2011 European Year of Volunteering
EYV2011: Time to celebrate older volunteers!
AGE Platform Europe welcomes the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) 2011, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of voluntary work as a means of promoting active citizenship, social cohesion and solidarity and of the challenges that face millions of volunteers throughout the EU.
The four main objectives of the EYV defined by the European Commission are:
- reducing the obstacles to volunteer work in the EU,
- improving the quality of volunteer work,
- rewarding and acknowledging volunteer work, and
- raising awareness of society and of individuals regarding the value and importance of volunteering for the economy, society and the individual.
AGE is actively involved in the Year as a member of the Steering Group of the EYV2011 NGO Alliance, a NGO coalition running and coordinating the activities around the Year. AGE will also seek to facilitate the involvement of its members in the Year's activities.
For more information on the objectives of the European Year 2011 and AGE involvement, please read our January Special Briefing on the EYV.
More in AGE press release and in AGE leaflet 'Promoting Volunteering for Europe's seniors'/ 'Promouvoir le bénévolat pour les personnes âgées en Europe' EN - FR
For more information on the European Year of Volunteering 2011, please contact Rachel Buchanan, AGE Policy Officer for Employment and Non-Discrimination, at firstname.lastname@example.org