The objective of PPNs is to have as diverse a membership as possible which reflects the volunteer-led activity in Limerick and is socially inclusive.
Many groups and organisations may be unaware of the PPN and the benefits it can bring them, so it is the role of both the Secretariat and Limerick City and County Council to promote membership throughout the city and county. (from the national PPN guidance document 2017)
Criteria for membership
To qualify for membership of Limerick PPN your group/organisation must:
- Be active and with a postal address in Limerick
- Operate on a not-for-profit basis
- Be volunteer-led (the organisation may have staff, but it must be under voluntary control)
- Be independent (i.e. not a subgroup or subcommittee of another organisation)
- Have at least five (5) members and be open to new members
- Have an appropriate governance structure with a set of rules on how it operates
- Meet regularly
- Be non-party political
- Be a minimum of six months in existence
Groups/organisations registering under the Environment Sector must be be approved by the Environmental Pillar at a national level.
Please note groups formed around specific local issues are not eligible for PPN membership, for example, groups formed around opposition to a particular local planning application.
Responsibility for managing PPN membership
The Secretariat is responsible for managing the membership database. They may delegate its operation to a third party, but it must be under their control and direction.
Membership registrations are considered by the Secretariat on the basis of the information submitted. When a group seeks to register, and it is not clear if they fit the criteria, the Secretariat can request further information.
In some cases, a category of Associate membership may be added for groups who do not fit all the criteria. Such groups would be able to receive information and access training etc., but would not have a vote.
Groups should re-register with PPN every year, to ensure that their information is up to date. The PPN contact point(s) in a member organisation are important for the distribution of newsletters and other information. As such they should be active users of email. An individual should not be the contact point for multiple groups. Because of the separation of the functions of Public Representatives and the PPN, Councillors, TDs Senators and MEPs should not be the PPN contact point for organisations.
Member groups should be able to self-select as Community and Voluntary or Social Inclusion organisations. In some cases, the Secretariat may offer guidance.