ValidVol: Validation of Key Competencies in Voluntary Service Organizations
ValidVol will develop a system that could be used validate the key competences acquired by senior volunteers.
Grant Agreement Number: 539302-LLP-1-2013-1-IT-GRUNDTVIG-GMP
Funded by: Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig Duration: 01/2014 – 12/2015
In its Third Demography Report (April 2011), the European Commission revealed that the percentage of people over 65 increased from 13.7% in 1990 to 17.4% in 2010, while it is predicted that in 2060 approximately 30% of EU’s population will be aged over 65.
The ageing of our societies should not be seen in a negative way, but more positively as it presents a wealth of opportunities for new forms of activity and solidarity. Active ageing includes creating more opportunities for older people to continue working, to stay healthy longer and contribute to the society in other ways.
Volunteering represents one of these opportunities, as it is an effective way to promote citizenship, fight social exclusion, enhance employability and, at personal level, raise self-esteem. It is an opportunity not only to be socially active but also to gain skills. The recognition of the key competencies gained through volunteering can empower, as well as raise the self-esteem of elderly volunteers, and make volunteering more attractive.
The project ValidVol aims to increase the employability of people aged 50+ by encouraging them to take up volunteering, as a way to provide social service to their local community. The programme will contribute to the creation of systems, models and schemes, which validate and clearly identify the key competencies gained by individuals through their work in the voluntary sector.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Universita del Terzo Settore (Italy) (Project Coordinator)