Hopefully you are enjoying the summer so far (even if we've hit a bit of a dull spell today!) and had the chance to join in the many festivals and activities around the city in June. There is more bike action next week with the Cork Cycling Festival starting on the Sunday 29 June, so lots more fun in store. 

A huge thank you to everyone that took part in the second round of Cork Voices and, of course, to everyone who logged on, viewed, voted, and shared. We had an astounding 2049 votes cast, and 46,000 social media impressions during week long public voting phase, which we were delighted with particularly given the level of awareness raising this means for the groups involved. Read more on the results below and visit to watch videos of the groups that took part speak about their projects if you haven't done so already.

Looking forward, there are lots of exciting events in store for the coming weeks, including the Y.U.M. Festival (Youth United in Music) in Fitzgerald’s Park tomorrow and Soapbox Science that will come to Cork for the first time on Saturday 06 July. The Crawford Art Gallery is also launching its summer exhibition entitled 'Seen, Not Heard' today. With a focus on childhood, and a play space being opened up to go along with it, a long summer of Gallery fun is in store for children and their adults!

As ever, thank you for reading. Hopefully you will find some interesting items below and don't forget to drop us a line if you would like anything included in the next newsletter. 

Until next time!

All the best,

Yvonne & Carol
PPN News

Cork Voices  Results from Round 2


Six excellent projects took part in the second round of the Cork Voices competition  Cork Nature Network, Comhairle na nÓg, Cork Cycling Campaign, Mahon Family Centre, International Community Dynamics, and Cork Gay Project. There was a total of 2049 votes, with a reach that extended to multiples of that. 

With 549 votes for Cork Nature Network's Otter Walk (26.8%) and 404 votes for Comhairle na nÓg's Suicide Prevention Summer Event (19.7%) these projects were chosen by the public to each receive the top grant of €750 to help them along.

Next up at 371 votes was Cork Cycling Campaign’s School Cycle Bus (18.1%), with Mahon Family Centre’s Food Forever Project (15.5% ) following closely behind at 318 votes. Both projects will receive a grant of €500.

Finally, International Community Dynamics Direct Provision Workshops received 254 votes (12.4%) and Cork Gay Project’s Gay Older Gents Group (GOLD) got 153 votes (7.5%), each of which will receive the tidy sum of €400 to support their work.

Beyond the money, the great thing about a participatory grant project of this kind is that it gets the word out about the great work being done by so many organisation around Cork city. So we're delighted with the amount of engagement we had. A huge thank you to everyone for that!

For those who are yet to see them or want a second look, visit to view the videos of both rounds. We'll be back in September to fill you in on the effect the money had for all of these amazing projects.

For now though, thanks again for supporting Cork Voices.

Events & Festivals
Youth United in Music (Y.U.M.) Music Festival
Fitzgerald's Park, Mardyke (click for map)
Saturday 29 June, 13:00

Presented by Ballyphehane Youth Music Project in partnership with Music Generation Cork City, Cork City Council and Foróige, this annual festival gives young people a chance to showcase their musical talents on the Front Lawn Stage at Fitzgerald's Park.

Featuring local talent including:
The Reason; Witness; Mary Osubor; The Unknown; Abbey Buckley; The Kabin Studio; YWIC and GMC Beats Workshop; Edward McCarthy; Shane Collins; Saoirse Hillard;
Rebel Brass; and Hayley's Comets. 
Cork Cycling Festival
Various Locations (for details visit
Saturday 29 June – Friday 05 July

The Cork Cycling Festival celebrates cycling culture in Cork. It embraces the fun that can be had in and around Cork with lots of cycles for beginners, families, the curious and adventurous.

The festival is run by a voluntary team who just love bikes as a great way to get about and want more people to enjoy cycling. All events are free to the public, welcoming all ages and walks of life with a special focus on family-friendly events. 

This years' events include organised cycles within Cork City and County. For example you can cycle to Cobh and picnic in Mullinhassig by the waterfall, visit the outdoor swimming pool in Carraig na Bhear and enjoy a swim and a barbecue afterwards. There are history and food tours and cycle cinema to name but a few. 

For more details visit and follow on social media at

Facebook @corkcyclingfestival

Twitter @corkcyclingfest
Soapbox Science 2019
Grand Parade
(click for map)
Saturday 06 July, 12:00 15:00

Soapbox Science is an international series of science communication events, bringing science to the streets and highlighting the work of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). Soapbox Science events transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. The aim is to ensure everyone has the chance to enjoy, learn from, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by leading scientists. The event format is based on Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park in London, which is historically an arena for public debate.

On Saturday 06 July,  Soapbox Science comes to Grand Parade in Cork City Centre for the first time, where 12 speakers will share their latest discoveries on topics ranging from seaweed for medicinal use, the impact of micro plastics, and animal culture, to birds and off-shore wind-farms sharing the sky. 

The event is sponsored by UCC School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES). 

Volunteer at Soapbox Science
The organisers are also looking for volunteers who love to talk about science.
If you would like to take part, enter your details on this 
Google Docs form or contact 


For more details visit
Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place (click for map)
Friday 28 June – Monday 28 October

For its summer 2019 exhibition, the Crawford Art Gallery presents 'Seen, not Heard', examining how the role of the child has evolved within Ireland and wider society and encouraging the audience to reflect on their own perceptions of childhood. The proverb Seen, not Heard, has its origins in the 15th century, where children, particularly young women, were meant to stay silent unless spoken to or asked to speak.

