Community Voluntary Sector News 2012


Homeless and drugs services stretched

Merchants Quay Ireland provided over 73,000 meals in 2011, up from 64,000 the previous year. The homeless organisation’s Annual Review 2011 also reports a 21% increase in demand for its free GP service and an average 115 people accessing its evening service each day.


Boards & Voluntary Agencies branch criticises ‘scattergun’ effect of indiscriminate cuts in community and voluntary sector

A new report by independent researcher Brian Harvey, has found that the community and voluntary sector has suffered a 35% contraction, which will result in an estimated 11,000 job losses by the end of next year. Mr Harvey estimates that a further 5,500 jobs will go from the sector by the end of 2015. The report was launched on Tuesday by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions at the Mansion House, Dublin.