Cold Shelter – Waterford City

Prior to any severe weather alert or bout of freezing temperatures, the Outreach Team from Waterford Integrated Homeless Services will be in contact with any known rough sleepers to advise them of the impending weather alert/freezing temperatures and remind them of the shelter arrangements.

Waterford City and County Councils Homeless Services outreach team is in constant contact with all rough sleepers to advise them of the out of hours and severe weather protocols, and to provide support to those who are willing to accept support.

We continue to advise and offer support to rough sleepers from other counties to present to their respective Local Authorities to avail of homeless services there.
Details of Out of Hours Service and Severe Weather Protocol can be found on  https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/housing/homeless-services.htm

Waterford Homeless Action Team Severe Weather Protocol is operational in the event of a severe weather alert and is specifically for clients who are rough sleeping. The protocol will also operate during bouts of freezing temperatures.

Homeless men/ women should go directly to McGwire House, Bath Street, Waterford where crash bed facilities will be provided if necessary (051 879930)
Homeless women and children should go directly to Oasis House, 71 Morrisson’s Road, Waterford  where crash bed facilities will be provided if necessary (051 370367)

If you see person(s) sleeping rough in Waterford please inform the Homeless Services Team at Waterford Integrated Homeless Services on 0818 10 20 20 or homelessservicesteam@waterfordcouncil.ie

 

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Reminder : Recruitment : Craft Gardener

Applications are now invited for the following position;

  • Craft Gardener

Application Form and Information Booklet can be found on our website https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/human-resources/vacancies.htm

Closing date for the above is 4pm Thursday, 15th December, 2022.

Applications to be returned by email to recruitment@waterfordcouncil.ie by the closing date and time above.

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Community Support Fund 2022

Community Support Fund 2022

The aim of the Community Support Fund is to support community & voluntary groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas with their non-pay running costs, e.g. utility bills or other non-pay operating costs for example rental/lease costs, insurance bills.

Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities, purchase equipment, e.g. tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment etc.

Applicants must complete the application form which can be downloaded below. Once completed please submit your application in hard copy with supporting documentation to: Colette O’BrienCommunity Support FundWaterford City & County Council, Baileys New Street, Waterford. The closing date for applications is 4pm Friday 20th January 2023

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Libraries as Places of Sanctuary

Library Ireland Week takes place from Sunday, December 4th to Saturday, December 10th, 2022.  The theme of this year’s week is “Libraries as Places of Sanctuary”.

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The week, which is organised by the Library Association of Ireland, raises the profile of libraries and information service staff, and showcases their resources, facilities, events and services through dedicated programmes and events.

Throughout the week public libraries, special libraries, business libraries, health libraries, law libraries, academic libraries, prison libraries and government libraries all around Ireland will celebrate by showcasing their unique resources, running events and engaging in a nationwide social media campaign.

During Library Ireland Week, libraries across Ireland are invited to host an online event, social media campaign, activity or exhibition celebrating the theme ‘Libraries as Places of Sanctuary’.

President of the Library Association of Ireland Cathal McCauley says, “We see this as an opportunity to celebrate our libraries throughout Ireland and for library staff to hear from their communities about how their lives are impacted by libraries and the teams behind them particularly as we emerge from a period of unforeseen circumstance and challenge.”

Library Ireland Week is a celebration of libraries and the people who work in libraries throughout Ireland celebrating their dedication, commitment and influence on the individuals and communities they serve.  This year the theme focuses on how libraries in Ireland have the ability to provide democratic, open and welcoming places for all. They nurture their communities, foster learning and education, encourage creativity, promote our country’s heritage and provide places of refuge from a hectic world.

During the month of December, Waterford Libraries invite you to take some time out from the busy Winterval and Christmas activities to pause and relax at our library branches.  Pick up a newspaper, chill out with your family at one of our library storytimes or craft sessions, or browse our carefully chosen book displays of new books and cosy Christmas reads for all ages.

Events around the country are detailed via our Library Ireland Week website www.libraryirelandweek.ie.  Library Ireland Week is supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts. All details are available at http://libraryirelandweek.ie/get-involved/ or you can stay up to date with all that is happening in your local library on www.waterfordlibraries.ie

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Recruitment : RETAINED FIREFIGHTERS based in Cappoquin, Dunmore East, Lismore & Tramore

We are recruiting for RETAINED FIREFIGHTERS based in Cappoquin, Dunmore East, Lismore & Tramore.

