Ballyhoura Development Free Community Training

Please see below new Community training offerings available this year from Ballyhoura Development. All of these workshops and programmes are free of charge and are available to take place in your community.

If your community group would like to avail of any of these free workshops and programmes, please contact Ealla Conway on 063 91300 or

Communicating the Cause: Measuring impact and communicating the effectiveness of your organisation


(2 session x 2 hour programme)


·         The meaning of and difference between Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes And Impact

·         The importance of Outcomes-based work, measuring impact and demonstrating effectiveness.

·         How to measure the social impact your organisation provides, by creating a practical monitoring system and using easy-to-access evidence to collect outcomes and impact data

·         Developing an Annual Activity Report that communicates impact and outcomes to a range of stakeholders including the Charities Regulatory Authority, donors, funders, members and media professionals

·         Key practical steps toward giving your organisation maximum transparency.

·         Tools and resources to help an organisation communicate its role, function and work done in the locality to the wider world.

·         Building Media Relations and Getting Your Message Told.

·         Measuring and Evaluating Your Strategies against Key Performance Indicators

Project Planning for Community Groups


(3 session x 2 hour programme)

·         Why community-based services and projects need to be sustainable

·         Knowing your Beneficiaries – Market Research

·         What is a Feasibility Study (needs analysis, design, interpretation) and how to structure a brief for a contractor

·         Developing a Plan (business plan, model, finance plan) for your project/service

·         Developing a Budget (development, operations, marketing) for your project/service

·         Identifying suitable sources of income and finance for your project – seed funds, development funds, marketing funds, operating funds )

·         Innovative and effective approaches to income generation

·         Cash Flowing your project/service into the future

·         Making Successful Grant Applications & Understanding the terms and conditions attached to your grant approval

·         Sustainable fundraising

·         Measuring and Evaluating Your Strategies against Key Performance Indicators

Influencing Policy and Decision Makers from a Community Perspective with a Community Plan


(3 session x 2 hour programme)

·         How Ireland’s policy making system works in practice

·         How policy is channelled through decision makers at a county level to community level – statutory plans and strategy documents to be aware of.

·         The stakeholders involved in a community – identification, communication, engagement, working arrangements, maintaining relationships

·         The ways in which local community and voluntary organisations can influence policy;

·         How to be an effective policy influencer on behalf of your organisation and community

·         Engaging with public bodies and agencies on key aspects of a Community Socio-Economic Plan.

Committee Skills for Local Community Groups


(3 session x 2 hour programme)

·         Expectations of and motivation for group/committee membership

·         The purpose of a board/committee and its main responsibilities in terms of governance, management and operations.

·         The different role (job) descriptions of board/committee members and of both honorary and statutory officers

·         How and why to set an agenda

·         How to facilitate a meeting so that everyone has a chance to contribute

·         How to develop a Code of Conduct for your group

·         How to keep a record of what has been discussed (minutes)

·         How to identify the actions needed to move the work of the committee forward

·         Running effective meetings and planning an Annual General Meeting.

·         How to summarise your actions in a 2 page Annual Action Plan

·         Maintaining good Communications with your community and other stakeholders

·         Good practices in relation to the Charities Act 2009, the Companies Act 2014, the Governance Code

Crafting Successful Grant Applications for Community Projects


(2 session x 2 Hour programme)

·         What is a funding application?

·         Identifying Sources of Grant Funding

·         What funders look for in grant applications and how they assess proposals.

·         Things to do before you start the application process

·         Typical supporting documentation and enclosures required

·         Adapting your project to the grant application

·         Reasons why applications can succeed or fail

·         The common questions to expect and how to answer them, including:

o   The background, activities and track record of your organisation

o   Purpose/evidence of need for your project?

o   Evidence of the Market and demand

o   Outlining social, economic and environmental impacts and benefits the project

o   How does your project meet the criteria?

o   What is the project budget?

o   Demonstrating innovation

o   How will you monitor and evaluate the project?

o   Project viability & sustainability

·         Things to do when you have completed the application

·         Obtaining and dealing with feedback



Digital Communications For Your Community


(5 session x 2 Hour programme


4 Session X 2.5 hour programme)

·         How messages are communicated and who needs to receive them

·         What is social media and why should organisations use it?

·         An exploration of different online communications tools, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest.

·         Digital communication for your group and community (e.g. setting up a group email, using apps like WhatsApp, free text messaging services, Facebook messenger etc.)

·         How to collaborate on community projects or grant applications using online applications and storage (e.g. Google Drive and Google Docs, One Drive, Dropbox,)

·         Marketing the activities of your group using free online tools (Piktochart, Canva)

·         Implementing a free online booking and scheduling service for your community facility (e.g.

·         Multi-User access from smartphone/tablet/laptop to update and manage your organisation’s activities online.

·         Getting the word out through newsletter (electronic and hardcopy)

Data Protection for Community and Business Organisations


(Two Hour Workshop)

·         Data protection principles of Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR – EU 2016/679)

·         Know how data protection applies to your organisation

·         Rights of individuals (data subjects)

·         Data protection roles

·         How to avoid the common mistakes that put your customer/client/stakeholder data at risk

·         how to implement GDPR compliant practice across activities such as running a website, marketing, handling payments and providing customer service

·         Demonstrating GDPR compliance

Event Management Basics


(3 session x  2 hour programme)

·         How event managers plan, design, organise and run events

·         Resources for event marketing and promotion

·         Ability to differentiate between the concepts and practices of: public relations, marketing, advertising, publicity, public information, spin and propaganda

·         Select strategies and tools to build and manage stakeholder relationships to support public relations activities, organisational objectives.

·         Produce effective, accessible, and timely print, digital and multimedia communications, to specific stakeholder

·         Measuring and Evaluating Your Strategies against Key Performance Indicators

Diversity and Cultural Awareness for Inclusive Communities


(Two Hour Workshop)

·         Using the Ballyhoura Development Community Inclusion Toolkit (2018) as a means of a means of supporting inclusion within a community

·         The barriers to community involvement in a local context

·         keeping people informed

·         getting people’s views

·         How to increase involvement in community activities

·         How to promote equality and value different races, cultures and ethnicities in our communities

·         Where stereotypes come from and how these stereotypes affect people.

·         Definitions: Stereotypes, Prejudice , Discrimination, Racism and Rumours

·         How to communicate more effectively across cultures

·         Building relationships and collaboration with other organisations

·         measuring success