The year ended has been a very busy and successful year for Sligo Volunteer Centre. The numbers of people seeking to volunteer and willing to give their time, skills and energies generously and freely continue to grow and be an inspiration to us all.
Volunteering helps others in need but also brings benefits to those who volunteer. As the Country emerges from the dark years of recession we must remember that there are still many, many people who will never share in these improved conditions. We have growing numbers of homelessness, hungry and lonely people in need of support. When services of state cannot meet their needs, volunteers can help.
Sligo Volunteer Centre is at the forefront in training, recruiting and equipping volunteers to support people and organisations who need help and encouragement in meeting challenges and difficulties. I hope we long continue to do this.
We acknowledge financial support from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Sligo County Council, Sligo LEADER Partnership and Ulster Bank who have grant aided the Centre throughout the year.
In December 2015, we received the wonderful news that Sligo has been selected as European Volunteering Capital 2017. This puts us on equal par with previous recipients – Barcelona, Lisbon and London. It will be a serious challenge for the Centre to cater for such an honour in 2017, and I would urge everyone to face up to this challenge and help promote Sligo as a worthy European Capital of Volunteering.
I have to acknowledge the great work of Ciara and her staff in achieving this honour. I should also mention the great support given to us by local MEP, and Patron of the Volunteer Centre, Marian Harkin.
In conclusion, I thank all the staff at the Centre and the Board of Directors for their commitment , advice courtesy and good fellowship to me during the year.
Go raibh mile maith agat