Mayo PPN - Issue #8





Mayo PPN

Mayo PPN

May 30 · Issue #8 · 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 June 2017

New Representatives elected to Mayo PPN Secretariat - West Mayo & Castlebar MD
Mayo PPN are delighted to welcome three new members to our Secretariat. Elections were held in the West Mayo & Castlebar Municipal Districts and the following representatives were elected:
West Mayo MD
Cathal Masterson, Ballycroy | Male Rep | Secretariat
Kathleen Doocey, Belmullet | Female Rep | Secretariat
Castlebar MD
Áine Carr, Kiltimagh | Female Rep | Secretariat
We are delighted to welcome all three representatives to the Secretariat and look forward to working with them.
There are still a number of vacancies on the Secretariat, namely in the Ballina MD, Claremorris MD and the Social Inclusion Pillar and we will be looking to fill these in the autumn.  
Mayo Public Participation Network: Request for Tenders | activelink
Submission Form | National Heritage Week 19 - 27 August 2017
SDG Advocate Programme – Development Perspectives
Street Feast - Sunday 11th June – Register your feast now!
Street Feast is the national day of street parties & community celebrations.
This year it takes place on Sunday 11th June!
Street Feast is an Irish initiative to bring back life onto our streets. The idea is a simple one - to get as many people as possible across Ireland to sit down to a lunch with their neighbours in their local communities. It’s a not-for-profit, all-for-fun, do-it-yourself celebration.
A Street Feast can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in a front garden to a full-blown community street party. They can be held anywhere; on the pavement, in a laneway or a local park. Everyone is invited to bring something to contribute, be it a tasty dish, some chairs or a musical instrument.
It’s the 8th year of Street Feast. Check out what happened last year when 120,000 neighbours took part in 1,215 Street Feasts, 14 of these took place in Mayo!
The Street Feast organisation supports individuals and community groups to host their own celebration. This year we’re posting out free party packs to Street Feast hosts. Each free party pack contains a handy guide to help make your feast a success, as well as posters, invitations, balloons and bunting to help you get the party started!
This is a people-powered initiative - we need your help to spread the word about Street Feast. Please forward this email to your friends, neighbours and network and inspire them to take part.
Get involved and register your feast on
WATCH: Mayo is making movies, and its first release is mouthwatering -
Energy for Generations Fund
Mayo Sports Partnership is seeking... - Mayo Sports Partnership | Facebook
International Foundation Grants | Baxter
Expressions of Interest (Community Services Programme)
Expressions of Interest are sought from Social Enterprises that are currently trading and wish to apply for funding to support employment of staff (manager and/or full time equivalent positions) under the Community Services Programme.
Complete the Expression of Interest form from your local development company and submit by 5pm Friday 16th June 2017.
Applications and queries for Castlebar/Claremorris Municipal Districts and the Mayo Islands should be sent to: Áine Carr, Tel: 087 1926187
Applications and queries for Ballina and West Mayo Municipal Districts (Achill/Erris/Westport/Swinford) should be sent to: Rita Hopkins, 087 0507049
Hospital Saturday Fund
Community Facilities Capital Scheme 2017 Mayo County Council - County Mayo, Ireland -- Community and Integrated Development
Europe for Citizens - Call for Proposals is Now Open!
The Wheel is the National Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens Programme, which helps promote understanding between the European Union and its citizens. It funds activities carried out by a range of not-for-profit organisations, councils and local authorities across Europe. The specific aim of the 2014-2020 programme is to contribute to citizens’ understanding of EU’s history and diversity. Priorities are: debating the future of Europe; solidarity in times of crisis; Euroscepticism; and combatting the stigmatisation of immigrants. Wish to make an application for funding? Now is the time! 
Contact Deirdre Finlay for more information:
Training, Seminars & Conferences
Community Participation Network Meeting- Wednesday 31st May, 10:00am-12:30pm 
Please note change venue for the meeting this to the Family Centre in Castlebar Directions found here 
The aim of this meeting is to establish a local network in the Mayo region to allow better co-ordination and collaboration between organisations that work with and advocate for people with disabilities. The Community Participation Network aims to offer a menu of training options to a range of people who have experience and those with limited experience of participating in local government structures.
The Community Participation Network (CPN) was established in January 2015 within the context of local government reform framework and the development of the Public Participation Networks (PPNs). With funding from the Training Links Grants Programme the CPN set out to establish a network consisting of partner organisations in Counties Galway and Limerick. Initially the Network comprised ten organisations drawn from the disability and the wider community sectors. The training courses developed and delivered by the CPN included Practical Self Advocacy, Community Development Practice, Governance Training, Health and Wellness, Empowerment and Advocacy and Empowering parents.
