Since the establishment of Framework in 1994,  everything in Ireland has been in a state of change. European funding to tackle poverty and inequality supported the development of projects which set out to bring communities together, to improve quality of life, and re-create social inclusion. The entire social change agenda which emerged from those early years, and has transformed Ireland since that time.


Framework emerged through community activism, in particular the involvement of the founding members Catherine Drea and Glynis Currie in the women’s movement. Framework is a non-profit organisation with a voluntary Board of Directors and Charitable Status which sets out to lead the way in ethical practice and equality.

The work we do

The Irish Government under a number of departments including Social Protection, Rural and Community Development and Children and Youth Affairs have funded Framework to provide support and training for  core funded organisations. This support has included  start up, organisational development and ongoing sustainability for  up to 112 organisations across the eastern half of the country funded under the:

  • Community Development Programme 1994-2008;
  • Community and Family Resource Centre Programme currently managed by Tusla 1999 – 2019.

Framework has also  responded to the broader needs in the Social Sectors in Ireland and has undertaken support and development work with government agencies, NGOs, Inter-Agency Groups, and other community based organisations. For example:

  • Primary Health Care Project / Cashel
  • Wexford Adult Literacy Service
  • Waterford Arts Forum
  • Aontas
  • Equality for Women Measure / Wexford
  • Wexford County Partnership
  • County Waterford CDB
  • Kilkenny Community Action Network
  • Health Service Executive – SE Region
  • RAPID / Wexford
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Oak Partnership / Kildare – Offaly
  • Centres for Independent Living
  • Gorey Youth Needs
  • Autism Network
  • National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks
  • St Helena’s Family Centre
  • Fetercairn Horse Project
  • Homeless Strategy for Waterford / Wexford / Tipperary
  • West Meath Support Services
  • Roma Inter-agency Group / Waterford-Wexford
  • Women’s Refuge / Wexford
  • The Childcare Committees
  • The National Association of Choirs
  • Integration  Support Unit Waterford

Outcomes for clients

Framework aims to enhance the capacity of the groups and organisations  that we work with by supporting the development of:

  • The skills and knowledge of staff, management and participants.
  • Flexible and creative approaches to managing organisational change.
  • Positive responses to managing crisis and conflict.
  • Strategic responses to external influences

“We can trace back over the years from when we were a fledgling group to trying to get our heads around the complexities relating to the roles and responsibilities of being board members; becoming employers; carrying out recruitment and interviews, induction,
staff support and supervision and financial management to the confident Project we have become today because of the support we received.”

“As a group this session gave us the opportunity to listen to and understand the role of each of the ISU team. It demonstrated how we work as individuals, in a team and emphasised the impact each member of the team has on the whole. It gave us the opportunity to look at the future challenges with more clarity.”

Quotes from a comments  of appreciation sent to Framework.


For more on the kind of work that Framework offers check out what we offer

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Framework is fully compliant with the Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland. In 2015 Framework was awarded the Q Mark for excellence.