Last week, Volonteurope members and partners travelled to Rome to take part in a seminar on Rural Isolation of Citizens in the EU, which was organised by Volonteurope in collaboration with its Italian partner AUSER. Delegates from Macmillan Cancer Support (UK), Itinéraire International (France), Imago Mundi Association (Romania), Tuzla Community Foundation (Bosnia & Herzegovina), LVKK (Netherlands) and CESAVO (Italy) presented case studies on innovative approaches to addressing the issue of rural isolation. The seminar was concluded by a talk by Dr Flaminia Ventura, an expert on rural isolation from Perugia University. Read the Storify story here, and view photos from the event here.

The seminar marked the start of Volonteurope’s two-year campaign on the problems of, and solutions to, rural isolation. In the context of this campaign, Volonteurope and its members and partners will be taking part in a series of activities aimed at tackling the issue of rural isolation and keeping it high on the policy agenda at both a national and European level.

At the seminar, Volonteurope presented an initial briefing paper on the topic of rural isolation, with key recommendations. We will be drawing on the insights that came out of the seminar to further strengthen this document, which we plan to develop over the course of our campaign and which will available on our website shortly.