Day Full of Local Volunteering Activities

Farní charita Litomyšl – Volunteer Centre

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Organisation:

Farní charita Litomyšl – Volunteer Centre

Country:

Czech Republic

About organisation:

Farní charita Litomyšl is a non-profit, religious organization, part of the worldwide Caritas organization. We have been operating since 1993 and provide health and social services to people in need. Besides these activities, we started to operate the Volunteer Centre in 2012, with around 50 volunteers per year, who help in children's leisure clubs, tutor, visit and talk to lonely elderly people, help in the library or help at charity runs, food collections, etc. Volunteers spend more than 2,000 hours per year helping others in their free time. We believe that you can gain lots of experience and skills while spending time with others. It is necessary to build a community where people look after each other and people of various background and age connect to each other.Part of our job is also organizing lectures and workshops at schools to introduce volunteering in our area, as well as opportunities abroad.

Contact person:

Veronika Peterkova

Title of the project

Day Full of Local Volunteering Activities

Start date:

October 17, 2023

End date:

October 17, 2023

Source of funding:

We received a Eurodesk grant and we also used our own resources for organizing this event.

Objectives:

We organized our 1st DAY FULL OF LOCAL VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES. Ten local organizations, where volunteers are coming and helping, informally presented volunteering activities. We also introduced the Erasmus+/European Solidarity Corps program (youth exchanges, group + individual volunteering, DiscoverEU) and raised awareness of these opportunities - a German volunteer who lives in our town participated as well, so it was great that she made the offers of activities abroad more authentic. Every organization prepared a stand with easy and funny task that groups of 5 participants had to fulfil together, then they moved to other stand and received a small themed prize at the end. We believe that thanks to this event, young people will think more about local volunteering, even try it and possibly decide to travel abroad. We invited classes of young people between 14 to 21 years, as well as the public. Those who came learned about the activities of the different organizations and volunteering opportunities in a playful way. The event was aimed at reducing the barriers that young people may have when they are interested in volunteering = they have to call somewhere, write somewhere, come to an unfamiliar environment. During our event they could see the people with whom they would cooperate in the organizations if they decide to become volunteers. Hopefully they would be less "scared" to start volunteering or giong abroad.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

We always try to find a creative way of reaching young people. We have a great cooperation with local schools, so we tried to reach young people through them. Pupils and students visited our event with their school classes, during morning hours. We gathered 10 local organizations, so the young people would have all the information/activities at one place and didn't have to do much other "action". It was a unique way of presenting local/abroad (not only) volunteering possibilities to young people in our town, because they had come to one place and didn´t have to visit the organizations separately. The event was dynamic, fun and full of various activities.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

We believe that our event had a great impact on young people. Most of the young people did not know much about local volunteering possibilities or possibilities abroad. We were able to reach them directly, talk to them, they had opportunities to ask questions or tried to become "old" and feel what it means and how it feels for example (that was one of the activities prepared from organization looking after elderly people). We were able to reach the teachers as well and inform them about local volunteering possibilities and possibilities abroad. We were able to informally reach around 350 young people in few hours.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

One of our stands was dedicated to Eurodesk activities. We had Eurodesk logo on the event poster, we posted posts on Facebook, Instagram and our website and we mentioned there the support of Eurodesk as well.

How it respected the green principles:

We knew how many young people would approximately come to our event, so we printed just exact amount of leaflets we needed to give them. Most of the promotions was done online. We created Google feedback form, so we gathered ideas and feedback from the young people online. We recycle most of the waste created. The participants travel either by foot or by public transport.

We organized our 1st DAY FULL OF LOCAL VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES.

Ten local organizations, where volunteers are coming and helping, informally presented volunteering activities. We also introduced the Erasmus+/European Solidarity Corps program (youth exchanges, group + individual volunteering, DiscoverEU) and raised awareness of these opportunities – a German volunteer who lives in our town participated as well, so it was great that she made the offers of activities abroad more authentic.

Every organization prepared a stand with easy and funny task that groups of 5 participants had to fulfil together, then they moved to other stand and received a small themed prize at the end.

We believe that thanks to this event, young people will think more about local volunteering, even try it and possibly decide to travel abroad. We invited classes of young people between 14 to 21 years, as well as the public. Those who came learned about the activities of the different organizations and volunteering opportunities in a playful way.

The event was aimed at reducing the barriers that young people may have when they are interested in volunteering = they have to call somewhere, write somewhere, come to an unfamiliar environment. During our event they could see the people with whom they would cooperate in the organizations if they decide to become volunteers. Hopefully they would be less “scared” to start volunteering or giong abroad.