Thea Shahrokh

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How to build voluntary sector support infrastructure?

September 16, 2011

Over the past 10 months I have been working to promote the quality, strength and value of volunteering in Guyana. One of the objectives for this work has been to create an enabling environment within which to build a central support infrastructure for the voluntary sector. Countries with independent and cohesive civil societies often have…

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National Volunteer Teacher Guyana, Thea

Valuing volunteering

July 25, 2011

A recent call by UK MPs for a rethink of David Cameron’s flagship National Citizen Service scheme has come at an interesting time for volunteer service initiatives internationally. The United Nations International Year of Volunteers+10 and the European Commission’s European Year of Volunteers are currently being used to drive global policy development in support of…

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National Volunteer Teacher Guyana, Thea

Valuing volunteering

July 25, 2011

A recent call by UK MPs for a rethink of David Cameron’s flagship National Citizen Service scheme has come at an interesting time for volunteer service initiatives internationally. The United Nations International Year of Volunteers+10 and the European Commission’s European Year of Volunteers are currently being used to drive global policy development in support of…

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Thinking Local? Look Global

May 18, 2011

Guyanese civil society is presently engaging with the questions about the reform of voluntary and community sector legislation. This legislation is at an early stage of development. As a result, many people here are looking for answers from other countries as much as from the internal debate. This post makes the case the UK should…

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Boy hugging a world

Thinking Local? Look Global

May 18, 2011

Guyanese civil society is presently engaging with the questions about the reform of voluntary and community sector legislation. This legislation is at an early stage of development. As a result, many people here are looking for answers from other countries as much as from the internal debate. This post makes the case the UK should…

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Naoimi Hall, Volunteer Youth corps Guyana presenting from lectern

Young voices shaping society in Guyana

April 14, 2011

My recent experiences in ‘the land of many waters’ have taken me on a fascinating journey; from the first ever involvement of civil society organisations in Guyana’s Republic Day celebrations, to researching community participation within the highest village of the least accessible region of Guyana. During this period of discovery, my eyes have been opened…

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Social participation: a necessary precursor for a Big Society?

January 17, 2011

In November I introduced to you the next year of my life; working as a Volunteerism Advocacy Advisor to civil society and the public sector in Guyana, South America. Throughout this time I will be writing articles on the Involve website discussing analytically the drivers and barriers to participation that these actors confront. I hope to…

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National volunteering: a global perspective

November 15, 2010

On the 11th November I travelled to Guyana, South America to spend a year working with the international development charity Volunteering Services Overseas (VSO). Working in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and UN Volunteering, the focus of my role is to support the continued development of programs for local and national volunteering…

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Citizen Deliberation in a Globalised World

March 5, 2010

Article by Involve's Thea Shahrokh in March issue of The International Association of Facilitators newsletter Click here to view the recent March edition of The International Association of Facilitators Newsletter - which contains and article entitled 'World Wide Views: Citizen Deliberation in a Globalised World' in which Involve's Thea Shahrokh explores the rapidly evolving world of…

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