Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services have been advocating for a national volunteering strategy for many years.
The Department of Rural and Community Development has published a draft of Ireland’s first-ever national volunteering strategy. The draft is currently out for consultation meaning that people can provide their feedback on the draft before it becomes final. The draft strategy can be read here. The deadline for submissions is 31st January.
Volunteering in Ireland faces many challenges, such as changing demands from volunteers, demographic changes and lack of resourcing. A national strategy is a chance for people who live and breathe volunteering every day to have an impact on developing volunteering in Ireland. As a volunteer involving organisation working in County Louth, we would like to hear your feedback regarding the new National Volunteering Strategy in terms of the work you undertake in County Louth.
Alternatively, you may download and use this document for your own organisation's feedback.