Європейський рік 2010 в Україні

Волонтери згуртовуватимуть Європу в 2011 році
Серпень 20, 2010, 10:37
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Після дворічної кампанії європейських мереж волонтерських організацій, Європейська комісія оголосила 2011 рік Європейським роком волонтерства.

Згідно опитувань, кожний третій європеєць залучений до волонтерської діяльності, яка сприяє згуртуванню суспільств, швидкому реагуванню на найбільш болючі виклики, сталому розвитку. Таким чином, знайдуть продовження започатковані у 2010 році ініціативи щодо подолання бідності та соціальної ізоляції в Європі.

Офіційний сайт Европейського року 2011: http://www.eyv2011.eu

Першою ініціативою в рамках ЄРВ був конкурси на кращі логотип та слоган, переможцями у яких стали громадяни України та Румунії Іван Гамаль та Сільвія-Роксана Патру.

Детальніше про результати конкурсу тут: http://lviv.ukrcei.org/none/evropeiskii_rik_volonterstva_2011_proide_pid_ukrainskim_logotipom.html

Інформація про Європейський рік волонтерства 2011 з офіційного сайту Року:

We made it!

The European Commission has announced on 3 June 2009 that 2011 will be the European Year of Volunteering! This decision comes after a 2-year-campaign by European networks of volunteer organisations, the so-called ‘Alliance‘. We were happy to see that the EU institutions follow the initiative of the EU citizens – and work towards is starting NOW!

The European Commission has asked volunteer organisations to propose a logo and a slogan for the Year. This is the first time that those for who the EU organizes a Year can directly influence the visual identity of the Year, let’s use the opportunity!

Get involved! ‘Let’s Slogo!’ is the official competition for a logo and slogan for the European Year of Volunteering 2011. YOU will design the logo and the slogan of a European Year.

Why a European Year of Volunteering in 2011?

More than 100 million Europeans engage in voluntary activities, live solidarity and through this make a difference to our society. A Eurobarometer survey in 2006 revealed that 3 out of 10 Europeans claim to be active in a voluntary capacity and that close to 80% of respondents feel that voluntary activities are an important part of democratic life in Europe.

There is a vast array of notions, definitions and traditions concerning volunteering. However, what is common throughout Europe is that wherever people engage together in activities to help each other, support those in need, preserve our environment, campaign for human rights, or to initiate actions to help ensure that everyone enjoys a decent life – both society as a whole and the individual volunteers benefit and social cohesion is significantly strengthened.

Why volunteering matters:

  • Volunteers are the agents of European values and objectives as laid down in the Treaties, in particular in terms of promoting social cohesion, solidarity, and active participation – theirs are the hands that translate these values into action, day after day;
  • Volunteering contributes to building a European identity rooted in these values and towards attaining a mutual understanding between people in society and across Europe;
  • Volunteering in its horizontal nature is indispensable in a wide range of EU policy areas such as social inclusion, the provision of life-long learning opportunities for all, policies affecting young people, inter-generational dialogue, active aging, integration of migrants, intercultural dialogue, civil protection, humanitarian aid and development, sustainable development and environmental protection, human rights, social service delivery, raising employability, the promotion of an active European citizenship, fighting the “digital gap”, and within corporate social responsibility;
  • Volunteering is an economic factor. The voluntary sector contributes an estimated 5% to the GDP of our national economies;
  • Volunteers and their organisations are at the forefront of developing innovative actions to detect, voice and respond to needs arising in society.

Volunteers mirror the diversity of European society with people of all ages, women and men, employees and unemployed, people from different ethnic backgrounds and belief groups and finally citizens from all nationalities being involved.

However, 7 in 10 people do not volunteer and many people face barriers towards volunteering such as a lack of information on how to become involved; time pressure; scarce economic resources and the feeling of not being able to “afford” to volunteer; a negative image of volunteering stemming from times where volunteering was a rather “compulsory duty”; discrimination; discouraging legal provisions and an absence of a legal status; missing protection against risks involved; visa or other barriers for non EU citizens – to name just a few of these obstacles.

Volunteering is freely given, but not cost free – it needs and deserves targeted support from all stakeholders – volunteer organisations, government at all levels, businesses and an enabling policy environment including a volunteering infrastructure.

2011 will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UN International Year of Volunteers (IYV): IYV 2001 demonstrated that high-level public attention for volunteers and their contribution to society leads to governments and other stakeholders committing to joint action. Synergies can be sought with the UN’s activities in 2011, to take stock of the progress made so far and to develop a European policy agenda for volunteering “2011 +”.

While the EU has increasingly paid attention to volunteering in all its forms over recent years, we are still far from a comprehensive strategy and action at the European level to promote, recognize, facilitate and support volunteering in order to realize its full potential.

The objectives for European Year of Volunteering 2011 as proposed by the European Commission are:

  • Work towards an enabling environment for volunteering in the EU – To anchor volunteering as part of promoting civic participation and people-to-people activities in a EU context;
  • Empower volunteer organisations and improve the quality of volunteering – To facilitate volunteering and to encourage networking, mobility, cooperation and synergies between volunteer organisations and other sectors in a EU context;
  • Reward and recognise volunteering activities – To encourage appropriate incentives for individuals, companies and volunteer-development organisations and gain more systematic recognition for volunteering by policy makers, civil society organisations and employers for skills and competences developed through volunteering;
  • Raise awareness about the value and importance of volunteering – To raise general awareness of the importance of volunteering as an expression of civic participation and an example of people-to-people activity which contributes to issues which are of common concern of all Member States, such as a harmonious societal development and economic cohesion.

For further information please check the official documents of the EYV 2011.


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Volunteering is a really great thing. No doubt a lot of students of our school for example would like to try such an opportunity, but the lack of information, and uncertain conditions of this make it difficult to participate. Who has some exact information, please, share it with us. Thanks in advance.

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