Governance & Charity Regulation - a 2-day Survival Guide: Dublin - 2 & 3 May 2018

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Date / time: 
2 May 2018 - 9:15am - 3 May 2018 - 3:30pm
The Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
Price details: 
Full 2-day programme - 85 Euro for Members of The Wheel / 130 Euro Non-members. More options below.

An intensive 2-day training opportunity for Irish charities determined to excel in good governance, income diversification, complying with charity regulation and understanding the requirements of transparency at all times.

It is possible to attend each session individually or the full 2-day programme (click here to see registration detail below).

Select from the price options at the bottom of page and click 'Add to Cart'.

Course details: 
These are difficult days for Irish charities. With increased scrutiny of the way in which we govern ourselves, the onus is now clearly on us to ensure that we are all adhering to existing charity regulation and the highest possible standards of good governance and transparency.
This intensive 2-day practical workshop has been carefully developed to address these precise needs with: 
  • A clear and achievable pathway towards successful compliance with all facets of charity regulation (including an entire day given over to good governance); 
  • A thorough understanding of income diversification and how to make services financially sustainable;
  • How to adhere to best practice in terms of transparency, as well demonstrating impacts and outcomes.
The workshop (an updated delivery of our Ready for Regulation 2-day workshop) will be split into 2 days as outlined below: 

DAY 1 – Exploring Good Governance

The first day of the workshop will be devoted to the theme of good governance and is divided into:

Session 1: Intro to Governance

The morning will commence with a thorough introduction to governance – what it is, why it matters and what practicalities you must consider in order to ensure that your organisation is ready to being a journey to good governance.
The session will also introduce the updated and revised Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. Beginning with an outline of the structure of the Code, you’ll be provided with ample food for thought as we break for lunch.

Session 2: Governance Code In-depth

The remainder of the day will be given over to the practical ‘nuts and bolts’ of applying the Governance Code, beginning with a walk-through of the Code itself. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of the 5 Principles of the Code, how to go about the process of beginning your journey towards compliance and also how the Code fits into the overall context of charity regulation in Ireland.  

Day 2 – Regulation. Resources. Recognition.

Session 1: Regulation

The day will begin with a detailed overview of existing Charity Regulatory Frameworks - namely The Charities Act 2009, The Lobbying Act 2015 and The Companies Act 2014.
You’ll be learning about the compliance requirements that are expected of your charity, including the registration process for the Charities Regulatory Authority and the potential relevance of the Lobbying Act 2015 to your activities. 

Session 2: Resources

You cannot deliver your mission in the community unless you can make your organisation financially sustainable. 
This session will be covering the key components necessary to build a financially sustainable organisation, including: 
  • Sourcing grants 
  • Generating earned income
  • Securing contracts. 

Session 3: Recognition

The third session of the day will focus on recognition. Irish charities are doing a great job and it’s imperative that we communicate this properly:
  • Impacts and Outcomes: understanding outcomes-based work and how to measure your impact and demonstrate your effectiveness.
  • Transparency: learn about the practical steps you can take (e.g. publishing your accounts online) to ensure your non-profit is operating with maximum transparency.
  • Communications Tools: we’ll wrap up the day with some practical pointers towards resources, tools and applications that you can employ – often for free – to help your organisation communicate the important work that you do in the communiity. 


Mairead O'Connor (Training & Advice Coordinator, The Wheel)

Mairead O'Connor
Mairead O'Connor joined The Wheel in November 2016 as Training and Advice Coordinator. She coordinates the advice and capacity-building support services we provide to our members. As well as driving and supporting the overall training programme delivered by The Wheel, Mairead facilitates groups in various programmes and can deliver a variety of Wheel training for members. 
Mairead comes to us after spending the past 5 years in a training and development role in Grey Heron Media, working closely with Craol - The Community Radio Forum of Ireland coordinating a nationwide QQI certified Training initiative. She is also an award winning radio documentary producer.
Hugh O'Reilly (Director of Business Development, The Wheel)
Hugh O'Reilly
As Director of Business Development Hugh is responsible for directing, leading and supporting work areas on behalf of The Wheel and its members. The primary focus is to drive and implement a strategic and operational funding plan that meets income targets for The Wheel and funds programmes and services that support the sector.  
Hugh has over ten years in management and business development roles in Construction, Education, Arts, Fundraising Consultancy and Community & Voluntary organisations. Hugh has a Certificate in Fundraising, a BA in Design and an MA in Public & Political Communication.
Gert Ackermann (Communications Coordinator, The Wheel)
Gert Ackermann
Gert Ackermann is The Wheel's Communications Coordinator. He studied Political Science and Journalism before cutting his teeth in the world of journalism, book publishing, publicity and digital marketing. 
Gert is responsible for developing and implementing The Wheel's communications strategy, media relations and brand positioning. As a member of The Wheel's Public Policy Team, he is involved in designing communications and advocacy campaigns aimed a variety of stakeholders.

A number of bursaries are available for attendance of this 2-day training event. Please contact Jayne Tennyson for further details:

Feedback from Previous Participants of Mairead's Governance Workshops/Webinar:

"Found the 2nd part of the session, about charity regulation very informative and very well delivered.  Mairead clearly knew her stuff." - B. Connolly, The Irish Pilgrimage Trust
"Found the CRA aspect well presented and gave me aspects on what I was missing in relation to the CRA. Governance was interesting and gave some points on what is needed to create a document for the company I was representing." - J. Fleming, Clann Resource Centre, Oughterard, Co. Galway
"The recap on information about regulation. I've attended face-to-face training on this, but it helps to hear it again." - E. O'Shea, Sustainable Projects Ireland
"Valuable:  Better understanding of the subject matter.  Interaction very good.  Post-Webinar support. No travel involved." - Y. Power, The Retirement Planning Council of Ireland

The Governance Code

The Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations in Ireland.

This Code has been developed by the sector and for the sector, with the express purpose of enabling CVC organisations to achieve the highest standards of governance in the running of their organisations.

Seeking Further Assistance with The Governance Code?

The Wheel provides tailored training solutions to community, voluntary and charitable organisations in the areas of: Corporate & Financial Governance; Strategic Planning; Income Diversification & Fundraising; Risk Management; and Communications.

Click here to learn more.

This Programme is brought to you by:

National Development PlanThe Department of Education and Skills
Who Should Attend: 

Anyone working in, or on, the governing body of a community and voluntary organisation with responsibility for ensuring that good governance is an integral part of their (and any) successful organisation e.g. a management committee, a board of directors.

How to Register: 

Registration on the day from 9.15am.

To book this course select from the options at bottom of page and click 'Add to Cart'.

If you have any problems accessing the venue, please phone The Wheel main office on 01-4548727.

Note: lunch will be provided to all attendees, along with tea / coffee breaks that will provide ample opportunity to network and connect with your fellow attendees from across the sector.

Course contact details

01 454 8727


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