Tipperary PPN February 2021 Newsletter
1. PPN News & Members Corner
2. Active Public Consultations/Notices
3. Funding/ Grant Opportunities
4. Public Service Announcements, Training and Upcoming Local Events
Upcoming Training for Tipperary PPN Members
Active Public Consultations/Notices
N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Project – ‘Constraints’ Public Consultation No. 1
Tipperary County Council, in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the Department of Transport are developing the N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Project. The section of the existing N24 under consideration is the N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Project, is between the M8 motorway, north of Cahir in Co. Tipperary.
Tipperary County Council, as lead authority, has appointed Arup as Technical Advisors to progress the Planning and Design for the Project through Phases 1 to 4 of the TII Project Management Guidelines (PMG)
Initial studies for this project have identified that the existing road has restricted capacity due to its limited width, partially sub‐standard alignment and its passage through four villages and Tipperary Town. The existing route currently experiences bottlenecks and significant traffic delays through Tipperary Town. It is considered that the existing road is economically inefficient and detracts from the development and growth of the region.
The project is currently at Phase 2 Option Selection. The purpose of this phase is to examine feasible alternative options to address the transport problems identified during Phase 1 and to determine a Preferred Option for the project. All forms of transport and/or other non-road options will be examined as possible alternatives during this phase of the project.
The constraints study is currently underway. The first non-statutory public consultation on ‘Constraints’ will take place between 27 January 2021 to 17 February 2021.
It is expected to have potential options identified in late Q2 2021. Due to COVID-19, Tipperary County Council is unable to hold a public consultation event in-person within the study area for the project. Instead, an online public consultation platform will be available on the project website www.n24cahirlimerick.ie until 17 February 2021
This online public consultation platform will provide a virtual public consultation room and interactive maps with all the key constraints identified to date and an online feedback form for submission of comments or queries.
Funding/ Grant Opportunities
Ministers launch €40m sports grant scheme for 2021
The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, today announced that €40 million is being made available in 2021 under a new round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).
The SCEP is the government’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country.
The programme funds:
- natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)
- Energy Efficient Floodlighting
- artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas
- security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts
- hurling walls / handball alleys
- building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets
- building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms
- non-personal sports equipment
- limited COVID-19 related works/equipment
- modifications to sports facilities to reduce energy consumption
- any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance
The first step in obtaining a grant is to register on the department’s online system. Clubs can now register on the department’s online system at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.
Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from 11th December to 12th February 2021.
Further information is available on gov.ie – Ministers launch €40m sports grant scheme for 2021 (www.gov.ie) and Guide to Making an Application
Social Enterprise Development Fund 2021
The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million Fund being delivered from 2018 – 2022. The fund was created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Dormant Accounts Fund. IPB Insurance is an Irish-owned general insurance company which protects and supports their local authority members and their communities across Ireland.
The Community Water Development Fund for 2021
The Community Water Development Fund for 2021 was officially launched a few days ago. First developed in 2018, the fund has increased steadily and for 2021 will total €360,000.
The fund is administered Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) and is designed to encourage and support local communities to engage in the delivery of local projects and initiatives to address the major issues of water quality, biodiversity loss and climate change. The Fund is open to all community and voluntary groups.
Full details of the 2021 Open Call, including the guidelines, are available at http://watersandcommunities.ie/community-water-development-fund/.
Projects can include 1. Capital projects, 2. Awareness raising and information initiatives and 3. Community benefit and amenity type projects. Grants may range from €500 to €25,000.
The closing date for receipt of applications is the 9th February 2021. If you require any help or assistance, including support in unpacking project ideas or plans, please do not hesitate to make contact.
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021 have announced a fund to support various events that might take place in the first two weeks of March – see https://snag.ie/en/fund/
According to https://cnag.ie/en/news/1392-04112020.html, between €2,500 to €5,000 will be awarded to some 30 selected submissions. The closing date is 29th January – but it might be of interest to some of your groups and contacts if they don’t know about it already
Public Service Announcements, Training and Upcoming Local Events
Couch to 3km
Tipperary Sports Partnership in partnership with Tipp Fm have launched a free Couch to 3k Podcast supported by Tipperary County Council and Sport Ireland. It was launched yesterday on Tipp FM with Fran Curry taking on the Challenge of doing the 6 week Podcast.
Week 1 is now available for download by clicking on link https://www.tipperarysports.ie/content/couch-to-3k-podcast.
Would you like to avail of training to set-up and coordinate a befriending service?
