Minister Joe O’Brien urges community groups to join Public Participation Networks as national awareness campaign launched
Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, Charities and Integration, Joe O’Brien, has today (Tuesday, 21 February) launched a new national awareness campaign to encourage community groups to join their local Public Participation Networks (PPN).
Public Participation Networks allow local authorities to connect with community groups around the country and give people a greater say in local government decisions that affect their communities.
Membership of a local PPN also gives groups access to a range of other benefits including bespoke training programmes, information on funding and grants, and on proposals or decisions being made in their county, as well as networking and learning opportunities with other local organisations.
Another aim of the campaign, launched today, is to encourage groups that represent young and marginalised people to join their local PPN.
Concluding, Minister O’Brien said:
“I am delighted to launch the Public Participation Networks awareness campaign today. We want to highlight their important role and functions so people know how Public Participation Networks allow them to make a difference and ‘build a better future’ and better communities for everyone. I want to invite groups around the country to join their local PPN and help shape local solutions to local issues.”