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Inclusive Volunteering in Social Economy

SALTO Inclusion & Diversity and the National Agencies for the Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme would like to see more young people with fewer opportunities taking part in volunteering projects.

We believe that social economy organisations, with the necessary structures in place to support disadvantaged volunteers in their activities, could become the perfect hosting place for these young people. Hosting European volunteers gives not only the opportunity to change lives – such as Cinzia, whose story you can read here – but the chance to add an international dimension and increase organisational.

We therefore want to bring 'social economy' organisations together with the youth field to explore the possibilities, advantages and concerns of having a European Volunteer in a social economy project.

Following a 2017 Inclusion & Diversity Strategy Steering Group meeting with representatives of social enterprises and the Social Entrepreneurship, Youth and Vocation Education Forum 2018, hosted in UK as part of the long term Towards Collaborative Practice collaboration, we identified that social economy often has activities particularly directed towards people in underprivileged situations. Despite frequently seeking committed volunteers, many organisations remain unaware of European volunteering funding opportunities, requirements and structures.

The training course “Inclusive Volunteering in Social Enterprises” held 10-14 December 2018 in Glasgow (co-organised with the UK National Agency) was an opportunity to get familiar with the European Solidarity Corps.

As follow-up, the partnership-building activity “Inclusive Volunteering in Social Economy” took place  30th April- 4th May 2019 in Ankara (hosted by the Turkish National Agency).

This 3-day activity was a unique opportunity to find partners to create inclusive volunteering projects in the framework of ESC. Although the programme also covers jobs and traineeships opportunities, this activity focused only on quality volunteering projects.

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