It’s Active School Week

Active School Week promotes physical activity in schools and communities. It is taking place from 25-29 April and is co-sponsored by the Department of Education & Skills and the HSE.

Active School Week is a central part of the Active School Flag initiative. The Department of Education and Skills recognises schools that strive to achieve a physical educated and physically active school community by awarding them the Active School Flag. Primary and post primary schools, special schools and Youthreach centres can apply.

Visit activeschoolflag.ie to learn more.  

Sunday 24 April 2016 is census night

The next census will take place on Sunday 24 April 2016.

The census is a detailed account of everybody who is in the country on census night. On 24 April everybody in Ireland is required to enter their details on a census form.Census enumerators are currently visiting every home in Ireland to deliver census forms. You must fill in your form on Sunday 24 April  and your enumerator will return to collect it.

You can get detailed information on filling in the form and the questions you will be asked on census.ie. 

TidyTowns competition

The 2016 SuperValu TidyTowns competition opened for entries on 5 April 2016. The competition is for local communities who are interested in improving the quality of their surroundings and, in the process, developing community spirit.

The competition is administered by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. It has been running since 1958 and each year attracts more than 700 communities across Ireland who compete for a cash award and the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town.

Entry into the TidyTowns competition is voluntary and the competition is open to every village, town and city area in the State. The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competitions is 20 May 2016.

Judging takes place in June, July and August each year and the results are announced at the National Awards Ceremony in September.

Learn more at tidytowns.ie.

GP visit cards for children under 6

Children under the age of 6 are entitled to free visits to a GP (family doctor). They are not entitled to free visits to hospital emergency departments.  All children aged under 6 who live in Ireland or who intend to live in Ireland for at least one year are eligible.The doctor must be taking part in the free GP care for children under 6 scheme.

You must register your child for a GP visit card. You will need your Personal Public Service number (PPS number), your child(rens) PPS numbers and your choice of participating GP

You can get a list of GPs who are taking part in the scheme at gpvisitcard.ie. The list also tells you whether your chosen GP accepts online registrations. If they do, you can apply online at gpvisitcard.ie. If a GP doesn’t accept online registrations, or if you prefer to use a paper form, you can download the registration form from gpvisitcard.ie, bring it to the GP to sign, and then send it to: GP Visit Card – Under 6s, PO Box 12629, Dublin 11.

Your child will be included in this scheme until the end of the month of their sixth birthday. The expiry date is shown on the card. You will be notified approximately three months before it is due to expire.

If you have any questions about registering for the scheme, you can phone Lo-call 1890 252 919.