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CEV News January 2012 Issue 106

In this edition: Action points in red CEV Activities:

Save the dates: the next CEV Symposium ‘Innovation and collaboration: strengthening societies together’ will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, th th 9 -10 May 2012 Round table on measuring the value of volunteering in the European Parliament CEV Online Community topic of the month: New Year's Resolutions - What are your goals and plans regarding volunteering for 2012? CEV will be represented in an international conference in Montenegro CEV was involved in the ‘Discover e-volunteering’ competition Stefania says Bye

CEV and the EYV 2011 Alliance:

P.A.V.E- recommendations for the legacy of the European Year of Volunteering 2011

CEV Members:

OKA: Volunteer Awards 2011 Espace Bénévolat: Young volunteers celebrated for their commitment MOVISIE: Expert meeting on how to motivate volunteers Volunteering England: Students volunteers Week campaign

EU News:

Opening Conference: European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity The ‘Youth Opportunities Initiative’ sustains 10,000 EVS opportunities in 2012

The European Year of Volunteering 2011 Tour Book is now available online Calls for Proposals:

European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps call for proposals for pilot projects Mental Health Europe 2012 conference: call for contributions World Congress on Active Ageing

Other News:

Volunteerism through the Eyes of Children: the United Nations Volunteer Programme’s Children’s Book Eurochild Conference calls on the European Union and Member States to take action

Events:

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International conference focused on ‘the right to age’, Dijon, France on 25 th 27 January 2012 Joint Euclid Network and NCVO Event: European Years - What do they mean th for us? London, England on 27 January 2012 International symposium tackling unemployment in Europe, Brussels rd (Belgium), on 23 February 2012 Conference: Regional and local initiatives promoting healthy and active th ageing, Brussels (Belgium) on 28 February 2012 th Conference: social work and social development Stockholm (Sweden) on 8 th 12 July 2012 Generations Ageing Together: a conference on intergenerational solidarity, th th Keele University, (UK), on 9 -11 July 2012

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Dear CEV Members,

The European Year of Volunteering 2011 has ended and I hope you can start looking back to all your activities with happiness and satisfaction. Off course I do hope that you had a chance to relax a bit, preparing yourself for evaluation and to start up fresh activities. CEV again looks forward to a challenging and exciting year, consolidating the results of the EYV2011, the publication about Volunteering Infrastructure, analysing the results of the CEV Membership survey, and the CEV Symposia in 2012. The work continues! I want to thank the new staff for their dedication to the work. Starting in a new position in the „heat of the fight‟ is not easy. I wish them a nice year full of success, a good working spirit and the chance to harvest the first fruits of their engagement. Also our new Board of Directors started with full speed and dedication. I wish them all the best, looking forward to further cooperation. Last but not least, I am so happy to see all the interaction and networking between all the CEV Members, from all corners of Europe, sharing knowledge, experiences and good practices. I hope we can welcome even more members in 2012 to strengthen our network, and to spread the Voice of Volunteering even further, stronger and harder. Finally, I would like to share some very good news with you. The full grant for which we applied at the European Commission resulted in the first positive news of the brand new year: the full amount will be given to CEV. I wish you a lot of happiness, love, good health, new initiatives and a good cooperation through the entire 2012 and following years. Please, remember that I will be available for your suggestions, questions and remarks.

Eva Hambach CEV President

CEV Activities Save the dates: the next CEV Symposium ‘Innovation and collaboration: strengthening societies together’ will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, 9th -10th May 2012 CEV-the European Volunteer Centre, in cooperation with its member organisation The National Knowledge & Development Centre of Volunteering in Denmark will organize its spring General th th Assembly Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark on 9 -10 May 2012. The conference will be a great opportunity to build partnerships, engage in fruitful discussions and showcase your work. The accent will fall on cross-sectorial collaboration and its added value to volunteering. While the format of the symposium will reserve many pleasant surprises for the participants, the content will also be rich in information and networking opportunities. More information, as well as a draft programme will be available on the CEV website shortly. BACK TO TOP

