TEAM OF INNOVATORS FROM TERNOPIL CREATES VOLUNTEER PORTAL TO UNITE YOUNG PEOPLE

According to a 2019 sociological survey, nine percent of persons engage in volunteerism. One of the obstacles to attracting volunteers could be people’s unawareness of certain volunteering opportunities

FROM INSPIRATION TO IMPLEMENTATION

Photo credits: Science Centre Ternopil

“We were amazed, because such scientific picnics were among the ten most visited events in Poland. This is what inspired us to organize something similar in Ukraine,” Syrotiuk said.

Photo credits: Science Centre Ternopil

“While organizing these scientific picnics, we realized that our mission was to develop non-formal education. Then we established the Ternopil Scientific Centre, an NGO, and started to implement changes at the system level,” Syrotiuk said.

“The Ternopil Scientific Centre is one of the first organizations in Ukraine to create a volunteer passport — a document that is similar to a workbook (a book that contains one’s work record) for young activists”.

WE RISKED IT AND WON

Photo credit: Andriy Krepkikh/ UNDP Ukraine

“In fact, our team was preparing a completely different project called the Innovation Laboratory for the contest. However, two hours before the deadline we realized that our greater priority would be to resolve the problem of the insufficient involvement of young people in our community. That is why we rewrote our application and submitted another project — the Volunteer Portal, which brought us victory,” Syrotiuk said.

Photo credit: Andriy Krepkikh/ UNDP Ukraine

The authors see the Volunteer Portal as a communications platform that will bring together young people who want to participate in community activities and organizers of events who are looking for volunteers to be involved in various activities.

HOW WILL THIS NEW FACEBOOK FOR VOLUNTEERS OPERATE?

“The Digital Volunteer Portal is a platform for communicating with volunteers, which will enable young people to participate in interesting events and projects in their communities, while also enabling organizations to involve volunteers in their activities,” Syrotiuk said.

Photo credit: Andriy Krepkikh/ UNDP Ukraine

By the way, the development and implementation of the Volunteer Portal and the integration of volunteer passports into this platform are also facilitated by city authorities — such a portal will not only create new opportunities for young people, but will also help them find jobs.

HOW VOLUNTEERS HELP THE CITY IN DIFFICULT TIMES

“In recent years, Ukrainians have been actively involved in volunteering activities and helping communities,” Syrotiuk said. “In the most critical situations, active community members consolidate their efforts to resolve important issues in their city and country.”

The development of volunteerism is a priority of the city of Ternopil — the 2020 youth capital of Ukraine. The city council works together with many youth organizations and universities, while also making every effort to develop the city’s volunteer movement.

Photo credits: Science Centre Ternopil

“During these difficult times, we have an urgent need for such a portal, because a specialised communications platform is extremely important for the community and volunteers themselves,” Syrotiuk said.

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