Phil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael) |Oireachtas source
I propose to take Questions Nos. 383 and 401 together.
The Government continues to advance a range of measures that support volunteering and active citizenship. My Department funds a network of twenty two Volunteer Centres. It also provides funding to Volunteer Ireland, the national volunteer development agency. The focus of Volunteer Ireland is to create an enabling environment forvolunteering, to develop an ethos of volunteerism across all sectors of society and to be an independent and legitimate voice for volunteering. The 22 Volunteer Centres act as ‘brokers’ between potential volunteers and organisations seeking volunteers. The centres are linked by a common database and a common best practice approach. They also work with organisations to develop their volunteer management capacity and carry out Garda vetting for smaller organisations. My Department intends to review the current policy on Volunteer Centres having regard to the need for a sustainable, nationwide approach to supporting and promoting volunteering. In this regard, my Department currently has under consideration a status report commissioned from Volunteer Ireland on volunteeringand volunteering infrastructure in Ireland.