Pobal is delighted to join colleagues across the sector to celebrate Charity Trustees’ Week 2021. This year’s events and initiatives will take place online, allowing charity trustees, many of whom are giving of their time and expertise on a voluntary basis, alongside their full-time careers, to take part from the comfort of their own home or office.

Charity Trustees’ Week is hosted in partnership by the Charities Regulator, Boardmatch Ireland, Carmichael, The Wheel, Volunteer Ireland, Charities Institute Ireland, Pobal and Dóchas. The week aims to celebrate and thank trustees for the key role which they play in the governance and leadership of Ireland’s charities as well as:

  • Highlighting the importance of good governance of boards, promoting the need for a thorough knowledge of trustees’ roles and responsibilities, education and upskilling of trustees;
  • Highlighting the need for new trustees to come forward and the means by which new trustees can be connected with charities that need trustees;
  • Creating a greater understanding and awareness among the public of the role of trustees, and the awareness that trustees are public members.

Anna Shakespeare, Pobal CEO said:

“Pobal is very pleased to take part in Charity Trustees’ Week 2021, our third year as a partner and member of the steering committee. We will be running a full schedule of events throughout the week. I am particularly happy to announce that our recently appointed Chairperson of the Pobal Board, Rosarii Mannion, will be co-hosting and chairing our Coffee Morning event, in collaboration with Boardmatch Ireland on Tuesday morning 16 November which will explore strategies for filling the skills gaps on community, voluntary and charity boards.

I am also very pleased to announce that our series of four regional events will explore the subject of resilience during and post pandemic. This is a particularly appropriate topic as the Community, Voluntary, Social Enterprise and Charity sectors in Ireland, and indeed globally, has faced considerable challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. Pobal are very aware, through our work with these organisations that many such groups have faced an increasing demand for their services in very difficult operational circumstances, while others had no option but to close their doors with some staff members being furloughed and others adapting to working remotely. In addition, significantly reduced income generation and fundraising opportunities have resulted in unprecedented financial challenges for many organisations in the Community, Voluntary, Social Enterprise and Charity sectors. These events will offer an opportunity for Trustees in these sectors to share and learn from the experiences of their peers.”

Pobal’s Events for Charity Trustees Week 2021 include:

  • Building Resilience During and Post COVID-19 – a series of four regional online targeted events for trustees of organisations supported by programmes Pobal administers on behalf of the Government of Ireland. .
  • Charity Trustees’ Week Coffee Morning, co-hosted with Boardmatch Ireland: ‘Reviewing the Skills on Your Board’ – Register for this event here.
  • Pobal in conjunction with CRAOL – Community Radio Ireland, will broadcast a special radio programme across the community radio network across Ireland. This dedicated programme will include interviews and special features with charity trustees and representative organisations focusing on several themes. See below for full broadcast schedule:
Station nameDate Time
West Limerick 102fmNov 18th7pm
Community Radio CastlebarNov 17th5pm
Liffey SoundNov 15th3pm
Athlone Community RadioNov 19th4pm
92.5 Phoenix FMNov 18th2pm
Flirt FMNov 15th3pm
Community Radio Kilkenny CityNov 19th4pm
Dublin South FMNov 16th12pm
Dundalk FMNov 15th8pm
RosFMNov 19th2pm
South West Clare Community Radio LBG T/A Raidió Corca BaiscinnNov 17th8pm
Connemara Community RadioNov 16th7pm
Dundalk FMNov 18th6pm
Claremorris CRNov 15th7pm
Near FMNov 18th2pm
Youghal CRTBC
Life FMTBC
Temporary Licenced and Online Stations
Bere Island Community RadioNov 16th7pm
Erris FMNov 19th 8pm
Eden FM Community RadioNov 20th6pmBroadcast weekend only
Together FMNov 18th4pm
Finn valley fm 95.8Nov 19th12pm
You can listen back to the radio programme at the ink above.

Further details regarding the full calendar of events which will take place during Charity Trustees’ Week 2021 can be found here.