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European Economic & Social Committee Civil Society Prize

The 14th EESC civil society prize will reward effective, innovative, and creative initiatives carried out on the territory of the EU which support people with mental health conditions and promote an environment fostering mental well-being on an individual or collective basis.

It is open to non-profit initiatives carried out by natural persons, civil society organisations and private companies officially registered within the European Union. It has a total value of EUR 50 000 and can be shared among up to five winners.

The aim of the award is to raise awareness of the contribution that civil society can make to promoting a European identity and citizenship in a way that underpins the common values that are the foundation of European integration. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 September 2023, 10 a.m. (CEST).

Full details available here.

Alliance for Insurance Reform Launch Enough is Enough Campaign

The Alliance for Insurance Reform recently launched its Enough is Enough campaign to mark the commencement of legislation rebalancing the duty of care between occupiers and the public. These proportionate changes to the law require increased personal responsibility when on other people’s property, a higher threshold for trespassers to meet if they seek to bring a personal injury claim and the introduction of a concept known as the voluntary assumption of risk; meaning where people are able to understand and appreciate an increased risk of injury associated with certain activities such as playing a sport, they can assume these risks without having automatic recourse to a compensation claim in the event of injury (where there is no negligence).

The Enough is Enough campaign seeks to highlight the negative impact unjustifiable and unfair claims have on organisations, including charities. Such actions are not victimless pursuits and result in increased premiums that can be difficult for small organisations to meet. Unfair claims may be harder to bring owing to the change in legislation but ultimately what is required is a change of mind-set – unfair claims need to become socially unacceptable in view of the harm they cause. Please support this campaign on social media or wherever you see it over the coming months.


‘Enhancing Social Inclusion in 2023 – Galway Regional Event’ taking place on 6 September 2023, is the second of three regional events to mark our anniversary.

The focus of the day will be on Pobal, Government and communities in the Galway region working together to create an inclusive society.

Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State with Responsibility for Community Development and Charities at the Department of Rural and Community Development will attend the event and deliver the keynote address.

Please find the agenda and further details of the event here.

KICKSTART YOUR NEW BUSINESS Training & Mentoring Support Programme

Kickstart is a complete online 14-week incubator programme for starting a new business. On completion successful learners will gain a QQI Level 5 in Business Planning

Thrive is a business growth programme (2-year programme) and often a natural progression from Kickstart once a business is set-up and trading


See HERE for details

Book a room in Ardnacassa Community House N39 A4W9 for FREE

It is FREE but booking is essential. Please call us at 0861695043 for availability.

Room 1 caters for 10-12 people approximately.

Room 2 caters for 4 people approximately.

Room 3 caters for 6-8 people approximately.

Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme Briefing

Responding to the needs of individuals and families that experience Drug Related Intimidation.

Please see below registration link to the September online Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme briefing session. This briefing session will provide workers with information about the structured intervention for individuals and families that are experiencing drug related intimidation. This information may help build confidence and enhance capacity of workers responding to this issue.

Please feel free to disseminate this email and link to your networks, funded projects, local services, or anyone that may be interested in having this information.

To register click on the Eventbrite link here.  After you register the zoom link will be emailed to you.

Thursday 14th September – 10am to 11am

County Longford Drug & Alcohol Forum

CHIME The National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss

Our free and confidential clinics provide a one-on-one space where you can receive information and advice about deafness and hearing loss. Join us to learn more about topics such as tinnitus, assistive technologies, minor hearing aid repairs, and low-cost hearing aid batteries. We are here to help and support you in any way we can.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH CLINIC For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


When:             10am – 1pm First Tuesday of every Month, starting from 4th July

Where:            Longford CIC, Level 1, Longford Shopping Centre (Just above TESCO),

Contact:           Email:

Tel. 086 8252538

Turn2Me offering free counselling to Ukrainians

Turn2me, a national mental health charity, is offering all Ukrainians staying in Ireland up to 6 free one-to-one counselling sessions. The charity is also offering free online support groups for Ukrainians. The initiative is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation Ireland, as part of the Ireland for Ukraine project.

Sessions will be conducted by a mental health professional, in English. Ukrainians will be connected to psychotherapists who have experience working with clients who have experienced a traumatic event.

Follow the below steps to avail of these free counselling sessions:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Create a new account”
  3. Input all your details as directed, for “Company code / Refugee Code” Input “UKR”
  4. Once registration is completed, all counselling slots within Turn2Me’s free service, and their weekly support group will be available for registration in advance of the scheduled date and time.

REGARI Recovery College and TUS Collaboration

Public Survey re Digital and ICT Strategy

Have your say on digital local government

Local government is developing a new Digital and ICT Strategy.

We would like to understand how you currently use digital and online services and how you’d like to use digital local government services in future.

A survey has been developed to help better understand the needs of the public and businesses.  The findings from the survey will be used to inform the new Strategy.

Your views will help us to:

  • Deliver better online local government services
  • Plan for the future of digital and ICT in local government
  • Understand what works well for members of the public or businesses
  • Understand where we need to do more to help people to use and access online local government services


Please complete the survey online at

The survey will close on 11th August 2023

New Bus Route 426 Longford to Roscommon

Click here for new Bus Route 426 Longford to Roscommon

Opening Coffee Morning Ardnacassa Community House, Longford 28th July

New Triple P Workshops August 2023

Triple P Discussion Group Workshop

(for parents of children 0-12 years)

Developing good bedtime routines Click here


Longford Library Online

Information on Longford Library Online:

Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t look like its improving anytime soon and the school holidays are still stretching ahead.  If you’re looking for something we think you will be interested in what our colleagues in Longford Library have to offer.

