- Public Participation Network (PPN)
- Joint Policing Committee (JPC)
- Community Project Fund
- Community & Voluntary Awards
LAOIS COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY AWARDS 2018
Laois County Council in participation with Laois Public Participation Network wishes to celebrate the major contribution made by Community/Voluntary Organisations in County Laois
Nomination Forms are available in the following Categories
- Arts, Culture & Heritage
- Healthy & Active Community
- Children & Youth
- Social Inclusion
- Age Friendly
- Unsung Hero
You can also make an individual nomination for an Unsung Hero Award for outstanding contribution by one person to community/voluntary life in their local area and/or the wider community in Co. Laois.
Nomination forms and further information on terms & conditions are also available by contacting Community Development Section, Laois County Council on (057) 86 64150or by email at email@example.com
Closing Date has been extended to Friday 7th September 2018 at 5pm.
IPB Pride of Place 2017 Competition
County Laois returns to The IPB All-Island Pride of Place Competition
After a break of four years, County Laois will again be represented in the 2017 IPB All-Island Pride of Place competition, when communities across Laois get the opportunity to display how proud they are to live in, work in and take care of their own local areas. The IPB All Island Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland will take place countrywide and this year, Laois will be represented by two entries, namely the community of Rathdowney-Errill and the residents in Kiln Lane, Mountrath.
The competition, now in its 15th year, is sponsored by IPB Insurances and hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme, comprising officials from authorities in both parts of Ireland. The aim of the Pride of Place competition is to recognise initiatives taken by local communities to create pride in their area and to celebrate the vital contribution that community groups make to society. The competition focuses on people coming together to shape, enhance and enjoy all that is good about their area.
Entries representing cities, towns and villages throughout the entire island of Ireland are nominated by their respective local authorities to take part in the competition. The last time Laois entered the competition was in 2013, when Portarlington Town proudly brought home a runner-up prize in its population category.
Laois representatives in this year’s competition are:
Kiln Lane, Mountrath (Housing Estates Category)
Kiln Lane is a community of mixed housing on the outskirts of Mountrath, comprising residents from Kiln Lane, Clonbarrow and An Garráin estates, whose cooperation as a group dates back to the mid 1980’s. Their great efforts to bring together this small community can be seen in the hard work of local volunteers’ grasscutting and planting, and the organisation of very successful estate events including their 1916 commemorative event and family fun days, all extremely well supported locally. Their educational efforts for young and old alike can be seen in their horticultural projects, poly tunnel and other programmes. Their community building provides a space for activities including arts and crafts and Glee club. They opened their playground and games area in 2009. Housing up to three family generations in some cases, this estate displays great respect for family legacy and commitment to ensuring the estate’s pride, winning them a number of local awards in recent years.
Rathdowney-Errill (Population 1,000 – 2,000 Category)
Rathdowney and Errill are linked in many ways, both historically and currently. Both localities boast a Vision Group which strives to keep developing their local area, while cooperating in a number of areas, including sport, education, enterprise and job creation and socially. The perception when passing through the area would be of a quiet location, but behind the scenes the activity is plentiful on all fronts. One of the few towns in Laois to boast a secondary school, young people in the area are well catered for with a playground, youth cafe, sporting and social clubs. At the other end of the age spectrum, older and isolated people enjoy a vibrant meals-on-wheels and social service. Local activities in between include a Men’s Shed, Angling and Game Conservation, Arts and Culture Groups and as a community working together, Tidy Towns, Community Alert and several commemorative and history projects. The ‘Inspire Rathdowney’ project engaged local entrepreneurs and helped them to acquire the skills needed to start their own business. The ability of this community to raise funds is widely known, with supports given by local business and the local church parishes, which is evident throughout the locality, ranging from sponsorship to involvement in local events. The people of Rathdowney-Errill are very proud of their history and take pride in their ongoing progressive development all through both difficult and prosperous periods over the years.
Pride of Place comes to Co. Laois, when the judges from Co-operation Ireland visit the above locations and groups on Thursday 27th July 2017. If you or your group wish to get involved in the preparation for the judging at any of these locations, you can contact the Pride of Place Liaison Officer on (057) 8664150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All help will be gratefully accepted!
