Danish Red Cross welcomes a delegation from Belarus

On 11-15 March 2018, Belarus Red Cross Secretary General, volunteer coordinator, international relations officer and Belarusian media participated in a study visit to Denmark. The purpose of the visit was to share experiences in psychosocial support, youth and volunteering, organizational development and cooperation with local authorities.PIC2 Besk

The visit schedule included meetings both with the Danish Red Cross senior management and staff with expertise on psychosocial support, youth and volunteering, resource mobilization, communications, and human resource management. The intensive programme also included a learning visit to Køge and familiarisation with local Red Cross activities.

According the Belarus Red Cross Secretary General Olga Mychko, these were a very productive three days. "It is an honour for us that Danish Red Cross has an interest to cooperate with Belarus Red Cross. We are impressed how you work with volunteers and NGOs, and with DRCY activities in Denmark and internationally. We have identified the following areas for our continued cooperation: volunteering and leadership, psychosocial support (training Red Cross volunteers and instructors), work in communities (healthy ageing, participation of older persons), work in prisons, as well as twinning partnership and dialogue with the authorities."

Volunteer coordinator Anastasia Soroka says, "Very exciting to see the Danish Red Cross HQ, cosy and thoughtful, with a separate space for volunteer activities, smiling people, politeness and willingness to help permeate every centimetre. DRCY has an excellent infrastructure and committed team. They have won our hearts by their activism and buoyancy. It has also been inspiring when volunteers from Køge shared their motivations and experiences in assisting the vulnerable people."

International relations officer Svetlana Tukach says, "It was my first visit to the Danish Red Cross and it was really a very special experience. I was impressed by the size of the RC, its scope of work both nationally and internationally and its image among the Danish volunteers and population. What I noted especially was the commitment and enthusiasm of the volunteers in RC branches who run the local branch and second-hand shops, visit patients at hospitals, organize activities to address the need in their communities in close cooperation, and supported by local authorities. My personal feeling is that ‘people-centered approach’ is something special not only in the work of the Danish Red Cross but it is there in the Danish life style (maybe it's Hygge?:)."

Belarus delegation has brought back a lot of positive impressions about the work of Danish Red Cross colleagues; the acquired experiences will be adapted in the work of Belarus Red Cross.