CEV European Volunteer Centre is a European network of over 80 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. Through our network CEV seeks to promote and support volunteering through advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building & training. In this way they reach out to the many thousands of volunteers and volunteer organisations who look to volunteer centres as a source of support bringing the European dimension to their work.
CEV channels the collective priorities and concerns of its member organisations to the institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe. Together with other European networks active in volunteering CEV exchanges policy, practice and information in order to ensure effective and coherent follow up to the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and to ensure its legacy through the implementation of the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E).
CEV’s vision is a Europe in which volunteering is central in building a cohesive and inclusive society based on solidarity and active citizenship. Our mission is to contribute to the creation of an enabling political, social and economic environment in Europe where the full potential of volunteering can be realised.
CEV is organising a major policy conference on “Volunteering in European Welfare & Social Services (VIEWSS)” in Turin, Italy from 2-3 October 2014.
Background is the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E), drafted during the European Year of Volunteering 2011, which 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”.