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Ní Chuilín recognises huge contribution of volunteers

6 December, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín today praised volunteers across the north who make a difference in their communities.

Minister Ní Chuilín was speaking at a reception to mark the end of the European Year of Volunteering. She acknowledged the difference that volunteering can make to individuals and communities.

The Minister said: “Through structured support and training, Volunteer Now have enabled many people, who thought they never would or could, make a valuable contribution to the life of their communities.”

The Minister continued: “Building the confidence and capacity of our volunteers not only impacts on the individual and the organisation within which they work. It also makes a difference to how we present ourselves to the outside world. Having a pool of talented, trained and accredited volunteers able and willing to commit their time is a huge asset. It demonstrates to everyone that we have a 'can do' and 'will do' approach which will support us as we tell the world a new story about our life in and our ambitions for the north.

The Minister said: “2013 will be a landmark year, with a new strategy for volunteering in place. This puts us in a good position to host the largest sporting event ever when we welcome the World Police & Fire Games to Belfast in 2013 and celebrate Derry as the City of Culture. There has never been a better time for individuals, organisations and communities to get involved.”

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