AGM and changes to the Constitution

The AGM of The Next Step will take place on Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 10.30 am. Some changes to the Constitution are proposed for consideration at the AGM. The changes arise from the following:

1. The Next Step wishes to change its governance structure from the current situation where a single committee is responsible for everything to a situation where a Board of Trustees will have primary responsibility for the overall governance of The Next Step with a Management Team responsible for the day to day running of the organisation.

2. The change in structure requires changes to several clauses in the constitution to reflect those changes.

3. You can download a table showing the old and new text in the relevant clauses by clicking here.

4. You can access the current un-amended version of the constitution under Documents on the Governance tab of this website.

Music Appreciation

Former member Mary Connell now runs a music appreciation workshop on Friday afternoons. 

Ciorcal an Gaeilge...

I Márta thosnaíamar Ciorcal an Gailge faoi stiúir Niall de Baróid. Gach tarna Luan ag meán-lae.

New Programme January to June 2019...

The Next Step is delighted to be able to continue with a 5 day programme of events from January to June 2019. Click here to download. 


Exhibition of Participants' Works...

During May, The Next Step ran an exhibition of works of art, handcrafts and writings by participants in The Next Step programme. In addition there was a craft fair of works by participants on the Saturday. It was a great success.

A number of participants also exhibited works at the Reflecting through Art exhibition run by the Cork Mental Health Foundation.


Programme for 18 - 25 year age group...

Following a request from some younger participants, The Next Step introduced a programme for the 18-25 age group from January 2018. There was mixed success and we felt we were not reaching the numbers we had hoped for. We still believe there is a need are now reviewing our approach. We expect to announce a revised programme before the end of the year.

Developing a medium term plan...

The Next Step is now at an advanced stage in planning for the next 3-5 years. Justine Foster of The West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen has been facilitating this process. 

Participant Involvement...

The Next Step sees as important the involvement of participants in the running of the organisation. We now have participants involved at all levels - on the committee, facilitating activities and as day volunteers ensuring the smooth running of The Next Step. We will continue to encourage and promote this. We feel that the involvement of participants is good for participants and good for The Next Step.

Governance Code Compliance...

The Next Step has been working on the development of policies and procedures to comply with the Governance Code. The Governance Code is a voluntary code for good governance in charities and community organisations. At The Next Step we believe that good governance is a must. We have been publishing our accounts and annual reports on this website since we started in 2011. At our committee meeting on 18th January 2017 we noted:

We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland. 

We rely on our volunteers to manage our day to day activities. We appreciate their invaluable contribution.

We are ever grateful to our sponsors without whom we would be unable to deliver this level of service.




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THE NEXT STEP is a voluntary organisation and registered charity (Irish Charities Registration No. 20082505).

DONATIONS: To make a donation to The Next Step, click here

The Next Step is supported by:


HSE South
ESB Electricity for Generations
Private donations 
Fundraising
Participant contributions