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Yearbook 2011

Recognise, Support, Invest Your Guide to Valuing Volunteer Management (Volunteering England)

Recognise, Support, Invest. Your Guide to Valuing Volunteer Management. Published by Volunteering England. Date n/a

Best practice sharing for volunteer managers (Greater London Volunteering)

Best practice sharing for volunteer managers in the UK: http://www.expertsinvolunteering.org.uk/web/resources

Resources page of Greater London Volunteering include resources about:

1. Equality and Diversity

2. Expenses

3. Induction(Volunteers are introduced to the work and ethos of the organisation)

4. Organisational Involvement

5. Personal Development

6. Recruitment Process

7. Resolving Difficulties

8. Reward and Recognition

9. Safe Volunteering Environment

General support for volunteer managers (UK)

10. Support

ENGSO Position paper on volunteering (ENGSO), 2011

The European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) Position paper on volunteering, July 2011.

Summary:

Sport is the biggest sector in volunteering in Europe, and sports organisations rely on volunteers. The European Union should develop European cooperation to promote volunteering through recommendations, relevant EU programmes and enabling visa practices. The development and recognition of the skills and competences of volunteers should be supported. The EU should also aim at decreasing administrative burdens of volunteers and voluntary sports organisations, minimising the unintended harmful consequences that European legislation can have on volunteering, and ensuring the sustainable financing of non-profit voluntary sports organisations.Summary
Sport is the biggest sector in volunteering in Europe, and sports organisations rely on volunteers. The European Union should develop European cooperation to promote volunteering through recommendations, relevant EU programmes and enabling visa practices. The development and recognition of the skills and competences of volunteers should be supported. The EU should also aim at decreasing administrative burdens of volunteers and voluntary sports organisations, minimising the unintended harmful consequences that European legislation can have on volunteering, and ensuring the sustainable financing of non-profit voluntary sports organisations.

Call for innovators - Social Innovation Competition: Naples 2.0

The International Social Innovation Competition for Naples is open.

 

Working in partnership with local organisations and Unicredit Foundation we have identified 6 challenges in Naples such a villa confiscated to Camorra - the criminal group - to be turned into a profitable business for the community, and called social innovators to submit their solutions.

All innovators are eligible including public and private, profit and not for profit institutions, organisations and enterprises from across the world. This is an opportunity for everybody if interested in taking a challenge for the good of society testing his/her skills and creativity on a difficult ground as Naples.

An international jury will evaluate the applications and proclaim 6 winners at the international conference taking place in Naples on 21 - 23 September.

The winners will receive 10'000 € each one to transform the idea into a project working in partnership with local partners. The organisers will fundraise for the entire budget to implement every project they deem effective and sustainable.

To apply please here

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Hurry up! there are 6 days left to join Discover e-volunteering' Competition!

Are you running a project in which people are helping others via the Internet? The 'Discover e-volunteering' Competition is just for you! Hurry up – there are 6 days left to join the Competition, win prizes and show Europeans how much good they can do in the Web!

 

E-volunteering is volunteering conducted via the Internet. Free Web counseling, forming assistance and self-help groups, promoting partnership, searching for information, or on-line language courses are among many examples of e-volunteering. Through this Competition we hope to show their diversity and to encourage all Europeans to undertake social activity in the Internet!

All organisations from the European Union cooperating with volunteers through the Internet may take part in the Competition. The application form is available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/ . The deadline for submitting the applications is July 31, 2011.

The Competition will consist of the following stages:

  • May, 25 – July, 31, 2011 - Call for appliactions
  • August, 22 – September, 5, 2011 – The Competition Selection Committee selects 9-12 best projects
  • September, 12 – October, 12, 2011 – On-line voting
  • November 2011 – Final Gala in Warsaw

Attractive financial awards for the Competition winners are funded by the Polish Fundacja Orange (1st prize) , Fondation Orange from France (2nd Prize) and Intel Technology Poland Ltd (3rd prize). The total sum of prizes in the Competition is 6 000 euro.

'Discover e-volunteering' is the only competition, both in Poland and in Europe, which aims at honouring and promoting the most interesting projects concerning the co-operation of non-governmental organizations with the e-voluntaries seeking to help others via the Internet.
It has been also chosen by the European Commission as one of the flagship projects of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Detailed information on the Competition, the Regulations, and promotional materials are available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/

For more information please contact:

Patrycja Rokicka

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Marzena Kacprowicz

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The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' is organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange, in cooperation with Competition Partners. The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' competition is pursued under the project 'Values ​​and activities of volunteering and e-volunteering' co-financed by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for any content generated by the project.

Join 'Discover e-volunteering' Competition today!

Does your organization co-operate with volunteers seeking to help others via the Internet? Don't wait till the summertime and join 'Discover E-volunteering' Competition now! Attractive prizes are awaiting for the authors of the best e-volunteering projects.

All organisations from the European Union cooperating with volunteers through the Internet may take part in the Competition. The application form is available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/ . The deadline for submitting the applications is July 31, 2011.

 

The Competition will consist of the following stages:

  • May, 25 – July, 31,  2011 - Call for appliactions
  • August, 22 – September, 5, 2011 – The Competition Selection Committee selects 9-12 best projects.
  • September, 12 – October, 12, 2011 – On-line voting.
  • November 2011 – Final Gala in Warsaw.

Detailed information on the Competition, the Regulations, and promotional materials are available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/

For more information please contact:

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The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' is organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange, in cooperation with Competition Partners. The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' competition is pursued under the project 'Values and activities of volunteering and e-volunteering' co-financed by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for any content generated by the project.

SEE Youth for the European Year of Volunteering 2011

Sarajevo Seminar is the biggest event in the SEE region that promotes and celebrates European Year of Volunteering in 2011 and 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteering in this part of Europe. It is an opportunity that will allow for the productive interaction between enterprises, public institutions and civil society organizations coming from the South East Europe countries, the European Union, the United States as well as from international and intergovernmental organizations.

 

The ceremonial opening of the seminar is scheduled for the 21st of June 2011 at 10.00AM. The seminar participants will be addressed by the representatives of the Council of Europe, OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Embassy of Poland in Sarajevo, a country which takes over the presidency of the European Union and the organization committee of the seminar.

The importance of this topic can be reflected in the decision of European Union to declare 2011 as the European year of volunteering. Beside European Union, the Council of Europe and UN also acknowledge and recognize volunteers as one of the main resources for combating poverty, social exclusion and promotion of solidarity. For that reason we would like to use this positive tide and give incentives to regional governments, organizations and companies to contribute to better environment for the development of volunteering also in the SEE region and thus mutually invest in the future of our communities.

During four working days, seminar participants will exchange information and experience about the following topics:

- aims of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and initiatives for celebrating this year in Europe and region of South East Europe,
- volunteering concepts and practices in the region,
- legal framework and volunteering policies on European and regional levels,
- economic value of volunteering, coorporate social responsibility and coorporative volunteering.

The participants of the seminar will also be the speakers from European Volunteer Centre, International Association for Volunteer Effort, Alliance for European Volunteer Service, European Commission Programme Youth in Action as well as the representatives of the organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, France, Italy, Hungary and USA.

This event is supported by Council of Europe - European Youth Foundation, OSCE Mission to BiH, European Commission - Youth in Action Programme, Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organization in BiH (TACSO BiH) and Civil Society Promotion Centre (CSPC).

Event program can be found at:

http://seeyn.org/images/stories/2011/see%20youth%20for%20the%20european%20year%20of%20volunteering%202011.pdf

 

European Employee Volunteering Awards Case Study Report (BITC), 2011

European Employee Volunteering Awards Case Study Report - Increasing the employability skills of people facing barriers to work. A report published by Business in the Community (BITC), 2011.

Young volunteers at the centre of European policy-making

Brussels, 7 May 2011 // The European Youth Forum (YFJ) Council of Members took place in Antwerp, Belgium on 6-7 May. Around 150 young delegates from youth organisations from all over Europe gathered in Antwerp to discuss issues of concern for young people in Europe, such as employment, volunteering, youth participation.

On the occasion of the European Youth Year of Volunteering 2011, a major part of the European Youth Forum bi-annual Council of Members (COMEM) was dedicated to young volunteers. The Youth Forum is convinced that volunteering and participation in youth organisations are at the heart of democracy, as dynamic forces for social inclusion and active citizenship. Volunteering is a pillar of the work of the European Youth Forum and its member organisations, with all of its 98 youth organisations basing their work on the contributions of their young volunteers.

In order to foster a culture of participation and active citizenship in Europe and the world, volunteers need to be given the access as well as the encouragement to exercise volunteering activities, but first and foremost – volunteers need the rights that fit their duties. In this regard, the European Youth Forum has already since 2006 identified the need for a common European legal framework or charter, defining the basic rights and responsibilities of volunteers.

In the next weeks, the European Youth Forum will launch a process of extensive consultation among its member organisations and open dialogue with other key stakeholders (institutions and other civil society partners) on a draft for a Charter on the Rights of Volunteers leading to a high level debate on such a document during the II Youth Convention on Volunteering taking place in Brussels on 7-11 September.

On Friday 6 May, an open debate on the theme of "The Rights of Young Volunteers" was hosted by Antwerp as the European Youth Capital 2011, and saw the participation of local youth organisations and volunteers. During the debate Leen Verbist, Antwerp Alderwoman for Youth, Gabriella Civico, Coordinator of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering Alliance and Kimberly Ochs, researcher on volunteering shared their views on the major challenges for young volunteers today.

"In launching the process of consultation on the Charter on the Rights of Volunteers, we take the opportunity, during one of the most important annual meetings of the European Youth Forum to celebrate the work of millions of young people volunteering in Europe and their contribution to shape a better European society for all," said Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum.

During the intense days of work, the young delegates discussed, shared experiences or adopted common positions also on youth entrepreneurship, guidelines for an environmentally sustainable European Youth Forum, quality assurance in non-formal education, and the future of the EU Structured Dialogue.

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