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 until 31st January 2020.

To inform our own submission, we held two consultations in Dublin City Centre in January and a number of Volunteer Centres held their own local consultations.

You can read our submission on the draft national volunteering strategy in January 2020 here.

You can also read our submission to the initial consultation in January 2019 here.

Why is it important to develop a National Volunteering Strategy?

Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services have been advocating for a national volunteering strategy for many years and we are now almost there. 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.