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2. Voluntary Activities

2.3 National strategy on youth volunteering

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  1. Existence of a National Strategy
  2. Scope and contents
  3. Responsible authority
  4. Revisions/ Updates

Existence of a National Strategy

There is no unified national strategy for youth volunteering and its development nor any national strategy for volunteering in general.

The issue of youth volunteering is handled by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS).

One of the key documents that has deal, among other things, with the issue, was the Youth Strategy 2014-2020:

  • Youth volunteering forms part of the horizontal priorities, namely in point 4 'Involving young people in the decision-making process and participation'.
  • Support of youth volunteering is one of the priorities, being considered as a tool for stimulation of active and responsible citizenship and, also, as a contribution to societal coherence.
  • Development of volunteering is formulated in strategic goal no. 9:  'To create favourable conditions for youth volunteering including the valuation and recognition of volunteering'

National Concept (strategy) for volunteering development is prepared by the Ministry of Interior within the EU funded project in the period 2016 - 2021. It should focus on fields and regional accessibility of volunteering in the form of voluntary centres.

Scope and contents and Responsible authorityAnchor

The topic of youth volunteering is handled by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with Strategic Goal (SG) No. 9 of the Youth Strategy and has three Operational Goals (OG) with various measures. Ministry of the Interior (MI) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MLSA) share responsibility with MEYSas follows:

SG 9: To create favourable conditions for youth volunteering including the valuation and recognition of volunteer activities

SG 9: To create favourable conditions for youth volunteering including the valuation and recognition of volunteer activities

OG A: To promote volunteering

Responsibility

Co-responsibility

Measure:

1. To promote the legislative incorporation of volunteering in publicly beneficial legal entities and in the position of the beneficiary organisation, as well as in state-subsidised organisations and educational legal entities

MI

MEYS

 

2. To contribute to the legislative determination of conditions for volunteering by people in their employment, membership or other legal relations with their organisation

MI

 

3. To develop tools for the recognition of competencies obtained through volunteering and to encourage their use

MEYS

MI

MLSA

4. To support the development of methods to evaluate volunteer work for all areas of volunteer activities

MEYS

 

 

SG 9: To create favourable conditions for youth volunteering including the valuation and recognition of volunteer activities

OG B: To improve youth awareness of the opportunities for volunteer activities and their benefits

Responsibility

Co-responsibility

Measure:

1. To reinforce the role of youth information centres and Eurodesk in the provision of information on volunteer activities and their benefits

MEYS

 

2. To reinforce youth awareness of volunteering options through schools, educational facilities and NGOs

MEYS

 

3. To promote the dissemination of good practices

MEYS

 

 

SG 9: To create favourable conditions for youth volunteering including the valuation and recognition of volunteer activities

OG C: To promote the improvement of the quality of work with volunteers

Responsibility

Co-responsibility

Measure:

1. To support the system of awarding accreditations to organisations working with volunteers

MI

 

2. To promote the certification of work provided by volunteers and its recognition

MI

MEYS

 

3. To support the announcement of grant programmes contributing to the quality of work with volunteers

MI

MEYS

 

4. To provide methodological support to organisations and institutions working with volunteers

MI

MEYS

 

 

MEYS – Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports MLSA – Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs MI – Ministry of the Interior

OG – Objective goal

SG – Strategic goal

Project Concept of volunteering development in the Czech Republic with emphasis on ensuring regional and professional accessibility of volunteering in the form of volunteer centres of the Ministry of Interior.

Period: 2016 – 2021

The project aims to create a more accessible and higher quality of services in the field of social inclusion through volunteering. Further setting up a favourable environment for the performance and development of volunteer activities, for the broadest possible involvement of Volunteers and voluntary organisations, promoting the importance of all volunteer activities and strengthening the recognition of volunteers and volunteerism in society in General.

One of the objectives is to draft "concept of the development of volunteering in the Czech Republic". The emphasis is on the provision of regional and professional accessibility of volunteering by the form of volunteer centres. The focus is on system support and development of volunteer activities, increased availability, and the professionalisation of the voluntary service centres and their clients.

 

Revisions/ Updates

The Youth Strategy is valid in the period 2014-2020. On 3rd of May 2017 the mid-term evaluation of the implementation of the Strategy was approved by the Government. No changes were expected. There is no new Strategy after 2020.