All Community Groups invited to Roscommon PPN meeting

Roscommon Public Participation Network Invites all Community Groups in Co. Roscommon to the Autumn County Plenary Meeting in the Hodson Bay Hotel on November 8th at 8pm

The Public Participation Network (PPN) is all about public participation in local government. PPNs were established in every local authority area and are designed to accommodate the full and diverse range of volunteer led organisations in the county.

            Membership is open to groups which:

• Are active and with a postal address in Roscommon County

• Operate on a not-for-profit basis

• Are volunteer led (organisations may have paid staff, but must be under voluntary control)

• Have at least five members and are open to new members

• Have an appropriate governance structure e.g. constitution/set of rules/financial procedures

• Meet regularly

• Are in existence for at least six months

• Are non-party political

 

            Citizens have a right to participate in the decision-making process and the PPN is the vehicle for this. They are represented via the three pillars that include all aspects of community namely –

Social Inclusion i.e. any organisation whose main activity centres on working to improve the life chances and opportunity for all

Environmental – i.e. primary objectives are the protection and sustainability of the environment

Community and Voluntary – all remaining organisations e.g. Sports, Social, Culture, Local development etc.

            Representatives elected by all these groups come together to share information, build capacity and participate in local policy development and decision-making. It is important to remember that the PPN is not part of the local authority but works in close collaboration with it – in fact, the PPN is the link between the community and those who make policies and decisions. It is therefore imperative that the citizens ensure they are represented by the PPN, and are able to influence policy and decision-making.

Benefits of membership

Can nominate reps to various boards and committees (Local Community Development Committee, Strategic Policy Committees, Joint Policing Committee)

Information on policies and plans – opportunity to feed into same

Participate in training organised by PPN.

Join Linkage Groups for areas of interest.

Collaborate / Network with other groups. 

 

This Autumn Roscommon PPN are delighted to offer community groups in Roscommon a range of FREE training/information session. These sessions will cover a range of topics including Basic Computers, Social Media and Community Planning and will be offered locally in each Municipal District. For more information log on to www.roscommonppn.ie or contact 090 6665735 / 086 0478616 

   The County plenary is the key decision maker of the Public Participation Network (PPN) which consists of all groups registered with Roscommon PPN. Plenary meetings are an ideal Forum for member groups to meet and network and to hear about matters of interest to them. Mr. Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive Roscommon County Council will address the Plenary Meeting, Mr. Pat Murtagh SEO, Roscommon County Council will give a welcomed overview of 2018 funding schemes, a topic of great interest to community groups. The PPN are also delighted to welcome Mr. Ciaran Mullooly RTE Midlands Correspondent Journalist, Broadcaster & Author as a guest speaker on the night.

If you are registered with Roscommon PPN and would like to participate in the Plenary where you can have your say on the PPN’s priorities for the Community, Environment and Social Inclusion sectors, thinking about registering or would like to learn more about the PPN you are invited to the County Plenary Meeting on November 8th in the Hodson Bay Hotel at 8pm.