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GIY aim to get half a million people growing food with Grow It Forward

In partnership with Healthy Ireland and Libraries Ireland, GIY today announced the launch of Grow it Forward. Through this initiative, 50,000 free food growing kits will be given away, participants are asked to use the kits to share the experience with ten people, enabling half a million people across Ireland to enjoy the wide range of benefits that come from growing food at home.

Budding GIYers are invited to claim a Grow it Forward pack at giy.ie/growitforward or by contacting their local library, as all 330 branches nationwide are helping to drive the effort. As part of the Government’s Keep Well programme, this campaign is designed to help the nation eat well by inspiring and supporting people to grow some of their own food at home while connecting with friends and family to join them.

Each food growing pack includes seeds for beetroot, carrots, salad leaves, peas and tomatoes; a guide to help grow them and a postcard and gift tags to help share them. Those who sign up will also receive regular e-mails with growing support, video clips and ideas for how to ‘grow it forward’ by passing on seeds, seedlings or produce in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Speaking at the campaign launch, Michael Kelly, Founder of GIY said:

“The pandemic has seen a record number of people turn to growing their own food and discovering the joy and pride that brings. The process of seeing a seed turn into a seedling and eventually food you can eat is full of magic and no shortage of optimism. Grow it Forward is all about sharing that feeling as far and wide as possible at a time when we need it most. That’s why we’re inviting people to get free seeds and do good deeds.”

Speaking in support of the campaign, Frank Feighan TD, Minister of State for Public Health and Wellbeing said:

“During these challenging times, it is vital that we do everything we can to look after our wellbeing. Right now there is a great need for positive, outdoor activities and creativity in how we stay connected to one another. Evidence suggests that being out in nature, spending time in green space or growing some plants at home can help lift our mood and have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. I would like to congratulate GIY for this Grow it Forward project as part of Healthy Ireland’s Keep Well campaign – this simple idea can really bring great joy, foster wellbeing and can also help revive community spirit. I encourage everyone to get involved.”

On behalf of local authorities and libraries, Colette Byrne, Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council said:

“Local authorities and libraries are delighted to partner with GIY on the GROW It Forward programme. As the days brighten all of us are looking for things to do and what better way than growing your own healthy and nutritious food from seed? When you sign up, you’re not just getting seeds, you’re getting a whole programme

of support and the opportunity to share your new knowledge along with seedlings, plants and produce with friends and family. This could be a lovely intergenerational project where grandparents share seedlings with grandchildren and keep in touch and share photos as their vegetables grow. Library staff will be available to support and guide you through your growing journey so contact your local library today to sign up and get started. You don’t have to be a library member but this is a great chance to join because as well as a free Grow It Forward e-book, you’ll have access to thousands of gardening and cookery books and magazines so you can continue to develop your new hobby.”

Calling on people of all ages to join the campaign, GIY’s Director of Development Karen O’ Donohoe added:

“We encourage everyone to take part regardless of your experience in growing or the space you have to grow. Packs will be given out on a first come, first served basis and we will then teach people how to grow, whether on a windowsill or a large garden. We will also show a wide range of ways to share seeds, small seedlings, plants in pots or the produce at harvest time, to make sure your Grow it Forward experience is as easy as can be.”

Register for a Grow it Forward pack while supplies last by emailing your name and address to tramorelibrary@waterfordcouncil.ie or by calling 0761 102594.

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Anti Dog Fouling campaign launched

Photo Sean Byrne

Have you stepped in it lately?

Waterford City & County Council together with Carlow, Kilkenny & Wexford Councils are launching a new Anti-Dog Fouling campaign asking dog owners to clean up after their dog. The campaign promotes a simple theme… “Bag it & Bin it”.

Launched on 22nd March, this campaign is set to run for the remainder of 2021 and is set to firmly emphasize that dog fouling is your responsibility as a dog owner. The campaign will address a range of issues surrounding dog fouling, from its effect on the public who use our streets, parks and beaches, to attitudes to cleaning up as dog owners, from health issues to civic pride. The campaign will reach across social media, local newspapers, radio, community groups and schools.

