Successful launch of “Get Connected Project” with engaging community conversations.
On March 14th and March 22nd, Dublin City Volunteer Centre launched their new European “Get Connected – Volunteering and Shared Values” project with a kick-off event at Third Space in Smithfield.
Over 50 people came along to find out more about the “Get Connected” project and to get to know their fellow project participants. As the highlight of the evening, people participated in the “conversation salons”, where they discussed the importance of community spirit, how to address community issues through volunteering, and what shared values are important in Dublin and its communities today.
When asked to summarise their conversation, participants spoke about the lack of community spirit that a lot of them are experiencing, and how volunteering can be a powerful way to not only connect with people around you, but also to show solidarity with others and make a difference in their communities. Speaking about the potential of volunteering, a participant said: “Volunteering can create a chain-reaction of kindness”.
Following up from the meeting, project participants, who are from different areas in Dublin and who are all new to volunteering, will embark on their personal volunteering journey and document the experience as part of the Get Connected project.
“Get Connected – Volunteering and Shared Values” is a European project run in conjunction with 3 partner organisations in Belgium, Croatia and Scotland. Representatives from Serve the City Brussels, Volonterski Centar Osijek and Volunteer Scotland joined the project participants in the conversations on the 14th March to find out more about community issues and volunteering in Dublin/ Ireland.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.