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The Strategy to Support the Community & Voluntary Sector in Ireland sets out a long-term vision for our communities in Ireland.

Published: 29 August 2019
From: Department of Rural and Community Development

With actions to be implemented over the next five years, the Strategy sets a general direction of travel for Government policy in relation to community development, local development and the community and voluntary sector for the coming years. It also copper-fastens the renewed relationship and partnership between Government and the community and voluntary sector which has developed during the course of its preparation.

The Strategy realises the intent of the 2016 Framework Policy for Local and Community Development (Framework Policy) and fulfils the commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government to – produce a coherent policy framework and develop a strategy to support the community and voluntary sector and encourage a cooperative approach between public bodies and the community and voluntary sector.

It has been co-produced by Government and people from the community development, local development, community and voluntary, and local government sectors. It is an ambitious strategy to support partnership and collaborative effort at all levels and between all stakeholders, comprising high level objectives and associated actions to support communities, their representative organisations, and the community and voluntary sector.

Read the strategy in full here:

Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities

A five-year strategy to support the community and voluntary sector in Ireland 2019-2024.


Read the LCDC review in full here:

Review of Local Community Development Committees