Speaking at the launch of the Anti-Dog Fouling campaign Mayor of the City and County of Waterford Councillor Damien Geoghegan explained that “Currently there are some dog owners who do not clean up after their dog and some who clean up but leave the bag on a wall, tree or ground when nobody is watching. We believe that a relatively small proportion of dog owners behave badly in this way but it has a big impact on others who use our public spaces; children, walkers, wheelchair users, runners, ball players, etc. Whether you walk your dog on a street, in a park or on a beach, the message is simple… Bag it & Bin it. “

Cllr Geoghegan went on to say that “We regularly receive complaints about dog fouling from around the county, ranging from owners not picking up after their dog, to those who bag it but leave it on a nearby wall or corner when nobody is watching or to those who simply look the other way as their dog fouls on a green area. The message to anyone who walks a dog couldn’t be simpler… Bag it & Bin it.” If you don’t pass a bin on your walk home, then simply put the bag in your black bin when you reach your house. It may not be the most glamorous part of owning a dog, but it is part and parcel of it all the same. In this campaign we are asking all dog owners to Bag it & Bin it.”

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021

Waterford City & County Council now seeks expressions of interest from towns and villages for funding of suitable projects under this initiative.

Expression of Interest forms and details of the Scheme outline can be obtained by emailing townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie and completed Expression of Interest forms are to be returned before 5.00pm Friday 23rd April 2021.

Applications are now invited for the 2021 Community Heritage Grant Scheme

The Community Heritage Grant Scheme is now OPEN for applications. The Scheme closing date is Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm.

The Heritage Council has allocated in the region of €1,000,000 to its Community Grant Scheme 2021.

The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, or objects (including buildings). The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work in this area or to start new initiatives.

Project Timeframe

Projects that begin after the grant offer date in early May, and are completed by 8th October 2021 can be considered for funding under this scheme.

Who can apply?

• The scheme is open to:
• voluntary and community groups
• heritage-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
• not-for-profit heritage organisations
• Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) participants
• Adopt a Monument Programme participants

Applications from other organisations, private companies or individuals will not be considered.

How to apply

Submit your application via The Heritage Council’s Online Grants System by Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm. Applications or supporting documents cannot be submitted after this time

Full details on the website https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/community-heritage-grant-scheme-2021

2x Tidy Towns webinars : United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Waterford City and County Council is hosting two additional FREE Tidy Towns related webinars in 2021. Top tips in how to succeed in the competition will be on offer for community groups, organisations, and individuals who register.

The aim is to support groups with their ongoing work in their Tidy Towns groups along with advice for their application for the 2021 national competition.

The next two webinars will focus on sustainability category and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (new to the competition this year) and also on writing the application itself. Due to Covid restrictions this year judges will not be able to visit your town/village and so your judging will be based solely on your application form. This means that it is more important than ever to showcase all of your work to the judges via your application form. Hear advice about how to gain marks for your work through your application form alone.

Sustainability – Doing More with Less

7pm on Monday 22nd March

Register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sustainability-doing-more-with-less-tickets-143106093177

TidyTowns Adjudicator Debbie Nesbitt

Writing the Application

7pm, Tuesday 13th April

Register for this event:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/143281024401

TidyTowns Adjudicator Fiona MacGowan

Waterford Libraries and WIT School of Humanities launch bite-sized lunchtime presentations

Waterford Libraries and the English and Theatre Studies Team at the School of Humanities, WIT have joined forces to create an engaging series of bite-sized lunchtime presentations. These are on a host of topics from books, transcription of letters to breathing exercises – all are free and open to everyone. The series of four presentations will take place on Thursdays from 11 March – 1 April at 1:15pm to 1:45pm.

Lecturers Dr Kate McCarthy, Dr Christa de Brún, Dr Jenny O’Connor and Dr Úna Kealy will speak for 15 minutes and then engage with the online audience for a further 15 minutes as Q&A or interactive workshop.  Kate McCarthy will begin with an interactive workshop to connect the mind and body through breath at a time when our encounters with the world are increasingly experienced through a screen. This will be followed by an exploration of Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart and the Irish Psyche by Christa de Brún who will explore the intensity of small-town divides, and the weight of the recession on family life, nationalism, emigration, postcolonialism and Catholicism and all the aspects of Irish culture that shape Irish identity. Jenny O’Connor will look at Han Kang’s The Vegetarian and it central theme of desire and Úna Kealy will finish the series with a presentation on transcribing letters from the 1930s using documents exchanged between Teresa Deevy to her friend and fellow playwright Jim Cheasty followed by a short workshop where participants will do some transcribing of their own.

