Ballyhoura Networking Forum – Valuing Community Development

On Saturday November 18th in Croom Community Enterprise Centre, Ballyhoura Development CLG will provide two excellent networking and learning workshops, and an opportunity for community groups to give their views on Community Development and Community Enterprise.

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Commencing at 9:30am, both workshops will be three hours’ duration, followed by a networking lunch at 1pm. Attendance at the event is free of charge. The workshops will form part of the Ballyhoura Networking Forum, an annual event that provides community groups from across the Ballyhoura Development area a space to meet and learn from each other.

Workshop One will team up with the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in a community focused workshop entitled ‘Valuing Community Development through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme’.
Ballyhoura Development and the ESRI are inviting people involved in local community group activities across the Ballyhoura area to participate in the workshop and share their views on the value of local community development. The workshop will involve a discussion of how best to capture the value of community development activities and whether community development and community well-being can or should be measured.

In preparing for the workshop, the ESRI have undertaken a review of international evidence and experience across a range of countries on the measurement and evaluation of the value of local community development. From this research, a number of key themes and challenges have emerged. Representatives from the ESRI will be in attendance throughout the workshop to outline the purpose of the research and to present details of the research findings to date.

The purpose of the Ballyhoura workshop is to help the ESRI understand if the challenges identified in their international research apply in the Irish context and to listen to the views of local community volunteers. One of the planned outcomes of the workshop is to propose credible strategies and solutions to address community development measurement.

The workshop presents a very good and important opportunity for local community group members, particularly those that have benefitted from supports under the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme, to take part in national research and enable the work of the ESRI to reflect real local community group views.

Workshop Two, facilitated by Hugh O’Reilly, Business Development Director of “The Wheel”, will explore the topic of ‘Financing Your Community & Social Enterprise’. Pertinent to community groups involved in developing community or delivering services to the local area, achieving sustainability for non-profit groups can often be a challenge. Indeed, the challenge can often be in thinking of new and innovative ways to finance a socially responsible organisation.

This workshop will offer financial advice and guidance to communities on establishing, developing and building community and social enterprise. Ideal for anyone involved in financing non-profit ventures and who are seeking a new approach to solving financial stability problems while trying to secure the long-term steadiness of service provision to the wider community.

The session will encourage groups to take stock of the organisation’s current funding needs and to analyse their ability to achieve their mission based on projected annual income for the foreseeable future. It will also look at some of the more innovative and effective approaches to income generation available to non-profits these days, and how to adapt positively to the changing Irish funding landscape.

Both workshops are a wonderful opportunity for community groups and members of local voluntary organisations to network, learn and have their say.

To register your place today, visit

This is the 3rd annual Ballyhoura Networking Forum and a wonderful opportunity for communities to network, learn and input into local and national programmes. For further information contact the Ballyhoura Development Outreach Office in Coote Hall, Kilmallock on 063 20517.
Attendance is free of charge.


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Employment Law and HR Fundamentals for Social Enterprises

Employment Law and HR Fundamentals for Social Enterprises is a one-day workshop on human resources best practice and employment law fundamentals for local community and voluntary organisations.

Wednesday November 1st from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Coote Hall Outreach Office, Deebert, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Topics covered will include:

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Contracts of Employment
  • HR/Employment Policies & Procedures
  • Statutory Leave
  • Personnel files
  • Disciplinary & Grievance matters
  • Equality and Dignity in the Workplace
  • Guarding against unfair dismissals
  • Rewarding employees in a non-profit setting
  • Case studies of ‘real life’ precedents from Tribunal/Court determinations

This Workshop will be delivered by The HR Suite

Places are free but limited to two attendees (e.g. manager/ supervisor & board member) per organisation in the Ballyhoura Development area

To book your place contact: David O’Grady, Telephone 063-20511 or Email
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The Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members of Charity & Community Organisations

This Workshop, aimed at community groups, about the roles and responsibilities of board members of charity & community organisations is taking place on Thursday August 26th in Kilbehenny Community Centre

Community organisations can often focus on the day to day activities of what it is they were set up for. However, there is a role for the board of management or committee in taking overall responsibility for the work of the organisation and in making sure it happens in a transparent and accountable way.

Next Thursday, October 26th at 7pm, a workshop on the “Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members of Charity & Community Organisations” will explore the role of the board in an organisation and look at the legal duties of Trustees and Directors. The session will give attendees a practical overview of the role and responsibilities of those tasked with governing community, voluntary and charity organisations. The workshop is delivered by Ivan Cooper of The Wheel.

 The session will provide a solid overview of the key principles of the good governance and how they should be implemented through the regulatory frameworks for charities – the Charities Act 2009, the Companies Act 2014, and the Lobbying Act 2015. This is deal for board members, committee members, volunteers, or those with responsibility of reporting to the board, and who want to understand how a board should run effectively. Following the event, participants will understand the minimum legal duties that governing body members must adhere to and the principles and practices of good governance

All events in the Community Governance Training and Skills programme are free. However advance bookings should be made by contacting David O’Grady by email: or telephone 063 20511.

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