The Citizens Information website gives details on public services and entitlements in Ireland. The public service information is provided by the Citizens Information Board. Website users can access information about social welfare, education, housing, employment and travel.
Comhairle na nÓg
Comhairle na nÓg are local ‘youth councils’ designed to give children and individual young people the ‘right to have his or her voice heard’ by being involved in the development of local services and policies. Comhairle na nÓg is for children under the age of 18 who do not have a vote in elections as a way of having their voice heard. It is designed to enable young people to have a voice on the services, policies and issues (or matters) that affect them in their local area.
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
This Department focuses on our environment, local communities, local Government and development and housing. The website is very informative and provides resources on the various ways the Department promotes community development. The Department works in conjunction with other community development organisations throughout the country.
Frog Design - Collective Action Toolkit
Frog developed the Collective Action Toolkit to help groups of people create positive change in their communities. The Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) is a package of design thinking - related resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organise, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit emerged from frog’s collaboration with Nike Foundation/Girl Effect on a project which explored the nature and value of connections for adolescent girls living in extreme poverty in the developing world. Inspired by the Girl Effect project, frog went on to create the Collective Action Toolkit to empower groups of change-makers everywhere.The toolkit can be downloaded from their website.
The President’s Award is Ireland’s National Challenge Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme. Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves to make a social difference in their community and have fun at the same time. Individuals set a personal challenge to be completed between six months and two years. The community action element can be incorpated into YSI.
International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day - December 5th (IVD) provides organisations and individuals to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development of their communities, their nation, and the world. Supported by the United Nations, IVD provides an excellent opportunity for unity for social change in your community.
A Men’s Shed is any community-based organisation which is open to all men where the primary activity is the provision of a safe and inclusive environment where men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men and where the objective is to advance the well- being of participating men. There are almost 200 Men’s sheds across the island of Ireland with nearly 6,000 men attending their local sheds on a regular basis.
The Pope John Paul II Award
The Pope John Paul II Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Pope John Paul II. If you are aged between 16 and 18 and living or going to school in participating Dioceses, the Pope John Paul II Award will enable you to become more actively involved in the life of your parish and community.
Volunteer Action Counts
A United Nations Volunter (UNV) - maintained space for the volunteer community providing information and resources about volunteerism that can be used for campaigning, advocacy and networking.
Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services in Ireland. Its goal is to make sure that everyone who wants to volunteer, can volunteer. The website provides a database of volunteering opportunities.