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Project „Enchancing volunteering actions and quality in Europe” (EVOLAQ) Council news

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Project „Enchancing  volunteering actions and quality in Europe” (EVOLAQ)

Daugavpils City Council continues the organization of local work group’s meetings within the project „Enchancing  volunteering actions and quality in Europe” (EVOLAQ) The project is implemented by Daugavpils City Council together with Norrkopping municipality in Sweden (lead partner). The Project is implemented within the Programme “Europe for Citizens”, 2nd  activity “Democratic engagement and civic participation”. The second project local work group meeting was held on 20th of April, in Development Department of Daugavpils City Council. During the meeting the main theme was the need of the development of common voluntary database of Daugavpils volunteers.

In 2016 “The Law of Volunteering” entered into a force in Latvia. It determines the order in which volunteering is organized and Latvian authorities have both - the opportunity and the need to consider and approve the relevant regulations on volunteer work in the local government. Daugavpils volunteering audience is primarily young people. In order to support both the interests of young people, as well as the involvement of other residents of the city, within the statute of the need to create volunteer engagement and motivation system and the formal level and in collaboration with non-governmental organizations and the State Employment Agency. The goal of the project schedules to introduce volunteers with the way volunteer work with various groups of people, such as children, disabled people, seniors, foreigners etc., in other countries and to promote the use pf the experience of other countries in local government.

During the work group its representatives shared their experiences of the people, to whom the volunteering helped to find themselves and their way of life, broke stereotypes, discovered talents, provided an opportunity to meet new people and contributed to the further cooperation. The work 

group was attended by representatives from the Development Department, the Department of Youth, students from the Daugavpils University and representatives of Daugavpils University and Career Initiative Support Center and students from Daugavpils Russian Secondary School-Lyceum and the 3rd Daugavpils Secondary School. This time, the work group joined new members -
volunteers from the association "Latvian Red Cross", a student from Daugavpils University and pupil from 12th Daugavpils Secondary school. The work group was also attended by representatives of the Youth Department, Culture Department and Sports administration, who shared their experiences of working with volunteers.

The first project local work group meeting was held on the 30th of March, in Development Department of Daugavpils City Council in order to identify volunteering in Daugavpils. Working Group representatives shared their stories about their experiences in voluntary work, future plans and further project tasks and ideas was discussed.

            Next local work group meeting is planned in June.