Join us in Corcaghan for our AGM Tuesday 27th November 2018

Come along to our AGM to find out about Monaghan County Council’s Future Community Planning projects, launch of our ‘Developing Grant Applications’ booklet and the work carried out by Monaghan PPN in 2018. Refreshments will be served and member groups in attendance will be entered into our 4 x €100 draw. To register to attend contact Leona Keenan at 047 73750 or email ppn@monaghancoco.ie

The AGM takes place in Corcaghan Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to attend.

Oh, What a Night!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our wonderful community leaders who came out in force last night to Iontas, Castleblayney to share what was a truly inspirational night with two very special speakers.

The new Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, Eamonn O Sullivan, addressed the PPN for the first time, sharing with us his vision for the county, and the important role that community plays in bringing it into being.

Then former governor of Mountjoy prison, John Lonergan, reminded us of the importance of community, of why what we are doing matters, of the difference we are making, and of the power we all, as community leaders,audience eamonn-o-sullivan eamonn-o-sullivan-1 group-3 john-lonergan-1 john-lonergan-2 john-lonergan-4 panel hold in our hands and in our hearts. He reminded us of the power of kindness, and of the fundamental need for all of us to have something to work for, something to dream of, and someone to love.

It was a night to celebrate the good, and to be proud to be a community leader. A tremendously positive event, which left everyone energised and motivated. Job done

Pre-Register NOW for our November 15th Plenary

Pre-Register to Win!

Pre-Register your group to attend this year’s Annual Plenary, and be in with a chance of winning a €200 attendance prize for your group. One attendance prize will be exclusively limited to groups who pre-register – what more incentive do you need!

Reminder – PPN workshop on new Local Community Plan tonight in Corcaghan

Join us tonight from 7.30pm for a look at the Local Community Development Committee’s draft Local Community Plan.

This document will have a BIG influence on how funding gets spent in the county over the next five years, so it’s really important that you give it the once-over, to be sure your group’s planned activities are covered.

There will be two attendance prizes of €250 each for two lucky groups, so well worth your while coming out.

See you there!

Huge turnout for PPN’s Summer Plenary Event

Full House in Corcaghan as Community Has Their Say

Public Participation Network adopts Community Wellbeing Statement & reviews Key Strategies which will influence Future Funding to the County

A capacity crowd of community leaders attended Monaghan Public Participation Network’s Summer plenary event, at which three key strategies, which will shape where and how government and EU funding is spent in the county for the next five years, were reviewed.

Carol Lambe gives a presentation on funding opportunities for community projects

Carol Lambe gives a presentation on funding opportunities for community projects

The documents reviewed were the Local Community Development Committee’s Socio Economic Statement and High Level Goals, the Joint Policing Committee’s Strategic Plan and Monaghan County Council’s draft Tourism Strategy.

Allen McAdam, from MCA Consulting, chaired the meeting, and guided those in attendance through a series of workshops designed to enable them to review the three documents in question and identify any areas which need to be added to or changed.   The information collected during the workshops will now be developed into written submissions which will be sent to the LCDC, the JPC and the County Council’s Tourism Committee for consideration as they finalise their plans.

The workshops were guided by the PPN’s Community Well-Being Statement, which was developed by the PPN over the last six months via a series of workshops and online surveys. The Well-Being statement identifies the key factors which the community feels are necessary in order for communities and individuals in Co Monaghan to thrive. Key drivers for a happy, fulfilling life, as told by the people of Co Monaghan, include getting involved and knowing your neighbours, having respect for others and for your environment, giving back to the community, and having a fair and equal society where all are valued.

The meeting started with a quick update on the work of the Local Community Development Committee. Fintan McPhillips, Chief Officer of the LCDC, told the packed room that much is riding on the LCDC’s Local Economic & Community Plan, of which the adoption of the Socio-Economic Statement is the first step. The LCDC’s Plan will identify the priority areas for development in the county: literally, in terms of geographic pockets where the need is greatest, and thematically, where the key issues affecting people’s wellbeing will be identified and actions to address these will be prioritised.

Mr. McPhillips outlined a number of programmes which will be rolled out in Co Monaghan over the next few years and which will take their focus from the priorities identified in the LCDC’s document. These include the new LEADER programme, which will see €7.6 million spent in Co Monaghan.

Information on a number of funding opportunities currently open to community groups was provided by Carol Lambe, Monaghan County Council’s Community Development Officer. Funds currently open include Enterprise Ireland funding for community enterprise centres, the Forest Service’s Neighbourwoods Scheme which provides funding to create woodland amenities close to urban areas, and the Dormant Accounts funding, which seeks to support communities which are providing services to vulnerable people including carers and young people with a disability. Ms. Lambe also gave information on two Awards which are currently accepting nominations, namely the Coca Cola Thank You Fund, which is giving out five awards of €25,000 to groups working to get more people more active, and Glaxo Smith Kline’s IMPACT Award, which has five prizes of €10,000 to give out to groups working to improve people’s wellbeing.

