What's Out There? Irish Community and Voluntary Sector ‘Intermediaries’

Updated November 2016

The services intermediaries provide will be tailored to their constituents’ particular needs and will normally encompass the following areas:

  • Knowledge
    Improving understanding of the needs and issues of their constituents
     
  • Communication
    Providing channels for communicating with their constituents
     
  • Representation
    Informing their constituents of current policy issues, enabling them to crystallize views and communicating these views to policy makers.
     
  • Support Services
    Devising and providing relevant tailored direct support services and/or targeted training to constituents on both general, (for example fundraising, planning, project management) and specialist topics, (for example working with children).
     
  • Promoting Good practice
    Facilitating sharing of good practice among constituents and exposing them to examples of transferable good practice from elsewhere.
     
  • Growth and Development
    Identifying new opportunities for their constituents, supporting start-ups and helping them to develop and/or grow in response to changing needs and circumstances.

The following listing has been put together by The Wheel to facilitate easier understanding of the various roles different organisations play in the community and voluntary sector in Ireland.

It is periodically updated to ensure relevance, and if there are any errors or omissions we would ask for this to be communicated to us.

This list includes ‘people networks’ which are community/voluntary/charity organisations that support individuals according to their role, as opposed to other community/voluntary organisations, e.g. community development workers or Board/Committee members. The list also includes some support service providers which are organisations that support community/ voluntary organisations around particular strands of their activities, for example business development or evaluation..

 
OrganisationWebsite

Arts & Sports

Voluntary Arts Ireland

www.vaireland.org

Create

www.create-ireland.ie

Community Media Network Ireland

www.cmn.ie

Federation of Irish Sports

www.irishsports.ie


Children

Childrens’ Rights Alliance

www.childrensrights.ie


Community Development, Social Enterprise

The Community Platform

c/o www.eapn.ie

Irish Rural Link

www.irishrurallink.ie

Community Work Ireland (formerly Community Workers Cooperative)

www.communityworkireland.ie

Congress Centres Network

www.ictu.ie/ccn/aboutccn.html

Muintir na Tire

www.muintir.ie

National Collective of Community Based Womens' Networks (NCCWN)

www.nccwn.org/

Former support agencies for both Community Development and Family Resource Centre Programmes.
 
(Note that statutory funding for these agencies was withdrawn in 2008, so the ones which are still in existence in Nov 2016 have been included here for completeness. Their remit in terms of being support and intermediary agencies for other organisations may have changed.)

Pavee Point (Travellers Specialist Support Agency)

Women’s Aid

Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA)

Community Action Network

Meitheal Development Ltd

City Wide

South and Mid West Community Development Support Agency

West Training and Development Ltd.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
no website: email: info@mwcdsa.ie
 
 

Family Resource Centre National Forum (more recently taken in under Tusla as semi-detached group)

www.familyresource.ie

Note that although the former ‘Irish National Community and Voluntary Forum (INCVF)’ never got off the ground, there is potential for a national forum for PPN’s.

 


Local Development

Irish Local Development Network

Although this is a network of 50x quasi-statutory bodies (partnerships, local development companies etc) it is included in this listing as being relevant.

www.ildn.ie/


Community and Voluntary Sector

The Wheel

www.wheel.ie

CarmichaelCentre for Voluntary Groups

www.carmichaelcentre.ie

Charities Institute Ireland

www.charitiesinstitute.ie


Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise Taskforce (SETF)

www.socialenterprise.ie

Irish Social Enterprise network

www.socent.ie

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

www.socialenterprise.ie


Volunteering

Volunteer Ireland

www.volunteer.ie

Boardmatch Ireland

www.boardmatch.ie


Philanthropy

Philanthropy Ireland

www.philanthropyireland.ie

Business in the Community / Community Foundation for Ireland


www.bitc.ie

www.foundation.ie

 


Overseas Development

Dóchas

www.dochas.ie


Disability

Inclusion Ireland

www.inclusionireland.ie

Disability Federation of Ireland

www.disability-federation.ie

National Federation of Voluntary Bodies

www.fedvol.ie

 


Environment

An Taisce

www.antaisce.org

Irish Environmental Network

www.ien.ie


Equality & Human Rights

Free Legal Advice Centres

www.flac.ie

National Women’s Council of Ireland

www.nwci.ie

Involve (formerly the National Association of Travellers Centres)

www.involve.ie 

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed

www.inou.ie

Irish Travellers Movement

www.itmtrav.ie

Irish Refugee Council

www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie

Social Justice Ireland 

www.socialjustice.ie

Society of St Vincent de Paul

www.svp.ie

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland

www.eapn.ie


Health

Mental Health Reform

www.mentalhealthreform.ie

Mental Health (association of) Ireland

www.mentalhealthireland.ie

Neurological Alliance

www.nai.ie


Housing / Homelessness

Irish Council for Social Housing

www.icsh.ie

Cooperative Housing Ireland

www.nabco.ie


Adult Learning

Aontas

www.aontas.com

National Adult Literacy Association

www.nala.ie


Older people

Age Action Ireland

www.ageaction.ie

Irish Senior Citizens Parliament

www.seniors.ie

Active retirement Ireland

www.activeirl.ie


SocialCare

Treoir

www.treoir.ie

One Family

www.onefamily.ie


Youth

National Youth Council of Ireland

www.nyci.ie

Youth Work Ireland

www.youthworkireland.ie

Foróige

www.foroige.ie

About this List

Please note that this is listing is not exhaustive. A judgement has been made to include only those groups which are manifestly ‘intermediary’ groups. There may be omissions and we would be very glad to have them reported to us so that we may update this list - please contact paul@wheel.ie with any comments / corrections you may have. As with all our work, we make it publicly available to facilitate networking and connection-making throughout the sector.