CLOSING DATE : 4pm Tuesday, 6th December 2022

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Waterford City and County Council recognised at Chambers Ireland Awards

Waterford City and County Council’s ‘Learn to Cycle Track’ in Dungarvan was announced as winner of the Health and Wellbeing category at the recent Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

The Health and Wellbeing category recognises best in class efforts by a Local Authority to promote the health and wellbeing of its community, with initiatives such as active transport infrastructure, outdoor recreational areas, or development of facilities that enable and promote physical activities.

Ireland’s first outdoor ‘Learn to Cycle’ track was officially opened in Fairlane earlier in 2022 and the track gives young children the opportunity to learn to cycle on a ‘real life’ road structure with lines, signs, and pedestrian crossing without the traffic.

The track forms part of a burgeoning leisure area that contains a playground, a performance area and skatepark with construction of a BMX pump track due to commence in 2023.

Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services and Dungarvan Town Manager commented, “Waterford City and County Council is delighted to have received this award and to be recognised by Chambers Ireland for its commitment in developing Dungarvan as a ‘Smarter Travel’ town.”

Waterford Council worked in collaboration with Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) to bring the track to fruition.  WSP delivers Cycling Ireland courses including balance bike training, disability cycling, sprocket rocket and Cycle Right in a completely accessible and traffic free environment.

Peter Jones, Waterford Sports Partnership also commented, “This is a fantastic initiative to be involved with from Day One.  To be recognised nationally for an amenity that ensures children, of all abilities, have a safe and accessible environment to learn to cycle safely, is testament to the vision and dedication of all the stakeholders in bringing the cycle track to Dungarvan.”

Oren Byrne, President of Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber of Commerce added, “It’s a wonderful addition to the local landscape and judging by the number of children, their parents and schools who use the track, it really is giving our young cyclists the skills to safely cycle on our roads and encourage the use of sustainable transport methods, which will benefit the climate and environment.”

The overall cost of the cycle track was €50,000 with Waterford City and County Council receiving funding from the Local Government Fund and the Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation administered by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

The Excellence in Local Government Awards showcase best practice in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, innovation, and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised and are held in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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Waterford City and County Council launches innovative Bring Banks sensors project 

Waterford City and County Council’s Environment Department has this week launched an innovative Bring Banks sensors project, aimed at tackling litter build up around bring banks that may be full.

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Sensors to monitor the levels of glass within bring banks have been installed at 70 locations around the city and county.  Information from the sensors, available via a smartphone map on the Council’s website, will allow members of the public to check capacity of the different types of glass and avoid a wasted trip, or plan to visit an alternative bring centre. The project will also reduce the amount of fuel required for the Council’s glass collection contractors to empty the bottle banks.

Funding of €45,000 for this project was provided by The Public Service Innovation Fund run by Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) following a successful application earlier in the year.  This is a competitive fund that aims to support innovative ideas from across public service organisations and turn them into a reality.  Projects must have a strong focus on outcomes and impact with additional focus on scalability, transferability and learning within the public sector.

Senior Executive Engineer with Waterford Council’s Environment Section, Niall Kane, spoke at the launch of the project this week, saying, “The funding for this project from The Public Service Innovation Fund is integral in the roll out one of the country’s first smart bring bank projects.  The installation of these sensors is a very positive climate action and will result in less journeys by customers and less overheads on the collection contractors.  Not only that, but we are providing live information through a person’s smartphone too, as the sensors provide information on what colour of glass is filling up, where the capacity is in the network and where the next nearest bank might be.”

Galway based firm Magnus Monitors were chosen as partners for the project and have installed some 141 monitors at 70 bring banks across the city and county.  The type of equipment installed is a highly accurate level monitor that can remotely monitor bottle banks of up to 4m in height. Their battery-driven solution is low powered when compared to other mains wired solutions and lasts for up to 5 years.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary said, “We were delighted to receive funding for this important project.  Recycling glass benefits businesses as well as the environment as it reduces their carbon footprint and saves money by lowering emissions, the consumption of raw materials and the use of facilities.  If you have ever arrived at your local bottle bank and found it overflowing, now we can help alleviate that.  We’re encouraging citizens to scan the QR code at their bottle bank or check on your smartphone and head to a bring bank with capacity nearby.”

To mark the launch of the monitors, two exciting competitions are planned on local radio and on social media, with daily prizes of commissioned recycled glasswork by An Rinn-based craftsman Eamonn Terry of  Criostal na Rinne and Sean Egan of Sean Egan Art Glass, based in Waterford’s Bishop’s Palace.

For more information on the project, and to check the capacity levels at your local bring centre, see www.waterfordcouncil.ie/bringbanks

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Free Winterval Special 10th Birthday Events for your Calendar

The Winterval Festival celebrates 10 years this year and with that special year in mind, the festival organisers have created a series of one-off special birthday events for each weekend between now and Christmas.

