volunteer-1326758_960_720 (1)The European Commission is currently undertaking a study on the impact of volunteering on the personality and employability of young people. The goal of the project is to measure how volunteering affects young people as well as organisations and local communities, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the existing schemes and programmes. The outcomes of the study are aimed at supporting future developments of the European youth volunteering policy.

To reach these goals, the study requires data collection primarily from volunteers. The Commission is asking for support in reaching volunteers who are:

1) Younger than 30 years of age and
2) Have any kind of volunteering experience in their home country (both formal and informal, continuous or one-off, in any field).

During the week of August 8, 2016, the Commission will provide an invitation template which is to be distributed to volunteers. We encourage Eurodiaconia members to schedule, and prepare for the dissemination of the invitation letter as soon as possible after receipt.

The study is conducted by CHE Consult and ICF International upon an initiative of the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Should you have any questions, the organisers will be happy to answer them at evs-survey@che-consult.de. You can also reach out to Florian at florian.tuder@eurodiaconia.org.