This special event will be hosted by Niall Walshe, The Wheels’ Regional Champion for Cork, Waterford and Kerry on 20th Feb from 10am-12pm at the Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork.

Johnny Sheehan, Membership and Regional Coordinator, will share good practice examples that contribute to community sustainability and highlight some current issues affecting the Irish community and voluntary sector. He will outline the services available from The Wheel that support sustainability, including training, webinars, publications, expert advice on regulation, data protection, funding and cost-cutting measures – and so much more. 
This will be an invaluable opportunity to network with other community and voluntary organisations locally.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants will be:

  • Familiar with The Wheel regional support programme and the role of the Regional Champion for Cork, Waterford and Kerry
  • Aware of the supports provided by The Wheel and the benefits of membership
  • Able to identify key issues affecting the community and voluntary sector
  • Able to access a number of practical tools to support organisations locally to make their communities more sustainable.

Participants will also have the opportunity to share – with each other and The Wheel – the issues they face and the supports needed to do their work better.

Facilitators: Johnny Sheehan, Dr Vincent Carragher, The Wheel & Niall Walshe, Regional Champion for Cork, Waterford and Kerry

Johnny Sheehan (Membership & Regional Coordinator, The Wheel)
Johnny SheehanJohnny Sheehan recently joined The Wheel as Membership and Regional Coordinator. The main focus of his work is to drive the development, presence and participation in The Wheel’s programmes regionally, support the work of the National Rural Network and to support member engagement in The Wheel.
Johnny has more than 20 years’ experience working in the development, youth work and environmental sectors. He worked with Dóchas as Project Coordinator for the European Year for Development 2015 and with the National Youth Council of Ireland as Development Education Programme Coordinator from 2004 to 2012.
He was chairperson of Comhlámh from 2013-2016. He has a background in Environmental Science and worked as a volunteer in Central America during the 1990s.

Dr. Vincent Carragher

Vincent Carragher is Research Fellow with The Wheel/TCD. He has many years’ Dr Vincent Carragherexperience in facilitating and driving behaviour change in sustainability at the community scale.
Vincent is currently working on a research on the Sustainable Development Goals at the community scale. Subsequently the identification of the exemplar SDG case studies and the 109 sustainability drivers will be utilised to roll out a national competition for communities.
The monitoring of this best-practice competition will provide further iterations to this research in the future. Likely directions will be the co-production of community exemplars of sustainability. 

Niall Walshe is The Wheel Regional Champion for Cork, Waterford and Kerry

Niall Walshe
Niall will support you to learn more about The Wheel and how membership can benefit your organisation and advance the work you do.
To contact Niall, who is based in Castletownroche, Co. Cork with Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, please phone (022) 46580 or email
Date / time:  20 Feb 2018 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork