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// December 2016

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A Special Christmas Message from Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel

Well, I think we can all agree that 2016 was certainly a year of change anyway (which may well qualify as the understatement of the year)!

From Brexit to Trump and everything tumultuous and tragic in between, it seems increasingly clear that something is clearly happening across the western world, the likes of which we have not seen since perhaps the upheavals of the 1960's (only now, the popular trend seems to be swinging in the opposite direction).

Call it a reaction to globalisation, call it a regressive lurch away from an inclusive and open society or call it a breath of fresh air even - whatever your opinion, it is clear that these changes are going to send potentially massive ripples across every sphere of society in the coming years. This can only mean that the challenges facing Irish nonprofits, and civil society as a whole, are only set to grow further and become ever more acute.

These problems may manifest themselves in many different ways - from macro concerns about EU funding for transnational projects involving both British and Irish partners to big picture existential worries about the very survival of the EU itself. Again at the local level, we continue to see Ireland's housing and homeless crisis spiral ever further out of control, while on the international level the tragedy of the international refugee and migrant crisis appears set to continue for the foreseeable future. And that's not even taking Donald Trump's climate change denial - and its inevitable outcomes - into account.

So, the stage may well seem set for a bumpy few years, both at home and abroad.

Now, you may well be wondering why this message is so international in its perspective. Well, I think one solution and one strategy that should be at the heart of all efforts to push back against the seeming relentless international wading out into ever more troubling waters - and that strategy and solution is universality: universal human rights, global and local empathy for those that are suffering and the embracng of meaningful change are the key values that we must hold close, perhaps now more than ever.

The Irish community and voluntary sector remains one of the strongest and most eloquent voices in Irish society for these core values. So now is not the time to obscure or compromise them. Rather, we must strive to inspire our fellow citizens by proudly espousing the values and principles that we hold most dear: that we stand with those who are under served, that are forgotten and marginalised, and who most need our help and assistance.

The Wheel will lead the charge throughout 2017, bearing our new strategy (see story below) and inspired by the ever present altruism and conscience of the Irish people as well as the relentless dedication and passion of our members. We shall represent our sector, embody its values and articulate the shared vision of a fair and just society for all.

Yes, there is much work to do in 2017 - but before that point, there is also a necessary time to reflect and unwind after a trying year. 

And so, with that in mind, I wish you all happy holidays and a peaceful new year.

See you bright and early in 2017 - when we'll all roll up our sleeves and get stuck in...

Deirdre Garvey
CEO of The Wheel

The Wheel's New Draft Strategy Unveiled – have your say

The Wheel's Board of Directors invite all members to provide their feedback on the new draft strategy for The Wheel that will guide our work from 2017 – 2020 inclusive.

  • See the strategy overview summary here.
  • See the detailed plan, with actions, goals and further details here.

The Wheel’s board has overseen the development of this new strategy during 2016. All members, other stakeholders, staff and board were consulted in different ways over the year. 

Although this draft strategy has been approved by the board of directors, before finalising it, the board wishes to hear from members who’ve read it. Feedback on a plan of this nature is always welcome and all views received from members before Monday 16 January 2017 will be considered by the board before the final plan is produced.

As a membership organisation, it is important that The Wheel’s strategy is fully owned by the members. Therefore, once all feedback on this draft has been reviewed by the board and a final plan produced, the new strategy to direct and shape our work for the next four years will be circulated to members for formal ratification by members at a specially convened EGM that will take place before the end of February 2017.

Please email with any feedback or use the email address available to members for communicating directly to the board ( All feedback, queries and questions are welcome and the deadline for consideration of same to influence the final shape of the strategy is 16 January 2017.

We would like to thank you and all of our members for contributing to the development of this plan earlier in the year. Thank you also for your continued engagement and support of our work on your behalf.

2016 Better Together Awards Night & Winners Announced

After another exciting autumn campaign and a ton of creativity and inspiration, the Better Together Awards took place in the auspicious surroundings of the Royal Kilmainham Hospital on the evening of Wednesday, 14 December. 

Our special guest speaker for the evening was Niall Breslin (better known as "Bressie"), the renowned rugby player, musician and passionate campaigner for mental health issues while the evening was compered perfectly by Evanne Ní Chuilinn of RTÉ. 

But the most important people present were, of course, the Better Together Video Competition entrants and Community Hero Award nominees themselves. And so, without further ado, here are the winners of the 2016 Better Together Awards...

Small / Voluntary Organisations

Short Video Winner: 171st Rivervalley Scouts - watch the winning video here >>

Epics Video Winner: Pemba Support - watch the winning video here >>

Medium-sized Organisations 

Short Video Winner: Citywise Education - watch the winning video here >>

Epic Video Winner: Aislinn Education Support Centre for Survivors of Institutional Abuse - watch the winning video here >>

Large Organisations  

Short Video Winner: Crime Victim Helpline - watch the winning video here >>

Epic Video Winner: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland - watch the winning video here >>

People's Choice Awards      Community Hero Award

Máirtin O’ Dubhghaill - meet Máirtin here >>

Update on a National Strategy for the CVC Sector

The Minister for Housing, Community, Planning & Local Government, Simon Coveney TD, has signalled the start of a process to develop a national strategy for the community, voluntary and charity sector.

The announcement was made following the Minister's recent address at the National Forum to Develop a Framework Policy for Local & Community Development at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The aim of the event was to progress a plan for the implementation of the Framework Policy for Local and Community Development in Ireland.

The Wheel welcomes Minister Coveney’s statement that: "The [implementation] plan will contribute to the Programme for Government commitment to 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."

The Wheel has been campaigning for a coherent national policy framework for the sector, and we look forward to further participating in shaping the implementation plan, and working with Minister Coveney and his officials on the detail of the process and timelines for the production of the above-mentioned strategy to support the community and voluntary sector. We believe this is a very important step towards creating an enabling environment to sustain the CVC sector.

Watch future issues of NewsWheel for further developments. In the meantime, feel free to contact The Wheel's Director of Public Policy, Ivan Cooper: with any comments.

The Wheel Responds to Oliver Callan's Column in The Irish Times

It has been a trying few months for our sector. There has been sustained negative coverage from a small number of media organisations and some have made unfair generalisations about our sector.

The most recent example was the frankly offensive column Oliver Callan recently published in The Irish Times. To elaborate on the content of the column would be to afford the piece dignity it does not possess. But uninformed articles like this are highly damaging to the reputation of the sector and we simply cannot let it stand.

With this in mind, The Wheel wrote to The Irish Times immediately, and we are happy to say that our response was published in both the print and digital editions the day after Callan's column appeared (15 December). 

Below is the text of the published letter: 

Sir, – Oliver Callan’s article is rife with errors, misrepresentations and what can only be described as a slew of Trumpesque-like assertions.

First, Oliver Callan claims Ireland has 24,000 charities. This figure refers to the number of civil society organisations in Ireland, which includes all sports clubs, schools, hospitals, etc. How many charities are there? The facts are that there are currently 8,002 on the new national register of charities that is maintained by the charities regulator. Your columnist also fails to mention that Ireland has fewer charities per capita than many of our neighbours, including the UK, US and Norway.

Second, Oliver Callan is mistaken in his assertion that “not a single charity publicly condemned” the “discrepancies” in the three organisations named in the article.

Read letter in full here >>

The Wheel's 2017 Training Calendar has Landed

Our Spring 2017 Training Calendar is now live and open for bookings. 

From accredited leadership training to inspirational talks from leading thinkers - and even a famous philosopher - and practical and timely workshops in governance, charity regulation and fundraising (to name just a few topics), we are very pleased to present to you our most accomplished and responsive training calendar yet. 

Of course, there are too many workshops and events to lay out in just one article, but you can find a few of the highlights below to whet your appetite.

