Sligo are named as European Volunteering Capital 2017

Sligo named European City of Volunteering 2017

hree happy Sligo women took a selfie while celebrating the awarding of the 2017 European City of Volunteering designation at the City Hall, Lisbon on Friday, December 4th. Pictured (L to R) were:- Independent MEP Marian Harkin, Ciara Herity, Manager, Sligo Volunteer Centre and Delores McDonagh, Sligo County Council
Sligo has been named as European Volunteering Capital for 2017. There were seven cities in the running for the 2017 designation including Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Bruges and Cagliari. London were awarded the designation for 2016 and Sligo for 2017. 
A joint application was submitted from Sligo County Council and Sligo Volunteer Centre. The jury commended Sligo on havng 'well thought out and properly resourced volunteering strategies' which can have 'a transformative effect on local communities'. They also refered to the fact that Sligo Volunteer Centre celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2017 and that this designation will give due recognition to that. 
Marian Harkin, MEP and Patron of Sligo Volunteer Centre said that “This is a very prestigious award and it reflects great credit on all Sligo volunteers and voluntary organisations. Their efforts now stand as best practice in the EU and we have just over 12 months to prepare to showcase and celebrate Sligo volunteering'
Planning will soon begin for how Sligo will celebrate in 2017. 
At the presentation of the designation in the City Hall, Lisbon were (L to R):- Joao Afonso, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, Independent MEP Marian Harkin, Dolores McDonagh, Sligo County Council and Ciara Herity, Manager, Sligo Volunteer Centre.


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