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Southside Partnership Digital Newsletter Issue 3
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WELCOME TO OUR DIGITAL NEWSLETTER

In this issue, you can read about:

-  Bee-Friendly Kilcross community development project
-  Free Networking Forum: Attracting The Right Volunteers
-  Our Summer Projects - Making Summer Count!
-  Pre-budget submission
-  DLR Grants Scheme 2017
-  E-Vetting to start in DLR Volunteer Centre
-  Back To School Clothing & Footwear Allowance 2016
-  Southside Partnership Training Network Autumn Courses
-  You Are What You Drink Adult Health Workshop
-  CV and Interview Skills - 1 Day Bootcamps
-  DLR Community Awards 2016
-  Southside Partnership Employment/Careers Week 10th - 14th October
THE WORD 'COMMUNITY' IS BACK!
 

Following extensive lobbying by community and voluntary groups throughout the country, the title of the Government department formerly called the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, has been amended to include the word 'Community' in the name.

Going forward, it will be known as the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.
AWARD NOMINATED BEE-FRIENDLY KILCROSS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

 
Bee-Friendly Kilcross was initiated by Marese Hegarty of Southside Partnership as a community development project in support of Biodiversity Ireland’s National Pollinator Initiative.
 
The aim of the project was to create awareness of the serious threat to our bees and pollinators and to engage the community in workshops and activities which would increase awareness, share knowledge, plants, seeds and gardening skills, and get pollinator friendly plants in the gardens and public spaces on the estate.
 
The project was strongly supported by DLRCoCo Biodiversity in Action programme, who gave it a starter grant and by Kilcross Estate Management, as well as by the residents themselves.
 
A series of hands-on workshops for adults and children were held and a Great Plant Giveaway was made possible with the assistance of Ciaran Burke’s New Growth project in Marlay Park - a gardening project for the unemployed and people with disabilities. Over 50 local residents attended these workshops and the project itself is managed by a group of local volunteers.
 
The project is one of four supported by DLRCoCo’s Biodiversity in Action Programme which  has recently been shortlisted for a Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award.
DLR VOLUNTEER CENTRE FREE NETWORKING FORUM:
ATTRACTING THE RIGHT VOLUNTEERS


 
Topic:    Attracting the right Volunteers
Date:     Friday, 2nd September 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Venue:  Southside Partnership, Blackrock

DLR Volunteer Centre would like to invite you to their next networking forum, which will take place on Friday the 2nd of September.

The focus of the session will be on how your organisation can attract the right volunteers.  There can be more and more competition for volunteers and with the many roles out there, its important yours stands out. Social media, images, language, where you advertise, who you're targeting, its all there to be used.  So this event will look at some ads and recruitment strategies and generate some new ideas!

This event is free but registration in advance is essential to guarantee a place.  Tea, coffee and cake will be available on arrival! To register, claire@volunteerdlr.ie   or phone 01 209 0630

 
OUR SUMMER PROJECTS - MAKING SUMMER COUNT!

 
Staff working in our local resource centres in Mounttown, Loughlinstown and Sandyford, organised and ran four summer projects in these three communities during the months of July and August.  Over 90 young people between 7 and 15 years of age participated in a range of supervised activities including horse riding, arts and crafts, baking, pizza making, sports and gardening.  This year, for the first time, staff and volunteers worked in our resource centre in Furry Hill, Sandyford, offering a two week programme to children living in the area.  There was great enthusiasm for the various activities, with parents showing as much interest as the children in what was going on in the centre.  
PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION


The DLR Enterprise & Employment Network (EEN) is hosted and facilitated by Southside Partnership DLR. The EEN meets on a quarterly basis to provide a forum for local service providers to gather and exchange information of interest to our client groups, and to progress the needs of the unemployed and self-employed in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.
 
Southside Partnership has compiled a pre-budget submission outlining a number of issues, problems and possible solutions, which the EEN members believe should be taken into consideration by the relevant Government Departments when framing this year’s upcoming Budget.
 
The submission deals with the following topics:
 
1.  Tús Community Work Placement Initiative:
Progression to CE / Extended Contracts / Jobpath / Access to PTJI Scheme
2.  The Back To Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) – duration of support
3.  The Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) – extension of support period
4.  VTOS places for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown – additional places required
5.  Amendments to Back to Education Programme – to facilitate new career options
6.  A targeted initiative for unemployed over 45 years
7.  Potential loss of Rent Supplement - for Jobpath employees
8.  Back to Education Allowance – disincentive to participation
9.  Reasonable time needed for Jobseekers to prove they are applying for work
10. Consistency of Family Income Supplement – being included as income for certain schemes/payments
11.  Employer Incentive – for part-time work
 
A full copy of the pre-budget submission is available at this link.

 
DLR GRANTS SCHEME 2017 ROUND 1 IS NOW OPEN


The 2017 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Grants Scheme Round 1 is now open and accepting applications from all community groups interested in applying for funding under the 2017 scheme.