Would you like to upskill your existing and new volunteers to provide telephone and visitation training? ALONE has a suite of training options for services looking to set-up and coordinate a befriending service in Ireland.
This is an initiative of ALONE and Local Community Development Committees supported by Sláintecare.
Training is completely free of charge. If you are interested in availing of training, please contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org
turn2me provides a safe, anonymous and confidential space for young people and adults in Ireland seeking support with their mental health and wellbeing 24/7. turn2me breaks down the barriers to access by combining innovative, custom-built technology, superb clinical expertise and a deep understanding of the needs, online behaviours and health outcomes of those who are seeking support. Visit www.turn2me.ie for more information.
Please see the Turn2Me and the link below will take you to “It Doesn’t Matter” the short film that recently formed part of the First Fortnight Empowered Voices event. https://turn2me.ie/post/a-powerful-short-film-about-traveller-mental-health
Online Counselling now available at the Traveller Counselling service
In response to the current Covid19 crisis the Traveller counselling service are now offering online counselling to members of the Traveller community who feel they would like to talk to a counsellor, this can be for one session or a number of sessions. These counselling sessions are one to one, are safe, confidential, and free of charge. At present we only provide counselling to people who are over 18 years
Anyone who wishes to have a counselling session can to click on the link below and follow the steps.
- Click on a counsellor of your choice
- Leave your name and number
- Tick the term of service box
- The counsellor will get in touch with you to arrange a time for an online counselling session and will send you a link to click on at the time agreed for your online session.
Or you can go to our website www.travellercounselling.ie
If you have a problem linking in, you can call our counselling support line 0863081476
the Traveller online counselling service is not an emergency service and cannot respond to a person in crisis. Please refer to one of the following support services if needed:
- Samaritans – 116 123
- Pieta House – 180 247 247 or text HELP to 51444
- Your Mental Health Information: 1800 742 444
- GP or Out of Hours GP
- Get in touch with your local Traveller organisation
MENSCAPE fortnightly Online Peer Group and Support Group
The MenScape group was created in Feb 2020 by published author and public speaker Carl J Ashley. The group is about sharing ideas and information, and is mostly, but not exclusively, aimed at guys who have experienced grief, loss, bereavement, separation, divorce, addiction and depression.
Although we are there to listen to one another, and provide support, it is more of a peer group than a support group. The format of our fortnightly meetings is open forum where we all have a platform to talk openly without judgement or interruption, and then interact freely as we would if we were sitting together at a table in a pub.
During 2020, there have been many occasions where the public were advised to stay home, and restaurants, churches, pubs and places where people could meet together, were all closed down, impacting upon the social and human need for connection. Thus, the idea behind MenScape was to function as a ‘digital pub’, where we can meet and chat online, without breaking the regulations and restrictions imposed by government on the people.
The group has not been actively marketed to date, and relies on personal invitations, but with further lockdowns and mental health awareness coming to the fore, it would do no harm to share the group to a wider audience. If you would like to join us and see what it’s all about, email me on email@example.com
We created a WhatsApp group, and post up the link to the meeting on Zoom. Despite one or two technologically induced hiccups, it has gone well and the format is simple and engaging, for those with the time and intention to contribute. Member from Canada, Spain, Ireland and the UK are involved and because it is online, location does not restrict us.
There is no pressure to join. Members of the group are free to contribute in the whatsapp group or come online if they are available. We all have busy lives and some can contribute more than others. It has been a pleasure to host the group for the last nine months and we have had some very interesting meetings!
Irish National Opera is looking to work with young people between 14 -18 years to help create community opera
Irish National Opera (INO) is currently developing the world’s first virtual reality community opera. As part of this project, INO currently looking for 14-18 year old from across Ireland to take part in a series of online workshops, the first of which is a four week creative writing series with Dave Lordan.
The series is free of charge and is the beginning of much more co-creation activity as part of this project. I’d be grateful if you can share this with any young people or contacts who you think may be interested.
Information on the workshop can be found here: https://www.irishnationalopera.ie/news/2021/creative-writing-workshops-with-david-lordan
Child Abuse: Recognise & Report
As we restrict our movements again in this third lockdown, children are once again less visible to those professionals who seek to support and protect them – Social isolation due to COVID- 19 makes it harder for authorities to identify child abuse cases. That ‘s why it ‘s important for essential workers with potential access to family homes to be able to recognise signs of abuse and know where to report their concerns.
