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Registration is still Open for the CEV Autumn 2018 Volunteering Congress in Brussels to be held for two full days of 25 and 26 October. You can register here and  you can find the programme outline here.


In preparation for  the next European Parliament Elections in April 2019 CEV has made available the updated “Vote Volunteer Vision Campaign”. VVV is a Toolkit for CEV members and other Volunteer-Involving Organisations to discover and develop the European Parliament candidates’ opinions on volunteering with reference to the Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (PAVE) & the “Helping Hands EYV 2011 5-Year Review” and the 5R Policy Priorities. The campaign again includes the opportunity for EP candidates to pledge to support an Intergroup on Solidarity and Volunteering if elected.  Download the fully completed version here and the empty template here.

The Third Pledge for the EP Volunteering and Solidarity Intergroup comes from MEP Mr Flavio ZANONATO.  Mr ZANONATO expresses his willingness to support the establishment of this important Intergroup in the European Parliament from May 2019, if elected once again. Contact your MEP candidates so that they can also pledge their support and contribute to better and more co-ordinated policies on solidarity and volunteering at the EU level!  Find the pledge template here.



The Aarhus Volunteering Festival will be held from September 21st-23rd to celebrate, debate and share the many volunteering communities and initiatives that make a world of difference in Aarhus. Aiming to include around 20,000 participants during the weekend in various locations in the city of Aarhus, there will be performances, talks, workshops and debates.  A special programme for international participants will be provided. Find out more here. And register to attend 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.



The new sailing centre opened in time to  host the World Sailing Championship on May 23th. The Danish Crown Prince and Princess were there for the inauguration and they, and the Mayor of Aarhus, recognised  the importance for Aarhus as Volunteering Capital 2018 in being able to successfully motivate the over 1000 volunteers that would help making the world sailing championship possible. Read more here.


The ReThinkers Volunteer Program started during the European Culture Capital 2017 has been made permanent with its own location in Aarhus. 1.300 volunteers are based there, an incredible number for a city the size of Aarhus, to welcome tourists and make their visits as special as possible. Read more here.


Italian European Solidarity Corps volunteer Genny Cabas continues exploring the many volunteer networks and communities in European Volunteering Capital Aarhus 2018. This time she spoke with Abdullah Alsmaeel, who is co-founder and co-ordinator of “Den Nye Havn” an organisation where volunteers with Eritrean, Kurdish, Syrian and Danish background help recently arrived refugees in Aarhus to build their new lives. Read the whole story here.


Francesca Pisano and Uliana Bashniak, ESC volunteers have finished their placement after one year in Aarhus, Denmark. They want to put the stress on all the things they have learnt from others, about themselves, the positive influence of volunteering in the #EVCapital and how this mobilises people in the city. Read more here.


EV Capital 2020 Candidates news

About 300 organisations are expected to be part of the Padova Municipality Festival of Volunteering and solidarity “Solidaria” organised by the Padova Volunteer Service Centre from 24 until 30 September 2018. The event has the aim to involve the whole city, from the institutions to the civil society organisations, to “develop the culture of solidarity” through the exchange of practices and learning from different actors active in the City of Padova. Find more here.


The Stirling Festival of volunteering will take place from the 19th – 25th September including some of last year’s favourite activities plus some new events. The organisers are planning to make it even bigger and better than the previous edition. This festival will celebrate all the amazing volunteering that goes on in the city. Find the programme in their website.



ESC Volunteers Debbie and Roxana, part of the Social Atelier Erasmus+ project, during a workshop with  20 participants aged 18 - 30 interested to do a volunteering experience abroad, shared their activities as ESC volunteers at the Volunteer Centre in Osijek (HR). The workshop was also the occasion for Roxana and Debbie to give few tips to participants on how to find the volunteering opportunity suiting them the best and on how to live abroad. You can find videos from the workshops from the local tv station here.

