THE SERVICE THAT ISLAND OF IRELAND CIVIC LIFE PROVIDES TO THE 60,000 VOLUNTARY, SOCIAL, CIVIC, CHARITABLE AND NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATIONS

Island of Ireland Civic Life will roll out a full promotional and support service for every organisation in the counties around Ireland that engages with us so that we can tell their stories, promote their work and support any project or endeavour that they are involved in. The role of each Civic Life organisation in the 32 counties is to offer support and promotion to the voluntary, social, civic, charitable and not for profit organisations in each county and to ensure that we do everything to highlight their important role in the community and in civic society. Everything that Island of Ireland Civic Life profides to these organisations is provided on a free of charge basis so that their funds can be solely used to further their work and support the people and communities that they do so much for.

A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

The creation of Cork Civic Life in 2018 to support and promote the great work of the 3,000 voluntary, social, civic, charitable and not for profit organisations in Cork city and county has given us a real sense of the need for every county in Ireland to have its own Civic Life platform. Thanks to the generosity of my good friends for over 25 years, Linda and Dan Kiely who immediately said yes to the concept when I approached them originally. I know from all the years of working with Linda and Dan that their entire business and personal life model is all about supporting people, giving them a helping hand and creating a self supporting model that works for everyone. In asking Linda and Dan to assist me to scale up the Cork Civic Life model so that Cavan Civic Life, Clare Civic Life, Tyrone Civic Life and every county on the island of Ireland would have their own Civic Life platform, they immediately said yes again to continuing to be the Lifetime Patrons of the new island of Ireland initiative. I am truly grateful for their support, partnership, mentoring and friendship.

As a social enterprise I believe that Island of Ireland Civic Life can really assist so many small, medium and large organisations in the voluntary, social, civic, charitable and not for profit sector in every part of our beautiful country, while also connecting the people and organisations in a county with others in other counties. This is so that our shared island philosophy not only works for everyone but benefits the people and communities that so much needs to be done for. With 60,000 of these great organisations in existence all over the island of Ireland, we owe it to the volunteers who give so much of their time to make life better for so many to give them support, promotion and encouragement and that is what Island of Ireland Civic Life is all about and will do for them and all at no cost to them.

I am delighted that the tried and trusted model of Cork Civic Life will expand to benefit all parts of our great country and I look forward to leading the initiative as CEO with the Chairman John Minihan, our Team and each of our 32 members of the Civic Council who will guide us in knowing everything there is to know about the great organisations in their counties. Our job in island of Ireland Civic Life is to support and promote each of these distinctive counties, the amazing organisations and people behind them and help them to maximise their full potential for the benefit of every citizen.

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

It is a great honour for me to be asked to take on the role of Chairman of Island of Ireland Civic Life and lead the initiative of rolling out the services for each of the Civic Life organisations in the thirty-two counties on the island of Ireland. I have followed closely the initiative for Cork Civic Life since its inception and I have seen the engagement from organisations and the benefits that a dedicated news site can bring them for telling their stories and getting their message across on their own dedicated portal. I am delighted to see the innovative and futuristic strategy that this new social enterprise business of Island of Ireland Civic Life is embarking on and I see real benefit for the 60,000 voluntary, social, civic, charitable and not for profit organisations in every county who do tremendous work for their communities and who really strengthen the very fabric of our society with their volunteerism and dedication to giving back so that others will have a better way of life.

I look forward to leading the organisation and supporting the Civic Council so that our model of supporting everyone and helping organisations engage with each other is achieved.

The importance of each county in having its own Civic Life organisation that is solely for the promotion of the voluntary, social, civic, charitable and not for profit organisations in that county is unique and unrivalled and I see tremendous opportunity for each county and each organisation to reach out to the members of the global island of Ireland Diaspora all over the world who will have some affinity with different areas on our island. We can and we should ask them for support and Island of Ireland Civic Life will assist this initiative in every way we can.

It is a testament to Dan and Linda Kiely as the Lifetime Patrons of Island of Ireland Civic Life who have embraced the idea for this social enterprise business that will support so many organisations all over the country. I look forward to chairing this great initiative and playing my part in the delivery of this unique endeavour.