The Department of Rural and Community Development recently published a ‘Call for Input’ on the development of a national volunteering strategy. The document posed a number of questions on the current state of volunteering in Ireland, the challenges faced by volunteers and organisations and how we can develop the future of volunteering. Answers to these questions will inform the development of a national volunteering strategy.

To inform our submission, we held a number of regional consultations and ran a national survey addressing key areas of the call for input. You can read our full submission 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 this ‘Call for Input’ is the first step in this process. Volunteering in Ireland faces many challenges, such as changing demands from volunteers, demographic changes and lack of resourcing.  A national strategy is the chance for people who live and breathe volunteering everyday to have an impact on developing volunteering in Ireland.