European Volunteering Capitals, candidate, and potential candidates municipalities will gather in Brussels on the 10 & 11 of October in the Framework of the #EURegionsWeek 2018. The workshop, hosted by the The Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic in Brussels as part of the Visegrad Group Presidency events on October 10th, “BUILDING COHESIVE COMMUNITIES THROUGH SOLIDARITY AND VOLUNTEERING”,  will be co-organised by Aarhus, Slovenske Konjice, Guimarães, Košice Municipalities and Sligo Volunteer Centre in collaboration with Central Denmark EU Office (CDEU) & European Volunteer Centre (CEV). An additional networking session will take place at The Square conference centre in Brussels on October 11th.  To find details of timing, precise programme and registration information please click here (workshop code 10PS204).  Registration and Participation is open to all.

CEV volunteer, Wanda Alarcón, has been able to continue her collaboration with CEV as a European Solidarity Corps Trainee on a two-month placement for August and September, thanks to co-financing from the Europe for Citizens programme.  Her activities are focussed on researching volunteering-related matters and the first paper is on “Voluntourism” where she breaks down the different models of this practice. She sets out different issues in the industry and a series of recommendations to tackle them building on CEV’s policy paper on the topic and the results of the  “Voluntourism” workshop in the recent Volunteering in Culture conference in Rijeka (Croatia) . Read the whole paper here.

In BBE’s August 2018 Newsletter for engagement and participation in Europe, the article “Recognition and Validation of Non-Formal and Informal learning achieved through volunteering”, written by Gabriella Civico, CEV Director, has been published. You can read the whole article here.


On 3 September, CEV attended the EESC public hearing "Justice, Rights and Values Fund - Meeting the needs?", discussing the new programme born from the positive example of the Europe for Citizens programme. Find more here.

Another chapter of the Volunteering Infrastructure in Europe Publication has been updated. It is the chapter on the volunteering situation in Cyprus written by Olivia Patsalidou, officer of the CEV member Pan Cyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council. Find the chapter here.


Last 12 July Gabriella Civico, CEV Director,  had a meeting as a member of the CSE Steering Committee with EP Vice President responsible for relations with citizens, Ms Guillaume, as a follow up of correspondence with the President of the European Parliament on the implementation of EP rules of procedures on structured dialogue with civil society.


SOS Malta are pleased to announce that they have been successful in receiving their certification as an EU Aid Volunteer Sending Organisation following a visit in 2017 by Volonteurope, the organisation tasked in providing Technical Assistance as part of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. Read more here.


Moody’s Corporation’s newly released Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report details the company’s progress in delivering on its goal of empowering people around the world to create a better future for themselves, their communities and the environment. You can find this report focused in empowerment through financial knowledge, youth and sustainability here.

Roverway 2018 held the opening ceremony on the 23 July in The Hague where Frans Timmermans, the first Vice President of the European Commission, addressed over 4600 youngsters and thanked the volunteer leaders for making it possible that so many young people can become active citizens and enjoy so many non-formal and informal learning opportunities throughout the year. This international Rover and Ranger event for European guides and scouts between the ages of 16 to 22 is organised by WOSM and WAGGGS and made possible only as a result of the support of many hundreds of volunteers in planning, organising and follow up activities. Read more here.

The 2018 Volunteer Ireland Awards are now open for nominations and will close at midnight Friday 5th October 2018! The Volunteer Ireland Awards is an initiative managed by CEV Member Volunteering Ireland aiming to show volunteers how much their dedication means to their communities and the causes they support. The Volunteer Ireland Gala Awards Ceremony for 2018 will take place on Friday 7th December in Dublin. Find more here. #RecognisingKindness


The First full Call for proposals for the European Solidarity Corps programme aiming to foster solidarity in the European society, engaging young people and organisations in accessible and high-quality solidarity activities, is open. It is possible to apply for actions such as Volunteering projects, Traineeships and Jobs, Solidarity Projects, Volunteering Partnerships, and Quality label. Deadline for applications 19 October. Find the call here.

The European Commission has just published the consultation on “the stocktaking of the better regulation framework” that will be open until 23 September. Such a framework is based on three key pillars: stakeholder engagement throughout the policy cycle; evaluation to ensure that the current body of EU law remains fit for purpose; and impact assessment to ensure that new proposals reach their policy goals in the most efficient way without imposing unnecessary burdens. Find the consultation here.

