CEV News European Volunteer Centre May 2012 Issue 110
In this edition: Action points in red
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Other News: Events:
CEV General Assembly and Symposium Volunteering for stronger societies through innovation and cross-sector collaboration, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9-10 May 2012 New Publication: Volunteering Infrastructure in Europe EVMP: First stage of the project was finalised Emily completed her internship at the CEV secretariat CEV General Assembly took place in Copenhagen on 9 May 2012 Volunteering England: Volunteers Week 2012 ANPAS: Calls for papers Ministers for Education debate Erasmus for all programme Public Consultation: your rights, your future! Public Consultation on Quality Framework for Traineeships Online Forum to find a new name for EVHAC Call for proposals: Projects on prevention and preparedness Call for participants: forum "Youth Cooperation Beyond Borders" P.A.V.E communication toolkit is now available Youth in Action factsheets published AGE members adopted a Declaration Campaign launch of Volunteer Action Counts for Rio+20 IAVE World Volunteer Conference 2012 ACA Annual Conference 2012
CEV Activities: CEV General Assembly and Symposium Volunteering for stronger societies through innovation and cross-sector collaboration, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9-10 May 2012 rd
The 23 CEV Symposium brought together over 170 participants from all over Europe and beyond to reflect and discuss the topic “Volunteering for stronger societies through innovation and cross-sector collaboration”. The venue was, notably, the Danish Parliament where the participants were engaged in plenary debates, took part in sessions designed to ensure networking opportunities and exchange of good practices. Interpretation into Italian and Spanish was provided with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee, while the entire conference was organized under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the EU Council. Highly contributing to the success of the event were also the on-site workshops which offered the perfect occasion to understand the volunteering context in Denmark. The twoday symposium was followed by a reception on a boat where the participants could enjoy a tour on the canals of Copenhagen. The outcome of the spring 2012 CEV Symposium in the form of 10 key messages will be shortly available on the CEV website. BACK TO TOP
New Publication: Volunteering Infrastructure in Europe CEV launched the “Volunteering Infrastructure in Europe” publication during the Spring 2012 General Assembly in Copenhagen (9 May). The publication comprises details about the physical structures, support mechanisms, human resources, knowledge, research and sustainable funding, made available to support volunteers and volunteer organisations in 29 European countries. “This publication intends to serve as a living resource documenting and recording the development of the volunteering infrastructure across Europe” remarked Eva Hambach, CEV President. It includes a foreword by John Macdonald, Head of the Task Force for the European Year of Volunteering 2011- European Commission, and chapters on Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Collecting all the data was made possible by the expertise and availability of professionals in the volunteering sector, CEV members and partner organisations. You can now access online and download the entire document. CEV welcomes content contributions from new countries as well as comments and updates on the existing chapters via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. BACK TO TOP
EVMP: First stage of the project was finalised In April 2012, the planning and organization phase of the European Volunteer Measurement Project (EVMP) which started in January 2011 was completed. The European Volunteer Measurement Project is a joint undertaking of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies; SPES, the Volunteer Service Center for the Lazio Region; the European Volunteer Center (CEV); and a network of European volunteer promotion organizations to promote the implementation in Europe of the International Labour Organization’s Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work. The Planning and Organisation Phase of the project was supported by a coalition that includes ACRI, Forum Terzo Settore, Consulta Nazionale del Volontariato presso il Forum Terzo Settore, ConVol, Consulta Nazionale dei Comitati di Gestione and CSVnet. BACK TO TOP
Emily completed her internship at the CEV secretariat “The last 6 months have gone by in a flash! It seems like only 5 minutes ago that I entered the CEV office in Brussels (with its scary lift!). I have learnt so much and am incredibly grateful to the wonderful CEV team for giving me this opportunity. It has been an experience that I will take away with me and always remember. Volunteering has an even bigger place in my heart now, and I am determined to ensure that it is always a central part of my life and that I do my bit to strengthen it in my small corner of Europe. Thank you once again to everyone and keep up the great work! This is a ‘see you soon’ and not a ‘goodbye’!” The CEV secretariat thanks Emily for her engagement and wishes her every success in her future projects! BACK TO TOP
CEV Members CEV General Assembly took place in Copenhagen on 9 May 2012 CEV member organisations were represented in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 9 May for the spring 2012 General Assembly which was followed by the CEV Symposium Volunteering for stronger societies through innovation and cross-sector collaboration. BACK TO TOP
Volunteering England: Volunteers Week 2012 Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. Volunteers Week 2012 is organized on 1-7 June. In 2012 the central role of volunteers is even clearer, which means we have lots to celebrate. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games could not happen without the efforts of 70,000 Games Makers, 8,000 London Ambassadors and countless more across the country. Celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee will involve tens of thousands in community activities. The Jubilee Hour initiative, supported by organisations as diverse as The Women's Institute, West Yorkshire Police and the Muslim Council of Britain, will encourage people to donate an hour of their time to help others either through an organisation or on a personal basis. BACK TO TOP
ANPAS: Calls for papers-ideas for a better world! Through the call we invite the youth of society, citizens 32 years of age and younger, residents in the Mediterranean countries, to share ideas to better the world, to construct a more just and united society, for the development of a culture of solidarity, for the protection of the environment and of common goods. Those who will be selected, will be given the opportunity to participate in Bari at the entire Anpas National th th Meeting of Solidarity that will be held from Thursday the 27 of September to Sunday the 30 of September. ANPAS will pay the costs relative to accommodation, meals, and transfers to the headquarters of the Meeting. You can find more information about the call here.
