What is the
organisational structure of the PPN?
The PPN is made up of a broad range of member organisations including Tidy Towns groups, Residents Associations, Sports Clubs, Community Councils, Youth Clubs, Environmental Groups and many more types of social inclusion, community & voluntary groups. The PPN is the network formed by all of these groups. Membership to the PPN ensures that organisations receive important information from Laois County Council and other public bodies. The PPN facilitates the sharing of information on funding opportunities, public consultations and policy development in Laois County and it also acts as a focal point for groups with similar interests to connect with one another and share information and expertise.
What is the aim of Laois PPN?
To facilitate and enable the public and
To facilitate the local authority in making better and more timely decisions through a structure that ensures public participation and representation on decision-making committees and bodies within local government.
Why should your group join?
How can your group benefit?
- Get information on funding, grants
andinitiatives which are of interest to your group/ organisationand community
- Be part of a new way for the local authority to consult with the general public on its plans/strategies and services,
including:Local Areas plans, County Development Plans etc.
- Elect representatives to local authority policy-making committees and influence what happens at these committees
- Networking: share information and ideas, learn from other
groups /in your area or sector organisations
- Use the PPN’s interactive web platform to link directly with other like-minded groups and
organisationsacross the County
- Register with a Special Interest Group and focus on areas that interest your group
Local News Feed
Brendan Courtney, an Irish TV presenter, broadcaster & fashion designer will help launch Laois CONNECTS week 2019 by interviewing Angela Hayes of the Thomas Hayes Trust.
The Thomas Hayes Trust (THT) was established in February 2014 by Angela Hayes, her children, family and friends following the tragic loss of her son, Thomas to suicide (2010) on the anniversary of his dad’s suicide. At that time she was unaware of the suffering within the community experienced by others in similar circumstances. This awareness was illuminated when her son Alan and Angela were invited to speak on the Late Late Show, in January 2014, to tell their story of how suicide had affected their family. On that night her son Alan performed a song he composed for her called “Survivor” a song he wrote to show her that he was proud of how she had reached out for help through counselling, to help herself and her family navigate the awful pain of grief through suicide. The public response to their story and the song was phenomenal, with people suggesting that Alan’s song be recorded and the proceeds be donated to a charity. It was not her intention at that time to do anything except tell their story however, with the overwhelming response and the launching of the song an opportunity presented to set up the Trust to “support the people of Kilkenny and surrounding areas that have been affected by suicide, and to those who contemplate or contemplated ending their life” Angela says “The Thomas Hayes Trust by helping others will commemorate the life of Thomas – a son, brother and friend”, and to remember his father Tommy.