Volonteurope is involved in several Erasmus+ projects, working with young people with fewer opportunities, developing volunteer and volunteer management training, and introducing innovative approaches to citizenship education.
The main objective of the ENGAGE project was to develop a European citizenship module-based handbook for students aged from 8 to 12 years old. The consortium of partners involved in developing the handbook consisted of: Zentrum polis (Austria), La Ligue de l’enseignement de Bourgogne and Cidem (France), The DARE Network (Belgium), Der Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (Germany), La Fundación Educativa y Asistencial Cives (Spain) and Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej (Poland). The content of the handbook was equally split, with one half focusing on civic participation, and the other on democratic participation. Included topics encompassed learning activities on multiperspectivity in history education, sustainable development, solidarity and democracy. The ENGAGE project finished in January 2017, and the completed models have been published on the project website.
VOLUNTEERING FOR THE FUTURE
Research conducted around this project has found that young volunteers who have returned from a volunteering mission or assignment abroad often return to their home countries with a strong commitment to working to secure a more just and equitable world.
In light of this research, Volunteering for the Future focusses on developing learning opportunities tailored to young volunteers returning from the global south. Utilising innovative outreach techniques and methodologies, it aims to nurture the transformative potential of these young people. The project produced a comprehensive suite of research on the obstacles preventing returned volunteers from engaging for the benefit of their local communities. This research is being used to develop training and educations materials and online learning opportunities, which will be available for wider dissemination in the near future. These will be widely promoted through the partners’ extensive networks nationally, throughout the EU and internationally, and the resources will remain publicly available at the end of the project’s life cycle in August 2018.
The objective of the INCREASE project is to develop an interdisciplinary further training programme, aimed specifically at youth workers. This further training programme will provide youth workers with the skills to tackle the complex situations that can frequently feature in their day-to-day work, especially in residential youth care and crisis intervention. An explorative study on this subject has already been completed and the consortium is currently finishing the INCREASE 80 hours training programme, of which the pilot will be taking place in the first half of 2017. The experiences of the whole partnership during the project implementation period will be collected and channelled into a policy recommendation paper, which will be presented at a final multiplier event in Austria in June 2017. This paper will give concrete support and recommendations to policy makers for an improvement of an inclusive youth policy in Europe. Visit the INCREASE website here
Faced with decreasing support, civil societies across Europe are being forced to work more effectively to achieve their desired objectives. To support them in becoming more proficient, we have been collaborating with Gemeinsam leben & lernen in Europa e.V.(Germany), Centrul de Volontariat Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Dobrovolnické centrum (Czech Republic) in the ProVol Erasmus+ project. The aim of the project is to foster volunteers’, and their coordinators’, professional skills and, consequently, make volunteering a valid pathway to full time employment. As part of this project, the consortium partners have assessed the state and status of volunteering in the participating countries and have published modular handbooks for both volunteers and their coordinators. These valuable training materials will remain available for consultation on the project website after the project has been completed. Tailored publications for volunteers and coordinators have been made available for the participating countries in addition to European wide handbooks.
The primary goal of Volonteurope; and our partners FACE (France), Pour la Solidarité (Belgium), VOLUM (Romania) and Wisamar (Germany); in this project, is the promotion of volunteering activities as a valid pathway to employment. Therefore we have adapted the ProfilPass – a tool to express interests and competences – into a “Portfolio for Volunteering experiences.” This document will help to identify the skills acquired during volunteering and help to translate these into skills and competences valued in the job market. In order to facilitate employment opportunities for volunteers we will also reach out to the private sector for the recognition of these skills. More information on this project can be found on our EuroVIP page and on the project website.
Last week I attended the midterm transnational meeting of our EuroVIP project in Bucharest with a colleague from Volunteering Matters, David Littlefair. The purpose of the meeting was for the project’s consortium to convene and discuss the progress of EuroVIP over the...read more
Since February 2015, we, alongside seven other European civil society organisations – Zentrum polis (Austria), La Ligue de l'enseignement de Bourgogne and Cidem (France), The DARE Network (Belgium), Der Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (Germany), La Fundación...read more
Two weeks ago, I took the train to Birmingham to visit Volunteering Matters’ National Full Time Volunteering team. I met with Heather Candelet and Claire Rennison, who fully acquainted me with all aspects of their work in Full Time Volunteering, and I was able to...read more
Effects of Erasmus+ project “ProVol” on making volunteering more efficient continue to last In times of decreasing public funds for volunteering, it becomes especially important to use the existing resources efficiently and to their full potential. The Erasmus+...read more
At the start of this week we held our “Youth and Mobility in a Post-Brexit Europe” event with our co-hosts European Alternatives, in London’s Europe House. Organised as both a multiplier event for EVS4ALL and a platform for prompting debate around the upcoming...read more