The summer is flying along with the end of July in sight and August full to the brim with festivals, events and the like. This weekend is no exception with the Cork Puppetry Festival, Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival and the Mother Jones Festival & Summer School due to kick off. Cork Craft Month runs for the whole month too and National Heritage Week will involve a celebration of all things heritage from Wednesday 17 August.

We have a selection of items below for your information and hopefully it covers most of the bases, but as ever do feel free to send on the details of anything you'd like circulated in the next newsletter and we'll do what we can to oblige!

Until next time, all the very best

Yvonne & Carol
PPN News

Cork City PPN Skills Share 
Does your group have experience in creating governance structures?
Would you be willing to share this experience with newly emerging community and voluntary organisations?  

There is a need within new, emerging, and evolving community and voluntary groups / organisations for support in establishing strong governance structures. This extends to all aspects of governance, including areas such as financial, reporting, fundraising, and organisational structures.

Having met with a few groups in recent weeks who would like to develop these aspects of how they operation, we thought we'd put a shout out to see if anyone might be available and willing to lend some peer support to groups in this position. 

If you think you could help or, indeed, if your group could use some support in the area of organisational development, drop us a line so we can try to link you up with some peer support. 


Contact Yvonne at or 086 142 2747

Events & Festivals
Social Media Takeover
Sexual Violence Centre, 5 Camden PIace, Shandon (click for map)
Tuesday 30 July, 12:00 – 15:00

Cork Against Human Trafficking (CAHT) is a roundtable hosted by the Sexual Violence Centre Cork (SVCC) ( and comprises of agencies and organisations in the Cork Region including,
  • Cork Migrant Centre
  • Nasc
  • An Garda Síochána
  • Mecpaths
  • University College Cork Departments of Law and Applied Social Studies
  • Legal Aid Board
  • Sanctuary Cork
  • The Manager of Kinsale Road Reception Centre,and
  • The HSE

One of the aims of the campaign is to shine a light on the issue of trafficking, which is amongst us but often hidden in plain sight. No country - or county - is immune from this global problem.

The first event is a social media takeover on Tuesday 30 July, 12:00 – 15:00 at the Sexual Violence Centre, 5 Camden Place, with a photo shoot at 14:00.

For details visit
Follow, like, & share the takeover on @CorkAHT on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Cork Puppetry Festival 2019
For details visit
Tuesday 30 July – Monday 05 August 

The Cork Puppetry Festival, organised by Dowtcha (, is Ireland's only puppet festival and has been running since 2014. With shows, workshops, film screenings, and the puppet picnic, the festival is the perfect way for children and adults alike to experience the best of Irish and international puppetry.

Events this year include
  • Puppet Shows for all ages from Irish and international theater companies
  • Lunar Themed Puppet Picnic & Parade at Fitzgerald’s Park on Monday 05 August, 12:00 – 15:00
  • Family Puppet Making Workshops at St Peter’s and the Crawford Art Gallery from Friday 02 to Sunday 04 August
  • Research and Practice Annual Discussion, focusing on the history and potential of puppetry as a political tool at the Crawford Art Gallery on Thursday 01 August, 18.30

For details visit
Follow on Facebook @CorkPuppetryFestival and Twitter @CorkPuppetFest


The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival & Summer School
For details visit
Wednesday 31 July – 04 August 

A festival and summer school dedicated to the memory of Mary Harris/Mother Jones and to inspirational people everywhere who fight for social justice, the 8th annual Spirit of Mother Jones Festival and Summer School will involve over 30 events taking place over four days and nights in the Shandon Historic Quarter.

All events are free, thanks to the support of the festival sponsors, withe the aim of the independent voluntary Cork Mother Jones Committee is to honour Cork’s Rebel daughter, Mary Harris, known as Mother Jones.

The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival is a community based happening that seeks to hold events which are relevant, interesting and challenging; active participation is encouraged. 

Events include the March of the Mill Children Pageant, Exhibitions, Film, Music, Lectures, Talks, and Discussions.

For details visit or follow on Facebook @MotherJonesCork
Cork Craft Month 2019
For details visit
Thursday 01 August – Saturday 31 August

Cork Craft & Design is a voluntary organisation that brings together craft makers from many discipline’s based all over Cork city and county. This is the 10th year that they have programmed an exciting month of craft events to provide great chances to see, touch and buy some of the very best craft being  produced in Ireland today.

This festival of events spans both the city and county of Cork giving access to everything from  woodturning demonstrations, textiles exhibitions to bookbinding.

As well as a showcase of craft and its people, it’s also a vehicle to help to preserve, encourage, nurture the special skills of the people working in the craft sector in Ireland today. 

Whether you are from County Cork, a visitor or tourist, you are invited to take some time to explore all that is on offer during this years’ Cork craft Month: you are welcome to visit any of the exhibitions, workshops, open studio days and retail outlets where you can engage with local craft makers. 

For details visit or contact / 021 436 8365 
Follow on Facebook @CorkCraftDesign

Conversation Café
Thomas Davis Room, Cork City Library, Grand Parade (click for map)
Thursday 15 August, 14:30 – 17:00

Conversation Café is a welcoming social space where people from all communities can come together to chat. The conversation is as rich as the people who come 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 theme of the August session will be confirmed closer to the date. 

Create National Networking Day 2019
Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall, Eglinton Street (click for map)
Thursday 26 September, 10:30
– 19:00 
Tickets: €15 
€30 including lunch & refreshments 

Join Create and partners Crawford Art Gallery (Cork), Counterpoints Arts (London), Cork City Arts Office and Heart of Glass (St Helens) for Create’s 2019 Networking Day for Collaborative Arts.

