The value of volunteering, both to the volunteers themselves and society as a whole is well documented in the literature. Currently, an etimated 92-95 million Europeans actively engage in volunteering activities. However, volunteering activities can be constrained due to volunteers not having the necessary skills base.
The REVEAL project aims to address this issue by developing innovative multi-lingual self assessment tools and training courses designed to strengthen the skills base of both volunteers and the managers of volunteers, throughout Europe
The project is run in consortium comprising 6 European partners including Croatia, Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK (represented by IVR). IVR is leading on work package 1 (WP1) which involves the research element of the project. This will inform the development of the self assessment tools and the training courses.
The aim of WP1 is to identify the most appropriate set of skills for volunteers and their managers in the four main areas identified as crucial for sustaining volunteering. These areas are:
- Planning and Management
- Financial Management
- Communication/Public Relations and public speaking
- HR management and volunteer management
The research will also investigate a possible 5th area “EU funds/programmes as an opportunity for volunteering and International networking” for possible training requirements.
The research related to WP1 will be carried out through the use of an online survey run across the 6 Member States comprising the consortium. The results from the survey will be supported by a literature review.
A final report on work package 1 will be made by the end of July 2012.
The project overall is due to close at the end of 2013.