Valikko-logoText: Pinja Nieminen, translation Marika Kanerva

The so called valikko networks for the coordinators in voluntary work have been established all over Finland over the years. Valikko activity has been developed by a current member at the board of Kansalaisareena Liisa Reinman during her working career as the former coordinator of voluntary work in the Finnish Federation for the Visually Impaired.

The networks have evolved from the need for peer support for the coordinators of voluntary work – many coordinators are the only ones responsible for the voluntary work in their organisations. In valikko network, there is an opportunity to reflect on developing your own work with other people representing same the professional group.

In the beginning of 2016, Kansalaisareena received a new separate funding from RAY to develop the valikko networks. The development work started now in the first phase with 12 regional valikko networks, which all organize seminars based on their own specific points of emphasis. The development priorities are, for example, assessing the borderline between professional and voluntary work, the effectiveness of voluntary work, communications and marketing in voluntary work, leadership in voluntary work and so on. The aim of the development work is to raise the skills in the participating networks and thereby improve the quality of voluntary work in the regions.

In the long term, the aim is not only the improved quality of voluntary activities, but also a greater number of volunteers.

From the beginning of next year, the development work is hoping to have more valikko networks involved. The first new network to make it is the voluntary cooperation network of Kaakonkulma KaVA. See here for the development work seminars organised in 2016.