Conselho Nacional para a Promoção do Voluntariado (CNPV)
Av. Marquês de Tomar, n.º 21, 7.º andar
Tel: +351 21 792 62 18/20/24
Fax: +351 21 792 6397
CNPV, which was established in 2000 and started its activity in 2001, is responsible for the promotion, qualification, study and organisation of volunteering in Portugal.
CNPV undertakes a range of activities, including:
*Keeping volunteering high on the policy agenda and working with the government to promote it
*Disseminating general information to volunteers, local /national organisations of volunteers and citizens
*Organising meetings, colloquies, conferences and specific debates on volunteering
*Organising special sessions to celebrate the International Day of Volunteers (IVD), each 5th December
*Preparing several studies and inquiries about volunteering throughout 2006 and 2007
*Issuing, at a national level, a Volunteer Identification Card. This started in December 2006
*Upkeeping an internet site about volunteering – www.voluntariado.pt (contains useful information on legislation, an agenda of main events, how to become a volunteer, national and international websites, volunteer testimonies, and examples of good practice amongst other things). This site was launched in March 2005
*Organising sessions of “training for trainers” about volunteering all over the country, based on a trainer’s handbook on volunteering. These sessions have been organised in 12 of the 20 regions of Portugal
*Publishing a bulletin, every three months, called ” Voluntariado, hoje” containing relevant information about volunteering
*Offering technical support to “Local Volunteer Centres” – the meeting points of people who wish to volunteer and organisations that want to recruit volunteers. There are 36 Local Volunteer Centres throughout the country and 16 are in a phase of implementation.
*Permanently constructing a database of local/ national volunteering organisations in Portugal that is accessible through the website.