Kerry PPN Newsletter Issue 18. 1/4/21

To Kerry PPN members,


Contents of this newsletter includes:


1. Phoenix Women’s Centre, photo competition

2. Healthy Kerry Framework – Launch 7th April

3. Consultation Report on the Support Needs of the Non-profit Sector

4. Alcohol Action Ireland

5. Rural Development Policy 2021-2025

6. Social Inclusion Forum 12th to 16th April, registration open

7. Reminder: Shaping Our Electricity Future – EirGrid launch 14-week consultation on future of electricity grid 15th APRIL 7-9

8. Age and Opportunity Fitline

9. National Learning Network

10. Community Response Helpline

11. Calendar of Strategic Policy Committee meetings 2021


This is your Newsletter so feel free to send us in information to share out to the community. Kind regards and stay safe,


Caroline Toal, Kerry PPN Development officer, 087-6891105,




The first ever Healthy Kerry Framework for the county will be launched on World Health Day, 7 April 2021, by the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Mr Frank Feighan TD.


The framework was developed to support the implementation of the national Healthy Ireland Framework and campaigns in response to the needs of the local community over the next six years.


Echoing the national Framework, the vision of the Healthy Kerry Framework is that everyone in the county can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential. It seeks to develop a county where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and in which this is everyone’s responsibility.


Members of the public are invited to join the online launch of the Framework on Thursday, 7 April at 3.30pm.


The link to join the event is available here

NEW RESEARCH POINT THE WAY TO DEVELOPING NONPROFIT SECTORA major new report into developing training and support infrastructure in Ireland’s non-profit sector published today highlights the many challenges the sector faces in its work supporting communities.


Produced by Sheila Cahill Consulting, co-commissioned by Carmichael and The Wheel, and co-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Consultation Report on the Support Needs of the Non-profit Sector identifies areas for investment in training and supports and makes specific recommendations for the non-profit sector and Government.


The research identifies several factors contributing to mounting pressure on Ireland’s c. 30,000 non-profit organisations, including financial uncertainty, increased regulatory compliance requirements and the need for resources for ongoing training and development.


The report also recognises the range of positive new strategies and initiatives that have been developed by the Department of Rural and Community Development, which point the way towards delivering the supports identified in the research.

Silent Voices is ending the silence on the impact of parental alcohol misuse. It aims to ensure the right supports are available to children today coping with parental alcohol misuse – and those adults dealing with the impact of a childhood trauma in later life.


For more information and resources, visit,

The Vision of this policy is for a thriving rural Ireland which is integral to our national economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development. An Ireland which is built on the interdependence of urban and rural areas. An Ireland which recognises the centrality of people, the importance of vibrant and lived-in rural places, and the potential to create quality jobs and sustain our shared environment.


For full report

Social Inclusion Forum


Registration for the annual Social Inclusion Forum, which will be taking place from 12th to 16th April 2021, is now open.

The theme of this year’s Forum is “Implementing the Roadmap for Social Inclusion: reducing poverty and improving social inclusion” and will take place online for the first time in line with government guidelines.

2020 saw the publication of the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-25: Ambition, Goals, Commitments,the arrival of Covid-19 and related restrictions on economic and social life, and the publication of a new Programme for Government.  This is the backdrop against which the 2021 Social Inclusion Forum will take place.

Sessions have been scheduled for the week starting on Monday 12th April with an opening plenary that we encourage all to attend, followed by a series of 90 minute workshops (optional) across 3 days on Roadmap topics including Core Essentials; Supporting Families and Children; Expanding the Opportunity of Employment; Making sure voices are heard. The Forum will close on Friday 16th April with a round up closing plenary. Full details of the programme and workshops are available on our event website to view or download.

Reflecting the strong working relationship between the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), the event has been organised in collaboration by both Departments.

Community Work Ireland and the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland and Community Work Ireland have worked with the Department  throughout the planning of this event.

Attendance at the Forum is free but must be pre-booked. Registration will close on Thursday 8th April 2021. If you have any specific visual or hearing accessibility needs, please indicate on your booking and we will try to accommodate you within reasonable notice.

For queries on the Social Inclusion Forum topics and programme, please email
For queries on registration, please email or via the Event website.

