Healthy Clare receives €374,100 in Healthy Ireland Funding
The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan 2019-2021 was launched in March 2019 and has secured funding of €374,100.
The open call for projects took place from July to August 2019 and generated great interest. Projects were selected and funding is being awarded through the Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) which is a sub-committee of Clare County Council and made up of public and private sector representation.
Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council complimented the Department of Health for its vision in providing funding to local community and voluntary organisations in order to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of the County. He said that raising awareness within communities of the importance of looking after your health and wellbeing is the ideal place to ground the Healthy Ireland agenda and this funding supports that.
The Clare Local Community Development Committee is responsible for managing the fund which has also been welcomed by Andrew Dundas, Chairperson of the committee. He outlined how the Local Community Development Committee and the Clare Children and Young People’s Services Committee agreed to submit the joint funding application which is a welcome boost to the County and supports the implementation of the strategy objectives.
Karen Fennessy, Healthy Clare Co-ordinator with Clare County Council explained that the funding relates to three strands which include ‘Healthy Ireland’, ‘Community Mental Health’ and ‘Small Grants funding for Mental Health’. This funding will benefit many worthwhile projects being undertaken by the Community and Voluntary sector throughout Clare and it is wonderful to see the emergence of fantastic initiatives that aim to support the implementation of the strategy and the ethos of a Healthy Clare.
Some of the projects being funded relate to:-
- Building healthy minds, reaching many of the target groups county-wide
- Prevention and recovery projects engaging people who are in recovery and those at risk of drug & alcohol related harm
- Fitness and wellbeing for all through the lifespan
- Athletics for children with disabilities
- Social Health Education Programmes for Mental Well-being (empowering people to help themselves)
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The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan can be viewed at:
Clare PPN submission to Clare County Council’s Draft Corporate Plan 2019 – 2024
Novemeber 12th 2019
Clare County Council recently opened their Draft Corporate Plan to the public for submissions. Clare PPN made a submission on Friday 8th November to the strategy on behalf of our representatives and member groups which was based on our recent submissions to other such strategies and plans. We also organised a questionnaire online to help members of the public comment and input into the strategy. The submission attached below contains both of the above elements. We look forward to hearing from Clare County Council in relation to the submission. Many thanks to all our members who contributed to the submission. You can read our submission here: Clare PPN Submission to Clare County Councils Draft Corporate Plan 2019- 2024
Date of meeting:
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?
Having Climate and Biodiversity as a standing order on the agenda as is promised for SPCs.
Main topics discussed at the meeting:
List any decisions made at the meeting:
NOT to add climate and biodiversity as a standing order on the agenda. Climate proofing funding applications.
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?
Wake the government up to climate change and biodiversity loss
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It might be summer but the Community and Voluntary Groups around Clare are still busy. You will find news in here of funding, local consultations, PPN News, and events and training taking place in Clare- just click the link below:
Clare PPN July Newsletter 2019
Nominations are now open for Clare PPN representatives on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) of Clare County Council.
The following Clare PPN representative positions are up for election:
- Community & Voluntary pillar rep x 2
- Social Inclusion pillar rep x 1
- Environment pillar rep x 1
Member groups from each pillar (community & voluntary, social inclusion or environment) can nominate one candidate for that particular pillar representative position and a vote will be held for each pillar. Only groups which were members on 28th May 2019 can nominate a candidate. If you are not sure which pillar your group belongs to please contact: email@example.com
The successful candidate will be required attend six LCDC meeting per year (plus a brief pre-meeting on the same day at Clare PPN), four Clare PPN plenary meetings per year and the occasional pillar group meeting. Feedback after each LCDC meeting will also be required. Clare PPN is now in a position to provide significant support for anyone who decides to take on this rewarding position.
The LCDC is very important (see below) and needs a strong voice from the community & voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in the county.
For a nomination form please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations close at 5.30pm on Friday 7th June
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
- Explore and pursue opportunities for additional funding resources for the area, whether Exchequer, EU, private or other sources
- Overseeing the 6 year long Local Economic and Community Plan
LCDC publishes Clare Survey findings
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The Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) has published findings of a new survey of more than 1,000 adults across Clare focusing on the county’s health, well-being and quality of life.
The Clare Survey, a strategic action of the Local Economic and Community Plan, will be used by Clare County Council to strengthen national funding applications such as the Rural and Urban Regeneration Funds and to direct resources to those areas of the county most in need. The survey will also be utilised as a benchmark to measure progress for strategies such as Local Economic and Community Plan and the Healthy Clare Strategy. Clare County Council says the localised information contained in the survey results will complement data available under the Census and the Survey of Income and Living Conditions.
The survey, which was conducted by independent market research agency Behaviour and Attitudes Ltd. in late 2018, explored topics such as Education, Employment Status, Health & Well-being, Attitudes to Mental Health, Social Engagement, Technology and Transport.
The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is a subcommittee of Clare County Council and includes representatives from Clare Public Participation Network, local state agencies, the community voluntary sector as well as other local development and interest groups. The LCDC has prepared and oversees the implementation of the community elements of the Local Economic and Community Development Plan (LECP) which is a 6 year strategy for the county. The committee also developed the Healthy Clare Strategy and manages the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) for Clare. In addition funding programmes such as the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Community Enhancement Programme are overseen by the LCDC committee.