It’s something  you can enjoy from your favourite armchair, your garden or even your bed!!   You can take part whatever the weather and you don’t need any specialist gear or equipment.

Did you know you can join your Longford Library for free?  All you need to do is complete the online application form , take it to your local branch to complete your registration and start enjoying many online services 24/7 completely free of charge

  •       eBooks and eAudiobooks – BorrowBox is an online eBook and eAudiobook service that allows Library members to download items on to their devices
  • eMagazines –  Libby, by Overdrive offers  Library members full-colour, interactive, digital magazines.  You can download publications from a variety of genres including current affairs, politics, fashion, technology, travel, hobbies … and much more!
  • eNewspapers – PressReader is an online news-stand that provides  Library members with access to thousands of the world’s most popular newspapers and magazines, including Irish titles
  •       Comic Plus:  With Comics Plus®, through Library Pass, library readers have unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from popular publishers all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
  • Moshi: The latest free online resource from Longford Libraries. Moshi is an award-winning app for children supporting active play and stories that inspire fun and exploration#
  • Transparent Languages: offers interactive and engaging courses on over 120 languages



Reading  has so many benefits for our Health and Wellbeing, including  improving our mood, reducing stress and improving sleep so why not Click Here   Online Library and eResources  and see for yourself


HER Outdoors 2023

 “Longford Sports Partnership are excited are excited to announce HER Outdoors Week, a remarkable event aimed at celebrating and encouraging female participation in outdoor activities. This initiative aims to bring visibility to the incredible opportunities available for females to get involved in outdoor physical activity while embracing the numerous benefits that come with it.

HER Outdoors Week is a chance for us to come together as a community and support each other in exploring the great outdoors. We want to encourage every member of our team to join us and experience the joy, adventure, and empowerment that outdoor activities can bring.”

Tickets can be purchased here:

Dates/Times/Locations are as follows:

Monday 14th:

  • 5pm – 6.30pm: African Dance

Location: Longford Sports & Leisure

Tuesday 15th:

  • 5pm – 7pm: Horse Riding

Location: Mosstown Stables, Kenagh

Wednesday 16th:

  • 5.30pm – 6.30pm: Yoga

Location: Longford Sports & Leisure

Thursday 17th:

  • 10.30am – 12.30pm: Paddleboarding

Location: Branningan Harbour, Ballymahon

Friday 18th:

  • 1pm – 2pm: Tennis

Location: Longford Tennis Club, Longford

  • 6pm – 8pm: Golf Range

Location: Longford Golf Club, Longford

Saturday 19th:

  • 11am – 1pm: Canoeing

Location: Lebeen, Aughnacliffe, Longford

Sunday 20th:

  • 11am – 1pm: Kayaking

Location: Brannigan Harbour, Ballymahon

Free Literacy Friendly Course

The brand new Becoming literacy friendly course is now available for free on Learn with NALA.

The Becoming literacy friendly course is a free, one-hour, self-directed course.

In the course you will;

  • Hear from people who have made changes in their workplace to make it more literacy friendly;
  • Find out what the benefits are from both the staff and service user perspective; and
  • Hear about practical tips on how to communicate more effectively and learn about using plain English.

As workers and volunteers in the community and voluntary sector, we all know people who may not feel confident in their literacy skills.

Some people find form filling overwhelming. Others shy away from taking part in groups or short courses. They might be afraid of being asked to read out loud or to write something. Others are uncomfortable asking questions. This means important questions about health and other important issues are left unanswered.

Literacy is everybody’s business. We all have a role to play in building literacy friendly services, organisations and communities.

This course is the second of two courses in NALA’s Literacy Awareness online series. The first course is Understanding adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.

We recommend both courses for existing staff and volunteers and as a part of an induction process for new volunteers and staff.

We thank the literacy ambassadors and others who were interviewed for these courses and shared their experiences.

Summer Camps

At our recent Community Forum it was agreed that LCC would collate details of any Summer Camps being organised in Longford town and county that may be of interest to Ukrainian children and young adults over the coming months. Can you send details to and he will collate and share with Anna in LCRL.

Update Register of Electors

In October 2022 the Electoral Reform Act 2022 was passed and as a result the electoral registration process has changed. Even if you are already registered, you now need to add your PPSN, date of birth and Eircode. This allows local authorities to confirm your details and help to ensure the accuracy of the electoral register. As part of the process change has been updated and relaunched to facilitate electors to register and update their details as easily as possible.

The Longford Franchise section are continually working to improve the accuracy of the County Longford’s register. They are currently attempting to reach out to as many community groups as possible to offer information sessions on the changes to the registration process, to show people how easy it is to now register or update your details, and to register those who would like to do so.

If your group would be interested in having the Franchise Team deliver an information session on registering to vote and using to your group, or if you are running any community events where it would be appropriate for them to attend or have a table/stall they would love to hear from you.

The Franchise team are happy to provide any additional information you might require about the sessions, and they can work with you to deliver the content in the most appropriate way for your group.

You can contact them by email or by phoning Aisling on 043 334 4224 or Fiona on 043 3343507. They look forward to hearing from you.

2023 County Plenary Meeting

Members are cordially invited to the first 2023 County Plenary Meeting of the PPN which will be held in Longford Library.

Meeting details:

Date: 9th May 2023
Time: 7.30pm – 9pm
Form: Longford Library

RVSP: Before 5th May 2023

County Longford Public Participation Network (PPN) was established as part of the Local Government Reform Act 2014. Its main function is to act as the link through which Longford County Council and other decision-making bodies connect with the Community & Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental Interest sectors.

590 community groups across the County are currently registered with the County Longford PPN.