Validate the competences acquired through volunteering activities: the VALLEY winners

Tuesday 28 March 2017

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Working with volunteers, it’s important to support them in validating their competences to make the volunteering activities an empowering experience.

The final conference aimed to present the main products and findings to all relevant stakeholders. It took place on 17th February 2017 in Marseille (France).

It gave an overview of the experiences made in the piloting phase and present good practice examples of how to successfully enhance and validate the competences gained by the young participants of piloting.

On the agenda of the event:

Thematic Workshops:

  • Recognition of social competences with the LEVEL5 methodology, by Sabine Wiemann and Julia Busche, BUPNET;
  • Recognition and valorization: methods and tools, by Pascal Chaumette, ID6.

Panel discussion: “Towards a better recognition of volunteering – chances and challenges”, with:

  • Competences’ Portfolio, by Fanny Dufréchou, ADICE;
  • Recognition and valorization: methods and tools, by Pascal Chaumette, ID6;
  • Hélène Vincent leads the South East branch of the institute of Commitment.

Steven, Paula and Rémi, volunteers that took part in the piloting phase were given the floor to speak about their specific experiences.

The volunteering organisations that have successfully implemented the VALLEY approach were awarded the VALLEY label. The conference motivated other stakeholders to implement the VALLEY approach.

During the conference the Award winners of the European award presented their trophies and were given the opportunity to present their approach to make the volunteering activities  an empowering experience for young people. The two best project ideas were chosen by an international jury and the winners were invited to the Award ceremony.

The two winners were:

  • AISEC, Austria: The Leadership Development Assessment is a questionnaire to evaluate the learning outcome in their projects (on the right);
  • Don Bosco, Belgium: Groeiboekje’ means literally “book of growth”(on the left).

The winners of the award received a Certificate, their travel and accommodation to Marseille and their idea was published in newsletters and articles.

The VALLEY methodology was finalized and all the main outcomes was rolled into a unique “VALLEY toolbox” available on  consisting of a combination of:

  • a detailed description of the LEVEL5 validation methodology, tailored on volunteering informal learning setting and tested through the piloting phase;
  • the volunteers mentoring guidelines targeted on staff/trainers working in volunteer organisations, with specific modules on how to deal with disadvantaged young target groups, like NEETs;good practice examples from the piloting phase;
  • practical information on how to join the VALLEY community and how to use the VALLEY e-platform.

For further information, please visit VALLEY website, please contact: Caroline Dickinson.

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