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// June 2016

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NEWS & SECTOR DEVELOPMENTS
A Half-yearly Progress Report from The Wheel
 
An Update on The Wheel's Recent Activities from Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel

As we approach the mid-year point, I would like to update you on some of our recent successes from the ongoing policy work that we undertake on behalf of our members and the wider sector.  

Below you will find a snapshot of some of The Wheel’s most significant achievements over the past few months.

1. Representing the sector to Government and Policy-makers
We secured important commitments on behalf of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in the new Programme for Government, including the following:

"We will increase funding to support the sector and develop a funding model that focuses on quality, effectiveness and efficiency."

"We will produce a coherent policy framework and develop a strategy to support the community and voluntary sector and encourage a cooperative approach between public bodies and the community and voluntary sector."

2. Minister for the Community & Voluntary Sector
While disappointed to see the dropping of ‘Community’ from the name (and we must assume, priorities) of the new Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, I am nevertheless happy to report that following our intensive lobbying efforts on behalf of our members and the sector, we have ensured that there is a Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy (Catherine Byrne TD).

3. Increasing the sector's credibility and restoring public trust and confidence
The Wheel is now the media's preferred source of information on developments affecting charities. We have established a rapid-response communications team to, where appropriate, rebut inaccurate or ill-informed media coverage that may have a negative impact on the public’s view of our sector (see The Wheel in the News section below for more).

4. Changes in funding from grants to commissioning models
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s consultation on commissioning human, social and community services is another major issue for the sector. We have been campaigning to ensure that the commissioning process that emerges is one that has societal value at its core.  In this context, I am very pleased that the new Programme for Government also commits to ensuring ‘… that all commissioning for human, social and community services takes place in a societal value framework (targeted at maximizing the value for society)’.

5. A strong voice for the sector?
We welcomed the new CEO of the Charity Regulator, John Farrelly, to his first official engagement at our Annual Conference on 25 May. Following a number of meetings since then, and building on our strong track record with the Charities Regulatory Authority over the last two years, we have established a positive working relationship with the Regulator’s office. 

6. Social Clauses in Procurement
The Wheel successfully influenced the transposition of the European Procurement Directives into Irish law. In their commencement last month, the full range of flexibilities appear to have been brought into Irish procurement law. This means that there is no legal prohibiting factor that might prevent ‘social clauses’ being established in Ireland as the norm when officials are choosing the most appropriate mode to fund the work and functions carried out by community and voluntary organisations.

7. An expanded regional membership programme
As a result of our success in securing the contract to roll out the National Rural Network in Ireland (as part of a consortium with Irish Rural Link, NUI Galway and Philip Farrelly Ltd), we have been able to commence work on a new regional member-support programme. Our ambition for the latter half of this year is to commence the establishment of a new network of ‘regional-champions’ across the country which will mean an enhanced-member engagement with our representation and lobbying work in particular, in addition to more local access to our training and advice supports.

If you would like to become more active in our work to represent our members and the sector to key stakeholders, or if you have questions or would simply like further information on our advocacy and public policy work, please contact either The Wheel’s Director of Public Policy, Ivan Cooper: ivan@wheel.ie or myself: deirdre@wheel.ie.

Deirdre Garvey
CEO of The Wheel

Better Together 2016: what's the story?

Everyone’s story is different. That’s why we’re shaking up the Better Together Campaign this year to give you new opportunities to share the story of the impact your cause is making in the community.

This year we want to use the power of short video stories to make people care, act and engage with your cause. So, from 12 September you can enter two types of video stories in the Better Together Video Competition:
  1. Epic Tales (Youtube videos between 30 seconds & two minutes long) 
  2. Micro Stories (Instagram videos up to 30 seconds long).
Your story should demonstrate how your cause is making Ireland better together - but you are free to tell it your way. Once you have entered, we will share you video story with the world on the Better Together website and to our thousands of fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

We are also be introducing a swanky new social media interface that will allow your supporters to vote for your story, share it with their friends and pledge their support. Oh, and did we mention the SIX cash prizes!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to build awareness of your work, recruit new supporters and celebrate your impact. So grab your smartphone or camera and get ready to tell Ireland a story!

