Monday, 1 September, 2014.
Based on a model developed on earlier events in Ballygar, Moycullen Gort, the Galway County PeopleTalk Jury conducted a Listening Workshop on Thursday, 28 August with the Executive of the Communityn and Voluntary Forum. It took place in the Liosbán offices of Galway County Council Listening to citizens in the different electoral areas was always envisaged as part of the PeopleTalk process but as the Jury set about planning the details it soon became clear that the biggest challenge would be to get the word out. It was also clear that the best way of doing this was through networks of personal contact and giving key people a practical experience of what a workshop would be like. The most effective network, within easy reach, was the Executive of the Galway County Community Forum, which represents 300 organisations around the county. The Executives members are actively involved in a number of community activities all around the county. The Executive was approached not just to spread the word but with a view to its members actually taking part in a Workshop. Hence the meeting on Thursday which was both interesting and lively. If there was a complaint it was that there was not enough time as the Workshop was followed by a business meeting of the Executive. In the coming weeks we will be holding six Public Listening Workshops in different parts of the County.