Jigsaw are the big winner at the inaugural Good Governance Awards

October 19th 2016

Jigsaw are the big winner at the inaugural Good Governance Awards

Jigsaw, the nationwide charity that supports young people’s mental health across Ireland, was the big winner as the inaugural Good Governance Awards run by the Carmichael Centre at an awards ceremony held in Dublin’s in Davy last night (October 18th), scooping the top category for organisations with an annual turnover of over €500k.

The Good Governance Awards - supported by the Charities Regulator, Volunteer Ireland, the Wheel, the ICTR, Mazars Ireland and Davy - is a new initiative that recognises and encourages adherence to good governance practice by Community, Voluntary and Charitable organisations in Ireland and seeks to facilitate the promotion and recognition of good governance practice in the not-for-profit sector.

On receiving the award on behalf of Jigsaw, interim CEO Dr. Joseph Duffy commented “We are delighted with the award; an acknowledgment and recognition of years of work put in place right across the organisation.”

Dr. Duffy continued “Good governance is a vital part of how we at Jigsaw operate. For us, governance extends far beyond board composition and the frequency of board meetings. Here at Jigsaw, it is central to our organisation’s culture, people and public face and it sets the right tone right across our national and regional sites.”

“I hope it will demonstrate to all those who fund and support our work that we are accountable and take the management of our organisation as seriously that they do theirs.”

From L-R: Dr. Joseph Duffy, interim CEO Jigsaw, Regina Buckley, Head of Developments Jigsaw and  Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO Carmichael Centre.

Speaking at the awards ceremony last night, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO Carmichael Centre said "These Awards represent a real opportunity for organisations to demonstrate transparency and trust showing how they are governed, what they have achieved, their culture and to tell their story and we are happy to congratulate Jigsaw on winning what from the judges perspective was the most closely contested category."

Also commenting on the night was John Farrelly, CEO of the Charities Regulator:  "As we look to increase public trust and confidence in the management and administration of charitable trusts and charitable organisations, I think it is only right that we acknowledge the good work being done by so many groups in maintaining good governance standards. Under the Charities Act 2009 we as a regulator have an obligation to encourage and facilitate the better administration and management of charitable organisations.

Every day, good people are doing good work and making a difference. By helping to ensure that organisations are compliant with their obligations and regulations, we maintain public confidence in the sector and ensure that this good work can continue into the future."


To arrange interviews with Dr. Joseph Duffy, the interim CEO of Jigsaw please contact Linda Sankey on 01 4727 046 or email linda.sankey@jigsaw.ie

-Editors Notes-

Carmichael Centre is first, largest and busiest shared facility in Ireland. We are committed to building stronger charitable, community and voluntary groups nationwide by providing the shared services, targeted training, good practice and governance support needed to build effective and sustainable organisations.

Currently, we deliver Jigsaw Services in 10 communities providing direct prevention and early intervention mental health supports to young people aged 12-25 working to give young people somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to. In addition we conduct research to improve our understanding of all aspects of mental health and wellbeing among young people and nationally we work with all aspects of community life in order to change the national conversation about mental health from one of stigma and mental illness to one of openness with a focus on minding our mental health.