Policy Recommendations EU Report 

This report covers the third phase of the project, with a total duration of two years. Its main objective is to create policy recommendations on the framework of voluntary projects with the involvement of local, regional and European levelauthorities.The Policy Recommendation Report aims to influence policy makers, stakeholdersand volunteers. It address to the EACEA and policy makers.

This report analyses the national policies and national voluntary activities in UK,Greece, Spain, Italy and Poland, and based on gaps identified, suggestsimprovements.

The report is divided into two main sections:

– National policies: Gaps and improvements identified
– National policies: National Voluntary activities, Gaps and improvements identified

One important aspect of this project is to map the actual framework of policiesthat shape the voluntary work in Europe and analyse gaps and improvements tosee the parts that need to get developed. After checked the relations of the good practices with the policies, we prepared this report on the recommendations that policy makers can take in the account.

This booklet covers the first phase of the project, with a total duration of two years.

ABOUT the booklet

In this first phase, the main objective was to collect as much information
as possible from our target groups (young people, volunteers and youth workers) in order to understand their needs and how volunteering is seen and perceived in partner countries.

To have a successful mapping of needs, we combine different methodologies. In order to have a clear idea of how volunteering is regulated, each partner has created a desk research, analysing the legal and institutional framework on the issue in question.

Subsequently, 20 focus groups were realized (4 for each country). Simultaneously  video interviews were conducted in each country. The interviewees, mostly former volunteers in the same organizations,
told their story, highlighting the positive effects of volunteering and how this experience has enriched their lives.

The focus group and interviews gave us the information needed to
create a questionnaire that has been spread for 6 months, reaching
186 people.


Kick-off meeting

The Kick-off Meeting was held in Thessaloniki in March 2019 and has officially started the project! We’ve meet in ten-person group, two representaties by each partner organisation. We made some preparations and first decisions about our future coopration.

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