The Voluntary and Community sector is extremely active and vibrant in Cork city. The many groups and individuals provide a very wide range of services and supports to the people of Cork ranging from premises and facilities for local activities to meals on wheels, sport and cultural activities, health services, youth cafes, Services for the elderly, childcare and many others.
The City Council supports community and voluntary activity through its provision of community and sports facilities such as the Swimming pools, gyms and all-weather playing pitches at Bishopstown and Churchfield the new Community building at knocknaheeny, Multi use games areas, Parks and amenities around the city.
The Council also provides annual sports grants and grants for the Summer Playschemes and funding for Community Associations as well as for local environmental projects and the Cork Community Forum.
A community Arts Officer has been employed and there is an extensive annual Arts grant scheme.
The Council actively supports the RAPID Programme which is tackling disadvantage in the city, residents associations and tenant participation groups.
Staff and members are involved in a wide range of local groups and community initiatives such as the Lifelong Learning Festival, The Marathon, The Cork Midsummer Festival, The Céili mór and many others.
There is an ongoing policy of support and engagement with voluntary and community groups and partnership with local and national Agencies such as The Gardai, The Cork City VEC, Cork City partnership and others.
It is hoped that this section of the City Councils website will be a useful and valuable resource for anyone involved with voluntary and Community work in the city.