Cork Volunteer Bureau is set for a funding boost, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Simon Coveney has said.

Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Kyne has approved an allocation of €3.5 million to support volunteering across the country.

Minister Coveney said: “Cork Volunteer Bureau plays a vital role in enabling volunteering locally, allowing them to give back to the community.

Funding of €123,000 has been awarded to the organisation in Cork, for the Bureau which provides good practice in volunteering and is a major asset to our county and our community. “The Centre publicises opportunities and facilitates volunteers who want to feel connected to their community. It helps foster a sense of involvement and promotes good citizenship.

Minister Seán Kyne: “Volunteering positively impacts every community across every city and county in Ireland with people contributing on a regular basis in all sorts of ways. Many organisations, projects and initiatives depend on volunteers to continue to make a difference. I am also pleased to be able to approve an increase allocation of core funding for Volunteer Ireland bringing the total to €351,800.

Volunteer Ireland provides a number of important supports to volunteer centres including the I-VOL national volunteering database. A further €100,000 is being allocated to support the Volunteer Information Services which operates in counties not currently served by volunteer centres.”