The Community & Economic Development section of Sligo County Council supports inter-agency strategic collaborative work with other organisations to support and strengthen communities within the County. It assists community organisations, promotes volunteerism, promotes Social inclusion and active citizenship including the youth and older sectors and provides a range of supports and grant aid to a range of community based and non-profit organisations throughout the County.
Council engaging with citizens through the Public Participation Network (PPN)
Sligo’s Public Participation Network (Sligo PPN) provides a mechanism by which citizens and communities supported by the Local Authority can participate in the local decision making processes. The eight-person Secretariat, which acts as a voluntary board to facilitate and monitor the workings of the PPN, meets regularly to plan and consider how best to co-ordinate the overall PPN activity.
The Sligo Public Participation Network has had a successful and active past year through its Plenarys, Colleges and Linkage groups putting in place supports and structures to strengthen the capacity of the community and voluntary sector in Sligo to make a real contribution in decision and policy making.
At October 2016 there are 382 groups currently registered with Sligo PPN. Of these 255 are from the Sligo MD and 127 from the Ballymote /Tubbercurry MD. 325 are registered with the Community & Voluntary College, 44 with the Social Inclusion College and 13 with the Environmental College.
The first bi-annual e-zine was circulated to all PPN members in July 2016.
The PPN Secretariat is currently undertaking a Review of 2016 and Planning for 2017. The first on 17th January 2017, with a on 10th February 2017. As part of the PPN 2017 Work Plan the Secretariat have agreed that each of the three PPN colleges i.e. Environment, Social Inclusion and Community & Voluntary, will be facilitated to develop a strategic policy position for their college, which will inform and advise the work of PPN representatives – there are currently 9 PPN Linkage groups and 31 PPN representatives on various boards and committees in Sligo. They work to bring forward the voice of the community, voluntary, and environmental pillars to these tables. The purpose of the e-zine is to keep members up to date with the work of the representatives on the committees and to inform the wider PPN membership of the work of the committees.
Sligo PPN continues to publish a very informative monthly e-bulletin and is also active on Facebook and Twitter.
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