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Vol 9 • Issue 1 • Spring 2010

Le Chéile



In this issue

The Big Picture

News in Brief The Numbers

Opinion: Independence in the community and voluntary sector

Opinion: Shaping Ireland's future

“Ireland of the welcomes”

2 3 4

5 7 9

Combating poverty and social exclusion 10

Generations in a downturn


Fundraising 13 Governance


Debate: community development policy and practice in Ireland. 16

Recession Watch 18

Campaign Spotlight 19 Tech Talk

Spotlight: Aontas

The Wheel’s Event Calendar

20 21


On The Cover

Volunteers sacrifice their tresses for the Irish Cancer Society and Today FM's “Shave or Dye” fundraising campaign. The campaign raised over €400,000.

Mrs Doyle look-a-likes, left to right: Chloe Ragousa, Alana Redmond, Joanna Rea and Deirdre Kelly outside Oxfam's Fairtrade shop in South King Street. Oxfam Ireland marked Fairtrade Fortnight by calling on people to make the swap to Fairtrade tea. Ireland is famous as a nation of tea drinkers - we drink an estimated 16 million cups of tea every day! However, less than 2% of tea sold in Ireland is Fairtrade. Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland


The Wheel has announced that its annual conference, which will take place at the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin on Thursday, 27 May, will aim to address the most pressing issues currently affecting community and voluntary organisations.

The conference, entitled “Building a Better Ireland: Working Together to Make it Happen” will feature inputs from a host of local and international speakers, including Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General of CIVICUS: an international

About Le Chéile

Le Chéileis published

by The Wheel, a support and representative body for community, voluntary and charitable organisations across Ireland.

To learn more about The Wheel’s work and the benefits of our membership programme, visit:, or contact us by post, telephone or e-mail:

alliance of civil society organisations.

The conference will specifically explore: the current funding crisis, the leadership challenges in our sector, the future of active citizenship in

Ireland, the role of the sector and civil society, a new framework for partnership working and charity regulation.

Visit for more information or to reserve your place.

The Wheel

Irish Social Finance Centre, 10 Grattan Crescent, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Ireland. Tel 353-1- 454 8727 Fax 353-1- 454 8649 E-mail:


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