Over €12 million euros has been allocated to the European Solidarity Corps in 2020 for the UK, with almost €2 million allocated for in-country activities. The next deadline to apply is 1 October 2020.
The European Solidarity Corps, a programme run by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, is all about helping organisations and young people to take social action for the benefit of communities across Europe.
Organisations can apply for funding to involve young people aged 18 to 30 years old as volunteers in activities that address important societal issues. In turn, organisations will be helping their young volunteers to acquire useful experiences and competences for their personal, educational, civic and professional development.
The European Solidarity Corps UK team will be providing a number of support activities over the next few months running up to the 1 October 2020 deadline, to help organisations to find out more about the programme and to submit high quality applications for funding.
Volunteering Projects allow organisations to widen their impact by hosting volunteers or sending volunteers abroad. Recruiting volunteers is made simple: the European Solidarity Corps has a ready-made system, called PASS, where you can find over 230,000 young people across Europe who have registered to find opportunities with organisations.
European Solidarity Corps projects provide the flexibility to meet the needs of your organisation to help you plan for the future. Here are just some of the benefits:
Providing a range of volunteering activities for social action can enhance your organisation’s provision and Community Development Plans.
Esther Hersch, Office Manager at Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) in Scotland highlights positive impacts from involving volunteers:
“Through their creativity, different opinions and experiences, they help the whole organisation to think outside the box. Their work effort allows us to move the project forward. At the same time, all participants have been a great addition to the Findhorn Foundation Community through their community and social engagement during their year with GEN and in Findhorn”.
For young people, it can improve life chances and employment prospects through informal learning, personal development and active citizenship. This is expressed by volunteer Carolin Waldmann, a 19-year-old from Germany, who undertook a placement in the ecovillage with two other European Solidarity Corps participants.
“It is a unique opportunity for me to work with an international NGO without any professional background. It really feels like ‘learning by doing’, which catalyses my learning journey”.
To read more about our beneficiaries and their projects, why not look at our Stories page?
Please visit our website to find out more at https://www.eusolidaritycorps.org.uk/.
You can also watch our video which provides an overview of Volunteering Projects in under five minutes here.
If you have any queries about the Programme, please email the European Solidarity Corps team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
We will be providing more support for applicants through interactive virtual events and one to one support calls, so please follow us on our social media sites and register to receive our monthly e-newsletter to keep up to date.