This platform aims to train and connect people who wish to get involved in self-managed volunteer groups.

Who ?

Four European organisations have come together to prepare future group leaders, offer them supervision and share their tools.
Every adults can get involved as a leader or a volunteer part of a self-managed group. Ngo-s and organisation working with volunteers can benefit from it.

Where does it come from?

This initiative was born from the crossroads between the desire of citizens to get involved in causes that are dear to them and the lack of human resources and time of associations to manage volunteer networks. Thus by forming autonomous groups, we wish to offer our knowledge and know-how in group organization to support the solidarity initiatives of our fellow citizens.

Participating organisations

Self management, volunteer group in Hungary

Képes Foundation aims to explore, adapt, evaluate and promote programmes and initiatives that target the development of SEL competences. Social emotional learning (SEL) competences – that can be taught and developed – are shown to increase academic and work achievement and to better adjustment in everyday life.
Furthermore, we develop educational material, carry out trainings and act as advisors in this field.

http://www.kepesfoundation.org

 

http://cobugroups.com
This platform helps to set up self-managed volunteer groups and offers a platform for promoting their events and meetings.
Besides the descriptions of the latest events, guidelines, activity descriptions and other resources are available that could inspire future volunteer group leaders.

Art mediation in France

Elan Interculturel is an association which has been creating for about ten years innovative tools in intercultural mediation to promote diversity and facilitate the integration of migrant people in their new environment. We promote exchange between cultures, multilingualism and we protest against all forms of social, racial, sexual, gender or physical discrimination.

Find us on https://elaninterculturel.com

 

Elan Creatif

http://elancreatif.eu

Elan Créatif is a platform that brings together our knowledge and skills in artistic and intercultural mediation. We invite you to explore the intersections between art and diversity: when art becomes a meeting place for cultures, while celebrating otherness.

You will find mediation tools to bring together curious and passionate people and to lead your own artistic creation groups.

Above all, it’s a platform that you can appropriate and make your own to share knowledge and experiences in artistic mediation! 

Theater Community in Spain

The mission of La Xixa is to facilitate the creation of spaces for empowerment through Participatory Methodologies, Process Oriented Psychology and Theatre of the Oppressed to generate processes of individual and collective transformation in contexts of social vulnerability.

These methodologies ensure that all agents become crucial actors in their own development, by helping individuals and groups to create awareness on how they perceive and live their experiences, and gives them tools to learn to change their approach. Those tools consist of a set of games and theatrical exercises that promote observation, critical action and pro-positive behaviours among participants. “What we do on stage is not reality, but it is a rehearsal of how to transform it.

Find us on http://laxixateatre.org

https://laxixafemcomunitat.eu

This platform aims to facilitate and promote citizenship to be activated and organized in diverse, formal and informal ways, using artistic mediation, as a means for social transformation. La Xixa brings her knowledge of 10 years of community building using theater, body and performativity.

The project of La Xixa Let’s Commune “Self-managed Creative Communities” aims to assume the challenge of building a community and to tackle the challenge of establishing innovative tools that contribute to:

  • Make people who are far from different organizations, existing projects and the devices of community life can approach and strengthen themselves collectively with art.
  • That people who participate in the daily life of the neighborhoods from informal spaces can have links with more organized participation spaces.
  • To generate meaningful experiences and learning that will arouse interest in political and artistic participation between citizens and participation in community life, as well as arouse interest in topics that are often left behind or forgotten.

Storytelling group in Netherlands

Amsterdam based Storytelling Centre (STC) acts out of the conviction that everyone’s story is important and that it is vital for a balanced society that there is room for everyone’s story. STC is committed to providing that space, nationally and globally, and to training people in exploring and telling their stories for the benefit of their personal growth, resilience and social involvement and for better coexistence in today’s society.

Fin us on https://storytelling-centre.nl/en/

https://voorelkaar.eu

Resources

We will upload the following resources here, as soon as they are ready:

  • An introductory text about different models of self-managed volunteering and its benefits (Self-managed volunteering: an introduction)
  • local online platforms through which volunteers will get access to resources can share experiences with each other, support each other and promote their own projects and events, check our platforms France Hungary, Netherlands and Spain
  • A guidebook that will include activities to help volunteers to prepare, launch and maintain their own initiatives/interest groups/activities (“Guidebook for setting up self-managed volunteer groups”)
  • Local case studies that will describe the journey of our team and that of the volunteers who join us (“Case studies”)

Contact us

 

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