Good Governance Award Winners 2022
21 Nov 2022
Carmichael Good Governance Awards Winner 2022 The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by non-profit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the non-profit sector. The winners of the Good Governance Awards 2022 were announced at our Awards…
Good Governance Awards November 17th 2022
17 Nov 2022
Carmichael Good Governance Awards for Non-Profit Organisations The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector. The winners of the Good Governance Awards 2022 will be announced at…
Charity Trustees Week 2022
3 Nov 2022
Charity Trustees’ Week 2022 will run from November 14th to November 18th with over 20 exciting events for Trustees. Carmichael’s events include: How Organisational Behaviour Affects the Performance & Effectiveness of a Charity – Monday 14th at 8.30am with TU Dublin (Free, in person) Governing with Purpose: A conversation with Brian Cavanagh – Tuesday 15th…
How Organisational Behaviour Affects the Performance & Effectiveness of a Charity
25 Oct 2022
Mon, 14 November 2022, 08:30am – 10:00am Carmichael 4 Brunswick Street North D07 RHA8 Dublin 7 TU Dublin & Carmichael invites you to a discussion on How Organisational Behaviour Affects the Performance & Effectiveness of a Charity. The impact of a charity is visible through the effectiveness of its support to the service users and their experience…
Governing with Purpose: A conversation with Brian Cavanagh
7 Oct 2022
Tue, 15 November 2022, 08:30am – 10:00am Carmichael 4 Brunswick Street North D07 RHA8 Dublin 7 To mark the launch of his book “Governing with Purpose: How to lead a brilliant board – a guide for charity trustees”, Brian Cavanagh will be in conversation with Carmichael CEO, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, about some of the book’s key insights…
Mon, 14 November 2022, 08:30am – 10:00am
Carmichael 4 Brunswick Street North D07 RHA8 Dublin 7
TU Dublin & Carmichael invites you to a discussion on How Organisational Behaviour Affects the Performance & Effectiveness of a Charity.
The impact of a charity is visible through the effectiveness of its support to the service users and their experience with the charity. Impactful charities have demonstrated their agility to respond to the needs of service users, while still effectively following good governance as per the Charities Governance Code.
In this seminar we will discuss how this agility is achieved through organisational behaviour and how this can improve organisational decision-making.
From here we will introduce the new Charity Trustee Programme (NFQ level 6). This predominantly online 1 year part-time programme has been designed in partnership by Carmichael and TU Dublin with the aim of addressing the requirement for a charity trustee to have a deep understanding of their roles and obligations.
The event will begin with teas and coffees at 8.30am and the discussion will begin at 9am.
The event is free but prior registration is required.
This event is part of #TrusteesWeekIrl. For a full schedule of events see
Tue, 15 November 2022, 08:30am – 10:00am
Carmichael 4 Brunswick Street North D07 RHA8 Dublin 7
To mark the launch of his book “Governing with Purpose: How to lead a brilliant board – a guide for charity trustees”, Brian Cavanagh will be in conversation with Carmichael CEO, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, about some of the book’s key insights and guidance for charity trustees. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Refreshments will be provided.
The event is free but prior registration is required.
This event is part of #TrusteesWeekIrl. For a full schedule of events see
Carmichael are looking to hire a new Communications Officer. Full job description is available here.
To apply, please send a short cover letter and CV to email@example.com. Closing date is 5pm IST, Friday 30th September 2022.
Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference 2022
Carmichael are proud to promote the upcoming 8th Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference 2022.
Carmichael resident member group the ACJRD are a key partner for the 2022 edition of the conference, for the event which takes place at The Printworks Event and Exhibition Centre in Dublin Castle.
“Race, Migration and the Criminal Justice System”, is the theme for this year’s event, for this one day long collaborative conference, which will include Department of Justice, Maynooth University, University College Dublin, Limerick University, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Irish Prison Service, An Garda Síochána, The Probation Service, Policing Authority, Courts Service, Garda Síochána Inspectorate, Office of the Revenue Commissioners and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD).