Types of abuse include Neglect, Physical, Emotional and Sexual
When should you report abuse when:
- You witness an incident/sign (outlined above) consistent with abuse
- A child says or indicates in some other way that they have been abused
- An adult or child admits that they have committed abuse
- Another person shares that they have witnessed or know about a child being abused
How should you report abuse when:
- You can report your concerns in person, by phone, or by email to the local Tusla Children and Family Services centre in the area where the child lives.
- You can choose to keep your report anonymous.
- You should contact Tusla even if you’re unsure about reporting; they will talk to you and decide what to do.
- If a child is in immediate danger, contact the Gardaí at 112/999 or www.garda.ie
For more information visit www.tusla.ie or see this attached flyer
Get reading with Ireland Reads
Ireland Reads is a new campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading on Thursday, February 25th.
Tipperary County Council Library Service have teamed up with libraries nationwide, publishers, booksellers, authors and others for the campaign, which is part of the government’s Keep Well initiative and aims to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for wellbeing and enjoyment.
You can get involved by pledging to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day, Thursday, February 25th. A new website www.irelandreads.ie has been set up where people can pledge reading time and see how much time has been pledged by the Irish public so far.
Not sure what to read? No problem!
The Ireland Reads website also offers book recommendations suited to your interests and the time you have available. There are more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country.
Simply enter your favourite type of book and how long you would like to read each day and the website will offer a suitable book suggestion and work out how long it will take to complete – a couch to 5k for books!
While libraries are not currently open for browsing or borrowing due to Covid restrictions, library members can use the library Borrowbox service online and choose from more than 44,000 eBooks and 33,000 eAudiobooks.
Join us for story time every day, listen to our podcasts about book recommendations and local history tales, and read what kids in Tipperary are reading today! Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
LGBT+ Health South Tipperary support groups are back via Zoom
- Coffee + Chat is back via Zoom for the LGBT community and friends to meet for a coffee and chat and make new friends 11:30 -12:30 Bi-weekly
- Transgender adult group last thursday of month 7:30 -9:00 pm online
- Lesbian gay bisexual and adult group 2nd Wednesday of the month 7-9pm online
- LGBT+ parent guardian info/support group-support and information or parent and guardians of LGBT+ children and youth first Wednesday of the month 7:00 – 8:30 pm online
- One 2 one support and chat is back if you are LGBT+ and need support or a friendly chat in a safe place and welcoming environment where confidentiality is assured get in contact now
Please contact Gerard for more info or to join a group email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/whatsapp 085 854 1514
Bike Like Me Online Training Programmes
As part of the Bike Like Me campaign, Cycling Ireland is excited to offer four programmes for women and girls, catering for both the beginner and intermediate riders. The programmes have been designed by Cycling Ireland Coach, Jamie Blanchfield of Premier Endurance.
Beginner Girls (age 12 – 17)
When: Monday 8th Feb – Monday 29th March
Time: 6pm – 6.50pm
Where: via Zoom (you will receive the link on the day of each session)
Who is this suitable for? This programme is designed to give you an introduction to our wonderful sport from all aspects including, specific sessions, skills and knowledge that will help you become a better bike rider! Learning is the focal point of this programme!
How do I sign up? https://eventmaster.ie/event/pGKBcvyTyo
Intermediate Girls (age 12 – 17)
When: Wednesday 10th Feb – Wednesday 31st March
Time: 6pm – 6.50pm
Where: via Zoom (you will receive the link on the day of each session)
Who is this suitable for? This programme is designed to improve on specific skills and knowledge you may already have, which will help you become a better bike rider! Learning is the focal point of this programme!
How do I sign up? https://eventmaster.ie/event/yKo4TP0SVy
Free to Cycling Ireland Members.
€10 for non-Cycling Ireland members.
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SHEP Free online courses
- Men’s Wellbeing Mondays evenings starting 22nd February to 26th April 2021 7pm to 9:30pm
- Seasons for growth chance, loss and grief Wednesday 24th February 7pm to 9:30pm
These courses are open to everyone from all walks of life in the North Tipperary are. All training is provided by SHEP tuturors. Every welcome. No prior qualifications are needed just a willingness to be personally involved and to interact with others. Support is available prior to the course starting to get online and join into zoom.
For more information and to sign up for these course’s please contact your nearest partner organisation: North Tipperary Development company Margo 087 7180 382 or on www.ntdc.ie you can also email email@example.com
For more information on SHEP please visit https://www.socialandhealth.com/short-courses-in-the-community/
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