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CEV Autumn Volunteering Congress: The European Volunteer Centre (CEV) held its Autumn volunteering congress welcoming over 100 participants from more than 50 organisations and 30 countries. Opportunities for debate on current trends in the volunteer sector & youth engagement through networking sessions between representatives of civil society organisations, municipalities, and EU institutions were provided. Keynote presentations were also contributed by Silvia Kalman (European Commission) and Lucas Meijs (Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University). The CEV Congress was supported by Europe for Citizens, ERASMUS+, the Danish Permanent Representation to the EU and the City of Aarhus (European Volunteering Capital 2018) it was comprised of EVS Realm International Conference, CEV Board meeting and General Assembly, Making it Matter Seminar and Volunteering in Solidarity - Volunteering in Europe (ViS- A - ViE) Conference.  The reports will be available soon. Pictures and more details about the congress are available here.

CEV is recruiting a Communication & Events Trainee and a Research & Policy Trainee, members of the European Solidarity Corps to be part of the CEV  Brussels-based team for 2019. Please spread the word with young people that could contribute to the work of CEV and benefit from this experience. More details here.

On December 3rd-4th & 5th Aarhus, together with EV Capital 2018 Candidate City Ringkoebing-Skjern, will host  the International Study Visit and Conference “A new beginning”. This will be the closing event for the #EVCapital in Aarhus and will present the impact of this award in the city and wider region. Places are limited. Find out more here. And register to attend here.

On October 25th, Padova and Stirling,  candidates for the European Volunteering Capital 2020 award presented their volunteering policies and strategies to the EV Capital 2020 jury and other volunteering stakeholders from across Europe. The winner of the 2020 competition will be announced in Aarhus on 5th December, International Volunteer Day.


The CEV Board met in Brussels on 24 and 25th October. The activities and budget of 2018 were reviewed and the plan for 2019 further assessed. Other items under discussion were new and lapsed members of CEV and the progress of the European Volunteering Capital competition and possible innovations for the future.


Delegates met for the General Assembly of CEV members on October 26th. The 2017 reports were approved together with the 2019 work plan and budget.  Two new policy statements were also approved: “Social Welfare and Volunteering in Europe” & “Inclusive Volunteering”. Read them here.


CEV presented during its General Assembly: WISH - Welcome, Inclusion and Support Hub for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Europe. WISH is an online platform where volunteer-based and/or volunteer-led initiatives that support the inclusion and integration of migrants and refugees will be geographically displayed, categorised depending on the kind of support they offer. We are now gathering initiatives to be included in the platform. Submit yours here.


OPEN Registration: Next year’s CEV’s Capacity Building Conference for Volunteering in the Social Sector in Europe will take place in Budapest, Hungary. This conference will be co-organised with CEV’s member Volunteering Hungary on 30-31 May 2019. Registration is now open here, where you can also find more information about the core topics of this event.

The EVEN workbooks, with the objective of assisting volunteer organisations, employers and employees in the implementation of employee volunteering activities are now available in Spanish. Find all the versions (Private volunteering initiatives, Volunteering Activities during Working Time, Volunteering Team Building Events and volunteer-involving organisations) here.


Giulia Bordin participated in the Europe for Citizens Operating Grant Kick-off meeting, on 5 October 2018. There, representatives from NGOs and the European Commission shared thoughts about the implementation of nonprofit’s work plan supported by operating grants under the "Europe for citizens" programme.

On 23 October Juanma Báez, ESC Trainee, attended the monthly Erasmus+ Coalition meeting where the new budget for Erasmus+, other EU programmes and the impact of the Coalition campaigns were evaluated. Find more information here.


Civilian, a nonprofit portal based in EV Capital 2018, Aarhus, that brings visibility to "firebrands", the local activists that inspire and encourage to live up to the SDGs, published the article "Fanning the flames of firebrands" written by CEV Director Gabriella Civico. Read the article here.

At the network meeting of Red Cross volunteer managers from across Europe CEV Director Gabriella Civico spoke about motivating and celebrating volunteering and the importance of good local volunteering policies and strategies from Local Authorities and municipalities. She presented the European Volunteering Capital Award criteria (PAVE recommendations and 5R policy priorities), the outcomes of the Developing European Volunteering Strategies (DEVS) conference and the new Volunteering EcoSystem artwork developed by CEV to show the different modalities, fields, sectors and impact of volunteering that can be found across Europe.


The partners of the VolunCET project, Including CEV Members CPV (Portugal) and  PAV - (Spain)) announce the availability of the first open and multilingual online training course for Volunteer Coordinators. The training course includes 144 hours of e-learning in five different units and was developed with funds from Erasmus Plus. Find out more here


Fundacion Hazloposible organised the European Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteering Summit on 4 & 5 October 2018.  Read more here.

During the CEV Congress CEV members, partners in the Erasmus Plus Making it Matter project about inclusion of disadvantaged youth through volunteering gathered for the second Partners Meeting. This project gathers organisations from six different countries, Volonterski Centar Osijek, part of the CEV Member Croatian Volunteer Development Centre, CEV Members Frivilligcentre og Selvhjælp Danmark (FriSe), National Network for Civil Society (BBE), Slovenska Filantropija and Volunteer Ireland.  Learn more about the project here.

Also in the frame of the CEV Congress CEV members and other partners of the Erasmus Plus “EVS Realm” project, including project co-ordinators Pro Vobis (Romania), held a Partners Meeting. EVS Realm is an Erasmus+ funded project that aims to increase the quality of  Full Time, long-term ESC volunteering projects, implemented all throughout Europe with a special focus on the mentoring dimension. Find out more here.


Take part in civic consultations regarding the future of the European Union!

The results will be presented to the leaders of the Member States at the EU Summit in Sibiu on May 2019, two weeks before the European elections.

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Erasmus+ call for proposals is now open with an expected budget of €2.733,4 million. The first deadline to apply is on 5 February 2019, check what is the one for your type of project and find the call here

If you are aged between 16 and 30 and have a project with a European dimension, you might be interested in applying for the Charlemagne Youth Prize. This prize rewards projects that provide models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. Apply before the 29th of January here.

The EESC has adopted its opinion on SOC/597 “European Social Fund+” and on SOC/602 "Erasmus" at its 538th plenary session, held on 17 and 18 October 2018. The EESC welcomes the proposal for Erasmus and the ESF+ to improve, merge funds and simplify procedures, but is critical of a financial cut in EU cohesion policy. Read the statements in any EU language here for ESF+ and here for Erasmus.

The EESC Information Centre has elaborated a selective bibliography on "Shrinking civic space in Europe". This bibliography includes papers from the EESC, the European Parliament and Commission and other agencies and institutions. Find it here.


Charities are urged to boost volunteering among minorities to tackle loneliness. According to an article from The Guardian (UK) based on a government funded study, Voluntary sector is failing to attract people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Read about Making it Matter, an Erasmus Plus project about measurement and inclusion of disadvantaged youth, and find the article here.


The Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing (JNPSM) has opened a call for papers on the topic of “Volunteer Recruitment, Activation, Commitment and Retention”. Contemporary issues around these topics, associated with the evolution of volunteering in present day society and in the future, are to be the focus of this issue. Critically informed articles that examine volunteering as a subject for research, or present examples of current and recent research in volunteering in the nonprofit sector and across sectors are welcome. Find the instructions for authors here.

Alliance against Antigypsyism demands clear commitment of European Parliament President Tajani on this issue due to his recent shocking declarations in an interview with the Italian public broadcaster RAI: “the citizenship income will end up in the pockets of Roma, of foreign citizens — from the EU and non-EU — and certainly not in those of many Italian citizens.” Read the whole press release here.


Registrations for the 3rd Biennale 'Validation of Prior Learning', Berlin, 7 - 8 May 2019.

Speakers from around the globe including Iceland, South Africa, Mexico and South Korea will be presenting good practices on “Making policy work – Validation of Prior Learning for education and the labour market”. Representatives involved in CEV’s Erasmus Plus project “Lever UP” will also attend. Find out more and register here.

The third edition of the European Civic Academy will be held in Poland on 28 and 29 March 2019.  The event focuses on fostering a fruitful exchange among civil society activists and with academics on current societal developments and threats around democracy and civil society space that will provide tools to address them. More information here.

European Civic Forum and other Civil Society Organisations organise “NO DAY WITHOUT US” on 10th December 2018 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Civic actors, organisations, movements  or any citizen that supports the fight for rights and justice are invited to join this symbolic but visible “no day without us” all across Europe. Read more here.

Registration for SCULT Fest 2018 is still open! SCULT Fest brings together world-class keynote speakers related to sports across the globe, offering a variety of master-classes and a unique platform for experience-sharing. SCULT Fest 2018 together with its side events and the SCULT Awards Gala 2018 will take place on November 30th 2018 at Tallinn University, Estonia. Click here to view the whole program.



The European Citizenship Awards 2018, organised by European Civic Forum and Volonteurope have published their list of candidates and it is possible to vote for your favourite now in the following categories: Volunteer of the year, social enterprise of the year and active citizen’s initiative of the year. Participate in the process here.

CEV is always willing to welcome new members to our network. You can read more information about membership on our website or in our “Why to be a member of the CEV network?” flyer.
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