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Volunteering of older persons and the role of public policies Conference

Mar 2009

The conference took place on the 11th March in the European Commission in Brussels. This was the first European Commission event to focus specifically on the role of older volunteers in Europe and presentations were given by speakers from several European countries including the UK, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Norway, France and Slovenia on volunteering and public policy in their countries. There were also presentations on older volunteering European-wide and on the opportunities for co-operation and networking and exchange programmes for volunteers across Europe. Marian Harkin, the Irish Independent MEP spoke about the increasing recognition that the role of volunteering by older people is achieving at EU level. She announced that 2011 has been designated the EU Year of Volunteering and 2012 as the EU Year of Active Ageing.

The conference was attended by two members of the Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association - Jane Treacy and Douglas Rafter, by Paudge Connolly, Development Officer of the Irish Senior Citizen's Parliament, Evelyn Moran of the Galway Division of the Irish Senior Citizen's Parliament and Aine Ni Leime, of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology.