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Social Inclusion Case Studies

Volunteer Case Studies

Longford Volunteer Centre is looking for volunteers to answer a couple of questions as to why they got involved in volunteering. If you would like to be included in this give Terri a call (Mon-Wed 9-5) for further information on 087 2915367

Practical strategies to tackle public concerns about donating to charity

Please find enclosed a link to a useful toolkit from nfpSynergy – Getting your message across – Pratical strategies to tackle public concerns about donating to charity which should prove very helpful in light of the CRC Rehab and Positive action debacles.


There’s some really good advice in the document in terms of our responsibilities. Download the article here.

National Strategy for Volunteering?

Written answers

Tuesday, 8 October 2013


Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

National Strategy on Volunteering

Photo of Nicky McFaddenNicky McFadden (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

383. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if a national policy or strategy onvolunteering will be developed in order to address barriers to volunteering and to set objectives and goals to ensure that volunteering is measured and valued; to provide for consistent and sustainable nationwide supports for volunteering; if he will provide strategy and direction for the existing volunteering infrastructure to deliver national priorities at a local level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41889/13]


Photo of Pat DeeringPat Deering (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

401. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will consider the establishment of a national strategy to support volunteering[42280/13]


Photo of Phil HoganPhil 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.


Vodafone Foundation's World of Difference Programme Now Inviting Applications

The Vodafone Foundation is once again seeking applications for its 12 Month World of Difference Programme. The World of Difference programme is all about supporting socially conscientious people to answer their true calling by providing a full salary to work for the charity of their choice for a year.                                                                                                                                 You can check out examples of social innovation in action by taking a look at the previous winners of the World of Difference programme.

The programme is open to anyone who is over 18 years old, is a resident of the Republic of Ireland, and who feels they have a true calling to work for a charity. Anyone can apply, whether you’re working or not, or whether you’re an experienced volunteer or a first-timer.

How to Enter

1.           Learn more about the programme on the WoD Facebook page.

                          2.            Apply before 6 September and start making a World of Difference.

Organisational Volunteer Management Quality Standard Award

Volunteer Ireland seeks organisations for Volunteer Management Quality Standard Award:

Volunteer Ireland is delighted to announce that we are managing and delivering Investing in Volunteers (IiV), the national quality standard for good practice in volunteer management, in the Republic of Ireland. 


Is your organisation interested in measuring the effectiveness of its volunteer programme and benchmarking the quality of your volunteer management and involvement? Then Investing in Volunteers is the ideal quality standard for you.


Volunteer Ireland is currently seeking six organisations to be the first in Ireland to achieve the Investing in Volunteers standard. The standards are applicable to all volunteer-involving organisations, regardless of size or number of volunteers involved. If you are interested in taking part or if you have any queries in relation to Investing in Volunteers please contact Terri O’Brien, Quality & Training Programme Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01 636 9446.


For a copy of the standards go to


Volunteer Ireland is working in partnership with Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland to deliver Investing in Volunteers, in the Republic of Ireland.