Best of luck to all of Laois’ representative entrants in this year’s IPB All Island Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland, supported by Laois County Council.
Visit our website http://www.laoisppn.ie
What is a PPN?
The PPN or Public Participation Network is a new framework for public engagement and participation and is currently being established within Co. Laois.
The PPN will be the main link through which the Local Authority connects with community, social inclusion and environmental sectors.
Why do we need a PPN?
The PPN gives you a voice!!
The aim of a PPN Structure is to facilitate and enable public organisations operating within the wider community to give voice to a diverse range of views, issues and interests within the local government system.
The PPN will:
- Facilitate the participation by the public and representation of communities in a fair, equitable and transparent manner through the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary sectors on decision making bodies.
- Strengthen the capacity of the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary groups to contribute positively to the community that they live/participate in.
- Provide information to the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary sectors and will act as a hub around which information can be received and distributed.
Why should my group/organisation register and join the PPN?
There are a number of reasons why your group should be a part of the PPN:
- Networking, sharing information, learning from other groups in your local area or your particular field / sector.
- Create a sense of solidarity and collective action across the county.
- Elect representatives to policy and decision making boards and committees.
- Avail of low cost or free training in the county.
- Get information on funding, grants and initiatives that are of interest to your group.
If your group wishes to avail of any future local government funding opportunities, you must now be registered with the PPN in your county!
To register please visit http://www.laoisppn.ie and register online or download the following registration form Laois PPN Registration Form 2017 NEW and post to Suzanne O’Connor, A/Laois PPN Coordinator at the address below.
For further information please contact us at
Laois Public Participation Network
Launch of Timer Plugs
Laois Age Friendly Programme in association with An Garda Siochana Crime Prevention Office purchased 500 Timer Plugs. As a crime prevention measure, the timer plugs will be distributed to those in need of same through the Laois Age Friendly programme with the assistance of the Crime Prevention Office.
It is widely accepted that appropriate lighting can help to reduce crime and act as an effective deterrent to burglars. Appropriate lighting can help to make a home more visible to neighbours and passers-by; thereby increasing the likelihood of discovering unwanted intruders and trespassers.
Seargent Graham Kavanagh Crime Prevention Officer for Laois and Offaly said “when going out, homeowners should endeavour to make sure their home looks occupied – to Lock Up and Light Up. Use timer plugs to turn on lights, lock all doors and windows, store keys away from windows and letterboxes, and use your alarm. Taking these simple steps will help to lessen a home’s vulnerability, deter burglars and protect homes.”
It is also a good idea to turn on a radio using a timer plug, in one or two rooms (back and front). It may be better for the selected station to be more of a ‘talk’ station than a‘music’station.
Seargent Kavanagh also emphasised the importance of varying the use of timer switches and change the times on your timer switch so that it is not always coming on at the same time.
The Laois Age Friendly Programme works to ensure respect for older people, their decisions and lifestyle choices and responds to their related needs and preferences. Laois County Council takes a leadership role in the development of the programme in the County. Judy Barrett, Chair of the Older Peoples Executive Forum in Laois said “this is one of a number of initiatives which the Age Friendly Programme promote to make life better for older people in the county. On behalf of the Older Peoples Forum, I am delighted to collaborate with An Garda Siochana and Laois County Council on a very worthwhile project.”
Burglars like easy opportunities. If they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time or risk being seen, the chances are they won’t bother. A good rule of thumb is the 3 minute delay test. If you can deny entry for 3 minutes or more – chances are the burglars will go elsewhere. Complete this simple home security survey to determine how well your home is secured against burglary. Ignore questions not relevant to your own home. Checklist-Challenge-2017
Criminal Assets Bureau
Working with communities to take away the proceeds of crime.
As set out in Section 36 of the An Garda Siochana Act 2005 (Revised Joint Policing Guidelines August 2014), the purpose of a Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where the local authority and the senior Garda officers responsible for the policing of the area, with the participation of Oireachtas members and community interests, can consult, discuss and make recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the area.
