The purpose of this Strategy is to recognise, support and promote the unique value and contribution of volunteers to Irish society. The Strategy also provides an opportunity for the Government to acknowledge how important volunteering is to the well-being of the nation and to steer the delivery of an agreed and ambitious vision.
Volunteers make a vital contribution to Irish society, developing communities as vibrant, inclusive and sustainable places where people want to live. The economic, cultural and social benefits of volunteering permeate through an incredibly diverse range of activities which include providing supports to sport, health, education and the socially marginalised.
Therefore, as we look to the future we must ensure that we put the best possible supports and infrastructure in place so that volunteers and volunteer bodies continue to prosper and that the volunteering needs of present and future generations will be met. The publication of the Department of Rural and Community Development’s (the Department) five-year Strategy to support the community and voluntary sector in Ireland – Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities 2019 – 2024 addresses broader issues that affect the Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS). These include issues relating to governance of CVS organisations, regulatory and compliance requirements, funding mechanisms and general developmental supports……………
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