Public Consultation on IHREC’s next Strategy Statement 2022-2024
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) is inviting submissions to inform the development of its next Strategy Statement 2022 – 2024. The priorities set out in this Strategy Statement will guide our work for the coming three years. It will build on our work over the past three years set out in our Strategy Statement 2019-21 and our 2019 and 2020 Annual Reports.
What human rights and equality issues should we focus on?
We would like to hear the views of a diversity of people, groups and organisations who are interested in, and/or working to address discrimination, and promote and protect human rights and equality in Ireland. Your contribution will help inform our priorities and the approach we should take over the coming years to promote and protect human rights and equality in Ireland.
Making a Submission
The closing date for submissions is Monday 16 August 2021.
Data Protection Notice
Your email address can be regarded as your personal data, and this is the only personal data which the Commission processes, as part of your submission to the consultation. The Commission’s Data Protection Information Notice can be found here which we encourage you to read before sending us your submission. Once received by us, the Commission will retain your submission, and delete your email.
Thank you for your interest and participation.
Coimisiún na hÉireann um Chearta an Duine agus Comhionannas,
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Public consultation on effective engagement with people with disabilities
The NDA is updating its guidance to Government departments and public bodies in relation to engaging people with disabilities, including children and young people with disabilities, in policy development and consultation processes.
The NDA published the ‘Ask Me – Guidelines for Effective Consultation with People with Disabilities’ in 2002 in order to provide practical advice for how to undertake inclusive consultation processes with people with disabilities. Since the publication of these guidelines, a number of legislative and policy changes have taken place, including the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which outlines specific obligations for Government departments and public bodies. Therefore, we intend to review and update these guidelines in line with these changes.
We are consulting directly with a number of Disabled Persons Organisations as part of this review but are now inviting input from a broad range of persons with disabilities across the country and other interested parties to provide their views.
We are inviting you to submit your views and experiences of how the government and public bodies can ensure the effective participation of people with disabilities, including children and young people with disabilities, in public policy development and in monitoring how well various policies and strategies are working. Your submission will help us in updating our guidance.
We are accepting submissions by email, post or by video where you speak or sign your views by 9th August 2021.
The information is available in Word, Easy-to-read and Irish Sign Language.
Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos with English voiceover and subtitles
‘Lockdowns Unlock Innovations’ Report Launch
Date: Thursday 12th August, 2021
The National Disability Authority would like to invite you to attend the virtual launch of our report ‘Lockdowns Unlock Innovations: innovations and adaptations affecting persons with disabilities arising from COVID-19 restrictions’.
The widespread and unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19 created the space and an appetite for change. Our report highlights innovations, learning and adapted practices that emerged during the pandemic that are of relevance to persons with disabilities. It points in particular to new policies and practices which may endure post COVID-19. It is hoped that this report will help to embed this recent learning and innovation and may even inspire further innovation.
The agenda for this event will include presentations by the report authors, persons with disabilities and persons involved in service provision. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the presentations.
A more detailed event programme will be made available shortly on the NDA website.
If you would like to attend, please register by Monday 9th August. Both Irish Sign Language interpretation and real-time captioning will be available at this event.
You are welcome to share this invitation with relevant contacts in your network who may be interested in this topic.
The Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is an €800,000 Fund which will be delivered over two years: 2021 – 2022. The Fund was created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. The Department of Rural and Community Development was established in 2017 to provide a renewed and consolidated focus on rural and community development in Ireland. The consolidation into a new Department of both policy and supports in respect of community and rural development provides the means for a greater focus on creating vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities. The Department has responsibility for ensuring arrangements for strong oversight of the charities sector through facilitating the Charities Regulatory Authority in carrying out its independent statutory role. In July 2019 the Department also published Ireland’s first National Policy on Social Enterprise. The Policy is the Government’s framework to develop the sector in the years ahead both in terms of scale and impact.
Closing date is Tuesday, August 3rd at 1pm and the application form is relatively short so plenty of time to apply.
The EIL Seed Fund assists change-makers to overcome barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland.
Do you want to make a positive change and increase awareness and understanding of global development issues among the Irish public?
By providing successful individuals and groups with grants of up to €200, EIL wants to support you with your activities or events which will raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and Global Justice.
Your project can have a real impact on the way people in your community think about global issues and in turn, bring about real change in the world.
Current deadline for submission of proposals: August 23rd, 2021.