The European Commission has also launched a citizens’ consultation on the future of Europe ahead of the summit in Sibiu in May 2019 on the future of the European Union. The questions were prepared by a panel of citizens across the EU.

On 26 July the European Commission published a call for proposals for € 16.2 million to support the Integration of third-country nationals as a part of the Annual Work Programme 2018 for the Asylum Migration Integration Fund (AMIF). Find the call here.

The EESC organises the 2018 Civil Society Prize rewards projects promoting "Identities, European values and cultural heritage in Europe". Applications can be sent until 7 September 2018 and there is a pool prize of 50.000€ up to five winners. It recognises the work on projects that foster multi-layered European identities and values and initiatives promoting our cultural wealth and facilitating access to our cultural heritage. Find more here

From 23 to 30 September, the European Commission launches the annual event “European Week of Sport” aims to encourage all Europeans to get up and #BeActive. It is a truly European movement that began in 2015 and has inspired millions of people in 32 countries to #BeActive in their everyday lives as participants or volunteers. Find more here.

The call for entries for the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards is open for all organisations in Europe– public or private, commercial or not-for-profit – that have successfully developed sport projects aimed at social inclusion to enter their initiatives. Winning projects will be showcased to inspire other organisations and individuals around Europe and receive a prize of 10.000€. Read more here.


A new European Citizens Initiative (ECI) has been registered under the title 'Retaining European Citizenship'. It asks, in the light of Brexit, for European citizenship to be made a permanent right, once you have acquired it.  Read more here.


#WelcomingEurope is another ECI which was registered by the European Commission on 15 February 2018 to empower European citizens and their right to offer solidarity to refugees and migrants in Europe. The objective is, through a million signatures collected during 2018 to reform the EU’s migration policy ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections. Sign and read more here.

During the summer session from 25 to 29 June, the Education and Culture Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe launched its working group on Lifelong Learning. Based on the premise that our societies today are evolving rapidly and profoundly they consider adult education as essential and that it needs to be approached in a way that does not only take into account the employment dimension. Read more here.

Throughout 2018, the European Union is celebrating diverse cultural heritage across Europe - at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”. Find more here.


On 18 July 2018, “The thread that binds: a global conversation on volunteerism and community resilience”, including the launch of the “2018 State of the World's Volunteerism Report”, took place in the margins of the High-Level Political Forum in New York, USA and online. Read the report here or see the launch event here.


UNV has just advertised a consultancy to conduct a feasibility study for a global volunteering index for the State of the World’s Volunteering Report 2021. The deadline for submissions is the 3rd of September. You can find more information here.

Social Innovation Community (SIC) is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project which aims to create networks of social innovation organisations and actors across Europe. SIC aims to connect, strengthen and grow existing social innovation communities clustered around certain themes – i.e. community-led innovation, intermediaries, public sector innovation… Find their website here.

Change, Hope & Justice, EAPN Handbook on a Rights-Based Approach to Poverty is out and it aims to inspire organisations, Governments, National Human Rights Institutes and Equality Bodies to include Human Rights as the basis and aim of their work, as a new lens to look at poverty. Find it here.


CEV President, Cristina Rigman will participate as a speaker during the 25th World Volunteer Conference on 17-18 October in Augsburg, Germany. “Our Responsibility for the Global Future” relies in collaboration as a solution for the biggest global issues society is facing and volunteering as an unifying tool. Find the programme here or register here.

New data about volunteering in England has been published on the Community Life Survey from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Check the demographic and causal factors behind volunteering in numbers by clicking here.

A collection of civil society groups committed to building better societies in Europe have put together a questionnaire on building a positive narrative for Europe. Targeting to craft a limited number of new narratives that will then be tested to see what’s most effective in building support for a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive, democratic society any thinking, idea or example of communication is welcome. Find “New ways to talk about Europe” 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.


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.

On 13th of September, the Lifelong Learning Platform and its InnoVal project partners will hold the  European Conference on Innovative Assessment Methods for Validation where validation policies and methods targeting disadvantaged groups will have the focus. Register and read more 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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