2019 will be marked by the European Parliament Elections, from 23 to 26 May EU citizens will be able to vote for the 705 members that will represent them in the European Parliament until 2024. In preparation for the elections CEV 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 CEV 5Rs Policy Priorities. The campaign 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.
NEWS FROM #EVCapital In organising the European Volunteering Competition CEV is supported by Europe for Citizens Programme.
CEV launches the eighth edition of theEuropean Volunteer Capital competition #EVCapital2021. The award is chosen from the applicant municipalities by an international jury of experts who assess the extent to which the recommendations as listed in PAVE and the “5R” policy priorities as identified in the PAVE 5 year review “Helping Hands”, are shown to be implemented. How the European Solidarity Corps will be supported and promoted is also part of the criteria. The European Volunteering Capital Competition aims to promote volunteering at the local level by giving recognition to municipalities that support and strengthen partnerships with volunteer centres and volunteer-involving organisations and celebrate and promote volunteering and the impact made by volunteers. Deadline: 11 June 2019 Find the ONLINE application formand more information here.
On February 4 2019, Košice the European Volunteering Capital 2019 together with the Volunteering Centre of the Košice Region organized the 11th edition of the regional awards ceremony “Srdce na dlani”/”Heart on the Palm”. This ceremony has become an annual tradition in Košice as the symbol of high appreciation of the volunteers´ impact. More than 70 volunteers were nominated for the award in different categories, such as Volunteering in Social and Health Care, Volunteering in Education and Teaching, Volunteering Project of the Year, Senior Volunteering and many others.14 volunteers were awarded for their exceptional volunteering activities they carried out in 2018. The representatives of the Košice City and Region participated in the event to show recognition and gratitude for the large number of volunteers in the region. You can watch the video here.
Padova has started the preparation for its role as European Volunteering Capital 2020. Emanuele Alecci, the president of the Volunteering Centre of Padova, said the EVCapital competition was a great opportunity to show that it was possible to think and achieve things in a different way. He added that this initiative would strengthen the partnership among civil society organisations, NGOs and public institutions. As a part of the preparation, Padova also launched an official website dedicated to volunteering and volunteering initiatives which you can visit by clicking here.
The European Volunteering Capital London 2016, is carrying on the legacy of the title with continued strengthening of support for volunteering. The city officially reopened the second round of the London Together Fund, which supports sport projects and organisations dedicated to social integration and bringing together isolated communities in London. Read more here.
Save the Dates: A list of upcoming events comprising information on activities CEV is organising and/or will be part of in partnership with institutions & other organisations in 2019, is available here.
With great sorrow we are very sorry to let you know that our friend, colleague and Board member, Palle Lund sadly died suddenly a few weeks ago. For a number of years Palle has contributed to the mission and work of CEV as a leader of our Danish Founding member (Danish Institute for Voluntary Effort), a delegate to CEV events, and most recently, as a Board member. His contributions have always been highly appreciated by everyone concerned and he will be sorely missed. We send our sincerest condolences to his family and colleagues in Denmark.
CEV’s Board met in Brussels to review the achievements of 2018, discuss and oversee the implementation of CEV’s work plan for 2019 and prepare the process to develop the post 2021 CEV Strategic Plan.
On March 5th the European Parliament Interest Group on Volunteering hosted by MEP Marian Harkin, MEP Brando Benifei, and MEP Sean Kelly met the CEV Board and other volunteering stakeholders from across Europe, including civil society and EU Institution representatives. The Vote Volunteer Vision Campaign for 2019 European elections was presented and the role of volunteers in promoting solidarity and social cohesion was emphasised. Challenges in how the proper support offered to volunteers is ensured was also part of the debate as well as the need to provide organisations with the means to ensure meaningful volunteer experiences.
CEV Annual Report 2018 is now published and available here. The report comprises information about CEV’s structure as a network, our initiatives, projects we are working on, and financial details. CEV’s activities are implemented with financial support from Europe for Citizens Programme.
Call for participants: The three CEV online Employee Volunteering training courses will take place from May - October 2019. They are delivered in English and focus on three different modalities of Employee Volunteering (corporate volunteering), that can be realised in the context of a supportive employee volunteering policy. They are based on the content of the EVEN workbooks for employee volunteering. Find out more about the courses, how to participate, and the deadlines for registrations here.
Submissions are still being collected for WISH - Welcome, Inclusion and Support Hub for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Europe. WISH is an online platform, developed by CEV in the frame of the European Solidarity Corps projects, 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. Submit your initiatives here.
CEV recently launched a call for interested participants in the testing phase of the LEVER UP Model. Specifically, CEV and LEVER UP partners are looking for Tutors, Assessors and Candidates to test the model. The testing of the LEVER UP Tool is delivered free of charge and full training and support will be provided. Lever Up is a multi-sectoral tool for the validation of transversal competencies acquired in non-formal/ informal learning. The tool is equally useful for the volunteering, VET and the business sector. You can apply as a candidate here.
Giulia Bordin, CEV Policy and Project Officer, along with Eleonora Andriolo and Luca Loth, the two ESC trainees at CEV attended the European Solidarity Corps Quality Label Info-Day which was organised by the The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). The day served as an opportunity to learn more about ESC’s policy and objectives and the ways in which the Directorate General for Education Youth, Sport and Culture and the EACEA ensure that the organisations provide quality experience to volunteers and trainees participating in the European Solidarity Corps programme.
On 13 February, CEV took part at the European Civil Society Campaign Lab for the EU Elections 2019 to connect with NGOs all across Europe & implement a shared path towards elections and beyond.
Giulia Bordin, Project and Policy Officer, participated in the first DG EMPL Civil Dialogue meeting of 2019 in order to contribute to the preparation of the Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth and to ensure that the roles and needs of volunteers are taken into account for that topic, and others, in the field of social affairs and employment. This year’s topic is “Inclusive Growth post 2020: looking at the future of Social Europe”. On 6 March, following on the first meeting, CEV participated at the strategic dialogue meeting with DG EMPL discussing CSOs integration of Migrants, current issues and future steps ahead. Validation of skills acquired through NFIL is a crucial steps in guarantee an effective integration and social inclusion.
On 15 February 2019, ESC trainees, Luca Loth and Eleonora Andriolo attended the ‘Campaign messaging’ partner seminar organised by the “This time I’m voting initiative”. The event focused on citizens’ attitudes towards the EU and how organisations can create and lead successful campaigns with appealing messages.
Sara Fasoli, Project and Events Officer, together with Eleonora Andriolo and Luca Loth, the ESC trainees at CEV attended the Civil Society for rEUnaissance event organised by the European Economic and Social Committee. Presidents from the EU institutions and national economic and social councils, leaders of civil society organisations were all present to highlight the importance of civil society organisations and to mobilise civil society at all levels in the run-up to the European elections.
On 27 February, Giulia Bordin attended the Educating Girls - Why 'Agenda 2030' should be called 'Gender 2030' event organised by the Friends of Europe. The meeting emphasised the fact that participating in education provided by NGOs and volunteers are often the only chances for some girls to receive a basic education.
On the 22/23 February in Rome, at the Rotary for Europe day organized by Rotary International, Giulia the first ESC trainee 2017, together Manon Levrey, the first European Solidarity Corps Volunteer presented their experiences, in view of inspiring young roteractors to sign up on the European initiatives connecting platform.
CEV MEMBERS NEWS
Pro Vobis, is reaching the end of CreaTYV Erasmus+ project this month, with new resources concerning intergenerational volunteering. The 5 project partners from Romania, Italy, Ireland and the Czech Republic have created 4 different resources to support the development of intergenerational volunteering programs using Creative Drama as a technique: E-book presenting our intergenerational approach; training handbook to facilitate the first interactions between young and senior volunteers; guide for young people who are new to volunteering and a series of policy recommendations to support youth volunteering through non-formal education in intergenerational contexts. Read more here.
The Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE) is organising a conference entitled ‘Not Without Us! Civil Society Conference on the Future of Europe’ which will take place on 21-22 March 2019 in Berlin. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the different pro-European civil society initiatives and campaigns in view of the European elections and to foster an open civil dialogue about different topics such as the European Democracy, Shrinking Civil Space as well as Sustainability and Social Equality. The CEV Vote Volunteer Vision Campaign will be presented. Read more here.
Flanders volunteering week: The Flemish Support Centre for Volunteer Work (Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk) celebrated the Week of Volunteers between 25 February and 1 March. The main aim of the campaign is the promotion of volunteering in Flanders and to raise the public awareness about volunteering, and appreciate the impact of volunteers.
On 20 February, the European Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement hosted its Annual Scouting Day Cocktail Reception. This years’ event focused on the topic of Active Citizenship as part of the Scouts’ My Europe My Say project which aims at boosting young voters’ turnout in the upcoming EU Elections.
Get Connected Volunteering and Shared Values, a Europe for Citizens Project funded by the European Commission is coming to an end. The project was organised and run by Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Centre Osijek together with Serve the City Brussels and Dublin City Volunteer Centre. The initiative focused on measuring the impact of volunteering on European values and identity. To celebrate the end of the project, Serve the City Brussels is organising a photo exhibition on 27 March, starting 19:00 at the Press Club Brussels. Register to attend here.
