Today, Fergus Finlay, Chair of Volunteer Ireland, unveiled the National Youth Council of Ireland’s report ‘Lending a Hand: Young People and Volunteering in Ireland’ at the Mansion House in Dublin.
The first comprehensive report on young people’s experience of and attitude towards volunteering in Ireland, our report marks the European Year of Volunteering and celebrates International Day of Volunteering.
The results provide a timely insight into the untapped potential of youth volunteering and the barriers many young people still face.
“Volunteering not only benefits young people and society in the short term, but, by allowing young people to participate in activities, organize events, engage in decision making and in the development of their own projects, helps them to become responsible, critical and committed citizens which has a beneficial impact in the longer term,” stated James Doorley, Assistant Director at the National Youth Council of Ireland.
Some of the key recommendations to emerge from the report are:
“Young people are enthusiastic to get involved and become engaged citizens, and this is more important than ever now, when we need to stick together to get through the tough times ahead. So it is vital that we work to remove the barriers young people have identified, and ensure that opportunities are not diminished in the wake of the cuts we are facing” continued Mr Doorley.
“The National Youth Council has an established track record in the area of volunteering and the promotion of volunteering by young people. This report represents an excellent starting point for our work together with government departments and voluntary organisations to ensure that volunteerism remains at the heart of Irish society, and that we all work together to ensure that the unlimited potential of young volunteers does not remain untapped,’ concluded Mr Doorley.