Tuesday afternoon started with the so-called Moving debate. The participants were divided into two groups. Each group had a series of statements which they had to discuss among each other, develop opinions and draw conclusions in order to present them to all the participants in the end.
The topics of Moving debate were closely related to the main themes of the seminar, namely active participation and social inclusion.
After the time devoted to more interactive discussions, we again had a chance to gain more insight on both the organisers and participating organisations.
Victoria Lovelock presented the White Paper on International Voluntary Service. The White Paper is a policy tool for networks and organisations engaged in the field of IVS and for policy institutions, civil society bodies and international institutions who share the values of IVS aiming to provide guidelines to support the goals of IVS on both the internal and external levels. It has to be regarded as a policy paper highlighting strategies and recommendations on IVS for the next ten years.
(To see White Paper please click here.)
Like in the morning session, we were presented more details on the work of three organisations, namely Servei Civil Internacional de Catalunya, Solidarités Jeunesses and UNAREC.
Servei Civil Internacional de Catalunya presented by David Nacher.
The participants also had a chance to learn more about UNAREC.
Solidarités Jeunesses was the last organisation to be presented on Tuesday.
The first day ended with the ”mapping of organisations”. Each participant got a paper which he had to use to present the types of projects his/her organisation works on, pinpoint the main target groups, project focus/objectives and relevant stakeholders.
The facilitators explained the activity and noted the most important points for every organisation.
Every organisation had a chance to present the main focuses of its work.
In order to get some feedback and be more flexible in achieving the seminar goals, the day ended with daily reflections. The participants were divided in three groups where they had a chance to express their impressions, possible worries or propositions.
The seminar is meant to improve cooperation, which is why daily reflections of participants represent an indispensable part of its program.
The first day of the Contact 2 Participation seminar was indeed filled with very diverse events, but served as an excellent possibility to accelerate the phase of first contact making and provide fertile ground for establishing stronger connections in the days to come.
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