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Written Answers. - Volunteering Report.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 95. Mr. Boyle Information on Dan Boyle Zoom on Dan Boyle  asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  his views on the report of the National Committee on Volunteering, Tipping the Balance. [24343/02]

Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív The National Committee on Volunteering was established on 21 November 2000 as provided for in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness with the dual tasks of marking the 2001 UN International Year of Volunteers in Ireland and devising strategies and actions for supporting volunteering. As part of its terms of reference the committee was asked to examine and make recommendations and report to Government on: the possibilities for recognition and accreditation for voluntary work and for training undertaken as a volunteer; measures to widen the pool of volunteers; and the range of supports needed in order to promote, sustain and develop volunteering.

The national committee published its report Tipping The Balance on 16 October 2002. It is an extremely detailed and comprehensive report covering many aspects of volunteering. The report contains wide-ranging recommendations which impact on many state and other bodies. Its [989] major recommendations relate to the development of a national policy on volunteering and the establishment of a volunteering support and development infrastructure.

Given the complexity of issues covered in Tipping The Balance and the wide-reaching implications associated with its recommendations, a thorough examination of the report is required. This process of examination and consideration has been commenced by officials in my Department, following which, in due course, I intend to bring the report to the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion.

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