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’ Gorman, T.D., today announced that €250,000 will be available in grants for Parent and Toddler Groups, as part of the Summer of Play initiative.
The grants will be allocated to Parent and Toddler groups nationwide through local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). Parent and Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this scheme through their local CCC. This funding will be available to all Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not-for-profit basis and who actively involve the participation of parents in the local community.
Commenting on the launch of the Parent and Toddler Grant for 2021, Minister O’Gorman said:
“The last year and a half has been challenging for all of us, but particularly for children and their parents. That’s why my Department launched the Summer of Play Initiative, to provide supports for children and families to get outside and play safely this summer.
“I hope this grant will encourage the development of new Parent and Toddler groups, and will help existing groups to start up again. Parent and Toddler Groups provide much needed opportunity for children and parents to socialise, and I am delighted to be able to support them.”
Grants will range from €100 to €1250. Existing Parent and Toddler Groups can apply for a maximum of €800 while new start up groups may apply for maximum grant of up to €1250. The funding can be used for expenses including play equipment, activities for the children and training for parents.
Parents or non-for-profit community groups who wish to apply for funding for a new or existing Parent and Toddler group should contact their local CCC for details on the programme and the application process. Contact details and links to websites of all local City/County Childcare Committees can be found on www.myccc.ie
While the grants are intended to support Parent and Toddler groups to safely meet again, all groups should be aware of and follow current Government guidelines on Covid -19.
Meet and Code is back in Ireland for 2021, and charities can apply for a grant to host a virtual coding event for young people during September or October.
We fund digital and coding events of all kinds — from IT workshops to robotics courses and events with trendsetting subjects like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).
Last year an Irish event, Balally Family Resource Centre’s Mission Zero, was even shortlisted in the Europe-wide Meet & Code Awards! So we’re doubly excited to learn about your ideas for this year.
Who can enter?
The Meet and Code fund is open to registered charities located in the Republic of Ireland.
The planned events must take place between 1 September and 31 October 2021, must be free to attend, and must reach at least 20 young people aged between 8 and 24.
How to enter?
Entering is very easy — just visit www.meet-and-code.org/ie/ie and follow these five steps:
1. Register your organisation on the Meet and Code website and wait for verification. If you have registered before, please log in as your approval will still be valid this year.
2. Submit your event plan on the Meet and Code website.
3. Wait for your application to be reviewed.
4. Successful submissions receive a grant of up to €500.
5. Host your event!
After your event has taken place, you’re also eligible to participate in the Meet and Code Awards.
Submissions are now open via the Meet and Code website and will close on 8 September 2021. Grant numbers are limited, and events are funded on a first-come-first-served basis, so apply early!
Meet & Code is managed in Ireland by The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of charities, community and voluntary groups, and social enterprises.
Paper plans the way forward for the sector and the state to build on the strong collaborative approach that was in evidence during the COVID-19 crisis, we would encourage our PPN members to read it. https://www.nesc.ie/publications/building-a-new-relationship-between-voluntary-organisations-and-the-state-in-the-health-and-social-care-sectors/
NEWKD Home Visitation Service Supporting older people in North Kerry
Loneliness and isolation were never felt as deeply for older people in rural areas as during Covid 19 crisis in March 2020 and the following months. As the situation has eased slightly for most of us returning to work and going about our daily business, it has not been so for the most vulnerable and isolated in rural settings. There had been a great wave of support of many thousands of volunteers to help people over 70s with their food and medicine deliveries. This much appreciated kindness and will to help is still very much needed today. Now even more so for older people with no transport, isolated or living on their own.
NEWKD (North, East & West Kerry Development) works closely with the community and runs many projects such as Home Maintenance Services, Meals on Wheels, Senior Alert Scheme. The need for home social supports is evident in running these services, as older people were reported suffering loneliness and a lack of social contact in their daily lives. NEWKD and RSS (Rural Social Scheme) have been running Home Visitation Service project since 2018 in North Kerry area first as a pilot programme. This innovative project, which links isolated people with others socially in their community, has taken on greater importance in this time of so much uncertainty.
Volunteers and RSS participants form an essential part of Home Visitation Service by calling on service user once a week at agreed time to chat to and offer companionship and a listening ear. Home Visitation volunteers are not required to do cleaning, cooking or attend to medical needs, they are there to support and link older people with services that exist in the community, keep a gentle eye on them and making sure they know that someone cares. Commitment from the HSE Community Work Department and the team of HSE Public Health Nurses (PHNs) is a vital part of the Home Visitation Service initiative as well as support from An Garda Siochana and local groups. Should you include Kerry Volunteer Centre?
