Creative Ireland co-ordinator for Mayo County Council.
Speaking about the Creative Ireland programme in advance of the open meeting in Mayo, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D., said “I launched Creative Ireland last December in our National Gallery, which is nearing completion following a €20 million refurbishment project over six years. We chose the National Gallery to launch the Creative Ireland programme - because of the symbolism of a new beginning, a blank canvas as it were, a link between the past and the future. The open meeting in Mayo is a fantastic opportunity for those at local level to get involved and I hope to attend some of the county workshops around the country to hear their ideas first hand. I encourage those involved in the cultural and creative communities around Mayo to attend the open meeting in Lough Lannagh, Castlebar on Friday, 31st March. It is important to recognise that if we do not create our own future, we run the risk that it will be created for us. Together we can do extraordinary things and this is your opportunity to join the discussion about how the Creative Ireland programme will enable creativity for all our citizens.”
In addition, all the agencies of Government, including national cultural institutions, state agencies, Government Departments, organisations, individuals and communities will be activated to embed creativity across all aspects of their work – and use that creative potential to foster collective wellbeing and social cohesion.
Mayo County Council and the Creative Ireland national team will host an open meeting on March 31st from 5.30pm to 7.30pm to share details about the Programme and to explore opportunities to increase access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts and creative industries in Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, Old Westport Road, Castlebar
Full details of the Creative Ireland Programme are available at
LEADER Funding of €276,520 is available to support the regeneration of #RuralTowns in Mayo.
Mayo Local Action Group for LEADER invites Expressions of Interests for projects which will support the Enhancement of rural towns contributing to making them a more attractive place to live, recreate and do business.
Information & Expressions of Interest Forms
Mayo North East 0949256745 |
South West Mayo Development Company CLG 09841950 |
Comhar na nOileán 09970905 |
Moy Valley Resources IRD 09670905 |
IRD Kiltimagh CLG. 0949381494 |
Closing date for EOI March 31st
Mayo County Council - County Mayo, Ireland -- Arts News
Social Change Grants 2017 - The Community Foundation for Ireland
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland: €300,000 in Funding & Support Available for Ideas & Projects to Tackle Social Problems | activelink
Clann Credo - Leader Loan Fund
Communities Facilities Scheme | Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Expression of Interest for Provision of Once Off Transport
Mayo Community Transport manages and coordinates the delivery of community and public transport services on behalf of the National Transport Authority and is the local hub and dispatch centre for coordinating public transport for Co. Mayo under the brand Local Link. They have a fund for transport costs for youth and community groups for once off needs.
More Info, Guidelines & and application form available from 
Step Up and Get Your Community Walking
Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme – deadlines March and June - About AIC - Create – national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts
Governance Training
Mayo North East will hold a free Governance training workshop in the Newman Institute in Ballina on Tuesday evening April 11th 2017 from 7pm – 10pm. The training is for Type B community groups. The role of these groups is primarily governance but with some management and operational responsibilities also. They employ one or more full time or part time staff member. This training is funded under the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and will be delivered by the Carmichael Centre.
The workshop will provide practical guidelines on compliance with the Governance Code for Community Voluntary and Charitable organisations. Participants should familiarise themselves with The course content will cover the following:
Leadership and Control.
Transparency & Accountability.
Working Effectively.
Places are limited, to reserve a place contact Patricia Crawley on 087 2135960 or email
Volunteer Management Training
Total Focus: Workshops for 2017 | activelink
Connected Communities Training Webinars | The Wheel
The Wheel’s Upcoming Training & Events | The Wheel
Public consultation on a possible initiative at EU level in the field of passengers rights in multimodal transport - European Commission
Useful Resources for your Community Group
Public Participation Network - BHP Insurance
Local Authority Waters and Communities Office
The Local Authority Waters and Communities Office was set up in March 2016 to promote and facilitate greater public participation in the management of our natural waters. The natural waters of Ireland are an integral part of our heritage and include depending on where we live or work, rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal and groundwaters. The attached leaflet provides additional information on our natural waters and also on the Waters and Communities Office.
Mick Kane is the Community Waters Officer covering your area in Mayo. Mick is on hand to support local communities with any proposed or existing initiatives and projects connected to their local water environment. This could include the improvement of a local river, lake or beach for recreational, amenity or tourism purposes. He is also available to provide technical support and advice on potential funding sources.
Mick can be contacted by phone at 085 8083064 or email to |
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The Wheel’s Regional Support Programme - New Regional Champion Announced
The Wheel is delighted to announce a new partnership with Council for the West who will be assisting us in the roll out of our Regional Support Programme.
Currently being piloted for 2017, the aim of the Regional Support Programme is to build a vibrant regional network and ensure that the shared interests of our members at a regional level are addressed in relevant policy areas.
It is also about ensuring that you and your organisation are receiving the practical support you need and deserve on an ongoing basis.
We are therefore very pleased to introduce you to the new Regional Champion for Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo, Caroline Wilson.
Caroline stands ready to assist each and every member of The Wheel in getting the very most out of their membership and understanding fully the many ways that The Wheel can support and advance the work that you do.
To contact Caroline, who is based in Killala, Co. Mayo, please phone (096) 32484 or email
ResourcePoint: Group Discounts for Members of The Wheel | The Wheel
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