Increasing Volunteers’ Skills across Europe – InVolvE

The Erasmus + Partnership Increasing Volunteers’ Skills across Europe – InVolvE, started in November 2017 and during 18 months different institutions and NGO from 10 European Member states worked together. These were:

Verein für Inklusion und Soziale Arbeit e.V. (Coordinator) – Germany

Mancomunidad De La Ribera Alta- Spain

Oesterreichische Jungarbeiterbewegung – Austria

European Connexion – France

Associazione Artistica Culturale “A Rocca”Italy

Vrocentar Obuchenie I Partnyorstvo 21 Vek – Bulgaria

Fundacja Rzecz Spoleczna – Poland

Sillogos goneon ke kidemonon atomon me anapiria TO ERGASTIRI – Greece

Aproximar – Portugal

Andragoski zavod Ljudska univerza Velenje – Slovenia

The implementing partners have asserted that there is a need to improve the training of volunteers and to design training programs that will focus on soft skill training in volunteering environments: The partnership has created succesfully a framework to support and push exchange regarding best practices of training arrangements targeted to volunteers. Besides this overall goal, the project specific objectives were to:

  1. “browse” national and European best practices and and related experiences, products (curriculums, tool boxes, learning materials, etc.);
  2. collect methodological information on how to develop training programs for strengthen soft skills in setting of voluntarism;
  3. increase the capacities of the participant organisations and their staff members regarding language skills, intercultural competences and networking on international level.

Among the outstanding results of the InVolvE-project activities are:

  • among all partner institutions the awareness of soft skills in volunteering was considerably raised, and consequently partner also transferred the knowledge and experiences to other entities and partner in their local and regional networks as well as they were able to expand their networking activities;
  •  the implementing organisations and their staff members improved their knowledge on training methodologies, and due to this improvement those organisations which are directly working with volunteers were introducing changes in their volunteer management schemes;
  • all partner organisations revised their training arrangements for volunteers during the project during project time or were creating new training opportunities for volunteers;
  • some partner (Greek, Polish and Slovenian) were able to create new initiatives to recruit volunteers and/or training opportunities.