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  • The ‘Volunteers make a difference’ track of the SPORTVISION 2012 was an opportunity to discuss recent strategic challenges in volunteering and to outline recommendations for the European policy makers. This was a timely follow-up on the 2011 European Year of Volunteering. During the SPORTVISION2012 in relation to the topic of VOLUNTEERING it was stressed that voluntary activities constitute a cornerstone in grassroots sports and that there is a need to: • Recognize and support voluntary work, including through removing barriers and regulations which complicate doing voluntary work.• Acknowledge the economic contribution and nourish the social capital associated with volunteering in order to increase the societal and economic impact of volunteering.• Promote and support volunteering in relevant national and international life-long learning strategies and programmes, and further the validation of competences acquired in non-formal and informal learning through volunteering. The track was also the closing conference of the EuroVolNet project (www.eurovolnet.info).On 21st March EuroVolNet partners gathered together again and concluded the project with 2 special topics:- European Volunteer Measurement of Volunteer Work, presented by by Ksenija Fonovic from SPES - Associazione Promozione e Solidarietà, Centro di Servizio per il Volontariato del Lazio, Italy, that shared with participants  the first-ever internationally sanctioned approach for gathering official data on the amount, character, and value of volunteering developed in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and an International Technical Experts Group (TEG), the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS)- Future of volunteering in sport in Europe, important topic that was discussed with Jacob Kornbeck from EC, Sport Unit who addressed participants with 3 important questions: Which incentives have you identified? Where are the barriers (disincentives) and can they be overcome? Where do you see room for innovation  and mobilization? EuroVolNEt partners and ISCA will in the next 2 month prepare the EuroVolNet Tutorial:  The Voluntary Services Tutorial will be a leading resource of good examples which have been collected in the EuroVolNet project. The tutorial will be designed to provide inspiration and motivation to national association political leaders and volunteer services managers by aggregating the knowledge of the good examples in an easy accessible, cross-thematic way. The good examples of the EuroVolNet project will thus be documented in a grid of the project thematics, and in this way, users of the tutorial can have general methods within each theme presented, supplemented with good examples as further inspiration. These are just few definitions that show differences and shows way for opportunities for volunteering. Millions of sport volunteers are involved every day, week, year in supporting others to participate,  compete, educate, to manage  in sports activities. Sport volunteering also has wider potential to tackle social issues such as crime, social inclusion, and improving health. With EuroVolNet Tutorial  we will share articles, examples and links to help you improve the quantity and quality of sport volunteers, to help you to find new opportunities or just to show you the way. 
  • EuroVolNet Closing Conference
    EuroVolNet project has had a busy and an exciting year 2011. Project partners  have made great contribution to the project. The work continues in 2012 with the implementation of the EVN Tutorial into action and give people the EVN` spirit: »We volunteer. We make differences!«.EuroVolNet Tutorial will be launched on the EuroVolNet Closing Conference that will be held in Copenhagen connected to SPORTVISION 2012 Conference, 19. – 20.3.2012. Find more here: http://www.sportvision2012.eu/home The “Volunteers make a difference” track will be an opportunity to discuss recent strategic challenges in volunteering and to outline recommendations for the European policy makers. This will be a timely follow-up on the 2011 European Year of Volunteering and the Aarhus Declaration on volunteering of the EU Sport Ministers from 2002.  
    EuroVolNet Closing Conference
  • EUROVOLNET WORKSHOP “MANAGEMENT IN VOLUNTEERING” December 7-9, 2011, Frankfurt, Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Management in Volunteering in sport”was the main topic of the EuroVolNet workshop held in Frankfurt from  7 - 9, 2011.Volunteers contribute tremendously to the development of society, and today this requires more than ever specific skills and knowledge. Volunteering is serious business. Voluntary organizations need to market themselves in an attractive fashion in order to enlist new volunteers. Thus, NGOs need efficient and targeted oriented volunteer management systems leveraging the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers. Effective volunteering that meets the pressures and responsibilities placed upon volunteers and organizations requires effective management and a recognition that volunteer management is a specific role that requires a specific set of skills and knowledge. Voluntary organizations should set up volunteer policies to provide a more favourable environment for volunteers. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to volunteer management. The size of the organization, the number of volunteers and the type and complexity of roles being offered will all impact on the model most appropriate. EuroVolNet workshop in Frankfurt provided time, space and facilitation for participant development of their own plans of action, as well as established a sustained international network and international cooperation.Participants from 15 EU countries discussed challenges in management in volunteering and discussed recommendations for Associations working with volunteers in sport sector within 5 main topic:     • Effective volunteering that meets the organisations needs and matches volunteers expectations     • The basic concept within internal political convincing, transparent working, structures, internal          communication     • Recruitment and retaining of volunteers     • Qualification and training of volunteers     • Financing and funding Find more here.
    EUROVOLNET WORKSHOP “MANAGEMENT IN VOLUNTEERING” December 7-9, 2011, Frankfurt, Germany
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The ‘Volunteers make a difference’ track of the SPORTVISION 2012 was an opportunity to discuss recent strategic challenges in volunteering and to outline recommendations for the European policy makers. This was a timely follow-up on the 2011 European Year of Volunteering. During the SPORTVISION2012 in relation to the topic of VOLUNTEERING it was stressed that voluntary activities constitute a cornerstone in grassroots sports and that there is a need to: • Recognize and support voluntary work, including through removing barriers and regulations which complicate doing voluntary work.• Acknowledge the economic contribution and nourish the social capital associated with volunteering in order to increase the societal and economic impact of volunteering.• Promote and support volunteering in relevant national and international life-long learning strategies and programmes, and further the validation of competences acquired in non-formal and informal learning through volunteering. The track was also the closing conference of the EuroVolNet project (www.eurovolnet.info).On 21st March EuroVolNet partners gathered together again and concluded the project with 2 special topics:- European Volunteer Measurement of Volunteer Work, presented by by Ksenija Fonovic from SPES - Associazione Promozione e Solidarietà, Centro di Servizio per il Volontariato del Lazio, Italy, that shared with participants  the first-ever internationally sanctioned approach for gathering official data on the amount, character, and value of volunteering developed in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and an International Technical Experts Group (TEG), the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS)- Future of volunteering in sport in Europe, important topic that was discussed with Jacob Kornbeck from EC, Sport Unit who addressed participants with 3 important questions: Which incentives have you identified? Where are the barriers (disincentives) and can they be overcome? Where do you see room for innovation  and mobilization? EuroVolNEt partners and ISCA will in the next 2 month prepare the EuroVolNet Tutorial:  The Voluntary Services Tutorial will be a leading resource of good examples which have been collected in the EuroVolNet project. The tutorial will be designed to provide inspiration and motivation to national association political leaders and volunteer services managers by aggregating the knowledge of the good examples in an easy accessible, cross-thematic way. The good examples of the EuroVolNet project will thus be documented in a grid of the project thematics, and in this way, users of the tutorial can have general methods within each theme presented, supplemented with good examples as further inspiration. These are just few definitions that show differences and shows way for opportunities for volunteering. Millions of sport volunteers are involved every day, week, year in supporting others to participate,  compete, educate, to manage  in sports activities. Sport volunteering also has wider potential to tackle social issues such as crime, social inclusion, and improving health. With EuroVolNet Tutorial  we will share articles, examples and links to help you improve the quantity and quality of sport volunteers, to help you to find new opportunities or just to show you the way. 
 
