PPN training fair a great success
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.