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    • Volunteers in the European Union Liza Gernaey – project officer Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk vzw –Flemish Volunteer Centre 9 May 2011
      • Facts and figures
      • Definition
      • Value of volunteering
      • EYV2011
      • Challenges
      Content
      • About 100 million of Europeans volunteers
        • 3 out of 10 citizens in the EU do voluntary work
        • 2 out of 10 in Flanders
      • Where do we find volunteers?
        • In almost every sector: welfare, education, the cultural sector, socio-cultural sector, nature, sports, politics, …
      Fact and figures (1)
      • Who are the volunteers?
        • About as many men as women
        • But: ‘typical’ male and female activities (sports  welfare)
      • Age
        • Majority between 35 and 55
        • But: also -35 and +55
      Fact and figures (2)
      • Why
        • Contribute to society
        • Love for an organization, their family, their community,…
        • Idealism
        • Own benefit
        • To do the good thing
      • When and how much?
        • Always and everywhere
        • Average: about 4 or 5 hours a week
      Fact and figures (3)
      • Problem
        • Different definition and legislation in different countries
        • Ex.: Belgium  The Netherlands
      • Conclusion
        • The numbers are an indication!
      Fact and figures (4)
      • Key elements
        • Not obligatory
        • Not paid
        • For others
      • Contradictions
        • Internships?
        • Reimbursed costs
        • Own benefit
      Definition
      • Solidarity and cooperation
      • Accessibility of activities
      • Employability
      • Lowers the costs for organizations
      • Individual advantages
      • Support for policy and government
      • Economical value
      Value of volunteering
      • Asked by the volunteering sector itself
        • CEV Manifesto
        • Written statement European Parliament
      • 2001 + 10
        • IYV2001 United Nations
      • Decision European Commission
        • November 2009
      EYV2011 (1)
      • Volunteer friendly climate
      • Consolidate and improve quality of volunteering
      • Recognition of voluntary work
      • Promotion of volunteering and put the value in the spotlight
      EYV2011 (2) - goals
      • Context
        • Big diversity
          • Type of voluntary work
          • Age of the volunteer
          • Terms and conditions
          • Form of engagement: project volunteers
        • New technological instruments
      Challenges (1)
      • Create a web application that can boost volunteering engagement: show the diversity of volunteering/voluntary work in an enthusiastic manner, by using modern web technologies, to stimulate people to volunteer.
      Challenges (2)
    •