Active Public Consultations/Notices


 Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) launched its Strategy 2022-2025 

As a person with a disability, this survey will give you the opportunity to have your voice heard by telling us what your needs and requirements are to live the life you choose.  The IWA want to know what is important to you so they can campaign on issues that are relevant to you.

Click here to take the Survey 

If you wish to be more involved in IWA Advocacy and having your voice heard as part of a collective group please contact


National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP)

The Plan will aim to improve the governance of biodiversity in Ireland so that we can better respond to the biodiversity crisis. This means ensuring a whole of Government, whole of society approach to this crisis, and properly recognising biodiversity’s contributions to people, the economy and society. The Plan will also address the connections between biodiversity and climate change, and the need to enhance the evidence base for biodiversity conservation policy and practice.

The feedback from this first group of stakeholders, together with feedback from the National Biodiversity Conference, held in June, has been incorporated into this draft for public consultation.

The final version of the Plan will be published in early 2023, to allow the recommendations of the ongoing Citizens Assembly on Biodiversity to be reviewed and incorporated where appropriate.

Please find the the link to survey below


Public consultation portal for Cycle Connects: Ireland’s Cycle Network is now live

CycleConnects: Ireland’s Cycle Network aims to improve sustainable travel by providing the potential for more trips on a safe, accessible and convenient cycling network, connecting more people to more places.

Proposals for cycling links in key cities, towns and villages in each county are included in the plan, in addition to connections between the larger towns, villages and settlements. The plan also incorporates existing and planned cycle routes such as greenways and blueways.

The consultation portal can be found here:

The proposals for each county can be accessed by clicking on the map, and are also listed in the dropdown menu below. Each county contains its county cycle network, urban cycle networks and a technical note.

The consultation will remain open until the 11th of November.

Submissions can be made through the portal using the ‘Make a Submission‘ link, or by email


Funding/ Grant Opportunities


Local Bereavement Development (LBD) Grants 

Irish Hospice Foundation award a number of Local Bereavement Development (LBD) grants annually.  A group of six or more organisations who provide some level of bereavement support and all operate within a geographical region (e.g. county) are eligible to apply. The grant aims to encourage and support collaborative bereavement developments at a local level. Already existing groups and newly formed groups are eligible to apply.  

Three LBD grants of €1000 were awarded in 2021 to the Kildare Bereavement Network, the South Dublin Bereavement Network and the North Dublin Bereavement Network. Funded activities ranged from bereavement information events for the public, bereavement information webinars for non-bereavement professionals and training for those working as a bereavement service provider. Some of the activities involved local collaborations with libraries and Family Resource Centres. Outlined below are some of the collaborative projects funded through the LBD grants this year.  

Kildare: Bereavement Friendly Libraries Project
South Dublin: Bereavement in older age, a compassionate community initiative
North Dublin: Grief and trauma informed bereavement care. Training for the bereavement service provider. 

Closing date for application is November 11th 2022.
For more information visit Local Bereavement Development Grant – Irish Hospice Foundation


Public Service Announcements


Creative Youth Plan 2017-2022

The Creative Youth Plan 2017-2022 update reflects all the work undertaken under the Creative Youth Plan during the last 5 years. 

This Plan, published in 2017, sought to enable the creative potential of every child and young person. Thanks to the hard work of all our collaborators and partners, and the participation and engagement of children and young people, Creative Youth has had a far reaching impact. Further details of a new Creative Youth Plan will be announced later this year. 

Read more about the first 5 years of Creative Youth here:
Creative Youth Plan 2017-2022


IPPOSI (Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry) Verdict of the citizens’ jury on the future use of genomics in Ireland

IPPOSI organised a Citizens Jury on the Future Use of Genomics in Health Care and Research in Ireland. 24 members of the public from across the country who joined our jury are issuing their verdict. 

The full report is attached and also available at
You can find a video of the jurors’ story here.


Training and Upcoming Local Events


Learning opportunities Autumn/Winter 2022

There are a number of free training and learning opportunities open to community groups through the Community Wetlands Forum and the Connecting Communities with Peatlands project this autumn and winter. Build your knowledge and skillset with our bespoke trainings to better further your community’s engagement with bogs and to further your project ideas. 

Upcoming courses:

Interpretation and conservation planning – This is a blended-learning course with two days in-person and two online two-hour sessions with an additional one-to-one call with trainer, Deborah Benham. This detailed programme will begin with a two full day in-person session on 11 & 12 November. Location TBC. Please note that spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. 

Beginners Promoting your project using Facebook & Instagram – Beginners Facebook and Instagram trainings will be held on two separate days. These trainings aim to give the participants the skills, tools and knowledge to be able to set up a Facebook or an Instagram page and use it effectively in their organisation. Beginners Facebook will take place online 1 November 2pm-4.30pm. Beginners Instagram will take place online 3 November 2pm-4.30pm. Please note that a good internet connection is required and participants must have their smartphones and computer/laptop with them for the each session. 