Or, just skip right to the main course right now, if you wish:

Challenges of Leadership In Community & Voluntary Organisations - An Evening With Charles Handy: Dublin - 2 February 2017

The Wheel invites members to a special evening with Charles Handy, renowned philosopher and author of “The Second Curve – future challenges for charitable organizations,” as he talks on the challenges of leadership in community and voluntary organisations.
Learn more here >>

Implementing the Statement of Recommended Practice for Financial Reporting (SORP) for Charities: Dublin - 9 February 2017
A practical session on guiding community & voluntary organisations in the implementation of the Statement of Recommended Practice for Financial Reporting by Charities (SORP) guidelines. 
Learn more here >>

Achieving Fundraising Sustainability for Your Nonprofit: Limerick - 22 February 2017
Finding it hard to achieve financial sustainability for your organisation? This workshop will provide you with a process to follow with you and your team to look at how you could fund yourselves in a sustainable way.
Learn more here >>

European Funding and Policy - An Interactive Discussion With Your MEP: Cork - 24 February 2017
A short but highly impactful session hosted by The Wheel with (TBC) MEP. Here is your opportunity to learn more about European funding opportunities and to consider some crucial questions for your organisation and its role in Europe. 
Learn more here >>

But that's not all...

Educational Pathway for Irish Nonprofits: Accredited Leadership Training

Booking has now commenced for the following courses:

  • Leaders For Change - Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management
  • Certificate in Project Management and Implementation Science
  • Certificate in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Click here to learn more >>

15% Discount on IT Hardware for Members of The Wheel

We are delighted to announce ResourcePoint have teamed up with Recosi, an IT Reuse Social enterprise working to create real jobs for the marginalized people in society.

This new partnership offers Recosi’s refurbished IT hardware such as laptops, phones and tablets at a 15% discount to members of The Wheel. 

Recosi's products all have a high specification and come with a 12 month warranty. Recosi (Regional and European Co-Operative for Social Industry) sell through Green IT (

About ResourcePoint
The Wheel’s ResourcePoint service has gone from strength to strength with 30% of our members availing of at least one of the cost management services on offer. Some of the areas that you can save include Energy, Telecoms, Insurance, Printing, Stationery, HR, Health & Safety and much more.

All of our ResourcePoint suppliers are happy to work with your organisation to find out if you could be making savings.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about the saving potential this service holds for you and your nonprofit.

Europe for Citizens Programme Opening + Free EU Funding Workshops

The Wheel is the National Contact Point in Ireland for the Europe for Citizens Programme, which is set to open for proposals in January. 

In order to increase the number of applications from Ireland, The Wheel will be running two free specialist workshops for those keen to submit an application to the programme.
 Details are as follows:

Civil Society Projects Workshop: Tuesday, 31 January (9.30am - 3pm) Dublin
Civil Society Projects should address the objectives of the programme and the current priorities:  1. Understanding and Debating Euroscepticism; 2. Solidarity in times of crisis; 3. Combatting stigmatisation of "immigrants" and building counter narratives to foster intercultural dialogue; 4. Debate on the future of Europe.  Organisations must have two or more partners from other EU member states.

European Remembrance Workshop: Wednesday, 1 February (9.30am - 3pm) Dublin 
European Remembrance should celebrate key moments in European twentieth century history. Organisations can create memory projects that make a connection between the past and the present - see the programme priorities here.  European partnerships are not essential but strongly encouraged. 

Email to book your place.

Time to Renew Your Commitment to the Governance Code?
Governance Code Working Group

If your organisation has been on either the ‘Compliance' or ‘On the Journey’ listing for more than three years then you need to re-submit either Form 1 for continuing ‘On the Journey” or Form 2 to confirm that you have again completed the relevant checklist and have a Board decision re-affirming compliance with the Code.

The processes must be completed every three years for your organisation to remain on the Governance Code registry. 

Important Deadline for Charity Lobbyists
Register of Lobbying

Registered lobbyists should note that enforcement provisions will come into effect from 1 January 2017.

A registered person who is late submitting their lobbying returns will be issued with a Fixed Payment Notice of €200. If the Fixed Payment is not paid within 21 days the person may be prosecuted for an offence under section 20(1) of the Act.  

A registered person who has not carried out lobbying activities during a particular return period must furnish a nil return. A registered person who is late submitting a nil return will also receive a fixed payment notification for the amount of €200. 

Furthermore, if a registered person does not submit any lobbying return for a particular lobbying period the person may be investigated and prosecuted by the Standards Commission under section 20(2) of the Act.

Lobbying returns for the period 1 September – 31 December 2016 are due to be submitted by 21 January 2017.

