Draft Wellbeing Vision Statements for Clare and Municipal Districts

Draft Community Wellbeing Vision Statements for County Clare:

Beginning in October 2020 Clare Public Participation Network conducted a process of creating Community Wellbeing Visions for Clare. The process involved consultation with the general public via an online survey, consultation and appraisal of the results of this survey with Clare PPN members at our October Plenary Meeting, and this was then followed by eight online meetings – two held in each of Clare’s four Municipal Districts.

Following the above three steps Clare PPN staff compiled the attached Draft Community Wellbeing Vision Statements -there are five in total with one being an overall summary which applies to County Clare as a whole and the four others each relating to one of Clare’s Municipal Districts.  We are presenting these statements here in draft form and inviting our member groups to take the chance to read them and to propose any changes, additions or correct any omissions as you see fit.

These statements will be used to guide the work and priorities of Clare PPN staff and secretariat and our  representatives on Committees. They will also be used along with further specific policy consultations to guide and inform submissions made by Clare PPN to local and national policies. We propose that these wellbeing vision statements will be kept as ‘open’ documents for Clare PPN and that they will be offered for consideration and review to members once per year so that we ensure they remain relevant and current.

For those who participated in our consultation process we would like to draw it to your attention that some of the very specific suggestions around actions or particular developments in the county were included in Clare PPN’s two submissions to the pre draft stage of Clare County Council’s County Development Plan. You can read those submissions here:

We are most grateful to all who participated in this worthwhile project so far and we encourage you to send any further thoughts or input to us by emailing sarah@clareppn.ie  by January 15th 2020 after which these Community Wellbeing Visions will be deemed adopted.

Clare PPN County Level Wellbeing Vision Statement

Clare PPN Draft Wellbeing Vision Statement Ennis MD

Clare PPN Draft Wellbeing Vision Statement West Clare MD

Clare PPN Draft Wellbeing Vision Statement Killaloe MD

Clare PPN Draft Wellbeing Vision Statement Shannon MD


Invitation to Clare PPN Plenary Meeting December 8th 2020 7pm Online

Notice of Plenary Meeting: December 8th 2020 at 7PM (Online)

And don’t miss our Christmas prize draw with two fabulous prizes:

Anyone from any of our member groups who attends our online Christmas Plenary will be entered in a draw for these two great prizes:

1st Prize €100.00 Voucher for Hotel Doolin which can be used for any of the services on offer there from accommodation, to the restaurant or tickets for one of the many arts and music events that are due to take place in the months ahead.

2nd Prize €50.00 voucher for The Rowan Tree Cafe Bar in Ennis where you can go out for lunch or treat someone to dinner over the Christmas season.

Clare Public Participation Network warmly invites all member groups to attend its second online Plenary Meeting which will take place on Tuesday December 8th 2020 at 7pm.

Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before Monday December 7th 2020

Only those registered in advance will receive the link to the meeting.

What is a Plenary Meeting?
Plenary meetings are the main decision making forums for Clare PPN -at these meetings all member groups are invited to attend and to put items forward for the agenda for discussion or for inclusion in the work plan of Clare PPN. At each of these meetings the staff and secretariat of Clare PPN present an update on the work, finances, and activities of the PPN from the preceding three months and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups for the forthcoming three months.

Online Meeting:
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this Plenary Meeting will be held online via zoom. Any member or person who would like to receive training in how to use Zoom should email newsletter@clareppn.ie and William Hederman will arrange a session with you to help familiarise you with how to participate using this tool. You will need a smart phone or computer and an internet connection to use zoom. If possible each member group should nominate someone who has these facilities to represent them at this Plenary Meeting.

If any group is unable to attend online please feel free to send us submissions or items for our agenda via email to admin@clareppn.ie or by calling us on 087 1617375.

Call for Agenda Items:

All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before December 3rd 2020 Please send these using the subject line ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to admin@clareppn.ie

Clare PPN’s representatives who sit on 11 boards and committees in the County will also have an opportunity to present updates from their committees and to take any questions or input from member groups at this meeting.

At the beginning of each plenary meeting we will present an introduction to the Public Participation Network in Clare for new member groups and a question and answer session will be held.

Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before Monday December 7th 2020.

Governance Check-In: Training for Community Groups

Get to Grips with Governance: Clare PPN are delighted to be working with Caroline Egan from CramdenTech to offer a great free, two part training opportunity for community groups who need to get to grips with governance.  The sessions will take place online via zoom from 7pm to 8.30 on Monday 30th November and Monday 7th of December.

To reserve a place on these sessions please email admin@clareppn.ie  Places are limited and participants should be available to attend both sessions.

Session 1: Monday 30th November, An Introduction to Governance, 7pm – 8.30pm 
Training focuses on the key skills that all boards and committees need to master to effectively run their voluntary groups. Key topics include annual work planning, roles and responsibilities of committee members, tips for chairing meetings effectively and how to take meeting minutes.

Session 2: Monday 7th December,  Governance Health Check, 7pm – 8.30pm
Training focuses on the legal responsibilities of boards and charity trustees. Key topics include Companies Registration Office and the Charities Regulation Act, compliance, communications planning, board succession planning, board member recruitment and risk management.

Caroline Egan is the Director of Cramden Tech  and has worked with social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups throughout Ireland for over 12 years. Her company CramdenTECH Ltd., has been to the forefront in the development of online platforms and eLearning resources, to enable boards and managers quickly handle their corporate compliance and training needs.

Training Seminar: Access to Information in Ireland- FOI and AIE requests.

Free Training Seminar:  December 3rd 7-9 PM Online via zoom


Information Access in Ireland: How to use FOI & AIE to request public records

Clare PPN are delighted to offer an online seminar via zoom on how community groups can use Freedom of Information and Access to Information on the Environment Requests.

This session will be delivered by Ken Fox, who is a director of the transparency group Right to Know (https://www.righttoknow.ie ).  Right to Know is a not-for-profit focused on vindicating the rights of citizens to access information and on publishing stories based on using those rights.

Ken is a writer, researcher and teacher and was a founder of the organisation. This session is free but places are limited to ensure people attending can ask question sand engage. It will last approximately 2 hours.

Important: To reserve a place on this training please email admin@clareppn.ie as soon as possible.

Only those who are registered will receive the link for the seminar.

Please note that it may be necessary for us to verify the identity of participants and if so we will email you for further information.

All information will be managed in compliance with Clare PPN’s Data Protection Policy


Clare PPN Social Inclusion Submission to Clare County Development Plan 2022- 2028

Clare PPN Social Inclusion College Submission to Phase One of Clare County Council’s County Development Plan 2022- 2028.

Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion College made the attached submission to the pre-draft stage of Clare County Council’s Consultation on the County Development Plan 2022-2028. Our thanks to all those who contributed to the submission.

You can read the submission here:

Clare PPN Social Inclusion Submission to Clare County Development Plan 2022 2028 November 2020

Clare PPN’s proposal for a vision statement for County Clare is:

‘A County that values, protects and restores its unique landscape, environment and
biodiversity, where sustainable livelihoods are prioritised for this and future
generations and where citizens, migrants, ethnic minorities and people of all abilities
and age-groups and genders are able to reach their potential in an atmosphere of
support, respect and inclusion, where Local Government is open, transparent and
accountable and committed to reducing poverty and marginalisation. Our vision is for
a county to be part of and a county to be proud of.’