Watch this space for further details in the coming weeks...
Brexit: Implications for the Voluntary Sector

The full political, economic and social consequences of last week’s EU referendum in Britain will obviously take some time to fully understand, not least the potential impact on Ireland and its charity sector.

In the meantime, NCVO (The Wheel's sister organisation in the UK) has published an initial briefing covering the main political, funding, social, regulatory points on the role of civil society in the age of Brexit. While not directly relevant to Irish charities, this briefing does nevertheless make for interesting and informative reading.
 
Download the Brexit briefing here.

Further Analysis
  • European Movement Ireland statement on Brexit - read here.
Workplace Equality Index Awards 2016

Ireland's dedicated LGBT-inclusive employers awards will take place on 20 September 2016 from 12:30pm until 4:00pm at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.

TV3 Presenter and former Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh will present the 2016 Workplace Equality Index Awards. 

The awards will also celebrate Ireland's exceptional individuals who have played a key role to make their workplace LGBT equal and inclusive through the Workplace Equality Index Leadership Awards.

Learn more and book your place here.
Project Management Mentorship for Members of The Wheel

The Ireland Chapter of the Project Management Institute - which has 1,000 project manager members in Ireland alone - are eager to hear from members of The Wheel that are currently seeking the assistance of volunteer mentors as well as practical project management help.  

If you believe your non-profit could benefit from the skills of the Institute's dedicated volunteers, please contact Liam O'Neill for further details: liamoneill@justsocial.ie.

www.pmi-ireland.org
A Reminder of Your Charity Lobbying Obligations
Register of Lobbying

Did you know that registrants on the online Register of Lobbyists are obliged to submit returns at the end of every relevant period – including nil returns for periods during which no lobbying took place?
 
Failure to submit a return – including a nil return – by the relevant deadline is a contravention of the Act.  Late returns – including late nil returns – may be subject to a fixed payment notice in the amount of €200. Once the Act’s enforcement provisions commence (expected later this year), contraventions may be prosecuted by the Standards in Public Office Commission.
 
If you are already registered, don’t forget to keep an eye on those return deadlines, whether or not you lobbied during this period. Anyone who missed the 21 May deadline for the last reporting period is encouraged to submit their return as soon as possible. Returns for the current period (1 May – 31 August) are due 21 September.
 
For more information visit www.lobbying.ie.
The Wheel is Hiring a Policy Officer

The Wheel is now recruiting for a Policy Officer to support the policy development work of The Wheel and to advance The Wheel’s work to support active citizenship – the spirit of participation that drives people to become involved in community and voluntary clubs, groups and associations to make a positive difference in their community lives.

This is a new role which will require exceptional analysis, organisational, people-skills and communication and written abilities.            

This is a 4-day per week role which is funded under the Carnegie UK Trust’s grant programme. Closing date for applications: 5pm on Tuesday 12 July.

Read the full application details here >>

Office Administrator  Role

The Wheel is also recruiting for an Office Administrator role to join the Programmes team, which is focused on the provision of information, training, advice and capacity-building supports to our members and to the wider sector. 

The Office Administrator is responsible for ensuring both that the Programmes team can deliver on its plans as well as the entire Wheel office staff can necessary office and administration support. 
 
The Office Administrator will also be the Health & Safety Officer within The Wheel. 

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 5 Jul 2016.

Read the full application details here >>
EU Update Corner - Europe for Citizens Call & Conference

Europe for Citizens - Call now OPEN!  
We are happy to announce that the Europe for Citizens Call for Proposals is now open, with a submission deadline of 1 September 2016 at 11am GMT. Read more on the EACEA's official page for applicants. If you're currently preparing an application, then take note that it's the Town Twinning and Networks of Towns projects that the call relates to (the other strands will be opening in early 2017). 