For more information visit

Advocacy Initiative Forum - By Charities for Charities
Carmichael Centre

The Carmichael Centre in partnership Barnardos and the Disability Federation of Ireland will host a Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on Advocacy in Dublin on 1 February.
This forum will take participants through a process on the day modelled on the five elements of the 'Social Justice Advocacy Indicators' tool: 1) Engagement, 2) Agenda Setting, 3) Formal Change, 4) Implementation and 5) Lived Experience.
Participants will be provided with a case-study to explore and discuss from the perspectives of the five different elements.
The hoped for outcome from the KEF is that participants will leave with an understanding of the  'Social Justice Advocacy Indicators' tool and the 'Assess Your Advocacy' tool and an enthusiasm to apply them in their own organisation in order to improve their social justice advocacy work. 
Who should attend?
All organisations with a social purpose who want to explore how Advocacy can work for their organisation.
This is a free event and lunch and light refreshments will be served. 

Book your place here >>

Update from Phase II of The People’s Conversation

On Thursday 15 December, as part of Phase II of The People’s Conversation, the Advisory Group on developing the link between economic and social well-being and Citizen Participation convened in Dublin.

Citizens Rising, the report produced at the end of The People’s Conversation initiative, identified resourcing and empowering citizens as a key element in its vision for greater citizen participation.

The recommendation is based on the understanding that merely creating additional methods of participation or deliberative democracy, in the absence of addressing income adequacy, social exclusion etc., risks further resourcing those citizens who already have more opportunity to influence public life than others and could indeed lead increased inequality.

The Wheel, supported by the Carnegie UK Trust convened a working group of organisations and individuals who are already working in the field to consider the Citizens Rising Report recommendations and propose actions to address the link between economic and social well-being and meaningful citizen participation.

The group is comprised of a group of individuals who are all recognised “thought leaders“ in their various fields working on issues relating to economic and social well-being.

The group is chaired by Carnegie UK Trust’s CEO Martyn Evans and discussed issues such as basic income, a minimum essential standard of living, enshrining Economic Social and Cultural Rights in the Constitution and work and well-being.

The work of this group will bring together existing research and campaigning around the related topics of economic, social and cultural rights, fulfilling work, living wage and basic income. The aim would be to identify where organisations can work together and collaborate to promote the link between well-being and participation.

The work of the group will be ongoing over the next twelve months while they attempt to progress the issues raised in the report. It will meet again early in 2017 to discuss a workplan.

Launch of SDG Coalition 2030 in March

The Wheel is a member of Coalition 2030, which is an alliance of civil society organisations committed to and working towards upholding Ireland’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at home in Ireland and in over 50 countries by 2030.

Members of the coalition include community and voluntary organisations in Ireland, international development NGOs, environmental organisations and Trade Unions. The Coalition will be formally launched on 1 March 2017 in the Mansion House, Dublin.

Picture above: members of Coalition 2030 highlight the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Wheel Participates in Laois PPN Workshop

The Wheel is engaging more and more with Public Participation Networks (PPNs) that are in every Local Authority area around the country.

An example of this is seen in The Wheel was recent acceptance of an invitation by Laois PPN to contribute to a workshop for PPN members on funding and resources. The event attracted community and voluntary organisations from across Laois who learned about the funding and resource supports and services of nearly 30 organisations exhibiting on the night. In particular, we highlighted the opportunities offered by our Fundingpoint and ResourcePoint services, along with a range of useful publications.

Pictured above (right) is Johnny Sheehan, Membership and Regional Coordinator with The Wheel, with a PPN member at the workshop.

Invite to Launch of Engaged Research Report

The Irish Research Council & Campus Engage cordially invite you to a special event to launch the national consultation findings and report: Launch of Engaged Research Report : Society & Higher Education Working Together to Address Grand Societal Challenges

Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Friday 13 January 2017, 11:00am-1:00pm

Proceedings to include:

  • New National Framework for Engaged Research;
  • Recommendations to policy makers and funders to facilitate engaged research for societal innovation;
  • Networking lunch for future engaged research initiatives.

Book now as places are limited >>

Clann Credo’s Sets Up €25m LEADER Loan Fund
Clann Credo

Clann Credo has set up a €25 million LEADER Loan Fund to help community and voluntary groups around the country get the best out of the LEADER grants. 

