With far-reaching reform of the Public Sector on the cards, community, voluntary and charitable organisations will have to redefine their relationship with the State. The new Programme for Government acknowledges “the vital role of the community and voluntary sector working in partnership with local communities, State agencies and local authorities”. But what does this partnership entail, and how will Public Sector reform impact on the relationship between the State and the community and voluntary sector?
Ireland’s 19,000 community, voluntary and charitable groups and associations are working harder than ever to ensure people have the services and supports they need at this time of crisis. Despite the severe effects of public expenditure cuts, our charities have demonstrated resilience and innovation in supporting people and communities in difficult circumstances.
Innovating for Good, the national conference for community and voluntary groups and charities in Ireland, will prove to be one of the most important gatherings of community and voluntary groups this year.
A National Conference to Ask the Big Questions
Charities and community/voluntary groups:
- are flexible, agile and innovative
- benefit from volunteers with powerful motivations for positive social change
- raise funds from diverse sources to complement official state funds
- advocate from the experience of disadvantaged people
The new Programme for Government acknowledges “the vital role of the community and voluntary sector working in partnership with local communities, State agencies and local authorities”. But what does this partnership mean? And how will the planned major reform of our public services impact on the relationship between the State and the community and voluntary sector?
Innovating for Good will address these questions by exploring how we can:
- reform our public services to secure better value for money,
- innovate to develop cost effective and people-centred social services
- maintain the independence of our sector while working in partnership with the state
- better measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of our work,
- minimise the compliance burden of regulation while maximising public accountability.
Who Should Attend:
This conference is open to all who are volunteering, working in, or associated with the community and voluntary sector. The conference will provide opportunities to learn more about:
- the role of the community and voluntary sector in delivering public services
- the changing relationship between the State and the sector
- charity regulation the provisions of the Charities Act 2009;
- the new draft Code of Governance for the sector
It will also be the ideal opportunity to network with key stakeholders in the community and voluntary sector.