Not very festive notices of funding and consultation deadlines happening soon!

Every year just as community groups finish up for their Christmas break their email inboxes suddenly start filling up with vital short notice funding opportunities and really important consultations that have deadlines that could easily be missed if people are off on holidays. Well this year is no different – we apologise for clogging your inbox with non festive news, but we don’t want our groups to miss out. Please click below for some important notices with deadlines in December 2019 and January 2020.  Wishing you all the happiest of Christmas seasons.

Clare PPN Notices for members December 2019

Clare PPN calls for support for the National Platform of Self Advocates

Ireland’s only independent organisation run by people with intellectual disabilities ‘The National Platform of Self Advocates’ is facing closure in January 2020 due to a lack of funds. Clare PPN has contacted the Minister for Justice and Equality calling for him to step in and provide secure sustainable funding for this invaluable organisation. The rights of people with intellectual disabilities are human rights and as such require the state to progressively realises these rights as it agreed when Ireland signed and then ratified the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) You can read our letter to Minister Charlie Flanagan here:  Clare PPN Calls for support for National Platform of Self Advocates

Coffee, Cake and Community – Clare PPN Migrant Forum Meeting

Coffee, Cake and Community: Clare PPN Migrant Forum Meeting  Wednesday 4th December @7PM

Have you come to live in Clare from another country? Would you be interested in getting more involved and having your voice heard in the community and local government in Clare.

Would you appreciate the opportunity to meet and mingle with other community groups in the county or to stand for election for the community positions Clare PPN is responsible for filling? If so please come to our first meeting on Wednesday 4th  December 2019 at in Clare PPN offices, Clonroad Business Park, Clonroad, Ennis.

This will be a friendly and informal meeting and refreshments will be served. (We’re planning on Cake…)

What is this meeting about?

Clare PPN would like to see whether there is interest from people who have migrated to Clare in us setting up and supporting a Migrant Forum in the County. The purpose of this migrant forum would be to ensure that Clare PPN is fully aware of the issues, opportunities and challenges faced by people who have moved here from different countries and cultures and that we can bring that to bear on all our submissions and work on the Committees of Clare County Council. We would like to ensure that all the diverse people of Clare are aware of our work and know that we invite and value their participation. We want to make sure that when we hold our elections on to Clare County Councils’ Committees and to our own board of management that people from the newer communities here know about them and have the information they need to participate fully. If there is interest in setting up a migrant forum in Clare we’d be happy to support it and also to see it grow and take on its own plans and agenda into the future.

What is Clare PPN?

Clare PPN is a network of 287 community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups based in County Clare. It exists to facilitate the formal participation by the community groups in Clare County Council’s decision making structures and in national and EU consultations where that is appropriate. It is funded jointly by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Clare County Council but is autonomous and its activities are directed by its members through an elected secretariat.

Clare PPN Submission on Clare Co Co’s Draft Corporate Plan 2019- 2024

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

Traveller Primary Health Care/Clare PPN notes on Traveller Accommodation

Notes from Consultation on Clare’s Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme

On July 31st Clare PPN consulted with workers from Clare’s Traveller Primary Health Care Project regarding Clare County Council’s Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme for 2019- 2024 which is due to be put before Clare County Council on September 9th. In the consultation the workers determined that to restrict their comments only to the Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme 2019- 2024 would not best serve the Traveller Community in Clare as they feel strongly that it fails to plan adequately for the current and future situation. As a result they put forward their suggestions on Traveller Accommodation generally and have asked us to compile the following notes from the session and forward them to the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, to the Chief Commissioner at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and to the Director of Social Development and the Senior Officer with responsibility for Housing in Clare County Council.

You can read the notes here Notes on Traveller Accommodation in Clare PHCP PPN August 26th 2019