Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council
The Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council (PVCC) is the supreme coordinative body of voluntary service in the Republic of Cyprus. It was founded in 1973 to address the need of co-ordination amongst the voluntary organizations, policy development for the voluntary sector and set a collaboration framework with governmental authorities in social policy making. It functions under the Pan Cyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council law (61(I)/2006).
Key Competencies and Powers
PVCC, inter alia, is responsible to:
- keep and manage the Register of Voluntary Organisations, established by virtue of article of the PVCC law
- chart the short-term, middle-term and long-term plan of action in the field of volunteerism and social welfare, in cooperation with the competent services of the Republic, or with any governmental, semi-governmental or non government agency
- coordinate its member organisations
- submit reports, views, suggestions, memorandums and action plans to the competent services of the Republic, in connection with the charting, formulation, running and implementation of the policy of the Republic in the field of volunteerism and social welfare
- advise the competent services of the Republic in connection with the allocation of assistance or grants to its member organizations
- identify, study, analyze and project social problems and needs
- active contribution to the planning, the charting and the formulation of the social policy of the Republic
- development of volunteerism
- study, utilization, support and projection of the contribution of voluntary organizations in the field of volunteerism and social welfare
- coordination of the activities and the planning of its members with the competent services of the state
- facilitation and strengthening of the operation and activities of its members
- charting of policy and strategy for the achievement of the short-term and long-term objectives in the field of volunteerism and social welfare
- provision of training tο its member organisations
- establishment, maintenance, education, administration and utilization of Volunteer Centers
- generally, the promotion of contribution in the field of volunteerism and social welfare in the Republic
- Dialogue and consultation with the state
- Dialogue with the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance and voluntary associations/NGOs
- Centre for Training, Development and Research
- Civil Society Assembly
- Pancyprian conference
- Services to member organizations
- Volunteer Centre
- Awareness raising campaigns on volunteerism (Volunteerism Week, Programme “Youth and Volunteering”, Essay Competitions on volunteering, digital game on volunteering, presentations)
- Elders’ Parliament
- International/European relations
- Publications/Digital material
The PVCC member organisations represent a wide spectrum of the interests of civil society and work in various policy domains.
- 6 District Volunteerism Coordinative Councils (DVCCs)
- 366 Community/Committee Volunteerism Councils and district/local voluntary organizations/NGOs (members of DVCCs)
- 60 Pancyprian Voluntary Organisations / NGOs
The Volunteer Centre was established in 1991 by the PVCC. Today there are Volunteer Centres in all districts, under the supervision of the DVCCs and under the general coordination of the PVCC. The Volunteer Centre identifies the needs, registers volunteers, trains and guides volunteers, matches need and demand, and certifies voluntary service.
The Volunteer Centre meets various needs of individuals and families, organizations, communities and other authorities. It promotes welfare, culture, corporate social responsibility, environmental and humanitarian projects, etc.
The Volunteering Portal works with a maximum security system that protects the personal data of individuals or groups registered in the Portal, as mandated by national legislation. The Portal provides the opportunity for the registration of volunteers and volunteer groups, as well as needs. A matching of need and demand mechanism facilitates the efficient administration and processing of needs and the effective placement of volunteers.
Recent reports on volunteering in Cyprus:
Cyprus report (2011): Volunteering across Europe – organisations, promotion, participation, Vol. III. Available at: http://www.spes.lazio.it/europe/5_cyprus.pdf
For further information:
9, Andreas Avraamides Str.
3rd floor, Apart. 301,
2024 Strovolos, Nicosia,
P.O.BOX. 24649, 1302 Nicosia
Tel.: 22 514786
Fax: 22 514788