Effective Leader-Volunteer in Local Communities
civic activity
City (headquarters):
Voivodeship (headquarters):
15-10-2021 - 15-12-2022
Project cost:
30 000,00 EUR
30 000,00 EUR
Types of activities:
activities to activate local communities (animation), educational activities
Target groups:
activists / community leaders, local community, volunteers

Based on observations, conversations, and a survey conducted with 32 associations and rural housewife circles in the Żyraków municipality (Dębica County, Podkarpackie Voivodeship) where we operate, we managed to identify local problems. We knew that there was a significant need to equip volunteers with new skills and appreciate their local engagement (80% of respondents stated that they didn’t feel that their actions were noticed or appreciated). We also organized public consultations involving residents of the municipality and participated in consultations regarding the preparation of the strategy for Dębica County. The residents indicated their willingness to engage in volunteer activities and implement their own initiatives but expressed a need for knowledge and tools.

We responded to these issues by training 25 volunteers to carry out grassroots initiatives for local communities in their villages within the Żyraków municipality. We provided training on the principles and best practices of volunteering, recruitment, and motivating others to engage in social activities, as well as building local cooperation. These individuals also learned how to build relationships within a group, foster integration, and participated in a meeting on personal development and maintaining motivation. The trained volunteers each gathered seven people from their respective localities and conducted a needs assessment for the local communities. Subsequently, they implemented eight initiatives involving other residents of the municipality. With the support of the Żyraków Municipality Office, the Center for Social Leaders was established, serving as a venue for workshops and local meetings for discussions and joint planning. We published a calendar titled “People Need Roots and Wings,” featuring photos of the most active individuals in our municipality, showcasing the stories of 12 people full of civic passion who are changing the world. We organized a Volunteer Gala, inviting authorities and local businesses, to present the project’s achievements.

Surveys and conversations indicate that our activities have changed the participants’ attitudes. They have gained confidence in their abilities, realized their influence, and their ability to gain allies. Furthermore, volunteers now possess significantly more knowledge about volunteering-related topics and have become aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

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