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 – Governance from the Ground Up (Regulation)
The second day of the workshop will be devoted entirely to the theme of good governance and is divided into:
Morning Session: 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.
Afternoon Session: 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: prepare to gain a tight understanding of the importance of outcomes-based work, measuring your impact and demonstrating your effectiveness.
Transparency: this part of the session will focus on best practice guidelines for ensuring your organisation is being as transparent as possible. For example, prominently indicating on your website etc. that your non-profit is already in compliance with the Governance Code or publishing your annual accounts online for all interested parties to access and read.
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 great work that you do to all stakeholders.
Note on Booking
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.
When booking, you will be able to attend both days, chose to attend the first day or the second day only.
The Wheel, however, strongly recommends attending both days, as the three themes of Regulation / Resources / Recognition are integral to each other and so should be absorbed as part of a wider package and education.
Upon completion, attendees will be equipped to confidently tackle the biggest challenges that their non-profits are facing.
From income concerns, to charity regulation and good governance, this 2-day workshop represents an excellent investment in the long-term health and standing of your non-profit.
Trainer: Mairead O'Connor (Training & Advice Coordinator, The Wheel)
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.
A number of bursaries are available for attendance of this 2-day training event. Please contact Jayne Tennyson for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 new 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.
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