Helsinki’s upcoming EYV Tour stop promises diverse program

Serious talks and a lot of fun – all related the subject of volunteering. The upcoming tour stop in Helsinki will be hosted in the recently built premises of the Representation of the EC in the capital of Finland. The agenda indicates a diverse, interesting set of program. The 2/3 of the activities is full of important discussions between key figures of volunteering in Finland. Numberless institutions, organisations and associations will participate, such as the Civil Society Policy Advisory Board KANE, Finnish Red Cross, Finnish Youth Cooperation just to mention a few. The opening discussion of the tour on voluntary activities in Europe and how the EU can improve the conditions for volunteering will be led by  Mr Pekka Nurminen, Head of European Parliament Information Office.

For the 17th of September the EYV tour moves out to the Kamppi Square in front the EC building and will count with the enthusiastic participation of 70 organizations and the famous Egg Man (!!)

 They will show the fun side of volunteering with music, sports and many more interactive activities all with the attention to add prestige to volunteering and involve new volunteers.

Come and explore the possibilities and find your own way to act!


Surprise visit during the Corporate Volunteering Day

On September 7th 2011,Poland celebrated the Day of Corporate Volunteering in the tent of the European Year of Volunteering located in the main square in Warsaw, next to the Palace of Culture and Science. The participants were honored to receive the visit of Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth who was in Warsaw for EU Youth Conference (7 to 11 of October 2011). The commissioner stood for a moment to greet and congratulate the organizers of the day, the Volunteer Center, and visit the stands of the Marketplace and learn about the different

Volunteering in companies is generally associated with the idea of corporate ​​social responsibility. The several debates, conferences and activities organized in the EYV2011 tent proved to all everything that volunteering could provide to employees of a company. It became clear the values ​​of volunteerism, good practices and solutions developed by Polish and international companies. In conferences held throughout the day, you could learn a lot about corporate volunteering, such as how to organize volunteer work in a company or how to convince the director of organizing corporate volunteering. In each workshop, experts were invited to answer questions on best practices and benefits of corporate volunteering.

 The workshop organized in the Market Place about online security (with social networks like Facebook) was very excited to attract many attendees, mostly high school students.

 There was also involvement of volunteers of the Foundation Ronald McDonald who performed ultrasound prevention for Warsaw kids, the employees of energy company Enea who showed how to administer first aid, Warta employees who showed their blankets.

In the evening, the Debate Room became an awards ceremony room to congratulate works of journalists involved in volunteering. The contest „Tak! Pomagam” (yes, I can help) collected more than 130 works, divided into three categories: newspapers and Internet, radio and television. The winners of each category were awarded with a statuette designed by Domingo Kozanowskiego, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.




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CNTM promovează politicile de voluntariat din Europa de Est in cadrul a “II Youth Convention on Volunteering”

Consiliul Naţional al Tineretului din Moldova (CNTM), desfăşoară atelierul “Politici de voluntariat în ţările Europei de Est”, în perioada 8 – 11 septembrie 2011, în Bruxelles. Evenimentul este organizat în cadrul a “Young Volunteers stand up! II Youth Convention on Volunteering” de către Forumul European al Tineretelui (YFJ) în contextul Anului European al Voluntariatului 2011.

Atelierul va constitui un spaţiu pentru interacţiune, schimb de experienţă şi bune-practici în domeniul politicilor de voluntariat între participanţii din Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Moldova şi Ucraina. În cadrul atelierului, CNTM doreşte să promoveze realizările în domeniul politicilor de voluntariat pe plan naţional, precum şi Legea voluntariatului din Republica Moldova.

II Youth Convention on Volunteering reprezintă unul din cele mai mari evenimente de tineret din Europa, unde vor participa în jur de 400 de tineri. Participanţii vor putea asista la peste 40 de ateliere, tema centrală a subiectelor abordate în cadrul activităţilor fiind voluntariatul.

Atelierul “Politici de voluntariat în ţările Europei de Est”, organizat de CNTM  are loc graţie suportului financiar al Ministerului Tineretului şi Sportului din Republica Moldova, Forumului European al Tineretului şi suportului informaţional al Coaliţiei Voluntariat.


The EYV Tent opened its doors in Warsaw

The Polish EYV Tent located in front of the great Palace of Culture at the Defilad square in Warsaw was inaugurated on the 1st of September with the presence of high Polish officials.

Jarosław Duda, Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Government Plenipotentiary for Disabled People, supervisor for the Polish National Coordinating Body for the EYV 2011, recalled that the Polish EYV celebrations endorsed three objectives: promoting the values connected with and benefits arising out of voluntary activities, creating a fashion for volunteering, supporting organizers of volunteering and improving the system’s approach towards volunteering.

Irena Wóycicka from the EU Presidency Office announced that on the 30th September, the Presidency office  will host a conference on volunteering, co-organized with the European Commission.

Ewa Synowiec, the Head of EC Representation in Poland emphasized that volunteering also effects the economic development of countries. According to her information volunteers work out from 0.5 to 5 percent of EU countries’ GDP.

The first day of the Polish Tour stop was dedicated to the integration of disabled people. Twelve organizations presented their activities and shared experiences. The Institute of Psychology and Neurology of Warsaw provided the venue with very colorful exhibition of art works done by disabled people. The Radwanek Theatre Company from Anna Dymna Foundation composed of disabled actors performed their latest play.

The Polish Association for Deaf People organized the game The City of Deaf People outside the Tent. The aim of the game was to educate citizens and help them understand problems that deaf people face. The participants had to do several tasks and make themselves understood without speaking.

Synapsis Foundation which supports people affected by autism, installed a „Cube” with soft mattresses, a distorting mirror, frosted glasses. Thanks to this activity visitors realized how people with autism perceive the world. The installation shows how difficult it is to perform the simplest tasks, if each of the senses – sight, hearing, sensation, balance – are disrupted.

The participation was a great success, about 800 people visited the tent which remains open for 13 more days and offers activities, exhibitions, debates, games, film projections and many other activities related to 12 different volunteering areas.


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Kinder European Challenge: the First 27 Challenge Fun Run happens in MALTA!

2011 is the European Year of Volunteering and to mark this occasion, Maltese athlete, Nathan Farrugia will be running 27 marathons in 27 days, across 27 different EU states. The Kinder European Challenge aims to spread a message of solidarity across the EU during the European Year of Volunteering, as well as raise funds that support local charity projects in each country.

During this gruelling tour, Nathan and the Ferrero Team will spread the word about the need for more inclusive societies and raise funds for charities in Malta and in each country on the route in the process.

The athletes will be followed by a motor home throughout most of the route with nutrition, supplies, a physiotherapist and other supporting crew on board.

Each of the 27 marathons will be run on a specific marathon route in every major city. Local running clubs are being invited to encourage their members to run the marathon with the two athletes, not only as a show of solidarity, but also to strengthen awareness about the cause. Participants are being asked to raise funds beforehand and along the route. Local voluntary organisations may also ‘piggy back’ off this event to generate awareness of their work in their community.

Funds raised from Malta and part of the funds raised from the 27 other countries will go to Inspire and to support The Daniel Delicata Foundation in building a play area at the Children’s Ward of Mater Dei Hospital.