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Volunteers, thank you for your contributions in 2016!

The European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 has come to an end. Hundreds of projects and cultural events, dozens of festivals and artistic projects, concerts, exhibitions, workshops... Many of them would not have a chance to take place were it not for the invaluable support of almost 2000 volunteers working for the ECoC.

A summary meeting
On Tuesday (January 10), a meeting which summed up the activities of the ECoC Volunteers took place at Barbara. Among the participants of the meeting were: Rafał Dutkiewicz - Mayor of Wrocław, Krzysztof Maj - ECoC Wrocław 2016 Office Director, Magdalena Piasecka - CEO of Convention Wrocław, as well as ECoC Volunteers Coordinators: Aleksandra Stachura, Kamila Januszko, Alicja Sośnicka i Agnieszka Szymerowska, who were tasked with coordinating the work and activities undertaken by volunteers. The audience consisted of a hundred of the most involved ECoC volunteers - the so-called SCB Special Cultural Battalion. Apart from everyone’s gratitude, the volunteers were given certificates, small gifts and distinctions for their input in creating the events of the European Capital of Culture programme. We would like to once again thank every single one of you!


ECoC 2016 Volunteers
Wrocław is “the meeting place”, and meetings are all about people. The European Capital of Culture is really lucky to have such amazing people. Many of them joined this outstanding project to work as volunteers. The majority of them were students, but the team also comprised highschoolers, working people and seniors, people from many countries, cultures, social groups and generations. All of them had two things in common - passion and willingness to act. Throughout the year, they sacrificed their free time to create the most important space for culture in Poland.

- "For us, every volunteer is an invaluable source of inspiration, positive energy and faith in the success of this project. Without them, organising the majority of our events would not only be much harder - in many cases it would simply be impossible”, said Aleksandra Stachura, ECoC Wrocław 2016 volunteer coordinator, who is convinced that this was the case.

The volunteers had the opportunity to not only look behind the scenes of the organisation of this great project, but also to face many interesting challenges. The coordinators assigned the tasks according to the volunteers’ individual preferences, skills and competencies, and thanks to that everyone could do things they were good at and that brought them satisfaction. We also should not forget about all the unforgettable experiences and memories, such as participating in concerts of world-class stars, meetings with artists, meeting new friends and getting in touch with international organisations... The volunteers of the European Capital of Culture will certainly have something to remember.

“The ECoC volunteering project started off with several people on board”, said Kamila Januszko, ECoC Wrocław 2016 Volunteer Coordinator. “Today, our database contains over 2000 names. The recruitment and training for volunteers went on throughout the year. We collaborate with universities, youth care centres, senior clubs and associations of persons with disabilities. Thanks to that we managed to find many fantastic people who gladly joined our activities”.
 



Many months of hard work allowed us to create a strong and cohesive team of volunteers, who motivated and inspired each other. Hundreds of hours spent together resulted in friendships that will last for many years.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped us create the European Capital of Culture in Wrocław from the depths of our hearts. We hope that 2016 was just the beginning of our cultural adventure together. There is a chance that the human capital will still serve culture in Wrocław... And not only that!

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