Plan to raise the profile of volunteering in Northern Ireland

Ministers agree a five-year strategy to boost number of volunteers


The Northern Ireland Executive has given the green light to plans to appoint a volunteer champion and to review the resources that are available to increase volunteering.

Ministers in Northern Ireland have agreed a five-year strategy aimed at increasing the number of volunteers and maximising the benefits secured through volunteering.

Objectives include: building public recognition for volunteering; increasing volunteering opportunities; and improving volunteer management.

An action plan containing more details about how the strategy will be implemented is due to be published later this year.

The plan does not set out details of any funding available to support the aims but says the Department for Social Development would "continually review its allocation of resources to volunteering over the lifetime of the strategy".

Wendy Osborne, chief executive of the volunteering charity Volunteer Now, said: "It’s the first volunteering strategy for Northern Ireland and that makes it very welcome.

"I’m delighted to see the government is looking to review resources to see whether, in a tight fiscal environment, more support can be given to volunteering."

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