Shaping Our Electricity Future – EirGrid launch 14-week consultation on future of electricity grid


Dear PPNs,

This consultation aims to identify the best way for Ireland to move from reliance on fossil fuels to cleaner energy. EirGrid is responsible for the flow of electricity around the country and we are hosting a nationwide 14-week consultation to find an agreed approach to reach the Government’s 2030 renewable electricity target – of at least 70% of Ireland’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030.


Homes, communities and businesses across Ireland cannot “go green” without the right electricity grid to transport the renewables-based electricity. Over the next 10 years, we are going to transform the system – without question, the most radical transformation of the grid since electricity was invented.


Ireland has world-class conditions for renewable energy – wind (on- and off-shore) and solar – and with the right infrastructure in place we can decarbonise the system. Ireland needs significant investment and development of its electricity grid if it is to meet the social and economic policy goals of the country. This will mean making far-reaching changes to our electricity system – changes that will affect everyone on the island of Ireland. That’s why we want to collaborate with the public to find the best way of shaping our electricity future.


We have outlined 4 approaches that we are seeking views on and these include:


Approach 1: Generation-Led – Plan for electricity generation at the most suitable locations

– In this approach, government policy would influence where renewable energy is generated – favouring locations where the grid is already strong and taking local demand into account.

– This makes better use of the existing grid. It could also lead to more offshore wind generation on the east coast – reducing the need for onshore wind farms.


Approach 2: Developer-Led – Continue to develop the grid on a project-by-project basis in any location

– In this approach, we continue to connect new sources of renewable electricity as requested in any location – upgrading and strengthening the grid to suit circumstances in each case.

– This would mean completing over 100 individual projects between now and 2030 which is not feasible.

– This approach means we would not meet our 70% 2030 target


Approach 3: Technology-Led – Change the technology used for the grid infrastructure

– This approach, using proven technology, makes the electricity grid more resilient, so that it is better able to handle onshore renewable energy.

– It uses underground cables to carry high voltage direct current – moving clean electricity from the west coast (where the energy is generated) to the east coast, without disrupting the existing grid.

– It is an expensive, technically challenging and complex solution and is rarely used on national grids.


Approach 4: Demand-Led: The location of large energy users is decided by government policy

– This approach means government policy determines where large scale energy users – such as data centres and big industries – are located.

– Heavy electricity users like these would be situated closer to sources of renewable energy.

– Though it would mean influencing the decision making of high-demand customers wishing to set up or expand in Ireland.

– Changing where electricity is used in this way would need the support of stakeholders. Without it, we could not achieve our 70% target by 2030.


There are some foundation projects that are common to all four approaches and the final plan is likely to include elements of all approaches, strongly led by one of them.


A key aspect of the launch today is the scale of the consultation we are planning to undertake. Over the 14-week period we will be hosting groups and forums and working in partnership with industry, the National Youth Council of Ireland, Irish Rural Link, Chambers Ireland and others to host consultative forums and discussions. A central component will also see the holding of a Deliberative Dialogue (modelled on the Citizen’s Assembly).


We are asking Public Participation Networks to get involved in this consultation through our regional virtual workshops organised in partnership with Irish Rural Link. We will follow up in due course with more information on this. For the time being, we can provide the following information for your calendar:


Thursday 15th April     7pm to 9pm         South West 


Members of the PPN can also participate by using our online portal at where there is plenty of detail on the approaches and via post EirGrid plc, Freepost FDN 5312, D04 FW28 or by emailing

What is FitLine?

FitLine is a volunteer-led telephone-based motivation line which encourages callers to get more active.


How does it work?

FitLine is a great way to help people who want to feel a bit healthier but just don’t have the time or information on where and how to take that first step.


“Having that social connection FitLine provides, has been invaluable during this time, and the motivation and support are wonderful,” said Bridie, a FitLine participant.


Callers to FitLine can find out about clubs, groups, and facilities in their area. They will  also be able to gets lots of ideas about how they can do simple physical activities as part of their day-to-day routine to suit their lifestyle.


“I have been with FitLine for a few years and it gives me a great lift to get a phone call every couple of weeks. They have good advice. I live on my own and I love having someone from FitLine ring me regularly,” said Joe, a FitLine participant.


Check out our FitLine leaflet here.


How do I get involved?

If you are ready to make the change please FREE call us on 1800 303 545 to register your interest and a member of our Active team will call you back directly. You can also email



For information speak to our  team.

 1800 303 545