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// May 2016

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Last chance to register for The Wheel’s National Conference & Expo on 25 May

There are now just a few days left to register for the most important event in The Wheel's calendar, our Annual Conference & Expo on 25 May at Croke Park.

Places are filling up fast, so we advise you to register sooner rather than later.

The conference is a great opportunity to take a step back from your work and consider the bigger picture. Which trends and developments will affect your work in the near future? Are you following best practice? What can you learn from your peers in the community and voluntary sector? How can we shape the environment in which we work? This conference is a place to connect, learn from your peers and explore new opportunities.

We have invited 16 top speakers to share their thoughts on all the key issues, and delegates can attend any of the 17 masterclasses that will run throughout the day.

If that’s not enough reason to attend, we have also just announced two special offers:
  • Each conference delegate can bring along two of their colleagues to attend the masterclasses and expo, completely free of charge.
  • And/or book for the conference (25 May) and our Annual Networking Dinner & Lecture (evening of 24 May) together and save 20%.
As a member of The Wheel you of course already get substantial discount on the registration fees. So what are you waiting for?

Register now or view the conference programme.

Get in touch with our team on Tel: 01-454 8727 if you need help with registration.

Please use #wheelconf16 if you are Tweeting about this event.

We hope to see you in Croke Park on 25 May!
An AGM Reminder from Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel
The Wheel's AGM and Reception will take place on 24 May 2016 in the Croke Park Conference Centre.

This is one of the most important governance responsibilities that members in a representative organisation like The Wheel have. It is the primary formal way for The Wheel's members to hold the board and the staff accountable for what gets done in your name. As such it is a very important governance duty for members to prioritise attendance if at all possible.

The AGM meeting will commence at 5.30pm sharp, immediately prior to a free networking reception from 6.00pm – 7.00pm (to which all members are also invited). Please register now at:
You can download all the relevant materials for the AGM here: There will be no new board members appointed to The Wheel’s board of directors at the AGM. This is in line with our Election Rules. Board membership rotations will recommence again in 2017.

(Please note that the reception will also be followed by our Annual Dinner and Lecture, which is a separate and paid-for ticketed event which you can also book and online, should you wish to attend, see the update directly above.)
Sunday Business Post to Publish Special Report on Non-Profit Sector
On Sunday 5 June, The Sunday Business Post, in partnership with The Wheel, will publish a special report on the 'Not-for-Profit sector'. This report will focus on the challenges faced by the sector in this turbulent period: the new regulatory regime, difficulties in fundraising, quality of governance, human resource issues and the pressure on services.

We will look at the current analysis of the not for profit sector in Ireland and in particular focus on the areas of legislation, tax and good governance.

This report will be an ideal platform for businesses/experts who provide accounting, consultancy, legal, procurement and advisory services to charities and non profit organisations to showcase their services.

For more information, please get in touch with Elizabeth Fallon on Tel: 01 602 6042 or email:
Member Book Offer: 15% off: Effective Media Relations for Charities by Becky Slack

With increasing scrutiny form the media, it is incredibly important for the community and voluntary organisations to have effective media relations strategies so that they can deal with negative coverage but more importantly can promote themselves.

To help equip you for the challenge we are partnering with the Charity First Series to offer members 15% discount on Becky Slack’s book, Effective media relations for charities: what journalists want and how to deliver it. 

The book draws on more than 20 years’ experience within media and charities to present a clear and compelling case for all charities becoming much more media savvy.

The book can be ordered here.

Enter the following voucher code: WHEEL15 to access your 15% discount.
Benefacts Website is Now Live

After a year in production, the new Benefacts website has now launched.

Benefacts has set out to bring all of the available public information about every Irish nonprofit organisation together in a user-friendly way that will enable the public to get online access to the details of their purposes, their governance and their funding. 

Besides acting as a simple online directory, the website provides a view of the sector as a whole in a way that gives the public a sense of its sheer size and scope. Benefacts has established that this is a sector of nearly 20,000 organisations, employing more than 105,000 people, providing public services in dozens of distinct categories and in every part of Ireland. Benefacts hopes to use this information to improve the public’s understanding of a sector that is indispensable to the quality of our lives.

One of the advantages of Benefacts for nonprofits is that they don't have to take any action to be included in the database – Benefacts gets it all from public regulatory sources. This means that some of the information can be garbled, and you should get in touch with if you are unhappy about your own organisation’s listing. 

Future planned  developments of the database include the addition of more nonprofits in scope (third level education and trade unions, and the provision of data services to the sector and its stakeholders.
EU Funding Update: Europe for Citizens and Other Programme

Throughout April and May, The Wheel has focused on promoting grants available to town twinning projects. Over the past four weeks we held specialist events in Dublin and Cork, presenting to over 70 people.  We've also had the pleasure of seeing Europe for Citizens twinning funding in action in Inniscarra, Co. Cork, which is twinned with Plougonven, Brittany. Click here for a video of the project.  