The four events are free of charge but booking is essential. You can book on the Waterford Library Eventbrite page or through www.waterfordlibraries.ie

This series is part of the Irish Government’s Keep Well campaign which is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own wellbeing by adding a range of initiatives to support individual and community creativity in the arts, crafting, culture and heritage. “The aim of the series is to create mini opportunities to think, talk and interact with some of the texts and topics that English and Theatre Studies students within the BA Arts programme in WIT consider” says Dr Kealy. “It is always important to make connections and share knowledge and WIT is delighted to partner with Waterford Libraries and the Keep Well campaign”.

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Full Lecture Series

  • And…breathe: An interactive workshop to connect the mind and body through the breath. Facilitated by Dr Kate McCarthy, 11 March 1:15pm – 1:45pm
  • The Spinning Heart and the Irish Psyche.Facilitated by Dr Christa de Brún, 18 March 1:15pm – 1:45pm
  • Everything you always wanted to know about desire…in 15 minutes: Han Kang’s The Vegetarian. Facilitated by Dr Jenny O’Connor, 25 March 1:15pm – 1:45pm
  • Reading other people’s letters: A workshop in transcription, Facilitated by Dr Úna Kealy, 1 April 1:15pm – 1:45pm

Let Dandelions Bee!

Let Dandelions Bee!

A campaign to let dandelions bloom for a short few weeks to help feed bees this Spring. They are our wild bees’ most favourite food. Help halt the bee decline by simply leaving dandelions to grow in your garden this March and April. The best way to help our bees this year is to do nothing! For more information, see www.letdandelionsbee.ie or https://pollinators.ie/resources

The competition is to take a photo of dandelions in bloom and send it to letdandelionsbee@gmail.com, like and share this post. Closing date: 5pm 30th April 2021. Prize: the winner can choose either a €100 Dungarvan Chamber gift voucher or €100 Waterford Chamber gift voucher.

Applications are now invited for the 2021 Community Heritage Grant Scheme

The Community Heritage Grant Scheme is now OPEN for applications. The Scheme closing date is Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm.

The Heritage Council has allocated in the region of €1,000,000 to its Community Grant Scheme 2021.

The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, or objects (including buildings). The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work in this area or to start new initiatives.

Project Timeframe

Projects that begin after the grant offer date in early May, and are completed by 8th October 2021 can be considered for funding under this scheme.

Who can apply?

• The scheme is open to:
• voluntary and community groups
• heritage-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
• not-for-profit heritage organisations
• Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) participants
• Adopt a Monument Programme participants

Applications from other organisations, private companies or individuals will not be considered.

How to apply

Submit your application via The Heritage Council’s Online Grants System by Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm. Applications or supporting documents cannot be submitted after this time

Full details on the website https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/community-heritage-grant-scheme-2021

Local Waste Prevention Grant 2021

Are you part of a group that wants to help to take steps on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in your local area?

Waterford City and County Council invites submissions from community groups, youth groups, schools or other community development organisations, based in County Waterford, who are interested in receiving funding for initiatives regarding waste prevention, reuse and repair.

The main focus for projects this year should be on food waste prevention, composting and projects to promote a circular economy e.g. reduce use of single use items (encourage use of reusable items). Applications for projects under these themes will be prioritised for funding. Closing date for completed applications is 5pm 25th March 2021.

The application form and Terms & Conditions for this grant are available below.

How to apply:

  • The application form for this grant is available from the http://bit.ly/WastePreventionGrant2021 or by phoning 0761 10 20 20.
  • Terms & Conditions
  • The grant application form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section for consideration by the closing date 25th March 2021.

Creative writing for health and well-being

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council in association with the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore and the Keep Well Campaign presents …

A SENSUAL LIFE

With Lani O’Hanlon, writer, poet and movement therapist.

Creative writing for health and well-being on every level, for those of you who would like to begin or have already set out on your writing journey.

Over five weeks we will explore memories of people, place, things and the natural world through the body and the senses, creating memoir, poetry and stories gently and effortlessly, using a combination of body-focused meditation and writing prompts.

We will share our writing giving gentle feedback and encouragement.

This five-week course, two hours weekly (with breaks) on Zoom begins on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 and for the four subsequent Tuesdays to a total of five sessions. Time to be confirmed but please indicate if you would prefer a daytime or evening session.

We are offering FREE places to people based within Waterford City and County Council’s administrative area. As places are limited, your expression of interest will form the basis for selection. No correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions. If there is capacity with places, people from outside the county can apply for a place and the fee is €175.

A commitment to attend each session is necessary for the groups’ well-being supported by the facilitator. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THIS COURSE UNLESS YOU CAN FULLY COMMIT TO IT.

