With less than a year to go until the next European Parliament Elections in April 2019, CEV has launched 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 EP Intergroup on Solidarity and Volunteering if elected. Download the fully completed version and the empty template here.
The first Pledge for the EP Volunteering and Solidarity Intergroup comes from MEP Brando Benifei. Mr Benifei 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.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: EUROPEAN VOLUNTEERING CAPITAL 2020
CEV launches the seventh edition of the European Volunteer Capital competition #EVCapital2020. 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: 29 June 2018. Find the ONLINE application form and more information here.
The 2018 European Week of Regions and Cities (Brussels 8 - 11 October) will, for the first time, feature an event dedicated to volunteering and the European Volunteering Capitals in the cluster of “Education, culture and youth”. Hosted by a consortium of European Volunteer capitals, EV candidate municipalities and Volunteer-Friendly cities Aarhus, Guimaraes, Kosice, Sligo and Konjice, and supported by CEV, the workshop will focus on Building cohesive communities through Solidarity and Volunteering . For more information here.
Save the date and explore European Volunteering Capital Aarhus 2018 by participating in either the Aarhus Volunteer Festival in September and/or the International Conference and field visit to be held in December in both Aarhus and EV Capital 2018 Candidate Municipality, Ringkobing Skjern. Find more here.
This year, the Aarhus 2018 European Volunteering Capital team will participate in the Folkemødet event in Denmark. It will be the chance to share lessons learnt during the volunteering year and discuss future plans for volunteering in the city. Folkemødet on the island of Bornholm is an annual meeting of people, organisations and policymakers to debate current political issues. Find more here.
Francesca and Uliana, two European Solidarity Corps volunteers from Aarhus European Volunteer Capital 2018, interviewed Genny Cabas, an Italian ESC volunteer also deployed in Aarhus. She has joined a network for students and is now visiting different international volunteer organisations in the city and writing about her experiences. She will also regularly contribute to the Aarhus European Volunteer Capital website with her experiences as an international volunteer in Aarhus. Find more here.
The CEV Capacity Building Conference “Volunteering in Culture” Report is now available!
This Capacity Building conference developed in collaboration with SMART and Rijeka2020, in the European Year of Cultural Heritage sought to identify what are the specificities of volunteering in culture where the beneficiaries of the activities are not as visible as in other kinds of volunteering eg in social service provision or youth work. Find the report here.
On 23 May, Gabriella Civico, CEV Director, spoke at the European Parliament in the panel “Fostering active citizenship through Erasmus+” hosted by MEP Brando Benifei and with representatives from ESN, the European Commission and ARCI. The recognition and validation of the skills acquired through volunteering was one of the most discussed topics during the panel, where the importance of tools such as “LeverUP” was stressed. You can watch it here.
On 25 May CEV organised, with EFIL, one of the six workshops that took place during the EESC Civil Society Days 2018 and the 60th anniversary of the EESC: “Identities and polarisation”. A World Café discussion where participants shared their thoughts and concerns about different topics: Online extremism and radicalisation, non-formal education fostering competences for the digital world and Erasmus+ digital exchanges. Read more here.
On 16 May, Giulia Bordin, Policy and Project Officer, participated to the SDG Watch Europe Plenary, discussing proposals, which steps ahead, campaigns and plans for the future between local, national, European and international levels. Find more here.
On 1-2 June Giulia Bordin, Policy and Project Officer, attended the European Youth Event 2018 and participated as a speaker in two different panels about volunteering and European Solidarity Corps. Juan Manuel Báez, ESC trainee, also was in the event where he met other volunteers and trainees of the same programme. They had the opportunity to share their experiences as members of the European Solidarity Corps with other young people. Read more here.
On 14 May, CEV attended the workshop “European Policy on Food Waste” at the European Parliament. The workshop was hosted by the Portuguese MEP José Ignacio Faria. It was stressed how volunteering organisations and volunteers play a fundamental role in combating food waste and in providing relief thanks to their engagement in food banks and soup kitchens. They are a source of mindset changing in the broader context of the circular economy.
On 10-11 May, CEV was represented in the Kick-Off Meeting of the Erasmus+ Project “Snapshot from the borders” in Lampedusa, Italy. With CSV Marche and other organisations, the initiative aims to create a network of border cities, increase the visibility of the reality they face and provide a better understanding of migration flows. Find more information here.
On 15 June Gabriella Civico, CEV Director, participated as a speaker at the event “Sustaining Solidarity in Europe”, funded under Horizon 2020 programme and organised by SOLIDUS in Brussels. It was focused on keeping solidarity as a long term value of Europe. The event showcased research evidence as to how solidarity exists and how it can be strengthened. Read more here.
On 30 May, CEV staff attended the Kick-Off meeting of the project “Solidarity Alliance for Citizen Engagement across Europe – SolidAlCiti” funded by Europe for Citizens. The project involves 14 partners, including five CEV members: NAVA, Estonian Village Movement Kokudant, Ethelon, SOS Malta and Pro Vobis and aims to promote solidarity, volunteering and inclusion in Europe, especially amongst young people and migrants. Visit the website of the project here.
On 15 May CEV participated in the Erasmus+ Coalition meeting where the Erasmusx10 campaign was evaluated and the future steps to achieve the ambitious increase in Erasmus+ budget that is advocated for, were established.
On 7 June, CEV Project and Policy Officer, Giulia Bordin, attended the European Parliament CULT committee meeting at the European Parliament, where DG Home of the European Commission presented the mid-term evaluation on the Europe for Citizens programme. You can find the Research for CULT Committee - Europe for Citizens: Towards the Next Programme Generation here.
