The need to implement EVOLVE project emerged from the current economic recession, which has forced local authorities and civil society to intensify community relief activities with a social welfare character; activities, which are supported/facilitated to a large extent by volunteers. However, voluntary work is rarely well organized in terms of effective volunteer recruitment and local authorities/organizations and civil society organizations offering social welfare activities are often lacking in trained and skilled volunteers.

Evidence from the EC Survey on Adult Skills demonstrates that adults who volunteer have a higher proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments, than the ones who do not volunteer. The Commission's 2015 Education and Training Monitor shows that one in four adults in Europe is caught in a low-skills trap — one that limits access to the labour market while simultaneously closing avenues to further education or training. Therefore, there is a need to improve the proficiency of adults in literacy, numeracy and technology so that their ability and motivation to volunteer is enhanced.

To address the above, EVOLVE aims to promote the cooperation between local authorities and NGOs/CSOs, to address the issue of non-organised management of adult volunteers for social welfare activities, as well as the issue of adult volunteers not being motivated to participate in volunteer activities due to their lack of proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. More specifically, the project will aim at:

  • Developing the literacy, numeracy & digital skills, as well as key soft skills of low-skilled/low-qualified adults necessary for volunteering activities, thus enhancing their self-confidence and motivation as active citizens and possibly their employability;
  • Enabling low-skilled/low-qualified adults to identify volunteering opportunities at local level that match their skills and interests, as well as facilitating social service providers (local authorities and NGOs/CSOs) to organise in a structured way their voluntary activities matching correctly the skills of potential volunteers with their practical needs.
  • Creating and expanding a pool of trained volunteers for local authorities and NGOs/CSOs providing community relief services;
  • Increasing adult recruitment and retention in volunteering activities for social welfare;
  • Improving the quality of voluntary social welfare activities also through enhanced cooperation between local authorities and civil society.

The above will be achieved through the implementation of the following activities:

  1. Capacity Building course
  2. Web platform for Capacity Building and Volunteer Guidance
  3. Comprehensive Capacity Development Methodology of Adult Volunteering for Local Social Welfare


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Project Nr: 2018-1-IT02-KA204-048131