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Good news for Built Heritage in Waterford

Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage recently announced two funding schemes for Protected Structures and historic buildings: the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2024 and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2024.

Since 2016, Waterford City and County has been allocated  €1.4 million for conservation projects under these schemes. So far this has supported 137 projects, provided over 10,000 days of employment and has generated a spend of €3 million. These figures do not include the non-conservation element of projects which generated additional employment and spend.  The projects ranged in scope from essential repairs of rainwater goods, walls, windows, thatch roofs, stained glass, to large-scale repairs of buildings.

The Department notes that the quality of our historic built environment can have a profound effect on how we live. It contributes to the vitality of our cities, towns, villages and countryside, instils a sense of pride of place, and enhances the quality of our everyday lives.

The historic built environment makes a significant contribution to economic prosperity by attracting investment, providing direct and indirect employment, as well as sustaining a traditional skills base for wider application. Our built heritage is one of the main attractions for visitors to Ireland, so its conservation also reinforces and promotes our tourism industry as well as contributing to the regeneration of urban and rural areas.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2024 

The BHIS scheme seeks to leverage private capital for investment in small-scale, labour-intensive projects and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of Protected Structures and in certain cases, the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA). Funding awards made under the scheme will be between €2,500 and €15,000, with applicants matching in full the grants being awarded. In relation to projects funded within an ACA, the maximum amount is €10,000 per individual project.

The Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2024

Funding for the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) is being made available as part of Project Ireland 2040. Total funding available nationally under the Historic Structures fund in 2024 will be €4 million.

Stream 1 will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and is aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures.

Stream 1, Historic Shopfronts sub-stream – To incentivise the conservation of historic shopfronts, each Local Authority is invited to submit an additional application under Stream 1 for eligible essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use. Local Authorities are also invited to make an additional application for Irish-language shopfronts.

Stream 2 will offer a small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated, or a clear residential benefit has been demonstrated (such projects must be advanced through the planning process as necessary)

A grant of over €200,000 may be awarded in exceptional circumstances where a case is made by the applicant in relation to the significance of the project and the works proposed.

Vernacular Structures Stream – In the context of A Living Tradition: A Strategy to Enhance the Understanding, Minding and Handing on of Our Built Vernacular Heritage (2021), the stream for vernacular structures is being retained for 2024, with funding of €150,000. The purpose of the stream is to support conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures that are not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected. Such structures may be located within an Architectural Conservation Area.

These schemes will be administered by Waterford City and County Council. The criteria with a complete list of qualifying works, the application forms and checklist, and the guidance notes for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2024 and Historic Structures Fund 2024 are now available on https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/media/grants/index.htm

Completed application forms and photos of the structures to be submitted by email only to Planning@waterfordcouncil.ie by 5pm, January 19th, 2024. Only applications received by this date will be considered.  Please ensure that the grant scheme name is in the subject line and note that all forms must be completed in full, in order to be processed. Successful applicants must have the works completed by September 27th 2024.

For further information about the schemes or to submit the application form please contact: Rosemary Ryall, Executive Conservation Officer, Waterford City and County Council by emailing rryall@waterfordcouncil.ie

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The Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2024

Funding for the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) is being made available as part of Project Ireland 2040. Total funding available nationally under the Historic Structures fund in 2024 will be €4 million

1. Stream 1 will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and is aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures.

2. Stream 1, Historic Shopfronts sub-stream – To incentivise the conservation of historic shopfronts, each Local Authority is invited to submit an additional application under Stream 1 for eligible essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use. Local Authorities are also invited to make an additional application for Irish-language shopfronts.

3. Stream 2 will offer a small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where:

a. A clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated, or

b. A clear residential benefit has been demonstrated (such projects must be advanced through the planning process as necessary)

A grant of over €200,000 may be awarded in exceptional circumstances where a case is made by the applicant in relation to the significance of the project and the works proposed.

4. Vernacular Structures Stream – In the context of A Living Tradition: A Strategy to Enhance the Understanding, Minding and Handing on of Our Built Vernacular Heritage (2021), the stream for vernacular structures is being retained for 2024, with funding of €150,000. The purpose of the stream is to support conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures that are not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected. Such structures may be located within an Architectural Conservation Area. All local authorities can apply for funding for specific projects of between €5,000 and €10,000.

The scheme will be administered by the Conservation Section,  Waterford City and County Council.   If you are interested, please download the application form and checklist.  There is  also a guidance  to assist applicants with information in relation to the application process and operation. All forms are also available in Irish.

Completed application forms and photos of the structures to be submitted only  by email  to Planning@waterfordcouncil.ie by 5pm on 19th  of January 2024. Only applications received by this date  will be considered.  Please ensure that the grant scheme name is in the subject line and note that all forms must be completed in full, in order to be processed. Successful applicants must have the works completed by the 27th of September 2024.

If  you have any queries in relation to the schemes or wish to submit the application form by post  please contact: Rosemary Ryall, Executive Conservation Officer, Waterford City and County Council. e-mail:  rryall@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2024

The BHIS scheme seeks to leverage private capital for investment in small-scale, labour-intensive projects and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of Protected Structures and in certain cases, the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA). Funding awards made under the scheme will be between €2,500 and €15,000, with applicants matching in full the grants being awarded. In relation to projects funded within an ACA, the maximum amount is €10,000 per individual project.

The scheme will be administered by the Conservation Section,  Waterford City and County Council.   If you are interested, please download the application form and checklist.  There is  also a guidance booklet   and a  list  of qualifying works and non-qualifying works  to assist applicants with information in relation to the application process and operation.

  • Completed application forms and photos of the structures to be submitted only by email to Planning@waterfordcouncil.ie by 5pm on 19th  of January 2024.

Only applications received by this date  will be considered.  Please ensure that the grant scheme name is in the subject line and note that all forms must be completed in full, in order to be processed. Successful applicants must have the works completed by  the 27th of September 2024.

If you have any queries in relation to the schemes or wish to submit the application form by post  please contact: Rosemary Ryall, Executive Conservation Officer, Waterford City and County Council. e-mail:  rryall@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Moladh chun bóithre atá ag freastal ar fhorbairt ag Fáinne Na Farraige a fhógairt mar Bhóithre Poiblí

Tugtar fógra leis seo de bhun Alt 11 Fo-alt (1)(b)(iii) d’Acht na mBóithre 1993 go bhfuil sé beartaithe agComhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge na bóithre thíosluaite a chlárú mar Bhóithre Poiblí.

  • Bóithre a fhreastalaíonn ar fhorbairt ag Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn

Tá an líníocht a thaispeánann na bóithre atá le glacadh i gcúram ar fáil lena iniúchadh thíos, nó is féidir féachaint ar chóipeanna inár Ranna Seirbhísí do Chustaiméirí i gCé Dáibhéid, Dún Garbhán nó ar Shráid Nua Bailey ar feadh tréimhse míosa suas go dtí an 13 Nollaig, 2023 agus an lá sin san áireamh.

Léarscáil (Cliceáil le haghaidh leagan níos mó)

Is féidir aighneachtaí nó tuairimí maidir leis an togra chun na bóithre a chlárú mar Bhóithre Poiblí a dhéanamh i scríbhinn suas go dtí an 27ú Nollaig, 2023. Cuir ainm na forbartha i líne ábhair nahaighneachta, le do thoil.

Sa Post: Aideen Jacob, Oifigeach Riaracháin, Rannóg na mBóithre, Áras Menapia, An Meal, Port Láirge.
Trí Ríomhphost: submissionsroads@waterfordcouncil.ie

Cuir ‘Glacadh i gCúram – Fáinne na Farraige, An Rinn’ i líne an ábhair le do thoil.

Proposal to Declare Roads serving development at Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn to be Public Roads

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 11 Subsection (1) (b) (iii) Roads Act 1993 that Waterford City and County Council propose to declare the roads mentioned below to be Public Roads.

  • Roads serving development at Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn

The drawing indicating the roads to be taken in charge are available for inspection below or copies can be viewed in our Customer Services Departments in
Davitts Quay, Dungarvan or Bailey’s New Street for a period of one month up to and including 13th December, 2023.

Map of Area Concerned (Click for larger)

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposal to declare the roads to be Public Roads may be made in writing up to 27th December, 2023. Please include the name of the development in the submission subject line.

By Post: Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads Department, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford.
By Email: submissionsroads@waterfordcouncil.ie

Please put ‘Taking in Charge – Fáinne na Farraige, An Rinn’ in the subject line.

Strong Waterford representation at Pride of Place Awards

There was strong Waterford representation at Pride of Place Awards with Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association taking top honours.

Waterford was well represented at the All-Island IPB Pride of Place Awards which took place last weekend.

Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association took top honours in the Urban Neighbourhood (Village under 3,000) category, while CAPE-ability Club was represented in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category. The awards, hosted by Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council tool place in the Armagh City Hotel with almost 100 community initiatives throughout the island of Ireland represented. Now in its 20th year, the awards celebrate the best in community development, and recognise the efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.

Waterford City and County Council nominated Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association, in the Urban Neighbourhood (Under 3,000) category.

Speaking following the awards ceremony Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association Chair, John Burns was delighted with the award saying:

“It’s a great honour to be recognised and rewarded on a national platform.  The work of the association is done in tandem with all the residents.  There’s a fantastic community spirit and we love working towards the same goal of making Larchville and Lisduggan the safest, most welcoming and inclusive estates in the heart of Waterford.

“This award is testament to the hard work of every member of our community in making Larchville Lisduggan the best neighbourhood in Ireland.”

The judges’ comments outlined the positive contribution the residents association has made towards enhancing all elements of the wider Larchville Lisduggan community and acknowledged the hard work of an incredibly motivated group.

Michael Murphy of Waterford City and County Council’s Estate Management Team was delighted with the residents association’s phenomenal success, saying:

“Everything this residents association does is about strengthening community ties. I look forward to continuing to work with them as they solidify and develop the locality.”

Also nominated by Waterford City and County Council in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category was CAPE-ability.  CAPE-ability is a social and friendship group for young adults with diverse needs and abilities.  The parent-led club meets weekly and empowers and supports members to flourish through activities such as boxercise, cookery, circuit-training and much more.

Kevin Moynihan, Community Officer with Waterford City and County Council added,

“We are so lucky in Waterford to have a wonderful network of community groups that passionately and ardently work towards better communities.

“Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association and CAPE-ability

Club are just two examples of the big changes that can be made when we work together towards a common goal.  They are outstanding exemplars of People Power!”

Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 20 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.

It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.

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Waterford City & County Council win two awards at Chambers Ireland “Excellence in Local Government” Awards

Waterford City and County Council has been successful at the recent Chambers Ireland “Excellence in Local Government Awards”, with two category wins, for the Waterford Museums of Time and Silver, and Mount Congreve House and Gardens.

Waterford Museums of Time and Silver took top honours in the ‘Heritage and Built Environment’ category which celebrates best in class by a Local Authority to promote public interest in, and knowledge, appreciation and protection of local heritage sites.  The Museum of Time opened in 2021 with kind donations and support from David Boles, Colman Curran and Liz Clooney, and is the only museum dedicated to horology and timekeeping on the island of Ireland.  The Irish Silver Museum also opened its doors in 2021 in the old Deanery Building on Cathedral Square, Waterford with benefactors Noel and Stephanie Frisby generously donating to its establishment and displays.

Mount Congreve House and Gardens, lauded as ‘One of the Great Gardens of the World’, clinched the title, amid stiff competition, in the ‘Supporting Tourism’ category. This award highlights the efforts of Waterford City and County Council in enriching local tourism and encouraging community appreciation of regional attractions.

