Help us imagine a better Clare for future generations
Fill out our short ‘Vision for Community Wellbeing’ survey about what your area needs – and you could win a prize for you or your organisation
How can we make Co Clare the best it can be for this and future generations? We want to hear what your vision is for a community in which all people can thrive. Complete our short survey for a chance to be one of four winners of a €100 voucher or a €500 for an organisation.
Here at Clare PPN we are excited to be undertaking a really important project – we want to hear the views of people and groups from across the county to produce a Vision for Community Wellbeing. This will be a kind of proclamation for Co Clare, setting out our shared vision for the kind of community we want to live in, a document that will guide us when we engage with the local and national policies and plans that affect all our lives.
You can play a key role in creating this vision by taking some time to think about what you value most about your area and community already, and about what your area and community needs to make it the best it can be for the many generations to come. When you’ve given it some thought we would like to invite you to take a few minutes to fill out our survey.
The survey is anonymous and confidential, although we will publish the findings and use them to inform Clare PPN’s work. However, to help encourage people to take the survey we are offering great prizes and if you would like to be in the draw for these prizes we need your email address.
Prizes: one person in each of Clare’s four Municipal Districts will win a €100 voucher for a local outlet of their choice. And one person will win our bumper prize of €500 for an organisation of their choice. You can nominate any PPN member organisation in the final question of the survey.
No one will be identifiable from any report or publication arising from the survey.
What is community wellbeing?
We often think about wellbeing in terms of good physical and mental health, but it can also describe the wider conditions we need as individuals and communities to have a better quality of life, a healthier environment and increased prosperity. Some of these are things we can easily measure, such as the number of pre-school places, or how quickly an ambulance can get to a sick person. Others are less easily measured, such as our pride of place, our heritage and the way in which we all look after each other. All aspects of community wellbeing are interconnected and that’s why our survey includes questions on a variety of topics. For example, if our natural environment is poor, it can affect our mental and physical health as well as our economy.
Why is the Vision for Community Wellbeing important?
The Vision for Community Wellbeing will set out the hopes and aspirations of people in Clare and of the members of Clare PPN. It will be a written statement that we can use to base our suggestions and submissions on when we engage with local and national bodies. It can help us as the PPN to take a longer term view of how Clare might develop into the future. The PPN and all our voluntary representatives will use this Community Wellbeing Vision as their mandate and work towards having it recognised and supported by all the bodies we engage with.
By considering all aspects of society, people, the environment, economy and democracy together, wellbeing can help us to identify and prioritise positive actions that can be taken by local and national governments, as well as by communities. Communities themselves need to participate actively in setting out their shared view of what their community would be like if it were the best that it could be.
How will this process work?
We are inviting you, the people and community organisations who live in Clare, to shape this Vision for Community Wellbeing, under headings such as health, social and community development, the environment and public participation. See diagram below.
We had planned to hold public consultation workshops in each of Clare’s four Municipal Districts. However, this has not been possible, due to the Covid-19 and the restrictions it has imposed on us and so instead we are beginning the process with an online survey. After the survey is completed we will organise online meetings to discuss the results for each Municipal District and gather any further ideas from those. The results of the survey and meetings will help to create a Vision for Community Wellbeing statement for each Municipal District and one for the county as a whole.
You can help to shape the future of life in Clare by filling out our short survey about your or your organisation’s hopes and aspirations for your community:
The survey will close on Tuesday, October 6th. We look forward to hearing from you!
Statement regarding Clare Women’s Network & Clare Public Participation Network premises, Clonroad Business Park V95 N62T
Hello all. We have missed you here at the Clare Women’s Network and Clare Public Participation Network over the last six months. We hope you are well and we acknowledge that it has been a difficult time for many.
We have had to reassess how we do our work, continuing throughout the various phases of lockdown and re-opening, with the safety of our staff, volunteers and network members in mind. Initially it was done from home, with meetings, training and events moving online. This has been challenging for some but has led to increased engagement for others and we are still finding our way to ensure the best for all. For the foreseeable future our meetings, training and events will remain primarily online but staff will be returning to our shared premises on staggered basis.
