The Future Skills for Volunteering (FutVol) project sets out to address future skills challenges in the field of volunteering in Europe.
Bringing together educational institutions, third-sector organisations and other actors from 10 countries (BG, FI, HU, IT, LV, PO, PT, RO, TK and UK), the FutVol project approaches these issues by designing and testing a new skills concept aimed for adult learners who are volunteers. The skills concept combines a set of defined future volunteering skills, peer learning and foresight activities.
In order to design and implement the new skills concept, the FutVol project shall:
- develop and test a design thinking -based peer learning model to help volunteers acquire what are defined in this project as ‘future skills’
- design a tool for volunteers to observe and manage change in their everyday work using e.g. weak signal detection methods
- a future skills in volunteering skills concept that is aligned with the European Key Competences of Lifelong Learning with validation processes tools for the learning outcomes that will be tested by participating learners
- produce a publication ‘Future Skills Guide to Volunteering', the aim of which is to combine grassroots observations of change in volunteering with expert insight on skills needs to raise awarenes across Europe
As a result:
- Adult learners (volunteers) will acquire a set of skills that they can use in many contexts such as work or formal education and learn about how their volunteering relates to European citizenship,
- Partners and stakeholders will have a clear understanding of future skills needs in volunteering, documented learning outcomes for related learning processes and processes and their validation. This helps them in volunteer supervision and strategic planning.
- Volunteer managers, volunteers and other third-sector actors have access to a peer learning model that can help volunteers and their organisations gain future skills and get to manage change in their environment. The model will give voluntary and other third sector organisations easy-to-use tools to be used for training, and the activities tested will yield new information about the future of volunteering on a grassroots level.
- The "Future skills guide to volunteering” publication will help volunteers, partners and practitioners in the field understand skills needs and volunteer supervision and to plan their work accordingly,
- Various other stakeholders such as decision makers can build on their awareness on issues affecting the voluntary sector, which will help them in developing infrastructure for volunteering in general.