The exhibition is accompanied by the 'Seen, and Heard' Playspace that involves the entire upper gallery being given over to play in an experimental, project based playroom. Visitors will be seen and heard, playing, making, reading dreaming and even drawing on the walls.

It features a wide programme of events, starting in June & July with Dowtcha Puppets. Children and their adults are encouraged to head along and play with friends and family over the summer.
Conversation Café
Thomas Davis Room, Cork City Library, Grand Parade (click for map)
Monday 08 July, 10:00 – 11:30

Conversation Café is a welcoming social space where people from all communities can come together to chat and share experiences and ideas. The conversation is as rich as the people who join to share their experiences and listen to each other. Participants chose the topics, and the event is hosted by Joanna Dukkipati and Eilís Dillon from ThinkSpeakDo (

The July session will also involve a chance to give feedback on how Conversation Cafe can be improved.
Awards & Funding Documentation Bursary 2019
Deadline: Wednesday 03 July, 12:00
Are you involved in an arts and health project? Would you like to showcase your work to a larger audience? 
Applications are invited by for a €4,000 bursary to produce a short film, audio documentary, or publication about an arts and health project.

Applications are invited from: 
  • Artists working in healthcare settings
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Arts and health organisations/partnerships 
  • Others working in the field of arts and health

Previous bursary winners have had their work screened at national film festivals, broadcast on RTE, and shown at healthcare conferences. The 2019 documentation bursary is funded by the HSE ( and the Arts Council (

The Good Governance Awards
Deadline: Friday 13 September

The Good Governance Awards (GGA) recognise and encourage adherence to good governance practice by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The Awards are supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development (, and are open to non-profit organisations of all sizes. 

Developed by Carmichael ( and now in its 4th year, entering the awards can help enhance an organisation's reputation with its stakeholders.

Details on the principals of good governance can be found at, including a resource section with case studies on improving governance and general information on the criteria, judging process, and previous winners of the competition. 

For details visit or
Follow on twitter 
Consultations and Submissions
School Age Childcare 2019 Consultation Survey
Submissions by email or online survey (
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 05 July 2019, 17:00

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs ('DCYA' - is inviting submissions on regulations and quality improvement frameworks in School-Age Childcare (SAC), which will inform the work of DCYA in this area. The Public Consultation has been launched ahead of the National Childcare Scheme, which starts in October 2019.

The numbers of families accessing school-age childcare has seen significant growth in recent years. The National Childcare Scheme will provide financial support towards the cost of childcare for parents availing of childcare services, with families of over 21,000 children expected to benefit. School
Age Childcare is defined as any childcare service for school-age children (4 to 15 years), and does not include after-school recreational sports clubs or school homework clubs.
Submissions are invited from interested parties and members of the public, including children. 
To make a submission:

complete the online survey at, or 
email a submission of not more than 1,000 words to, including your name, organisation (if any), address, phone number, and email address.

DCYA may seek to engage with people or organisations on the basis of their submission for further discussion. By making a submission, you agree to DCYA reserving the right to publish your submission in part or in full.

For more details visit

Click on the links below to access documents relevant to the consultation:
The Action Plan on School-Age Childcare (2017)
Final Draft School Age Childcare Childcare Standards 2018 
School Age Childcare 2019 Consultation Survey 
Innovation in Politics Award
Deadline for Nominations: Monday 15 July

The Innovation in Politics Awards recognise courageous and creative politicians from all levels of governance and from all democratic parties in Europe. Participation of citizens is a key element of the Awards. 

European citizens aged over 16 years are invited to nominate a political project or apply to become a member of the jury and join a panel of over 1,000 people to select and learn about outstanding political initiatives from across Europe. Politicians may also enter innovative projects. 

The Awards are presented in eight categories:

  • Quality of Life
  • Prosperity 
  • Jobs 
  • Ecology
  • Civilisation
  • Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • Community

Projects are evaluated according to 4 criteria:

  1. Innovation: Projects showing innovative character, breaking new ground in meeting a challenge 
  2. Participation: Motivating citizen participation in an extensive or special way, bringing people together from different parts of society or with different political views
  3. Building Trust: Strengthening trust in democratic processes and institutions
  4. Sustainability: Creating lasting improvements in the lives of all those affected, and producing high output in relation to the financial input

Deadline for nominations: Monday 15 July
For details visit


Resources and Reports
Charities Governance Code
Download the Charities Governance Code Toolkit (


The Charities Governance Code explains the minimum standards that should be met to effectively manage and control a registered charity. Good governance involves putting in place systems and processes to ensure that a charity achieves its charitable objectives with integrity and is managed in an effective, efficient, accountable and transparent way. 

Charity trustees are responsible for the governance of their charity and should make sure that the six principles of the Charities Governance Code are being applied, namely
  1. Advancing charitable purpose
  2. Behaving with integrity
  3. Leading people
  4. Exercising control
  5. Working effectively
  6. Being accountable and transparent

The Governance Code Toolkit provides guidance notes and templates to assist charities and charity trustees to meet all of the core standards outlined in the Code. The Charities Regulator has just launched the 2nd set of guidance materials & templates as part of the Code's Toolkit.

Key Dates Relating to the Code 
  is considered a year of learning and preparation for implementing the Code
  registered charities are expected to comply with the Code
  Registered charities are expected to report on their compliance with the Code

Download the toolkit at |

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