Seán Canney has called for jobseekers to consider volunteering to help those in need.
The Galway East TD stressed the importance of help being provided to people and groups in need of support.
The Minister of Rural Affairs is backing the Voluntary Work Option programme offered by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
A person in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance is allowed to engage in voluntary work as long as the individual is genuinely available for and seeking employment.
Minister Canney labelled the Voluntary Work Option as an “excellent idea on many levels”. He specifically referenced the help this gives organisations and individuals who need volunteers or wish to expand their activities.
Seán Canney mentioned how there are numerous voluntary organisations in Galway East providing great services to the community.
He declared that these organisations could provide an “even greater service with more volunteers”.