Meath PPN COVID-19 Emergency Fund – 2nd Round: open for applications

The 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund is now being launched.

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development  and administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area.


This round will provide grants to community groups to assist them:

  • to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality. Examples of measures supported could be adapting premises to allow for social distancing; offering on-line activities; providing social supports and friendly calls by phone etc.


  • to become more involved in the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign. The grants are aimed at assisting participation in the campaign, in particular with the three themes: staying connected, switching off and being creative, and minding your mood.


The fund is being administered by Meath County Council who is inviting groups registered with MeathPPN to submit an application.


Please find attached the fund application form and guidelines.

Guidelines for 2nd round of COVID19 Emergency Fund

Application form for 2nd round of COVID19 Emergency Fund


The closing date for the receipt of applications is 5pm Wednesday 27th January 2021.

Application forms can be returned by email to [email protected] or by post to Meath County Council, Community Section, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 Y291.


Please direct any queries to [email protected] or by phone to 046 9097400.

Barnardos Video Release: The Impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse on Children In their words…

The Impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse on Children
In their words…
“It’s a really bad feeling in our heart, it feels like it’s broken. Sometimes we feel it in our bodies too, and our bones start to hurt”
Child 1

07 December 2020: Every year Barnardos works with hundreds of children impacted by domestic violence and abuse in their homes. To date their voices remain absent from the public debate and discussion. In collaboration with domestic abuse services around Ireland, Barnardos asked children to share, in their words, what domestic violence was to them.
“It gets louder and louder. They don’t think we can hear it but we can, even if we are in the last corner of the house”
Child 2
“It is our job to protect our little brothers and sisters”
Child 3

Reports from Barnardos projects across the country indicate a rising level of referrals to services this year related to domestic violence and abuse in the home.

According to Suzanne Connolly, CEO Barnardos, “Children are often forgotten when considering the impact of domestic violence in a home. We must hear the voices of children to make sure that we understand what living in a home with domestic violence and abuse is like for them. The trauma of living with domestic violence affects a child in many ways, in how they think, feel and behave. We must listen and support children to overcome these experiences.”

Barnardos provides support to children living with domestic violence across all our range of services including our early years and family support services; we work to prevent domestic abuse, support families through crisis and into recovery.

Speaking about this powerful video, Suzanne Connolly continued: “this piece of work is a collaboration of domestic abuse services around Ireland that are part of a national children’s domestic abuse project led by Barnardos. The children’s words are a powerful reminder that they are seriously affected by domestic abuse. Their expertise must be recognised, and their voices heard.
“Barnardos is calling on Government to take the lead in 2021 and put plans in place which would support children through crises and prevent more children from experiencing domestic abuse. Government must listen to children’s voices and allow them to participate in the changes to systems and society needed to address domestic violence in a child centred way.”

“In 2021 Barnardos will be pushing for government to address this issue by giving children a voice to influence changes to systems and society needed to address domestic violence in a child centred way.”

Speaking about her participation in this project one young girl said,
“Us 12 kids can make a difference, a big difference”

The aim of the children’s participation project is to give children their voice, have their experiences validated and their experience recognised. Barnardos, in collaboration with many services across the country, want to empower these children to influence and inform responses to domestic violence in the longer term.

To access the full video, please click here.

For further information please contact Barnardos Press Office
Tel: 01 7080442 / 086 0445966
Email: [email protected]

Notes to editor –

  • A recent survey conducted by Barnardos (September 2020) estimates that over a one week period 317 open cases that the charity worked with had been impacted by domestic violence and abuse in the home.
  • For this video, 12 children and young people from around Ireland who have experienced domestic violence and abuse, shared their words. The illustrations received input from the children and are created by an illustrator.
  • The members of the national children’s participation project to date are, Adapt Domestic Abuse Services in Limerick, Cuan Saor Women’s Refuge & Support Services, EPIC Empowering People In Care, Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services and two Barnardos TLC KIDZ projects in North Tipperary and Limerick/Clare.
  • We hope to expand this project over the next 12 months to capture the voices of many more children around Ireland who have experienced domestic violence and abuse and who deserve to be heard.
  • For further information on Barnardos work on domestic violence and abuse please click here

ADHD Ireland Zoom Support Groups

ADHD Ireland, Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

Tel: 01 8748349 Fax: 01 8735737 Email: [email protected] Web:

Places for our Zoom support groups are limited so please book early via the relevant Eventbrite link

ADHD Parents of Primary School Children – Online Support
Date and Time
Wed 16th December 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

ADHD Parents of Teens – Online Support
Date and Time
Wed 16th December 2020,
7:00 PM –8:00 PM

Meath Library Services Christmas Carols

Meath Library Services celebrates Christmas Carols with Teresa. Two lovely seasonal events coming up on 16th and 19th December, 2020 via the Meath Library YouTube channel. The links to the concerts will be released on the morning of each concert via Meath Library FB/Twitter accounts.

See attachment Poster below for further information



Navan FRC Parenting Courses Leaflet

Click on the attached Navan Family Resource Centre (FRC) leaflet below for more information on free parenting courses for all ages.

Navan FRC Partenting Leaflet – Digital copy

12 Stories of Christmas

This festive season, Fighting Words and Graffiti Theatre Company are inviting young writers between the ages of 6 and 12 years to write your own Christmas story! Spreading holiday cheer is more important than ever this year, so fire up your imagination and create a new classic tale.

Fighting Words and Graffiti Theatre Company are sharing story prompts as a fun way to create new stories with your family, friends and classmates. If you would like to share your stories with us too, you can do that in two ways –

  1. A comment on our social media posts: ask your parent or guardian to share your story as a comment on the social media posts from Fighting Words and Graffiti for the story prompt. You will find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  2. A post on your parent/guardian’s social media accounts: ask your parent or guardian to upload your story to their social media accounts using the hashtag #12StoriesofChristmasIreland. Be sure to tag Fighting Words and Graffiti Theatre Company so we can see and share your work.

Click on the link below to access the story prompts and for further information: