"Volunteers Addressing the Challenges of Globalization in Rural and Urban Development" (February 2012)
The European Athletics Young Leaders CommunityENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation) is the representative of the sport sector in the Alliance. ENGSO's partner European Athletics has created the European Athletics Young Leaders Community, a unique on-line space for active young people interested in athletics, developing their skills, community service and making new friends. The aim is to use modern communications and social network tools to encourage volunteer activity that helps to promote both athletics and local community service and in the process helps to prepare the sport's next generation of leaders. The community is driven by ideas and input from its members with support from European Athletics, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the national athletics federations in the 50 countries of Europe.
The main forms of activity are 1) volunteer work for Young Leaders Community partners (athletics events, clubs, schools and other sport-related organisations) and 2) projects to promote sport, fitness and physical education that are designed and implemented by our members. European Athletics and UNESCO will also host biannual live gatherings for community members to meet, exchange views and develop their leadership skills. The next gathering takes place in conjunction with the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2012.
Certificates of recognition from European Athletics and UNESCO are awarded to community members who register significant hours of volunteer work (Bronze Certificate = 100 hours, Silver Certificate = 250 hours, Gold Certificate = 500 hours). In its first year of operation the Young Leaders Community attracted more than 1000 members who registered more than 12,000 hours of volunteer work.
For more information visit www.athleticscommunity.org
British Red Cross programme: International Youth Volunteering ProgrammeThe British Red Cross brought partners from Germany, Armenia, Norway and France for the international youth volunteering programme together for a conference to enhance their working relationships, discuss future plans for the programme and agree a common framework. The conference was a two day event (21-22nd November) funded by the EU. The conference explored:
• Individual National Red Cross Society direction and areas of interest in international youth volunteering
• Networking between National Red Cross Societies
• Showcasing of projects by other national societies as well as UK project development
• Young people's experiences of the programme first hand
• Practicalities, financial framework and EU reporting, risk prevention & crisis management
• Support to young people with additional support needs
• Employability links for young people
• Other possible areas for synergy (eg Humanitarian Education)
All delegates inputted into the programme to develop its future direction. We achieved common streamlined and transparent processes for recruitment, financial and volunteer management as well as better quality project design.
British Red Cross project: Red11Red11 is a leadership initiative for young volunteers launched in 2011 to coincide with the European Year of Volunteering. This project was about supporting a small group of young volunteers to develop their leadership potential. Through a residential weekend and individual development plans (consisting of mentoring, project work and additional learning and development opportunities) participants developed the confidence, skills and experience to make a greater impact in the British Red Cross – now and in the future. Find a leaflet outlining the initiative attached.
Volunteering, Making a difference, eXpress, the ESN Magazine, 12th Edition, Autumn 2011
Young Volunteers Stand up!
On September 7-11, the European Youth Forum organised the biggest Civil Society event of the European Year on Volunteering proving and showcasing the impact and outreach of volunteers in youth organisations: the II Youth Convention on Volunteering.
The event, hosted by the European Parliament, was a space for young volunteers and youth organisations to work together, to discuss with European decision-makers and to celebrate the commitment of young people throughout Europe building a better Europe every day.
The Convention consisted of a wide range of activities, most notably the Stakeholder Conference on the Rights of Volunteers, the Volunteer Bridge dedicated to the EU-China Year of Youth, the Volunteers Village, hosting Member Organisations' and other partners' stands and activities, the launch of the European Youth Forum Alumni Network and the YO!Fest which celebrated 15 years of the European Youth Forum.
Part of the Convention was the Volunteer Bridge, one of the flagship events of the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth, organised by the European Youth Forum in partnership with the All-China Youth Federation, the European Commission and the European External Action Service and with the support of the Policy Dialogue Support Facility. A World Music Village Workshop, a Graffiti Workshop and the III China-Europe Symposium on Youth Work Development featured in this event. It provided an experience of volunteering and showcased the contribution of participatory youth organisations to the volunteering sector and to society.
The Village provided the space to more than 80 organisations, Members and non-Members of the platform, to present their work, to bring forward the added value of volunteering within their specific contexts and to engage participants and visitors in a set of workshops and interactive sessions. This Village showed the diversity and strength of youth work and the work of youth organisations. The Youth Forum therefore held a meeting in the Village with experts of the institutions who work on the new cycle of EU Programmes dedicated to Youth.
Overall the Convention gave visibility to volunteering in youth work, showcased the impact of youth organisations, provided them with a space for exchange and to learn from best practices and gave political visibility to the European Youth Forum across the institutions in Brussels. One of the first results was the support to the draft Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers from several important actors such as Mr. Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr. Gianni Pittella, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ms. Isabelle Durant, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mr. Jean-Pierre Vandersteen, Director General for Communication of DG Communications (EC), Ms. Marian Harkin, EP Coordinator of the European Year of Volunteering.
The video report of the Convention can be viewed on the Youth Forum's Vimeo page.
CSVnet: International conference, Italy- Central and South Eastern Europe. Volunteering and institutions in comparison, 7th -9th October in GoriziaOn 7th- 9th October 2011 CSVnet, CEV member organisation hosted the conference Italy- Central and South Eastern Europe. Volunteering and institutions in comparison in Gorizia. Delegates from 14 countries put forth recommendations on youth work, active ageing diversity and social inclusion. Amongst the proposals were the following: to encourage sustainable funding for volunteering and the exchange of best practices in all spheres of social action; to harmonize the data collection process, especially on the social and economic value of volunteering and to valorize skills obtained through voluntary commitments.