Relationship and conflict management – This is our second instalment of the Relationship and Conflict Management course for community groups delivered by Arc Mediation. The course runs over 4 half days spread out over four weeks. This programme is specifically tailored to community groups engaging with their local bog. Classes will begin on either 15 or 16 November based on the preference of participants and will take place one day a week for four weeks. Classes will be held online via Zoom. A good internet connection is required.  Please note that spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. 

Succession planning and Volunteer Recruitment & Retention –This course aims to inform community groups on how to plan for the future of their group as well as how to encourage individuals in their community to volunteer their time to the group or projects. The initial workshop will help community groups to assess their needs and inform future training on this topic that will be available in 2023. This workshop will take place on 01 December at the Offaly History Centre, Tullamore. Further information will be made available shortly. 

For more information and to book visit


Home exercise videos for adults living with chronic conditions

HSE Healthy Eating Active Living Programme and Office of the National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Chronic Disease have collaborated with HSE physiotherapy colleagues to produce a series of 10-45 minute home exercise videos. These videos are suitable for people living with chronic conditions who can exercise safely at home. 

The videos range from warms ups to chair exercises, to a 10 minute gentle aerobic session and also include full aerobic and resistance sessions. They are suitable for those beginning exercise or those who haven’t exercised in a while. The videos can be self-paced and done in 10 minute slots building to up to 45 minute sessions over time. They are also available for healthcare professionals to signpost to patients who they know can do these safely at home.  All the sessions have been clinically designed and approved by physiotherapists in the HSE. 

To access these videos visit


Get the support you need to quit for good

Stop Smoking Support is a free, friendly and supportive 6 week programme, for people who smoke and who want support to quit smoking. 

The programme offers advice on stop smoking medication and weekly one-to-one support, in person or by phone. 

For more information contact Yvonne on: 087 442 1290 or


Mental Health Literacy Campaign

HSE Mental Health Literacy Campaign on World Mental Health day, please find attached a partner pack outlining the messages, and containing links to some of the main assets for now. 

The campaign helps people make the connection between common mental health difficulties like ongoing stress, sleep, anxiety or low mood that they or others in their life may be experiencing and highlights the different levels of support that can help.

Download Partner Pack  


Childrens Programme Training for Professionals

It takes a village to raise a child. You can prepare the children that you work with for tomorrow by creating strong partnerships with their parents today. 

This programme is practical, solution-focused and draws on parents strengths. It is suitable for parents of children aged 6-11 years, including children with additional needs. The programme is flexible and can be delivered to small groups or with individuals over 6-12 weeks. 

By training as a facilitator of this programme, you will learn how to support parents to:
Manage behaviour and emotional problems
Build their children’s self-esteem and confidence
Reduce their own stress as parents
Problem-solve with their children
Establish positive daily routines
Develop connected and close family relationships
Encourage their children’s learning and school work

For more information and to book visit The Childrens Programme Training for Professionals – Parents Plus! 


Creative Places & Create Networking Event 2022

This two-day event will explore how support and solidarity intersect with and inform the development of critical relationships in socially engaged, collaborative arts practice. We are delighted to host the event this year in Tuam, home of the Creative Places pilot. Come with us to explore the town, seeing our core preoccupations of support and solidarity in action.During this two-day event, our invited speakers will propose a series of methodologies that can be used in order to build networks of support and solidarity for and between collaborative, socially engaged practitioners and communities. 

Highlights include a keynote presentation by Pablo Helguera, a showcase of the Creative Places Network, a panel on Representation and (Re)imagining Traveller culture,  and a community conversation Ory’Sta (Tuam slang for What’s the Story?) event. 

Find out more and book your place now.  


Age Friendly Ireland Newsletter 

Please visit to read the latest Age Friendly Newsletter 


Latest Arts Office Newsletter 

Please visit for the latest Arts Office Newsletter with information on upcoming opportunities, funding, classes and much more… 


Tipperary Together Newsletter  

The Together Tipperary newsletter issues online monthly Tipperary Together Newsletter September 

If you or your community group would like to provide content to the next issue of this newsletter or add your organisation as a group that receives newsletter please email: 


LOTE Online for Kids?

Tipperary County Council Library Service now offers free access to LOTE Online for Kids for library members. 

Children can enjoy the magic of books in LOTE (Languages Other Than English), both in the library and at home. Children can also watch, read and listen to each LOTE title translated and narrated in English to help with reading and literacy development. There are hundreds of digital books in over 50 languages to choose from. New books and languages are released each month, so stay tuned! 

What is LOTE Online for Kids?
LOTE Online for Kids is an online database of digital books in World Languages, that allows kids to enjoy the magic of books in LOTE (Languages Other Than English). Each book also comes with English translations to help kids learn languages. 

LOTE Online for Kids has 1850+ digital picture books in 50+ languages, with new books and languages released each month to help the Library Service to provide a more diverse and inclusive library service for our communities.Languages include Ukrainian, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Tamil, Urdu and many more. 

How do I start using LOTE Online for Kids?
Access LOTE Online for Kidsfrom our website or in-branch at any of our PCs

Login using your library card number.
Remember, it is free to join the library!
Select a language and ENJOY A STORY!