Autumn Training 2017

Our Autumn 2017 training schedule is now finished. If you are part of a DLR PPN member group let us know what free training would help to support your group in 2018 by filling out our training needs survey

This Autumn the following free training was offer to DLR PPN member groups:

Understanding Local Government

Thursday 26th of October and Thursday 16th of November (2 modules) 7.30pm-9.30pm
Patrician Community Centre, Patrician Villas, Stillorgan

Module 1: How Local Government Works (26th of October)

This module will give participants an overview of the shape, scale and operational systems in our County and City Councils. It will include the key legislative basis for its work, the role of the Minister and the Department, the role of the Chief Executive, senior staff, Councillors and external representatives such as PPN and LCDC nominees, how Councils are structured, make policies, allocate budgets and resources, implement decisions and account for their work.

Module 2: Influencing the policies and practices of Local Government (16th of November)

From this module participants will develop a clearer understanding of the best approaches for PPN nominees and other community representatives to influence the work of Councils, what approaches tend to work best and how your present the most compelling case for policy, administrative or funding changes.
It will look at the (Urban) Planning processes which has historically been the most open aspect of Council engagement with the community but which is not well understood by communities. Freedom of information and the Lobbying Act will also be examined.

This course is being delivered by Senan Turnbull, former director of community, culture and sports for Fingal County Council.

There will be a follow up session for participants of this course at the start of 2018.

Register for this training online

Making the Most of Online – Digital Communications 

Developing an Effective Online Communications Strategy for your Organisation – 10am-1pm, Thursday 9th Nov, dlr Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire (you must bring your own laptop)

Sorry, this training session is now full. Please get in touch if you would be interested in attending this training in the new year, email

  • This training session aims to help organisations to enhance their online presence, including their website and any social media profiles they use. The training is targeted at those with some previous experience in using social media and other digital tools, such as websites and email newsletters.  Topics covered will include:
    • Why should your organisation engage in online communications?
    • A breakdown of different online communications tools: which tools suit your organisation best? 
    • Content planning: how to attract followers and engage your audiences.
    • Developing an online communications strategy and policy for your organisation.
    • Crisis communications online.
    • Current trends in online communications.

Digital Communications for Beginners
 – 6pm-9pm, Tuesday 14th Nov, St. Tiernan’s Community School, Balally (bring your own laptop or there will be computers available)

Spaces still available.

  • This training is aimed at introducing participants to digital communications and demonstrating how you can use different digital tools – including social media, websites and emails – to promote your work.   It is targeted at those with little or no experience of digital communications and social media.  Topics covered will include:

    • What is social media, and why should organisations use it?
    • An introduction to different social media tools, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest.
    • Establishing social media profiles for your organisation (hands-on support in setting up a Facebook or Twitter profile for your group).  
    • Content planning: how to attract followers and engage your audiences.
    • Case studies of community and voluntary organisations using digital communications effectively. 
Register for this training online

Get Ready for General Data Protection Regulation

Monday 27th of November, 10am-1pm, Mounttown Community Facility, Dun Laoghaire

Sorry, this training session is now full. Please get in touch if you would be interested in attending this training in the new year, email

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. Organisations involved in data processing of any sort need to be aware the regulation addresses them directly in terms of the obligations it imposes.

Key topics covered during the workshop:

  • The GDPR in context: what’s different?
  • Data Protection Principles
  • Accountability
  • Rights of individuals (data subjects)
  • Personal data processing
  • Data protection roles
  • Subject access requests and response timelines
  • Obtaining Consent
  • Data breaches
  • Preparing for GDPR and demonstrating GDPR compliance
Register for this training online

Garda Vetting Training

Wednesday 22nd of November, 6pm Assembly Hall, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire.

Run by DLR Volunteer Centre, this is important training for any group who’s staff or volunteers should be Garda Vetted. Organisations are legally responsible for ensuring all staff and volunteers engaged with them, who should be Garda Vetted are vetted before the 31st of December 2017.  

DLR PPN have reserved limited spaces on this training for PPN members. Please get in touch with Laura at or 087 6394506 if you want to take part.

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