The day will begin by looking at the institution as commissioner, with a central focus on world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera’s work on the Tate Modern Turbine Hall Hyundai Commission. Bruguera will be joined by Dr. Cara Courage, Head of Tate Exchange, Jane Wells, Programme Manager of Tate Exchange, and several Tate Neighbours. This session will be chaired by Áine O Brien, Co-Director Counterpoints Arts.

Working closely with the Crawford Art Gallery and Cork City Arts Office, a number of afternoon breakout sessions will take place to reflect current collaborative initiatives and artists’ practices in Cork and the wider region. 


For details visit
For bookings

Awards & Funding
Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award 2020
For details visit
Deadline: Thursday 15 August, 17:30  

The purpose of this award is to support proposals from professional artists or arts organisations who wish to work with non-arts professionals (individuals or groups). The maximum award is €60,000

Through this aware, the Arts Council is targeting projects that involve artistic collaboration with communities of place and / or interest in the following contexts: 
  • arts and health
  • disability
  • cultural diversity
  • older people / creative ageing, and 
  • community development

Proposals must include
  1. Creation or interpretation of work developed through a collaborative process
  2. Presentation of work developed through a collaborative process
  3. Clear description of methodologies for engagement and artistic collaboration
For queries contact or 01 6180200 
EU Code Week: Sunday 15 October – Sunday 20 October
For details visit
Deadline: Sunday 08 September 2019

Meet and Code is funding digital and coding events of all kinds during EU Code Week (5 - 20 October). Nonprofits can apply for a grant of €500 to host an event during EU Code Week, to enter an organisation must be a nonprofit located in the Republic of Ireland.

The planned events must
  • Take place during EU Code Week 2019 (5 - 20 October)
  • Address at least 20 young people aged between 8 and 24
  • Be free for attendees. 
Before applying to take part in Meet & Code this year, organisations must first ensure they are registered with ENCLUDEit (Irish TechSoup partner). To do this, visit the ENCLUDEit website by clicking this link. You will then receive a confirmation email verifying your registration (note: this can take several days).

At this point, login to the ENCLUDEit website to download your verification token. Once you have your verification token code, take the following easy steps
  1. Register with Meet & Code on the website
  2. Enter your Validation Token from ENCLUDEit
  3. Submit your event idea.
For details visit
Deadline: 08 September 2019
European Solidarity Corps Quality Label Workshops
Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork (click for map)
Friday 16 August, 11:00

The European Solidarity Corps funds and supports young people aged 18  30 to volunteer or work for the benefit of people and communities. The fund was launched in 2018, and replaced the European Voluntary Service programme.

Organisations in Ireland can host or send young people to carry out projects that foster solidarity in European society. Projects can take place in Ireland or in any other participating country.

The first step for an organisation to get involved is to apply for a Quality Label, to show it meets the standards of the programme.

This workshops will explain how the European Solidarity Corps works and take participants through the application process for a Quality Label.


For details visit or
For queries contact 
ABLE Training – Build & Manage Boundaries
3 Days Training –  17 September, 01 October & 02 October
Northridge House, St Lukes Home, Blackrock
 (click for map)
Course Fee: €250 – €300

Relationships matter. Ag Éisteacht's ABLE training is an accredited, evidence informed training programme designed to help frontline workers understand the impact relationships have on every aspect of a person's life. It aims to give practitioners the skills and knowledge to respond effectively and engage with people who turn to them for help, often in times of distress.

Learning Outcomes
  • Use the skills of the ABLE brief intervention model in day-to-day practice
  • Identify the challenges service users may have in building supportive relationships
  • Incorporate reflective practice-based skills into your work

Skills & Knowledge
  • Learn how to adopt, build, listen and empower using the ABLE model.
  • Develop your reflective capacity
  • Gain insights into factors that help to build and maintain quality relationships 
  • Explore the contribution of relationships to health and wellbeing as both a risk and protective factor throughout the life cycle
For details visit
To book your place contact / 021 4536556

Transformative Leadership Development Programme 2020
The Wisdom Centre, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8 (click for map)
Deadline: 18 October, 17:00

Course Fee: €1,100 for Wheel members / €1,300 for non-members

The Wheel and Community Action Network (CAN) are very proud to invite you to register now for the third Transformative Leadership Development Programme (2019 - 2020).

Developed to be equal parts practical and inspirational, this unique programme will strengthen and deepen the capacity and ambition of leaders within the Irish community and voluntary sector.

Carefully attuned to the challenges that our sector is currently facing, the Transformative Leadership Development Programme will provide you with an expanded model of leadership to bring back and apply to your organisation, along with the key skills required to get the job done.

From different styles of leadership as well as self and organisational awareness, and with a particular emphasis on the personal and reflective leadership journey, this powerful leadership programme is an important milestone along the road towards making Ireland a more fair and just country for all.

This leadership development programme is aimed at senior management – the paid professional leaders of organisations in the community and voluntary / nonprofit sector.
Beach Wheelchair Available at The Warren Strand
 The Warren Strand, Rosscarbery (click for map)
June – August

Cork County Council's Beach Wheelchair is available for use at The Warren Strand from the beginning of June 2019 for the duration of the bathing season.The chair may be booked for one hour slots, free of charge, from 11:00 – 17:00.
To book the chair contact Rosscarbery Pitch & Putt Club at
 087 660 2949 / 087 218 6529 or at the Club House
(Facebook @rosscarbery.pitchandputt) |

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