As we found out once we began looking at the process, it is a long and winding road to charitable status in Ireland, but we are happy to report that we are making significant progress!
One of the challenges that we faced as an organisation was that that what we were doing was so new. On the global festival scene, we were thankful to have established organisations such as PsyCare UK and Cosmicare to model ourselves on. We knew what we wanted to do, and we had a blueprint in terms of how we are organised and in terms of our goals and protocol we follow. However in Ireland, offering this kind of assistance to people at festivals is ground-breaking.
We were so happy to team up with PILA, the Public Interest Law Alliance. PILA is is a public interest law network that seeks to engage civil society and the legal community in using the law to advance social change in Ireland - and they have been very helpful in assisting us to network within the space and traverse this new landscape. However we also needed a partner who could understand our mission and our goals, the service we are providing is unique and doesn't easily slot into the established models in Ireland.
So we are incredibly excited to have found understanding and partnership with DLA Piper, a law firm who was recognised as one of the 'Most Innovative' in the 2023 Finanical Times report. Alongside sharing sustainability goals, DLA Piper is focused on pursuing social change, and working in a way that is supportive and collaborative. With their assistance, our journey toward achieving charitable status has taken a big step and we are very much looking forward to working together in 2024.