Volunteers in Action
THE PROJECT VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION – VOLINACT
Volunteering has an impact to our society and to the volunteers themselves .Volunteering is a way for seniors to stay active, to be able to make a contribution to the society, to gain new skills and competences. Volunteering is active civic participation and it strengthens common European values such as solidarity and social cohesion. It is time to reflect on this fact and to value the benefits of volunteering, on regional, national and European level. There is a different history for volunteering and there are different approaches for volunteering in different countries. Our project will enable volunteers and volunteer organisations from the participating countries to meet and to share their approaches, experiences and knowledge.
With the project VOLINACT the partners LUETEB and ÖH UNIVERSITY Graz will exchange and gain experience from other countries in the field of volunteering and Learning in later Life. The project aims to raise awareness for the importance of volunteering on behalf of learning in later life. It will showcase volunteering of older people in different settings and
cultures of the participating countries and show that the inclusion of older people in settings such as the Universities of Third Age will widen the aspects of volunteering.
VOLINACT will promote the process of active ageing and it will give senior volunteers an opportunity to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others, on regional and European level, for a constant and better integration of volunteers in active life. The target group of older people is thoroughly includet in the project and will encourage older people to participate in voluntary work in their region, but also European wide. During the project the partners will collect and reflect on good practice examples of senior volunteering concerning the subject learning in later life. As an outcome the project partners will develop a guideline for volunteers being involved in adult education.
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