Good practice in community work is an ongoing journey where we are aiming to apply the best principles to how we do things for our community and keep a regular check on how we are doing. We do this across the areas of leadership, compliance, accountability, transparency, effectiveness, honesty and fairness, where we are striving to do the right thing at all times. Part of this process is have an appropriate structure or legal form for our organisation to enable us to do what is needed in a clear, coherent and efficient manner to minimise risk for all involved.

Ballyhoura Development is providing a one-day workshop in two parts on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at Coote Hall, Kilmallock, to explore and clarify issues around the types of structures community or social enterprise groups should have when forming or developing their operations, and also to look at the recognised framework for good practice governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations. The workshop is facilitated by Paul O’Raw of O’Raw Consultancy and a light lunch is available to those attending the full day.

The first part of the event is titled “Choosing the Appropriate Governing Structure for Your Community Organisation or Social Enterprise” and runs from 10am to 1pm. It will introduce groups to the types of legal structures available, to examine the appropriateness of structures to their own circumstances, and to give updates the on the Charities Act regulations and its implications to groups. As well as demonstrating that every charitable group needs to have a constitution fit for purpose, the key elements will be outlined to a constitution of a group set up for charitable purposes. Then, four possible structures will be looked at for groups; Unincorporated Association, Co-operative, Company Ltd by Guarantee and Charitable Trust, as well as the appropriateness, advantages and disadvantages of each identified.

The second part of the day runs from 2pm to 5pm and covers “Using The Governance Code: A guide for how not-for-profit & community organisations are run, directed and controlled”. The Governance Code is a code of practice for the good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland and was developed over a number of years by the sector for the sector. The Code takes account of the different types of organisations which exist in the community sector and is seen as a good framework by which boards can build their capacity in terms of how they run their organisations. Although it’s not a management guide, it is seen as a benchmark for the organisation with specific actions to apply in order to fulfil their role across the areas of leadership, compliance, accountability, transparency, effectiveness, honesty and fairness. The Governance Code is a very useful tool for putting these issues on the table on an objective basis and aiding with operating to the highest standards. Today, there are 356 organisations who have publically adopted The Code with almost one thousand groups on the way to completing the journey of adopting the Code fully.  See more on the Code at

This useful and informative event will also provide updates on the on the Charities Act and Companies Act and possible future regulation and compliance developments. It is relevant to all community-based, not-for-profit organisations and charities, and attendees need not have undertaken governance training previously. A light lunch is provided for those attending the full day event.

Advance booking is required and can be done through David O’Grady, Development Officer with Ballyhoura Development, Kilfinane, on tel. 063-91739, or by email to . The event is part of the Community Governance Training provided by Ballyhoura Development through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).


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