Erris Community Survey
Rural Ireland faces well-documented challenges in terms of rising immigration, lack of services, isolation etc., and in a peripheral area like Erris, these challenges are all the more stark when combined with rural depopulation, lack of job and career opportunities and an ageing population.
Recognising the resourcing issues faced by community organisations, and the value of volunteering in helping upskill individuals and combat isolation, Mayo Volunteer Centre teamed up Erris Interagency Committee and worked with Túsla, Mayo North East Leader Partnership, Mayo County Council, the Irish Wheelchair Association, Western Care to collate present this report on the findings of this survey ‘Looking from the Inside Out’.
This piece of research has given an opportunity to gather information directly from people living within the Erris region. It provides a better understanding of issues on the ground and gaps within services. The findings of the research will be used in future to support funding applications, in the development of strategic plans and further developing the Erris region, as well as providing information and insights for the various groups within the Erris community.
Involving Migrants as Volunteers (A Guide for Organisations)
The aim of this booklet is to provide information to organisations that would like to involve migrant volunteers, and who wish to promote diversity within the communities in which they operate. This guide aims to promote the integration of non-Irish nationals into their local communities through their increased participation in local volunteering.
The booklet is a joint initiative of Mayo Volunteer Centre and Mayo Intercultural Action supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland.
The information for this booklet has been sourced primarily from the work of the Grassroots Integration through Volunteering Experiences Project, funded by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The input of Volunteer Ireland, Dublin Volunteer Centre and Louth Volunteer Centre in developing this guide is also acknowleged.