Public Consultation for the Draft National Volunteering Strategy

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 6 January 2020

Public Consultation for the Draft National Volunteering Strategy

Mr Seán Canney TD, the Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, has launched a public consultation process for the draft National Volunteering Strategy 2020-2025.

Westmeath PPN (WPPN) representing All 31 PPNs, serves on the National Advisory Group, chaired by Minister of State, Sean Cannery TD. WPPN put forward the view of PPNs and volunteers during the development of the draft strategy and has welcomed this consultation process and encourages it members to comment on the draft strategy  available on: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/fc55b9-public-consultation-on-draft-national-volunteering-strategy-2020-202/

Volunteers make a vital contribution to Irish society, developing communities as vibrant, inclusive and sustainable places where people want to live. The purpose of this strategy is to recognise, support and promote the unique value and contribution of volunteers to Irish society. The strategy will serve as a road map for the future promotion and development of volunteering in our communities.

The development of this strategy started with a call for input paper last December 2018 to seek the views of the public as to what the Strategy should contain. The responses received and the contributions from the National Advisory Group on Volunteering, a collaborative stakeholder engagement group chaired by Minister Canney, have greatly informed the development of this Strategy.

In launching the consultation, Minister Canney said: “From the very beginning, we committed to give a voice to all stakeholders in the drafting of this important Strategy. This second opportunity for public consultation is another integral step in ensuring the voices of all participants are represented in the finalised Strategy. I would urge everybody with an interest in volunteering to take this opportunity to feed into the development of this Strategy for the future of volunteering in Ireland.”

The draft Strategy is available on: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/fc55b9-public-consultation-on-draft-national-volunteering-strategy-2020-202/

The public consultation will be open until 31 January 2020 and submissions can be forwarded:

by email to volunteer@drcd.gov.ie

or by post to: National Volunteer Strategy, Department of Rural and Community Development, Trinity Point, 10-11 Leinster Street South, Dublin 2, D02 EF85.