Dublin City Volunteer Centre launched the “Get Connected – Celebrating Volunteering” exhibition on Monday, 10th December at the CHQ in Dublin to showcase the outcomes of the “Get Connected – Volunteering and Shared Values” project and to highlight the diverse range of volunteering across four European countries: Ireland, Belgium, Croatia and Scotland.
The exhibition displays a range of photos and stories of project participants who have volunteered over the past couple of months in Dublin, Brussels, Osijek (Croatia) and various locations in Scotland.
The well-attended launch event of the exhibition marked the final point of the Get Connected project in Dublin. Along with a range of the volunteer involving organisations who had hosted the volunteers, volunteers and their friends and family and other stakeholders and members of the public. Dublin City Volunteer Centre also seized the opportunity to celebrate International Volunteer Day and to thank all volunteers across Dublin for their incredible contribution to their communities.
The connection people can make with their community – whether it’s their local community or a community of interest – was at the heart of the Get Connected project. Based on the assumption that volunteering can offer an opportunity to connect with others, act on things that matter to us and is often led by our most cherished values, the project set out to further investigate what impact volunteering can have on a person who volunteers, as well as their values.
Jonathan Claridge, Head of Communication from the European Commission Representation in Ireland, officially launched the exhibition. He highlighted the importance of volunteering in Europe, where 1 million people – that’s 1 in 5 people – are actively involved in volunteering.
The project was supported by the European Commission as part of the “Europe for Citizens” programme. Along with 3 partner organisations in Belgium, Croatia and Scotland, Dublin City Volunteer Centre engaged with potential and active volunteers through a number of “conversation salon” events and research surveys, and followed them as they embarked on their journey as volunteers. This cooperation among the 4 European Partners allowed us to compare volunteering and its context in the 4 countries to further examine the link between shared common values in the EU and volunteering.
As a result, it has become evident that volunteering has enabled the participating people to connect, engage and act, and therefore, that it has strengthened shared values like empathy, equality, cultural respect and solidarity.
More information about Europe for Citizens.
The photos of the Dublin volunteers displayed in the exhibition were kindly taken by volunteer Aidan Pedreschi.
The event photos were kindly taken by volunteer Lívia Paladini.