Impact and Storytelling

Posted on 14 Aug 2018 Last updated on 23 Aug 2018

An overview of The Wheel's impact and Storytelling projects.

The Charity Impact Awards celebrate the positive impact community, voluntary and charitable organisations are making in people's lives across the length and breadth of Ireland. 

A vibrant community, voluntary and charity sector is at the heart of a healthy society, but this important contribution is all too often overlooked. The Charity Impact Awards changes this! With a commitment to educate and inspire, the Awards raise awareness of our sector's positive impact and also promote best practice across the sector by telling the stories of those who have dedicated their lives to improving our communities.

In its first year in 2017, 118 organisations entered and 37,894 people visited the awards website leading to over 30,000 votes being counted.

In 2018 there are four categories:

  1. Charity of the Year
  2. Social Enterprise of the Year
  3. Charity Trustee of the Year
  4. Community Hero Award

The winners will be announced at the Charity Impact Awards Ceremony in Dublin on 11 December 2018.  This project has been made possible as a result of funding from Medtronic.

Better Together was a nationwide campaign which aimed to build support for hundreds of charities, community groups, clubs and associations across the country by encouraging the public to support these good causes and make a difference in their communities. The Better Together awards initiative ran from 2007 – 2016. It was an opportunity for Irish charities to demonstrate their work through short videos.

Community groups and charities could submit a 2-minute video illustrating their work and indicating how the public could support them. A project-specific website hosted the 120+ entries for the duration of the campaign (Sept – Nov annually) and the public voted on their favourites. In the final year a total of 186,000 votes were cast! Every December, the winners were announced at an awards event in Dublin which was usually attended by over 300 people.   

The Better Together initiative ended in 2016 at the peak of its success, having achieved its purpose of helping charities and the public communicate better. It was replaced in 2017, by Ireland’s National Charity Impact Awards.

In order to run the Better Together initiative, The Wheel relied on support and funding from Medtronic, EBS, Newman’s Own Foundation.