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  • 1. Volunteers in the European Union Liza Gernaey – project officer Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk vzw –Flemish Volunteer Centre 9 May 2011
  • 2.
    • Facts and figures
    • Definition
    • Value of volunteering
    • EYV2011
    • Challenges
    Content
  • 3.
    • 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)
  • 4.
    • 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)
  • 5.
    • 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)
  • 6.
    • Problem
      • Different definition and legislation in different countries
      • Ex.: Belgium  The Netherlands
    • Conclusion
      • The numbers are an indication!
    Fact and figures (4)
  • 7.
    • Key elements
      • Not obligatory
      • Not paid
      • For others
    • Contradictions
      • Internships?
      • Reimbursed costs
      • Own benefit
    Definition
  • 8.
    • Solidarity and cooperation
    • Accessibility of activities
    • Employability
    • Lowers the costs for organizations
    • Individual advantages
    • Support for policy and government
    • Economical value
    Value of volunteering
  • 9.
    • Asked by the volunteering sector itself
      • CEV Manifesto
      • Written statement European Parliament
    • 2001 + 10
      • IYV2001 United Nations
    • Decision European Commission
      • November 2009
    EYV2011 (1)
  • 10.
    • 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
  • 11.
    • Context
      • Big diversity
        • Type of voluntary work
        • Age of the volunteer
        • Terms and conditions
        • Form of engagement: project volunteers
      • New technological instruments
    Challenges (1)
  • 12.
    • 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)
  • 13.