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Good practices in voluntarism. Final conference of the VERSO project

The final conference of the VERSO project was organised in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, where participants were looking for answers as to how volunteering can promote European employment. In the press conference following the conference itself Ifj. Sándor Dénes György said that several working groups had been active in the project along with the steering committee. Among other things, political recommendations have been formulated which are to be submitted to the European Parliament on 8 October. The resulting document highlights the role of volunteering in job creation and improving the quality of life, and puts forth recommendations to promote the spread of voluntary activities. Besides this document, a Good Practice Catalogue has also been prepared to describe the voluntary programmes already in operation within the partner countries.

Read more (1.10.2014)

VERSO Final Conference & Study Trip 23-25 September 2014, Hungary

Hungary’s Budapest Business School College of Business Administration Zalaegerszeg (Final Conference) and Municipality of Zalaegerszeg (Study Trip) will host the official closing event of the VERSO project. The main objective of the three-day event is to present to results of VERSO to the regional, national and European stakeholders. VERSO is holding a Press Conference in connection with the Final Conference in Hungary on Thursday 25th September at 13:00 on Budapest Business Schoo, CBA campus.

Read more (22.9.2014)

A journey in the world of voluntarism of Epirus. European Delegates visited Ioannina

The Region of Epirus held a successful study trip of European Delegates, on the 4th and 5th of June, as part of the VERSO program (Volunteers for European Employment), in Ioannina.

Read more (6.6.2014)


Catalunya participa a la conferència Voluntary & Community Sector d'East Riding of Yorkshire, Anglaterra

El projecte VERSO va participar també de l'Study Trip, que es va fer paral·lelament per conèixer les pràctiques de voluntariat d’aquesta regió anglesa.

Read more (05.05.2014 - in Catalan)

Coevorder delegatie doet kennis en inspiratie op bij VERSO-werkconferentie

Samen met de internationale partners was een delegatie uit de gemeente Coevorden vorige week aanwezig bij een werkconferentie van het project VERSO (Volunteers for European Employment) in Sofia, Bulgarije. Delegatieleider was burgemeester Bert Bouwmeester. Hij is lid van de stuurgroep van VERSO. De gemeente Coevorden is partner van het internationale project. Het doel van het project is om mensen via vrijwilligerswerk werkervaring op te laten doen, om zo hun kansen op de arbeidsmarkt te vergroten. Tijdens de werkconferentie werden succesvolle praktijkvoorbeelden gepresenteerd en deelden de partners kennis en ervaring.

Read more (5.3.2014 - in Dutch)

East Riding Plays Host to European Study Visits

The East Riding recently took the opportunity to showcase some of the excellent volunteering activity, which is taking place in its many voluntary and community organisations, when European partners from the VERSO project embarked on a study visit to our area.

Read more (15.4.2014)


Nova trobada de VERSO a Sofia en el darrer any del programa

Nova trobada de VERSO a Sofia en el darrer any del programa

Del 24 al 27 de febrer els socis del projecte VERSO van participar a la nova trobada de treball a Sofia (Bulgària), en la qual es va avançar en la implementació del projecte. La feina es va centrar en el Catàleg de bones pràctiques, les recomanacions polítiques i el pla d'implementació i transferibilitat. La trobada es va complementar amb la visita sobre el terreny de les bones pràctiques presentades per la municipalitat de Sofia

Read more (03.03.2014 - in Catalan)

SHARING WITH EUROPE GOOD PRACTICES FOR VOLUNTARY EMPLOYMENT

The Fourth International meeting on Project “Volunteers for European Employment” – VERSO was held from the 24th till 27th of February 2014 organized by Sofia Municipality at Sofia. In the meeting took part representatives of public authorities, institutes, universities and municipalities of 12 project partners from Bulgaria, Denmark, United Kingdom, Spain, Greece, Germany, Holland and Hungary.

Read more (28.2.2014)

Frivillige er med til at løse Europas arbejdsløshedsproblemer

Et fælles europæisk udviklings- og forskningsprojekt inddrager frivilligt arbejde i indsatsen mod Europas arbejdsløshed. De gode erfaringer er nu samlet og skal formidles mellem landene. Aarhus Universitet leder og koordinerer projektet.

Read more (8.1.2014) (In Danish)

Volunteers helping to solve Europe’s unemployment problems

A joint European development and research project incorporates volunteer work in efforts to combat European unemployment. The lessons learned have now been collected and are to be shared between the countries involved. The VERSO project runs until the autumn of 2014, but 16 good practices have already been collected and are to be published in a catalogue later in the year. These examples demonstrate that lots of good initiatives have already been launched – for instance volunteers offering their services as mentors for the unemployed with a view to reducing the level of unemployment in Europe.

Read more (19.12.2013)

Coevorden acull la trobada dels membres del Projecte Verso

Del 23 al 26 del passat setembre, a la ciutat de Coeverden (Holanda), es va celebrar la reunió de treball per avançar en l’aprovació del Catàleg de bones pràctiques, que ha de ser l’element clau per a dinamitzar i implementar els resultats del projecte. La trobada també va servir per veure sobre el terreny les bones pràctiques que s'estan duent a terme a la regió per generar i millorar l’ocupabilitat amb la força del voluntariat

Read more (20.12.2013)

Verso brengt vrijwilligerswerk en leefbare samenleving bij elkaar

Het bezoek van de Europese delegatie die vanuit het Verso-project onlangs de gemeente Coevorden bezocht, heeft een diepe indruk achtergelaten. De Denen, Grieken, Spanjaarden, Duitsers, Britten, Hongaren en Bulgaren bezochten verschillende werkgelegenheids- en vrijwilligersprojecten. Het doel van het VERSO-project is het delen van kennis over de positie en betrokkenheid van vrijwilligers in de samenleving en het delen van kennis over vrijwilligerswerk in relatie tot de arbeidsmarkt. In Coevorden zijn verschillende voorbeelden van projecten waarbij de inzet van vrijwilligers meerdere positieve effecten heeft.

Read more (7.10.2013) (In Dutch)

Burgemeester verwelkomt VERSO-delegatie

Burgemeester Bert Bouwmeester heeft op woensdag 25 september een internationaal gezelschap verwelkomd in de Raadszaal in het gemeentehuis. De gemeente Coevorden ontvangt van dinsdag 24 tot en met donderdag 26 september een Europese delegatie vanuit het VERSO-project. De Denen, Grieken, Spanjaarden, Duitsers, Britten, Hongaren en Bulgaren bezoeken diverse werkgelegenheids- en vrijwilligersprojecten.

Read more (23.9.2013) (In Dutch)

Detmold acull la trobada dels membres del projecte Verso

La reunió els dies 23, 24, 25 i 26 d'abril a la ciutat de Detmold (regió de Lippe, Alemanya) suposa un pas endavant en el projecte VERSO, pel que fa a les recomanacions polítiques. D'altra banda la trobada també serveix per veure sobre el terreny les bones pràctiques que s'estàn duent a terme per generar i millorar l’ocupabilitat de les persones de la regió amb la força del voluntariat

Read more (13.5.2013)

Volunteering facilitates entry to the job market

International exchange project will document and promote relationships
VERSO (Volunteers for European Employment) tries to find an interconnection between volunteering and entry into the labour market, respectively the labor market development in Europe. The project group consists of knowledge partners from European universities and partners from various authorities. This includes the Netzwerk Lippe.

Read more (Press release from the Lippische Landeszeitung, 26.04.2013.)

Danmark bør nærmere se på spanske erfaringer med frivilligt socialt arbejde

I Spanien satser regionale myndigheder på et tæt samarbejde med den frivillige sektor og opbygning af socioøkonomiske virksomheder for at komme ud af den økonomiske krise. Det er væsentlige erfaringer, som man med fordel kan overføre til Danmark, lyder det fra VERSO – Volunteers for European Employment.

Read more (March 18, 2013) (In Danish)

Representants de vuit països europeus participen en unes jornades de treball a Barcelona per a fomentar l'ocupació a través del voluntariat

El Departament de Benestar Social i Família i la UAB són els socis catalans del projecte VERSO (Voluntaris per a l’ocupació europea), que promou el paper del voluntariat en la inserció social i laboral. La qualitat dels projectes catalans en matèria de voluntariat i ocupació ha despertat l’interès dels socis del projecte, que els han volgut conèixer de primera mà.

