Welcome to County Wicklow PPN

Co. Wicklow PPN is a network of community groups from all the municipal districts in Co. Wicklow that focus on environmental, social inclusion and other community activities across the county.

Represent

We provide a structure for Co. Wicklow community groups to nominate community representatives to decision and policy making bodies in the county.

Participate

Become a member of this Network that supports the community to participate in local and national policy and decision making.

Support

We support member groups to grow, develop, be informed, and have their voices heard.

Our story

County Wicklow Public Participation Network (PPN) was formed in July 2014. Since then, Co Wicklow PPN has worked towards branding itself, developing transparent structures and procedures, providing community information, supporting member groups, representing the community on various committees, and raising awareness of the PPN itself.

County Wicklow PPN is a non-party political and non-sectarian representative organisation that acts as a voice for all community and voluntary organisations in County Wicklow.

The PPN’s purpose is to provide an inclusive and independent structure that enables community consultation and participation in policy and decision making so as to improve the quality of life and opportunities for people in the county.

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County Wicklow Public Participation Network

Welcome to the Facebook Page of County Wicklow Public Participation Network – “The Voice of Community & Voluntary Groups in County Wicklow”. County Wicklow PPN is a non-party political and non-sectarian representative organisation that acts as a voice for all community and voluntary organisations in County Wicklow. The PPN’s purpose is to provide an inclusive and independent structure that enables community consultation and participation in policy and decision making so as to improve the quality of life and opportunities for people in the county.
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Have your say about charging infrastructure
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Thanks to everyone who came to last night’s Bray workshops. Unfortunately we were all too busy talking to get any photographs!!

Next stop Arus Lorcan, Arklow on Monday night (23rd May). We’re looking forward to chatting to our Arklow communities then
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Minister O’Brien to hold event to thank volunteers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic
• Volunteers thanked for their invaluable contribution during the pandemic
• Event to be held in Dublin Castle by the Minister of State, with regional events around the country
• Recognition of volunteers comes during National Volunteer Week 2022

Mr. Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, will today (19th May) host an event to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and thank them for their invaluable work and supports during a very difficult time.

Speaking about the event, Minister O’Brien said:
“The event I am hosting today, in collaboration with Volunteer Ireland, is in recognition of the vital role played by volunteers during the pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, volunteers around the country ensured that the most vulnerable and hard to reach members of our community were supported. Their contribution, no matter how small, was absolutely crucial when so many of our population were isolating.

“Back in March 2020, the country was called on to step up and the response by volunteers was staggering. Thousands of volunteers in communities across Ireland came forward to provide help. Their good will, generosity and selfless hard work meant that that we could work together to successfully support the most vulnerable members of our communities during the pandemic.

“Volunteers, fulfil an extraordinary role. They show us that when times are hardest, the best of us show up, ready to help. I thank each and every person who stepped forward to help, for your dedication, and for your magnificent contribution.”

Research, carried out by Volunteer Ireland, has found that 75% of people volunteered in some way during the Covid-19 restrictions. This is a strong indicator of the generosity and determination of the people of Ireland to share, to be a part of communities and to benefit others.

Mr Peter O’Brien, who volunteered with the Aviva test and vaccination centre, said:
“The reasons people volunteer are as diverse as the individuals who respond to a call to action but one thing we all have in common is that we feel we have something to offer.”

Earlier this year, the Minister of State launched the Volunteer Ireland nomination web portal to accept nominations from relevant organisations of volunteers who made a contribution to their community during the pandemic. Volunteers nominated through the portal will attend the event in Dublin Castle, as well as events in counties around the country, being held to honour their work during the pandemic.

In line with the National Volunteering Strategy, the events are highlighting the unique value and contribution of volunteers to Irish society. It is an opportunity for Government to acknowledge how important volunteering is to the well-being of our communities, and in particular the enormous impact volunteers had during the last two years.

Nina Arwitz, CEO of Volunteer Ireland, added:
“We are delighted that after over two years apart, we are now able to celebrate the contribution of volunteers in response to the pandemic in person. The volunteers being recognised today went above and beyond to make sure no members of their community were left behind. From delivering shopping and prescriptions to supporting the national vaccination effort, volunteers were at the heart of our response to COVID-19. As we move to a brighter future, it’s important to take stock and acknowledge their incredible achievements.”

The winners of a primary school art competition held by the Department of Rural and Community Development, in association with Volunteer Ireland, will also attend the event in Dublin Castle. The overall winner of competition was Ms Nora Doe of St Paul’s National School in Sligo. Her artwork has been used to commission a commemorative badge which acknowledges the contribution of volunteers during the pandemic.
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Minister Humphreys opens information event for the Community Centres Investment Fund

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has today opened the pre-application information event for the new €15 million Community Centres Investment Fund.
Over 600 people registered to attend the online information event hosted by the Department of Rural and Community Development today.

The department will host a further information event on Wednesday 1 June from 2.30pm to 4pm and applicants must register to attend this event. Over 300 people have already signed up to attend.

These information events are designed to provide guidance on the application process.

Applicants need to register as ‘users’ on the portal here in advance of the application process which will open on 7 June 2022. This will allow them to identify any potential setup issues and rectify them in advance.

The closing date for applications will be 14 July 2022.
Guidelines and a sample application form are now available at www.gov.ie/communitycentresfund.

Addressing the online event, Minister Humphreys said:
“Community Centres are at the heart of nearly every community in Ireland – be it urban or rural. They are a place for people of all ages to meet, to socialise, to play sport or engage in activities ranging from a game of card, to music, arts or drama.
But I know that many of our community centres are in real need of investment, upgrade or repair. This new €15 million fund will deliver grants ranging from €10,000 to €300,000 – so that you can carry out those important improvements.”

Minister Humphreys continued:

“€15 million will go a long way to upgrade and refurbish some of our community buildings across the country so that thousands of people of all ages can benefit.
I am encouraging all community groups to look at this fund and think about how they can use it to improve their own local parish hall or community centre.
It’s important to attend the information sessions and learn about the application process and criteria before applying to the fund.”
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Threshold Training Networks are offering a 1-2-1 in person coaching service for mental health & wellbeing.

There are currently slots available on the Thursday afternoon.
People can avail of up to 8 sessions, it is free of charge.

To find out more call or to book your place call 01-4940502.
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
A great programme of celebrations for Africa Day here in Co Wicklow