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  1. 1. Framework Review Recommendations Malcolm Fisk Hayley Fisk Iain Parker Chris Mattravers
  2. 2. Definition [1]  IVISOC definition of volunteering  the ‘touchstone’ for the European Commission…  enables more ready adoption and judgements to be made regarding project impact  is flexible and with blurred boundaries  allows volunteering roles to evolve  accepts different country contexts
  3. 3. Enabling volunteers [2]  Moving beyond empowerment to enablement  giving volunteers a high status within organisations  reviewing management structures and governance  facilitating processes of social innovation  demonstrating values attached to volunteering and respecting these  making the framework relevant
  4. 4. Give something back European Year of Citizens 2013 …is ‘dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship’ and the Commission’s promotional strap-line ‘it’s about Europe, it’s about YOU’ echoes the endeavour to build tools and products that respond to volunteers
  5. 5. Wants as well as needs [3]  Recognising wants of volunteers as well as needs of organisations  allowing a more positive perspective on training, building skills, developing knowledge (etc)  allowing for incentives and modest payments  allowing for framework evolution – improved ability to engage wide variety of volunteers
  6. 6. Listen to ‘the people’s voice’ László Andor European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion …points to the necessity of finding ‘new answers to social needs’ [adding that] ‘in order to innovate, we need to rely on the inventiveness of the individual, of civil society, organizations and local communities’
  7. 7. Partnership working [4]  Seeking volunteering partnerships  recognising the relevance for different sectors – including the emergent fourth sector  linking with multi-disciplinary approaches  responding to [sometimes] complex needs  embracing entrepreneurship and creativity  engaging people ‘at risk’ of exclusion  bottom up and not top down
  8. 8. Progressive thinking European Institute for Public Participation …the private sector is dedicating more commitment to ‘corporate’ and ‘social responsibility’ and the public sector and the third sector are becoming more business-savvy, ‘social harmony and the commitment of resources requires a collective response’
  9. 9. Ethics [5]  Necessity of equitable and fair approaches  bringing meaning to the term ‘co-production’  recognising volunteering as a moral good  recognising the engagement of and support for volunteers as a moral good  helping meet European Commission objectives around social inclusion and the health and wealth of the EU
  10. 10. Quality of life European Quality of Life Survey III ‘measures to address social exclusion should not only focus on the labour market or even improving income - people involved in voluntary work, for example, feel less excluded’ ‘the underlying concepts of happiness and life satisfaction are central to subjective well being’