The Sector and the Government
People come together to form community voluntary organisations for a myriad or reasons - but often it's to solve a problem or address a situation that involves working in some sort of partnership with the state.
While individual voluntary and community organisations and statutory agencies and bodies work together successfully on a day to day basis across the length and breadth of Ireland, there are relatively few places where the sector as a whole talks to the state about the "big picture" issues facing civil society. One of these spaces is the Community and Voluntary Pillar of social partnership.
You can learn more about social partnership and and what it means for the community and voluntary sector here.