On 2 and 3 March, Politistiko Ergastiri, “EVS Realm: Masters of the learning path” project partner, hosted the first national event of the project in Cyprus. The event was the occasion to share the project outputs, to test them and gather comments from participants.There will be other two national events happening next months, one in Romania and one in Poland. You can watch a video about the event here. To keep you updated, follow the “EVS Realm: Masters of the Learning Path” project facebook page here.
CSVMilano, released a special publication dedicated to the upcoming European elections. The document highlights CEV’s contribution on how the EU should address the topic of volunteering with a focus on the upcoming European elections. It emphasises the role of volunteering as European Union value, as a way to express solidarity to move towards a more "Social Europe". It explains what the new European Parliament and European institutions could do for the volunteering sector at European level to promote volunteering and create new opportunities. You can read it here.
The European Solidarity Corps 2019 Call for project proposals launched with a budget of more than €96 million available to support solidarity activities for young people in 2019! Deadlines for submission of projects fall between 5 February and 1 October 2019 depending on the type of activity. More information is available here.
The winner of the European Solidarity Corps photo contest has been revealed. The winning photo of January has been taken by Hugo who volunteered for Tour du Valat, which is a Research Institute for the Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands, located in the wild Camargue. As one of his tasks, he taught others bird observation and monitoring skills. You can see the winning photograph here.
The European Parliament calls for more opportunities for disadvantaged youth in the new Erasmus Plus programme and for “Discover EU” to have more links with European Capital initiatives such as the European Capital of Volunteering, European Capital of Youth and European Green Capital etc. You can read the press release here.
The European Youth Portal is running a photo competition titled #MySocialEurope. The participants, aged 18 - 30, are asked to answer the following questions: ‘What does the future of Social Europe look like to you?’ You can enter here.
The Civil Society Days on Sustainable Democracy in Europe will take place on 12-13 June. This year’s workshops will take place both on National and European level under the umbrella of the Civil Society Days. The topics will focus on: The Resilience of Democracy, Active Participation, The role of culture camp; education in sustainable development, Young generation, The binomial of economy and democracy, Environmental and social sustainability. The aim of the National workshops are to increase citizens’ participation in Member States. The CivSocDays are looking for organisations who would organise events on national and local level. If interested in participating in the initiative, please contact the Liaison Group with CSOs at the European Economic and Social Committee at Liaison-Group(at)eesc.europa.eu
This year’sEuropean Citizens Initiative Day, Digital Voices, will take place on 2 April. One of the focus of the event will be on the newly negotiated agreement on the ECI proposal which will provide a chance to the participants to discuss and reflect on the the new regulations and challenges that this agreement entails. The occasion will serve as an opportunity to discuss the ongoing changes in global trends in voting and citizens' active participation, what this means for the upcoming EU Parliamentary elections. You can register for the event here.
Fundació Catalunya Voluntària (FCV) participated at the International Volunteering Forum of the Arab World. Lluc Martí, the project leader at FCV, gave an interview discussing the goals of the event and the roles of volunteering in Arab countries. Additionally, he added that the FCV is preparing the first international forum of the Arab world with the participation of 30 countries in Catalonia. Read the interview here.
Network of the European Voluntary Service Organisations (NEVSO) released a statement regarding the emergence of right-wing populist parties across EU member states. NEVSO warns that these tendencies lead to anti-Semitism, discrimination and open racism. The statement highlights the important role volunteers play in the creation of an inclusive, diverse society and the protection of democracy and calls on EU citizens to be actively involved in the preservation of the "European peace project" by voting for parties which are committed to defending democratic rights.
UNHCR released a joint statement with 19 civil society organisations regarding the Asylum and Migration Fund. The statement calls on the co-legislators to ensure that the new AMF establishes new transparent and effective asylum and migration policies that enhance the role of CSOs and local authorities, strengthen the Partnership Principle both at national and EU level, build synergies between the AMF and the ESF + proposals, define and frame the use of AMF in non-EU countries. Read the statement online here.
The SDG Watch Europe held its Annual General Assembly on 28 February. During the assembly, the panel discussion titled ‘Making sustainable development the political priority for the EU’s new political leadership - How to prepare in this year of transition?’ The panel participants emphasised the importance of CSOs in the process, and they asked the participants to implement the SDGs in their actions, show an example and apply pressure to their members and EU institutions to do the same, to achieve change.
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.