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// February 2017

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The Wheel: Coming to a Region Near You

The Wheel is partnering with four local organisations to implement our Regional Support Programme which is being rolled out on a pilot basis in 2017. Regional Champions have been appointed in each organisation in order to build a vibrant regional network, respond to queries locally and ensure that the shared interests of community and voluntary organisations at a regional level better inform The Wheel’s representative work.

  • Marjan Boers works with Claremont Stadium in Navan, Co. Meath and is the Regional Champion for Meath, Louth and Cavan (
  • Donncha Foley, who works with Volunteer Galway in Galway city, is the Regional Champion for Galway and Clare (
  • Niall Walshe works with Avondhu Blackwater Partnership in Castletownroche, Co. Cork and is the Regional Champion for Cork, Waterford and Kerry ( 
  • Caroline Wilson, who works with Council for the West in Killala, Co. Mayo, is the Regional Champion for Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo (
The Wheel's regional champions

Pictured above: Marjan Boers on left and Caroline Wilson on right.
Caroline recently attended the Roscommon Volunteer Awards Ceremony and linked in with local community and voluntary organisations where she promoted the supports offered by The Wheel. The event was organised by Roscommon Volunteering Information Service and was about ‘Celebrating Voluntary Activity in Community Life in County Roscommon’. 

If you would like to know more about The Wheel’s Regional Support Programme, contact your regional champion. For all other regions, please contact Johnny Sheehan, Membership and Regional Coordinator with The Wheel: or (01) 454 8727.

Hugely Positive Response to Appearance by Charles Handy

On 2 February in Dublin The Wheel hosted a very special evening with renowned Irish author and philosopher Charles Handy, supported by Caplor Horizons.

This event, exclusive to members of The Wheel, gave the attendees a unique insight into Charles' exceptional knowledge and experience of organisational behaviour in the international charity and private sectors over the past half a century. Drawing on his most recent book, The Second Curve, and its theories of organisational development and change, Charles both inspired and entertained the large audience with his thought-provoking presentation.

The ideas explored ranged from the power of living with purpose to the fallacy of measurement to how organisations need to adapt and change - at just the right moment - in order to survive. 

This was followed by a unique conversation format, that saw members of the audience join Charles at the top of the room to share their insights with him and the rest of the attendees. 

As attendees noted afterwards; "It was a great privilege to be there. Afterwards I met some friends and could not be shut up talking, armed as I was with all that tremendous stimulation."

"Thanks so much to you and to your colleagues for organising such a positive event. How wonderful to see Charles Handy, it was indeed a memorable evening." 

Watch out for similar once-off special events from The Wheel throughout the year. 

Expand Your Horizons 2017

Are you aware of the range of supports and services available to rural communities? The National Rural Network has teamed up with Teagasc to organise rural information and networking seminars in every county in Ireland. The two hour seminars, which begin at 8pm, are free to attend and are a chance for people in rural communities to explore new possibilities for improved economic and social development for their own lives and for the betterment of their community.
Among the service providers attending are the Local Enterprise Offices, Teagasc, the National Rural Network, MABS, Education and Training Boards, Citizens Information, Mental Health Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Fisheries Ireland. Marjan Boers, Regional Champion for Meath, Louth and Cavan promoted The Wheel’s supports for rural-based groups at the seminar in Navan recently.

Wednesday 22 February is an opportunity to meet Caroline Wilson, The Wheel's Regional Champion for Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo at the Expand Your Horizon seminar in Balla, Co. Mayo.
Click here for more information, along with a full list of dates, about the Expand Your Horizons seminars.

The Latest Updates from The Wheel's European Helpdesk

Civil Society and the European Parliament
The Wheel with the EAPN and IEN contniue to run an exciting project funded by the European Parliament in 2017. The objective is to facilitate civil society organisations to engage with members of the European Parliament on key issues that affect them. A series of interactive events are taking place around Ireland, aiming to increase dialogue between civil society organisations and MEPs leading to greater knowledge, understanding, cooperation and participation. 

