PPN train­ing fair a great suc­cess

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

COUNTY Wick­low Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Net­work (PPN) re­peated the suc­cess of last year as it held is sec­ond train­ing fair in Laragh.

Hav­ing held the in­au­gu­ral event last year, the PPN was asked to make the train­ing fair an an­nual event as it was so ben­e­fi­cial to com­mu­nity group that had at­tended.

And so, hard-work­ing mem­bers of groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions from all over the county filed into the Brock­agh Re­source Cen­tre and Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa to take part in a day of work­shops, pre­sen­ta­tions and in­for­ma­tion.

He­len Howes, Re­source Worker with Co Wick­low PPN, was de­lighted with how the day went.

‘This was a great day for learn­ing, net­work­ing and peer sup­port. The en­ergy in the cen­tre was won­der­ful and the feed­back we have had has been phe­nom­e­nal,’ she said.

Top­ics ad­dressed in work­shops this year in­cluded: fund­ing your group; get­ting the most out of so­cial me­dia; char­i­ta­ble sta­tus and the gov­er­nance code fa­cil­i­tated by the Char­i­ties Reg­u­la­tors of­fice; run­ning ef­fec­tive meet­ings; men­tal health and well­be­ing in the com­mu­nity; GDPR; good gov­er­nance – where to start; health and safety for your group; and at­tract­ing vol­un­teers. Some of the work­shops proved so pop­u­lar and were booked out so quickly that they were re­peated in the af­ter­noon.

With the na­tional re­sults due within the com­ing days, the spot­light on a PPN mem­ber group show­cased Laragh/ Glen­dalough Tidy Towns and their work as a com­mit­tee, set­ting up a sus­tain­able en­ergy com­mu­nity and es­tab­lish­ing a com­mu­nity gar­den. Guests on the day also had a chance to go and visit the gar­den and see the work for them­selves.

There were also lots of in­for­ma­tion stands from or­gan­i­sa­tions that sup­port com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity group in­sur­ers, com­mu­nity group fun­ders and com­mu­nity groups them­selves.

‘Co Wick­low PPN is very grate­ful to ev­ery­one who came along on the day in­clud­ing par­tic­i­pants, train­ers, and ex­hibitors,’ said Ms Howes. ‘We are es­pe­cially grate­ful to Pauline and her great team in the Brock­agh Cen­tre and to St Kevin’s School for pro­vid­ing the ex­tra space we needed when book­ings ex­ceeded our ini­tial ca­pac­ity. The whole event, from or­gan­i­sa­tion to the day it­self, por­trayed com­mu­nity work at its very best.’

Par­tic­i­pants in the Co Wick­low PPN train­ing fair net­work­ing over lunch.

Mem­bers of Wick­low De­men­tia Sup­port and Foroige who were pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion at the train­ing fair.

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