Speakers at the Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference
Notably, James Browne TD, Minister of State, Department of Justice, will open this year’s Conference. Speakers will include:
- Megan Berry, Traveller Outreach Officer, Maynooth University
- Joe Garrihy,Assistant Professor in Criminology the School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University
- Caroline Haughey, OBE, QC, Furnival Chambers
- Lucy Michael, Lucy Michael Research Training & Consultancy
- Mary Phelan, Dublin City University
- Alexander Ritzmann, Counter Extremism Project
- Hindpal Singh Bhui, University of Oxford, School of Law and Inspection Team Leader at HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)
- The following Thematic Speakers have been confirmed:
- Ifrah Ahmed, Ifrah Foundation
- Lisa Anderson, Senior Probation Officer, The Probation Service
- Seamus Beirne, Irish Prison Service
- Shalom Binchy, Solicitor
- Yvonne Cooke, Acting Executive Director of Human Resources and People Development, An Garda Síochána
- Catherine Cosgrave, Managing Solicitor, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Independent Law Centre
- Kate Gillen, Social Work Specialist, Child Care Performance and Social Work Unit, DCEDIY
- Zoryana Pshyk, Ex Asylum-Seeker and Chairperson of Kildare Integration Network (KIN)
- Tony Swaine, Probation Officer, The Probation Service
- Liam Thornton, Associate Professor, School of Law, UCD
Bookings are now open. To book, please click here.
The Chatham House Rule:
To encourage openness and the sharing of information, the Chatham House Rule will be invoked at this conference.
*The Chatham House Rule reads as follows: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed“.
Contact Details for the ACJRD
International Men’s Health Week is Here
International Men’s Health Week (June 13 – 19) is upon us and Carmichael resident member Men’s Health Forum Ireland are celebrating IMHW with a number of unique initiatives and events.
The week-long event is celebrated in countries across the world, such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada and more. The premise of International Men’s Health Week is to:
- Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
- Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
- Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
However, the need for this awareness week might not be as clear to some, but according to Men’s Health Forum Ireland, the need is clear.
Why the Need for an International Men’s Health Week?
Colin Fowler of MHFI states:
- Local men die younger than women do.
- Males have higher death rates than females for almost all of the leading causes of death and at all ages.
- Men’s poorer lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
- Late presentation to health services can lead to a large number of problems becoming untreatable.
During 2022, the theme for the awareness week in Ireland is ‘MISSION: isPOSSIBLE’ and the call to men (and those who support the health of men) is: ‘The Action Starts with You’. The idea here is, clearly, to set realistic goals in order to improve one’s own physical and mental health. Every small step indeed does make a tangible difference.
Dr Noel Richardson, Director of the National Centre for Men’s Health in South East Technological University, reflects: “However, this is not a ‘lost cause’, and this situation can be improved in many significant ways. For me, the key message for Men’s Health Week is that small things can really make a difference – whether it’s going for a walk, taking time out, re-connecting with a friend. It’s about doing something positive for yourself and building momentum towards positive change, one step at a time.”
The press release for the event explains:
“Men’s Health Week this year takes place in the context of an easing of the constraints introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide, this virus had a major impact upon men’s health, as well as their wider lives.
It placed a myriad of restrictions upon everyone. However, Men’s Health Week 2022 seeks to reverse this trend, and focuses upon what we can do to take back control of our own health. All too often we set ourselves unrealistic targets. Therefore, this year, everyone is asked to focus upon small, simple and practical things to improve their health”.
Focus of Attention
Paul Ferris, Men’s Health Week 2022 Ambassador, ex-professional footballer with Newcastle United, and award winning author, comments:
“From my personal experience of living with health and wellbeing issues, I appreciate that men and boys need both opportunities to improve their health, as well as support to do so. Men’s Health Week offers an ideal time to focus our attention upon the needs of males, and to make a positive and meaningful difference to their lives”.
The Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (www.mhfi.org) is a charity which works on an all-island basis to improve the health of men and boys. It is a voluntary network of individuals and organisations, men and women, which seeks to identify the key concerns relating to male health and to increase understanding of these issues.
