Launch of Strategy to Support Community & Voluntary Sector

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Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities

A five-year strategy to support the community and voluntary sector in Ireland 2019-2024

Minister Ring launched this strategy yesterday.

It sets out how Government aims to support the sector and provide communities with the means and opportunity to be involved in decisions that affect them, as well as strengthening their representative organisations to facilitate this. It also aims to equip communities directly and through the organisations that support them with the capacity to address the ongoing implications of challenges such as Climate Change and Brexit.

The strategy includes actions which underpin previous commitments and includes scoping of multi-annual funding streams, better consultation models, capacity building for agencies, local authorities and the community and voluntary sector. The strengthening of PPNs is included in Objective 7.

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Strategy in Brief:

It has been created in the context of the development of the community and voluntary sector in Ireland. It acknowledges the value of the sector and the effects of cuts to funding in recent years. It refers to other policies regarding local government, under which PPNs were established, and the aims of increased participation in local and national decision-making across a range of government departments.

The context, overview, whys and wherefores are outlined. In addition, the strategy sets out 11 objectives with actions, which are scheduled for short-, medium- and long-term.

Objectives in Brief:

  1. Strengthen and develop participative approaches to the development of public policy.
  2. Support and facilitate communities to participate in community and local development.
  3. Securing meaningful consultation, inclusion and participation in decision-making structures, especially marginalised and groups that don’t normally engage.
  4. Sustainable funding for the Community and Voluntary sector including multi-annual and standardised approach across Depts.
  5. Promoting and supporting Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs). See Review of LCDCs, July 2019.
  6. Build understanding and capacity around “Public Sector Duty
  7. Supporting PPNs as “the primary mechanism for communities to engage with local government decision-making.”
  8. Build understanding and capacity supporting communities and government to implement Sustainable Development Goals.
  9. Strengthening the participative processes in developing and implementing Local Economic and Community Plans (LECPs).
  10. Build capacity for local and community development in Local Authorities.
  11. Support community and voluntary engagement with Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation – training, pilot projects and focus.

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Speaking at the launch of the strategy, Minister Ring said:
“The aim of this strategy is to create vibrant, sustainable communities that are fully engaged in decision-making and policy implementation processes…
Community and voluntary organisations deliver a wide range of services across many sectors in Ireland. In fact, it is difficult to imagine any area of Irish life where they do not have an impact.
These organisations work in, and support, every community. They support children, young people and older people, people with disabilities and medical conditions. They advocate for environmental causes, campaign for social justice and support people experiencing poverty. They support migrants, promote arts and culture and advocate for climate justice.”

 

  1. Máirín Martin

    It is great to know what the “aim” is BUT until funding is put in place to pay minimum wage to a Community Development Worker in every area where there is a strong Community Council or Town Team, this will not work. People can only give so many hours of themselves and unless it is coordinated, a lot of these committees will not survive.

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