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Round table on measuring the value of volunteering in the European Parliament CEV, together with its partners in the European Volunteer Measurement Project (EVMP), Centro di Servizio per il Voluntario del Lazio (SPES) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS), is organizing a round table in the European Parliament. The meeting which will be hosted by MEP Patrizia Toia will highlight the achievements brought about by the European Year of Volunteering 2011 with regard to measuring the value of volunteering. The reflection on the best ways to enhance volunteering by relying on comparable data will benefit from input by MEP Marian Harkin, experts, statisticians and researchers in the field of voluntary action. In order th to participate please register before 30 January 2012 by email at policy@cev.be. BACK TO TOP

CEV Online Community topic of the month: New Year's Resolutions - What are your goals and plans regarding volunteering for 2012? The CEV Online Community offers great opportunities to establish partnerships, initiate projects and share good practices and resources on volunteering. CEV secretariat proposes New Year's Resolutions - What are your goals and plans regarding volunteering for 2012? as topic of the month for the first issue of 2012 newsletter. The CEV Online Community and the CEV Facebook page are the places you can engage in sharing materials on this topic, discussions and bringing your contribution to a place exclusively dedicated to volunteering. BACK TO TOP

CEV will be represented in an international conference in Montenegro On 25th-27th January 2012 CEV will be represented in the conference "Improving the quality of community-based voluntary service" in Podgorica, Montenegro. CEV Director, martijn Pakker will intervene as keynote speaker addressing the issue of volunteering and citizens‟ participation in democratic development. In addition, CEV members SPES, CSVnet and MOVISIE will tackle issues such as the social and economic value of volunteering and citizens‟ involvement in local governance. The conference will also provide a workshop on the implementation of the ILO Manual and input about the EVMP project. BACK TO TOP

CEV was involved in the ‘Discover e-volunteering’ competition The European edition of “Discover e-volunteering” competition was organised to promote community involvement via the internet. CEV President Eva Hambach and CEV Director Martijn st Pakker participated in the award ceremony on the 1 December 2011 in and handed out the awards for some of the selected candidates. BACK TO TOP

Stefania says Bye CSVnet liaison officer Stefania Macchioni says Bye: “Thanks to CSVnet investment I have been working for CSVnet in Brussels for almost four years, having the great opportunity to work directly with CEV members for different initiatives and projects. These years have represented for me a very intense learning experience, which also gave me the opportunity to meet special people like you. With the new year I will be Grant writing and donor

management officer for a Dutch Foundation based in Brussels. I will work in a field where volunteering is involved to a large extent (Nature conservation and Biodiversity), therefore, I do really hope that we will have the chance to further cooperate in environmental projects/activities” CEV would like to thank Stefania for her dedication, commitment and support! We wish her all the best and great success in the future. BACK TO TOP

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CEV and the EYV 2011 Alliance P.A.V.E- recommendations for the legacy of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 The Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E) addresses policy makers and all stakeholders with recommendations for a long lasting legacy of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. Recommendations and reflections were made on the following topics: quality volunteering, legal framework, volunteering infrastructure, employee volunteering, recognition and value of volunteering. P.A.V.E underlines the need for proper volunteering infrastructure that can only be supported through partnerships and cross-sectorial collaboration. In addition, comparable data on the social and economic impact of volunteer work is crucial as well as the recognition of individual and collective achievements through volunteering. The document endorsed by the EYV 2011 Alliance member organisations benefits from the input of 100 experts. It also gives details on the process of recruitment and work methodology of the EYV 2011 Alliance working groups. BACK TO TOP

CEV Members OKA: Volunteer Awards 2011

The National Volunteer Centre in Hungary presented the th Volunteer Awards 2011 on 30 November 2011. This year‟s categories were: The Volunteer Of The Year, The Volunteer Program Of The Year, The Corporate Volunteer Program Of The Year and Budapest Bank Equality Award. The ceremony reflected the increased interest in voluntary assistance and raised awareness regarding corporate social responsibility since the first edition in 2009. BACK TO TOP

