Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Questions (64)

Thomas P. Broughan


64. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development further to Parliamentary Question No. 1383 of 8 May 2019, the details of the types of information received from the call for input for the national strategy on volunteering; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22717/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department has collated information received following a Call for Input (CFI) exercise last December that was designed as a first step towards developing a draft national volunteering strategy. This material will be presented to a National Advisory Group on Volunteering, representative of relevant stakeholders, that is scheduled to have its inaugural meeting today,  29 May 2019. I look forward to progressing, in partnership, to the next phase in the development of a Strategy on Volunteering.

Among the areas that stakeholders were asked to provide their views on were: 

- a definition of volunteering;

- a shared vision for the future of Irish volunteering;

- the objectives of a draft volunteering strategy;

- the volunteering community

- governance and funding issues;

- various challenges and opportunities that exist within volunteering today; and 

- monitoring, measuring and evaluating the impact of volunteering in society. 

My Department is making arrangements to have the submissions received from the public published online shortly as outlined in the CFI.