JOINews

September 2012

2012 – 5

News from the network

St John enterprises in Germany, Latvia and England develop first aid games

Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe (Germany) and Sveta Jana Palidziba (Latvia) together with 10 European partners released a free Serious Social Game on www.questcity.eu. QuestCity confronts players with various emergency situations in which they are asked to avert dangers from themselves and others by adequate assistance. Continue reading. Likewise St John Ambulance (England) has developed a similar online game, rescuerun.sja.org.uk to introduce people to life saving first aid. Continue reading.

Strategic commission

At its first meeting on 12 September, the JOIN Strategic Commission discussed the goals and activities of JOIN. The Strategic Commission was appointed by the JOIN General Assembly with the aim of developing a JOIN strategy for the next 5 years. It is in close contact with the JOIN working groups who are actively participating and the JOIN office. A final report will be presented at the Annual General Assembly in 2013.

Working Group Volunteering meets in Helsinki

The JOIN working group Volunteering convened in Helsinki on 20 and 21 September to discuss current JOIN-wide programmes and exchange information in the area of volunteering. Apart from amongst others preparing for the permanent Volunteer Swap 2013 and evaluating the London Olympics volunteer exchange, the working group members also decided on concrete measures how JOIN can help Johanniterhjälpen i Finland, who hosted and participated in the meeting.

Johanniter International debating new European platform for volunteering

Negotiations on a new European platform for volunteering are in their final stage. The members of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Alliance, including the JOIN office in Brussels, met in September to concretise the articles of association of the European Alliance for Volunteering, which is planned to hold its opening General Assembly in November 2012. Its principle aim will be to follow up on the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (PAVE) that JOIN helped develop in 2011.

News from the members

Wales: Restart your heart campaign

St John Wales launched a ‘Restart Your Heart’ campaign to equip every community in Wales with a lifesaving defibrillator. A large proportion of cardiac arrests occurs in public and is witnessed by bystanders. Early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival by up to 80%. Continue Reading.

Germany: Johanniter International Assistance rebuilds health centres in South Sudan

Hundreds of thousands of displaced people are returning to their homes since the end of the civil war. Since the expulsion of the rebels, the country has become safe again. Nevertheless, the country has suffered from the ongoing war: houses, schools, the entire infrastructure has been destroyed. Continue reading. Continue reading.

England: St John Ambulance launch new campaign to promote first aid

St John Ambulance have launched a new campaign with the objective of raising awareness about how first aid can save lives. The video clip uses a very emotive, but strong and impressive message. It follows the journey of a recovering cancer patient who dies because of lack of first aid, after choking at a barbecue. Continue reading.

Wales: Naming ceremony for lifeboat St John Wales

Saturday 1 September St John Wales’ Ferryside lifeboat has officially been named at a dedication service. The inshore lifeboat is named ‘The Freemason’ after the Freemasons’ Grand Charity funded the vessel with a £50,000 donation. Dan Clayton-Jones, prior of St John Wales officially dedicated the boat. Continue reading.

England: BBC award for St John Ambulance volunteer

Ashraf Uddin, a teacher and St John Ambulance volunteer who has dedicated his free time to teaching young people basic first aid, has been recognised by the BBC for his work. In 13 years of volunteering with St John Ambulance, Ashraf has worked tirelessly to help the charity equip a generation of young people with life saving skills. Continue reading.

News from Brussels

Commissioner Georgieva presents EU Aid Volunteers initiative

On 19 September Commissioner Georgieva of the Commission’s European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) presented the ‘EU Aid Volunteers’ initiative. The regulation is a result of many consultations, discussions and project assessments and will create new opportunities for 10.000 people to volunteer in humanitarian projects worldwide. Continue reading.

European Volunteer Centre presents Volunteering Infrastructure in Europe

The publication by the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) comprises details about the physical structures, support mechanisms, human resources, knowledge, research and sustainable funding in 29 European countries and is designed as an information source for volunteers and volunteer organisations throughout Europe. Continue reading and go to the publication.

European Youth Forum launches campaign for volunteer rights

September 18th, the European Youth Forum launched a new campaign for volunteer rights. The aim is to establish a legal framework to protect volunteers and decrease obstacles in volunteering. The Charter for the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers has been developed as a tool to reach this aim. Continue reading.

European Parliament supports electronic emergency system in cars

The transport Committee supports the introduction of a mandatory electronic system of emergency in all new car models. The satellite-based electronic notification system automatically sends a signal to the next emergency call centre when a serious accident happens. It transmits data, such as the exact location, vehicle ID and the time of the accident. Continue reading.

Є10 million for maternal health in Zimbabwe

The European Commission has allocated Є10 million for a maternal health project in Zimbabwe. The aim is to reduce maternal mortality from 695 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1999 to 174 by 2015. Continue reading.

European Commission strengthens social protection within its development policy

In many developing countries, social protection is non-existent. The Commission adopted a communication on social protection for reducing the poverty and vulnerability of populations and for fostering inclusive growth on 24 August. Continue reading.

Є3 million for Haiti after destruction by Isaac

The European Commission has allocated Є3 million for emergency humanitarian aid to the victims of tropical storm Isaac in

Haiti. The funding will be used for, temporary shelters and basic sanitation installations. Continue reading.

European Parliament development committee calls for continuation of budget

On September 3rd the development committee urged the EU not to cut back on the development budget, as this would harm the poorest countries. EU developmental aid has, for instance, given 31 million people access to drinking water. Continue reading.

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