Volunteering in Youth NGOs: Citizens in actionThe Volunteering Event held in Istanbul, Turkey from 24 to 29 March 2011, under the heading "Volunteering in Youth NGOs: Citizens in action", gathered 44 participants and Planning team members from 21 associations from 19 countries to share about their activities on volunteering, get new ideas working together and possibly start partnership projects.
The event has been a very valuable opportunity to: share information about the state of volunteering in the different participating national Scout associations and countries, to update on the developments and achievements of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering and to inform about European opportunities and resources related to volunteering and young people.
Participants had the opportunity to analyse way volunteers are managed in their organisations with the aim to ensure that there is the supportive environment that will maximise their experience in volunteering. Specific time and focus have also been dedicated to present and discuss the importance to have an external relations approach to better to profile volunteering and its recognition.
Having participants from countries from all around Europe surely gave to the event a genuine European atmosphere. Their different experience and background offered a good example of the variety and richness of approaches of NSOs in Europe on the theme of volunteering.
During the event several European projects, opportunities and resources have been presented, offering the participants the possibility to get to know better how the topic of volunteering is tackled in Europe and specifically by certain European institutions/platforms/NGOs.
The participants had also the opportunity to present national and local volunteer projects in the view of an exchange of experiences and best practices, allowing the other participants to get know better each other's backgrounds.
More about the event is available from http://volunteering.scouthub.org/.
Austria Celebrates the European Year of Volunteering EYV 2011A delegation of 15 Scouts and Guides of Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs (PPÖ, the National Scout Organisation in Austria) was present when more than 600 representatives of Austrian NGOs came together at Salzburg Palace. They gathered to celebrate the official start of the European Year of Volunteering and met with H.E. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria, and members of the federal and provincial governments.
In his address, the President emphasized the vital role of volunteer commitment for local communities and the Austrian society in general. More than 3 million Austrians (more than a third of the population) invested much of their spare time to the benefit of the country and its inhabitants.
Other speakers, including H.E. Gabi Burgstaller, Governor of the province of Salzburg, and Thomas Geierspichler, Paralympic Gold Medallist and EYV 2011 Ambassador, underlined the important contributions of volunteers in all areas of society and welcomed the opportunity of the EYV 2011 to showcase the different aspects of the valuable and 'timeless' work of volunteers to a wider audience, both in Austria and throughout Europe and the world.
Briefly commenting the event, Lisa Höllbacher, member of PPÖ's Youth Council, said that Guides and Scouts in Austria played their part in promoting the valuable volunteer work both within the organisation and outside. She hoped that the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and related activities would encourage even more citizens in Austria and other countries to engage as volunteers on local, national and international levels. She also recalled that social skill building and empowerment of children and young people were integral part of the educational programme of the Scout and Guide movements and contributed to the development of local society and the living environment.
EYV 2011 Alliance Working Group Meeting 2
The 6 working groups met in Brussels on 20th and 21st May 2011. These working groups established by the EYV 2011 Alliance involved more than 100 experts, many of them volunteers themselves. The plenary session of the WG Meeting 2 included a presentation about the process towards, and structure for, the approval and publication of the European Policy Agenda on Volunteering that all the workings groups are actively contributing to. Read the report. View the photos.
EYV 2011 Alliance Working Group Meeting 1
Working towards the objective of the EYV 2011 Alliance European Policy Agenda on Volunteering the 6 working groups met in Brussels on 18th and 19th March 2011. The working groups established by the EYV 2011 Alliance involved more than 100 experts, many of them volunteers themselves:
WG1 Quality of Volunteering
WG2 Legal Framework of Volunteering
WG3 Volunteering Infrastructure
WG4 Recognising Volunteering
WG5 Value of Volunteering
WG6 Employee Volunteering
Communication on EU Policies and Volunteering: Recognising and promoting Crossborder Voluntary Activities in the EU, Brussels, 20.9.2011, COM(2011) 568 final.
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Video presentation, EYV 2011 in Portugal
The video was presented at the CSV's conference on Broadcasting and Volunteering (21-22 September 2011), an EYV 2011 Flagship project which took place within the framework of the European Year on Volunteering 2011. The conference brought together broadcasters and the voluntary sector to explore traditional and new media as means to promote volunteering across Europe. The conference highlighted that active and engaged citizens are the building blocks of a healthy society and media is crucial to inform and involve both non-volunteers and volunteers.
Position paper on active ageing through older volunteering, AGE Platform Europe. September 2011.
Description: The objective of this paper is to encourage stakeholders to build on the momentum created by the European Year of Volunteering to foster active ageing in the community during 2012 and promote better recognition of the value that older volunteers bring for our societies.
The Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Centro Servizi Volontariato Friuli Venezia Giulia and CSVnet, Italian Federation of Volunteer Support Centres, organise the International Conference "Italy – Central and South Eastern Europe Volunteering and institutions in comparison - International Conference for the European Year of Volunteering 2011".
At the border between Italy and Slovenia, in Gorizia, from the 7th to the 9th October, the Conference opens up spaces for in-depth analysis and comparison between European, national and local institutions and voluntary organisations on issues fundamental for social cohesion and for the European strategy 2020.
As follow up of the first international conference "Dialogues of Europe: Italy – Balkans" in 2008,the second edition continues and analyses in depth issues such as diversity and social inclusion, young people and participation and, starting from these experiences, draws routes for development of shared planning and policies.
The event represents, moreover, an important occasion to involve in scheduled initiatives the volunteering systems of some countries not yet members of the European Union.
For more information, visit the website of the conference:
(English versions of programme and registration form at the bottom of the page)