The Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre (HFVC) was invited to represent England at an International Conference ‘Volunteerism – Avenue for Social Transformation’
at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) on 30th June – 1st July. This invitation came as recognition of HFVC’s great work and expertise in volunteering and corporate volunteering in London but also its initiatives to promote volunteering internationally. HFVC CEO Dominic Pinkney represented HFVC at the Conference and acted as the main Moderator for the plenary, panel and discussion forums over the two days.
‘It is a great honour and privilege to be representing HFVC and England here at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, but it reflects the dynamic, hard-working and collaborative approach our whole team have demonstrated for many years in Hammersmith & Fulham. I would like to thank Olga Zubkova, the Chairperson of the Organising Committee, for inviting me back again, it is very interesting and useful to learn and network with organisations and the different approaches to volunteering and how it can be used to bring social change’
, said Dominic Pinkney. Although one of the smallest boroughs in London, Hammersmith & Fulham has one of the highest participant rates of volunteering and active citizenship.
The intensive and productive two days began with the Conference being officially opened by David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet for Office of the Director-General at the UNOG. Representatives from across the globe presented various topics associated with volunteering, from volunteer involvement in disaster recovery situations such as Nepal earthquakes right through to corporate volunteering. Conference experts and delegates also worked on their contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, moderated by the UK’s John Loughton from Dare2Lead.