Thursday, November 26, 2009

Europe – The Infrastructure of Participation

The CEV [European Volunteer Centre] recently held a conference in Malmö, Sweden on “An Enabling Volunteering Infrastructure in Europe.”  The purpose of the conference was to discuss the development of a stronger volunteering infrastructure, allowing more individuals to take part in the political, social and economic environment of Europe.  The key roles of such an infrastructure are “raising public awareness about volunteering; developing volunteering opportunities and brokering between (potential) volunteers and placements; developing good practice; working on policy response and the strategic development of volunteering in our societies.”

The conference provided a number of workshops such as “Volunteering in Southern and Eastern Europe (SEE) - from underground to mainstream” and “Volunteer infrastructure in Italy: framework law on volunteering and the system of volunteer support centres (CSV).

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