Tips for Applying: 
  • Partnership: The key to a good Europe for Citizens proposal is 'transnationality' - that means working with other partners. See our website for towns and organisations in Europe now looking to 'twin'. 
  • ECAS:  Remember that when applying to the European Commission, you need to create an ECAS (European Commission Authentication Service) account and obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC). We advise that you start gathering all the necessary paperwork for this NOW as it can be a lengthy process. Visit this page to start the process. 
  • E-Form: Europe for Citizens requires applicants to fill out an e-form and yes, it's common to run into difficulties. This handy E-Form User Guide should help you. 
  • Contact us: Need more help in preparing an application for Europe for Citizens? The Wheel is the national contact point in Ireland. Email us today 
European Citizenship in Challenging Times - Conference 2016
The Wheel was pleased to attend a Europe for Citizens conference in Barcelona last week which brought together beneficiaries of the programme, academics and civil society to discuss citizenship on a European scale... but what does that actually mean? 


Organised by Spanish NGO EUROM, the conference 'European Citizenship in Challenging Times' analysed the relationship between 'memory' and citizenship - asking how can Europeans have a common European memory and identity, or whether they can. DublinNet and Smashing Times Theatre Company (both member organisations) represented Ireland alongside The Wheel. See here for a collection of videos of the conference - you can also read more on the EUROM website.  Full report coming soon on The Wheel's Advocacy Blog.  

Improving your Chances in EU Funding
Are you a former grantee of Atlantic Philanthropies? Looking to diversify your funding stream? You may be interested to learn that Access Europe is an organisation specifically established to increase Irish civil society's chances of obtaining EU funding. Aimed at those organisations who are current or past recipients of Atlantic Philanthropies funding, the organisation provides support and training on EU grants.  Read more here or contact Laurent today.
New Video Showcases Europe for Citizens in Motion

Has your organisation ever participated in a transnational, EU project? The Wheel is the National Contact Point in Ireland for Europe for Citizens, an EU programme that enables organisations across Europe to share ideas and explore European citizenship. 

Ballymun Job Centre in Dublin acquired Europe for Citizens funding in 2015. Their project, Our Social Europe, allowed citizens from urban disadvantaged areas in Dublin, Romania and Italy to analyse and test new ways of participation in local, national and European decision-making. 

On 17 June 2016, Ballymun Job Centre gathered their partners and supporters in Dublin's Smock Alley conference centre to share learning gathered over the 18-month project. The following video showcases this lively event and unique project (click on the image to watch video now). 



www.europeforcitizens.ie
 
Activist Summer Camp - Limited Places Available
Claiming Our Future

The Claiming our Future Activist Summer Camp 2016 will take place this coming Friday and Saturday, 1 & 2 July in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

Providing a creative environment for activists, artists & all interested parties, the camp will help attendees to:
  • Work better towards social, economic and environmental change in Ireland,
  • Take creative action: Turn discussion about justice issues into action and try it out,
  • Build creative skills: Make campaign actions creative and learn how to use them for your causes and campaigns,
  • Network & build a community of activists and artists: Get to know and discuss new ideas with like-minded people.
Costs: 40 Euro waged, 20 Euro unwaged, 20 Euro child, 1 Euro Asylum Seekers. This includes the accommodation for 1 night in a shared room and vegetarian food. Children's program/ care available. 
 
Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2016 Closing Soon

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has issued a reminder that the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2016 will close to applications on 13 July 2016.

The scheme is open to a wide range of groups and organisations and aims to support human rights and equality activities in the areas of research, education, training, integration, equality and diversity. NGOs and civil society groups (including non-profit organisations, community groups and trade unions), public bodies and academic institutions are eligible to apply.

Activities should relate to one or more of the goals and objectives set out in the IHREC's Strategy Statement 2016 - 2018.

There are three strands to the scheme:
  1. Capacity Building (maximum €6,000)
  2. Project Implementation (maximum €20,000)
  3. Collaboration and Dissemination (maximum €4,000)
The total grant fund under this call is €250,000. 

