Voluntary, civic engagement lives through the people who do it. The Bocholt Volunteer Agency is a service offered by the City of Bocholt and is organisationally located in the Department of Social Affairs. It acts as an initiator, mediator and intermediary between those interested in volunteering, organisations, companies, associations or other non-profit institutions that have voluntary tasks to offer.
Wherever possible, the volunteer agency relies on partnerships and cooperation with other local and supra-regional institutions.
The services of the Bocholt Volunteer Agency:
Information on all aspects of volunteering in Bocholt
Neutral advice and mediation on voluntary activities
Advice for non-profit organisations
Information on the "Volunteer Academy" (further training)
Civic engagementdeserves recognition and appreciation!
That is why the North Rhine-Westphalian state government, together with many cities, districts and municipalities in the state, has introduced a state-wide volunteer card.
In Bocholt, too, deserving citizens who voluntarily help others can be awarded an honorary activity card.
The Ehrenamtskarte is an expression of appreciation for the great voluntary work of citizens and combines this appreciation with a practical benefit.
People who spend a particular amount of time working for the common good can use the card to take advantage of various offers from public, non-profit and private institutions at reduced rates.
In addition to many benefits from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ehrenamtskarte is also linked to numerous offers from the city of Bocholt and, above all, from partners in the local economy, from associations and cultural institutions.
What is the Ehrenamtskarte?
With the Ehrenamtskarte, the city of Bocholt, the state government, the other participating municipalities, and above all entrepreneurs and traders from Bocholt would like to express their appreciation of people who do an above-average amount of voluntary work for the common good.
The Ehrenamtskarte has a cheque card format and bears the coat of arms of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and that of the city of Bocholt.
As a sign of recognition and appreciation, the Ehrenamtskarte in Bocholt is handed over personally by the mayor or his deputy.
What benefits do I receive with the Ehrenamtskarte?
Holders of the Bocholte Ehrenamtskarte can take advantage of numerous attractive benefits in all participating municipalities. These include - depending on the municipality - reduced entrance fees to museums, swimming pools and other public leisure facilities as well as discounts on adult education courses, in theatres, etc. .
Each city has its own offers. The attractiveness of the Ehrenamtskarte depends above all on the offers of local partners from the private sector, associations and cultural providers.
In Bocholt, many partners already participate in the Ehrenamtskarte and more partners and thus offers are constantly being added.
Holders of the Ehrenamtskarte are regularly informed by the city about changes in the offers.
The basic requirement for the award of the Ehrenamtskarte is a voluntary or civic commitment of at least five hours per week or 250 hours per year on average, for example in a club, social institution or independent association.
The Volunteer Card is intended in particular to express gratitude and recognition to those who do not receive any financial benefits for their commitment in the form of lump-sum expense allowances or similar. Voluntary work must have been carried out for at least one year and in the area of the city of Bocholt and must be confirmed by the office in whose area you carry out the work.
Where is the Ehrenamtskarte valid?
The Ehrenamtskarte is valid throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, in all participating municipalities. You can find out which municipalities are already participating in the Ehrenamtskarte at www.ehrensache.nrw.de.
Where can I apply for the Ehrenamtskarte?
You can apply for the volunteer card at the Department of Social Affairs at the "Service-Büro Rente, Senioren, Betreuungen und Ehrenamt" of the City of Bocholt.
You can do this quickly and easily using the online form.
How long is the Ehrenamtskarte valid?
The Ehrenamtskarte is valid for two years after it has been issued. The Ehrenamtskarte can be re-applied for after expiry.
How much does the Ehrenamtskarte cost?
The Ehrenamtskarte is issued free of charge by the city of Bocholt to those who are committed. It is a tribute to all those who volunteer a considerable amount of their time and energy for our society and thus contribute to the common good.