EUROCITIES city dialogue on volunteering

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As part of a series of online city dialogues organised by EUROCITIES, you are kindly invited to join us for a city dialogue on volunteering during the current Covid-19 crisis. The city dialogue will take place online on Monday 18 May from 10:00 - 12:00 CET (Brussels time).


In the framework of EUROCITIES-led project VALUES - Volunteering Activities to Leverage Urban and European Social integration of migrants, we were inspired by how much local authorities and volunteers are doing to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at local level. There are a number of good practices involving volunteers and civil society not only in the field of migrant and refugee integration but in many other different areas, such as health, food distribution, support to the most vulnerable groups (including elderly, homeless people, youth, Roma and many others). During this online event, we will bring together civil servants from different European cities in a dialogue with NGOs, volunteering associations and civil society, to discuss the good cooperation between volunteers and local authorities to face the consequences of COVID-19, and how solidarity brought new and virtuous initiatives (and challenges) at the local level. 

Questions for discussion

  • How city staff and volunteers/civil society can best cooperate during these difficult times? Does an institutionalised volunteer platform or network led by city authorities provide the needed support or is it an additional layer to free and flexible citizens' initiatives?
  • How can cities and associations/NGOs guarantee volunteers' safety while ensuring continuation of volunteering activities, especially those to support the most vulnerable citizens (locals and migrants)?
  • What are the main challenges for civil society and volunteering associations during the current pandemic and what would they need in terms of support from their municipality?


10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and introduction by Rossella Nicoletti, EUROCITIES

10:05 – 10:15

Bristol Can Do – presentation by Chris Duncan (5 min) + Q&A with cities - moderated by EUROCITIES (5 min)

10:15 – 10:25

Volunteers and active NGOs for integration in Riga – presentation by Irina Vasiljeva + Q&A with cities (5 min)

10:25 – 10:35

Volunteers for Madrid programme – presentation by Laura Cañete Guzmán + Q&A with cities (5 min)

10:35 – 10:45

Emergency food relief in Birmingham – presentation by Shaleen Meelu + Q&A with cities (5 min)

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:10

Presentation of the European Volunteers Centre – presentation by Gabriella Civico and Giulia Bordin, European Volunteers Centre (CEV) + Q&A with cities (5 min)

11:10 – 11:20

Solidarity platform in Toulouse – presentation by Toulouse + Q&A with cities (5 min)

11:20 – 11:30

Shopping for Seniors in Poznan – presentation by Anna Aleksandrzak, Poznan + Q&A with cities (5 min)

11:30 – 11:40

Volunteering in Brussels – presentation by Geert de Roep, Brussels + Q&A with cities (5 min)

11:40 – 11:50

Conclusion remarks by CEV and EUROCITIES


For any questions about this webinar, contact Rossella at or +32 2 552 0864