It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 2nd annual Community Connect Conference for the Southeast specifically for the community, voluntary and charity sector. After a highly successful inaugural conference in Waterford in 2017, we are delighted to be in the marble city, Kilkenny for this year's conference.

We are delighted that Kilkenny Public Participation Network and State Street are partnering with us to present this conference and their support is greatly appreciated.

The theme for this year's conference is “Supporting Communities, Building Capacity” and is designed to support the sector in a variety of ways. We have general sessions and educational sessions that are presented by knowledgeable and experienced professionals that will provide you with information, tools and resources to help drive your organisation forward in an era of increasing governance and compliance.

We are delighted to have John Farrelly, CEO of the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), as our keynote speaker who will discuss the role of the CRA and the many supports it provides to the sector.

This conference is for everyone involved in the sector and for all sizes of groups and organisations. It is an opportunity to network and share best practices and acquire knowledge to support your role as a board member, member of staff or a volunteer. 

I hope you all have a very enjoyable, fruitful and beneficial experience at this conference. We have amazing speakers lined up for you!!

Thank you.

John Warren, JE Warren Consulting