National Community Weekend
Do you know your neighbour?
Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, is urging people to reach out to their neighbours as part of The Big Hello!, the first National Community Weekend which takes place this May Bank Holiday Weekend (4-6 May).
“The Big Hello” supports communities to host events in their local area in order to strengthen community ties and help tackle the problem of social isolation. Minister Ring said: “I am challenging everyone to reach out and say The Big Hello! to their neighbours by organising an event, or attending one in their local community. Events could range from a communal cup of tea or a picnic to a sports day or a local history event. The community decides! Minister Ring continued: “In a world where people are spending less time in their communities and more time at work, it is important to find new ways to connect people and focus on the importance of neighbours. In our busy lives we rarely make time for each other outside of our network of family, friends and social media contacts. “Sadly, many people living among us are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. I firmly believe that this initiative can help people to connect or re-connect with their neighbours and communities.”
€10,000 has been allocated by Minister Ring to each Local Community Development Committee (LCDC)/Local Authority area to support local events. Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups and residents’ committees within each local authority area.
Further details can be found on www.drcd.gov.ie/bighello, and on The Big Hello! Facebook page.
Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is
4.00 p.m. on Thursday 28th March 2019.