You may also inquire about volunteer opportunities personally at the Volunteer Centers, Volunteer Points and at the Officies of the Network of Family, Equal Opportunity and Volunteer Houses. Before personally visit these institutions, please make inquires on the details of the customer service on the given contacts.
The XV. article of the Fundamental Law of Hungary declares: “By means of separate measures, Hungary shall promote the achievement of equality of opportunity and social inclusion”. Besides that, the Act CXXV of 2003 on Equal Treatment and Promotion of Equal Opportunities states in its preamble that the promotion of equal opportunities is principally the duty of the State. In terms of this obligation the Network of Family, Equal Opportunity and Volunteer Houses is operating throughout the country.
The Network of Family, Equal Opportunity and Volunteer Houses is a nation-wide series of county centres which represents social policy goals of the Government at the local level, helps the cooperation and networking among local NGOs and other stakeholders of disadvantaged social groups, enhance the consideration of social policy goals and the work of these organizations at the local decision-making processes, battle against the existing prejudices in the wider society concerning disadvantaged social groups, and push to strengthen the spirit of tolerance in general.
The Network consists of 19 county offices and one in the capital, Budapest. At the centre of the offices’ work the following discriminatory dimensions, factors causing disadvantaged position stand: disabilities, gender, age (with special focus on youth and the elderly), deep poverty (especially the Roma, children, and ones live in deprived regions). Besides that there is a strong emphasis on families. The most important mission of the offices is to take actions against segregation and discrimination, to lower the level of opportunity differences, and to shape public discourse to combat prevailing prejudices in society and enforce social solidarity.
In relation to voluntarisms the Houses organise large voluntary activity campaing events.
You may find further information on the NFEOVH HERE.
An essential pre-condition for increasing volunteerism in Hungary was to develop and reinforce the range of service and development organisations, accepted and supported by local society, which concentrate primarily on the development of volunteerism at a local level. Accordingly, the “TÁMOP 5.5.2/09/01 Component A” project was announced, which brought about the creation of a national volunteer centre, with responsibility for providing the professional background for the field and for coordinating county centres. In continuation of the above project, “Component B” led to the establishment of volunteer centres in each county, covering the whole country, which are responsible for implementing professional programmes in the field of volunteerism, taking local conditions and demands into consideration. The centres set up under the programme formed the infrastructural basis for volunteerism in Hungary, and function by informing society about volunteering and creating opportunities for anybody to get involved in voluntary activities. Since the county centres have been operating, there has been a tangible increase in the recognition of volunteerism in society, media interest in the field has grown, and the positive message of volunteering has been able to reach more people than ever.
The program period of the volunteer centers has been experied thus nowdays they operate with altering intensity. Before personally visit these institutions, please make inquires on the details of the customer service on the given contacts.
You may find further information on the centers HERE.
However, the establishment of the volunteer centre and the county centres did not mean that support for volunteering in Hungary has come to an end. Following on from the programmes TÁMOP 5.5.2-09/1, TÁMOP 5.5.2-09/2, TÁMOP 5.5.2-09/3 and TÁMOP 5.5.2-10/4, 2011 saw the announcement of tender TÁMOP 5.5.2-11/1 and 11/2, titled “Spreading volunteerism”, with the aim of increasing willingness among the adult population to take part in volunteer activities, of raising the general social attitude towards volunteering, and of thereby making volunteering more popular at the local and regional level. The tender also offered opportunities for bottom-up local initiatives to receive support, which ensure, through the implementation of ever more good examples, increasing awareness among the adult population of the usefulness of volunteering, either as a volunteer or as a beneficiary of the services provided by the volunteer programme. The project provided for “Volunteer Points” to be set up, which made it possible for people living in areas that are further away from the county centres to make themselves familiar with volunteer work and with the opportunities it offers.
Between 2011-2013 102 organisations received founding for setting up Volunteer Points. The program period has been experied thus nowdays they operate with altering intensity. Before personally visit these institutions, please make inquires on the details of the customer service on the given contacts.
You may find further information on the points HERE.