You may not be aware but legislation in Ireland is changing and this will require Dojos in Ireland to take action.
After researching this and having detailed conversations with the Charity Regulator we have outlined the impact of the Charities Act Legislation on all Irish Dojos and our proposed action.
For CoderDojo, the Charities Act 2009 means that either;
Every local Dojo must register with the Charity Regulator by April 16th.
All Irish Dojos are represented by one umbrella organisation.
Each Dojo is considered to be a charitable entity as all Dojos are ‘‘an unincorporated body of persons that promotes a charitable purpose and must, according to its own constitution or rules, use all of its property to advance that purpose’’.
Due to being considered charitable entities legally, the Charities Regulator have confirmed that all Dojos in Ireland would have to register individually by April 16th if no umbrella body is created specifically to represent all Dojos in Ireland.
If each Dojo had to register with the Charity Regulator this would be a high level of admin for our already overworked volunteers and would stunt growth in Ireland for the foreseeable future.
The CoderDojo Foundation proposes that an umbrella body of ‘CoderDojo Ireland’ is created to represent all Dojos in Ireland.
‘CoderDojo Ireland’ would be a separate legal entity from the CoderDojo Foundation but would be required to sign the CoderDojo Regional License as would any other CoderDojo regional body. CoderDojo Ireland would be required to have it’s own board and would operate and report independently to the Foundation.
We will be hosting Irish Community Calls on the following dates to discuss this new legislation, its impact and our proposal on the following date;
[Thursday 25th February - 6pm-7pm](https://coderdojo.com/irish-community-call-feb-25th/ )
If neither of these times suits you to join please get in touch with the CoderDojo Foundation on firstname.lastname@example.org and if demand is high we will arrange another community call to discuss these changes.
We are also seeking CoderDojo Ireland Board member nominations. These board members would be responsible for the set up and running of CoderDojo Ireland. Interested parties should join the Irish Community Calls and/or contact us directly for more information on email@example.com. Applications should include a letter of motivation stating their relevant experience, involvement in CoderDojo and what they would bring to the CoderDojo Ireland board.
Additional Questions/Alternative proposals**
We invite the Irish community to bring forward any other suggestions or approaches to the Irish community call or would be welcome to additional proposals for moving forward being sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi Ross, thank you… the last thing we need (in my opinion) is more administration and the requirement to find increasingly more time to administer - we need to mentor (full stop), we are all volunteers, using very scarce time to volunteer at our local Dojo’s… we all work a normal week, we (mostly ) have kids, we have lots of other after school activities and clubs, we somehow got caught (!!) to provide more time to volunteer at our local Dojo… we do this willingly and with respect leave the admin to you…
It’s a big ask for every local Dojo to sit down and organise meetings to discuss ambiguous issues like charity stats and ticketing systems when they have already pushed the boat out to turn up to mentor on a saturday or Sunday - this is a recipe for fragmentation of the system, do we need to spend time on this charity thing, maybe you could organise this at a central level and negotiate it and put to bed and a simple solution be provided to each Dojo - give us a form to sign or a simple negotiated solution if possible.
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