Paul Clifford gave the meeting an update on the new PEACE IV programme, which is due to hit the ground early next year. Funding will be available through local PEACE Partnerships co-ordinated by the County Council. The focus of the Council-led elements will be in creating public spaces where people can come together, and delivering programmes of activities and events which aim to bring people together. Mr. Clifford encouraged groups to start working on their plans, so that they will be ready to avail of the funding when it opens for applications.

The meeting was choc-full of information on all sorts of issues which affect communities. Francis McCarron from Monaghan Integrated Development came along to tell people about the new EIRCODE postal code system which is being introduced over the summer, and to ask groups to assist MID in reaching the most vulnerable people in their community in order to let them know what to expect.

Paul Clifford informed the meeting of Connect Ireland’s initiative which rewards members of the public who can provide an introduction to a person or company in a position to create jobs in Ireland. If you know of anyone who might be persuaded to establish a base in Ireland, by providing their contact details to Connect Ireland you could be in line for a cash reward of €1,500 per job created as a result of your introduction.

Also on display in Corcaghan was information from EIRGRID on their new planning application for the proposed north-south interconnector, and information about how the public can have their say on the proposal.

All the presentations and documents given out at the Plenary Event in Corcaghan are available here

Community Well-Being Statement Adopted

A packed Corcaghan Community Centre, made up of community leaders from all over Co. Monaghan, unanimously adopted the PPN’s draft Community Well Being Statement at the PPN’s Summer Plenary Event last night, 16th June.

The Wellbeing Statement lays out the things which the community sector feels are important to ensuring that the people and communities of Co Monaghan continue to enjoy a high quality of life.

The Statement draws on information gathered at previous PPN events in the spring and on data collected in an on-line survey, which revealed that the vast majority of people feel they have a high quality of life, and see a future for themselves in Co. Monaghan.  The survey also revealed the issues that people felt need to be sorted, and the aspects of Monaghan culture which should be nurtured into the future.

You can read the Community Wellbeing Statement here

You can view a summary of what people said was important to promoting Community Wellbeing here

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Community leaders hard at work in Corcaghan last night

Results of our Community Well-Being Survey are now online

Many thanks to the 194 people who took the time to tell us what was important to them and what they felt would contribute to the well-being of communities in Co Monaghan.

We have now analysed your feedback and produced a short report summarising the findings.

You can view the Summary of Findings here.

Congratulations to Grace Greenan, who was the lucky winner of the iPad Air which we offered as an incentive to those who helped us out.

Grace Greenan collects her iPad Air from Carol Lambe, Community Development Officer for Monaghan Co Co

Grace Greenan collects her iPad Air from Carol Lambe, Community Development Officer for Monaghan Co Co

 

The PPN Secretariat used these findings, plus the output from the MD and County Plenary meetings in the spring, to prepare a draft Community Well-Being Statement.

You can  view the draft Community Well-Being Statement here.

The Statement lays out what is important to the people of Co. Monaghan, and will help us to feed into the many decision-making bodies and contribute to the various Strategies and Plans which influence decisions in Co Monaghan.

On Tuesday 16th June, there will be a meeting of the PPN in Corcaghan Community Centre at 8pm. A number of important documents will be up for discussion, including:

– the Local Community Development Committee’s Socio-Economic Statement  (this is the first stage in the development of the LCDC’s Plan, a document which will determine how funding gets spent, where and on what, throughout Co Monaghan for the next 5 years)

– Monaghan County Council’s draft Tourism Plan

– Monaghan Joint Policing Committee’s Strategic Plan

 

In addition, an update will be given  on a variety of funding opportunities, including the new LEADER, PEACE and INTERREG programmes.

And if that’s not enough, we’ll have information on the roll-out of the new postal code system being introduced nationwide over the summer, EIRCODE

So come along, get involved, have your say, and go home with lots of ideas and armed with the information you need on how you can turn your ideas into real projects.

A good use of an evening, we say!

PPN Urges the Public and the Community Sector to Review Important Strategies

Monaghan Public Participation Network has today put out a call to the general public, and to the community & voluntary sector to alert them to a number of important documents which are currently out to public consultation.

The documents in question have the power to influence where funding goes in the county, and what it gets spent on. Funding will be prioritised to issues and areas which are identified in the Strategies, and people and projects in areas not prioritised may find it much more difficult to access funding in the very near future.

Documents currently out to public consultation include the first stage of the Local Community Development Committee’s Local Community Plan. The LCDC is the body through which all government, and much EU funding is to be channelled. Funds coming through the LCDC since 2015 include the SICAP programme which provides Monaghan Integrated Development with the bulk of its funding, and the new LEADER programme, which will have €7.6 million to allocate to projects in Co Monaghan over the next five years.

What gets prioritised in these programmes will very much depend on what is identified as a priority in the LCDC’s Plan, so ignore it at your peril!

Also out for consultation is the Joint Policing Committee’s draft Strategic Plan, which identifies three priority areas which it will concentrate on over the next five years. Issues covered in the Plan include combating the fear of crime, promoting road safety and extending Community Alert to cover the whole county. The JPC is asking the community to tell it if the right things are being prioritised. Again, projects will be developed around the identified priorities, and funding will be allocated to them. As there is not an endless supply of funding, it is inevitable that some issues will be left out. Now is the time to ensure that the issues closest to your heart don’t become sidelined.

The PPN is also asking the public to review the Key Actions in the County Council’s Tourism Strategy, and to ensure that the right projects are being put forward for development. Projects included in the draft Strategy include extending the Ulster Canal Greenway, upgrading facilities at Lough Muckno and extending the trails out on Sliabh Beagh. A focus on heritage tourism is also promoted. Many community festivals and tourism amenities rely on County Council support to continue. But if your facility/ event isn’t listed in the Tourism Strategy, it will not be a priority for support going forward.

The message is clear: if you run a project, or are thinking of developing one in the next few years, you need to know what changes are being made to the supports which are available to you. Now is the time to ensure your project is covered in the new strategic documents; failure to have a look and have your say at this draft stage may lead to a very nasty surprise in twelve months’ time when you go looking for funding…..

The PPN is organising a Summer Event in Corcaghan Community Centre on Tuesday 16th June at 8pm. The event is an opportunity for the public and community groups to learn about the many changes at strategic level and have their say on the key documents outlined above.

There will also be a presentation on the new LEADER programme, and how it is to be rolled out in Co. Monaghan. This will be of interest to community groups, but also to individuals thinking of developing a business idea, as the LEADER programme provides support to rural diversification projects.

Monaghan Public Participation Network is a relatively new organisation, having been established following last year’s Local Elections. Its purpose is to enable the public and community sector to link into the decision-making bodies in the county. In addition to running consultation events such as the Summer Event in Corcaghan, the PPN sources community reps to serve on a wide range of decision-making bodies, including the Council’s four Strategic Policy Committees, the Joint Policing Committee and the LCDC, a body which was also established in 2014.

The PPN is currently seeking community reps to serve on the board of Monaghan Integrated Development. MID runs a variety of programmes which aim to support the most vulnerable people in Co. Monaghan, including the unemployed, older people, people with a disability and young people not in education or training.

If you are interested in serving as a community rep, you can download the nomination form here, or by phoning Monaghan County Council’s Community Department, where someone will be happy to assist you. The closing date for nominations has been extended to Friday 12th June.

The PPN’s Summer Event in Corcaghan on Tuesday 16th June promises to be a very informative and rewarding night. Allen McAdam, former manager of the Cavan Monaghan LEADER programme, will be present to guide the meeting through the main strategic decisions facing the community sector. At the end of the evening, there will be a draw for two prizes of €250 for PPN member groups which are present on the night.

All community and voluntary groups are encouraged to register with the PPN. Membership is free, and open to all groups with an address in Co. Monaghan. All types of group are eligible for membership, including sports clubs, residents associations, women’s groups and youth clubs. Being a member of the PPN is a good way of keeping in touch with what is happening out there in Funding Land, as the PPN issues a fortnightly newsletter to its members. It is also increasingly becoming a prerequisite for receiving funding, particularly from Monaghan County Council.   Groups can register on the night, or online at www.ppnmonaghan.ie

YOU ARE INVITED……

Our Summer Plenary event is now finalised.  It will take place on Tues 16th June in Corcaghan Community Centre at 8pm. There are a lot of very important issues coming up at the meeting – things that could have consequences for your group down the road when you go looking for project funding. So, please make every effort to ensure your group is represented on the 16th. We will also be holding the Elections for community reps onto the board of Monaghan Integrated Development.  Nominations will be accepted up to close of business Friday 12th June. All the info you need, including a nomination form for MID,  leaflet for Plenary June 2015

Clear your Diary!

Keep this date free: Tuesday 16th June

Because you’ll be going to our County Plenary in Corcaghan at 8pm

Why?  Because we’ve some very important business to discuss around future priorities for development in Co Monaghan, and lots of very important information to give to you about upcoming funding opportunities for your group.

So, put the date in your diary, and spread the word!