Volunteering Fair "Life as a Volunteer" in Skopje (22/06/2011)

On 21 June, more than 60 volunteers, activists in 12 various non-profit organisations, presented their activities and shared their experiences at the Volunteering Fair “Life as a Volunteer” held at the EU InfoCentre. EU InfoCentre's visitors had an opportunity to learn more about volunteering and to join the volunteering organisations in the country.

In addition to the fair a panel discussion titled “Making a difference: Volunteering, a catalyst of change towards a more caring society” instigated a vibrant debate between the policy makers and the volunteers, discussing the local perspectives for volunteering, problems that volunteers face, necessary changes in the policy area, etc.

“In my view the year is celebration, but a challenge also. It is a celebration of the commitment of millions of people in Europe who work in their communities during their free time without being paid – for example in schools, hospitals, and sports clubs, protecting the environment, providing social services and helping people in other countries. They are making the difference. That is the motto of the year – Volunteer! Make a difference.” said Mr Robert Liddell from the Delegation of European Union.

Keynote speeches about the different volunteering possibilities, the importance and the values of the volunteering, European and local policies and the different aspects of volunteering were also given by Ms. Mirjana Aleksova, Head of Labour Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Mr. Stevica Levajkovski, Youth Association creACTive, Ms. Veselinka Mitrova, Social Centre Kavadarci, Mr. Gjoko Vukanovski, Volunteers Centre Skopje and Mr. Miodrag Kostic, Theatre 007.

Following NGO’s presented their volunteering activities at the fair: "NVO Sfera", "Volunteers Centre Skopje", "Youth can", "Poraka Nova", "Youth Association creACTive", "H.E.R.A", "Youth cultural centre– Bitola", "NGO ORO", "Together Macedonia", "Council for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency – SPPMD", "Center for Intercultural Dialogue Macedonia" and "MladiInfo / FEJS Macedonia".