Guidance Note on the integration of spontaneous volunteering into activities of local/nation CSOs have been developed within ProVoice project
A guidance document was prepared by the AO EcoContact team, within the ProVoice project: “Promoting the role of volunteers and the population in civil protection”.
The document: “Guidance note. Integration of spontaneous volunteering in the activities of local organizations” is intended for institutions that manage volunteers in civil protection and those agencies that want to integrate the management component of spontaneous volunteering in their own activities.
Therefore, the Guidance Note includes a number of practical knowledge, measures, and recommendations to be applied, in the event of an exceptional situation, to ensure the efficient management of spontaneous volunteers in case of emergency.
As an inspiration, for the elaboration of this document, it has served the experience of European countries, and others, which have a functional and well-developed mechanism in the field of civil protection volunteer management, including those spontaneous. At the same time, the analysis and the internal working sessions with specialists from different fields, carried out on the territory of the countries involved in the project, played an essential role.
Also, during the implementation period of the project, there were several training activities, study visits and project meetings, organized at local and national level, with the participation of interested persons and basic actors in the field of Civil Protection (GIES, LPA, LNA, CSOs, as well as territorial educational structures (schools, gyms, kindergartens).
With the recognition of this document as an application guide in the activity of volunteers, it is intended that the principles and indications included here, be aligned with the principles established by the national civil protection system, in order to be implemented subsequently by any public or private institution.
The project “ProVoice: Promoting the role of volunteers and the population in civil protection”, is carried out by AO EcoContact, in collaboration with local LPAs and GIES, with the financial support of the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency. Within the project, 17 firefighter-rescue stations received training and 7 positions, equipped with the highest quality equipment.
The aim of the project is to contribute to strengthening of the cooperation between the neighboring countries on the management of volunteers, spontaneous volunteering and raising awareness regarding disaster preparedness.
Beneficiary countries: Belarus, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.