The Giving Time Project at VAL has been invited to attend a conference organised by Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe

Gary Blake was invited to attend a conference in Bucharest on 25 February. He wrote about what he was looking to achieving before the conference.

I am very much looking forward to attending a conference in Bucharest this Thursday (25 February).

I am representing The Giving Time Project at VAL that is managed by Andrina Dawson.

Giving Time operates across West Yorkshire and supports Prisoners and ex-offenders into accessing volunteering as a way to change their lives for the better – by providing tailored one-to-one support, matching individuals with opportunities and supporting their personal and professional development throughout their volunteering.


I will be attending different workshops at the conference including:

Developing a volunteer training programme and good practice

And Risks and boundaries.

There will be some interesting speakers at The Conference including:

“Becoming a volunteer has helped with my reintegration after leaving prison”(Ex-offender, Hungary)

Working with offenders: a perspective from Italy

Personalising volunteer training: a practical demonstration from Portugal

I have never sent a Tweet before but while I am in Bucharest I plan to send out regular tweets about some of the workshops I will be participating in and about some of the presentations I will be listening to.

I will also be doing a bit of sightseeing while I am there, very excited about visting a country I have never been to before. I don’t know much about Bucharest yet but I have been told that it has the second biggest building in the world, the biggest being The Pentagon in America.


Gary Blake

Supporting Organisations Manager, Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL)

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