Volunteering in Youth NGOs: Citizens in actionThe Volunteering Event held in Istanbul, Turkey from 24 to 29 March 2011, under the heading "Volunteering in Youth NGOs: Citizens in action", gathered 44 participants and Planning team members from 21 associations from 19 countries to share about their activities on volunteering, get new ideas working together and possibly start partnership projects.
The event has been a very valuable opportunity to: share information about the state of volunteering in the different participating national Scout associations and countries, to update on the developments and achievements of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering and to inform about European opportunities and resources related to volunteering and young people.
Participants had the opportunity to analyse way volunteers are managed in their organisations with the aim to ensure that there is the supportive environment that will maximise their experience in volunteering. Specific time and focus have also been dedicated to present and discuss the importance to have an external relations approach to better to profile volunteering and its recognition.
Having participants from countries from all around Europe surely gave to the event a genuine European atmosphere. Their different experience and background offered a good example of the variety and richness of approaches of NSOs in Europe on the theme of volunteering.
During the event several European projects, opportunities and resources have been presented, offering the participants the possibility to get to know better how the topic of volunteering is tackled in Europe and specifically by certain European institutions/platforms/NGOs.
The participants had also the opportunity to present national and local volunteer projects in the view of an exchange of experiences and best practices, allowing the other participants to get know better each other's backgrounds.
More about the event is available from http://volunteering.scouthub.org/.