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The European Year of Volunteering 1 st February 2011. 1. The European Year of Volunteering 2011. The EU will use the Year to work towards four main objectives: 1. To create an enabling and facilitating environment for volunteering in the EU;

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the european year of volunteering 2011
The European Year of Volunteering 2011

The EU will use the Year to work towards four

main objectives:

  • 1. To create an enabling and facilitating environment for volunteering in the EU;
  • 2. To empower volunteer organisations and improve the quality of volunteering;
  • 3. To reward and recognise volunteering activities, and
  • 4. To raise awareness of the value and importance of volunteering.
the european year of volunteering 20111
The European Year of Volunteering 2011
  • Europe-wide tour. The roadshow will visit each European Capital to highlight volunteering within member states. Coming to London 1 – 7June
  • Journalist relay. A volunteer reporter will visit 2 VIOs in each country and promote inspiring stories.
  • Conferences. 5 high level events planned throughout 2011
  • Website: Resources for events and facility to share stories and activities
national context
National Context
  • Our volunteering rates are high by international standards.
  • Citizenship survey results for April 2009 – March 2010 show 25% formally volunteering once a month and 40% at least once a year.
  • However, there is more that we can do to ensure that the giving of time becomes a social norm.
national priorities and themes for eyv11
National priorities and themes for EYV11
  • Encourage and enable individuals to make a contribution within their communities and help solve social issues by volunteering.
  • Promote good practice across all sectors in the development of effective employer supported volunteering (ESV) programmes.
  • Identify and share good practice and resources relating to effective volunteer management.
  • Promote good practice in opening the door to volunteering opportunities to those traditionally less likely to volunteer.
themes
Themes

The 5 themes form part of priority 1. These are:

  • Young people and children: March and April
  • Environment:May and June
  • Sport: July and August
  • Culture and the arts: September and October
  • Health and social care: November and December
national priorities and themes
National priorities and themes
  • We are currently identifying organisations to lead on the 5 themes under priority 1 and the 3 remaining priorities.
  • One organisations or consortia will be identified for each.
  • Their role will be to work to promote volunteering within a range of organisations, working nationally, regionally and locally.
  • The 5 themes are being funded through grants, the deadline for applications is 7 February.
  • The 3 remaining priorities are being funded through contracts, the deadline for applications is 7 March.
get involved
Get Involved
  • Consider including EYV themes & priorities in events
  • Promote EYV 2011 to members / stakeholders
  • Get involved with the London Tour event 1-7 June
  • Access resources and share your stories and best practice at the EYV 2011 website: http://europa.eu/volunteering
links and contacts
Links and contacts
  • Official website: http://europa.eu/volunteering
  • EYV 2011 sector alliance website: http://www.eyv2011.eu/
  • For queries on the national work programme in England and for regular updates contact the Office for Civil Society:

[email protected]

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