Espace Bénévolat: Young volunteers celebrated for their commitment The "Jeune et Bénévole" prize rewards the best four testimonies of volunteers, between the ages of 15 and 25, based on their personal experience in voluntary activities. They were selected from 20 nominees designated by the visitors of the web page http://www.prixjeunebenevole.org. The prizes (i.e. th missions to foreign associations and sporting stays) were presented on 5 December 2011 by Isabelle Persoz, President of Espace Bénévolat, who emphasized the importance of the youth volunteering and announced that the competition will be repeated next year. BACK TO TOP

MOVISIE: Expert meeting on how to motivate volunteers The Netherlands Institute for Sports and Physical Activity (NISB) in co-operation with the Dutch National Agency for the Youth in Action Programme organizes an expert meeting on the topic „Young Volunteers in Sport‟. Participants from 10 European countries are expected to take part in the seminar. Discussions will be 4


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carried out on 8 - 11 February 2012 and will focus on how to make volunteering and volunteer organizations more appealing to young people who do not generally participate in voluntary work. CEV member organization MOVISIE will support the seminar with workshops and knowledge sharing.For more information and questions please refer to carolien.daniels@nisb.nl or dorien.dijk@nisb.nl. BACK TO TOP

Volunteering England: Students volunteers Week campaign Volunteering England conducts the awareness -raising campaign: th th Student Volunteers Week 2012 on 20 -26 February 2012. The events will celebrate students‟ involvement and their immense contribution in a variety of voluntary activities. In addition the campaign aims to support and encourage both students and organisations in their volunteering activities. BACK TO TOP

European Union News Opening Conference: European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity th

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On 18 -19 January 2012 the Danish Presidency will hold a high level conference on Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity aiming to inaugurate the European Year 2012. The conference entitled „Stay active-what does it take?‟ will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark and will address the topic of innovation in the fields of employment, social affairs and health in order to reflect on new solutions for the challenges of an ageing European society. BACK TO TOP

The ‘Youth Opportunities Initiative’ sustains 10,000 EVS opportunities in 2012 The European Commission launched the Youth Opportunities Initiative which tackles the issues of unemployment and insufficient training and aims to boost mobility among young people. The Member States are called upon to take action and prevent school dropout as well as to enhance projects that help youth develop skills. In this context, one of the actions to be taken at EU level will be guarantee the budget allocations for at least 10, 000 European Voluntary Service (EVS) placements this year. BACK TO TOP

The European Year of Volunteering 2011 Tour Book is now available online The European Year of Volunteering 2011 Tour spread the message Volunteer! Make a difference across the EU by reaching each Member State. The tour activities and events aimed to showcase the work carried out by volunteers, to raise awareness about the huge potential of volunteering, and, also, to say Thank You! to all the Europeans who take part free of charge on behalf of their communities. The Tour Book depicts, through pictures and highlights, the visits across the EU and traces the main events organised in the framework of the Year. In order to download the book or to find more information about the EYV2011 Tour please refer to the relevant website. BACK TO TOP

Calls for Proposals European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps call for proposals for pilot projects Deadline 5th March 2012 5


The European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps 2012 Call for Proposals is now published. th 2,450.000 EUR will fund the selected pilot projects. All proposals should be send before 5 March 2012. In addition any queries on the call can be addressed to ECHO-POLICIES@ec.europa.eu no later than 13 February. DG ECHO will publish the answers to these questions on the website mentioned above no later than 23 February. BACK TO TOP

Mental Health Europe 2012 conference: call for contributions Deadline: 15th March 2012 Mental Health Europe (MHE) calls for contributions to their 2012 conference in Split, Croatia. The th th conference, running from 14 -16 June 2012 is entitled ‘From individual to collective responsibility: The social determinants of mental health.’ It will bring together experts from across Europe to focus on the role of society in determining inequalities, and the role of community and social networks in addressing mental health issues. Of particular interest is a call for contributions on the topic of ‘The role of volunteering in establishing networks in rural and remote areas.’ BACK TO TOP