The transformative investment in Mount Congreve House and Gardens has resulted in a world-class visitor experience, as well as a café, and retail offering. The estate also boasts a variety of walking paths, each adorned with creative displays that vividly narrate its long history.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway said the recognition by Chambers Ireland was a great endorsement of the projects and the Local Authority’s investment in them.  He praised the Council’s commitment to initiating and advancing such exceptional initiatives, saying:

“I am delighted to see Waterford City and County Council recognised on a national platform for their commitment in initiating and driving such wonderful projects.  Both Mount Congreve and The Museums of Time and Silver are very deserving winners in their respective categories.  Waterford has an enviable tourism offering, and it is great to see the work of our Council endorsed in the wider community in such a positive way.

Waterford City and County Council’s strong performance at the awards was also highlighted by four other shortlisted projects, in a diverse range of categories.

Alongside its wins, the Council’s shortlisted projects included Tramore Town Centre Public Realm Works in the ‘Urban Revival’ category, and the proactive Ukrainian Refugee Response in the ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ category. Their innovative communication strategy was showcased in ‘A Celebration of Waterford as Ireland’s Best Place to Live’, shortlisted in the ‘Communications’ category, while the Council’s commitment to environmental sustainability was evident in the ‘Climate Change’ category with the Business Rates Waiver initiative.

Commending all the projects put forward, Director of Economic Development at Waterford City & County Council, Michael Quinn commented:

“Our diverse array of projects reflect our commitment to not only address current community needs but also to proactively shape a sustainable future for Waterford. Each project, regardless of its category here tonight, is a step towards our vision of an inclusive, dynamic, and environmentally conscious city and county.”

The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards are sponsored by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and took place in Dublin on November 23rd.

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Community Safety Initiative Grant launched

The Independent Chair of the Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership (WLCSP), Mr. Sean Aylward, has announced the commencement of the WLCSP Small Grants Fund. This initiative offers grants ranging from €1,000 to €5,000, specifically intended to aid local community organisations and service providers. The primary objective is to boost innovative projects and initiatives that cater to the requirements outlined in the WLCSP Community Safety Plan 2023-2028.

The WLCSP, a creation of the Department of Justice, embodies a novel government pilot scheme which aims to seamlessly blend the strengths of statutory services, the voluntary and community sector, local councillors, and community members. The united front is dedicated to pinpointing and resolving community safety concerns at a local level.

Expressing his gratitude towards the Department of Justice, Mr Aylward explained, “Community safety is a multifaceted notion, surpassing just the boundaries of policing and crime. It envelops the essence of individuals being secure and feeling protected within their communities. It encompasses various aspects, ranging from the visible presence of Gardaí to ensuring children have safe areas to play. These grants have been designed to invigorate and nurture local community safety endeavours, especially those that resonate with the objectives of the WLCSP Community Safety Plan”.

The fund commences with a generous allocation of €50,000, with individual grants ranging between €1,000 and €5,000. Interested parties should mark their calendars, as the application process will be advertised from Monday, 2nd October. Applications will be accepted between 6th October and 20th October. Successful applicants can expect allocation by 17th November, with the stipulation that the funds be utilised before the close of 31st December 2023.

For a comprehensive understanding and further details, individuals and organisations are encouraged to visit Waterford City & County Council’s website below.

https://waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/community-sport/community-safety.htm

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WLCSP Community Safety Small Grant Scheme 2023

Contact Details

Eddie Mulligan
Email : emulligan@waterfordcouncil.ie
Telephone : 087 7003486

Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2023

Public speaking Competition – :  “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter” – Barack Obama.

In today’s turbulent times, it is more important than ever to build a better future by voting in the EU Parliament Elections

Have your say at this year’s Europe Direct Soapbox competition and be in with a chance to win a  Samsung Tablet, sponsored by the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

The Waterford and South Eastern heat of this national competition takes place on Wednesday 22 November at 10am in The Large Room, City Hall in Waterford City.

Entry is open to all and contestants can compete in one of two categories: 16 and under; or 17 and over.  Each contestant has three minutes to present their arguments, convince the judges and persuade the audience. The winners in each category will receive a Samsung Tablet and go on to the National final in Dublin on Monday 27th November in the Royal College of Physicians (provisional date).

