EuroVIP training for Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters EuroVIP Training.

A short while ago, we had the pleasure to announce the publication of the Portfolio for Volunteering experiences – Based on the ProfilPASS as part of our EuroVIP project.

In the coming months, the Volonteurope team will be providing training opportunities for Volunteer mangers to become acquainted with the use of the Portfolio.

On April 13, we will be training the Full Time Volunteering, Employee Volunteering and Positive Futures London teams of our hosting organisation Volunteering Matters in the use of this tool. The goal of this training is to make volunteering mangers acquainted with the use of the tool and enables them with the opportunity to raise feedback on its use.

An additional training opportunity for other volunteering organisations is foreseen in one of the upcoming NNIVIA meetings, of which we will keep you updated.

1st EUROVIP Dissemination event! French training to the Portfolio for Volunteering experiences

After almost on year of revision work on the ProfilPass to adapt to the target group of volunteers, the Portfolio for Volunteering experiences was finally presented and disseminated to French organisations hosting volunteers, last 16TH of March, in Saint Denis La Plaine.

The first part of the day was the occasion to introduce the project EUROVIP, its origins and goals. The original ProfilPass (adult and young version) was also presented, as the adaptation methodology that led to the Portfolio. This was the occasion to raise awareness of participants on the philosophy of the ProfilPass and the Portfolio, leaning on the self-evaluation and the valorisation of informal and non-formal experiences, like volunteering.

This first session was followed by a more in depth presentation of the Portfolio of Volunteering experiences. Each chapter were detailed, and the participants could discuss every part together with the FACE team. This was also a way to address all the terms used in the Portfolio (volunteering, Iiformal and non-formal learning context, competences, personal qualities…). Organisations that have already developed similar tools had moreover the chance to present their own work. The idea was to build bridges between all the actors of volunteering to enhance working synergies between them.

After a nice and well deserved lunch break, 2 workshops were organised to allow a more practical approach to the methodology of the ProfilPass. The first one was dedicated to the exercise of self-evaluation, at the core of the Portfolio methodology. Participants formed groups of two and tell each other’s an experience, trying to identify together competences gained through it. This was a way to raise awareness on this tricky part of the Portfolio methodology. After the exercise, participants could exchange on the difficulties they met and gave each other tips. The all session was coordinated by the FACE team.

The last workshop was focused on volunteering experiences as an added value to valorise in the labor market. Participants brainstormed on how to reach companies, how to coach volunteers, and what could be the role of organisations hosting volunteers in the valorisation of these experiences.

All along the day, participants could exchange and learn from each other’s on supporting methods, on the basis of the Portfolio. They all came back home with their Portfolio, ready to use it with their volunteers!

All about volunteering in Europe!

Partners from the five different European organisations composing the EUROVIP consortium have drafted articles in the rubric “resources” of this website, which you are invited to visit to know more on the specificities of volunteering in France, Belgium, Germany, Romania and the United Kingdom!

Here is a little bit of teasing!

Volunteering activities are wildly spread in the UK. According to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, 42% of the UK population over the age of 16 undertook a formal volunteering engagement at least once a year, in formal or less formal contexts. This type of commitment is not always formalised, but “volunteering agreement” between the organisation and the volunteer are recommended and spread.

In Germany, in which in 2016 more than 23 Million people have been volunteering, there is no official definition or agreement for volunteering activities. It needs to take place in a nonprofit area and without payment of the volunteer. At the regional level, volunteering agencies provide information about regulations and support the contact between those interested in volunteering and vacancies.

In Belgium, volunteering is only possible in nonprofit organisations. More and more young from 18 to 25 years old choose to engage through the citizen service, during 6 to 9 months, and commit themselves in solidarity based projects, in which the time is divided between 80% of field activities and 20% of trainings.

A very similar program exists in France. Called “service civique’”, it targets the same group and type of missions. It belongs to the formalised type of volunteering, for which an agreement is made between the young and the host organisation, defining missions and the level of remuneration. Informal volunteering is nevertheless spread in France. In this case, the responsibility and engagement of the volunteer is only moral.

The concept of volunteering is evolving rapidly in Romania, which enjoys a very comprehensive legal framework. Romania has indeed a legal framework that regulates volunteering activities, to avoid the exploitation of human resources and to ensure the security of the volunteer. An interesting aspect is also the recognition of volunteering as professional experience if the volunteering experience is done in the same field as one’s studies.

Now go on the resources page for a more in depth look into the European volunteering landscape!