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, TD will be launching Clann Credo’s €25m LEADER Loan fund on 6 February. Clann Credo will be holding a FREE LEADER funding workshop on the same day. All are welcome to attend - learn more on

Clann Credo Roadshows
Clann Credo has launched a nationwide Roadshow campaign, talking to community groups about Community Loan Finance, LEADER grants and Fundraising.  These have been very popular and speakers have included: Clann Credo’s regional representatives; Leader Development Companies; Fund-raising consultants and Public Participation Network Co-ordinators.   Community leaders have also been speaking at these seminars about their experiences of loan finance for their projects with Clann Credo. 

Keep an eye out for a Clann Credo Roadshow coming to your area in the new year.

About Clann Credo
Clann Credo is Ireland’s leading Community Loan Finance provider and has loaned almost €82m to over 800 projects nationwide over the past 20 years. When considering giving a loan, Clann Credo considers the social impact of your project on your community.  

Clann Credo loans do not require personal guarantees and also have no penalty for early repayments and no application form to fill out (they start with the information on your LEADER application form). Clann Credo have regionally based experienced staff who help you with every step of the process. 

Learn more here >>

You can also click on the image below to watch the new Clann Credo video:


Mark Your Diary: ESC Rights Initiative Conference

The ESC Rights Initiative conference on implementing economic, social and cultural rights in Ireland will take place on 29 March 2017 in the Mansion House, Dublin.

Full programme will be released in the new year.

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(Click on any of the workshop titles below to learn more.)
Communications & Marketing
HR & Employment Law
Financial Governance
Members-only & Special Events
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Jobs / Positions Closing Soon on

Finance Assistant (Irish Red Cross)
Closing 6 January

Fundraising & Communications Coordinator (NBCRI)
Closing 9 January

Residential Night Support Worker (Osterley Lodge)
Closing 10 January

Accounts Assistant (South Dublin County Partnership)
Closing 13 January

Information & Administration Assistant (South Dublin Voluntary Groups)
Closing 13 January

Tús Team Leaders (South Dublin County Partnership)
Closing 13 January

Visit now for more opportunities.
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The Arts Council - Traditional Arts Commissions Award
The Traditional Arts Commissions Award supports fees paid to artists for commissions in the field of Traditional Arts (i.e. commissions involving traditional music, song, dance or oral arts). Applies to individuals and organisations.
Deadline: 17 January 2017 (opens)
Learn more here >>

Music Network - Music Capital Scheme
The Music Network Music Capital Scheme is designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments, and respond to a broad range of capital needs within the music sector in Ireland.
Deadline: 26 January 2017 
Learn more here >>

Charlemagne Youth Prize
The European Charlemagne Youth Prize" aims to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects. 
Deadline: 30 January 2017
Learn more here >>

Waterways Ireland - ???Heritage in the Community Grants Programme\
A fund of €20,000 has been allocated to assist community-based heritage projects which will compliment or fulfil the delivery of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan along the Barrow Navigation, Erne System, Grand Canal, Lower Bann, Royal Canal, Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, and the Ulster Canal (Upper Lough Erne to Clones).
Deadline: 31 January 2017 
Learn more here >>

Find more grants and funding opportunities at
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 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 in recent weeks (links provided where available).
  • Newstalk Breakfast, 9 December 2016: Ivan Cooper, Director of Public Policy for The Wheel on EU Funding Event and Christmas Fundraising - listen here >>
  • Sunday Times, 11 December 2016: Ivan Cooper, Director of Public Policy on Christmas Fundraising.
  • The Irish Times, 16 December 2016: The Wheel responds to column attacking Irish charities  -  read more here >>
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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:
  • Friends for the Support of International Prisoners
  • Friends of Ghana
  • Gnó Mhaigh Eo
  • Leinster Latvian Community
  • Men's Voices
  • Pint Aid
  • Positive Futures
  • St Gerard's School
  • The Festival of Curiosity
  • Voices of Limerick

Total number of Members: 1,312
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Cut your overheads down to size with ResourcePoint.

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 Johnny Sheehan, our Membership Coordinator: (01) 454 8727 /
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