On 7 June, Sara Fasoli, CEV Project and Event officer, and Giulia Bordin, Project and Policy Officer, attended the Hearing organised by the Voluntary Sector Category of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on “Value of Values: CSO financing in the next MFF”. The role of CSOs at all level has been underlined and considered fundamental by the representatives of the European Commission, Rudolf Niessler and Daniela Bankier. Find the agenda here.
Montepio Bank has joined EVEN! The Employee Volunteering European Network (EVEN) was established by the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) in 2013. EVEN aims to increase the number of employers and volunteer-involving organisations with the capacity and willingness to implement good quality employee volunteering and give greater visibility to these initiatives. Find more here.
Nino Kavelashvili, BBE's Europe News Editor, interviewed Hosea Dutschke, Head of the Nursing and Health Department of the Danish city of Aarhus, European Volunteering Capital 2018. He reviews the advantages of this title and of being the European Capital of Culture in 2017 have brought to the city and identifies the biggest challenges of the future related to these awards. You can read the whole interview here.
In May, NCVO published the UK Civil Society Almanac 2018, a wide study on voluntary sector organisations, workforce, charitable giving and volunteering with a sample of over 7,600 organisations. You can read more here.
Between 14 to 20 May 2018 volunteers of different ages from 32 counties were mobilized during Romania National Volunteer Week to show involvement in the 63 communities where it operates, in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Iasi and Timisoara to Medgidia, mason Valley Călugărească or Saschiz. National Volunteer Week is an annual event at its seventeenth edition, initiated and coordinated by Pro Vobis - National Resource Center for Volunteering Find more here.
At the Osijek Volunteer Centre, Croatia, the two ESC volunteers deployed by CEV, Debbie and Roxana are focusing their volunteering experience on supporting unaccompanied minor refugees during after-school activities and with refugees hosted close to the city of Osijek. They have started to teach Dutch and French to those volunteers interested in learning new languages and they are also developing personal volunteering projects and studying Croatian. You can discover more about their activities by clicking here.
On 30 May, CARDO - National Volunteering Centre of Slovakia hosted the conference “Volunteering as a support to sustainable development” and the awards “Volunteer of the year 2017”. You can read the whole programme here.
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing a new programme for the European Solidarity Corps beyond 2020, with €1.26 billion to broaden the opportunities it offers. The new programme will allow at least 350,000 young Europeans to support communities in need between 2021 and 2027 through volunteering, traineeships and job placements. The proposal adopted today marks the consolidation of the Corps for the next budgetary period. Find more here.
The Commission is proposing a new Justice, Rights and Values Fund, simplifying the existing programmes in this field, one of which is the Europe for Citizens programme. The Fund will support the activities of a number of actors in the field of rights and values such as NGOs, equality bodies, public administrations, judicial networks or universities. Find more here.
On 7 June 2018, the Commission adopted its proposal for Horizon Europe, the EU’s 9th Research & Innovation Framework Programme. A corresponding press release can also be found here.
The EESC and its Liaison Group have celebrated the 60th anniversary of the institution during the 24-25 May with the Civil Society Days. During these two days, different workshops and panels were held in the EESC aiming to tackle the current issues that the EU is facing in online security, freedom of speech, personal information protection and other topics related to the digital revolution. The event closed with a cultural evening at Albert Hall: the concert “Songs of Longing” . You can read more here.
The Call for candidatures for the EESC Civil Society Prize 2018 is now open! The aim of the annual Civil Society Prize is to reward and encourage tangible initiatives and achievements by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting European identity and integration. Deadline for application 7 September 2018. Find more here.
#Thistimeimvoting: The European Parliament has launched a campaign to inform EU citizens on how to vote in the European Parliament Elections will take place in May 2019, and help to spread the message by signing at this link and sharing your commitment through the #thistimeimvoting .
#EUANDME: We all have things that we’re passionate about: from training to travelling, surfing the internet to saving the world. Living in the European Union provides endless opportunities to do what you love – wherever that may lead. EU legislation and initiatives can help unlock your potential and ignite your inspiration, giving you the tools to pursue your passion. Discover examples of how the EU makes a difference in a collection of five short films. Find more here.
SDG Watch Europe was present during the European Development Days 2018 (EDD2018) promoting the “Inequalities” campaign raising awareness about the main achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals. Find more here.
FOCSIV is looking for young international volunteers, aged 18-30 starting, or finishing an international assignment of minimum 3 months, or just returned from an international assignment (not more than 1 year), in the field to test its ERASMUS + project titled “EaSY Evaluate Soft skills in Youth international volunteering”, which aims at measuring young volunteers’ Soft Skills upon an international assignment and to valorize the volunteering experience for the job market. The test phase will close on the 6 July. Find more here.
Registration for Scult Fest 2018 is 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. The Inspiration Day is organised by SCULT, an International Sport Volunteers Movement. SCULT is connecting bright-eyed volunteers at all ages, sport event organisers and sport clubs, locally and internationally. SCULT Fest 2018 together with its side events and the SCULT Awards Gala 2018 will take place on 30 November 2018 at Tallinn University, Estonia. Click here to view the whole program!
Volonteurope, Volunteering Matters and SOLIDAR organise two evenings reception, on 8 June in Edinburgh and on 11 June in Dublin, to talk about volunteering, solidarity and European values. Recent work of both networks will be presented, including Volonteurope’s research on access to youth rights and the role of civil society organisations and volunteering; a study on youth participation, the Active Citizenship Footprint and a collection of good practices on the measurement of the social impact of volunteering. SOLIDAR will showcase their Social Progress Watch, their work on migration, mobility and social protection. Find more here
From 1st to 7th of June, the UK is celebrating Volunteers’ Week where hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable contribution to their communities. Read more about this national event 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.