Cyprus Mail

Volunteer week to back community policing, charities

This year’s volunteer week supports community policing by distributing newsletters about volunteering, promoting the Adopt a family for Christmas campaign and contributing to the football charity Goals in Life, chairman of the Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council (PVCC) Stavros Olympios said on Tuesday.

He was speaking at a press conference to launch volunteer week, to be held from December 1 to 8 with the UN’s international volunteer day being on December 5.

This year, Olympios explained, the volunteers have published a photo album depicting the 40-year-history of the organisation which they will present to President Nicos Anastasiades on December 4 before making it available to the public.

They have also written two books on NGO procedures, including suggested training programmes, which are aimed at improving the functioning of NGOs and enabling them to be more transparent.

Another project the volunteers are participating in is ‘The contribution of youth volunteers to the protection of our cultural heritage’ for which a school competition was instigated at the beginning of the 2017 school year.

As part of the launch the PVCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commissioner for the Environment with a view to implement a joint environmental action plan with the contribution of the voluntary sector and to establish a framework for cooperation and a programme of joint activities.

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