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January 15, 2022, 11:01

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Committee of Public Relations and Youth Policy of the City of Moscow

Every year, more than 1,800 organizations benefit from the support of a network of NPO coworking centers.

A network of coworking centers for non-profit organizations (NPOs) consists of 11 modern sites throughout Moscow. Each of these county centers can be contacted by the NPO if it needs office space, assistance in organizing an event, information support, printed matter, or professional advice.

Working in a pandemic

One of the services of the network of coworking centers is the provision of premises for work and events. It can be both individual workplaces and presentation halls and meeting rooms with all the necessary equipment.

“Despite the epidemiological situation, in 2021 the demand for coworking center services did not fall, but even increased. Non-profit organizations receive additional support and can continue to implement their socially significant programs for the population of Moscow at a high quality level. This year, more than 33,600 NPO employees took advantage of working space in co-working centers. This is almost 35 percent more than last year,” said Pavel Simakov, head of the network of NPO coworking centers.

You can book a room on the website “Soulful Moscow”. To do this, just choose a coworking space convenient for the location and leave a request indicating the desired date and time.

Consulting, printing and photography services

All co-working centers, in addition to working premises, provide non-profits with a single set of services. In any of them, non-profit organizations can use the services of a printing house, receive information support and assistance in organizing events, as well as consult a lawyer, accountant and other specialists.

This year, NPO employees ordered more than 2,200 printing of printed products, 600 photo shoots, and 2,300 materials about the work of the non-profit sector were published on the Spiritual Moscow portal.

In total, since the beginning of 2021, NGOs have turned to coworking centers for help almost 14 thousand times, which is 21 percent more than in 2020. Any socially oriented NGO in Moscow can become a network partner and receive support. To do this, contact one of centersand sign a cooperation agreement. After that, NGOs will be able to book jobs or venues for events, receive information support or use other services. More than 1,800 non-profit organizations of the capital have already signed cooperation agreements. Of these, over 400 have joined the project this year.

“We are working with the coworking center of the NPO of the North-Eastern Administrative District. Thanks to the help of the center in placing information about us in the media, we attracted new participants to our programs. In addition, professional photographers and cameramen are rarely on the staff of a non-profit organization. And the coworking center gives us the opportunity to conduct high-quality shooting and present the projects we are implementing in the best possible way,” said Marina Volkova, president of the “Give Peace of Good” charity foundation.

Free training and advanced training courses

One of the most requested services is a free educational program. “NKO Lab”. Participants are offered several training formats to choose from: advanced training courses with the issuance of a standard certificate, a three-month online course, the students of which receive certificates, or separate seminars, webinars and master classes on a variety of topics. This year, more than 7.5 thousand people have been trained under the NPO Lab program in full-time and remote formats.

In addition, a refresher course “Management of personnel and volunteers in NGOs” has appeared. Under the guidance of expert practitioners, university professors and lawyers, the students got acquainted with the motivation of personnel and the algorithm for their selection, learned how to conduct interviews with potential employees and meetings with the team, and manage conflicts. In total, more than 300 educational events were held this year with the support of coworking centers, almost half of them online.

Photo contests and large-scale city events

To help non-profit organizations to do good deeds, the network of coworking centers held a photo contest “City of Caring. Vocation”. Volunteers and employees of NGOs could tell about their activities in a bright and interesting way with the help of photographs.

The participants presented their works in nine categories in different areas of NPO activity, and the winners were determined by the audience and experts by voting. The best photographs adorned the capital’s parks for several months. In addition, the winners of the competition took part in a series video podcastsdedicated to the work of non-profit organizations that help those in need, take care of people with disabilities, and are also engaged in the field of sports, leisure and the environment. They have been viewed over 70,000 times.

Muscovites have chosen the winners of the photo contest “City of Caring. Vocation”Helping animals and charity runs. Stories of the winners of the contest “City of Caring. Vocation”

Another large-scale event is the celebration of World NGO Day. Over the course of three days, more than 10 thousand citizens got acquainted with non-profit organizations of the capital, took part in their projects, learned about volunteering and other ways to help those in need. And representatives of NGOs exchanged experience at the conference and received free expert advice.

Ecology protection

All 11 Moscow co-working centers operate according to green office standards in order to reduce the harmful impact on the environment. Each of them has containers for food waste and recyclable packaging, boxes for waste paper, a box for batteries, and a box for collecting plastic caps. During this year, employees and visitors collected 85 kilograms of batteries, over 320 kilograms of waste paper, 180 kilograms of lids, and almost three tons of clothes and 110 kilograms of shoes were sent for recycling.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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