Inclusive Volunteering in Social Enterprises Training Course

SALTO Inclusion & Diversity, UK and Italian National Agencies would like to see more young people with fewer opportunities taking part in volunteering projects. This training course will bring together social enterprises, youth workers, and volunteering organisations to foster inclusive volunteering opportunities.


SALTO Inclusion & Diversity, the UK National Agency for Erasmus+ and the Italian National Agency for Erasmus+: Youth in Action would like to see more young people with fewer opportunities taking part in volunteering projects. But many hosting projects are not adapted or do not provide the needed extra support for young people (18-30 years) with special needs (e.g. disability, social issues, special needs, mental challenges, etraining course.).

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 the social economy often has activities particularly directed towards people in underprivileged situations. Despite frequently seeking committed volunteers to support sustainability and growth, many organisations remain unaware of European volunteering funding opportunities, requirements and structures.

We believe that social enterprises with the necessary support 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 capacity whilst receiving (modest) European funding.

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 enterprise project.

A new framework for volunteering activities in the youth field, the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), will be operational by the end of the year. This training course will be a unique opportunity to get acquainted with ESC.

The general aim of this training course is to introduce European volunteering projects to social enterprise organisations;  to encourage youth organisations to partner with social enterprises and support quality, sustainable volunteering projects for young people with fewer opportunities.

Dates & Venue

  • UK - 10-14 December 2018


  • To create bridges between youth work and social economy sector
  • To get acquainted with the existing opportunities for youth volunteers’ placement, under Erasmus+/ESC
  • To motivate social enterprises to host and send volunteers with fewer opportunities
  • To develop social enterprises skills in Erasmus+/ESC project management, specifically on volunteering initiatives
  • To support partnership building of potential hosting/sending organisations equipped to support young people with fewer opportunities

Profile of participants

  • Staff members/volunteers of social enterprises which are already working on inclusion and/or directly with young people with fewer opportunities
  • Youth workers (grassroots – involved in outreach youth work and directly working with young people with fewer opportunities)
  • Individuals involved in voluntary or inclusion organisations
  • International experience is not a must
  • Able to work in (international) English
  • From E+: YiA programme countries
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