WHO WE ARE
The South Tipperary Community & Voluntary Forum was established in January 2000 to represent the community & Voluntary sector in the new local government structures in South Tipperary.
The South Tipperary Community and Voluntary Forum is an amalgamation of approx. 70 groups, coming from a variety of backgrounds and is involved in a variety of activities, ranging from Care of the Elderly, groups dealing with the Disadvantaged Sector, the Disabled, Youth Clubs, Community Development, Social Inclusion Enterprise, Tidy Towns, Tourism, Sports Groups, Arts and Crafts etc.
Volunteering has a long history in Ireland, Spanning the whole range of social activity. It represents a huge resource to society. The Forum works to ensure that this resource of knowledge and concern represented by you, your club, your association and your neighbourhood will have a voice where needed in the future of our country.
Our mission is to facilitate people to empower themselves through collective participation in Community & Voluntary Development.
We actively support and encourage Community and Voluntary groups to reach their potential, by developing networks, and providing information and training.
The Forum acts as a representative voice for the Community and Voluntary groups in South Tipperary in various bodies and committees such as South Tipperary County Development Board (CDB), Strategic Policy Committees (SPC), HSE, VEC, Co. Enterprise Board, South Tipperary Development Company, and other relevant decision making structures.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To act as a representative, collective voice for all affiliated members of South Tipperary Forum.
- To actively support and encourage community and voluntary groups to reach their potential.
- To develop and monitor a community development strategy to promote South Tipperary on an economic, social and cultural level.
- To have information on funding, resources, training and other relevant areas available.
- To lobby on behalf of the members of the community and voluntary sector in South Tipperary and to influence policy at local, regional and national levels.
- South Tipperary Forum will act as the nominating and support platform for the community and voluntary sector to South Tipperary County Development Board, Strategic Policy Committees and other relevant decision making structures as proposed by South Tipperary County Council and other bodies.
- To promote equality for all those experiencing social exclusion, discrimination and poverty.
- To assist the promotion of South Tipperary Forum to a wider audience through the media.
- To acquire resources on behalf of South Tipperary Forum as deemed appropriate by the members for the work of the Forum.
WHAT WE DO!
- Provide an information service for community and voluntary groups from the Forum office
- Provide a directory of community and voluntary groups in South Tipperary
- STCVF has 54 reps on over 30 boards and committees across South Tipperary. Support, information & training is provided to these reps.
- Produce a community newsletter
- Work with other agencies in South Tipperary as required on Joint projects such as Age Action Week, Social Inclusion Week & AN Annual Disability Awareness Event
Identify the training needs of community and voluntary groups and provide suitable training for affiliated members
- Create and support networks such as disability groups forum, Age Action Week & local history & heritage society network
- Arrange meetings where affiliated members with common interests can exchange ideas.
- Provide support for groups completing funding applications.
- Make information available on funding resources, training & other relevant matters to community & Voluntary groups.
WHO CAN BECOME MEMBERS?
- Groups active in South Tipperary.
- Groups must have a minimum membership of five & are open to new members.
- Groups must complete an official affiliation form.
- Groups must hold regular meetings & an AGM as appropriate.
- For an Application Form contact the forum Office
Julie White - Community Development Coordinator
Unit 2c Carrigeen Commercial Park, Clogheen Road, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.