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The Challenge...

Ireland is crying out for leadership and change. Now is the time for the community and voluntary sector to step up to the mark. Governance and regulatory failures in the public and private sectors have played a key role in creating the social and economic crisis we face. The lack of a comprehensive vision for Irish society has further worsened the situation. We must make sure that we seize the present opportunity so that a better Ireland emerges from the turmoil. Our sector has a responsibility to lead in envisioning the new Ireland we want: an Ireland where people are listened to and involved in decision making, an Ireland that puts the economy in the service of society, and an Ireland where people have the income, services and developmental opportunities to live life with dignity.

Let’s see the challenge posed to national development as a fresh opportunity to assert our values, shape a renewed society and identify emerging roles for our sector.

Building a Better Ireland will address these challenges by:


Placing our sector’s leadership challenge in an international context l Proposing a vision for a better Ireland

l Acknowledging that implementing the positive visions that are emerging

from our sector will pose major challenges including:


Having to do more with less (our organisations are coping with increased need while funds are falling)

l Making sure that the voices of the people we serve are heard in national policy making


Ensuring that the regulation of charities works positively for our sector - at a time when public perceptions of regulation are at an all time low

Who should attend?

This conference is open to anyone volunteering, working in, or associated with the community and voluntary s ector. It will be of particular interest to those who like to keep an eye on the ‘big picture’ and the wider issues affecting our sector. The conference will provide opportunities to learn more about:

l The many diverse roles of organisations in the community and voluntary sector l The developmental needs of the community and voluntary sector l The introduction of charity regulation and the regulation of fundraising


Policies for developing skills in, and providing supports for, the community and voluntary sector.

It will also be the ideal opportunity to network with key stakeholders in the community and voluntary sector.

How do I register?*

Register online now at (no credit card needed).

If you require assistance registering, or for further information please contact Eva de la Haza at The Wheel on (01) 454 8727, or by email at

Price: Members of The Wheel: €90 each. For non-members: €150 each.

*Registration is on a first come, first served basis: Payment for this event must be made prior to the event. Registration will not be complete until full payment is received. This means you will not be guaranteed entrance if you have registered, but have not made the payment. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be submitted in writing by post, fax or email to The Wheel. It is our policy to charge the full price for cancellations made less that 24 hours prior to events, and for all no-shows.

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Building a Better Ireland…

The Wheel is a national support and representative body for community, voluntary and charitable organisations. We provide a wide range of information and support services, advice and training to individuals and organisations involved in community and voluntary activity. We are also a representative organisation promoting both our members’ and the wider sector’s interests.

To learn more about The Wheel’s work and the benefits of our membership programme visit:

A National Conference for the Community and Voluntary Sector in Ireland

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. Web:

Thursday, 27 May 2010 • 9.15am - 4.45pm Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

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