Expressions of interest must be submitted to morgan@waterfordcouncil.ie on or before Monday 8th March 2021 at noon.

Making a submission indicates that you give permission to share your contact details with the facilitator for the purposes of contacting you for the online sessions.

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Author of Dancing the Rainbow Holistic Well-Being through Movement and The Little Theatre poetry chapbook, Lani O’ Hanlon is an experienced group facilitator, writer and movement artist/therapist working in Arts and Health with WHAT and with Grace Wells and Waterford City and County Arts Office developing Inspirational writing workshops in the Landscape and The Sacred Wild and The Molly Keane Writers Retreats.

She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and her work has been published widely in various literary magazines and anthologies; including Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Mslexia, Orbis, Southword, Vanguard and the anthologies Pandemia from the Munster Literature Centre, and Staying Human, Bloodaxe. Her writing is broadcast regularly on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany and she was one of Poetry Ireland’s Introductory poets in 2020. Her writing has won or been highly commended for a number of awards including; The Hennessey New Irish Writing, The Bridport Prize, Poetry on the Lake, The Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair and with Film Director Fiona Aryan’s Virginia gave me Roses which won the 2019 International IndieCork / Ó Bhéal prize for best Poetry-Film and was featured in the Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin in 2020.

Minister Naughton Announces Further Extension to Driving Licences

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD has announced today 24th February 2021, details of a further extension to the expiry dates of driving licences. The move comes as the EU and national Governments take steps in response to the disruption caused by Covid-19 to driver licensing services across the EU.

The extension will apply to different groups of licence holders including those who benefited from extensions in 2020.

Drivers who are affected by the extension are encouraged to check the new expiry date of their driving licence by using the expiry date calculator on www.ndls.ieEnter the expiry date printed on your driving licence into the calculator and it will tell you the new expiry date.

Commenting on the extension to driving licences Minister Naughton said that “This extension to driving licences will address the concerns that drivers have in renewing their licence. I would strongly encourage drivers to check the new expiry date of their driving licence by using the expiry date calculator on www.ndls.ie.”

Continuing, Minister Naughton said, “Anyone who receives the licence extension will not be sent out a new licence. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) which manages the NDLS will automatically update driver records to show the new expiry date. A letter will then be sent to every customer who is entitled to the extension, explaining that the expiry date of their licence is being extended. The RSA has also told Insurance Ireland and An Garda Síochána about the new expiry date of driving licences.”

The change will apply as follows:

  • Any licence holder, who has not already renewed, and whose licence expired between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 will have a new expiry date of 1 July 2021.
  • Any licence holder, who has not already renewed, and whose licence expired between 1 June 2020 and 31 August 2020 will have thirteen months (which includes the previous extension) added to their expiry date. By way of example a licence which expired on 31 August 2020 will have a new expiry date of 30 September 2021.
  • Any licence holder, who has not already renewed and whose licence expiry date is between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021 will have an extra ten months added to their expiry date. By way of example a licence which expires on 30 June 2021 will have a new expiry date of 30 April 2022.

Drivers who have been granted an extension and who have already booked an appointment at an NDLS centre, to renew their licence, are being asked to cancel the appointment, to make it available for others who need it.

National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres remain open to essential workers.

Anyone who posted an application form to renew their licence is being advised that the NDLS may not be able to process their application. This will happen if the driver record has been updated and is already showing the new expiry date of your driving licence. Any original supporting documents, submitted with an application form, will be returned. Refunds will be made where applicable (licence renewal for over 70s is free).

Any driver can renew a driving licence within three months of the new expiry date. When your driving licence is due for renewal, you can renew it online on www.ndls.ie. To renew it online, you must have a Public Services Card (PSC) and a verified MyGovID account. You will get more information about a PSC at www.mywelfare.ie and about a verified MyGovID account at www.mygovid.ie.

For further information on extension of driving licences, please visit the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) www.ndls.ie or the Road Safety Authority (RSA) www.rsa.ie

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Local Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant 2021

Are you part of a group that wants to help to put a stop to dog fouling in your community? Have you noticed litter along the roadsides and want to prevent it?

Waterford City and County Council invites submissions from community groups, youth groups, schools or other community development organisations, based in County Waterford, who are interested in receiving funding for initiatives regarding litter or graffiti.

The main focus for projects this year should be on dog fouling and roadside litter. Applications for projects under these themes will be prioritised for funding. Closing date for completed applications is 5pm 18th March 2021.

How to apply: