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Paper on the economic value of volunteering and contribution-in-kind (EUCLID & Volonteurope), 2011

Paper on the economic value of volunteering and contribution-in-kind

Roundtable discussion on European financial regulation review and civil society. Contributions from EUCLID & Volonteurope, Authors: Filippo Addarii, Luisa De Amicis, Tamara Flanagan, January 2011.

Solidar Briefing paper # 26 - Volunteering and the European Year on Volunteering 2011

Briefing paper # 26 - Volunteering and the European Year on Volunteering 2011

Briefing paper by Solidar (Conny Reuter, Francesco Zoia Bolzonello, Mathias Maucher). December 2010. Read Briefing paper.

Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe P.A.V.E (EYV 2011 Alliance), 2011

Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe P.A.V.E

 

The objectives of the EYV 2011 Alliance included the development of the Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E). The work took place larg

ely in the framework of 6 working groups who met 5 times during 2011. The Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E.) was approved at the EYV 2011 Alliance Steering Group meeting in November 2011 and the Alliance members presented P.A.V.E to the European Commission at the 4th EYV 2011 Thematic Conference on 1st December 2011 in Warsaw. Download P.A.V.E. here.

The EYV 2011 Alliance Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E) provides recommendations for a more efficient and effective European policy framework to support and promote volunteers, volunteering, volunteer-involving organisations and their partners. The recommendations include proposals for action echoing the aspects of volunteering policy already identified as needing attention in both the 2009 European Council Decision on EYV 20111 and the EC Communication on Volunteering 20112. The P.A.V.E. recommendations promote and support volunteering as a demonstration of European values, providing a vehicle for active citizenship and contributing to economic and social-capital growth.

 

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Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe P.A.V.E (EYV 2011 Alliance), 2011

Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe P.A.V.E PAVE

The objectives of the EYV 2011 Alliance included the development of the Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E). The work took place largely in the framework of 6 working groups who met 5 times during 2011. The Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E.) was approved at the EYV 2011 Alliance Steering Group meeting in November 2011 and the Alliance members presented P.A.V.E to the European Commission at the 4th EYV 2011 Thematic Conference on 1st December 2011 in Warsaw. Download P.A.V.E.

The EYV 2011 Alliance Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E) provides recommendations for a more efficient and effective European policy framework to support and promote volunteers, volunteering, volunteer-involving organisations and their partners. The recommendations include proposals for action echoing the aspects of volunteering policy already identified as needing attention in both the 2009 European Council Decision on EYV 20111 and the EC Communication on Volunteering 20112. The P.A.V.E. recommendations promote and support volunteering as a demonstration of European values, providing a vehicle for active citizenship and contributing to economic and social-capital growth.

The EYV 2011 Alliance P.A.V.E communication toolkit was designed to help you to communicate effectively the recommendations of P.A.V.E. Download the toolkit here.

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European Youth Forum - WORKING GROUP ON VOLUNTEERING II

European Youth Forum -  WORKING GROUP ON VOLUNTEERING II

02- 03. July 2011, VARNA BULGARIA

The Working Group on Volunteering II meeting, kindly hosted by the Bulgarian National Youth Forum in Varna between 02. - 03. July 2011, aimed at discussing the draft Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers, to be adapted along the comments received during the online consultation from MO, CSO and institutional partners.

Further the WG prepared the YFJ Stakeholder Conference „The Rights of the Volunteer", in discussing the role and function of the WG Volunteering participants as rapporteurs, as well as the foreseen structure of the Declaration and the advocacy strategy on the process.

European Youth Forum - WORKING GROUP ON VOLUNTEERING

European Youth Forum - WORKING GROUP ON VOLUNTEERING

16/17 April 2011 venue Brussels (120, Rue Joseph II, 1000 Brussels)

This Working Group meeting aimed at developing a the draft outline for the Charter on the Rights and Responsibilties of Volunteers, on bases on the European framework for the rights of the volunteer, in consideration of the outcomes of the YFJ data collection on Volunteering, to be presented and discussed during the Policy Commission at the YFJ spring COMEM 2011. The outcomes of the debate was the foundation for the first draft Charter, that was open for consultation of Members, Civil Society Partners and Insitutions.

REPORT CSO Consultation on the Draft Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers

CSO Consultation on the Draft Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers

 

In the context of a broad consultation on the Draft European Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers, the European Youth Forum (YFJ) was organising a Civil Society Organisation consultation on the Draft Charter on August 19th 2011, 14:00 – 18:00 in Brussels.

The meeting aimed to build the charter on the diversity of volunteers and their organisations. All CSO stakeholders relevant in the field, were invited to a common discussion on the draft Charter, as their expertise and opinion is important for this process.

Further the development of common strategies towards the endorsement of a European Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers were discussed.

C.A.R.D.O: The closing event of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 in Slovakia

C.A.R.D.O: The closing event of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 in Slovakia

CEV member organisation C.A.R.D.O. in cooperation with IUVENTA – the national coordinating body for the European Year of Volunteering in Slovakia closed the European Year of Volunteering 2011 on December 5, 2011. This year's International Volunteer Day was also the opportunity to celebrate the recently endorsed Law on Volunteering. The closing ceremony was held under the auspices of Slovak Minister of Interior, Daniel Lipšic and Slovak Minister of Education, Eugen Jurzyca. The EYV 2011 was officially closed on the occasion of the award ceremony „Bratislava Volunteers 2011", through which C.A.R.D.O. honoured volunteers contributing to the activities of non-profit organisations and communities in Bratislava region. During the award ceremony, C.A.R.D.O. had the pleasure to welcome Slovak member of the European Parliament – Katarína Neveďalová and to present video-greetings from MEP Miroslav Mikolášik and MEP Anna Záborská.

Cooperation meeting on the Charter  - PAVE Follow up


Cooperation meeting on the Charter

PAVE Follow up

14 december 2011

On November 17th the Alliance Steering Group adopted the Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (PAVE). On December 2nd the Alliance Working Group Co-chairs handed the PAVE over to the Commission.

Therefore the European Youth Forum invited CSO partners in order to discuss cooperation on the follow up of elements of the PAVE recommendations in the context of creating an enabling environment for volunteers to a Cooperation meeting on December 14th between 13:00 – 17:00.

In this context the participants discussed their cooperation on the "European Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers" as outlined in the PAVE recommendations. The debate focused on planning and structuring the pan European consultation process across European Networks in order to truly reach out to volunteers on the grass root level when following up on PAVE and opening the existing draft European Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers to the critical input of Alliance members, based on their expertise.

The European Charter of the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers creates a common understanding of the definition of volunteers, volunteering activities and volunteering providers from the local to the European level and provides a common set of basic rights for volunteers and volunteering providers. Further the Charter serves as an appeal for designing and updating policies related to volunteering on all levels, refraining from addressing concrete implementation mechanisms or identifying right bearers, but focusing on defining and stating the rights and responsibilities of volunteers.

The attached document provides all readers with a clear overview on the proposed follow up of the PAVE through building on past achievements and cooperations and allows everyone to join the development of a "European Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers".

Young Volunteers Stand up!

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.

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