Community Development Authority unveils new volunteer programme

Published December 9th, 2009 - 08:31 GMT

The Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai has unveiled an accredited volunteer programme to mark International Volunteer Day held annually on December 5. The programme serves the security, health and culture sectors to enhance the culture of volunteering.

As per the programme, CDA will organise training courses that focus on strengthening awareness on volunteering. CDA will co-ordinate with Dubai government organizations and public benefit associations to involve more volunteers in various activities.

CDA will soon announce another programme that consists of several integrated systems to promote volunteering in Dubai including volunteer registration, opportunities for members of the community, limiting working hours, training and evaluation and volunteer rights.

“Voluntary work is a social duty that leads to convergence, cohesion and linkage between the various segments of the community. It is also a way to express the individual feelings of loyalty and sense of belonging with the society,” said His Excellency Mr Khalid Al Kamda, Director General, CDA.

“CDA has a special department called the “Volunteer Affairs Department“ concerned with volunteer work in Dubai. It is responsible for supervising volunteer work across all sectors, and also for preparing individuals to take up volunteering activity by training them to achieve the required objectives,” added Mr Al Kamda.

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