A Network of Partners
Actions and Project Outcomes
The EVS4ALL partners have put volunteer service, participation in the democratic system and social inclusiveness across all of Europe on their agendas, and this project brought tangible advancements in all of those areas. Between May and September of 2016, 20 young people with fewer opportunities who would previously have only had difficult access to the Erasmus+ program were able to participate in an EVS, either with an EVS4ALL partner or at another service site, in Germany, Poland, Spain and the UK. Based on interviews and analysis of the concrete volunteering experiences in the project, the EVS4ALL partners have drafted European political recommendations for an inclusive volunteer service, including calls for more flexible accreditation, application and reporting processes in the Erasmus+ program, increased funding for responding to special needs of the target group, and foreign language programs for short-term volunteers.
The political recommendations were presented at events in all partner countries and enumerated in detail in the presence of representatives of the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth at the closing conference “Volunteering for Social Change” held from 20–21 March at the Allianz Forum in Berlin. Daniel Cohn-Bendit, MEP Brando Benifei and Andrea Casamenti of the European Youth Forum also took part in a discussion with volunteers and the mostly young audience about ways to shape a socially just and inclusive Europe for young people. The German national agency JUGEND für Europa and the online magazine Europe&Me both reported on the closing conference and the EVS4ALL project outcomes .