More information and application forms are available from Central Library on 051 849975 or email boshea@waterfordcouncil.ie or richardpower@waterfordcouncil.ie  You can also download these forms at Europe Direct – Waterford City & County Library Service (waterfordlibraries.ie)

The term soapbox originates in the use of an empty crate as a platform by speakers to give speeches, often impromptu, to passers-by from around the turn of the last century. The most famous location for soapbox oratory is Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London, which has been a setting for public speaking since the 1870s.

Regional prizes and the overall prizes of €1,000 are sponsored by the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

Completed entries must be returned by 4.30pm on Monday 20 November to: boshea@waterfordcouncil.ie and richardpower@waterfordcouncil.ie or by post to Europe Direct Information Centre, Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford City, X91 V045.

The Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre, based at Central Library, Lady Lane is a service which helps the public find answers to questions about the European Union. It offers information on all sorts of subjects related to the EU including your rights and opportunities as an EU citizen. It can provide direct responses to general inquiries and, if you have more detailed questions, signpost you to the best sources of information and advice at EU, national, regional and local levels.

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For more information contact Breda O’Shea or any staff member at Waterford Europe Direct Centre.

boshea@waterfordcouncil.ie and richardpower@waterfordcouncil.ie

Local Enterprise Office Waterford to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day

With the National Women’s Enterprise Day planned for October 19th, Local Enterprise Office Waterford, in collaboration with Network Ireland Waterford branch, Dungarvan West Waterford Chamber and Waterford Chamber will host a networking event at the Mount Congreve House, that promises to inspire and educate the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

This year’s “Empowering Business Together” themed day starts with a welcome reception at 3pm and an opportunity for attendees to get a Professional Headshot taken.

The event will kick off at 3.30pm with a ‘Meet the Media’ panel hosted by Nichola Beresford which will cover how to approach the media, the different mediums and what you should have prepared when approaching the media.

This is followed by afternoon tea in the magnificent setting of the Chinese Room in Mount Congreve House.

Finally, there will be an interactive Empowering Business Together Workshop which will allow attendees to choose what topics are discussed. Participants will be asked what they would like to hear on arrival, and this facilitated workshop will be tailored to the audiences’ needs.

Waterford’s National Women’s Enterprise Day Ambassador, Christine Murphy is founder and Creative Director of Urban Aran, an independent Irish Knitwear business in 2018. Based in Waterford, Urban Aran encapsulates the essence of her brand. The term “Urban” reflects her deep appreciation for urban landscapes. It is the imagery from cityscapes and professional street art in her home city of Waterford to minute detail including peeling paint on walls, which inspires her drawings and designs.

Christine was proud to be asked to be an ambassador for this year’s event, “I have interacted with the LEO for years and attended the NWED before, so was delighted to be asked to be an ambassador. The programme this year as always is geared to support women in business, and I’m thrilled to be involved.”

Brid Kirby, Acting Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that the event will be of benefit to any female entrepreneur who is either thinking of starting a business or already in business, “The panellists at this event are highly renowned for assisting businesses in unleashing their potential and identifying opportunities for growth.  Supporting women in enterprise and addressing the key challenges confronting women in business is paramount to ensuring female entrepreneurs realise their full business potential.

“At Local Enterprise Office Waterford we have a broad range of support services, including events like this that enable entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level. National Women’s Enterprise Day not only showcases the work of successful female entrepreneurs, but also supports and fosters female entrepreneurship by encouraging more women to start their own business.”

National Women’s Enterprise Day is Ireland’s largest female enterprise event. It promotes, encourages and stimulates female entrepreneurship across Ireland. It is designed and led by women and is an annual high point in promoting entrepreneurship to women in Ireland. The Local Enterprise Office along with Enterprise Ireland provide a wide range of help, incentives, training, and development programmes to female entrepreneurs.

While help is available all year round, National Women’s Enterprise Day allows the LEO to turn the spotlight on female entrepreneurship. It attracts widespread media attention. It opens the prospect of entrepreneurship to women who may not have considered it before. It highlights what support is available. It provides valuable networking opportunities and connections with industry experts. And it celebrates the achievements of women in enterprise.

It tackles the real-life subjects affecting women in business. While finance, marketing, innovation, and new product development are important, so too are family, well-being, and mental health and these all have their place in National Women’s Enterprise Day.