Financial support for the week was received from Health Service Executive Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Ireland within the Department of Health, and the Public Health Agency. To find out more about the work of Men’s Health Forum Ireland visit their site here.
Carmichael are looking to hire a new Administration Assistant to join their Training & Consultancy team. Click on the link below to view the full job description.
Living with MND: A Complete Guide is the fourth book in the Cork University Press MindYourSelf book series edited by Clinical Psychologist Dr Marie Murray.
“Getting diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease is devastating! It’s like being hit by a bus”
Living with Motor Neurone Disease: A complete guide
Every two days someone on the island of Ireland is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). MND is a neurodegenerative condition in which the nerves that control voluntary muscles stop working. This affects ordinary everyday activities that we take for granted. Walking, talking, even breathing may become virtually impossible.
MND is a devastating diagnosis which is why the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) is proud to announce the launch of Living with Motor Neurone Disease: A complete guide. This publication is the first of its kind in Ireland. It is a vital resource, designed to provide all the information needed to negotiate a path through the challenges that MND may present.
Speaking at the launch in University College Dublin, RTE’s Claire Byrne said, “Navigating the path following a life changing diagnosis can be bewildering and exhausting. This wonderful book shines a guiding light on the road ahead with the experts who have walked it- the medics, the caregivers and, perhaps most importantly, those who are living with Motor Neurone Disease. I know this guide will provide some comfort to those who are starting on this road and their families, whose burden will only be eased if we all commit to supporting them.”
While MND is a rare disease it is a devastating diagnosis so good quality information from people who understand MND is vital. It takes time to learn about MND, to absorb the implications of it; to talk about it; to let family adjust to it; to help friends understand it and to learn to live a life that is altered in which the future is changed and the present is challenging. Living with Motor Neurone Disease: A complete guide is a practical and reassuring book at this time.
Speaking at the launch Lillian McGovern CEO, IMNDA said “We are delighted to have this book available for the families and carers of those with MND. The book provides practical information on managing MND and provides an insight into the many varying and challenging aspects of the illness. We hope that it will also inform healthcare professionals working with families in supporting them through their MND journey.”
Living with Motor Neurone Disease is a step-by-step guide. It explains what MND is, how it is diagnosed and managed; how it affects the individual and the family; the psychological dimensions of the condition; the caregiver experience; living with the condition and facing the future too. It shows how to talk to children and adolescents, how to tell family and friends, how to adapt working conditions and home life. It describes all the supports; medical, psychological, mechanical, technological and practical to cope with the daily impact of living with MND particularly the crucial supports provided and coordinated by the IMNDA.
Living with Motor Neurone Disease is the fourth book in the Cork University Press MindYourSelf book series edited by Clinical Psychologist Dr Marie Murray. A diagnosis of MND can be overwhelming so good quality information and support from people who understand MND is vital at this time.
Speaking at the Launch, Dr Marie Murray said “We hope that what emerges from reading this MindYourSelf book is not how grim MND is but how astonishingly people cope with it; how great the love of families for each other; how concerned are friends, how expert the professionals; how determined the researchers to crack the code, find the cure and blitz it into history. The book is dedicated to all who are living with MND and everyone it has bereaved. Having collaborated with the IMNDA for the past two years on this book there are insufficient superlatives to describe what the IMNDA provides in compassionate practical care – all based on its maxim ‘until there is a cure, there is care.”
Living with Motor Neurone Disease: A complete guide is available from Cork University Press €14.95 at www.corkuniversitypress.com or from www.imnda.ie Royalties to Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association
EAPN Ireland are a Carmichael resident member, and their workshops will take place starting on May 31st running until June 10th, with options to attend workshops online or in person in Dublin or Galway.
These workshops will provide people with an overview of the Roadmap for Social Inclusion and the workshop themes, and provide the opportunity for civil society, communities and stakeholders to discuss the issues.
Feedback from the workshops will be presented to the opening Plenary of SIF 2022. The Social Inclusion Forum is taking place on June 22nd in the Bracken Hotel Balbriggan.
The Social Inclusion Forum (SIF) is one of the structures that supports the development and implementation of policy to address poverty and social exclusion as outlined in the current strategy, Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-2025.