Remember: The Call for Proposals for Town Twinning and Networks of Towns opens in July with an application deadline of 1 September. Contact us today at or visit 

Other EU Programmes
  • CAROLINE:  Voluntary organisations may be interested to hear about CAROLINE – ‘Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe’, which offers them the chance to host a fully-funded Research Fellow as a partner organisation. The call is due to open for applications in September 2016. More information is available from the Irish Reseach Council here or contact them on
  • EU Budget Management:  Good financial management skills are a key to success in statutory and EC funding.  Access Europe are running a special training course on Thursday 19 May at Europe House, Dublin 2 to provide an overview of the main EU financial rules that are relevant for project managers. Find out more and sign up here.
  • EU Funding for Cultural Organisations: Co-organised by The Wheel, Creative Europe Desk Ireland - Culture Office and Leargas, an interactive event will take place on Tuesday 14 June in Dublin outlining EU funding strands available to arts, heritage and cultural organisations. If you're interested in coming along, book your place today here
This Weds: Information Session for Members of The Wheel Funded Under HSE Section 39 Health Act 

If your organisation is currently funded by the HSE under Section 39 of the Health Act, then The Wheel would like to invite you to attend an important information session to be held at 2-4pm on Wednesday 18 May, in the Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Click here to register now.

Patricia McCormack (General Manager of the Compliance Unit of the HSE) and her team will present on the HSE's governance and compliance requirements, Service Level Agreements, Grant Aid Agreements and key DPER circulars organisations must comply with.

This is your chance to meet the senior officials in the HSE with responsibility for service and grant agreements and receive clarifications about compliance requirements. A portion of the two-hour session will be reserved for members to provide reaction to The Wheel.

Please note that this information session is only for members of The Wheel that are currently in a service-level or grant-aid agreement with the HSE.

During the session officials from the HSE will present on the following:
  • General overview - HSE Governance and Compliance
  • Introduction to the HSE's Governance Framework - Non Statutory Sector
  • National Standard Service Arrangements / Grant Aid Agreements
  • Document Review and changes introduced in 2015
  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular 13/2014 management and accountability for funding from public exchequer sources
  • Obligations as an organisation funded by the exchequer
  • Assurance requirements of the HSE as the funding entity.
There will be a Question and Answer session following the presentations.

Book your place now.
Broken Politics - Civil Society’s Role in Creating Real Change
Claiming Our Future

Saturday 18 June, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm. The Mansion House, Dublin 2

Our representative political system is failing to respond to the core challenges of global and local inequality and climate change that face us.

There is widespread acknowledgment that new ways of organising politics and decision-making are required. Civil society has a major role to play in making more effective democracy and meeting the needs of all people.

It is vital that all parts of civil society concerned with social, economic, environmental and global justice and equality come together to reflect, connect and imagine new strategies for transformative change at this important time in our society.

Claiming Our Future invites all to help spread the word within your networks: You can learn more here on Facebook, or using the Twitter hashtag #BrokenPolitics2016. Contact to request A5 Flyers and A4 Posters (digital versions). 

Register here now
Skills Building and Focus from The Wheel

The Wheel's training workshops and events always offer the very best in skills-building opportunities and innovations for our members. With so many topics and focus areas to choose from, chance are good that you'll be able to find the workshop that suits your professional and organisation needs. Browse our training calendar here for options.

Just taking three highly relevant topics for example, The Wheel will be running all of the following in the coming days and weeks:

Fundraising Training Opportunities

Corporate Fundraising – Engaging Businesses to Boost Your Income: Dublin, 8 June 2016
Learn how to build your corporate sponsors, donors and partners by learning who to ask and how to ask. Also, explore ways to engage companies and their staff to maximise their support.
Learn more here.
#sponsorship  #bigdonors

Financing Your Future - Getting Started: Limerick, 9 June 2016
At last – a fundraising workshop that understands the need to grow ‘traditional’ funding sources (grants etc.), while also focusing on and adapting to the more innovative trends in income diversification.
Learn more here.
#diversify #innovation #creativeincome

Governance Training Opportunities

Regulatory & Governance Responsibilities for Charity Trustees: Dublin, 14 June 2016
With the Charities Regulatory Authority now in operation and the Charities Act having commenced, now is the time for charity trustees / governors to ensure that they are up to speed on the regulatory responsibilities and governance practice standards for which they are responsible.
Learn more here.
#regulation #CharitiesAct #Lobbying #Boardmembers

Ready for Regulation – Championing Transparency & Good Governance: Dublin, 28 & 29 June 2016
The programme`Ready for Regulation, Championing Transparency & Good Governance' special 2-day event offers a package of supports to facilitate a deep and profound appreciation of public benefit trusteeship and what that means. 
Learn more here.
#SORP #GovernanceCode #Risk #Regulation
New Radio Series Helps Listeners Be Active Citizens

A six-part educational radio series aimed at helping listeners become active citizens in their own lives goes to air at 9am on Sunday 15th May on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, the digital station.  How to be an Active Citizen contains practical information about how government works and how to get your voice heard. In each half-hour programme, people working for change – many of them from the community and voluntary sector – share their experiences and offer advice.
The six topics covered in the series are: How to Vote; How to be a Citizen Watchdog; How to Work for Change; How to Work with Local Government; How to Speak Up; and How to Make the Most of Your Right to Know. The series was made by TASC (Think tank for Action on Social Change) and Aileen O’Meara Media. It is based on TASC’s Toolkit to Open Government – a set of ten citizen guides that are available online and to download.
How to be an Active Citizen, presented by Irish Times journalist Mary Minihan, is essential listening for members of The Wheel. You can listen online here
Registering Your Lobbying for the First Time
Register of Lobbying

The most recent reporting period for lobbying activities extended from 1 January to 30 April. Anyone who lobbied in that four month period is required to register if they have not already done so, and submit their returns of lobbying activity by 21 May 2016.

