28TH ANNUAL VOLONTEUROPE CONFERENCE

 

TAKING DEMOCRACY, EUROPEAN VALUES AND PARTICIPATION TO A NEW LEVEL THROUGH EUROPEAN PROGRAMMES

 

Thursday, 28th November 2019

Maison ND Chant d’Oiseau, Centre de Formation, Av. des Franciscains, 3A, B-1150 Brussels

 

PROGRAMME

09:00 – 09:45   Registration & Coffee

09:45 – 10:00   Welcoming remarks from Volonteurope: Piotr Sadowski, Secretary General;  Oonagh Aitken, President

10:00 – 10:15   Keynote address on the “Importance of engagement of civil society in European policy- and decision-making”: Roger Casale, Founder and Secretary General, New Europeans; Vice-Chair of Europe’s People’s Forum

10:15 – 11:25   Political debate: “How to make Europe work for everyone and promote democracy, European values and participation?” Moderation: David Lopez, Vice President, Volonteurope

      • Brikena Xhomaqi, Director, Lifelong Learning Platform
      • Gabriella Civico, Director, CEV European Volunteer Centre
      • Julia Aramendi, Project Director, Voluntariado y Estrategia
      • Kélig Puyet, Director, Social Platform
      • Pavel Trantina, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee

11.25 – 11.30 Participants head to workshops; coffee served outside the workshop rooms

11:30 – 13:00   Parallel case study workshops: promoting democracy, European values and participation through European volunteer-engaging programmes (see below for details)

      • EU Aid Volunteers: “+CARE Project”
      • European Solidarity Corps: “Volunteering Partnerships”
      • Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships: “Wake Up! Young Europeans becoming change makers for a better Europe”
      • Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund: “EU VOICE Project”

13:00 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 15:00   Feedback from workshops and conference messaging

15:00 – 15:30   Closing session and farewell

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Workshop 1: EU Aid Volunteers Technical Assistance: “+CARE Project”

Workshop leads:

      • Silvia de Benito, Alianza por la Solidaridad, Spain
      • Costin Dedu, Imago Mundi Association, Romania
      • Maria Chiara Lesi, GVC We World, Italy

As a Technical Assistance project, +CARE has brought together seven organisations with different backgrounds under the same umbrella, to work on promoting humanitarian volunteering, bringing more organisations into the EU Aid Volunteers Programme and build on their own capacities to deploy volunteers in countries outside of the EU. The workshop will discuss topics such as reflections emerging from the project experience regarding volunteering outside of the EU, the internal capacities of organisations to provide unique, meaningful experiences and alliances among EU and with third- country organisations. Funding opportunities for strengthening civil society organisations and challenges faced will also be dealt with.

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Workshop 2:  European Solidarity Corps: “Volunteering Partnerships”

Workshop leads:

      • Brooke Allan, ProjectScotland, UK
      • Clara Gray, ProjectScotland, UK
      • Kasia Czarnecka, ProjectScotland,UK
      • Cara Battrick, Volunteering Matters, UK

This interactive workshop led by young volunteers from European solidarity projects will explore with the audience the challenges and benefits of young person led volunteering. The session will cover how to make projects inclusive, how European projects can support young people to engage in democratic processes and what are European values and why do they matter to young people today. During the session participants will have the opportunity to ask the facilitators questions and to share their experiences of supporting young people to take the lead in volunteering and how this is key to international exchange.

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Workshop 3: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships: “Wake Up! Young Europeans becoming change makers for a better Europe”

Workshop leads:

      • Perdita Wingerter, GLL, Germany
      • Kollmuß, GLL, Germany
      • Daniela Polzer, GLL, Germany
      • Oonagh Aitken, Volunteering Matters, UK

The project is about young people empowering one another to become change-makers, promote democratic values, solidarity and inclusion across Europe, and raising awareness of European politics and values. It connects people in different networks and countries, so that young people all across Europe become change makers for a better Europe. In the workshop, young volunteers from Germany will give you insight into their work and activities as peer educators. Additionally, we will actively involve participants of this workshop in taster sessions on workshops developed already by partners, including voting and democratic engagement, so that they can have a real “WAKE UP!” experience.

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Workshop 4: Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund: “EU VOICE Project”

Workshop leads:

      • Zsofia Jobbagy, Co&So, Italy
      • Benedetta Manoelli, Co&So, Italy
      • Sara Caravelas, Volunteering Matters, UK
      • Luiza Tsikala, United Societies of Balkans, Greece

This interactive workshop, built around a multi-country AMIF initiative on integration of third country nationals through volunteering, will start off with collecting the participants’ experiences in cultural volunteering area using a “Mentimeter” tool. A focus group discussion will analyse success and failure factors in cultural volunteering, as well as digital innovations that young people can bring about in European projects. Good practices will be exchanged as an outcome of the focus groups and at the end of the workshop the project leaders will invite participants to share their good practices and experiences on a Google Drive folder that will be linked to the EUVOICE Facebook page. This is also useful for a possible future collaboration and to the creation of a European network.