Local volunteer' centres - success in their communities
On 15 – 16 November was held in Sisak a meeting of two days regarding the evaluation of newly established local volunteer centres. The meeting was organised by Local Democracy Agency Sisak and Youth Communication Centre Banja Luka.
The meeting is part of the project “Cross-border Volunteers’ Networking for Local Development” and it gathered 20 participants from Croatia (Sisak, Ozalj, Vrginmost) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Banja Luka, Laktaši, Gradiška).
“In the 7 months of local volunteer centres existing, they made great impact on beneficiaries of developed voluntary programs, especially in socialisation of vulnerable and marginalised groups. Many of these beneficiaries engaged themselves as volunteers as well.” – said Paula Raužan from LDA Sisak. She evaluated the meeting in a positive way highlighting that some of the project partners are working with their croos-border counterparts for the first time, but they are already planning possible future cooperation. The project is ending and its results will be presented at the Press conference on 26 November 2013.
The project is funded by the IPA Cross-border program Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007-2013 and partly co-funded by the Office for NGO of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. Project leaders are LDA Sisak and YCC Banja Luka in partnership with associations Most (Gradiška), Centre for children, youth and family (Laktaši), Local action group Vallis Colapis (Ozalj) and Suncokret (Vrginmost). The aim of the project is to improve the accessibility of community-based services in border area through the establishment of 4 local voluntary centres; 2 in Croatia and 2 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.