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Critical research to shape government policy: play your part

Charitable community and voluntary organisations are facing difficult times at the moment,
so it’s more important than ever that Government policy towards the sector is informed by
the facts about the important work that your organisation, and thousands of others, are

At the Wheel, we recognise the important role and valuable contribution that the sector
makes to Irish society. A key part of our role is to help to get this message across to those
with influence – the policy makers – who can have a huge impact on the sector in terms of
decisions they take on funding, regulation, access to resources, etc.

But, we can’t convey this message without your help.

So, we are inviting you to take part in a survey which will capture information on the scale
and significance of the work being done in the community and voluntary sector, and the
funding and other supports that the sector requires if it is to continue to support vulnerable
people and communities in the difficult years ahead. The research is being carried out on
The Wheel’s behalf by RSM McClure Watters.

By clicking on the link [], not only
will you be accepting our invitation to take part in the survey, you will also be joining with
hundreds of others across the sector in helping us to develop a stronger message about the
state of the sector and its needs – a powerful message underpinned by a robust evidence

If you believe that you are not the most appropriate person in your organisation to
complete the survey, can I ask you to ensure that the most appropriate senior manager
completes it. The deadline for completion is 30 November 2011.

To acknowledge the value of the time which you will have to invest in this, we are awarding
three prizes of €1,000 to three organisations (drawn randomly) from all those who complete
the survey by the deadline of 30 November 2011.

I want to thank you in advance for your commitment to support the community and
voluntary sector. This is a unique study and its success will be dependent on your

If you have any questions, please contact Rosalind Henry or Daniel McKeown at RSM
McClure Watters (phone: 048 9023 4343 or email: or



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