Guidelines and application forms are available on the Council's website www.dlrcoco.ie and can be requested from the Community Section, telephone 01 205 4893.  Where possible, the Council requests that applications be made online to enable them to be reviewed efficiently.

PLEASE NOTE:  There are some changes in the 2017 grant scheme.

 
  • To be eligible to apply for grants, groups need to regsiter with the Public Participation Network (PPN) - groups include those working in the areas of Community, Sports, Environment, Arts, Residents Associations, and Social Inclusion, including groups working with people experiencing disadvantage or inequality.
  • To register as a member of the PPN please fill in the membership application form, which is available at this link - or email enquiries@dlrppn.ie to request a form.  Completed forms can be returned by email, or posted to DLR PPN, The Old Post Office, 7 Rock Hill, Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
  • New grant category - Upgrading Community Facilities.  This grant is towards the refurbishment of community facilities.  Limited funding will be available subject to budgetary approval.
  • New 'Age Friendly Grants' to be made available to support proposals that help in achieving the Age Friendly goals for the county - see more about the DLR Age Friendly County here.

Closing date for grant applications:  Monday 17th October 2016
 
E-VETTING TO START IN DLR VOLUNTEER CENTRE


The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Centre has been invited by the National Vetting Bureau to join the new E-Vetting system.

This new online system will allow vetting to be completed online and will ensure quicker turn around times.  The Vetting Bureau has indicated that online vetting applications received by their office will be returned within 4 to 5 days. If you'd like more information about this process, click here or call the DLR Volunteer Centre on  01 209 0630.
BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ALLOWANCE 2016




 
The back to school clothing and footwear allowance payment assists those who are eligible to meet the cost of school clothing and footwear. 

The allowance is paid to eligible children between the ages of 4 and 17 and also those between the ages of 18 and 22 who are in full time education, on or before 30th September 2016.

If you do not automatically receive the allowance, you can still make an application before the 30th September deadline.

In 2015 over 153,000 families with 281,000 children benefitted from the payments.  The payment rate is €100 for each child aged 4 to 11 and €200 for children aged 12 to 22.  For more information contact the Southside Partnership Local Employent Service on 01 284 1977 or your local Citzens Information Centre.
SOUTHSIDE PARTNERSHIP TRAINING NETWORK
AUTUMN COURSES


 

The following courses will be taking place this Autumn:

Motivational Interviewing - 22nd & 29th September 2016, 9am - 5pm at Mounttown Community Facility   Click here to view full details of this course

Impact Measurement & Report Writing - 10th & 17th October 2016, 9am - 5pm at Cabinteely Parish Centre   Click here to view full details of this course

Project Management - 8th November 2016, 9am - 5pm (venue to be confirmed - Dun Laoghaire area)   Click here to view full details of this course

For further information and booking, please contact
Marie Kavanagh on 01 706 0100 or marie.kavanagh@sspship.ie
YOU ARE WHAT YOU DRINK - HEALTH WORKSHOP

 
The next You Are What You Drink adult health workshop with Elaine O'Mahony will take place on Wednesday, 7th September, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, at the Foxrock Parish Centre, Kill Lane.

Explore how sugar, sweeteners, caffeine and alcohol can affect everyday health and wellbeing, and learn how to achieve the energy and health you desire.

For further information and booking, contact Elaine on 083 844 4061
CV & INTERVIEW SKILLS - ONE DAY BOOTCAMPS

 
Learn the basics of professional CV & interview skills
- Top tips on wording your profile
- Top tips on structuring your CV
- Top tips on preparing for interview

 
A one day workshop to enhance your job-seeking skills
Upcoming dates:
- 30 August             at Southside Partnership office, Blackrock
- 21 September        at Southside Partnership office, Blackrock
- 12 October            at the Scout Den, Ballybrack
- 23 November         at Southside Partnership office, Blackrock
- 22 December         at Southside Partnership office, Blackrock


Contact Lisa Walsh, Employment Coordinator, to book a place - 01 516 6257  or  01 209 0610
DLR COMMUNITY AWARDS 2016

 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Community Awards highlight the activities, excellent work and projects of community and voluntary groups within the county.  These awards afford the Council an opportunity to acknowledge the valuable contribution these groups provide in the community. The Council is now inviting applications for community awards from groups.

The judging process for entries this year will be based on each group's:

  1. Submission – Application Form, and
  2. Exhibition Stand in County Hall

Entries will be assessed on the following basis:

  • Originality of project
  • Level of local participation and effort involved
  • Group’s contribution to quality of life in their local community
  • Structure of the group and its aims
  • Contribution to Social Inclusion Environment
The online application form and related documents can be found here at the DLRCoCo website

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 9th September, 2016

SOUTHSIDE PARTNERSHIP
EMPLOYMENT/CAREERS WEEK

10 – 14th OCTOBER


Contact Lisa Walsh at Southside Partnership for further details: 
01 516 6257 or 01 209 0610 or at  lisa.walsh@sspship.ie

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