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Deadline: 31 January 2012 The World Congress on Active Ageing is still open for abstract submissions for their 2012 conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The congress secretariat is inviting delegates to submit papers on older age and physical activity/ exercise. The congress itself will bring together multidisciplinary professionals and interested parties involved with active ageing and is due to be held on 13-17 August 2012. BACK TO TOP

Other News Volunteerism through the Eyes of Children: the United Nations Volunteer Programme’s Children’s Book The United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Programme organised the production of a UNV Children‟s th book as part of the celebrations of the 10 anniversary of the International Year of Volunteering (IYV+10) which coincided with the European Year of the Volunteer (EYV) 2011. This book includes drawings, paintings, quotes and stories depicting the views of volunteering from children across the globe. You can see all 335 submissions on Flickr. BACK TO TOP

Eurochild Conference calls on the European Union and Member States to take action During the annual Eurochild conference, „Tackling Child Poverty through Supporting and th nd Strengthening Families‟, held on 30 November – 2 December 2011, some key building blocks to success were identified, for the Europe 2020 Strategy target of taking 20 million people out of poverty by 2020 to be met. Two of these specifically are expected to be seen in 2012, including a Eurochild publication on inspiring practice in the field, and a „Recommendation on Child Poverty and Well-being‟ from the European Commission. BACK TO TOP

Events International conference focused on ‘the right to age’, Dijon, France on 25th 27th January 2012 6


The International Network on Age, Citizenship and Socio-economic Integration (REIACTIS) is th th hosting an international symposium entitled „The right to Age‟ in Dijon, France on 25 -27 January 2012. The conference aims to explore ways in which elderly people can be active citizens, participate in the political process and develop social relationships. The themes to be discussed include active citizenship through voluntary work, involvement in social organisations and political participation. Please refer to the relevant website for further information. BACK TO TOP

Joint Euclid Network and NCVO Event: European Years - What do they mean for us? London, England on 27th January 2012 There is a joint Strategic Partners event with NCVO, Volunteering England and Euclid, on connecting the learning from European Years. This event will look at the successes and challenges of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and the connection of it to the European Year of Active Ageing 2012 as it begins. It will focus on how civil society organisations get the most out of European Years and how we can ensure a full range of organisations engage fully and develop European Years. BACK TO TOP

International symposium tackling unemployment in Europe, Brussels (Belgium), on 23rd February 2012 The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies is organising a day long International rd Symposium on 23 February 2012 – Tackling Unemployment in Europe through Social Inclusion and Training Programmes - in Brussels for stakeholders and civil society to come together and discuss the challenges at the heart of current unemployment problems in Europe, share best practices and explore ways of addressing the current employment gaps. It will be a chance to look at the latest developments and initiatives in terms of promoting social cohesion and access to training and education. BACK TO TOP

Conference: Regional and local initiatives promoting healthy and active ageing, Brussels (Belgium) on 28th February 2012 This conference, in the context of the Social Inclusion Regional Group (SIRG), aims to highlight and promote the part that local and regional authorities have in advancing active and healthy ageing. It will include the sharing and discussion of good practices, including the challenges faced, by an expert panel from European Institutions and NGOs. Conclusions from the day will factor in the SIRG final document, to be present at the end of 2012. BACK TO TOP

Conference: social work and social development Stockholm (Sweden) on 8th12th July 2012 On 8-12 July 2012, Stockholm, Sweden, will see an international conference exploring social work practice, social research and education and social policy for policymakers, organized by International Association of Schools of Social Work, International Council on Social Welfare and International Federation of Social Workers. Social workers, academics and students are invited along to exchange experience and knowledge. Three areas of particular focus will be Human Rights and Social Equality, Environmental Change and Sustainable Social Development and Global Social Transformation and Social Action. BACK TO TOP

Generations Ageing Together: a conference on intergenerational solidarity, Keele University, (UK), on 9th-11th July 2012 The European Mapping of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) network and the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP) are organising a 3 day conference th th „Generations Ageing Together‟ - at Keele University, England on 9 -11 July 2012. The event aims to allow the sharing of knowledge, ideas and questions regarding intergenerational work across Europe. EMIL and ICIP will launch the 'European Intergenerational Network' together, as part of the conference. 7


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