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Participating in the voluntary sector

Participating in the voluntary sector
There are associations in every field: professional, social, cultural, humanitarian, philosophical… Their main purpose is as a meeting place, a forum for ideas, a school for learning responsibilities and principles of democracy.

The voluntary sector is increasingly recognised by the public authorities in the establishment of a dialogue with civil society. It is not possible to name-check all the associations in the Brussels-Capital Region here. We limit ourselves to a survey of some of the main trends, specifically in the domain of citizenship and living together.

Intercultural dialogue

Instituting a dialogue between cultures is a priority in the Brussels-Capital Region. The aim is to promote the integration of immigrants into society and guard against discrimination. With this in mind, associations play a dominant role in establishing links between the various communities in Brussels.

The Centre Bruxellois d'Action Interculturelle promotes intercultural relations in the Region and in Belgian society. The organisation’s website publishes information on activities and a directory of associations.

Contact:
Avenue de Stalingrad 24, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 289 70 50
Email: info@cbai.be
Online: www.cbai.be (FR)

Neighbourhood associations

Two associations, one French speaking and one Dutch-speaking, are active in the life of the Region:

  • IEB - Inter-Environnement Bruxelles: a federation of almost 80 French-speaking neighbourhood committees and specialised groups in such fields as environment, mobility and urban development in the Brussels-Capital Region.

    Contact:
    Centre Euclides
    Rue du Chimiste 34-36, 1070 Brussels
    Phone: Tél. : +32 (0)2 801 14 80
    Email: info@ieb.be
    Online: www.ieb.be (FR)

  • BRAL - Brusselse Raad voor Leefmilieu: an independent network of residents committees and active residents who work for the urban environment in the widest sense in the Brussels-Capital Region, including environment, mobility, urban development and urban renewal.

    Contact:
    Place du Samedi 13, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)477 26 93 14
    Online: www.bralvzw.be (NL)

The 'Etats généraux de Bruxelles'

In January 2009 a number of civil society organisations in Brussels came together to convene the Etats généraux de Bruxelles.
They included Aula Magna, BECI (Brussels Enterprise, Commerce and Industry), Manifesto, BKO (Brussels Kunstenoverleg), RAB (Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles) and BruXselforum. As a platform of civil society, the Etats généraux de Bruxelles works to identify priorities and sketch out the main points of a vision for the Brussels-Capital Region in order to initiate a dialogue with politicians and the media with the support of the Brussels universities Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

What about young people?

For comprehensive information on associations and movements for young people see the Youth movements and associations page in the Participation of the Young section of this website.

Voluntary work in an association

The Association pour le Volontariat is a pluralist organisation coordinating and promoting voluntary work that brings together almost a thousand associations in Brussels and Wallonia.

Contact:

Rue Royale 11, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 219 53 70 02
Email: volontariat@swing.be
Online: www.volontariat.be (FR)

Voluntary work for Dutch speakers in Brussels

Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk vzw, which was founded back in 1977, has set up a network of provincial branches, including one in Brussels.

Contact:
Het Punt vzw
Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk Brussel
'T Lakenhuis
Rue de Laken 76/6, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 218 55 16
Email: info@hetpuntbrussel.be
Online: www.hetpuntbrussel.be

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

The Region is committed to pursuing a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunities (FR/NL). Special attention is given to a number of vulnerable groups, which constitute the target groups of the regional equal opportunities policy: men and women, disabled persons, persons of foreign origin and LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals).