On May 6, European Volunteer Measurement Project partners CEV, SPES, and CCSS hosted a Kickoff Training Workshop in Tallinn, Estonia to introduce volunteer leaders to the new ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work and to enlist their help in making sure that the Manual is used. The workshop was planned to coincide with and compliment the CEV symposium entitled “The future of volunteering: concepts, trends, visions,” held from May 4th through 6th. This first orientation and training session was conducted by Center Director Lester Salamon.
Nearly 60 volunteer leaders representing 23 countries attended the session. The training aimed to familiarize these leaders with the ways that the ILO Manual approaches the measurement of volunteer work, to outline the advantages of gathering cross-nationally comparable data on volunteering, and to discuss ways in which volunteer leaders, organizations, and advocates across Europe can help to make certain that the Manual is implemented by statistical authorities in their countries.
As explained by Dr. Salamon during the orientation, governments are not required to implement the ILO Manual; it is in the hands of volunteer and civil society leaders to apply the pressure necessary to assure that their respective counties do so. Advocates were asked to take several steps to make that a reality by: bringing this Manual to the attention of statistical authorities; encouraging those authorities to adopt and implement it; monitoring the implementation process; and helping to disseminate the resulting information to assure that it is used widely and to create a demand for regular updates.
We are happy to report that the reception to this training and request for help was overwhelmingly positive. Many attendees agreed to help us, and many have already signed the declaration of support to let us know how they are able to help. We would like to thank all of the Tallinn workshop participants for their enthusiasm and passion. We look forward to working with you as we move this project forward!
Future workshops are being planned throughout the year. Please visit the European Volunteer Measurement Project’s website for more information and to keep up-to-date on upcoming meetings.
cross-posted from evmp.eu