Community and voluntary groups can benefit from PPNs

Independent Councillor Jennifer Whitmore is urging community and voluntary groups in Newcastle, Kilcoole, Delgany and Greystones to engage with Wicklow’s Public Participation Network (PPN), a newly established representative body that will allow community groups to connect directly with the County Council.

“PPNs are being set up as part of the local government reforms. They offer local groups an opportunity  to have input into decision making in the county. Groups that join will have access to cheaper insurance through a group scheme, networking and training opportunities, as well as providing groups with the latest grant information.

“I recently held a public meeting about the network in Shoreline in Greystones and there is some uncertainty as to how this system will work. If the PPNs successfully bring local groups together into the one room to discuss issues and ideas, it will be a huge step forward. But it’s up to the community groups to find out how they can participate.

“I would like to thank Helen Howes, County Wicklow PPN, who gave a presentation on the PPNs, and I would encourage any local groups who missed the meeting to get involved.” Further information is available from

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