Governance Code Bootcamp

Governance Code Bootcamp

An 18 month programme, structured around a series of relevant workshops and dedicated networking events, The Wheel’s Governance Code Bootcamp programme will equip participating organisations with the motivation, knowledge and skills to strengthen and develop their governance in line with recognised models of good practice.

How to register

Click here to download the application form.

Deadline for applications: 7 September 2018

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The Governance Code Bootcamp has been formulated to accompany you through your Governance Code journey. Employing a carefully designed support format, this programme will provide you with all of the following core components:

1. A dedicated programme of carefully designed networking & learning events.

Over the course of the 18 months you will take part in 5 networking events with fellow Bootcamp participants. These sessions facilitate shared learning and feedback, as well as building new connections with your fellow participants. At each event we focus on a specific principle of the Code, hearing from an expert in that area and sharing insights from the experiences of other organisations.

2. A tightly structured programme of practical training provided by The Wheel.

Forming the nucleus of the programme, the Bootcamp training schedule includes:

  • The Wheel's Governance and Charity Regulation training events (covering all aspects relating to charity regulation, transparency, income generation and good governance)
  • Specialist governance / regulation training for trustees (evening event)
  • Corporate Fundraising Workshop (how to secure their backing)
  • Income Diversification Workshop (what works and what doesn't when it comes to earning income for your nonprofit)
  • Impacts and Outcomes Workshop (learning how to measure the societal value your nonprofit provides)
  • Financial Reporting and SORP training (preparing your nonprofit for the implementation of the SORP accounting standard)
  • Data Protection for Nonprofits (getting your nonprofit up-to-speed with the rapidly changing data regulation landscape)

3. Support Service 

Participants will also be able to avail of convenient access (by email and phone) to The Wheel's in-house governance and charity regulation experts. 

Along with special resources such as The Wheel's Governance Code Document Pack and dedicated webinars on relevant themes.

Alumni of the programme join a Member Network which has access to webinars, updates and events on themes relating to governance best practice. 

Cost and Application Process

The cost for participating in this unique learning and development opportunity is just €400.00 per organisation.

This cost includes:

  • participation of two members of your organisation in 5 Bootcamp Networking events, 
  • your organisation’s participation in 8 relevant Training events, 
  • access to expert advice and mentoring from our support staff.

Purchasing each of these workshops and services individually would cost over €1000, and so the Governance Code Boot Camp can save you over €600 overall. 

Please note: due to high levels of demand for this programme, all suitable applicants may not be able to be accommodated on the current Governance Code Bootcamp.

We will work with qualifying applicants to secure them a place on The Wheel's next available Governance Code Bootcamp. 

Click here to download the application form.

Deadline for applications: 7 September 2018


  • The Wheel Governance Code Document Pack 
  • Sustainable Communities: A Governance Resource Book
  • Sustainable Communities: A Funding Handbook
  • Solid Foundations Series of Guides
  • The Wheel Factsheets Series.

Advice Service

Telephone and Email support:

Mairead O’Connor   - / 01 2531078

Lauren Carroll - / 01 4548727

The Wheel Governance Code Bootcamp training schedule will comprise a structured framework for each cluster to progress through over its meetings. These are training sessions, resources and a full mentoring service from The Wheel. This will be augmented by a series of networking sessions.

Autumn 2018 Schedule Networking Sessions

12 Sept. 2018, Dublin

Orientation Session - Introducing the Programme (Webinar)

20 Sept. 2018, Dublin

Networking Session 1 - Governance Code Principle 1

15 Nov. 2018,

Networking Session 2 - Governance Code Principle 2

24 Mar. 2019,

Networking Session 3 - Governance Code Principle 3

6 Jun. 2019,

Networking Session 4 - Governance Code Principles 4 & 5

The Governance Code BootCamp Programme has been devised to help Irish nonprofits transition to an era of higher regulation and transparency by putting the right training and resources at their fingertips. 

What Can the Governance Code Bootcamp Tackle?

  • Negative impact of lack of public trust on Irish charities
  • The administrative challenge of new regulatory requirements
  • The need to demonstrate social impact and organisational effectiveness clearly and powerfully.

What Are Our Members are Looking to Achieve Through the Bootcamp?

    “A wider scope of what good governance is – and how to put it into practice within our organisation”

    “To deliver on the Governance Code in both spirit and the letter”

    “A greater understanding of others’ experiences and especially a reassurance that our difficulties are not unique”

     Programme Objectives for Participating Organisations:

    At the end of the programme the organisations which have gone through the Boot Camp will be engaging in the highest standards of transparency to the public through:

    • Compliance with The Governance Code 
    • Using the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities audit standard (where appropriate).
    • Organisations will be confidently engaged with the Charities Regulatory Authority, The Standards In Public Office Commission and other applicable regulatory frameworks.  
    • The organisations are joined together by peer to peer solidarity across the sector as we demonstrate CV sector-citizenship’ in action.
    • Participant organisations become sector leaders on governance and regulatory engagement.

    Feedback from Previous Bootcamp Participants:

    "It keeps you focused to complete the journey"

     - Aishling Brett, Dalton House Day Care Centre

    "We are learning what we do well and where we need to improve" 

     - Ollie O'Connor, Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (ONE)

    Who should attend

    The Governance Code Bootcamp is a hands-on educational programme that will support Irish nonprofits through the process of signing up for the Governance Code.