Committee Laois County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) comprises a membership of 26:
- Local Elected Representatives (13)
- Oireachtas members (4)
- Local Authority Chief Executive (1)
- Senior Garda Officers (2)
- Community Representatives (6)
JPC Meetings 2018
JPC Meetings 2017
Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2016
Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2015
Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2014
Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2013
Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2012
Community Projects (Elected Members) Fund 2019
The Community Projects (Elected Members) Fund 2019 has been launched and the closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 29 March 2019.
Type of Project that will qualify:
Any project will be considered, provided it is of benefit to the local community. Projects designed to improve and protect amenities or facilities for the community, or projects that encourage accessibility to the community or promote sustainability for example:
- Sports Clubs—i.e. jerseys, pitch or dressing facilities development
- Community composting schemes, recycling promotions, etc.
- Development Associations i.e. Community halls, painting, redevelopment
- Community anti-litter projects
- ICA Groups, Active Retirement or Youth Groups, Social Inclusion Groups i.e. workshops, classes.
The Community Project Fund gives Laois County Council an opportunity to support the many varied and diverse projects throughout Laois, acknowledging the voluntary efforts made within our community, also assisting those groups that wouldn’t ordinarily be supported by major national/international structures, to achieve at a high level both locally, nationally and internationally.
Applicant groups will be supported by an elected member of Laois County Council, giving weight to the group’s constant efforts for their local community and beyond.
- Borris in Ossory Mountmellick Municipal District (6)
- Portlaoise Municipal District (7)
- Graiguecullen Portarlington Municipal District (6)
Laois Community and Voluntary Awards 2017
The heroes of local communities across the County were celebrated by Laois County Council in association with Laois Public Participation Network on Tuesday 17th October when over 250 people gathered in The Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise for the 8th Annual Community and Voluntary Awards. The Awards are hosted to recognise the tremendous contribution made by community and voluntary groups to life in County Laois.
All nominees were recognised as having made a significant difference within and beyond their local community, through giving of their time, co-operation, their imagination and their hard work to achieve rewards of successful clubs, events and fundraising within the community. Each group and individual was congratulated on the night and presented with a certificate acknowledging their contribution to the community and voluntary effort in Laois.
The Master of Ceremonies on the night was RTE’s Justin Treacy, a native of County Laois. The evening opened with a music ensemble by Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil followed by addresses by the Cathaoirleach, Laois County Council, Cllr Padraig Fleming the Minister for Justice & Equality, Deputy Charles Flanagan and the Chief Executive, Laois County Council, Mr. John Mulholland and Mr Brian Maher, Laois Public Participation Network Secretariat.
This year’s judges were Public Participation Network Coordinators from various counties. They were thanked for their input having been impressed and inspired by the ongoing commitment from so many people who achieve so much with so little. All the communities represented were sincerely thanked and were reminded that every community nominated is already a winner.
Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Padraig Fleming said “we honour people like you in communities all over our county, and all that you have achieved. Without the work of our volunteers, life in our county wouldn’t exist to the same standard that it does. Your positive attitude and creative skills make good things happen, and while we all know that we need money to exist, it’s the enrichment of people and communities that is so much more important”.
Awards Runners up and Winners on the night were:
ENVIRONMENT CATEGORY – 6 NOMINEES
WINNER: Abbeyleix Tidy Towns
Runner Up: Durrow Development Forum
CHILDREN & YOUTH CATEGORY – 6 NOMINEES
WINNER: Spink Comhaltas
Runner Up: Mountrath Foróige Club
AGE FRIENDLY CATEGORY – 6 NOMINEES
WINNER: Portlaoise Active Retirement Group
Runner Up: Portlaoise Men’s Shed
ARTS, CULTURE & HERITAGE – 7 NOMINEES
WINNER: Durrow Development Forum
Runner Up: Yarn Bombing Mountmellick
HEALTHY & ACTIVE CATEGORY – 10 NOMINEES
WINNER: Woodenbridge Paddlers Canoe Club
Runner Up: Portlaoise AFC
SOCIAL INCLUSION CATEGORY – 10 NOMINEES
WINNER: Social Services Borris in Ossory
Runner Up: Portarlington Meals on Wheels