The inaugural Community Connect Conference for the community, charity and voluntary sector was a resounding success on Wednesday March 1st 2017 in the Tower Hotel.

Fr Peter McVerry keynote speaker Community Connect Conference 2017

The theme of the Community Connect Conference was “Sharing Resources, Driving Innovation” and was designed to support the sector in a variety of ways. The conference was opened by the Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D, who spoke about the importance of community and charity groups to the fabric of society and 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.

Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D., John Warren and Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy with The Wheel Community Connect Conference 2017
Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D., John Warren and Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy with The Wheel Community Connect Conference 2017

The conference was officially opened by Minister John Halligan. John Warren and consisted of informative speeches and nine educational sessions ranging from legal issues and strategic planning to fundraising and Governance. Homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, who has been working with vulnerable young people in Dublin for the last 40 years, was the keynote speaker on the day. The audience listened intently as he spoke about the enormous homelessness problem in Ireland, how it has developed and suggested some solutions.

Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D., John Warren and Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy with The Wheel Community Connect Conference 2017
Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D., John Warren and Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy with The Wheel Community Connect Conference 2017

It was the first ever conference for the community, charity and volunteer sector in the south east. Over 90 delegates enjoyed the day long event and judging by the feedback we received from both delegates and speakers it was a resounding success, they can’t wait for the next one. The idea for the conference was developed by John Warren from JE Warren Consulting, he saw the need for a conference for the sector for the South East as many organisations cannot afford to attend similar events in Dublin.

Conference team for the Community Connect Conference
Conference team for the Community Connect Conference

Inaugural Community Connect Conference a success
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