Sărbători fericite!

Fie anul care vine

Să aducă numai bine.

Multe realizări frumoase, 

Feţe blînde, bucuroase.

Bunătate, fericire,

Griji puţine, omenie.

Şi-n exces să mai aducă

Mult succes şi bani în pungă.

Echipa TDV, Secretariatul Coaliţiei Voluntariat vă urează 

SĂRBĂTORI FERICITE şi LA MULTI ANI!

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The final report on the Athens’ conference is now available online

The Athens EU-level Thematic Conference on volunteering was the third of four such conferences organised by the European Commission in the context of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. Its purpose was to look at the world of volunteering through the eyes of the volunteering organisations, to identify and discuss the problems they face. It was, therefore, the sister conference of the 2nd EU-level thematic conference that was held in Brussels in May, which looked at the world of volunteering through the eyes of the individual volunteers.

The conference was designed to be highly interactive, giving the participants a maximum of opportunity to express themselves in a participative approach marked by ‘open space’, ‘world café’ and ‘pro-active world café’ formats.

213 persons were registered for the event, with around half coming from EU-level networks of organisations involving volunteers (mainly members of the EYV 2011 Alliance), and the remainder comprising representatives from Member State governments, businesses and Greek NGOs.

You can see the report of the conference here.

Sursa: www.europa.eu

Înţelepciune pentru suflet – sănătate pentru corp

Un grup de voluntari din Colegiul de Medicină din Ungheni au predat elevilor din 10 localități rurale din raion lecții despre promovarea și menținerea unui mod de viață sănătos. Acțiunea face parte din proiectul ,,Înțelepciune pentru suflet, sănătate pentru corp”, care este implementat de Organizația Neguvernamentală „Promed” din Ungheni.

Cei 24 de tineri au fost repartizați în șase grupuri pentru a informa simultan elevii despre unele dintre cele mai periculoase boli cum sunt tuberculoza, alcoolismul, HIV/SIDA și altele.

Voluntarii și-au propus nu doar informarea elevilor, ci și implicarea lor în diverse activități de grup pentru a putea transmite aceste cunoștințe și altor colegi.

Conducerea gimnaziului „Andrei Chivriga” din satul Valea Mare apreciază activitatea viitorilor medici şi speră că informația primită va fi de folos elevilor.

Elevii au rămas impresionați de activitățile desfășurate și spun că le vor povesti și colegilor despre această experiență.

Proiectul este realizat de organizația neguvernamentală „Promed” cu susținerea financiară a Fundației Est-Europeane și resursele acordate de Departamentul de Stat al Statelor Unite ale Americii.

Sursa: www.expresul.com

Anul 2012 – anul european al îmbătrânirii active

2012 este Anul european al îmbătrânirii active şi al solidarităţii între generaţii. Este o ocazie pentru noi toţi de a reflecta asupra faptului că speranţa de viaţă a cetăţenilor europeni este în continuă creştere şi că, în acelaşi timp, aceştia îmbătrânesc în condiţii bune de sănătate – oportunităţi pe care ar trebui să le valorificăm.

Îmbătrânirea activă le poate permite celor din generaţia „baby boom” şi persoanelor vârstnice de mâine:

  • să rămână în câmpul muncii şi să-şi împărtăşească experienţa îndelungată
  • să joace în continuare un rol activ în societate
  • să ducă o viaţă cât mai sănătoasă şi împlinită.

În plus, într-o societate în care numărul persoanelor vârstnice este în creştere, îmbătrânirea activă este esenţială pentru a menţine solidaritatea dintre generaţii.

Responsabilii politici şi părţile implicate au sarcina de a crea condiţiile favorabile îmbătrânirii active şi asigurării unui mod de viaţă autonom, prin acţiuni în domenii precum ocuparea forţei de muncă, asistenţa medicală, serviciile sociale, învăţarea de-a lungul vieţii, voluntariatul, adaptarea locuinţelor, serviciile IT şi de transport.

Anul european 2012 îşi propune să sublinieze aceste aspecte şi să identifice cea mai bună abordare, în special să încurajeze factorii de decizie şi părţile implicate să stabilească obiective şi să ia măsurile necesare în acest sens. Pentru Anul european 2012, dorim rezultate tangibile, nu doar dezbateri.

Sursa: http://ec.europa.eu/social

EYV2011 Tour book is out!

The book containing highlights, stories and photos of the EYV2011 tour has been published! Read all about the events, activities, volunteers, organizations, celebrities and high-profile visitors that attended the Tour stops in all 27 EU Member states. Check out photos of the action from Athens to Warsaw, Brussels to Vilnius. Oh, and let’s not forget the relay reporters, flick through the pages and trace their steps as they help spread the Volunteering message across Europe!

The European Commission designated 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. Both a celebration and a challenge, the Year set out to recognise and thank the millions of people in Europe who make a difference by working in their communities during their free time with-out being paid. Hundreds of innovative, informative and enlightening activities, discussions and workshops enabled visitors to get up close and personal with volunteers and the organisations behind them.

It also aimed to raise awareness about volunteering and encourage new volunteers to sign up, by showing them the multiple avenues and advantages to becoming a volunteer — both for society as a whole and for each and every individual who volunteers.

The EYV Tour represented one of the main arteries of the Year. Visiting all 27 EU Member States, over the 12-month period it brought Europe closer to volunteers and volunteers closer to society.

Each 3-14 day tour stop provided volunteers with the chance to exhibit their work, meet one another, engage with policy-makers and the general public, convey their energy and enthusiasm and discuss key issues of their work.

Extraordinary stories from ordinary people inspired members of the public to consider how they too could volunteer and improve their communities at local, national and European levels. Important policy makers and stakeholders joined debates on how to support and improve life for volunteers around the world and to encourage new volunteers to sign up.

