Hearing the voices of voluntary groups

Pictured at Aghadoe, Killarney for the launch of Ireland’s Good Governance Awards, were, from left, David McCarthy, Yellow Harbour, Geraldine O’Sullivan, Kerry Volunteer Centre, Derek Fanning, Tipperary Volunteer Centre, Sharon Meaney, Clare Volunteer Centre, Paul Moriarty, Limerick Volunteer Centre, Gosia Waldowska, Cork Volunteer Centre and Diarmaid O’Corrbui, Carmichael Ireland.
Picture: Don MacMonagle

KILLARNEY was chosen as the location for the formal launch of a nationwide awards scheme to encourage and support good governance for the not-for-profit sector.

Ireland’s Good Governance Awards, established by Carmichael four years ago, are run in partnership with the Kerry Volunteer Centre and other voluntary groups and the key message at the launch was that small and medium sized rural groups deserve to be at the forefront of initiatives that empower and give national recognition to good governance.

The awards provide the perfect platform for all groups to share their story and tell of the efforts that they are making to advance and comply with good governance.

Geraldine O’Sullivan, manager of Kerry Volunteer Centre and a member of the judging panel, said in an era of increasing regulation, statutory reporting and volunteer burn-out, groups are feeling fearful.

“It has never been so important that the stories of small and medium sized community and voluntary groups be told and it is imperative that their concerns, challenges and their voices are heard,” she said.

“Volunteers are the heart of rural Ireland, their impacts deserve to be valued and their capacity to comply with good governance needs to be invested in,” she added.

The closing date for submissions via www.goodgovernanceawards.ie is September 13.

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