CEV General Assembly and Policy Conference:
“Volunteering in European Welfare & Social Services (VIEWSS)”
2-3 October 2014, Turin, Italy
CEV recently published the study “The changing perspectives, in the context of the economic crisis and consequential austerity measures, on the role of volunteer organisations in the delivery of welfare services”. The study analysed whether volunteering is being instrumentalised for the delivery of welfare services as austerity measures intensify.
The Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E) drafted during the European Year of Volunteering 2011 submitted that “the crisis is forcing governments to re-assess the European Social Model” and that “in some spheres the debate has led to suggestions that volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations can and should deliver services instead of the state”.
The conference considered all these questions and drafted a policy document about the engagement of volunteers in the delivery of welfare and social services. Read more here …