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Calling All Groups in Dungarvan/Lismore Area   

Please join us at the first of our countywide workshops where we ask you to help us develop a Vision for Community Wellbeing for your area by telling us what your community needs for it to be as great as it can be for us to live in and generations to come.

Tuesday 25th February
Park Hotel
6.30-9.00 pm

Your contributions are important as they will form the Vision for your Community Wellbeing Statement and act as a benchmark for PPN Representatives to feed into policy decisions and planning activities and will provide a roadmap to PPN representatives on the various local authority committees to ensure that the needs of your individual communities are reflected in the work of these committees.

Although we often think about Wellbeing in terms of good physical and mental health, it can also describe the wider conditions we need as individuals and communities to have a better quality of life, healthier environment and increased prosperity.

The vision will also be help your communities when making strategic plans and can also serve as a reference when someone looks for votes in the future. Book your place HERE

Waterford PPN Reps Vacancies – Closing 14th February 

Waterford PPN are looking for fill the following vacancies and welcome expressions of interest from members of PPN groups who may be interested.  John Hawkes, Programmes Coordinator will be happy to provide further background information on the posts and discuss what is involved.  John can be contact on 0879809985 or jhawkes@waterfordcouncil.ie

PPN Secretariat  – 2 x Vacancies

1 x Community & Voluntary Rep

1 x Comeragh MD Rep

The PPN Secretariat is an administrative body. It is a flat structure, meaning there are no officers. It is the point of contact between the community & Waterford City & County Council and represents the 700+ PPN member groups in Waterford.

As Secretariat Rep you will:

  • Work as a team with the other PPN reps on the Secretariat
  • Sub committee roles, ie; HR/Finance/Awards
  • Coordinate and facilitate the day to day management of the PPN including the Staffing and budgets.
  • Implement the decisions of the Plenary (all PPN members)
  • Ensure the proper functioning of the PPN
  • Report back to the Plenary on developments/issues.

Planning & Corporate SPC  – Community & Voluntary Rep 

Attend three to four meetings a year during the working day, meetings alternate between Dungarvan and Waterford. As an SPC Rep you will:

  • Work as a team with the other PPN reps on the SPC
  • Reflect views/policies as agreed by the pillar
  • Report back on developments/issues FURTHER DETAILS

Migrant Integration Strategy 

This role is to help set up and implement a Strategy for the Waterford Migrant Forum. The Waterford Local & Community Development Committee (LCDC) along with partner agencies, are preparing a three-year strategy to promote the integration of migrants who live and work in our city and county.  The purpose of the strategy is to make Waterford a more welcoming and inclusive place, and to eliminate all forms of prejudice and intolerance. Meetings tend to be in Waterford and during the working day.

Traveller Interagency Group 

Looking for a PPN representative to sit in this group. The Waterford Traveller Interagency Group aims to find ways of securing better outcomes for Travellers and improve the use of resources allocated across Government departments for Traveller-specific measures. Meetings take place in Kilmacthomas during the working week and are usually quarterly.


Meeting Reports

Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) meeting – January 2020

Environment, Biodiversity & Climate Change SPC Meeting – January, 2020

Reps reports can be found on our website HERE 

Whats Happening in your Community


Understanding Governance and the Board’s role – Trustee/Director Training Dates: 19th, 26th February

This training provides a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of not-for-profit board directors/charity trustees and is tailored towards prospective, new, and existing board trustees/directors looking to strengthen their role on the Board. To book contact tel; 05845054 or for further information email info@dungarvanchamber.ie.

St. Declan’s Way 

2020 is the year when the 104km long St. Declan’s Way Pilgrim Path from Cashel to Ardmore comes into its own. This year covers the path in five stages again, beginning on April 11th (Holy Saturday) in conjunction with the Pilgrim Paths Festival 2020. Stages are approximately 20 km each, run on the second Saturday of the month further details Website

Waterford Social Prescribing Service

Would you like to try something new? Meet new people and improve your confidence? Take up a new hobby? Need support but not sure where to go?

The Waterford Social Prescribing Service is a new free support that aims to reduce social isolation and improve people’s health and wellbeing. They can give you information on social groups, exercise classes, relaxation sessions, volunteering opportunities, support services and much more all in your local area. Further Details

Dungarvan Country Market
Every Friday from 9:30-1:30 the Causeway Tennis & Bowls Club, Abbeyside Dungarvan.



DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Grants – Closing 5th February
The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is able to reach directly into communities and offer help where it is needed, as a funder to smaller charities and organisations that may be otherwise overlooked. Further DetailsCulture Ireland Grants – Closing 13th February
Culture Ireland promotes Irish arts worldwide. They create and support opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues. Further DetailsThe Arts Council – Young Ensembles Scheme – Closing 13th February
The primary purpose of the Young Ensembles Scheme is to support groups of young people between the ages of ten and twenty-four to create or critically engage with ambitious and original work together in any art form (e.g. circus, street art, spectacle, dance, digital media, film, music, theater, literature, visual arts, architecture, or any combination of the above) Further Details

Social Innovation Ability to Work Fund – Closing 14th February
The Ability to Work Fund will support not-for-profit organisations to empower more people with disabilities to gain employment. A disability might be a physical or intellectual disability, a learning disability, or a disability due to traumatic brain injury or a mental health condition. Further Details

Erasmus+ Programme: 2014 – 2020 – Closing 20th February
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014 to 2020. It provides funding and support for organisations to operate projects consistent with its objectives and which encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Further Details for Erasmus programme.

The Housing Agency: Research Support Programme – Closing 24th February

The support the Agency provides to researchers may also be varied, from financial support to access to data in a user-friendly format. Financial support is available for a range of research / research support activities. This can include but is not limited to: primary research involving fieldwork, secondary data analysis, literature reviews or research dissemination such as hosting a conference or seminar. Region: Nationwide Further Details

Supporting Communities Fund Waterford – Closing 28th February

Waterford City & County Council is committed to encouraging communities and empowering residents to make a difference to their areas. To support this, the Council is inviting applications to its Supporting Communities Fund 2020. The Supporting Communities Fund provides grant aid assistance to Residents Associations, Community Groups, Sports Clubs and other groups/committees engaged in community activity, providing community services or carrying out improvement works at local or county level. Criteria and Application Forms HERE

Rural Regeneration and Development Fund – Closing 28th February

The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is a commitment of €1 billion by government to be invested in rural Ireland over the period 2019 to 2027.

The purpose of the fund is to support job creation in rural areas, address de-population of rural communities and support improvements in our towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000, and outlying areas. Further Details

Social Innovation Fund Ireland: Social Enterprise Development Fund – Closing 6th March

The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million Fund which will be delivered over four years: 2018 – 2022. The fund was created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The objective of the Fund is to find and back social enterprises that add to the social and economic fabric of their community by way of social impact. Further Details

Our World Irish Aid Awards, 2020 – Submission 3rd April

2020 marks the 15th year of the Our World Irish Aid Award. The anniversary theme, ‘A Better World,’ invites primary teachers and pupils to learn about the Global Goals and the work supported by Irish Aid, Ireland’s official international development programme. Further Details

Europe for Citizens Programme

The full list of funding deadlines is as follows:

· Town Twinning: 3rd February 2020

· Network of Towns: 2nd March 2020

· European Remembrance: 3rd February 2020 . Further Info

Rural and Community Development Funding

Some of the funding available from Dept of Rural & Community Development include:

Rural Regeneration & Development Fund
Community Enhancement Programme
Town & VIllage Renewal Scheme
Tidy Towns
Seniors Alert Scheme
See full list on Funding booklet available HERE

Job Vacancies

Brothers of Charity Services Ireland – Perm PT Social Care Worker – Closing 7th February 




PERMANENT FULL TIME TEAM LEADER (CNM2 Grade), Comeragh Services  Further Details

Children’s Group Link: Finance Administrator & Project Workers (Part-Time) – Closing 12th February 

Children’s Group Link is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered charity based in Waterford City. Further Details

Full List of Local and National employment and volunteering opportunities below:

Volunteering- Click HERE

Employment – Click HERE

Additional Resources – Click HERE


Non-Profit Insurance & Finance Loans

Community Finance/Loans -Community Finance (Ireland), is a Charity who can provide loans to community groups/organisations. For more info contact Barry Symes, Client Relationship Executive, Tel: +353 (0) 41 6858637 Mob: +353 (0) 86 1422720 web: Community Finance

BHP Insurance –BHP Insurance has been providing insurance solutions for the Not for Profit sector since 1998. Since then, BHP has partnered with the PPNs and been the preferred broker for many Umbrella bodies and National Organisations providing Tailored products. Click HERE for further details and mention that you are a member of Waterford PPN.

