Our CEO Dominic Pinkney has just returned from the United Nations Office at Geneva during International Volunteering Conference ‘Volunteerism – Avenue for Social Transformation’
28th-29th June 2016, Palais Des Nations, GENEVA – Volunteer Centre Camden (VCC) was invited to to present as well as moderate key discussions at an International Volunteering Conference, ‘Volunteerism – Avenue for Social Transformation’. Representing volunteering and Volunteer Centres in England, VCC Chief Executive Dominic Pinkney was one of eleven expert international speakers to share experiences and learning, contributing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, as well as moderate discussions on ‘Cross-sectoral collaboration for social initiatives: problems and solutions’ and ‘Why Volunteers’ Volunteer’. The 5th annual running of this two-day international conference also held discussions and workshops around inclusive volunteering and the need for partnerships and international dialogue in social change.
Dominic Pinkney said
‘I was extremely proud to be representing Camden at such an international event and prestigious venue. This is fantastic recognition of the work that Volunteer Centre Camden does, staff, volunteers and Trustees united to promote, facilitate and develop volunteering and communities across Camden. Despite the Brexit decision we are part of a global community of volunteering even though our focus is of course Camden. At the conference discussing cross-sectoral collaboration we highlighted our new Team UP service connecting businesses (e.g. Facebook, Lend Lease) to support Camden charities and communities through volunteering and related activities.’
Volunteer Centre Camden, an independent charity recently given ‘Community Beacon’ status as a leading and innovative volunteering ‘infrastructure’ organisation in England by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), is the lead volunteering agency for the London Borough of Camden. Partly funded by Camden Council, its role and mission is to help and encourage local people to support their local community and to act as a volunteer recruitment service for the hundreds of Camden charities and community groups as well as promoting best practice for volunteering and volunteer management.
In the past four years VCC has created almost £3 million worth of volunteering for Camden voluntary and community organisations. It offers a highly successful one-to-one volunteer matchmaking service for people wanting help to find a suitable and sustained volunteering opportunities as well as regular volunteer fairs across the boroughs putting charities in direct contact with potential volunteers who can support them.
If you are interested in volunteering or a local charity needing volunteers please contact Volunteer Centre Camden by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7424 9990.
A bit more info about the conference and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:
Conference Information (http://en.vector-un.com/program-2/)
International conference “Volunteerism – Avenue for Social Transformation” is a unique space for learning and collaborating that welcomes a diversity of participants, speakers and experts from a wide range of contexts. In this space, diverse perspectives, experiences and epistemologies contribute to greater understanding and respect among people, encourage new thinking, and inspire context-sensitive action and solutions in the field of volunteering and social innovations.
– Role of volunteers in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals
– Involving civil society organizations in public diplomacy development
– Social entrepreneurship – business for social change
– Developing international and cross-cultural dialogue in the field of volunteering
– Volunteers addressing humanitarian concerns
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs