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VIT - Very Important Twinning, Volunteering In Town


Timespan: July 1st 2011 – June 30th 2013

Short description
VIT gathers 27 partners from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom. Its main idea is to create a network of towns from Europe and its Neighbourhood involved in town-twinning relations with a focus on European priorities, such as volunteering, active ageeing and citizen participation.
VIT project Brochure

Objectives
The project aims at facilitating debate, action and reflexion between partners on how citizens may enhance governance in Europe and how town twinning can contribute to the dissemination of European Union values and the construction of a European identity. At the same time, the project wishes to revitalize existing town-twinning relations of the partner towns and initiate new twinning.

Activities
The work-programme foresees the following main activities:
1. Three international conferences providing opportunities to exchange local experiences and develop networking and cooperation in the adressed fiels.
Bydgoszcz, Poland, 8th July 2011: Conference “volunteering for democracy”, recommendations from civil society and local authorities.
Agenda

Position paper "Volunteering for Democracy: Dangers and Opportunities for Good Governance and Active Citizenship"
Recommendations

Udine, Italy, 7-8th June 2012, two conferences:
“Empowering Citizens and strengthening local governance in neighbouring countries:  Lessons learned and opportunities from East to South"
Agenda
Recommendations

 “Active Ageing and Local Governance: How to involve elderly as active citizens in their local communities”
Agenda

2. 18 workshops organised by partners at local level to debate and exchange experiences on the adressed topics locally.

Valencia (Spain), March 2nd and 3rd, 2012, workshop "Volunteering in time of crisis" organised by RECREATURA
Agenda
Korydallos and Pireus (Greece), March 15th and 16th, 2012, workshop organised by KMOP
Agenda
Tirana (Albania), May 9th and 10th 2012, workshop "The role of the local government authorities units offering social services-ageing" organised by the Albanian Association of Municipalities.
Agenda
Bucharest (Romania), May 17th and 18th 2012, workshop organised by the Association of Romanian Municipalities
Agenda
Nancy (France), May 24th and 25th, 2012, workshop "Town-twinning, a framework for volunteering and intergenerational dialogue-French/German perspectives" organised by the Association française du Conseil des Communes et Régions d'Europe (AFCCRE)
Agenda
Gulbene (Latvia), June 4th and 5th, 2012, workshop "Promotion of youth volunteering and communication with public" organised by the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (LALRG)
Agenda
Novo mesto (Slovenia), June 15th and 16th, 2012, workshop "Release the will power" organised by the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto.
Agenda
Kaunas (Lithuania), October 11th and 12th, 2012 organised by the Municipal Training Centre at Kaunas University of Technology
Agenda
Varnia (Bulgaria), October 11th and 12th, 2012, organised by the Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities (UBBSLA)
Agenda
Wolverhampton (UK), October 18th and 19th, 2012 organised by Wolverhampton City Council
Agenda
Malta, Local Council Association, 22th June and 29th October

Veles (Macedonia), October 8th-10th, 2012 organised by the Municipality of Veles
Bydgoszsz (Poland), October 8th and 9th, 2012, organised by the Municipality of Bydgoszcz
Banska Bystrica (Slovakia), Center for Community Organizing (CCO),
Ireland, Donegal County Council, 19th and 20th November
Denmark, Vejle, date to be confirmed
Italy, ALDA,
Croatia, Municipality of Novigrad- Cittanova, 7th and 8th December 2012

3. A methodological publication and a DVD collecting and disseminating the outcomes of the project at European and local levels.

Photo gallery
International events:
ALDA CONFERENCE VOLUTEERING FOR DEMOCRACY, BYDGOSZCZ 8 OF JULY 2011
ALDA CONFERENCE VOLUTEERING FOR DEMOCRACY WORKING GROUP 1 BYDGOSZCZ 8 OF JULY 2011
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: “ACTIVE AGEING AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE: HOW TO INVOLVE ELDERLY AS ACTIVE CITIZENS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES” – UDINE 08/06/2012

Local workshops

Workshop Recreatura VIT project Valencia 2-3 March 2012

Video gallery
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: “ACTIVE AGEING AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE: HOW TO INVOLVE ELDERLY AS ACTIVE CITIZENS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES” – UDINE 08/06/2012
Mr. Furio Honsell, Mayor of Udine

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: “ACTIVE AGEING AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE: HOW TO INVOLVE ELDERLY AS ACTIVE CITIZENS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES” – UDINE 08/06/2012
Mrs. Alice Sinigaglia, coordinator of the coalition and campaign of the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: “ACTIVE AGEING AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE: HOW TO INVOLVE ELDERLY AS ACTIVE CITIZENS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES” – UDINE 08/06/2012
Mrs Dorothee Fischer - Recreatura

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: “ACTIVE AGEING AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE: HOW TO INVOLVE ELDERLY AS ACTIVE CITIZENS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES” – UDINE 08/06/2012
Kristine Kulite – Latvian Association of local and regional governments

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: “ACTIVE AGEING AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE: HOW TO INVOLVE ELDERLY AS ACTIVE CITIZENS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES” – UDINE 08/06/2012
Mrs Agnieszka Dybowska – Municipality of Bydgoszcz

CONFERENCE PRESS CLIP
CONFERENCE WWW CLIPPING

Italian Ministry for labour and social policy- DG voluteering
Kujawsko-Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki W Bydgoszcz
Kujawsko-Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki

Partners
Lead partner: Association des Agences de démocratie locale/ Association of Local Democracy Agencies (AADL/ALDA)

Other partners
• Association Française du Conseil des Communes et Régions d'Europe (AFCCRE) (France) www.afccre.org
• Romanian Municipalities Association (Romania) www.amr.ro
• Municipality of Bydgoszcz (Poland) www.bydgoszcz.eu
• Centre for Community Organizing (Bratislava, Slovakia) www.cpkp.cz
• Municipal Training Centre at Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) www.savivalda.lt
• Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (Latvia) www.lps.lv/LARLG
• Local Councils' Association (Malta) www.lca.org.mt
• Municipality of Veles (Republic of Macedonia) http://www.veles.gov.mk
• Municipality of Vejle (Denmark) www.vejle.dk
• Wolverhampton City Council (United Kingdom) www.wolverhampton.gov.uk
• Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities (Bulgaria) www.ubbsla.org
• Kendro Merimnas Oikoyenias kai Pediou (Athens, Greece) www.kmop.gr
• Municipality of Novigrad (Croatia) www.novigrad.hr
• Albania Association of Municipalities (Albania) www.aam-al.com
• RECREATURA arts&culture (Valencia, Spain) www.recreatura.com
• Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (Slovenia) www.drpdnm.si
• Donegal County Council (Ireland) www.donegalcoco.ie

Associate partners
• Consortium for Development of Polesine (Italy) www.consvipo.it
• Local Democracy Agency Shkodra (Albania)
• Municipality of Monfalcone (Italy) www.comune.monfalcone.go.it
• Municipality of Brindisi (Italy) www.comune.brindisi.it
• Municipality of Reggio Emilia (Italy) www.municipio.re.it
• Province of Milano (Italy) www.provincia.milano.it
• Associazione Solo Uguali Diritti (S.U.D.) (Italy)
• National Forum Alternatives, Practice, Initiatives (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) www.apiplovdiv.tripod.com
• Balkan Assist Association (Bulgaria) www.balkanassist.bg


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