The theme of SIF 2022 is Maintaining Momentum: Implementing the Roadmap for Social Inclusion SIF 2022 will be held on June 22nd in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan.
This will provide an important opportunity to engage with the midterm review of the Roadmap, as well as engaging with a number of the issues relevant to those experiencing poverty and their representative organisations.
SIF 2022 will focus on the Core essentials – the Cost of Living and Income Adequacy, Supporting Communities, Social Inclusion and Children Social Inclusion and People with Disabilities Social Inclusion and Children Social Inclusion and People with Disabilities.
EAPN Ireland and the CWI would like to encourage the participation of people with direct experience of issues that emerge from the regional workshops at the Social Inclusion Forum in Dublin.
A small budget is available to support the participation costs (travel and childcare) of a number of people from the preparatory workshops from unfunded or under-funded groups and unwaged individuals to attend the SIF. There will be further information on this at the workshops.
Established in 1990, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland is a network of groups and individuals working against poverty. It is the Irish national network of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN Europe), which has two decades of experience in lobbying for progressive social change and anti-poverty initiatives across Ireland and Europe.
The Prader Willi awareness month of events will culminate on May 27th with a 5km walk/swim/run fundraiser. Given the nature of Prader Willi Syndrome, it is so important to recognise the achievements of attempting and potentially completing such a physical task of a 5km exercise.
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic multisystem disorder characterized during infancy by fatigue, diminished muscle tone (hypotonia), a weak suck and feeding difficulties with poor weight gain and growth and other hormone deficiency.
PWS occurs when the genes in a specific region of chromosome 15 are not present or do not function. This region of chromosome 15 is located at 15q11.2-q13 and has been designated the Prader-Will syndrome/Angelman syndrome region (PWS/AS). In individuals with PWS, the nonfunctioning PWS/AS region is always located on the number 15 chromosome inherited from the father.
If people can’t take part, the organisation suggest asking them to donate. They advise that you can do your run or walk at a time that suits you anytime through the weekend! You can visit the donation page here.
The PWSAI offer supports for those with the condition both young and old, and for families of those with the condition. Information supports are provided, as well as hosting fundraising events, annual conferences and so much more.
Indeed, PWSAI will host the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organisation conference in the University of Limerick from July 6th to 10th 2022. There will be contributions from scientific, clinical, and care provider professionals from around the globe.
There will be an opportunity for parents and people with PWS to meet and interact with these professionals as well as parents and people with PWS from around the world. For the most up to date information, please visit this page which will bring you to the IPWSO Conference 2022 page.
The Prader Willi Syndrome Association of Ireland are the national voluntary organisation for those affected by Prader Willi Syndrome. Based in the Carmichael Centre, Dublin 1, they are a resident member organisation here at Carmichael. If you wish to find out more about the PWSAI visit their website here.
New Carmichael resident member Women for Election are hosting their flagship INSPIRE school training starting this week running for three weeks online for any woman interested in getting involved in politics.
Delivered through three online training sessions over three weeks, INSPIRE will focus on the 3 C’s- Confidence, Communication and Campaigns. The first session takes place on May 11 (6.30pm – 8.30pm), the second session on May 18 (6.30pm – 8.30pm), and the third taking place May 25 (6.30pm – 8.30pm).
Many local councillors, senators, MEP’s and TD’s have taken part in their training in recent years, and below you can listen to what Maria Walsh MEP had to say about her experience of training with Women for Election.
As a participant, these sessions will involve experts who will help demystify politics and clearly illustrate the nuts and bolts of ‘getting in’. Women for Election explain that ‘among the many barriers that stand in the way of women from entering politics are the 5 C’s (Cash, Childcare, Confidence, Culture & Candidate selection process)’.
Participants will work with experts who will ‘demystify politics’ and show you the essentials of how to get involved. Participants will work to develop your skills in campaigns, communication and confidence.
Each participant will receive an INSPIRE pack, which covers all course work, as well as a Women for Election tote bag. Participants will complete the training with the tools and direction to take your next step on your political journey, as well as the support of the Women for Election network. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.