While a number of organisations already registered and submitted their first returns back in January, many organisations may have just commenced lobbying and so will have to register and submit a return for the first time.

If you are in doubt as to whether you must register, or aren’t sure how to go about it, visit the “How-to Section” of the website There you will find information on how to register, how to make a return, and what should be included in your return.

If you still have questions, contact us at
Green Teen - Biodiversity Summer Camp

WHEN: 27 May, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: The Greenhouse, 9 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
COST: Free
CONTACT: Roberta Bellini,  01 6625491 /

The event includes a series of environmental workshops for young people (aged 12-16) with activities focused on learning about the biodiversity of different urban habitats close to Dublin’s City Centre and practical techniques to conserve and protect biodiversity.Day trips to the River Liffey and to one of the Urban Parklands will be included, as well as a field workshop with practical conservation activities at Bull Island.

The participants will also take part to classroom workshops and creative activities during which they will learn about habitat survey techniques including among others the use of quadrats and linear transects, identification keys and data recording sheets.
The Wheel Welcomes New Programmes Coordinator

Johnny Sheehan has joined the Wheel as Programmes Coordinator. Johnny has more than 20 years’ experience working in the development, youth work and environmental sectors. Before joining the Wheel, he worked with Dóchas as Project Coordinator for the European Year for Development 2015, in Fairtrade Ireland and with the National Youth Council of Ireland, where he was Development Education Programme Coordinator from 2004 to 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he was a director of Comhlámh, serving as Chairperson for three years. 

The main focus of his work with The Wheel will be to drive the development, presence and participation in The Wheel’s programmes regionally and to support the work of the National Rural Network (NRN).  The Wheel is working with Irish Rural Link, the School of Geography and Archaeology in NUI Galway and Philip Farrelly and Co. to build and sustain the NRN as a membership-based network that effectively engages with the EU’s rural development programme (2014-2020). For more information, visit

You can contact Johnny at to find out more about his role.
Member Draw Reminder: Your Chance to Win

A quick reminder that member organisations due to renew by end of each quarter have an opportunity to be entered into a draw with a chance to win a voucher valued at €200 redeemable against any of The Wheel services.

And how do you win? Simple - just renew your membership fees by remitting payment as quickly as possible once you have received your formal renewal notice by post. Your organisation’s name will then be entered into a hat and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

So keep an eye out for notices to renew and take action as soon as you receive it to be in with a chance to win. Any questions, please email Alex McMahon:
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Upcoming Deadlines:

HSE - National Lottery Grants
The HSE has been allocated National Lottery Funding for distribution to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme. Groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services can apply for once off funding for suitable projects.
Deadline: 27 May 2016
Learn more here.

KBC’s Bright Ideas Fund
The KBC Bright Ideas fund is open to anyone with a bright idea that can help improve his or her community within 12 months. While the ideas will be judged by hub panels in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Greater Leinster, Kilkenny, Limerick or Waterford, everyone in every county of Ireland can take part.
Deadline: 31 May 2016
Learn more here.

Coca-Cola Thank You Fund
To celebrate 130 years of Coca-Cola, the fund is giving away a total of €130,000 to worthy projects. These are split into 13 grants, including:
  • 1 grant of €30K 
  • 8 grants of €10K 
  • 4 grants of €5K.
Deadline: 7 June 2016
Learn more here.

The Arts Council - Artist in the Community Scheme
The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts eg arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity. 
Deadline: 27 June 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 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:
  • Alt Events
  • InternationalAnti Corruption
  • An Turas
  • Clones Family Resource Centre CLG
  • Community Crisis Response Team
  • Cork Decorative & fine Arts Society
  • D12 Childcare Consortium T/A Crumlin Childcare Centre
  • Family Life Centre
  • Feachtas Óg-Ghluaiseacht na Gaeilge
  • June O'Connell
  • Lifeline
  • Miss Igbo AdaIgbo Ireland
  • SAOL Project
  • Siobhán Ní Chonaráin
  • Special Heroes Ireland
  • Timebanking IE
  • Union of Students in Ireland (USI)
      Total number of Members: 1,330
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Provide your feedback directly to our board.

Read the latest issue of Be the Change Magazine.

Browse the NewsWheel Archive here.

Discover all of our services here.

If you need any assistance, please contact Alex McMahon, our Membership Officer: (01) 454 8727 /
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