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2. Voluntary Activities

2.3 National strategy on youth volunteering

Last update: 31 March 2022
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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

In Poland, there is no national strategy for youth volunteering, however there exists a document which contains elements of strategic solutions for volunteering in general. It’s the Strategy for the Development of Human Capital (Cooperation, Culture, Creativity) 2030 (Strategia Rozwoju Kapitału Społecznego (współdziałanie, kultura, kreatywność) 2030).

Scope and contents

Regarding the development of volunteering in general, the assumptions contained in the document Strategy for the Development of Human Capital (Cooperation, Culture, Creativity) 2030 (Strategia Rozwoju Kapitału Społecznego (współdziałanie, kultura, kreatywność) 2030). seem to be the most essential.

The starting point is the observation that the Polish people seldom engage in volunteer activity, and that a few years ago in Poland there was a crisis of the “two pillars of volunteer activity, that is young and active young people who have not yet started a family and taken on full employment, and people towards the end of their professional career”. In the Strategy, a direction of action was included under the task 1.2.2., that is increasing activity and competence of citizens through the support for volunteer activity, scouting movement, and people’s universities. Three strategic projects are aimed at helping this: Solidarity Corps („Korpus Solidarności. Program wspierania i rozwoju wolontariatu długoterminowego na lata 2018–2030”), „Government Programme for the Support of the Scouting Movement for Years 2018-2030” („Rządowy Program Wsparcia Rozwoju Organizacji Harcerskich i Skautowych na lata 2018–2030” ) and “Programme for the Development of People’s Universities for years 2020-2030” („Program Rozwoju Uniwersytetów Ludowych na lata 2020–2030”). The former two are mostly aimed at young people.

Responsible authority

The implementation of the Strategy for the Development of Human Capital (Cooperation, Culture, Creativity) 2030 (Strategia Rozwoju Kapitału Społecznego (współdziałanie, kultura, kreatywność) 2030) within the area of the goal number 1 is the responsibility of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland in cooperation with National Freedom Institute – Centre for Civil Society Development (Narodowy Instytut Wolności – Centrum Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Obywatelskiego), while the general supervision is done by the President of the Public Benefit Committee. The programme also calls for strengthening the cooperation with regional and local partners – local and municipal governments, non-governmental organizations and individual volunteer work organizers, which can all help the development of volunteer work in local communities.

Revisions/ Updates

All of the above-mentioned strategies and programmes have been accepted in the last few years and have not yet been updated.