Increasing Volunteers' Skills across Europe – InVolvE
InVolvE aims to assist volunteers, who generally bring varying blends of technical expertise and other life skills to their role. They also have personal expectations of what they will achieve through volunteering. Regardless of the particular setting, volunteers often are dealing with singular difficulties and performance-related problems.
The project aims to create a framework of support and push exchange of best practices of training arrangements that are focus on enhancing soft skills and preventing the above mentioned difficulties, and knowledge sharing in matters of curriculum, standards and tools for volunteer training (include staff training).
Considering the different institutional, academic and even cultural backgrounds as well as variety multi-faceted approaches to training of volunteers, the partner organisations are aware of avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach and based on that conviction, they stress on the need to develop a very concise overview of the best practices of learning design. Meeting these differences and dealing with them is not only about demonstrating the competency for transnational cooperation and the organisation's overall capability, but it is also one pathway to achieve the project targets and a solid resource to improve existing efforts.
- Identify at least two national best practices by each partner and prepare a summary paper to inform the partnership;
- Organise an internet based platform for knowledge exchange and internal communication which will allow the involvement of partners to be active in the project;
- Organise two Learning/Teaching/Training activities.
- Establish visibility of the running project in each partner context;
- Prepare evidence regarding the knowledge transfer and innovation and putting them into practice according to the specific characteristics of each partner organisation;
- Organise four dissemination activities/multiplier events by each partner.
- Avoids waste scarce resources (including a volunteer’s time) and trigger a readiness to learn;
- Deals with the volunteer’s problems, contributes to overcome them and tries to ensure that training participants are highly attuned to the volunteering environment;
- Meets situation and circumstances that are very damaging to volunteer motivation, internal morale and external image.
The partnership and knowledge sharing project is focused on effective soft skill training needs of volunteers and on the intention to include soft skills are on a training’s agendas in each partner institution.