In light of this varied schedule and in light of the difficulty in maintaining safety compliance due to potential close contact, the premises at Clonroad Business Park will not be open to the public on a drop-in basis. If you would like to speak to a member of staff in person it will be possible to arrange an appointment on a case-by-case basis. Please note: We are still contactable as before by phone, by email and through our social media.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you good health in the coming months and we hope to engage with you even more than before.
Clare PPN submission to Minister Pippa Hackett’s ‘Forestry Bill’
On July 31st, 2020, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Pippa Hackett, opened a short public consultation process in relation to the Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020, also known as the ‘Forestry Bill’. The deadline for submissions was Friday, August 28th.
If passed, the Bill would significantly reduce the ability of members of the public and environmental NGOs to appeal the granting of forestry licences and other forestry-related decisions. It also proposes to introduce fees for making appeals.
Clare PPN made a submission in relation to this Bill, based on input from members of our Environmental College and of the Clare Environmental Network. A copy of our submission is available at this link:
Clare PPN submission on the Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020
‘Irish Cultural Heritage through an International Lens’
On Tuesday 18th August, Clare PPN got some local musicians and singers together to chat about musical culture and share their favourite songs for National Heritage Week 2020. We won’t give the game away too much if you missed it first time around. Click HERE for access to a recording of the get together. Thank you to Congella McGuire, Clare County Council Heritage Officer, for her encouragement and support.
Clare PPN welcomes new LCDC representatives
At the end of June, we put out a notice of election for vacant positions on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) of Clare County Council. The LCDC comprises Council officials, elected Councillors and various business and community representatives. Among other things, the LCDC has the job of developing and overseeing the community elements of the six-year Local Economic and Community Plan.
We were thrilled with the nominations we got from social inclusion groups and environmental groups across the county and we are delighted to announce the following successful candidates.
Cornelia Wahli of Clare Environmental Network has been elected to the LCDC to represent the Environmental college of Clare PPN. Cornelia has a background in education and permaculture design. On the LCDC, she would like to be a voice for the natural world, a healthy and nurturing environment capable of feeding and supporting humans as well as fauna and flora, with sustainable development a core value. For more information, click HERE.
Dermot Hayes of Clare Leader Forum has been elected to the LCDC to represent the Social Inclusion college of Clare PPN. Dermot brings a wealth of experience to the role, having spent decades advocating for people with disabilities. His passion for human rights includes the issues faced by asylum seekers and the Traveller community. For more information, click HERE.
Click HERE to view all current PPN Representatives on the LCDC.
Clare PPN welcomes new Secretariat members.
At the end of June, we put out a notice of election for various positions on the Clare PPN secretariat. The Secretariat manages the activities of the Clare PPN at a County level. The members of this group are independent of the County Council and are elected by the members of the PPN. Every group that joins the PPN has a vote and is able to nominate candidates for these and other positions. We were thrilled with the nominations we got from community groups, social inclusion groups and environmental groups across the county this time around and we are excited to announce the following successful candidates:
Dermot Hayes of Clare Leader Forum was elected to the Secretariat to represent Ennis Municipal District. Dermot brings a wealth of experience to the role with decades of experience in activism and advocacy for people with disabilities. He passion for human rights includes the issues faced by asylum seekers and the Traveller community. For more information, click HERE
Kay Murphy of Shannon Active Retirement was elected to represent Shannon Municipal District. Kay brings excellent organisation skills and energy to the role as befitting her position as National President of Active Retirement Ireland. A founding member of Obair Newmarket on Fergus, she is a doer with a passion for social inclusion. For more information, click HERE
Monica McKenna of West Clare Mental Health was elected to represent to community and voluntary sector. Monica is a community worker who is passionate in working for social justice and equality. Monica is an active member of a number of groups including West Clare Mental Health Association. For more information, click HERE
Elaine D’Alton of Clare Women’s Network was elected to represent social inclusion. Elaine is the coordinator of the Clare Women’s Network, which is part of the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN). She believes that representation specifically pertaining to the needs of women is an imperative. For more information, click HERE
Clare PPN would like to welcome each and every one of you and we look forward to working with you in representing the people of Clare.
Click HERE to view all current Secretariat members