Sector Supports

40,000 people throughout Ireland access Carmichael Centre services and supports annually.

And the winners are.............

Wednesday, 19th October 2016

The Carmichael Centre announces the winners of the Good Governance Awards for the Not-for-Profit sector.

The Carmichael Centre in partnership with The Wheel, Volunteer Ireland, Charities Institute Ireland and, supported by Davy, Mazars Ireland and Mason Hayes Curran are very pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Good Governance Awards. The Awards Ceremony which took take place on the 18th October highlighted governance excellence in the not-for-profit sector in Ireland.

The Winners
Category 1 Type C Organisations with an annual turnover of over €500K
Category 2 Type C Organisations with an annual turnover of between €100K and €500K
Care Alliance Ireland
Category 3
Type B organisations (organisations with employees and a turnover of less than €100K)
Helium Arts
Category 4 Type A organisations – Volunteer only organisations
No entry was of a sufficient standard to merit shortlisting.
Special Recognition Award

These awards will facilitate the promotion and recognition of good governance practice and help to increase public trust in the sector. Charities and other voluntary and community organisations play a vital role in our lives and they command enormous public trust and confidence. This is reflected in the generosity with which people in Ireland give of their time and money to the charities they support.

Voluntary and community organisations are driven by altruistic values and working for public benefit. The sector is increasingly expected by funders, supporters and the public to demonstrate how well we are governed. They also have legal requirements to comply with, plus the relevant legislation and regulations that apply to their sector and activities. Good governance is a vital and necessary part of how voluntary and community organisations operate and are held accountable. These awards demonstrate to the public and the sector alike that this is indeed taking place.

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony for the Good Governance Awards, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí CEO Carmichael Centre said ‘We are delighted with the response and the level of interest shown by sector with 84 entries received. We know that for some we are looking for a higher standard of annual report than is currently required. But that is what the awards are all about. Promoting and encouraging excellence and improving the standards of reporting and accountability in the sector’.

Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Care Alliance Ireland said on receiving the award ‘As a membership based organisation we believe that our ongoing emphasis on good governance both reassures and encourages our 100 member organisations, who all support Family Carers in different ways. With a strong governance structure in place delivered by our Board, staff and volunteers we will continue to be well placed to support the wider Family Carer community'

Also speaking at the ceremony last night, Chairman of Concern Mr Tom Shipsey said: “This is an important recognition of the transparency and strength Concern has shown over its 48 year history and we are delighted to receive this award. We pride ourselves on our governance arrangement, adhering to best practice and we have a deep-rooted belief in the importance of transparency and accountability.
“We are always overwhelmed by the huge generosity of the Irish public over the years and this award assures them that their donations, no matter how small, is spent wisely and well as Concern continues to assist those in greatest need in some of the world’s most impoverished areas.”

For more information on the Good Governance Awards please visit

Jigsaw’s vision is an Ireland where young people are connected to their community and have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health. They work to change how Ireland thinks about and responds to young people’s mental health through Research, Engagement and Services. They respect the voice of young people, and believe that all young people should be given the supports they need to develop good mental health.

Care Alliance Ireland
Care Alliance Ireland is the National Network of Voluntary Organisations supporting Family Carers. Their vision is that the role of Family Carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland. They exist to enhance the quality of life for Family Carers. They achieve this by supporting their member organisations in their direct work with Family Carers through the provision of information, developing research and policy, sharing resources, and instigating opportunities for collaboration.

Helium Arts
In Ireland, there are 100,000 children and teenagers living every day with the long-term effects of illness. Helium Arts brings positivity to these children’s lives through award-winning, participatory arts programmes. Their creative projects take place in hospital, health and community settings around Ireland, transforming the healthcare experience of young people and those who care for them through art, imagination and play.

Concern Worldwide
We are an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. We work in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using our knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty. In 2015, we positively impacted the lives of 22.5 million people.