For further information, including eligibility criteria see: www.ihrec.ie
Youth Mental Health Conference: Save the Date (7 Oct)

WHEN - Friday 7 October 2016; 09:00 to 17:00
WHERE - Kingsley Hotel, Cork City

The Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Special Interest Group in Youth Mental Health recently announced details of its annual Youth Mental Health Research Conference.
 
This year the conference will:
  • Bring together researchers, health care and social care/work professionals, teachers, students, community organisations and others who care for and work with young people aged 12-25 years old
  • Explore the importance of youth mental health
  • Showcase the latest research and innovation in the area of youth mental health.
Click here to download this 'call for abstracts' (on the theme of youth mental health). 

Programme and booking details will be announced shortly.
Campaigners Deliver Petition On Departmental Naming
Irish Environmental Network

Campaigners in animal costumes demonstrated recently outside the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, in a call for the protection of water and wildlife to be included in the remit of the department.

The campaigners were delivering a 14,000 strong petition to Minister Denis Naughten calling for the reinstatement of the word 'Environment' to the title of the department as well as calling for the Minister for the Environment to be given responsibility for wildlife and water protection.

While the recently renamed department now has Environment back in its title, the environmental groups behind the uplift.ie petition remain critical of the lack of integration of all the functions traditionally associated with the Department of Environment.

Oonagh Duggan, Policy Officer of BirdWatch Ireland commented: “This is still not the joined up approach to environmental policy promised by the Government. Wildlife and nature protection is with Heather Humphreys, water quality is with Simon Coveney and waste and air pollution are with Denis Naughten.”
THINKTECH Call Opens for Applications

Can you turn Ireland on its head?  Have you got a tech idea that can benefit society? 

THINKTECH is a €1 Million Fund that seeks to identify projects that use technology to create social impact and grow opportunities for everyone.

Join Social Innovation Fund Ireland & the Cork Foundation for an intimate conversation about how scaling & spreading social innovations can help to solve the social issues present in communities in Cork & Munster.

If you are passionate about ideas that can change Ireland and would like to know more about the THINKTECH programme come along join the discussion.

Use the links below to register for your nearest talk: #THINKTECH  #Whatsyouridea
Regional News Round Up from The Wheel

Public Participation Network
Johnny Sheehan, Membership and Regional Coordinator at The Wheel, recently attended the Co. Galway Public Participation Network (PPN) plenary. The PPN is a collection of over 600 community and voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from all over County Galway that act on behalf of communities and provide input into Galway County Council policies and plans.
 
The plenary provided PPN members with a space to talk to other community groups and share ideas, to meet PPN representatives who work on their behalf and discuss community issues.
 
The Wheel was there to showcase its supports and services alongside a range of other organisations promoting community insurance, sports partnerships, volunteering, community safety etc. Members of The Wheel are encouraged to engage with their local PPNs and ensure that the voice of the community and voluntary sector is heard. 
 
Meals on Wheels Regional Network Meeting
On 16 June, The Wheel made a presentation on accessing funding to a regional network of Meals on Wheels groups in Elphin, Co. Roscommon. The information session (see photo below), organised by Irish Rural Link, attracted groups from Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Donegal. In addition to contributions by The Wheel, Pobal and Community Finance Ireland, participants highlighted the needs of the vulnerable elderly that they serve.
 
Engagement Strategy and Survey from the EPA

Engagement Strategy for National Inspection Plan
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the development of a National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems and co-ordination and reporting on the implementation of the Plan by local authorities.  Its aim is to protect water and human health from the risks posed by domestic wastewater treatment systems (DWWTS) by using a two-strand approach of engagement strategies linked with a risk-based inspection process.
 
While the inspection regime is now well established and inspections are ongoing, the 2015-2017 Plan proposed that a national targeted engagement campaign was needed to address the issues identified during the engagement and inspection processes. This targeted campaign is being be progressed by the EPA in co-operation with the local authorities through the establishment of a Working Group under the Network for Ireland's Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (NIECE).
 
The EPA is therefore now seeking nominations to input into the development and review of resource materials developed by the Working Group - this may be something of interest to members of The Wheel. 

This would entail an initial meeting or conference call; submission of ideas/issues that should be considered in the development of resource material and review of draft material.

Please contact Margaret Keegan: m.keegan@epa.ie for further information.
 
New Website / Survey
The EPA have just launched a new website: Catchments.ie, which will make it easier for people to get information about the quality of their local river, lake, estuary or the hidden waters below ground. It will also provide information about what people can do to help protect their local water catchment.

Catchments.ie allows easier public access to water-related environmental data that has been gathered by the EPA and other bodies, with maps pages and nearly 5000 dynamically generated pages of data that will be updated regularly, including long-term trends for many waterbodies. The site will also have stories from local communities around the country. The resource is the culmination of extensive collaboration between the EPA, local authorities and other organisations in compiling key datasets.
 
Catchments.ie is currently running a survey on Septic Tanks, and how you relate to your local catchment. The results of this survey will be used to communicate with local communities’ better, specifically on the possible health and environmental risk from malfunctioning septic tank systems. 

Please take the survey here.
Please note: NewsWheel will be taking a break for July -
but we'll be back in August, business as usual.
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UPCOMING TRAINING FROM THE WHEEL
(Click on any of the workshop titles below to learn more.)
Leadership
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Governance
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HR & Employment Law
Financial Governance
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JOBS
Jobs / Positions Closing Soon on Wheel.ie Visit www.wheel.ie/jobs now for more opportunities.
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FUNDING
Upcoming Deadlines:

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - Ex-Gratia Funding to Animal Welfare Organisations
This scheme provides ex-gratia payments to a number of organisations directly involved in the delivery of animal care and welfare services.
Deadline: 11 July 2016.
Learn more here.

CESCA - Equality & Social Inclusion Small Grants Scheme 2016
Applications are invited from groups / organisations seeking to promote social inclusion and social justice in Cork City. 
Deadline: 15 July 2016
Learn more here.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Grants 
The Foundation has a rigorous grant process which aims to identify the most effective projects helping disadvantaged young people in the UK and Ireland. 
Deadline: 26 July 2016
Learn more here.

Topaz - Cash for Clubs
Topaz Cash for Clubs gives you the chance to win thousands of Euro for your local club. The great thing about Cash for Clubs is that it is open to all clubs and all communities.
Deadline: 7 August 2016
Learn more here.
Additional Resources

Click here to read the latest issue of the Fundingpoint Newsletter (Free Edition).

Click here to read the latest issue of the Access Europe (EU Funding) Newsletter.
Fundingpoint is The Wheel's online database of funding grants for the Irish community and voluntary sector. Subscribe today from as little as 100 euro per year - click here to learn more now and to sign up for a free trial.
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THE WHEEL IN THE NEWS
The Wheel actively engages with the media to promote a better understanding of our members' and the wider sector’s needs and challenges. Here is some of the media coverage that we’ve received over the last month (links provided where available)
  • RTE Primetime, Thursday, 23 June 2016: The Wheel's Director of Advocacy, Ivan Cooper, interviewed extensively as part of investigation into the charity Console - click here to watch
  • Irish Independent, Saturday, 25 June 2016: The Wheel quoted regarding the developing Console story
  • Evening Herald, Saturday, 25 June 2016: The Wheel quoted regarding the developing Console story.
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MEET OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
The Wheel was founded on the idea that community and voluntary organisations can achieve more collectively. As our membership grows so too does our ability to represent and support the community and voluntary sector. We would like to welcome the following organisations, all of which joined The Wheel in recent weeks:
  • Aoibheann's Pink Tie
  • Charity Sites - Meerkat Solutions
  • Galway Simon Community
  • PEMBA SUPPORT
  • Sufferers Of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder (SOUND)
  • Valentia Island Development Company

      Total number of Members: 1,222
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If you need any assistance, please contact Alex McMahon, our Membership Officer: (01) 454 8727 / alex@wheel.ie.
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