Letter from Clare PPN to Councillors regarding lack of services for those in Emergency Accommodation

Letter from Clare PPN to Councillors regarding lack of services for those in emergency accommodation in Clare.

Mary O’Donoghue is one of Clare PPN’s social inclusion representatives on Clare’s Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). At the LCDC meeting of October 10th she raised the issue of the lack of available services for people in emergency accommodation in Clare. She has followed this up by sending the letter below to all Councillors on our behalf.

October 25th 2018

Dear Councillor,

It has been brought to the attention of the staff and representatives of Clare PPN on several occasions recently that there are no services available in County Clare for those who are in emergency accommodation in hotel rooms and bed and breakfasts. Clare PPN is aware and supportive of plans to open a family hub in Ennis but understands that the earliest this development is likely to be available is February 2019.

Clare PPN would like to draw it to the attention of the LCDC and all Councillors in Clare that there is an urgent and immediate need for the provision of a hot nutritious meal on a daily basis for the adults and children living in hotels and bed and breakfasts in an accessible venue or delivered to them in their accommodation. There is also a need for a laundry and clothes drying service to be made available for them.

Clare PPN believes that families should not have to be in B&B or hotel accommodation on any long term basis but is calling on the Council and the LCDC to ensure that it does all it can to ensure that whilst this situation continues the provision of laundry and hot meals should be looked at as a basic minimum necessity for the well-being of those in this situation and provided for as soon as possible.

Please may I take this opportunity to ask you to do all you can to ensure that such services are put in place and that Clare County Council take responsibility for making it happen.

Many thanks,

Mary O’Donoghue

LCDC Social Inclusion Representative

Phone: 086 404 3152

LCDC 16th May 2018

Q1

Representative Name

Cillian Murphy

Q2
Committee Name

LCDC

Q3
Date of meeting:
  • Date / Time05/16/2018
Q4
Your college
  • Community & Voluntary
Q5
Municipal District
Respondent skipped this question
Q6
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

No

Q7
Main topics discussed at the meeting:

Minutes of meeting of the 8th February 2018 and matters arising (attached) 2. Healthy Ireland Fund Applications 3. Healthy Clare Strategy 4. LECP Reporting Update and revised strategic actions for agreement 5. Longitudinal Survey on Health, Wellbeing and Quality of Life (Action q4.1 LECP)

Q8
List any decisions made at the meeting:

• Healthy Ireland fund applications recommended for approval. Recommendation that unsuccessful applicants would be informed as to how to improve their application in the future. •Presentation on Healthy Clare strategy , will be 1st at county level in Ireland. Consultants in place, process being undertaken. Expected completion end of summer 2018. •discussion on reporting and targets for LECP, was moved to sub-committee for discussion and recommendations

Q9
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?

No

Q1

Representative Name

Mary O’Donoghue

Q2
Committee Name

Local Community Development Committee

Q3
Date of meeting:
  • Date / Time05/16/2018
Q4
Your college
  • Social Inclusion
Q5
Municipal District
Respondent skipped this question
Q6
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

No

Q7
Main topics discussed at the meeting:

1. Healthy Ireland Fund Applications – subcommittee made recommendations which were accepted by committee and forwarded to Pobal for approval. 2. Healthy Clare Strategy was discussed – Steering group has been established, consultations are ongoing and interim report due in May. 3. Local Economic an Community Plan was discussed – Progress reports are being inputted onto System and currently trying to standardise these. 4. Will be carrying out a longitudinal survey on health, wellbeing and quality of life in the county – will be looking at health of county, material deprivation in the county (living conditions + income), socio-economic profile of jobless households, rural transport

Q8
List any decisions made at the meeting:

– Asked that funding criteria be sent out will all future calls for funding applications. – Asked for updates on previous funding allocations e.g. RAPID to be made available to LCDC

Q9
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?

No

Congratulations to our newly elected Representatives

The results of the recent Clare PPN Representatives elections were revealed at our plenary meeting on 14th June 2018

Congratulations to Ann Marie Flanagan who has been elected to represent the Social Inclusion Groups of Clare PPN on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee.

Congratulations also to Trudy Leyden who has been elected to represent the Community and Voluntary Groups of Clare PPN on Clare County Council’s Social Development Strategic Policy Committee which deals with housing culture and sports.

We thank all the candidates who stood for election and everyone who voted and we look forward to working with both newly elected representatives.

Candidates for a Social Inclusion representative for Local Community Development Committee

Voting is now open for a social inclusion representative on the Local Community Development Committee of Clare County Council.

Clare PPN Social Inclusion member groups and associated individuals may only cast ONE VOTE at the following link:

VOTE HERE

Voting ends at 5pm on Thursday, 14th June 2018

Aim of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC):

  • Have primary responsibility for co-ordination, governance, planning and oversight of local development spend, whether that spend is delivered by local authorities or on behalf of the state by other local development agencies and structures
  • Bring a more coherent approach to the implementation of local and community development programmes and interventions, seeking to ensure an integrated approach to local community and local development services between providers and delivery structures
  • Drive meaningful citizen and community engagement in the scoping, planning, delivery and evaluation of local and community development programmes
  • Ensure a more efficient administration of local and community programmes and delivery structures, the appropriate matching of resources to priorities and the achievement of value-for-money in the delivery and governance of programmes and the management of local delivery arrangements
  • Develop approaches that focus on learning and feedback, enhancing the links between practice and policy development, and
  • Explore and pursue opportunities for additional funding resources for the area, whether Exchequer, EU, private or other sources

 

Elaine D’Alton

The Clare Women’s Network is part of the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) and offers support for women to enhance their quality of life on an individual and group basis especially women experiencing social and economic exclusion and isolation.

