The EYV 2011 Alliance involves currently 39 European Networks active in volunteering (as of March 2012).
International Volunteers ’ Day 2007 - A group of European platforms active in volunteering came together to agree a strategy to work towards the recognition of 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering – Mindful that it would be the 10 th anniversary of the successful International Year of Volunteering 2001. Since 2007 the EYV 2011 Alliance members have committed to working together on the promotion and implementation of the EYV 2011. Representing: Initially 17 European Volunteering networks came together and in 2008 adopted a joint Position Paper “ Towards a European Year of Volunteering 2011 ” . In 2012, 39 European networks gather around 2000 direct member and partner organisations all over Europe and beyond, reaching out to hundreds of thousands of volunteers. Meetings are held regularly and the reports are available here: http://www.eyv2011.eu/about-the-alliance The Alliance agreed to support the written declaration made by the EP on Volunteering in 2008 and the call made by The Council of Youth Ministers and EESC in the same year for an EYV 2011. EYV 2011 was confirmed in 2008 Concerted pan European lobby strategy at EU and Member State level supported by members of the EYV 2011 Alliance member organisations.
The 6 working groups established by the EYV 2011 Alliance were composed of more than 100 experts, many of them volunteers themselves and met 5 times during 2011. The experts came from 25 EU Countries (and 4 Non-EU: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland) The Alliance members presented P.A.V.E to the European Commission at the EYV 2011 closing conference in December 2011 in Warsaw, Poland.
WOSM and the European Alliance for Volunteering
European Alliance for VolunteeringInvolvement of WOSM Pavel Trantina
A bit of “history”• 2008 – Alliance formed, Call for European Yearof Volunteering 2011• Promotion and implementation of EYV 2011• in 2012 – 39 European networks representingaround 2000 of organisations and millions ofvolunteers – by May 2012 Alliance ended
EYV 2011 Alliance achievements • voice of volunteering organisations during EYV 2011, coordination • partner of the EC and other EU bodies and stakeholders • P.A.V.E. – Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe • www.eyv2011.eu - info, yearbook etc.
Developing P.A.V.EThe working groups met 5 times in 2011 and were composed ofmore than 100 experts, including 6 Scouts (1 co-chair, 2nd on behalfof YFJ).P.A.V.E was presented to the European Commission at the EYV2011 closing conference in December 2011 in Warsaw, Poland.
P.A.V.E Objectives•More efficient and effective policy framework•To support and promote volunteers, volunteeringand volunteer-involving organisations.•Ensure a lasting legacy for EYV 2011 by encouragingall stakeholders to address the shortcomings ofcurrent policies.•Addresses Stakeholder groups according to EYV2011 objectives
For more information and to consult P.A.V.E.Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe http://www.eyv2011.eu
Scouting and volunteeringEnsuring the legacy of the European Year of Volunteering 2011
EAV - VISION• An independent Alliance coordinating the interests of European, national and regional organisations active in volunteering towards all stakeholders, to ensure the continuing development of an enabling volunteer infrastructure in Europe which supports, recognises and values volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations;• An inclusive platform representing the diverse nature of volunteering, whose members work in partnership to do together what we can do better together.
EAV - ADDED VALUEAdded value:•The P.A.V.E. development booster•A stronger lobbying power•The only subject for this platform is volunteering•An independent platform open to any volunteeringstakeholders•A collaborative and supportive hub on volunteering
EAV - MISSIONThe European Alliance for Volunteering acts asa collaborative and supportive hub for European,national and regional organisations involving volunteersor who support or promote volunteering to advocatefor positive change in the volunteering sector.
EAV - OBJECTIVES• Actively coordinate and develop efforts aimed at appropriate follow-up by targeted stakeholders of the policy recommendations contained in P.A.V.E. and pursue other policy developments;• Monitor and communicate developments in the European environment for volunteering and related policies, acting as a knowledge hub for volunteering;• Coordinate and develop initiatives that respond to European policies impacting on volunteers and the volunteering sector.
EAV - AREAS OF ACTION1. Representation and Participation2. Setting and influencing the policy agenda3. Community of Good Practice4. Funding5. Membership relations and support
WOSM INVOLVEMENT• PWG member, Founding member• President for the first 2 years• Our initial priorities within the Alliance: • recognition, • ensuring legal and financial conditions, • liaising with other stakeholders
What is in there for us, Europe and NSOs?• Joining forces towards institutions, avoiding duplications – strengthening the impact• Outsourcing some of our issues or concerns• Example for cooperation at national level• and … voluntary work
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