Explore European issues and have your voice heard! 
Come to our Cork event with Deirdre Clune MEP on 24 February, Monaghan event in March with Matt Carthy MEP or find us in Limerick with Sean Kelly MEP in April. 

Europe for Citizens Call for Proposals - OPEN!
The call for proposals for the Europe for Citizens programme is now open. The deadline for submission of proposals under all strands (Twinning; Civil Society Projects; European Remembrance) closes at 11am on 1 March 2017 so don't miss out! This year the work programme encourages projects exploring: euroscepticsm; debate on the future of Europe; stigmatisation of immigrants; solidarity in times of crisis; and  key dates in 20th century history. Get in touch with our dedicated European Programmes Coordinator to find out more. Email today. 

Europe for Citizens Mid-term Evaluation - have your say... 
A public consultation for the mid-term evaluation of the Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020 is now underway. If you wish to give your opinion on the programme both technically and thematically, now is the time.  It is accessible on this page for your input until 10 April 2017. The aim of this consultation is to collect views on the results and impacts of activities and projects co-financed by the Europe for Citizens programme between 2014 and 2016 and to assess their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value. 

Communicating with a Designated Public Official
Standards in Public Office Commission

If you are communicating, either directly or indirectly, with a Designated Public Official (DPO) about a relevant matter, you may be lobbying and so must submit a return of this activity.

How do I know if someone is a DPO?

  1. Check the Lobbying Register – The Register can be filtered by Designated Public Official and you can search returns submitted by job title, public body, or by typing the name of a DPO.
  2. Check the Public Body Website – Section 6(4) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 requires public bodies to publish and update details of DPOs within the body on their respective websites. Links to the relevant page of each public body website can be found on
  3. Ask the Person – The Standards Commission has published guidelines for DPOs which encourage them to: “be proactive in advising possible lobbyists when attending a meeting, participating in a conference call, etc., that you are a Designated Public Official”. If they don’t tell you they are DPO and you aren’t sure, go ahead and ask them.

For further information please see

New Service to Promote Community Events is a new online event guide for Ireland that will allow people search for events regardless of scale, based on their location, specific interests and accessibility issues.  They are giving all event organisers a platform to promote their event easily.

Charities can list any events which are open to the public, free of charge on the website - this includes fundraisers, volunteer drives, fun days, conferences or support/information meetings.

There is a resource section on the website giving some useful information on making your events accessible. Event organisers are also encouraged to list any facilities they have in place for people with special needs attending the event. wants to allow those with special access requirements find suitable events with a simple click.

Events can be easily shared from the site on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ helping organisers reach a larger audience. 

Should you wish to avail of free listing simply register your interest with Aoife at and then you can sign up to to create your event.

Clann Credo Launches €25m LEADER Loan Fund
Clann Credo

Clann Credo’s €25m LEADER Loan Fund was officially launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys T.D. in Virginia, Co. Cavan on 6 February. The fund will provide both matching and bridging loan facilities, specifically geared to the needs of rural groups and initiatives. 

Speaking at the Launch, Minister Humphreys said that “Clann Credo has a strong track record in providing loans under the previous LEADER programme, and indeed for many years before that. As the country’s largest provider of finance for community based organisations, Clann Credo supports community groups which focus on social return. “ 

Paul O’Sullivan, CEO of Clann Credo, said that “Clann Credo recognises that the commitment and contribution of community leaders and volunteers acts as its own collateral.  Therefore, we offer loans without seeking the personal guarantee arrangements that are common in mainstream banking loans.”

The Launch was very well attended, with almost 100 people from all parts of Ireland.  It took place in the Clann Credo supported, Virginia Show Centre, Co. Cavan and was followed by a workshop on ‘Financing Community Growth-Loans Grants and Fundraising’ in the afternoon. 

Click here for full details.

