2012 – 2

News from the network

General Assembly 2012

The 2012 AGM will be held from 8 June to 11 June in Stockholm. The agenda, list of participants and other relevant documents can be accessed through the JOIN intranet: 1.

JOIN Board meeting in Berlin

On April 17, the JOIN board concluded its regular meeting by visiting an emergency call control centre and the Johanniter quarters for elderly persons in and near Berlin. Both facilities are operated by the regional Johanniter association Berlin-Brandenburg. Read more:

News from the members

Tenth Pentecost camp

JOIN members Latvia and Hungary also sent delegations to the Pentecost camp of the JUH in Neufrankenroda. JUH President and JOIN board member Hans-Peter von Kirchbach welcomed the delegations during the church service and visited them in their tents. Read more:

London Marathon

Over 1000 St John Ambulance trained volunteers from all over the country worked together with the London Ambulance Service at this year’s Virgin London Marathon. With approximately one volunteer for every 35 metres of the course, St John Ambulance was able to keep the runners running and the spectators cheering. Read more:

St John first aid kits on the market

From the end of April 2012, first aid kits with St John Ambulance and Boots branded items can be purchased in over 2400 Boots stores over Great Britain. Boots is one of the leading British pharmacy chains. Read more:

Wheelchairs for India

The JUH Germany’s department for international assistance and the British organisation

Motivation have initiated a project aiming to provide 3500 people in India with a wheelchair adapted to their special needs. Read more:

News from the European Institutions


“Volunteering could contribute to an increase of 5% of European GDP” emphasized Marco

Scurria MEP in a press release. He pointed out the many societal benefits and propagated continued promotion of volunteering after the European Year of Volunteering in 2011 and spoke in favour of professional recognition of skills acquired through volunteering activities. Read more: rcontentid=18647&prcontentlg=en.


At its recent Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting on 11 May in Brussels, the Council of the European Union emphasized the value of volunteering activities for active citizenship and professional qualifications. In the conclusions on fostering the creative and innovative potential of young people, the Council invited the member states to ensure “sufficient opportunities for personal and social development” through volunteering activities. To see the entire conclusions, go to:

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