- "Time to #OutbidChang : When a local barber shop stands up to a giant beer company" / 23.05.2016
- "High time to expose Big Alcohol" / 04.2016
- Children of Alcoholics Week 2016 - "Love and Safety are not a Priviledge, but a Right / 22.02.2016
- "Active – Sobriety, Friendship and Peace celebrates 25 years of sobriety, inclusion and restless work in Europe" / 11.08.2015
- “End of the charades with EU alcohol policy - more than 20 public health organizations are stepping out of the European Alcohol and Health Forum” / 14.06.2015
- "Will the realities of Children of Alcoholics make it to the headlines?" / 14.02.2015
- "Convention on the Rights of the Child, 25 years later: How long until we break the invisible wall?" / 20.11.2014.
- "New Board and policies step in to steer the ongoing growth of Active - Sobriety, Friendship and Peace / 06.08.2014
- "Raising Hopes for Children of Alcoholics on Valentine's Day" / 14.02.2014
- "Human Rights Generation Conference : A Call for the Human Rights Realities to meet the Policy Needs in Europe" / 13.12.2013
- "The path towards reducing alcohol-related harm: Need for independent research, evidence-based policies and effective policy making processes" / 03.12.2013
- IOGT Spearheads Global Coalition for Women and Girls / 25.11.2013
- Civil Society Organizations to Leave European Alcohol and Health Forum / 29.10.2013
- Revolutionising how we deal with youths' alcohol consumption / 28.2.2013
- “What makes a childhood joyful in today's Europe?” / 13.2.2013
- Sports and alcohol adverising - a bitter cocktail for Europeans / 22.11.2012
- Youth fight for stronger alcohol regulations / 12.11.2012
- “TAKE CARE” of alcohol problems? / 06.11.2012
- You Can Do It Without Alcohol! (Bosnia i Herzegovina) / 16.10.2012
- Why should the EU care about alcohol? / 27.06.2012
- Turning popular opinion into public policy / 25.04.2012
- FIFA’s Total Disregard for Democracy and Well-being of people / 06.03.2012
- Giving dreams on Valentine's day / 14.02.2012
- Future EU Presidency Cyprus fails to protect youth / 30.01.2012
- Europe celebrates Human Rights with a sour coctail / 10.12.2011
- Boroso promotes special interests instead of welfare of young Europeans / 25.11.2011
- Who steers a country – money or people? / 11.07.2011
- How politicians prioritize – a riddle for young Europeans / 11.07.2011
- Better alcohol control policy measures... / 16.06.2011
- The Boozification of the Royal wedding / 29.04.2011
- Easy for minors to buy alcohol in European Union / 08.04.2011
- A small scandal, a major problem / 04.04.2011
- 100 years women’s fight passed by alcohol industry unnoticed / 08.03.2011
- Boo! This is taboo! / 18.02.2011
- Nine million too many / 14.02.2011
- World cancer day - 2P's to save lives / 02.02.2011
- Spending money is not enough to stop AIDS epidemic / 01.12.2010
- Marginelized in the headlines, major in society / 26.11.2010
- Alcohol the most harmful drug and yet the most advertised one / 03.11.2010
- Alcohol is not like oat /28.10.2010
- Young European alarmed over ignorance /15.10.2010
- Protecting European children with a new Alcohol Strategy / 01.03.2013
- Our Future (is) Broke / 16.11.2011
- To the President of EU Parliament Mr Buzek / 04.04.2011
EVS is an abbreviation for European Voluntary Service and it is one of the tools of European Comission to ensure mobility and non-formal education for young people.
What does it mean in real life? That it is possible for young people (18 - 30 years old) to go abroad for maximum one year (12 month), stay at some organisation that works with the issues one feels interested in (environment, alcohol prevention, sports etc) and to have chance to use the time and energy on being busy only with the topic. In addition to that, those who travel abroad for one year have a huge chance to learn the language of the country they choose and learn more about the culture. EVS opens new possibilities in one's life.
Active in cooperation with NORDGU hosts 2 volunteers per year. If you want to know how they are doing, read their blog entries and if you want to be a volunteer in our office, contact office(at)activeeurope(dot)org.
The EVS is a part of "Erasmus+" Programme.
It’s been a long time since the last time I wrote a blog post. Nevertheless here I am sitting in the office and looking outside the window at the snowy roads and falling snowflakes. Despite the beautiful view, the weather outside is just frightful! -24 degrees for the last two days, but I am not complaining. I like it this way, because I have the time now to check out all the amazing photos on the new summer camp web-page.
Another fine season… Autumn is the period when things get started, whether it is a new hobby, a language course, a sport or simply an academic year. But it is also said that one can enjoy the fruits of autumn only if involved in a blooming spring. As a result of the working spring in ACTIVE, we are experiencing a week-full of activities in this year’s October venue – our bags are packed for Rome!
It’s been about time for the Active board to say: HI, WE ARE HERE, WE ARE DOING, WE ARE ACTIVE! We are hoping the blogg-writing will become regular and ongoing and something worth following. It has been an year since our ”new group of nine” got to work together and I must say we have been doing great! I can report that on our last board meeting in Riga we could, with big satisfaction and happyness, see that we are on the right way fullfilling YOUR plan of action for the years 2010-2012!
Heading for a more sober future in Latvia. In a country where the alcohol consumption is one of the highest for young and especially underage people in Europe, finally there is a change towards more sober direction. From 20. June the government of Latvia verified the rule that young people from 18 to 25 years old without the request of the cashier have to show their ID card.
They told me I would be taking the “scenic route” to Bosnia.
Well, how scenic?
Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia…
… in a bus.
… for 40 hours.
… with 50 other people.
It was ? nice Friday afternoon, one of the days from my office field trip for supporting our organizations. I was sun-bathing on a nice chair in the nature, waiting for a call, it was around 4 pm. Then my mobile phone rang, and it was Mirek from IOGT Polska (Poland). He said that they are at the place which we chose for the meeting. I said: I will be there in 10 minutes, wait for me! I sat into my car and drove to the meeting place. When I was there, I was searching for them and I cannot find them. A new idea came to my mind, maybe there are at my home address, which I posted in the map. Then I tried my place. Nobody!!! In my mind: Where they are? They are in Sala, or there are in some other city? Are their lost? I need to call them!
Just as the clock slowly passes midnight, I’m starting to mark my first month in Stockholm. I know that many of you won’t see the “me & Stockholm” connection as a big surprise, since I did spend quite some time there working with the numbers
But this time it is different and it’s more than just the numbers. Now I’m greeting you from the Political Officer position in Active So are you ready to talk about policy?