Fingal Insurance Non – Profit OrganisationsFingal Insurance Brokers Ltd are specialist insurance brokers for Charities, Voluntary Sector, Not-for Profit groups, community groups, Community Interest Companies and social enterprises. Click HERE for further details

JLT Insurance JLT is one of the world’s largest providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. Click HERE for further details

Helpful Resources


HSE Fair Deal
What is Fair Deal? Fair Deal (Nursing Homes Support Scheme – NHSS) provides financial support to people who require long term residential care. The person
contributes towards the cost of their care and the HSE pays the balance Further Details Governance Podcasts – Expiry 18th FebruaryCarmichael have released three more podcasts in its Governance Podcast Series.  These 3 new episodes and all our previous Carmichael podcasts are available from most podcast platforms – Soundcloud, Apple, Spotify. Region: Online Further details

Fusion Training & Development: Ongoing courses in Group Facilitation, Train the Trainer & Conflict Management – Closing 21st February

Fusion Training offer QQI certified programmes in Facilitation, Train the Trainer, Conflict Management and Wellbeing & Flourishing. Further Details

Applications Open for the Law Society’s Certificate in Charity Law – Closing 27th February 

Knowing and understanding the law around charity and voluntary work is essential to good management structures and to ensuring that your organisation continues to thrive while at the same time remaining compliant with the regulations. Further Details

HMI: Bullying & Harassment Training for All online course, Closing 29th February  

This course looks at how employers and employees can avoid the problem of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace. Further Details

Barnardos Training Events Spring 2020 – Closing 23rd March

Courses include: Children First Training, Designated Liaison Person Training & Making the Most of Supervision (3 day course for Supervisors). Further Details

Plan your training with HMI in 2020 – Expiry 13th March

Training schedule for Spring 2020 with an exciting mix of face-to-face, blended and online courses. With all HMI training courses, you can be sure of high quality, expert facilitators and good value. Further Details

Irish Heart Foundation, Free CPR Training in one hour – Expiry 31st March

If your family member, work colleague or friend suddenly collapsed, would you know what to do? The Irish Heart Foundation is running an easy and FREE Hands for Life CPR Course which is very kindly sponsored by Abbott and ESB Networks. Further Details

Volunteers Needed in WATERFORD – Aware

Did you Know? Just a few hours of your time each week can really make a difference in someone else’s life. People with depression need Aware and Aware Needs You! Volunteer today it will make a difference to somebody’s tomorrow.

Further Details

National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

NAS is a free, independent and confidential service fully funded by the Citizens Information Board. NAS provides advocacy to people with disabilities over the age of 18. With 34 professional advocates around the country, who work directly with individuals to help ensure their voices are heard when decisions are being taken that affect their lives. Further information

Technology donations from Microsoft, Adobe and Google

ENCLUDE, are an award-winning Irish charity who work to bring technology donations and solutions to Irish charities so that they can maximise their impact

Further Info

Get Community Alerts for your Area

MapAlerter is a free service that lets you receive alerts from Waterford City & County Council by SMS, Email, App, Facebook Messenger and Social Media

Types of alerts include: Roadworks/Closures, Traffic Alerts, Planning & Development, Bridge Lifts, Weather Alerts, Flooding, Water disruptions and general Community notices. See HERE



Irish Heart Foundation: Go Red for Women – 21st February 

The Irish Heart Foundation is calling on the public to Go Red this February and show their support for the women they love.  The Irish Heart Foundation has launched its Go Red for Women national fundraising campaign which aims to empower Irish women to look after their heart health while also raising vital funds. Further Details

The Sanctuary Runners and Irish Refugee Council team up to run for Solidarity – 21st February

Using running to bring Irish residents together with asylum seekers and refugees the movement is now in place in 18-different locations across Ireland. FURTHER INFO

Diabetes Ireland, 24 hour Ben Nevis Challenge by Night – Expiry 13th March

Join Diabetes Ireland on this unique adventure. Guided by an experienced mountain guide you will trek for 9 hours to the lofty height of 1343 (roughly 4000ft), where you will be at the highest point of the whole of the united Kingdom. Further Details

Public Consultations &  Surveys


Public Consultations

Government Public consultations HERE

Public consultation on Culture 2025 Click HERE

Waterford City & County Council consultations

The Community Foundation for Ireland: 2019 Grants Survey – 28th February

The Community Foundation for Ireland 2019 grants survey is now open. We are asking any organisation who has applied for a grant, both successful and unsuccessful, to complete this and provide essential feedback so we can ensure best practice in grant making. This feedback from community and voluntary organisations is essential in relation to our grant making. Region: Nationwide Further Details

Register your group now