VOLUNTEERS – A Pillar of Society

The Report on the European Year of Volunteering (2011) adopted by the European Parliament in December 2010, celebrated also in Malta, stated that volunteering is an important pillar of our democratic and pluralistic societies. It is an expression of active commitment and support. Volunteering covers all kinds of formal or non-formal voluntary activity which is undertaken by a person’s own free will, choice and motivation without concern for financial gain. Its impact on our societies is considerable.

In Malta volunteers covers the diverse areas of our society being active in the social, educational and sports fields, in support of the environment or animal welfare, in cultural and artistic activities, in the health and disability to social and humanitarian. Mostly at local level but also on missions outside our home country.

In order to foster a culture of participation and active citizenship in Malta, also as part of Europe and the Mediterranean region, volunteers need to be given the access as well as the encouragement and the conditions to exercise volunteering activities.

The Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector intends to focus more energy during this coming year towards this aim, to engage more volunteers while guaranteeing the accreditation and valorization of voluntary work within our society.

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Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector’s Aim

Our aim is to support the development of a more effective and efficient voluntary and community sector in Malta and Gozo through the delivery of a range of support and capacity building services including information, advice and training. We also aim to support the development of a more influential and cohesive voluntary and community sector in Malta and Gozo by facilitating networking and partnership within the sector, and between the same sector and the private and public sectors.

Mission Statement
To support the development of a more effective and efficient voluntary and community sector in Malta and Gozo through the delivery of a range of support and capacity building services including information, advice and training.