Homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry will be the keynote speaker at a regional conference targeting the community, voluntary and charitable sectors at the Tower Hotel in Waterford on 1 st March.

“Sharing Resources, Driving Innovation”, the first conference its kind to be held in the south east, will also be addressed by Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy with The Wheel, a support and representative body which connects over 1,250 community and voluntary organisations
and charities across Ireland. It will be opened by Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D.

The conference is being organised by John Warren, JE Warren Consulting, in conjunction with Events by Carmel. John says it will include both general and educational sessions presented by knowledgeable and experienced
professionals who will ‘provide information, tools and resources to assist organisations in navigating their way forward in an era of increasing governance, compliance and regulation’.
“It is important to bring educational opportunities to the sector in a manner that is expeditious and cost-effective”, John Warren commented.

“Charitable organisations are facing many challenges in the delivery of their programmes and services and education and upskilling are
critical elements in that process. The conference represents a distinct opportunity to network and share best practices. Topics covered will include governance, communications, strategic planning, social enterprise and volunteering.

“Ireland’s charities play a vital role in our society. Trust and confidence of the public in charities has suffered in recent years. To rebuild this, charities must demonstrate the highest standards of governance, accountability and responsibility and equip themselves with the knowledge and resources to be an effective force across the communities in which they serve.”
Full conference details are available on www.jewarrenconsulting.net

Editor’s Note:
Fr Peter McVerry is a strong advocate for those who have no voice in society.  He has written widely on issues relating to young homeless people such as accommodation, drugs, juvenile justice, the Gardaí, prisons and education. He regularly speaks on issues of homelessness, justice and faith to groups around the country.

Fr Peter McVerry to address regional conference
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