As Chairman of the Board of Children’s Group Link, I want to acknowledge the contribution our organisation makes to the social, educational and personal development of our members and the young people in the community in which we have served for so many years.

Children’s Group Link has always operated to the highest standards of governance and compliance providing transparency and accountability across all aspects of our programmes, services and operations. In late 2014, we embarked on the journey of adopting the Governance Code being a voluntary code of practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. This decision, approved by the board, was seen as a means of delivering even more robust systems in light of the increasing amount of regulation within the sector.This was subsequently replaced with the Charities Governance Code and Children's Group Link compliance levels are shown on the Public Register of Charities.

I am delighted to say that we have now completed what has been a very detailed and engaging process resulting in Children’s Group Link being one of the first SPY Projects (Special Projects for Youth) in the southeast to fully comply with the Governance Code. We believe this step will further increase the level of confidence within our funders, stakeholders, sponsors, our members and the wider public.

The success of any organisation lies in the leadership skills, competencies of its people as well as the strength of its infrastructure. Myself and the board are cognisant of the need to ensure that the organisation is fully equipped with the necessary resources to meet its objectives. We are committed to embracing a vision of excellence; to improve our capabilities and to offer new and exciting programmes to our members and the young people we serve. Corporate governance, transparency and accountability are at the heart of that vision of excellence.

Thank you.

Mark Fenton, Chairperson