International Summer School

A reminder that Clann Credo is partnering the Institute for Social Banking to co-host the 10th International Summer School in Kinsale, Co. Cork. About 80 guests from social banks, alternative financial institutions, NGOs, conventional banks and other interested people such as students will discuss and gain valuable insights into the roots, characteristics, opportunities and challenges of this rapidly evolving field, from both practitioners and academics.

For more information and to register click here.

Dormant Accounts Fund Applications Now Open

Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring T.D., has announced a new round of funding of €1.75 million from the Dormant Accounts Fund to support social enterprises that provide services to, or employment opportunities for, disadvantaged people.

Organisations can apply for funding to cover capital costs and capacity building measures.?

The Dormant Accounts Act 2001, together with the Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Act 2003 and the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Acts 2005-2012, provide a framework for the administration of unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post) and unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings.

The legislation introduced a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed, but only for the purposes of programmes or projects to assist:

  • the personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged;
  • the educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged; or
  • persons with a disability.

The eligible costs will generally fall under the following categories:

  1. Funding is available for capital costs and capacity building supports. Capacity building grants are only available as part of an application for capital costs.
  2. The Social Enterprise measure under the Dormant Accounts Fund will support social enterprises that provide services to, or employment opportunities for, disadvantaged people, particularly in rural areas.
  3. The key objective of a social enterprise is to attain one or more social objectives, with any profit/surplus seen as the means to ensure sustainability.
  4. A Social Enterprise is defined as “An enterprise that trades for social/societal purpose, where at least part of its income is earned from its trading activity, is separate from Government and where the surplus is primarily re-invested in the social objective.” – Forfas: Social Enterprise in Ireland, Sectoral Opportunities and Policy Issues, July 2013
  5. Machinery and specialised equipment (new machinery and replacements or upgrades are eligible for consideration),
  6. Refurbishment costs (e.g. an extension of a workspace),
  7. Supports to build organisational capacity in the areas of management skills, governance, marketing and sales, and business strategy.

The maximum grant available for capital costs is €75,000 and the minimum grant is €20,000.

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Full application details here.

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Jobs / Positions Closing Soon on

Corporate, Trusts and Major Gifts Officer (Meningitis Research Foundation)
Deadline: 28 Feb 2017

Information Officer (Citizens Information Centre)
Deadline: 3 March 2017

Office Manager (HIV Ireland)
Deadline: 9 March 2017

Head of Development (COPE Galway)
Deadline: 12 March 2017

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The Arts Council - Deis Recording & Publication Award
The purpose of the Deis Recording & Publication Award is to provide support for traditional arts projects, or projects involving collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms, that focus on the recording or publication of work.
Deadline: 6 March 2017 (opening)
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Pobal - Dormant Accounts Fund
Organisations can apply for funding to cover capital costs and capacity building measures.? The maximum grant available for capital costs is €75,000 and the minimum grant is €20,000.
Deadline: 15 March 2017 
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Community Foundation for Ireland - Older Persons’ Grant
The Older Persons’ Fund is a long term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities.
Deadline: 1 March 2017
Learn more here >>

The Heritage Council - Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2017
The scheme aims to: promote appreciation and enjoyment of heritage, to make a lasting difference to heritage, people and communities. Another aim of the scheme is to reach out to new audiences and make heritage accessible to people with special needs, young adults and minorities.
Deadline: 24 March 2017
Learn more here >>

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Additional Resources

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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:
  • Bethany Bereavement Support Group
  • CDETB Curriculum Development Unit
  • Clay Youth Project
  • Golden Dawn Treatment Centres    
  • Irish Modern Dance Theatre
  • Kiki Theatre and Performance Group
  • Latorium Teoranta
  • Loughill Development Association
  • Roscrea SPCA
  • StreetDoctors Ireland
  • The Leslie Foundation
  • Zero Philanthrophies
Total number of Members: 1,339
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