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Coming up this Sunday, December 4th is the ‘Blue Light Parade’. Waterford’s emergency services, rescue vehicles and the heroes who man them will leave Ballybricken at 3 pm and parade down Patricks Street, down Lady Lane and Catherine Street before heading to Waterside Car Park. As a treat for the Winterval visitors, the emergency service crews will give families a chance to get up close and hop aboard the rescue trucks, bikes, cars, boats, engines and much more. This is a free event but there will be collections made for the fantastic Little Blue Hero’s charity which helps children going through long-term serious medical treatment. The blue lights will be flashing in the Waterside car park till 8 pm.

On Friday, December 9th at 7:30 pm bells will be ringing on Gladstone Street, that is bicycle bells. Join the festive fun as Active Waterford rolls and jingles into the festive season with a gentle city centre novelty cycle. It’s time to get out the tinsel, the fairy lights and the Christmas jumpers for a short 2km family-friendly cycle route suitable for ages 6+. This is a free event and participants must pre-register before 1 pm on Wednesday, December 7th, see Winterval.ie

The Quays of Waterford will light up on Sunday, December 11th at 6 pm as the farming community join forces to illuminate the city with their sparkling tractors and farm machinery.  You can peer at a Deere, or aspire to be as classy as a Massey! Come along and enjoy the spectacle that is the Winterval Christmas Tractor Parade. In association with Suir Garages, Passages Cross, Dunmore Road. Waterford

On Thursday the 22nd of December the streets of Waterford will be alive with the sounds of busking. Buskaid is a charity appeal with the goal of raising much need funds for Tinteán Housing, a Waterford-based homeless charity. Donation buckets will be all around Winterval on the day, but you can donate at any time on Winterval.ie

Billed as Ireland’s largest Christmas festival, Winterval in Waterford offers a trail of 38 events with 25 on offer free of charge in addition to the special one-off events to celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday celebrations from November 18th to December 23rd.

Highlights include the Gerbola Christmas Circus, the vintage Ferris wheel at Arundel Square, a vintage carousel, the Port of Waterford Eye, the Winterval Mini Express train, a virtual ride in Santa’s sleigh plus a Wizards and Dragons interactive exhibition and even Santa Paws for doggies. Waterford’s heritage takes a prime position with Déise Medieval who will host a traditional Viking Settlement plus Santa’s Central Station is on Broad Street where he is meeting and greeting boys and girls for the entire festival.

In addition, there is an abundant programme of Music and Theatre. Ben Hennessy presents a new Shadow Puppetry Show at the beautiful GLOW Gardens at Winterval on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. At the Apple Market each weekend a free show sponsored by WAMA & Theatrebox, which will engage with young spectators who can take part in the collection of Santa’s posts will be on offer.  Join Winterval’s Resident Storyteller Kitty Caboodle for a selection of songs and stories at The Book Centre.

The Winterval Live Stage offers  20 Days of Live Performances during the festival. House of Waterford Crystal is delighted to present its Annual Winter Music Series and there is lots more.

The full Winterval Festival programme is available to view and book online at www.winterval.ie

 

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Closing soon : Consultation on development Cnoc an Túir/Tower Hill at Newgate St, Waterford

In accordance with Part XI of the Planning & Development Act 2000, as amended, and Part 8, Article 81 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, notice is hereby given by Waterford City & County Council of proposed residential development at Newgate Street/Browne’s Lane/Butler Court/Castle Street, Waterford City.

The proposed development, called Cnoc an Túir/Tower Hill, will consist of:

(a) 27 no. residential apartment units comprising of;
(i) 16 no. 1-bed apartments, (ii) 9 no. 2-bed apartments (iii) 2 no. 3-bed apartments
and (iv) a serviced ground floor unit
(b) Supporting development works including (i) temporary construction signage, (ii) demolition of existing buildings on site, (iii) boundary treatments, (iv) landscaping, (v) ancillary accommodation and (vi) all associated site works at Newgate Street/Browne’s Lane/Butler Court/Castle Street, Waterford City.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, from 28th October 2022 up to and including 25th November 2022, and during office-hours, at:

  • Customer Care Offices, Waterford City & County Council, Baileys New
    Street, Waterford.

A copy of the plans and particulars of the proposed development may also be viewed on Waterford City & County Council’s website at www.waterfordcouncil.ie

Written submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development is situated, may be made in writing, to arrive no later than: 4.00pm. on 9th December 2022, to;
“Director of Services, Housing Department, Waterford City &
County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford”
or by emailing: part8housingsubs@waterfordcouncil.ie

It should be noted that the Freedom of Information Act applies to all records held by Waterford City & County Council.

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