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A Picture of Volunteering in Diaconia (Eurodiaconia), 2011

A Picture of Volunteering in Diaconia. A publication by Eurodiaconia, May 2011.

Description: This publication is one of Eurodiaconia's activities carried out on the occasion of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 as a means to celebrate volunteering in diaconia and to promote the sharing of best practice in volunteering among Eurodiaconia's members. This publication is aimed at volunteer managers in diaconal organisations and churches and volunteering policy makers in diaconia. It is also targeted at anyone who would like to learn more about diaconia and in particular what volunteers do in diaconal organisations. The publication is also available on Eurodiaconia's website: http://www.eurodiaconia.org/publications-and-resources

http://www.eurodiaconia.org/publications-and-resources

Volunteering: a tool for inclusion? Magazine of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), 2011

Volunteering: a tool for inclusion? Magazine of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN). Special issue on the 2011 European Year of Volunteering, March 2011. NO. 134 | 2011/I

Contents:

* 2011 European Year on Volunteering – A space for anti-poverty organizations to engage

* Volunteering and the Fight against Poverty and Social Exclusion – towards an EAPN Position

* Portugal: Being a volunteer versus promoting volunteering

* The UK Government: Big Society and Volunteering

* Volunteering in Bulgaria – the Need for a Modern Vision

* Poland, willing to move on towards a strategic approach on volunteering

* The recognition of volunteering time as in-kind contribution in Structural Funds

* The 100 million Europeans volunteering deserve recognition

* Eurodiaconia: the multifaceted value of volunteering

EAPN’s position paper on Volunteering and the Fight against Poverty (EAPN), 2011

EAPN's position paper on Volunteering and the Fight against Poverty. European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), July 2011

Mental Health Europe "Volunteering as a tool for social inclusion of people with mental health problems"

Volunteering as a tool for social inclusion of people with mental health problems

Policy position paper of Mental Health Europe - Issued on the occasion of Mental Health Europe's debate in the European Parliament on 17 November 2010. Read the paper here.

Report "Mobility of young people – Opportunities and obstacles for cross-border volunteering for young people, particularly with fewer opportunities" (EU-CoE), 2011

Final Report of the Research Seminar "Mobility of young people – Opportunities and obstacles for cross-border volunteering for young people, particularly with fewer opportunities" (European Youth Centre, Strasbourg 11-13 December 2011), a report produced for the EU-CoE youth partnership and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the partner institutions

Communication on Youth Opportunities Initiative (EC), 2011

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on Youth Opportunities Initiative, Brussels, 20.12.2011, COM(2011) 933 final

Volunteering as a participation pathway (NCVO, IVR, Big Lottery Fund), 2011

Volunteering as a participation pathway. The Pathways through Participation project is a joint research project led by NCVO in partnership with the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) and Involve, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, September 2011.

Description: This paper focuses on the implications of the findings from the Pathways through Participation project for volunteer management. It is aimed at small, medium and large volunteer-involving organisations (VIOs) as well as volunteer centres (VCs) and other volunteering infrastructure organisations at the local, regional and national level.

CSVnet: International conference, Italy- Central and South Eastern Europe. Volunteering and institutions in comparison, 7th -9th October in Gorizia

CSVnet:  International conference, Italy- Central and South Eastern Europe. Volunteering and institutions in comparison, 7th -9th October in Gorizia

On 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.

Volunteering as a means of empowerment and social inclusion- A bridge between the European Years 2010 and 2011, CEV Symposium

Volunteering as a means of empowerment and social inclusion- A bridge between the European Years 2010 and 2011

What is the role played by volunteering in the fight against poverty and social exclusion? Is volunteering inclusive itself and is its empowering potential used to the full? What recommendations can we formulate for more and better voluntary action in combating poverty and social exclusion, as well as for a better recognition of the role of volunteers in this area?

 

These constitute a sample of the questions that were addressed by the over 150 participants of the CEV Symposium on 'Volunteering as a means of empowerment and social inclusion – A bridge between the European Years 2010 and 2011', organised in Brussels from 6th to 8th December. Symposium participants included professionals from the volunteering sector; decision-makers; experts in the field of the fight against poverty and social exclusion; as well as volunteers and people experiencing poverty and social exclusion. The conference was organised in collaboration with CEV's four Belgian member organisations – Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk, Het Punt Brussel, Plateforme Francophone du Volontariat and Association pour le Volontariat – in the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union (EU).

Consult the Brussels Declaration on the role of volunteering as a means of empowerment and social inclusion here.

Keeping the Youth out of Exclusion - The benefits of Volunteering

Keeping the Youth out of Exclusion - The benefits of Volunteering

In the framework of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering and as a member of the EYV 2011 Alliance, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, through its European branch, the European Juvenile Justice Observatory (EJJO), has launched an awareness campaign emphasizing the benefits brought by volunteering to the youth in situation, or at risk, of exclusion.

Always willing to enhance children's well-being, both Observatories decided to focus on the benefits brought by volunteering to the youth, especially to those in situation, or at risk, of social exclusion.

Hence the European Juvenile Justice Observatory developed an awareness campaign, which details the benefits brought by volunteering to the youth. For instance, volunteering is inter alia an including activity, which helps children and young people feel implicated in their community; it broadens their circle of friends and provides them with practical and social skills that may help them find a job in the future.

Such benefits have been underlined by theories developed at an academic level and practices discerned at a grass roots level. In fact, the awareness campaign developed by the European Juvenile Justice Observatory emphasizes these findings and gives the floor to different stakeholders. Hence, theories developed by academics are exposed alongside testimonies of volunteers, social workers and national representatives. Moreover, a series of NGOs encouraging the involvement of children and young people in voluntary activities are being presented in this campaign in order to underline good practices implemented throughout Europe and foster a greater implication of children and young people in volunteering – as it turns out, NGOs do not always think about engaging children and young people in their activities. Yet, more than the benefits they could receive from the work of volunteers, youngsters can greatly profit from volunteering themselves!

To find out more about this initiative, please go to: http://eyvcampaign.ejjo.org/

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