Over 200 representatives of the community attended the launch of the Fingal Public Participation Network Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021 in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords on Tuesday April 24.
Download a copy of the Strategic Plan: FPPN_Strategic_Plan_2018_2021
The Strategic Plan sets out a roadmap for the development and growth of Fingal Public Participation Network (PPN). The PPN is a network of over 500 community, voluntary, environment and social inclusion groups from across Fingal and aims to support these groups to influence local policy and change.
The Secretariat, the board of the PPN, launched the plan to a standing room of over 200 guests, including the Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Mary McCamley, Chief Executive of Fingal Paul Reid and representatives from the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The plan sets out 17 high level actions across 4 goals. A large focus of the plan is on community representation and consultation. The aim of the PPN is to support community groups to influence policy and build their skills and knowledge to advocate on issues experienced by their community.
Fingal PPN Secretariat member Mary Harford stated
“This is a plan that belongs to the community and needs the support of the community to achieve it. There is power in numbers, and the PPN could be a catalyst for communities to influence policy and change.”
Commenting on the plan, Jamie Moore, PPN Resource Worker mentioned
“At the heart of this plan is a Fingal Wellbeing Statement. This statement will guide how the PPN will approach its work going forward, and is very much focused on healthy, safe and inclusive communities with opportunities to grow personally, be heard in decision making and access critical services.”
Speaking at the launch, Mayor McCamley noted
“It is obvious from the consultation and engagement involved in drafting this plan that the community is at the heart of every action. I am really impressed with its ambition and believe the actions outlined will be achieved by the community groups involved.”
Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council recognised the PPN as a means for the Council to engage with communities
“With Fingal being one of the most diverse areas in Europe in terms of its population and composition of its communities, the PPN is a vehicle that the Council can use to support the engagement of these communities and to facilitate their issues being brought to the fore. In Fingal, we want to be at the forefront of supporting the PPN to fulfil its role.”
Community Groups traveled from across Fingal to be at the event, including from Garristown, Blanchardstown, Howth and Balbriggan, among others. A wide range of groups were involved, including those with a focus on Arts, Culture, Environment, Festivals, Sports, Residents, Radio, Youth, Health and more.
To find out more about the PPN or to get involved visit www.fingalppn.ie.