Boost of €100,552 for Meath volunteers – English

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Meath West Fine
Gael T.D. Damien English has said that funding of €100,552 for Meath
Volunteer Centre will provide a great boost for Meath’s volunteers.
This is part of national funding of €3.15 million for volunteering
organisations.

“Funding of €100,552 has been allocated to Meath Volunteer Centre to
help support Meath’s volunteers for 2016. This money will add to that
being raised locally by many hard working volunteers.

“Volunteerism helps people to feel involved in their communities and
to participate in local events. Volunteers drive local development,
sports organisations and charities in all parts of the country and
this funding will help to support the structures behind this valuable
work. The importance of volunteers in our local communities cannot be
understated.

“There is a wide range of social and community initiatives operating
in Meath, all of which are only possible because of alliances that
have formed between communities, voluntary agencies, government, and
business. The level of professionalism, skill and cooperation that
exists among volunteers here in Meath has never been greater.

“This funding has been provided to support volunteer centres and
volunteer information services in all parts of the country including
here in Meath. A number of national organisations such as Volunteer
Ireland, Young Social Innovators, Chambers Ireland and Focus have also
received support under this scheme.

“Supporting volunteers in our community is extremely important and now
possible due to resources available from growing employment. Fine Gael
has a long term economic plan to keep the keep the recovery going and
job creation is at its core. The plan has three steps: more and better
jobs, making work pay more than welfare, and investment in better
public services, which will only be possible as a result of the
increased revenue generated by creating more jobs. This plan will
ensure that more people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in
their own lives.”

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