NEWKD/RSS Home Visitation Service adheres to and implements strict policies and procedures in regards to safety and welfare of the elderly. All volunteers and staff are carefully screened and also Garda vetted.
Please contact: NEWKD, 20 William StreetUpper, Listowel, Co. Kerry 068/23429 for further details, http://nekd.net/
Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces County Allocations for additional upgrade works to rural roads and laneways
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced the county breakdown of a further €10.5 million investment in our rural roads and laneways.
The allocation represents a doubling of the budget under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) – bringing the overall annual spend to a record €21 million.
The Local Improvement Scheme is designed to support the continued improvement of non-public roads in rural communities and improves access to rural homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as our lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches.
These roads and laneways are not normally maintained by locally authorities but, nonetheless, represent a vital piece of infrastructure for rural residents.
The share of the additional funding that is being allocated to each county under this second round comes following engagement between the Department of Rural and Community Development and local authorities.
The county allocations are based on the level of works that each local authority indicated they could complete before the end of the year.
The higher the level of demand that could be met by a local authority before the end of the year, the higher the level of funding they have been allocated.
The LIS scheme was re-introduced in 2017 and over 10,000 landowners and rural residents have benefitted to date.
The Minister made the announcement in County Clare as part the Our Rural Future Roadshow.
Announcing the allocation to each County, Minister Humphreys said:
“’Our Rural Future’, the Government’s ambitious five year policy for Rural Ireland, commits to increasing the Government’s investment in our rural roads through the Local Improvement Scheme.
“So I was delighted to secure a further €10.5 million for the Scheme which doubles our investment under the scheme this year to €21 million – the highest annual allocation since the scheme was re-introduced.
“This additional funding demonstrates my commitment to improving connectivity for rural residents – whether it be access to homes, farms or outdoor amenities.”
Under LIS, local authorities are responsible for identifying and prioritising roads for improvement works under the scheme, in consultation with residents/landowners.
The works must be completed before the end of the year.
Details of the allocation to each County under this second Round and the total allocations under both Rounds of funding are set out below.
The Minister continued:
“I am very much aware of the need to tackle the backlog of eligible applications that exist within many of our local authorities.
“My Department over the coming months will work closely with local authorities to ensure that this funding is fully delivered this year so that rural residents can benefit.
“Increasing rural connectivity is a vital component of ‘Our Rural Future’. With this second round of funding under the Local Improvement Scheme this year, we will have invested €80 million in upgrading rural roads and laneways across the country since 2017.”
Revised 2021 County Allocations
On behalf of Anam Cara we hope this email finds you well and that you have managed to avail of some of the beautiful weather over the last few weeks.
I just want to give you a brief update on what’s happening over the coming months, for you to inform any bereaved parents you are in contact with.
To give the Anam Cara group’s professional facilitators and volunteers a chance to recharge their batteries, there will be no online parents support meetings throughout the month of August. They will resume in September.
Anam Cara’s office will be open Monday to Friday throughout August from 9am to 5pm should you need any Anam Cara information packs posted to you. We will be available to talk to you or any bereaved parents over the phone should they need information.
We hope the Anam Cara ‘face to face’ groups will return in September 2021. To date there is no directive from the HSE about how community groups can resume their meetings and what health and safety procedures need to be in place. So, until we get the confirmation that community groups can recommence we will continue to support bereaved parents through our online events and 1-2-1 support telephone calls.
I have attached our Impact Report, which will highlight our key findings from Anam Cara’s 2020 Parent’s Survey. We would be delighted if you could take a moment to read it as it will give you an insight of Anam Cara’s impact for bereaved parents throughout Ireland.
Will be back in touch towards the end of August with more information for you about our Autumn bereavement support events for parents.
Till then, take care.
Sharon Vard CEO
Anam Cara Parental and Sibling Bereavement Support
Cookstown Industrial Estate,
Dublin D24 XDR5
Age Action’s Care and Repair prioritises carrying out jobs in the homes of older people who are being discharged or have recently been discharged from hospital.
If someone is coming out of hospital, no matter where they live, we would support them to make sure their home is safe. It’s a free service delivered nationwide.
Please find referral form attached.
Referrals can be made directly to the telephone numbers on the leaflet or by email to email@example.com.