Funding has been announced for a new Volunteer Centre in Co. Roscommon, Senator Maura Hopkins has said.

Minister Sean Kyne announced the provision of €1.2 million from the Dormant Accounts Fund to upgrade eight Volunteer Information Services to full Volunteer Centres.

Senator Hopkins stated, “I worked closely with Minister Sean Kyne to secure this funding for the County. The funding will go towards upgrading and developing the volunteer information service which is run by Roscommon LEADER Partnership.”

“This new volunteering centre will play a key in providing a service between groups and individuals who undertake voluntary activity and volunteer organisations which are looking to involve more volunteers in their work.”

“The resourcing of a dedicated volunteer centre in the County will further develop the services which are offered by the information service at present and is necessary to grow the level of volunteerism throughout the county at present.”

“I want to pay tribute to the staff in Roscommon LEADER Partnership involved in making this application for funding to resource a full volunteer centre.”

Senator Hopkins continued, “From my work in this region, it is very evident that without volunteers a large amount of services, of activities and of facilities would simply not be available.  Therefore, this new volunteer centre will work to encourage volunteerism and support volunteers in their work”.

Senator Hopkins concluded, “Volunteering continues to play a key role in our society for both individuals and organisations. This new centre will provide a positive boost for volunteerism in Co. Roscommon. I will continue to work closely with Minister Kyne and Minister Ring to ensure that funding can be drawn down and that we can have this centre established without delay in order to develop the good work that is being done at present.”