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European Union News Ministers for Education debate Erasmus for all programme th
On 11 May, the European Ministers for Education reached agreement regarding the contents of the new EU programme proposal for education and youth called Erasmus for all. The meeting organised in the framework of the Danish presidency of the EU Council had at the top of its agenda the Erasmus for all programme which is expected to be implemented starting 2014 and will comprise Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action Programme along with other funding schemes. However a decision on the budget is still to be made. The new programme proposal raised controversy among civil society stakeholders and further details on its structure are to be decided. BACK TO TOP
Public Consultation: your rights, your future! The European Commission launched a public consultation on the 9 May to gather citizens’ perspective on the way their rights are being respected in their daily life, about obstacle they might face and ways to overcome such obstacle while further developing EU citizenship. The contributions can be send via an online questionnaire and will feed into the next EU Citizenship Report that will be published in 2013. Respondents are invited to share their views by 9 September.
Public Consultation on Quality Framework for Traineeships The European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion launched on 19 April a Public consultation on “Quality Framework for Traineeships”. Citizens, social partners, enterprises, and education institutions are invited to respond to the online questionnaire before 11 July 2012. The aim of the consultation is to gather suggestions on how the quality of traineeships can be increased by a framework that would help youngsters with their transition from education and work. BACK TO TOP
Online Forum to find a new name for EVHAC The European Commission called for suggestions and proposal for a name for the new
programme allowing Europeans to volunteer in humanitarian operations currently referred to as European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (EVHAC). More than 200 names have been proposed already. Thousands of Internauts have checked our and contributed to the forum. The voting continues until 31 May, 12 am, between the best proposals having received more than 2.0 out 5 4
stars on average. A high level jury with communication experts and chaired by Commissioner Georgieva will then make the final decision based on the outcomes of the forums. BACK TO TOP
Calls for Proposals Call for proposals: Projects on prevention and preparedness Deadline: 31 May 2012 The 2012 call for proposals for projects on prevention and preparedness in the field of civil protection, under the Civil Protection Financial Instrument, is open. The call covers two separate sections (Prevention Projects and Preparedness Projects), each with specific objectives and budget. The deadline for submission of proposals is 31/05/2012. The criteria for applying and the application form can be found here. BACK TO TOP
Call for participants: forum "Youth Cooperation Beyond Borders" Deadline 20 May 2012 The three SALTO Resource Centres working with the neighbouring regions of the Youth in Action programme - SALTO EECA, EuroMed and SEE - together with the National Agencies of France, Poland and Slovenia are organising a forum to explore the impact of the Programme in the frame of the cooperation with the neighbouring regions. The forum will be co-organised and hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan together with the Ministry's Youth Foundation in Baku, 28 - 30 October 2012. Online applications are expected until 20 May 2012. BACK TO TOP
Other News P.A.V.E communication toolkit is now available The EYV 2011 Alliance P.A.V.E communication toolkit is now available online. This toolkit was designed to communicate effectively the recommendations of the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe. BACK TO TOP
Youth in Action factsheets published Five thematic factsheets present examples of the impact of the Youth in Action Programme in fostering mutual understanding, development of skills, solidarity and cultural awareness. Published recently by DG Education and Culture, the factsheet present youth volunteering by giving examples of European Voluntary Service projects. BACK TO TOP
AGE members adopted a Declaration On 11 May, at their annual General Assembly, AGE members adopted a Declaration calling for strong EU initiatives to put employment, job creation and social cohesion at the top of their political priorities and to adopt measures which boost the EU economy, and promote a new European society based on greater solidarity, equity and cooperation between and within generations. In this Declaration AGE Platform Europe and its members also acknowledge that together with rights, older people have duties towards other generations, society and the communities they live in, and 5
call on older people to help rebuild trust and confidence in the future and invest in sectors that will create jobs and growth. BACK TO TOP
Campaign launch of Volunteer Action Counts for Rio+20 United Nations Volunteers programme has launched the multi-media campaign Volunteer Action Counts to showcase the importance of people’s participation and volunteering towards the achievement of sustainable development at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 in Brazil. Volunteers, organisation and the general public can also feature volunteering stories via through the campaign Twitter and Facebook pages. BACK TO TOP
Events IAVE World Volunteer Conference 2012 International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) is organizing its 22nd World Volunteer Conference (WVC2012) in London, England, on December 10-12, 2012. The venue will be the Church House Conference Centre, and the topic will be “Leading Tomorrows’ Volunteer Community- Together”. Further details can be found on IAVE website. BACK TO TOP
ACA Annual Conference 2012 The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) Annual Conference 2012 will take place on the 1012 June in Helsinki, Finland. The topic of the conference will be “Tying it all together. Internationalisation, excellence, funding and the social dimension in higher education” and will include sessions on funding opportunities, mobility, social inclusion, social responsibility and academic performance. BACK TO TOP
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