Building on the commonalities that exist across the organisations, namely the need to promote needs, issues of people with disabilities and their solutions, we wish to invite your organisation to join the Community Participation Network, Mayo. Membership of this network will offer access for people with disabilities and advocates to specific training and developmental opportunities in terms of self-advocacy, personal development and meaningful engagement with local Public Participation Networks (PPN).
Each of the Network members will be autonomous and voluntary organisations or individual people, who are actively involved in a range of social, economic, cultural support and development with and on behalf of people with disabilities.
The specific aims of the CPN, Mayo, include:
• To support the capacity of and direct representation of people with disabilities within local community structures.
• To provide advocacy training to members of the network.
• To train people with disabilities to become community representatives.
• To facilitate networking opportunities, peer-support and sharing of information between network members.
• To build alliances between people with disabilities and other community representatives
We hope that you will give due consideration to this invitation and that you will engage in this network where organisations can collaborate, network and promote best practice within local community structures. We hope that our collaborative efforts will help address our shared challenges.
Inclusion Ireland Advocacy Workshops
SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2017 - 11am-1.30pm Swinford Library & Cultural Centre
Advocacy Skills for Families -Noirin Clancy & Mary Lee, Inclusion Ireland
Cost: Attendance is free. To register interest or for more information call Noirin 083 8236126 or Inclusion Ireland: 01 8559891. E: 
Digital Skills for Citizens Programme
The Dept of Communications as part of it’s Digital strategy is offering FREE TRAINING to community groups.The main objective of the Digital Skills for Citizens Programme is to get more people online. It is aimed at people who have never used the computer before, with the objective of being able to use Online websites for banking, Citizens Information, specific Government Online Services, searching for information and sending emails. Training is provided in Community venues throughout Co.Mayo. The course takes place over a five week period with one 2 hour class per week.
• Age profile 45+
• Farming communities
• Small business owners (<10)
• Unemployed persons
• Persons with disabilities
• Disadvantaged groups
If you would like to contact us about the possibility of training in your area please use our online application form by Clicking Here or call Lisa on 0871757477 
Mind Your Mental Health Training Workshop
Mental Health Ireland has a new Mind Your Mental Health training workshop, which is currently being delivered to community groups and workplaces throughout Ireland.
Mind Your Mental Health has been developed to:
• Increase awareness and understanding of mental health and well being
• Provide participants with tools and strategies to enhance their mental health and well being
• Promote supports and resources available both formal and informal
If you would like to organise a workshop for your community group, please feel free to contact Teresa Keane on 087 167 9549 or email me at
For further details about Mental Health Ireland and to learn more about what we do please visit:
Inaugural Rare Breeds Conference
15th & 16th June at Hotel Westport
This conference is being organised by The Old Irish Goat Society based here in Mulranny.
Ireland’s rare breeds are a fundamental part of our farming and food production sector, they are living heritage and an important facet of our biodiversity.
Rare Breeds have an important role in sustaining rural communities, through food production, artisan foods, tourism and conservation grazing. Gene
variation offers enhanced resistance and adaptation traits in a time of farming intensification and climate and social change. A number of Irish Breeds have slipped into extinction in recent decades, essentially unnoticed and undocumented, such as the Cladoir Sheep and the Tory Cow.
It is the aim of this event to promote the conservation and utilisation of our remaining rare breeds and to address challenges such as lack of protection, resources and recognition.
We are hoping that interested parties will come along and join this strategically important national discussion on indigenous Irish breeds and how their role as a cultural, food security and climate resilience resource can be developed.
Attendance for Thursday evening is free and a charge of €29.83 applies for the full day Friday, inclusive of all exhibits and refreshments.
Info @
The Wheel Conference & Expo 2017
Survey on the Impact of the 2009 Charities Act by Friends of the Irish Environment
Meetings on the new National Action Plan on Poverty and Social Inclusion, Limerick and Longford « European Anti Poverty Network Ireland
Nonprofit Sector Pay and Benefits Survey 2017 - Your Participation Required | The Wheel
DRAFT RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PLAN for Ireland 2018-2021 | Online Consultation Portal of the Waters and Communities Office
Job Opportunities
National Council for the Blind - Retail Ballinrobe & Westport: Shop Manager x 2 | activelink
Useful Resources for your Community Group
19.05.2017 More Affordable Childcare Information Campaign Starts - Department of Children and Youth Affairs - Ireland
Open Government Toolkit » Home Page - Protecting our community
Community Reuse Network Ireland – The all Island representative body for community based re-use, recycling and waste prevention organisations
Resources - Information, guides, features, case studies
QRVO Delivering YOUR MESSAGE Better
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