European Voluntary Service for All
Who We Are
The two-year project European Voluntary Service for All (EVS4ALL) is an initiative by the Allianz Cultural Foundation, implemented in cooperation with Volonteurope and Itine?raire International, and coordinated by IKAB-Bildungswerk. Fourteen partners from France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom are represented in the consortium, including foundations and organisations from civil society as well as experienced organisations from the fields of European youth and voluntary work.
With EVS4ALL we aim to take a first step towards the implementation of a ‘European Year of Volunteering for Everyone’, as described in the manifesto “We are Europe! Manifesto for rebuilding Europe from the bottom up”.
It was signed by thousands of Europeans and supported by one hundred well-known intellectuals, politicians, and public figures. The pan- European campaign demands an expansion of current and future European voluntary programmes with the intent to strengthen an inclusive European civil society.
All EVS4ALL partners aim to place the topics of volunteering, participation in democratic life, as well as social inclusion on the public agenda.
There are three ways in which we propose to achieve this goal:
- First, by including young people with fewer opportunities and limited access to the European Voluntary Service (EVS) who have so far been underrepresented in the existing programme;
- Second, enlisting the involvement of and offering outreach to further stakeholders like foundations, municipalities, regional and national governments, companies etc. to engage in EVS in order to enlarge its capacities in Europe;
- Finally, the promotion of EVS – specifically, the idea of a more inclusive EVS – by means of a widespread communication and dissemination strategy.
We also plan to involve public persons as well as prominent promoters of the manifesto as mentors of single volunteers or the pilot project as a whole to raise awareness and visibility of EVS4ALL and its vision.