 
 
 

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EuroVolNet is a transnational project that fosters the exchange of best practices regarding legal, organizational and funding related aspects of voluntary activity in sport. The project partners will form a network of actors involved in the management and running of sport associations.

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The Volunteering in the EU Final Report and White Paper on Sport both confirm the mutually beneficial relation between sport and volunteerism. EuroVolNet will provide a necessary platform for improving the conditions of volunteerism in grass-root sport. The conditions to be elaborated include legal, fiscal, educational and political.

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In accordance with the priorities of the call for proposals, EuroVolNet is a transnational project that fosters the exchange of best practices regarding legal, fiscal, educative and political aspects of voluntary activity in sport, faced notably by actors involved in the management and running of national level sport associations consisting of local sport structures.

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The Kick-off meeting will officially launch EuroVolNet, where project partners together will discuss the project’s vision and objectives and agree upon a specific action plan.

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The primary target group of EuroVolNet is managers, politicians and leaders of national and European level sport organisations, from project partners and beyond. As actors of change, they will reach out to other stakeholders and facilitate the improvement of conditions

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EuroVolNet gathers a strong network of 16 partner organisations from across Europe.

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Promoting volunteerism with a starting point in sport organisations.

EuroVolNet activities have been instrumental in developing and expanding sport organizations competences in volunteer recruitment, management and retention.

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lNet will be evaluated against a set of specific criteria set in agreement with the partner representatives. EuroVolNet activities will also include activity specific evaluation forms for participants. This will allow for ongoing improvement of implementation for the project duration period.

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The EuroVolNet project spans over a 18 months period featuring a wide spectrum of activities.

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Downlaod the short EuroVolNet project description here.

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EuroVolNet Seminar 2 - Video

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Event

SPORTVISION2012 AND EVN CLOSING CONFERENCE

Volunteering track of SPORTVISION2012 Conference« was an opportunity to discuss recent strategic challenges in volunteering and to outline recommendations for the European policy makers. It was a timely follow-up on the 2011 European Year of Volunteering and the Aarhus Declaration on volunteering of the EU Sport Ministers from 2002. EuroVolNet Closing day, 21.3.2012, was the opportunity to share the experience gained in the project, to demonstrate lessons learnt from the process of development of management in volunteering and to discuss recommendations based on the project findings for improvement of volunteering status in sport in Europe.

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EuroVolNet Seminar 2

The Seminar was an opportunity to discuss challenges in education for volunteers and to discuss recommendations for the European Commission and other relevant policy makers within 4 main topic:
- Recognition of volunteers’ skills and competences within the context of non-formal and
 informal  education and training systems
- Recognition of nonformal and informal education and training systems
- Promotion of »education culture« within sport and promotion of sport organizations as »learning communities«
- National education policies/national lifelong learning strategies across Europe

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EuroVolNet Seminar 1

The Seminar gave time and space for further discussion between EuroVolNet Partners and other relevant institutions and organizations to improve coordination in volunteering cross Europe.

The Seminar was also an opportunity to discuss strategic challenges in volunteering and to discuss recommendations for the European Commission in light of project experiences. For inspirational, motivational and collaborative purposes, 3 EU projects under the 2010 Preparatory action in sport, Special Olympic E/E, Romanian Sport for all Association and Bulgarian Young People Foundation were invited to the Seminar and to the further cooperation.

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EuroVolNet Kick off meeting

The Kick-off meeting, January 2011 Brussels,  officially launched EuroVolNet, where project partners together discussed the project’s vision and objectives and agreed upon a specific action plan.

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