National Women’s Enterprise event takes place from 3pm to 6.30pm in Mount Congreve House, Waterford on Thursday, October 19th.  Tickets cost €20.  To book your place visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/ . This event is a collaboration between Local Enterprise Office Waterford, Network Ireland Waterford branch, Dungarvan West Waterford Chamber & Waterford Chamber.

Photos by Noel Browne

Tamara Sheehan, Enterprise Executive, Local Enterprise Office Waterford, Brid Kirby, Acting Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Waterford, Lynda Lawton, Operations Officer, Waterford Chamber, Jenny Beresford, CEO, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, and Mailo Power Founder/Owner of Monkey Cups.

Check Up Check In 2023 programme announced by Réalta

Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland, has just announced the programme for Arts + Health: Check Up Check In 2023.  Themed Making Connections, this leading national arts and health event will have a special focus on mental health this year, and will feature a keynote address by visual artist and founder of the London-based Arts & Health Hub Daniel Regan, in addition to presentations by some of the most innovative and creative practitioners working in arts and health in Ireland today.  Check Up Check In 2023 takes place on Wednesday 25 October at the Creative Life Hub at Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA), St James’s Hospital.  This ‘go to’ event for the arts and health sector is organised by Réalta, in partnership with Creative Life at MISA.

Réalta encompasses the national resource website artsandhealth.ie and Waterford Healing Arts, and is funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.  Further details and booking information from www.realta.ie  The fee for the full day, including lunch, is €30.

Check Up Check In promotes solidarity among artists, healthcare professionals and arts and health practitioners and is open to anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field.  This will be the first time since 2019 for this national gathering of the arts and health sector to be held in person, having taken place online during the pandemic, thus prompting the event theme Making Connections.  Presentations will explore mental health and wellbeing, and the challenge to practitioners of creating innovative, exciting and inspiring work within the healthcare context.  In his keynote address, Taking Care of Ourselves, Daniel Regan will consider the myriad ways that arts and health practitioners can be mindful of self-care within their work.  Drawing on his decades-long art and socially engaged practice, which often involves complex subjects and vulnerable participants, Daniel will offer his perspective on this rewarding, yet sometimes heavy work.

Check Up Check In also provides an opportunity for participants to come together to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and support and inspire each other in their practice through a range of themed presentations.  This year, these include:

– Sticking Points: What to do when you get stuck – Artists and healthcare professionals share challenges they have faced in their work and look for solutions to overcome them.
– In Two Minds: Award-winning theatre artist Joanne Ryan presents a case study on her process of creating her extraordinary new ambitious and affecting play exploring the realities of living with bipolar disorder.
– Peer Exchange Workshop: Enhancing Collaboration between the Health and Arts Sectors – A workshop seeking to promote mutual learning and collaboration, through the discussion of a number of key topics which emerged from a co-design process in 2022.  This workshop is part of Expanding Arts in Healthcare, a national programme of work delivered by Réalta, in partnership with the HSE.
– What’s My Practice? – A series of workshops examining methodologies employed in collaborative/ participatory arts and health practice in Ireland, across a range of artforms.
– Reflecting on achievements and important next steps – Conversation with Saoirse Finn, Research Fellow at University College London and co-author of the 2019 WHO Report on the evidence of the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing.

Additional elements during the day will include performances by The Bleeping Interns choir from St James Hospital, and the opportunity for some self-care, connecting with a poet under Poetry Ireland’s Vital Signs initiative.

Announcing details of Arts + Health: Check Up Check In 2023, Claire Meaney, Director of Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland, said “We are thrilled to present Check Up Check In, finally, in person again this year.  While we were fortunate to have been able to meet online over the last three years, there’s simply no substitute for the human connection involved in physically coming together, to share, to exchange, to inspire and to re-connect with our peers, colleagues and friends.  Our theme Making Connections reflects this gathering together and our intention to explore our work in arts and health in the particular context of mental health.  At the end of the packed day, we hope that everyone will leave Check Up Check In feeling revived, encouraged, supported and motivated.  We are delighted and most grateful to our event partner, The Creative Life Hub at MISA, for all their support in organising Check Up Check In 2023, and to our funders the Arts Council and the HSE for their ongoing tremendous support.”

Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland, seeks to embed the arts into healthcare in Ireland.  Further information is available from www.realta.ie.  Creative Life at Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St James’s Hospital supports experiential learning and education at the intersection of arts and health, including exploring the role of creativity in healthy ageing, providing access to arts in a hospital setting and supporting artists working in a healthcare context. Further information from www.misa.ie  Arts and health programmes comprise a range of arts experiences, presented in healthcare settings, for the benefit of health service users, healthcare staff and artists.  This expanding field of work fosters creativity, wellbeing and access to the arts and is based on partnership between the artists, arts organisations and those working in healthcare and/or the wider community.   Further information about all aspects of arts and health work is available on www.artsandhealth.ie

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Further info:
Maeve Butler, Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland. (051) 842664 maeveM.butler@hse.ie
Joanne McCluskey, Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland. (051) 842664 joanne.mccluskey@hse.ie

HSE’s National Breastfeeding Week 2023 being marked in Waterford

                                                           

The HSE will be highlighting National Breastfeeding Week 2023 (1st to 7th of October) with participation in a number of events in the Waterford area.

The Breastfeeding Friendly Waterford Interagency Working Group have organised a suite of events scheduled throughout the week to support the launch of the National Healthy Ireland Framework “We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Waterford” and to promote and celebrate breastfeeding.

A Cuidiú coffee morning for all parents and the breastfeeding community in the Central Library, a launch by the Deputy Mayor in City Hall of the National Healthy Ireland “We’re Breastfeeding Friendly” framework and the unveiling of a mural in the city centre are among the activities organised by the Breastfeeding Friendly Waterford Interagency Working group, which the HSE will be supporting, along with other key partners in such ventures including Waterford City and County Council, the Sláintecare/Waterford Healthy Communities initiative, Cuidiú (parent to parent breastfeeding support group), Réalta Centre for Arts and Health, Waterford Libraries, Autism Friendly Waterford and CYPSC Waterford.

The theme of this year’s National Breastfeeding Week is ‘Making our communities and workplaces more breastfeeding friendly’ and it aims to raise awareness of local supports for parents and the expansion in law of breastfeeding breaks during work hours up until to a child’s second birthday.

According to its 2022 HSE figures, 62% of babies were breastfed when the Public Health Nurse made their first visit after birth. The figure has been rising since a rate of 55% was recorded in 2017.

The HSE, as part of an inter-agency group in the Waterford area, will be supporting a range of activities next week:

  • Monday 2nd October: 10am-12pm Cuidiú Coffee morning for all parents and members of the breastfeeding community , Central Library, Waterford.
  • Wednesday 4th October: 11am-12.30pm Launch of Healthy Ireland “We’re Breastfeeding Friendly” framework by the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Declan Doocey in the Large Room, Waterford City Hall.
  • Thursday, 5th October: 1-2pm Artist Talk with Dr. Afif El-Khuffash with poetry by Dr. Maria Tempany (Author on Motherhood and Poet), Réalta Centre for Arts and Health, with panel discussion to follow.
  • Friday 6th October: 12pm (to be confirmed) Unveiling of a mural by street artist Zabou in Ballybricken, Waterford City Centre (on gable end of Mulligan’s Pharmacy, Ballybricken X91 RY26), depicting an image supporting breastfeeding – commissioned through Waterford Walls and sponsored by Waterford City and County Council and Mulligans Pharmacy.

Throughout October, 10 breastfeeding related art pieces by Dr. Afif El Khuffash will be on display at the Central Library (x 5) and the Réalta Centre for Arts and Health (formerly Waterford Healing Arts Trust), University Hospital Waterford (x 5). Dr. El Khuffash is a Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician at Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital and is also a qualified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Speaking ahead of the National Breastfeeding Week events in Waterford, Claire Bulfin, (Midwife and Lactation Consultant at University Hospital Waterford) said:

“Parents can get support and advice on establishing breastfeeding from their Midwife and Public Health Nurse. They can also ask them questions about other aspects of caring for newborn babies, such as recognising what is normal in the early weeks and soothing a crying or unsettled baby. Hospital and community healthcare Lactation Consultants can offer support with specific breastfeeding queries and challenges.

“The number of breastfeeding groups is also growing in every county and such excellent support is readily accessible throughout Waterford City and County. The Cuidiú organisation (see www.Cuidiu.ie) have been fantastic, in addition to the Library services. There are also a range of online resources, such as virtual breastfeeding groups. Practical breastfeeding advice and so much more (including contact details for support groups etc.) on the HSE’s www.MyChild.ie – including the 7 day a week “Ask our Expert” live chat and e-mail breastfeeding support service.

“I encourage mothers to attend breastfeeding classes and get advice for their own situation in the antenatal period, to prepare them for what to expect in the early days and weeks. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing mums surprise themselves at how well they do, gaining confidence with every feed and enjoying breastfeeding their baby.

In addition to Lactation Consultants being in place in the region’s four maternity hospitals (University Hospital Waterford, Wexford General Hospital, St. Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny and Tipperary General Hospital), there are also HSE/South East Community Healthcare based Lactation Consultants across counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

Looking forward to the programme of activities marking this year’s National Breastfeeding Week, Brianna Connaughton (Health Promotion and Improvement Officer with HSE/South East Community Healthcare’s Health and Wellbeing Service) says:

“Improving breastfeeding rates will help to improve long term population health. Breastfeeding supports your child’s health now and over the long term. It’s also important for mothers too, supporting their recovery after birth, supports bonding with their baby and also reducing their risk of breast cancer and diabetes.”

“Looking at this year’s National Breastfeeding Week theme of ‘Making our communities and workplaces more breastfeeding friendly’ reminds me as to many mothers who have now returned to work and have seen first-hand the difference breastfeeding breaks in the workplace has made. Recent advances in legislation have made combining breastfeeding and returning to work more appealing and feasible. Breastfeeding breaks, as provided for, have helped some mothers breastfeed for longer than they intended to.”

Public Consultation – Tramore Ring Road Pedestrian & Cycle Improvements

Waterford City & County Council proposes to undertake the construction of a 3km long pedestrian and cycle improvement scheme along the R675 Tramore Ring Road between Riverstown Roundabout and Newtown Roundabout, Tramore.

The proposed works include:

  • Construction of a dedicated two-way cycle track separated from vehicle traffic by a raised kerb or grass verge.
  • Junction tightening measures along the route.
  • Upgrade of 5no roundabouts to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Construction of 3 No. signal-controlled pedestrian crossing points as indicated on the drawings.
  • Improving connections to existing footpaths and estates at various locations as indicated on the drawings.

The objective of the scheme is to prioritise pedestrian and cycle movements over vehicles and to provide a safer and more attractive connection between the three primary schools, the secondary school, sports ground, and the numerous housing estates along the scheme extents.

The drawings together with the information leaflet are available for inspection on Waterford City and County Council’s consultation portal at consult.waterfordcouncil.ie and is also on display in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan from Tuesday 3rd October 2023 to Tuesday 31st October 2023.

The Council will consider any submissions or observations made in writing regarding the proposal.

Submissions should be made on the Council’s Consultation portal or by writing to James Cummins, Staff Officer, Active Travel Team, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or by email to jcummins@waterfordcouncil.ie to be received by Tuesday 31st October 2023.

Please note that comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council regarding this process will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at a meeting of the elected members. Accordingly, they may also appear in the public domain.

Recruitment : Assistant Planner, Biodiversity Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications are now invited for the following panels;

  • Assistant Planner
  • Biodiversity Officer (3 Year Fixed Term Temporary Contract)

Application Forms and Candidate Information Booklets can be found on our website https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/human-resources/vacancies.htm

Closing date for the above is 4pm Thursday, 12th October, 2023.

Applications to be returned by email to recruitment@waterfordcouncil.ie by the closing date and time above.