is a collaborative initiative between the Community Sector Employers’ Forum (CSEF), the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups and The Wheel.
The Community Sector Employers' Forum (CSEF) is an autonomous association of community and voluntary organisations. It is run by a board of directors elected from the membership. It is a company limited by guarantee (Company Registration Number: 453809) and receives technical assistance from the Dublin Employment Pact.
The purpose of the Community Sector Employers Forum is to work to improve the quality of employment in the community sector by developing a strong employers’ voice. The initiative developed from the Dublin Employment Pact’s Equal at Work project which identified a range of problems in relation to HR practices and employment conditions in the sector.
The overall aim is to enable employers to develop a strategic approach to improving employment standards in the community sector by:
- Working to improve HR practices through the Employer Resource Bureau for the Community Sector
- Developing common positions on the issues that need to be addressed.
- Making representations to government and other relevant bodies.
- Engaging with Trade Unions on sector wide issues.
- Sharing experiences and providing mutual support.
Board of Management
- Maureen Kelly, National Women’s Council of Ireland (Chairperson)
- John Stewart, Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed, (Vice Chairperson)
- Mick Creedon Ballymun Job Centre
- David Delaney, Bradóg Youth Service
- Stuart Duffin, Chrysalis Drugs Project
- Ruth Lawler, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign
- Mary Ryan, Fingal Centre
- John Scally, Sunflower Recycling.
Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups
Founded in 1990 by nine small voluntary groups, Carmichael Centre has grown into the largest and busiest shared services facility for non-profit organisations in Ireland. It provides a home to 46 small charities and provides outreach and reach-in supports and services to in excess of 350 additional community and voluntary organisations annually.
The vision guiding Carmichael Centre envisages a future in which charitable, community and voluntary organisations are empowered and enabled to help all people to have access to the range of supports they need to lead fulfilling lives. To this end, Carmichael Centre is a leading national access point to the shared services, targeted training, good management practice and governance support that non-profits need to build effective and sustainable organisations.
Learn more about Carmichael Centre at www.carmichaelcentre.ie.
The Wheel is Ireland’s support and representative umbrella network for community, voluntary and charitable organisations. We help them get things done, we represent their shared interests to Government and other decision-makers and we promote a better understanding by the public of them and their work. In one line – we are a one stop shop for and about the charity sector in Ireland.
What excites us is our vision of a vibrant, dynamic and healthy community / voluntary / charity sector. We believe passionately that it can act as a strong force in Irish society to improve the quality of our lives and our democracy. We value and cherish its diversity and we promote effective use of resources and high standards in all charitable organisations.