Ballyhoura Development Ltd is providing three Charity Regulation Update briefing sessions as part of its Community Governance Skills Initiative to highlight some of the important issues facing charities and community groups in the Ballyhoura Development area in the context of The Charities Act 2009, The Companies Act 2014, and the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

These important information briefings are aimed at organisations that have a purpose which is of benefit to the community, and in particular for committee members of community-based, not-for-profit organisations and the trustees, directors, officers, staff of Companies Limited by Guarantee, cooperatives, charitable trusts, community businesses or social enterprises located in the Ballyhoura area. The briefings, which will have the same content provided at each, are tailored for those with responsibility for ensuring that good governance and best practice is core to their organisation. The initiative is supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).

The briefings are organised at locations near you as follows:

· Tuesday, 22nd March, at 7.30pm at Coote Hall Resource Centre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

· Wednesday, 23rd March, at 7.30pm at The Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, Co. Limerick

· Wednesday, 6th April, at 7.30pm at The Enterprise Centre, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.

Did you know that to operate as a charity (of benefit to the community) any new organisation established after 16 October 2014 must now also be registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority? Also, those charities which held tax exemption (CHY No.) before 16 Oct 2014 must complete their first annual report with the Charities Regulatory Authority by 16 April?

With the commencement of the Companies Act in June last year, the legal responsibilities and duties of company directors and company secretaries have changed. There are also implications of the Act on an organisation’s governing instrument, its members and its directors. How do these affect your organisation?

Are you unsure of what constitutes ‘Lobbying’? Do you know about the possible consequences of the passing of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 for your community-based organisation?

These are some of the issues that will be delved into in more detail at the sessions. Places at these briefings are free but limited so advance booking is essential and can be done through David O’Grady, Development Officer, Ballyhoura Development Ltd., Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, on tel. 063-91739 or email: dogrady@ballyhoura.org.