March 27th 2019 Notice of elections for four roles on Clare PPN Secretariat
Nominations are open for four positions on the Secretariat. The secretariat is a group of people elected from community and voluntary groups in Clare who manage the Public Participation Network between plenary meetings of its members. Four of our current secretariat members are due to step down and so we are opening nominations for their replacements. They have been brilliant and have brought Clare PPN from an idea to a network with 280 member groups, 2 staff and its own premises. We are looking for nominees to carry on their work of building Clare PPN into a thriving network which is inclusive and has the capacity to engage with all local government and national decision making bodies that affect the wellbeing of people’s lives in County Clare.
Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on March 27th 2019 are eligible to vote in these elections.
The secretariat must keep to the following composition:
One representative for each municipal district in the County – there are currently four municipal districts in the County – West Clare, Ennis, Killaloe & Shannon. 2 X representatives from each ‘college’ of the Clare PPN – there are three colleges in the PPN – Environmental, Social Inclusion and Community & Voluntary. Each of are member groups is a member of one of these colleges.
What are the vacancies we have at present:
2 Community and Voluntary Secretariat seats are open for the Community and Voluntary College member groups from every area of Clare to nominate and elect-. If your group is a member of the Community and Voluntary College you can nominate and vote for both of these positions. Nominees must be members of a community and voluntary group that is a member of Clare PPN and must be nominated by a Community and Voluntary group that is a member of Clare PPN. People can nominate themselves so long as that decision is agreed by their group. Every C&V member of Clare PPN can nominate one candidate for each of these two positions which means that this time C&V groups can make two nominations.
1 Environmental Secretariat seat is open only for member groups of the Environmental College to nominate and elect. Nominees for this position must be members of an Environmental member group of Clare PPN and must be nominated by an Environmental member group of Clare PPN. Each environmental member group of Clare PPN can nominate one person for this role.
1 Municipal District Seat is open to all member groups from the Shannon Municipal District to elect whatever college they are in. Nominees for this position must be a member of a Clare PPN member group from any college that has an address in the Shannon Municipal District. They must be nominated by a member group of Clare PPN with an address in the Shannon MD. Every member group of Clare PPN with an address in the Shannon MD can nominate and vote in this election.
Nominations will open March 27th and close on April 8th
How to nominate a candidate:
Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek their consent first and then must send us an email to email@example.com with the following information on or before Monday April 8th at 5.00 pm:
-Name of Community Group.
-Position number for which they are nominating a candidate.
-Name of proposed nominee(s).
-Contact details of proposed nominee- phone and email.
-A short paragraph (up to 200 words) detailing the nominees’ suitability and experience for the role- this will be shared on social media and on our website in advance of voting.
-A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.
-Clare PPN will confirm receipt of nominations by email.
Elections will then be held by survey with voting open until April 17th. These surveys will be circulated to all eligible groups via our mailing list.
*Please note that irrespective of how many groups a person is a member of, no individual may vote more than once for any single position. No individual can hold more than one secretariat position.
What is involved?
A minimum of six meetings per year held usually in Ennis
Email or phone contact for decisions in between meetings
Willingness to be a director of Clare PPN (company)
Attendance at other PPN events depending on availability and interests.
Willingness to work in a ‘flat structure’ with decisions taken by consensus or by vote
Possibility of being part of financial subgroup or staff liaison sub group
What are the benefits?
Opportunity to be a part of a growing positive movement in Clare.
Opportunity to help grow participation and civic engagement in Clare.
Opportunity to help provide valuable support to the community and voluntary sector.
Out of pocket expenses paid.
Diversity: Clare PPN is committed to working to represent all communities in Clare and as such we would especially welcome nominations to our secretariat from communities who feel under represented. We particularly welcome nominations of young and older people for any of the above roles (the majority of our representatives are between 35 and 65), members of the Travelling Community, those who might themselves experience social inclusion, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, and ethnic minority groups. All nominees who step forward will be subject to election by the relevant PPN member groups.
Clare PPN Submissions to the Draft Regional Spatial Economic Strategy, March 8th 2019
Clare PPN made one general submission to the Draft Regional Economic and Spatial Strategy and one which was drafted by our member Clare Women’s Network which dealt specifically with the position of women in relation to the Draft Strategy.
You can read both submissions here:
RSES Submission from Clare PPN March 2019
Clare PPN Clare Women’s Network Submission for Draft RSES
We wish to thank all of those who provided input to our submissions. We’ll keep an eye out for any updates and keep you posted on them.
