We’re running a session 16:00 – 17:00 CET called ‘What happens when we start to get out of this?’ – With Oonagh Aitken, Kélig Puyet, David Lopez, Constantin Dedu and more.
The discussion will build on Volonteurope’s virtual debate on 6 May, under the same title, acknowledging that despite the uncertainty and tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the face of social and economic lockdowns, we have nevertheless been witnessing amazing acts of bravery, human kindness, and compassion, which express solidarity with fellow human beings.
Volunteers – active citizens, supported by civil society organisations, as well as many simply self-organising, have been working hard to reduce social isolation and loneliness of the most hard-hit, vulnerable community members, whilst keeping safe and following government and health advice.
However, as the pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted and reliable testing and vaccinations are hopefully becoming accessible, people in vulnerable situations, communities, organisations, charities, NGOs, businesses of all sizes, will all need the support of governments and decision-makers at all levels.
What happens to the appreciation of the amazing volunteering effort we are seeing right now and the mobilisation in the not-for-profit sector?
After all, the COVID-19 outbreak is a huge test of solidarity – political, financial, social, and scientific – not only right now and in a few months’ time, but in the long-term.
Will Europe pass this test and find shared solutions based on social justice and equality, solutions which will shape the future of Europe?
Come and join the debate!