Tipperary Public Participation Network are currently seeking to appoint a full time Resource Worker

Tipperary Public Participation Network are currently seeking to appoint a full time Resource Worker on a one / two year Fixed Term contract. The role will be hosted for the duration of this contract, for logistical and administrative reasons, by a third party organisation.

The overall purpose of the job is:

To support the work of the Secretariat to develop the PPN  in Tipperary as an effective structure to promote public engagement and participation via the environmental, social inclusion and community and voluntary sectors in accordance with the relevant guidelines.  The Resource Worker will be a strongly motivated person, with a strong sense of commitment to the ideas and values inherent in the work of PPN.

Minimum Requirements

  • 3rd level qualification or substantial work experience in relevant area.
  • A minimum of 3 years community development experience, or experience working with the “not for profit” sector.
  • Knowledge and understanding of public participation and in particular the barriers to participation of socially excluded groups.
  • Knowledge and understanding of public policy development and relevant structures at Local Authority level.
  • Knowledge and experience of the community and voluntary, environmental and/or social inclusion sectors.
  • Project management experience & ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Experience of building, managing and nurturing partnerships and relationships across a wide range of key stakeholders.
  • Strong analytic, report writing, strategic, organisational, governance, financial skills.
  • Excellent facilitation skills and communication skills.
  • Leadership and people management skills in a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • Excellent IT & administration skills, including MS Word, Access, Excel & Power Point, social networking, website maintenance etc.
  • Experience of working with a Voluntary Board of Management/Secretariat

Evening and weekend work will be required for this role.  A Full clean driving licence & access to own transport for service delivery and Garda vetting is essential.  To obtain a job description and application form please contact the PPN Recruitment Sub Group on ppntipprecruit9@gmail.com.  Completed application forms by email to ppntipprecruit9@gmail.com by 5.00PM by Friday August 14th 2015.  Applications will be short listed and Interviews will take place on the week commencing August 24th

Other news from Tipperary Public Participation Network

Forthcoming Elections

Tipperary Children and Young People’s Services Committee

We have received a request for PPN representatives on the Tipperary Children and Young People’s Services Committee – 2 Family support social inclusion; one each from North and South Tipp, and 1 from the general community and voluntary groups.  This election was deferred due to the holiday period and will take place in early September – details to follow. Any group who would like to be part of the Linkage group for these seats, please contact ppntipperary@gmail.com

Housing and disability steering group

We have also received a request for PPN reps on  the above group, one from North Tipp and one from South.  Further details to follow.  Any group who would like to be part of the Linkage group for these seats, please contact ppntipperary@gmail.com

Keep in touch

Why not check out our website www.ppntipperary.org and follow us on Facebook ppn-tipperary for up to date information.  We can also be contacted at ppntipperary@gmail.com or by phone on 086 8156965 or 052 7443407.


County Development Plan – Variation 2 – Public Consultation Clinics 4/5 August

Tipperary County Council have begun the process of varying the North and South Tipperary County Development Plans in order to put in place a strategic planning framework for Tipperary and to harmonise planning policies and objectives across the County. The framework will provide a new unified vision for the economic, social and cultural development of the County. So… they need you to express your views on how to make Tipperary ‘the premier’ place to live, visit, work and invest.  Submissions can be made via the online submission form, email planning@tipperarycoco.ie or by post to Brian Clancy, Administrative Officer, Planning Section, Tipperary County Council by 26th of August 2015. You can also drop into Public consultation clinics in Tipperary County Council Civic Offices in Nenagh from 3 p.m. – 5.30 pm on the 4th of August & Clonmel Library from 3.00 p.m. to 5:30pm on the 5th of August. They would be delighted to see you.

If you have views on this variation, please can you let us know in PPN so as we can work through your reps on the Planning SPC and make relevant submissions.

Funding / Resources

Women’s Fund re Domestic Violence prevention – closing 7 August

The Community Foundation for Ireland is delighted to announce the opening of our Women’s Fund Round 7 Grants.  In this round of The Women’s Fund for Ireland, we are seeking applications from community based, not-for-profit groups who are developing projects with a specific focus on Preventing Domestic Violence.  Further details are available http://www.foundation.ie/apply-for-a-grant/types-of-grant/the-womens-fund/

Social Farming – Closing 14 August

Social farming is the practice of offering, on a voluntary basis, farming, horticultural and animal related work experience as a choice to people with disabilities or challenges who avail of a range of day support services. This CEDRA fund will provide up to 75% grant aid for initiatives that support social farming operations on family farms or in institutional settings. A funding range of €10,000-20,000 is envisaged for approved projects.  Social Farming is an opportunity for  inclusion, improved self esteem and better health and well-being which flows from involvement in social farming operations. Further information can be obtained fromwww.agriculture.gov.ie/cedra/socialfarming

Community based local food and artisan markets – Closing 14 August

CEDRA micro enterprise funding is available for community based local food and artisan markets in all rural towns and villages with populations of up to 10,000 and offers potential funding of between €5,000-10,000 for development of existing or start-up local food and artisan markets.   Application forms and fuller schemes details can be found on the Department’s website at the following links  www.agriculture.gov.ie/cedra/localfoodmarkets

Removing Barriers to Healthcare – Closing 15 Sept

Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology has announced  funding, which will be awarded over a three-year period, to be made available to Irish organisations with innovative ideas on how to remove barriers to healthcare in underserved Irish communities.  They are working with The Community Foundation for Ireland and The Ireland Funds.  Further details on http://www.foundation.ie/2015/06/medtronic-announces-e1-million-in-health-charity-funding/ or by email to dbockman@foundation.ie


Community Broadband – Closes Sept 15th

Details at link below of a competition to roll out FTTH network in a local community within National Broadband Plan Intervention Area: http://fibrerollout.ie/competition/


Volunteers available for 1 day projects

Does your organisation have a project that has been on hold or could not be completed due to a lack of resources and labour?  The South Tipperary Volunteer Centre is working with corporate volunteer teams who are looking for projects.  Ideally the projects we are looking for are ones that could be completed in a day if they were supplied with the proper resources. Projects from painting to gardening and everything in between will be considered.
If you are interested please contact  derek@volunteersouthtipp.ie  or 052 7443407.

Events / Training

Cuan Saor Womens Refuge Vintage Tea Morning 31st July

You are invited to a Vintage Tea Morning to raise much needed funds for the Cuan Saor Women’s Refuge in Clonmel onFriday 31st July 10-30 to 12-30 at the Hidden Café, Place 4 U, Morton Street, Clonmel.  All welcome.

Family Friendly Sensitive Movie Screenings

Sensitive screenings are tailored to meet needs of children with disabilities:  movie trailers can be omitted, lights turned down/off, film volume turned down, no neon strip lighting and freedom of movement around the movie theatre if necessary.  In conjunction with Goldstar Tipperary, the Excel Cinema are running a series of sensitive screenings.  The first is of  ‘INSIDE OUT’ At:  The Tipperary Excel Cinema, Tipperary Town On:  Sunday July 26th, 2015 At: 3.00pm.  For further info contact the Excel at 062 80520.

Community Fab-Lab Information Day 7 August

U-Casadh Limited in partnership with the South East Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force is delighted to invite you to experience the potential that a  “Fab Lab” can bring to your projects and communities on  7th August in U-Casadh, Solas Building, Belmont Park, Ferrybank, Waterford at 2pm

A Fab Lab or Fabrication Laboratory  is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for employment & entrepreneurship. A Fab Lab is also a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, for therapy/digital literacy and to mentor and invent.  This project, which began supporting ex-prisoners, has expanded to the wider community, delivering research projects, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship opportunities. U-Casadh envisages Fab Lab Phase 1 on our site in Autumn 2015.  U-Casadh’s Fab Lab will be entirely about the communities that use it and the social engineering around those communities. The Fab Lab’s main service will be to assist users in acquiring essential modern employment skills, prototyping for small business start-up ideas and entrepreneurial activities.  For further information go tohttp://www.ucasadh.ie/


South Tipperary Positive Mental Health Festival – events deadline 31 July

To coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October members of the South Tipperary Action Network (S.T.A.N.) are organising a Positive Mental Health Festival in the lead-up week. The aim of the festival is to promote a broad range of events and increase information/awareness around positive mental health.

We are creating a festival brochure to promote and share events already planned or organised specifically for the South Tipperary Positive Mental Health Festival, 5th – 11th October 2015.  SImply email the details of the event and send an image if possible to: brigid@beehousearts.ie or phone 087 9149494 for enquires. Deadline for brochure information 31 July.

Last year’s Mental Health Awareness Week took place from 5th Oct to 11th Oct 2014.  A range of events took place.  In Clonmel there were art exhibitions in the Narrow space gallery and in South Tipperary Arts Centre, a creative pop-up café Nest Space with a variety of events, a craft circle hosted by Morton street day centre, a U6 + U8 Football Blitz in Clonmel Óg, Pop-up café in Market Place, Coffee Mornings in Place 4 U and a Gala Fashion Show in the Showgrounds to name a few events.  In Tipperary town events were held in Knockanrawley Resource Centre and Cuan Croi Mental Health Day Centre. Feedback was positive from participants, general public. All events were well attended. Collaborations between Mental Health Services, voluntary groups and the arts community proved to be a huge success.

Heritage Interpretation 26-28 August

As part of Heritage week, there will be a 2 day event in Kilkenny on interpreting archaeological and cultural heritage resources.  Further Information at http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/events/view-event/article/stories-well-told-interpreting-archaeological-and-cultural-heritage-resources/?L=uxwpqer&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=78&cHash=dce27074841c5283f18f76fefa196e74

Holiday wishes

PPN Tipperary and Secretariat would like to wish all our member groups a peaceful and happy summer break.

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