‘’Volunteering and Community service – How to do it?’’ is the newest project of the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic (HCCZ) which focuses on the contribution of the volunteer and civil service (performed by unemployed) to the development of municipality, community and individuals. The two-year project is conducted in the partnership with the Hestia – National Voluntary Centre in Czech Republic, C.A.R.D.O. – organization for volunteering development in Slovakia and abroad and Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association.
In the following two years, the project will gather best practice examples dedicated to the issue of volunteering from the Czech Republic and abroad.
Model projects as examples of functioning of volunteering and public service in practice will be taking place in the Healthy Cities of Prachatice, Opava, Vsetín, Ustí nad Labem, in the Healthy Region of Vysocina and in Sobeslav. The methodology for municipalities and regions will be formulated in collaboration with foreign partners, examples of best practice will be summarised in a well arranged publication. The project has been financed by the European Social Fund through the Operational Programme of Human Resources and Employment and from the projects of International Cooperation.
Volunteering is an old and proved concept, hopefully regaining its popularity also in the Central Europe – and not only among young people, but also among elderly and those who are unemployed. How to motivate the volunteers and how to connect the volunteers to the work of the municipalities is a big challenge, that is why we decided to work on this topic together with our Healthy Cities. – says Jitka Bouskova, National Network Coordinator in Czech Republic.
Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association contributes to the project by collecting and sharing good examples from Turku, Finland and Healthy Cities of Baltic Sea Region.
Website of the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic