Thanks to a number of years of successful cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung in Berlin, Volonteurope and Volunteering Matters are delighted to have partnered with the European Solidarity
Thanks to a number of years of successful cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung in Berlin, Volonteurope and Volunteering Matters are delighted to have partnered with the European Solidarity Centre (www.ecs.gda.pl) in Gdańsk, Poland. We will be delivering our next annual European meeting. The conference will be a strategic EVS event, entitled “Solidarity in challenging times: the role of youth, volunteering and mobility in building an inclusive Europe”.
The event will take place on 3-4 December 2018 at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk (pI. Solidarności 1, 80-863 , Poland) (3rd December 2018 9:00 am to 14:00 PM on the 4th December)
An outstanding venue for the conference
The European Solidarity Centre is a state-of-the-art cultural institution. It honours one of the greatest civic successes of European history of the 20th century – the Solidarność movement. This led to the fall of communism in Europe and created even more solid foundations for European solidarity. The Centre is also an educational, research and academic centre, as well as a public space for citizens from Europe and all over the world who feel responsible for the development of democracy: a place where solidarity and citizenship are put into practice.
We feel honoured to have been able to establish our working relationship and support from Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Centre. We believe that the ethos and mission of the European Solidarity Centre chimes extremely closely with the ambitions of our strategic EVS project as well as the mission and vision of Volonteurope.
The theme of the conference comes at a very timely moment when we look at what is happening across Europe, and particularly, how the political events taking place – Brexit, nationalist-leaning successes in elections across EU Member States, the European Elections in May 2019, just to mention some of them – can potentially impact on the capability of young and older people across Europe to volunteer, be mobile as active citizens, and contribute to strengthening the European identity. This identity is crucial in these challenging times and we are very aware that providing young people, as well as people of older ages, with the possibilities of volunteering in other countries, will continue to contribute to protecting the values of the European project.
On the evening of Sunday 2nd December before the conference we will be celebrating the European Citizenship Awards, which will be the third edition delivered jointly by Volonteurope and European Civic Forum. To date the awards have celebrated many
active citizens and initiatives which have made a tremendous contribution to the values of European solidarity and inclusion.
2 (Sunday) 19 h 00 min - 4 (Tuesday) 14 h 00 min
European Solidarity Centre
pI. Solidarności 1