I am the Project Coordinator of the Clare Women’s Network and have been nominated by CWN to go forward as the representative to LCDC. I have worked across many issues relating to feminism and gender equality in my twenty five years of experience of working within a community development setting in a variety of roles.

I am committed to addressing the many issues facing women in today’s political, social, economic and cultural landscape. I am committed to promoting and forwarding recommendations and guidance as identified by women in Clare on how best to address and rectify the obstacles and barriers to their full participation.  I believe representation specifically pertaining to the needs of women is an imperative

If you haven’t already committed your vote to a particular candidate, I ask you to bring this note to the attention of your group and give consideration to casting your vote for me. It is my intention, if elected to the secretariat, to use the Clare Public Participation Network as a vehicle to bring the concerns of women’s and other marginalised groups in the county to the forefront of the local and national policy debate.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Ann Marie Flanagan

Ann Marie is Regional Development Officer with Shine: supporting people affected by mental ill-health.

She has a Masters in Partnership studies, post grad in human services management & community development.

She is person centred and solution focused in family therapy counselling and is a regular contributor to policy discourse and publications on the rights of disabled women and men, gender and equality.

Most recently Ann Marie led a national petition and representation to government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

She is active locally and nationally on social justice and environmental protection issues and contested two local elections.

 

Karen Wise

I am 44 years old and have lived in County Clare for the last 24 years.

I have been a disability rights campaigner for some 25 years now.  I have been a party to and represented rights of people with Disabilities in courts and tribunals.  In doing so I have developed a strong network of contacts within the sector.

I am the current chair of the board of the National Council of People with Disabilities.

I have been a director of multiple Charitable and community co-operatives (many Companies Limited by Guarantee) for well over 24 years.  I was the first Honorary Secretary of Caring for Carers Ireland and as such drafted and edited the first aims and objectives.  I have been member of the Physical and sensory disability Co-Ordination committee of the then Mid-Western Health Board.

I have been on a National Disability Authority committee on standards and trained in social skills, disability, equality training and group working skills.  I have also trained in Business Management and Administration, Company Law directorship, GDPR.

Clare PPN calls for emergency plan to be put in place for roadside dwelling Travellers during weather alerts

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Clare Public Participation Network Statement:  Date: 17/10/2017 

Clare PPN calls for emergency plan to be put in place for roadside-dwelling Travellers during weather alerts.

Clare Public Participation Network’s Social Inclusion Representatives commend Clare County Council and the county’s emergency services for their swift actions and clear and frequent updates during the status red weather alert which accompanied ex hurricane Ophelia on the 15th  of October. It came to the representatives’ attention however that there had been no provisions made to ensure the safety of the members of the Traveller community who live on the roadside in temporary dwellings. People contacting the Council’s emergency number were advised that no plan was in place for roadside dwelling Travellers and that they should ‘stay put’ until the storm abated. Clare PPN calls on the Council management and on elected representatives to ensure that a contingency plan is immediately put in place for any future such weather events which would at a minimum offer temporary secure shelter to all of those who need it. Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion Representatives are concerned that a failure to do this could result in injuries or fatalities which could be prevented by advance planning and so it calls on all those responsible to take action before the winter sets in fully.

Signed:

Mary O’Donoghue, Local Community Development Committee.

Sarah Clancy, Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee.

Dermot Hayes, Social Development Strategic Policy Committee.

George Atijohn, Clare Public Participation Network Secretariat.

Damon Matthew Wise Âû, Physical Development Strategic Policy Committee.

Details: Enquiries about anything to do with Clare PPN can be directed to sarah@clareppn.ie or 087 1617375.

Notes: 

Clare PPN is a network of community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from Clare. It exists to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s decision making structures. It is funded jointly by the Department of Community and Rural Development and Clare County Council but is autonomous and its activities are directed by its members through an elected secretariat.

Clare PPN’s website is www.clareppn.ie and they are on twitter @clare_ppn and https://facebook.com/clareppn/

 

Report from Clare PPN rep Mary O’Donoghue on the Local Community Development Committee Meeting which took place on Sept 14th 2017

Report from Clare PPN Social Inclusion Representative Mary O’Donoghue on LCDC Meeting September 14th 2017.

Mary O’Donoghue represents the social inclusion college of Clare PPN on this committee.

Mary notes that it would be good to have a meeting of the Social Inclusion College of Clare PPN in advance of each LCDC meeting.

Agenda Item Main Points and Agreed Actions Note from Rep
Note – It would be good to have a social inclusion meeting prior to the LCDC meetings.
Healthy Ireland Fund

 

·         Very brief summary of applications under this fund was circulated for approval

·         Asked for Support and Capacity Building for groups applying for funding

·         Want to set up a Funding Sub-committee however this is difficult as most community reps could have conflict of interest.  Need further clarification

·         Co. Clare has signed up for Healthy County initiative which will support the National Framework and will along with CYPSE develop a plan for health and wellbeing

Note:  More and more funding programmes are being administered through LCDC yet LCDC does not have final say just a role in recommending to relevant department.  This is not a good process.
SICAP – Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (with CLDC)

 

· New SICAP is in place for 2018 – 2022

· Closing date for tenders is 29th September

Social Inclusion Sub-group to meet to evaluate tenders –  training for members of sub-group available through Pobal

I have asked that when sub-groups etc are being established through the LCDC that social inclusion representation is not just confined to myself and Dermot as we are stretched – this is being considered and I will let you all know the outcome.

The training guide to completing the individual registration form gives more info on new SICAP and worth reading – Link to document

Next Meeting

 

·         Wednesday, 8th November