A new project “TrainVol: Capacity Building of Civil Society to Strengthen Volunteerism Management and Promote Volunteerism Among Youth” aims to facilitate young people, and particularly youth with fewer opportunities, into social and labor market inclusion, utilizing volunteerism as a vehicle to skills development and employability promotion.
The adoption of volunteerism as a mean to achieve the project’s aims is based on the fact that volunteering is an important form of investment in human capital, while it plays a key role, among other things, in the development of transversal skills, the acquisition of new vocational skills and in the promotion of civic and social engagement and participation, as well as employability.
Based on the alarmingly high rates in youth unemployment, the project is largely focused on providing additional opportunities for young people with fewer opportunities to:
1) Feel as part of their communities by engaging in civic life and driving positive impact in the society, and
2) Develop their skills, knowledge and competences through training in volunteering and participation in voluntary activities, contributing that way to their personal and professional development and employability.
The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and for will run for 24 months (February 2017 – August 2018).
TrainVol partners are: NGO ROMA YOUTH INITIATIVE BE MY FRIEND (Bosnia & Herzegovina), CARDET (Cyprus), KMOP (Greece), ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTEERING VOLONTERSKI CENTAR SKOPJE (Republic of Macedonia).
For more information about the project, please visit the following page:
About Family and Childcare Centre (KMOP)
KMOP is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1977. KMOP’s main areas of expertise include: (a) empowerment of people threatened by or living under conditions of social exclusion, (b) provision of comprehensive services regarding social and professional reintegration of the unemployed and people belonging to vulnerable social groups and (d) development of innovative educational and digital tools for children and young people.
For more information about KMOP, please visit the websites below:
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020. It significantly increases EU funding (+40%) with an overall budget of €14.7 billion (£12 billion) for the development of knowledge and skills and aims to increase the quality and relevance of qualifications and skills. Two-thirds of its funding will provide grants for more than 4 million people to study, train, gain work experience or volunteer abroad in 2014-2020 (compared with 2.7 million in 2007-2013). The period abroad can range from a few days up to a year. In the UK, it is expected that nearly 250,000 people will undertake activities abroad with the programme. Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of Lifelong Learning, including schools education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. Erasmus+ provides funding for organisations to offer opportunities to students, teachers, apprentices, volunteers, youth leaders and people working in grassroots’ sport. It will also provide funding for partnerships between organisations such as educational institutions, youth organisations, enterprises, local and regional authorities and NGOs, as well as support for reforms in Member States to modernise education and training and to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employability.
Further information from www.erasmusplus.org.uk
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Author: Goran Adamovski