Netzwerk Lippe präsentiert gute Beispiele aus dem Kreis Lippe

Vom 21. bis 23. November 2012 fand die zweite internationale Tagung des Projekts VERSO (Volunteers for European Employment) in der Region East Riding of Yorkshire in England statt. Schwerpunkte des Treffens war die Vorstellung und Diskussion unterschiedlicher ehrenamtlicher Projekte und Initiativen mit einem positiven Effekt auf den Arbeitsmarkt aus den acht beteiligten Nationen. Aus den von den Projektpartnern eingereichten Vorschlägen wählte ein Komitee mit Wissenschaftlern von vier europäischen Universitäten 16 gute Beispiele ehrenamtlicher Arbeit aus, die zum Gedankenaustausch und Erfahrungstransfer unter den Projektpartnern anregen sollen.Von den deutschen Initiativen wurden die Unternehmensinitiative „Verantwortungspartner für Lippe“ und das Mentoring-Projekt „PONTE“ des Netzwerk Lippe ausgewählt.

Lesen Sie hier den ausführlichen Artikel (December 20) (in German)

Delegates from across Europe attend the second VERSO inter-regional meeting, held in the UK

East Riding of Yorkshire Council hosted the second VERSO inter-regional meeting, which was held in the UK at the picturesque Cave Castle Hotel in East Yorkshire from 21 to 23 November. They are working together to look at how volunteering can help tackle problems with rising unemployment across the European Union. The local authority partners met with knowledge partners to present examples of good practice and consider their relevance to the VERSO project. Further study of these examples, including a cost benefit analysis, will be carried out by the university partners before the next meeting, which is due to take place in Detmold in April, 2013.

Major volunteering event in East Riding

A European project which promotes the benefits of volunteering is heading to the East Riding in November. VERSO (Volunteers for European Employment) is a pan-European initiative set up to combat the rising unemployment figures across the European Union and change negative attitudes sometimes associated with volunteering. By bringing together different partners, which include academic researchers and public authorities, from several EU countries, VERSO aims to find new and innovative approaches to help get people into employment through voluntary work.

Read more (25.10.2012)

Framework set for European research in volunteering

On the 4th of September the Knowledge Partners from Hungary, Denmark and Spain travelled to Ioannina city for the first INTERREGional VERSO workshop organised by the University of Ioannina. The workshop set the framevork for the further research of volunteering in the combat against unemployment.

Read more (September 21, 2012)

Combatting unemployment through volunteerism

The message of last week's European conference on volunteerism in Middelfart, Denmark was 'It's time to think outside the box.' Mentors helping the unemployed find an internship and encouraging the young to complete their educations: these are just a few of the proven strategies the Municipality of Middelfart shared with Europe, when participants from the eight EU countries in the project VERSO - Volunteers for European Employment met in Middelfart from 30 May to 1 June 2012. The Danish comedian, social activist and former Member of Parliament Jacob Haugaard opened the conference.

Read more (June 1, 2012)

European Conference in Middelfart highlight the efforts of volunteering in the fight against unemployment

Press conference June 1, at 10.00 at KulturØen in Middelfart

VERSO (Volunteers for European Employment) illuminate how volunteerism can help regional authorities in their efforts to combat unemployment and  improve the quality of life for millions of unemployed Europeans. VERSO brings politicians and researchers from eight different European countries together for an inaugural conference in Middelfart, Denmark from 30 May until 1 June 2012.

Read more (May 28, 2012)

Gemeente eerste Nederlandse partner internationaal VERSO-project

De gemeente Coevorden is de eerste Nederlandse partner aan wie het INTERREG IVC project VERSO is toegekend. De gemeente heeft een projectaanvraag ingediend op basis van de activiteiten van De Bentheimer.

Read more (In Dutch - may 9, 2012)

New European development project highlight the efforts of volunteers in the fight against unemployment

Unemployment is increasing all over Europe. New, untraditional solutions to the problem must be found. VERSO (Volunteers for European Employment) is a new pan-European development and research project funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The project is intended to illuminate how volunteerism can help regional authorities in their efforts to combat unemployment and  improve the quality of life for millions of unemployed Europeans.

Read more (April 30, 2012)

Nyt europæisk udviklingsprojekt sætter fokus på frivilliges indsats i kampen mod arbejdsløshed

Der er voksende arbejdsløshed i hele Europa og brug for nye og utraditionelle løsninger, hvis problemerne skal løses. VERSO – Volunteers for European Employment - er et nyt fælleseuropæisk udviklings- og forskningsprojekt støttet af EU's regionalfond. Projektet skal give større viden om, hvordan frivilligt arbejde kan hjælpe de regionale myndigheder i indsatsen mod arbejdsløshed og højne livskvaliteten hos Europas millioner af arbejdsløse.

Read more (April 27 - in Danish)

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