Sligo : European Volunteering Capital 2017 – making a difference

Sligo Volunteer Centre today (13th June 2016) announced it’s plans for Sligo: European Volunteering Capital 2017.  A range of events will celebrate and recognise volunteerism locally and internationally, both for volunteers and beneficiaries, acknowledging their impact on life in Sligo and further afield.   Sligo: The European Volunteer Capital 2017 (EVCapital 2017) will be supported and co-ordinated by Sligo Volunteer Centre and Sligo County Council.  They will work at European level with the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe, reflecting the international recognition for volunteering in Sligo.

‘2017 sees Sligo Volunteer Centre in existence for 10 years’ said Ciara Herity, Manager Sligo Volunteer Centre.

‘We have a big set of plans for 2017, building on what Sligo has achieved in the last decade.  We’ll be launching the year in January with a celebratory music gala event and that will set us up for a whole programme of events. Events will include input from a number of national groups working in the sector, as well as offering local groups an opportunity to shine and demonstrate their own unique contribution'.

‘While celebrating the fantastic volunteer culture in Sligo, that got us this award, we’ll be taking the opportunity to raise awareness of volunteering and opportunities it gives both for volunteer and recipient group.  We will also be reminding people about the equality of opportunity that volunteering offers.  Just about anyone can volunteer, and we have probably all been positively exposed to work of volunteers at some point.  Volunteerism is really important in our society from the point of view of citizens from all backgrounds, helping and supporting each other.

It doesn’t all happen on it’s own and that’s where Sligo Volunteer Centre and the structures involved in the EVCapital 2017 comes in, we provide the infrastructure to support volunteerism.  A group may need help and an undiscovered volunteer could be available for anything for an hour once a year, to a day a week – there are organisations and people all over Sligo who we know can help each other.   Sometimes you just need to ask for help or offer help, the Volunteer centre does just that.  Volunteering sometimes it starts with a RAV – a random act of volunteering, but you will hear more about that in 2017!

By the end of 2017, people will be more aware of volunteering infrastructures not just in Sligo, but nationally and internationally too.   Sligo is already on the map for many achievements, and the European Volunteering Capital 2017 is another major achievement to be celebrated and shared.

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