Thanks to the EYV Relay and the presence of media, many of these events were publicised and reached a wide audience. The EYV Tour could not have existed without the help of countless volunteers across Europe. This book is dedicated to each and every one of them, and to every volunteer that gives their time, devotion and energy to making a difference to society as a whole.

Sursa: www.volunteering.eu

A remarkable closure of the EYV Tour in Malta

The Maltese EYV Tent closed its doors on 5th December after a very successful week full of activities. Every day was dedicated to a different field: Tuesday 28th November, 2011-Animal Welfare, Wednesday 30th November, 2011 – Art, Culture and Sport, Thursday 1st December, 2011 – Environment, Friday 2nd December, 2011 – Health, Saturday 3rd December, 2011 – Youth & Education and Sunday 4th December, 2011 – Social and Humanitarian.

About 1000 students attended morning activities prepared specially for them. All of them participated in cartoon sessions aiming at raising awareness among children on volunteering. The cartoon called „Tommy & Rosy” has been produced by MEUSAC – Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee. The sessions were followed by a discussion and sharing of impressions of the children.

The event attracted several VIPs. On 30th November, day dedicated to Art, Culture & Sports, Mario Debono, a National Olympic athlete gave a talk on sport volunteering & the benefits of sport. On the same day, the Hon. Dolores Cristina, the Minister of Education, Employment and the Family, exchanged impressions with the organizations present in the marketplace and visited a small exhibition of arts and local products by various artisans.

On 1st December, day of volunteering in environment, the tent received a surprise visit from the Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs George Pullicino who visited the stands of the marketplace and learnt about the different organizations that were present, such as GS 1 Malta, SOS Malta, Nature Trust or Malta Girl Guides. Among the activities that attracted a great attention that day was the explanation of the life cycle of bees, of how they produce honey and how they should be protected; this included many lively species of bees!

Every day there was a cultural or musical animation. The Maltese Scouts Association held a meeting at the event and performed in front of the tent. Every evening short film sessions were offered to the participants and several evening discussions were broadcasted on the Education TV Channel.

The Maltese Tour closed on Monday 5th December by a gala event in the Tent. On this special occasion the National coordinators prepared a presentation that resumed all the activities that were held in Malta in the framework of the year. A section was also dedicated to the Relay reporters and the video was shown on their activities. The MCVS launched its volunteer matching web site which will serve as the tool to link organisations with volunteers and the business sector.

The highlight of the closing ceremony was the presentation of the National Volunteer Award launched earlier this year by MCVS. The Malta Council for the Volunteer Sector (MCVS) established National Volunteer Award, which will be awarded every year on the 5th of December, International Volunteer Day, in order to recognise the important work carried out by those who volunteer with voluntary organisations which are non-profit, charities and NGOs, to contribute towards the rewarding and recognising achievements gained in volunteering activities and the raising of awareness of the value and importance of volunteering, to honour those men and women who, for no material gain, dedicate themselves to help others or work for a cause and to raise public awareness of the crucial role volunteers play in our society and therefore should be encouraged and supported. The National Volunteer Award was given as follows:

1st Place: Mr Joseph Mifsud (Mission Fund)

Joint 2nd Place: Ms Helen Muscat (Action for Breast Cancer), and Ms Miriam Bonnici (National Parents Society for Persons with Disability & Malta Society of the Blind)

3rd Place: Mr John L. Peel (National Parents Society for Persons

with Disability)

The Awards were presented by Mr. Robert Farrugia, Chairperson MCVS, Mr. Martin Bugelli, Head EU Representation in Malta and Prof. Kenneth Wain, Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.

The Maltese EYV Tour stop was a remarkable closure of the European Year of Volunteering, which managed to attract about 2000 visitors and brought together more than 50 volunteering organizations, an amazing outcome for the smallest country of the European Union.

Sursa: europa.eu/volunteering

Volunteering and the Financial Impact in the Maltese EYV Tour

As part of the last lap of the European Tour 2011 being held in Malta, on the eve of the 30th November 2011 a discussion was held in the tent with the theme ‘Volunteering and the Financial Impact’.

The discussion, which was moderated by PBS presenter Ms Ruth Castillo, had a panel of five guest speakers coming from various areas of the Voluntary Sector. The panel was composed of Mr. Nathan Farrugia, CEO Inspire and Member of the Malta Council of the Voluntary Sector (MCVS), Mr. Lawrence Farrugia, President of the Band Clubs Association, Mr Matthew Borg, Researcher, Ms Simone Cutajar, member of Greenhouse, university students organisation and Mr Mauro Pace Parascandalo, Executive Secretary of the MCVS.

The discussion focused on the impact of voluntary organisations on the economy and its contribution to the same society it operates in. It was mentioned that apart from the intrinsic value of volunteering, volunteering is a valid contributor to the economy. It is a fact that voluntary organisations deliver several services which are essential to society. These services, ranging from health to environment, from culture to sport, from education to animal welfare, are of a professional standard. Not only do these organisations have the expertise and the experience to deliver such services, but voluntary organisations tend to be more cost effective since they balance their services between paid and volunteer staff.

Both the local and European authorities should recognise this financial contribution more by putting into place a structure which supports these organisations. It is not enough that funds are made available to these organisations, but that these funds are accessible. By accessible one means that some funds may only be acquired through a lot of bureaucracy which costs the organisations a fortune to even start off. There should be funds of smaller quantity which could be availed of by small organisations and that would not need a high level of management. It was also mentioned that local voluntary organisations are paying high fees when acquiring services since most service providers only have a domestic or a commercial rate, both of which do not apply for such organisations.

Sursa: www.europa.eu/volunteering