Call for nominations for PPN Environment Representative for Local Community Development Committee

June 22nd 2020

Call for Nomination for Environmental Representative to sit on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee:

As some of you will be aware Clare PPN has a number of representative seats on Clare County Council’s Committees.  We are currently looking for nominations for one Environment College Representative to sit on the Local Community Development Committee which is administered by Clare County Council. Only member groups of the Environment College of Clare PPN can nominate individuals for this seat and the nominees must themselves be a member of one of those groups.

 What is the Local Community Development Committee?

The Local Community Development Committee is comprised of Council Officials, Elected Councillors, and various business and community and voluntary group representatives.  Among other things LCDC has the job of developing and overseeing the community elements of Clare County Council’s 6 year- long Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP). This is an important committee for Clare PPN and its members and we hold 5 seats on it.  This vacancy is for an environment seat and we would encourage nominations of people who have an understanding or experience or interest in any of the following areas; biodiversity, sustainability, policy making, renewable energy, food sustainability, circular economies, environmentally friendly agriculture, renewables and rural development.

For more details on Clare PPN’s other representatives on the LCDC see: http://clareppn.ie/local-community-development-committee/

For more details on the Local Community Development Committee itself see here

Who can make Nominations?
Every current Environmental College member group of Clare PPN can nominate one person for this position. Once all nominees have been received on or before July 3rd at 5pm, Clare PPN will circulate their details and hold online elections in which all Environmental college member groups will be invited to vote.

Who can be Nominated?
Any person who is in an Environmental College member group of Clare PPN can be nominated for this position with the following exceptions

  • Currently serving elected representatives at any level of government may not be nominated.
  • Anyone who has contested local, EU or general elections in the last year may not be nominated.
  • Those who have declared their intention to stand for general or local election can not be nominated.
  • If someone is nominated and later decides to contest an election they will have to vacate their seat.
  • Any individual can only hold one Committee seat for Clare PPN however individuals can be on the ‘Secretariat’ (The board) of Clare PPN as well as holding one seat on an external committee.

What’s involved in being a representative on the LCDC for Clare PPN?

The successful candidates will be required attend all LCDC meetings year on behalf of all the Environmental member groups in Clare PPN. These will be preceded by a brief pre-meeting with your fellow PPN reps on the same day at Clare PPN offices or online.

You will also be required to attend four Clare PPN plenary meetings per year and the occasional college group meeting and/ or training events. It is likely that you will need to attend a minimum of 12 meetings per year to carry out this role.

Each representative will be required to give a short report following the meetings of their committee to inform the other member groups and will be required to raise the issues or concerns of member groups at each meeting where possible. Clare PPN will provide support and introductory training for anyone who decides to take on these positions and travel expenses will be covered by Clare County Council and Clare PPN.

How do you Nominate Candidates?
• A candidate can only be the nominee for one representative position on one  committee. In the case that a person is nominated for more than one committee, we will contact them to ask them to select one which they wish to stand for.
The candidate’s permission must be secured before they are nominated
• A fully completed form (see link below) with a clear photo and a short biography of the nominees (up to 200 words) must be submitted to admin@clareppn.ie Clare-PPN-LCDC-Representative-Election-Nomination-Form

  • Nominations must be received by Friday July 3rd at 5.00 pm after this date we will contact all members with the full list of candidates and ask for their votes.
    Please make sure you do nominate and then vote in these elections- we want to be sure our member groups are fully involved in selecting who they want to represent them on this important committee. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if any of the above confuses you or if you need any help. You can get us on 087-1617375 or admin@clareppn,ie

 

Healthy Clare receives €374,100 in Healthy Ireland Funding

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)

 

Further information can be requested by emailing: healthyclare@clarecoco.ie

The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan can be viewed at:

www.clarecoco.ie/services/community/publications/healthy-clare-strategic-plan-2019-2021

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

LCDC meeting reps report – 10th September 2019

Q1

Representative Name

Theresa O’Donohoe

 

Q2

Committee Name

LCDC

 

Q3

Date of meeting:

10/09/2019

 

Q4

Your college

Environment

 

Q5

Municipal District

West Clare

 

Q6

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.

 

Q7

Main topics discussed at the meeting:

Homelessness

 

Q8

List any decisions made at the meeting:

NOT to add climate and biodiversity as a standing order on the agenda.  Climate proofing funding applications.

 

Q9

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

Nominations are now open for Clare PPN representatives on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) of Clare County Council.

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: admin@clareppn.ie

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: admin@clareppn.ie

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

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.