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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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
Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) is an evidence based self-management programme that helps people be and stay well. WRAP can help you discover simple, safe, and effectve tools to
improve your mental health; develop a daily plan to stay on track and gain support and stay in control when you are facing life’s challenges

The programme will be running soon in the Knockrobin Primary Care Centre (Rathnew) and in Arklow Library
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Wicklow’s Walking Trails to Benefit from funding of €46,400. Congratulations to all the communities involved

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces almost €1 million in funding to support and improve 446 walking trails

• Grants of up to €3,000 to be provided to 175 community groups
• Funding for the purchase of maintenance equipment and to promote the use of trails by visitors
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Wednesday, 10th August) announced funding of almost €1 million to support and improve some 446 walking trails across the country.

Under the initiative, grants of €1,000 – €3,000 will be provided to 175 community groups responsible for managing the trails throughout rural Ireland.

The groups will be able to use the grant to maintain and improve their local trail and promote its use to visitors.

Among the trails that are subject to the grant funding include:

• The East Clare Way in Co. Clare
• Beara Way in Co. Cork and Kerry
• Leitrim Way in Co. Leitrim
• Land of the Giants in Co. Mayo
• The Blessington Greenway in Co. Wicklow
• Bluestack Way in Co. Donegal

The 175 groups to receive the funding are known as Community Trail Management Organisations.

They are registered with Sport Ireland and work in partnership with the local authority, Coillte and the Local Development Company (LDC) in maintaining their local trails.

Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:

“Our walkways, trails and greenways are an integral feature of Rural Ireland.

“They have been a godsend to us all, particularly during COVID-19, in terms of supporting our physical and mental wellbeing.

“This new initiative that I am announcing today is all about keeping these trails in top condition and supporting their use by both domestic and international visitors.

“So, it might be a case of using the grant to purchase a strimmer in order to maintain the local trail.

“Or a community group may decide to build a new website to promote their trail to a wider audience.

“The grants that I am announcing today range from €1,000 to €3,000 and are being provided to 175 community groups that are tasked with managing the trails in partnership with their local authority, Coillte and Local Development Company.”

The Minister continued:

“I am delighted to announce this funding for Community groups today and to continue the unprecedented investment in our outdoor amenities, underpinned by the most ambitious ever policy for Rural Ireland, ‘Our Rural Future’.
“A National Outdoor Recreation Strategy is currently being developed by my Department in conjunction with Comhairle na Tuaithe. The Strategy, which is due to be launched shortly, will provide a long term vision for the growth and development of outdoor recreation in Ireland.
“This once off grant funding is in keeping with the objectives of the strategy by supporting local stakeholders to maintain and develop outdoor recreation facilities such as these registered walking trails.”

Minister Humphreys concluded:

“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Community groups, the landowners and everyone else involved in the development and maintenance of these outdoor recreation facilities for their all hard work and commitment to their community.”
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Celebrate Traveller Pride with Wicklow Travellers Group
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Safe Talk Training will take place in Rathdrum on Saturday 17th September. The training is free but booking is essential
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
Wicklow benefits from €637,748 from the Local Improvement Scheme Fund

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys doubles funding for Local Improvement Scheme to €22 million
• Investment to upgrade rural laneways and non-public roads
• Funding will improve access to rural homes & farms
• Over €100 million invested under Local Improvement Scheme since 2017

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday 8th August) announced that she is doubling the funding available this year for the upgrade of rural laneways and non-public roads to €22million.

The funding is being provided as part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious policy for rural development.
The announcement will see counties receive a significant increase in their allocation under the Local Improvement Scheme for 2022.
The focus of the Local Improvement Scheme is on upgrading rural laneways and non-public roads which provide access to homes, farms and outdoor amenities.

Prior to today’s announcement, each Local Authority was asked to consult with local residents and landowners and identify road and laneway projects where works could start immediately and be completed this year.

Announcing the increased funding, Minister Humphreys said:

“The recent census results show that the population of rural Ireland is growing. This is hugely positive. As part of ‘Our Rural Future’, I want to see more people living, working and raising a family in our rural communities throughout the country.

“The Local Improvement Scheme is about making life a little bit easier for those rural families who live on a laneway or non-public road. The scheme provides substantial grant aid for the upgrade of these routes and assists homeowners with the costs. In many cases where there are multiple homes on a lane, neighbours will work together to draw down funding under the scheme.

“The Department of Rural and Community Development is now exactly five years old. I am proud during those five years my Department has provided over €100 million under the Local Improvement Scheme. That funding has delivered improvements on over 3,000 roads and laneways nationwide benefitting over 13,000 rural homes. The funding I am announcing today will see a further increase in those numbers with many more homeowners benefitting.

“As Minister for Rural Development, I want to see young people building on their family land, living in the community they grew up in and seeing their children attend the local school and playing for the local GAA club – this is what our rural communities are built upon.

“I will always fight for rural homeowners and I will continue to make the case for further increases in funding under the Local Improvement Scheme.”

The funding provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development will be complemented by a local financial contribution from landowners/householders. There is a ceiling of €1,200 on the amount that any individual householder or landowner will be asked to contribute towards the cost.
This round of allocations is based on the level of works local authorities have indicated they can deliver under the scheme by the end of this year following engagement with local residents and landowners.
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
County Wicklow Public Participation Network
The Colour Club is hosting an Open Day!
County Wicklow Public Participation Network