Have you ever wondered how Government policy is actually made and how you can influence it for the better?

Then come along to The Wheel’s Lobbying Skills Free Day of Training (Thursday, 8 November, 10am-4.30pm in Portlaoise) to help improve your understanding of this sometimes tricky topic while also learning how to become a more effective policy influencer.

You’ll start the day with an invaluable introduction into how government policy is actually made in Ireland and the ways in which community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises on the ground can have a real and profound impact on public policy.

You will also get to carry out some practical exercises, which will equip you to become a more effective policy influencer in your own community – which, when working in concert with others, can lead to significant change at the national level too.

You will leave the session with:

·         Knowledge and understanding of how Ireland’s policy making system works in practice;

·         Clarity about the ways in which local community and voluntary organisations can influence policy;

·         A deepened understanding of how to be an effective policy influencer on behalf of their organisation and community

·         Hardcopy take away.

Facilitator: Pat Montague

Pat Montague is the founder and Managing Director of Montague Communications, which has been in operation for the last 27 years. During that period he has provided strategic communications and public affairs advice to a wide range of nonprofit organisations including public sector bodies, campaign groups, charities, trade unions and other representative bodies such as The Wheel.

This event is free to attend – secure your free seat here.

Do forward this invite to any other groups locally who you think would be interested in this free training.

The Wheel


The Wheel | 48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, D02 T883
T: (01) 454 8727Rotha, trading as The Wheel, is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland with registered office at 48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2 and registered company number 302282.

Rotha is also a charity (Charity Reg. No. 20040963).

Directors of Rotha: Inez Bailey, Aine Brady, Jonathan Buttner, Pat Carey, John Evoy, Maria Heneghan, Sheena Horgan, Vincent Keenan, Peter McBride, Brendan O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan and Karen Smyth