Consultation on Review of Public Participation Network User Guide
Given the experience to date in the operation of PPNs, it is now considered necessary, by both the Department and the National Advisory Group, to review the content of the User Guide to ensure it properly captures the range of issues impacting on the operation of PPNs and is fit for purpose in terms of supporting the on-going growth and development of PPNs. Please note: This is not a review of the PPNs.
As a first step, it has been decided to consult with all stakeholders in relation to the current User Guide and obtain their views on how a future guide/handbook might assist stakeholders with a concise resource of information that informs, guides and instructs in a user friendly way that is understood by all users.
Current User Guide
Consultation document – Stakeholders
The closing date for receipt of submissions is 3pm on 30 April 2019.
Clare communities invited to take Pride of Place on national stage
Clare County Council is inviting local communities as well as project and housing estate committees to build on the county’s strong track record of success in the IPB Pride of Place Competition by putting their name forward to take part in 2019.
Clare has enjoyed considerable success in the all-island competition during recent years with main category wins for Shannon in 2018, Doonbeg in 2015 and Miltown Malbay in 2013.
The annual awards programme, which is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities North and South, aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society along with generating awareness, respect and inclusion for every facet of society.
Clare County Council is inviting expressions of interest from local communities, projects or housing estates who wish to seek nomination to the IPB Pride of Place 2019. In late April, the Local Authority will nominate one group per competition category, providing the total number nominated does not exceed five. Judging for Pride of Place 2019 takes place between June and August with winners, runners up and special award recipients receiving a trophy and a small monetary prize at an awards ceremony on 30th November in the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny.
There are twelve categories under which communities can enter. They include four themes, namely Community Wellbeing Initiative, Creative Place Initiative, Age Friendly Initiative and Community Tourism Initiative, along with five population categories for locations with less than 300 people; 300-1000 people; 1,000-2,000 people; 2,000-5,000 people and more than 5,000 people. The remaining categories are Housing Estates, Urban Neighbourhoods, and Islands and Coastal Communities.
Groups interested in being considered for nomination are asked to submit a written expression of interest, detailing their preferred Category with a one page typed summary (no more than 150 words) setting out their proposal to: Nicola Killeen, Pride of Place Coordinator, Rural and Community Department, Rural Development Directorate, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, Co Clare.
The Expressions of Interest will be assessed, per category, based on the Co-Operation Ireland criteria (attached) and at www.prideofplace.ie.
Closing date for receipt of expression of interests is 4.00pm on Friday, 29th March, 2019.
Housing Estates Category
Single or Specific Issue Entry
Governance Bootcamps for Community Groups in Clare – March 21st 2019
Clare Public Participation Network, Clare Volunteer Centre and Clare Local Development Company invite those involved with community groups, charities or non governmental organisations in Clare to attend one of two introductory workshops on Governance and the Charities Governance Code which will take place on March 21st 2019 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm and will be repeated from 6.30 to 9.30pm on the same day.
A further follow up workshop will take place on April 17th 2019 to assist groups with any issues they may have. This workshop will be advertised at a later date.
Why Governance and the Charities Governance Code?
Our three organisations have collaborated to organise these workshops in response to a demand from the groups we have consulted with over the last year who all identified governance and regulation as the main issue they struggle with. We hope that these introductory level workshops will help community groups to gain an understanding of what is expected of them and assist them with identifying areas where further training might be necessary.
What will be covered?
Good governance involves putting in place systems and processes to ensure that your organisation or charity achieves its objectives with integrity and is managed in an effective, efficient, accountable and transparent way.
This training will give an overview of governance and the Charities Governance Code, helping organisations and charities get a handle on what further training or support they may need in this area.
This training is funded by Clare PPN from its budget and to supplement the cost (and to ensure attendence) we are charging €5 per person payable when booking at Eventbrite: https://governance-bootcamp.eventbrite.ie
If your organisation has any trouble with the cost or is unable to make the payment online please contact 087 1617375 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make alternative arrangements for you. .
Who is delivering the training?
We have contracted the Charmicael Centre in Dublin to deliver this training and the sessions will be conducted by Caroline Egan of Cramden Tech who is Managing Director of Shannon based training and eLearning company, CramdenTECH Ltd. She has almost 20 years experience in the non-profit sector. Her areas of training expertise include corporate governance and compliance, charity management, social enterprise development, business planning, strategic management and communications.
Working Together to Make Clare Better:
Clare PPN, Clare Volunteer Centre and CLDC’s SICAP programme are working together on these events to make the best use of resources available to Community Groups in Clare.