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County Wicklow Public Participation Network was formed in July 2014 and held its inaugural meeting in The Brockagh Centre, Laragh on 21st August 2015
What is Co Wicklow PPN?
Co Wicklow PPN is a network of community groups from all the municipal districts in Co Wicklow that focus on environmental, social inclusion and other community activities across the county. Membership is free and we have a diverse membership base that includes: youth groups, residents associations, community councils, sports groups, older people's groups and much more!
What Does It Do?
The PPN has three main functions:
PPNs have been established in each local authority area nationally. They are funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development and are overseen by a National Advisory Group
Links with Local Government and Other Community Organisations:
County Wicklow PPN brings the community voice to policy development at various decision making tables in the county including:
Meet our Resource and Support Workers
Helen Howes provides full-time support to Co. Wicklow PPN. Helen has been volunteering in her local community in Wicklow Town for many years, actively participating in her local resident's association, local women's group and the local resource centre. She began working for Wicklow Working Together (later forming part of Co Wicklow Partnership), a local development company, in 2000 splitting her time between the social inclusion programme and supporting Wicklow Community Platform (the social inclusion network in the county). Helen has participated in many training sessions and courses including equality training, communication skills, committee skills, and disability awareness. In 2006 & 2007 she did the Meitheal Foundation and Advanced Facilitation Skills. Between 2006 and 2010 she studied for and received a BSc in Rural Development from UCD before going on to receive a Certificate in Addiction Studies from Maynooth in 2012.
Grainne Quinn provides support work to Co Wicklow PPN. Grainne has over 25 years’ experience working with many diverse community groups throughout the county both in a voluntary and professional manner. She has facilitated programmes such as the Health Food Made Easy Programme, The Tobacco Cessation Programme and Get Ireland Walking. Grainne has also developed and facilitated training programmes for individuals and groups through the National Parent’s Council of Ireland and Wicklow Information Network. She has worked as a Census Enumerator, a Field Researcher for the Economic & Social Research Institute and a development officer for Concern. Grainne was also the first Resource Worker for Wicklow Community Platform a social inclusion network in the county. Grainne has studied in Business Management and Marketing as well as Rural Development. She has participated in a number of training opportunities including group work theory & practise, facilitator training, suicide assist and ageing with confidence. Grainne is an active member in her own community of Donard where she helps out at the community café and participates on the parent’s council.