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The first meeting of Sisak volunteers

Local Democracy Agency Sisak – ALDA Operational partner - organised the first meeting of Sisak volunteers, called VOLONTERski vriSaK – translated as “volunteer’ scream”, playing with the words “volunteer” and “Sisak”. The meeting took place on the 27th of October 2016 in the LDA Sisak premises, as a part of the “Sisak volunteer’ network” project. 
The purpose of the meeting, the first ever in Sisak of this kind, is aimed towards voluntary support system. It gathered volunteers currently working in different organisations all over the town. Volunteers got to know each other and had a great opportunity to expand their knowledge regarding the Law on Volunteering. It is often not very familiar to volunteers, but it is an integral part of each organised voluntary engagement and comprehends both volunteers and organisers of volunteering. 
The Meeting was moderated by Paula Raužan, president of the LDA Sisak. She pointed out rights and duties of volunteers, possibilities of volunteering in Sisak and how to search information regarding volunteering.   
“I would like to be informed on all news and voluntary actions in Sisak more often” – says Daša Milić, law student volunteering in Citizens Rights Project association. 
“It would be great to have a place with the list of all associations and institutions who need volunteers on local level” – says Ana-Maria Lisinski, long-term volunteer in Sisak Tourist Board. 
Participants opened many questions relevant for raising awareness of importance of volunteering, especially benefits of developing skills and competences through volunteering. Conclusion is that volunteering is not just altruism but also a choice to work on yourself. It is very important to approach volunteering in a serious matter and get not only familiar with the legislation, also but to work more on validation of voluntary work at local level. 
The meeting gave volunteers an opportunity to “release their voice” and give suggestions for future meetings’ topics, like exchange of bad practice and others. Therefore, volunteer’ mingles are to continue in upcoming months, working on recognition of values and complexity of volunteering. 
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