Dear Members

Please see below current list of PPN representative vacancies. To express an interest or if you would like to know more about what is involved, please contact John Hawkes on jhawkes@waterfordcouncil.ie /0879809985

• Secretariat x 1
• Local Community Development Committee x 1
• Transportation & Infrastructure Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) x 1
• Environment Linkage Group x 1
• South East Region Drugs and Alcohol Task Force (SERDATF) x 1
• Social Inclusion Linkage Group x 1
• Age Friendly Alliance x 7

Secretariat
We are seeking a representative from the Community and Voluntary electoral college; the Secretariat is main coordinating PPN body, managing the Coordinators and interacting with the Local Authority; Secretariat meets (usually) every second month in the evening and there are several sub committees (eg Finance and HR).

Local Community Development Committee
A representative from the Social Inclusion electoral college; the LCDC has primary responsibility for co-ordinating, planning and overseeing local and community development funding, whether spent by local authorities or on behalf of the State by other local development bodies; the LCDC meets (usually) quarterly during working hours;
We expect the PPN representation on the LCDC to be increased and so further representative posts are likely.

Transportation & Infrastructure Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)
A representative from the Social Inclusion electoral college; the SPC is responsible for a sustainable transport policy including road safety, public lighting as well as fire services; it meets 4 times a year.

Environment Linkage Group
A representative from the environment college to work with the Programme Coordinator to manage the Environment Linkage Group; coordinate meetings once or twice a year between the environment college (and other interested PPN groups) and elected Environment representatives; meetings will enable the college to discuss policy issues and enable representatives to feedback to the linkage group.

South East Region Drugs and Alcohol Task Force (SERDATF)
One or more representatives for the SERDATF; the overall aim of SERDATF is the regional coordination of the implementation of the National Drug and Alcohol Strategy, and consultation with community interests and the inclusion of these views is an essential element of this; the PPN rep will represent all 500+ PPN member groups in the City and County and should have a knowledge and experience of the drugs and alcohol issues to enable them to play a full role on the Task Force; the rep does not have to be from a specific electoral college.

Social Inclusion Linkage Group
A representative from the Social Inclusion college to work with the Programme Coordinator to manage the SI Linkage Group; coordinate meetings once or twice a year between the SI college (and other interested PPN groups) and elected SI representatives; meetings will enable the college to discuss policy issues and enable representatives to feedback to the linkage group.

Age Friendly Alliance
We are planning to establish Older Persons Networks in each municipal district which will elect 7 PPN representatives – 2 from Dungarvan/Lismore municipal area, 2 from the Comeragh and 3 from the wider Metropolitan area;

We also expect to establish new Residents and Mental Health Linkage groups in the new year.

Kind Regards

Muriel Tobin
Information and Communications Coordinator – Waterford PPN
Civic Offices – Dungarvan – Co. Waterford – 058 21198 – 086 1723298

John Hawkes – Programmes Coordinator – Waterford PPN –
City Hall – The Mall – Waterford – 051 849597 – 087 980 9985

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