Community and voluntary organisations and charities are dealing with a broad range of risks in their day to day activities – like the uncertainty around future funding, board member responsibilities, health and safety issues if working with clients or if engaging volunteers in their work, complying with regulation, and when trying to demonstrate their effectiveness and impact on the ground.


Some risks cannot be avoided but their potential impact can be minimised. Risk Management is a system to identify and forecast risks in advance and take proactive steps to deal with those identified risks.


As part of the Community Governance Training and Skills Initiative 2016, Ballyhoura Development is offering a free workshop entitled “An Introduction to Risk Management for Community Organisations” on Wednesday, November 9th, from 7pm-10pm at the E-Charleville Enterprise Centre on Baker’s Road, Charleville. The workshop will be delivered by Caroline Egan of CramdenTECH and all community organisations are welcome to attend.


This free and practical workshop aims to develop an understanding of Risk Management within community organisations; explain the categories of risk that groups should identify, including Strategic Business Risks, Governance Risks, Financial Risks, Operational Risks, External Risks, and Compliance Risks; and review the tools which can be employed to minimise risk across the key risk areas.

Following the workshop, participants will be able to list the type of risk categories applicable to community groups, outline the steps to be followed when assessing risk, and describe the process of risk management in their organisation.



This workshop is ideal for committee members of community-based, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, and the trustees, directors, officers, and staff of Companies Limited by Guarantee, cooperatives. Attendees need not have undertaken governance training previously.


Places are free to groups in the Ballyhoura Development area but must be booked in advance with David O’Grady, Development Officer at Ballyhoura Development, Kilfinane, by email or tel. 063-91739. For more details on free training for community organisations, see