PPN Stakeholder Training (Online)


An online only self-paced training videos programme for Kildare PPN members has been developed by Social Justice Ireland. This is online only and is intended for self-directed learning at the learner’s own pace. Social Justice Ireland will provide some support via the webform on each Module page. There are no scheduled classes as part of this training.


The online only training covers the following:

–          An Introduction to the PPNs (2 Modules)

–          Local Government Budgets

–          PPNs and Local Government

–          Effective Participation in Consultations

–          Effective Facilitation

–          Strategic Planning

–          Measuring Outcomes and Impacts



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Past Training

Good governance for your community & voluntary group

This training on good governance will cover the following:

  • Understanding what good governance means.
  • Adhering to your purpose and Constitution.
  • Board meetings, agendas and minutes. Decision-making.
  • The difference between governance and management.


Training Delivered by Michael Quirke, Carmichael

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 10:00 am


Social Media Bootcamp (Intermediate)

Who is this session for?

People who are delivering social media day to day for their community group or non-profit organisation, who have a sound understanding of social media and want to know how to promote their work effectively on social media.

The course is designed to give you a greater understanding of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok work and how they can be used in your marketing activities.

It will equip you with the tools and knowledge you will need to use various features on social media to promote your work more effectively.

Topics covered include:

• The social media landscape in Ireland.

• The power of social media.

• Tools and tactics for different platforms.

• Content Planning.

• Growing your followers, and keeping them engaged.

• The importance of monitoring impact and measuring results.

The training will be delivered by Sorcha MacMahon, Carmichael

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 7:00 pm


Leadership in your organisation

A practical session helping people to manage the everyday opportunities and challenges they face in leading their groups.


This session will include:

  • Responding to the challenges facing voluntary leaders in their groups in Kildare
  • Networking with other group leaders in Kildare
  • Sharing and learning from each other
  • Groups that work well: creating positive engagement within and outside your group
  • Running an effective group and dealing with problems that can arise between members.
  • Attracting others to join

This is a practical session designed to let participants raise and discuss challenges and at the same get expert support from the facilitator as well as learning from other people’s experience.

Training Delivered by Liam Scollan, Carmichael

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm


Using the Sustainable Development Goals for Action

This workshop will explore the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and their incorporation into Local Government policy and planning. It will give attendees the opportunity to connect the SDG’s, globally and locally, to actions that benefit, support and protect the environment and communities for a sustainable future.

Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm


Sustainable Gardening for Community Groups

We will be running a one day Sustainable Gardening course for our member organisations in collaboration with Kildare County Council.

The course is delivered by horticulturist and environmentalist Aoife Munn and will take place on Tuesday 25th of October from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Naas Mens Shed.

This course is suitable for community groups who want to garden for biodiversity including Tidy Towns groups, Resident’s Associations, Green schools coordinators, community gardens and any community groups that want to improve their area for biodiversity and reduce their impact on the planet.

The number of participants from each group will be limited to ensure as many groups as possible are offered the opportunity to attend the course.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 10:00 am


Writing Effective Submissions

This session will provide a brief introduction to social analysis, give you tips on how to make an effective submission, sourcing relevant data sources to support your submission and learn how to network and work collaboratively on issues.


The training will be delivered by Social Justice Ireland 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm


Community Leadership - New Landscape, New Perspectives

The workshop is designed to engage participants in a process of discussion, self-reflection and self – awareness in their role as community leaders. Whilst at the same time, building capacity to lead their organisation/group successfully forward by being pro-active as opposed to reactive.

The focus of the workshop centres around:

  • Acknowledging a changing community landscape
  • Recognising current community needs
  • Adapting plans for maximum impact
  • Sustaining positive energy

The training will be delivered by Carmichael 

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm


‘Let’s Unpack’ - Conflict Management

Conflict can sometimes be inevitable where a group of people are trying to achieve something on a committee or as part of a community organisation. The important thing is how that conflict is dealt with.

The focus of this conflict management workshop centres around:

  • Understanding conflict
  • The potential causes and consequences on (i) the person and (ii) the organisation
  • Informal and formal processes in responding to situations (considering participant contexts)
  • Personal responsibility
  • The role of good governance in prevention and management.


The training will be delivered by Carmichael

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm


Sustainability - Doing More with Less (Tidy Towns Workshop)

Over recent years the Tidy Towns competition has expanded to include sustainability, assisting communities to reduce their resource use and foster climate action at a local level. The communities doing well in this Sustainability – Doing More with Less category are the communities doing well in the competition.  But scores in this section are consistently the lowest across all 8 competition categories while the section is evolving rapidly to keep up with EU and government policy in this area.  So that’s where this workshop can help.

This two-part workshop will help Tidy Towns groups to better understand the need for Sustainable Waste and Resource Management (SWRM) at a local level, helping communities to build sustainability capacity within their groups, catch up in this category and foster climate action in their community.

This workshop will take place over two consecutive evenings on Zoom.


Wednesday the 21st September 2022


Thursday the 22nd of September 2022


The workshop will be delivered by Gavin Harte ESD Training


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm


The Charities Governance Code

This event has now passed.


The Charities Governance Code explains the minimum standards you should meet to effectively manage and control your charity. This workshop will walk you through the requirements of the code including actions and evidence needed to demonstrate compliance. If your organisation has already started or completed the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable organisations, it will help you to use the evidence you already have to comply with the new Charities Governance Code.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at