Category Archives: CCMC

Buffer Zone Bloggers is happening now!

A quick update on the first day of BZB in Nicosia’s buffer zone! Great turnout, and lots of interesting discussion going on. Here is a photo from the social media workshop which took place outside in the sunshine:

Buffer Zone Bloggers Media Update


Tune in tomorrow, Thursday 28 April 2011, 09:00, on the NGO Support Centre show, Η Κοινωνία των Πολιτών, on Radio Astra, 92.8 FM Stereo, and get the blurb on what the Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend is all about!


BIZ-ΕΜΕΙΣ will be covering the first day of the Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend which is Friday 29 April 2011. Hope to see all of you participating bright and ready for your close ups 😉

Volunteers Make The Difference

European Year of Volunteering 2011

European Year of Volunteering 2011

2011 is the European Year of Volunteering. It is the chance for the European Commission to celebrate the commitment of millions of European volunteer workers, but also to launch a challenge to the three-quarters of the European population who do not do any volunteering. We would like to say to them that they can also make a difference.”

The definition of a volunteer is a simple one: a person who performs a service willingly and without pay. The impact of volunteers on an individual, as well as on a communal level is far reaching, though. A quarter of Europeans donate their free time without any remuneration in order to support schools, hospitals, and sports clubs, environmental protection, provision of social services and helping people in other countries. Their efforts, combined with those of the many thousands of volunteering organisations spread throughout the continent, make a huge difference to all our lives in countless, often imperceptible, ways. They offer their communities that necessary human support, which institutions often fail to provide on account of their, often, amorphous, managerial nature. Volunteers, on the other hand, choose beyond personal detachment and put their free time and energy to the service of their fellow humans. The reward is an increase in the quality of life, for everyone involved.

And where there is personal involvement, there are extraordinary human stories. In fact, sharing in the humanity of others is often reason enough for volunteers to dedicate themselves to a purpose. The creative and constructive power unleashed through voluntary activities is indeed a remarkably transformative experience. The video below is the story of Demetra Socratus, a young volunteer in Cyprus, working with children through the Cyprus Youth Board. It is her touching first-hand account of her experience with the International Childrens Film Festival of Cyprus’ bicommunal project, “Cyprus Artefacts in Action.”

Buffer Zone Bloggers Website:

Buffer Zone Bloggers is delighted to announce the launch of the DigiMe project website featuring Buffer Zone Bloggers:

All information you might need on the Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend can be found on it, in English, Greek and Turkish; plus lots of interesting extras! Journalists’ resources are available under the section Press and Media / MME / Basın & Medya. In case more details are necessary, Sarah from Cyprus Community Media Centre and Stelios from NGO Support Centre will be happy to assist you respectively on sarah@cypruscommunitymedia.orgor

Buffer Zone Bloggers Press Release

Buffer Zone Bloggers English Press Release

Buffer Zone Bloggers English Press Release

Buffer Zone Bloggers Δελτίο Τύπου

Buffer Zone Bloggers Greek Press Release

Buffer Zone Bloggers Greek Press Release