During the last ten years, many tools for recognition of competences of volunteers have been developed and tested, on national as well as on EU-level. Some of these tools are spread widely, some are only used in one country or in one organization. Not many volunteer organizations have implemented ''recognition'' in the policy of the organization. Therefore, there is a risk that only offering a recognition tool to volunteers has limited result.
The aim of the project is to support organizations in developing a recognition policy and strategy, so ‘’recognition’’ is not limited to the availability of tools, but becomes part of the organizations policy in recruiting and supporting volunteers. Special attention will be payed to volunteering by students at universities, and how this volunteering can be linked tot heir scientific study / development. We want to develop a training. This training aims to develop a recognition policy. The training could contain these subjects:
- What is recognition? What is non-formal learning? Introduction of terms, background information about European policies, best practices from several EU member states.
- A little taste of recognition: what are my competences, how can I describe these competences, why would I like to have external recognition, how to get external recognition.
- Recognition on the level of the organization: what can the organization do to support the recognition of learning outcomes of the volunteers. What are the advantages, disadvantages, and risks. Examples of recognition policies and models.
- Linking the training outcomes to the own organization: planning, presentation and implementation.
The training will be developed and tested in cooperation with different volunteer organizations. The training will be flexible, so form and content can be adapted to the needs of the organization. The target group are policy makers / board members of volunteer organizations.
The first year of the project will be used to develop and test the training. The second year of the project will be used to disseminate the training. In this year, we will support volunteer organizations to develop mobility projects in the framework of Erasmus+, in this way giving them the opportunity to have more people trained.
In this project we work together with the Alliance Européenne pour le Bénévolat et le Volontariat / European Alliance for Volunteering in Brussels, Belgium and the University of Presov, Slovakia.
This project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.