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EACEA National Policies Platform


2. Voluntary Activities

2.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 25 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 27/06/2020



The UK left the EU on January 31st at 11pm, beginning the transition period that is set to end on December 31st 2020. Anupdate on the website of the Erasmus+ UK National Agency states that: 

under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes. This means that the projects successfully bid for during the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and ESC programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period. As a result, the UK government guarantee of EU funding will no longer be required and the Erasmus+ and ESC guarantee IT system has been closed. 

Additional updates have been published on theErasmus+ site




In March 2020, the Scottish government launched the “Scotland Cares” campaign, a national volunteering plan in response to COVID-19 coordinated by Ready Scotland. This campaign had over 20,000 volunteers sign up within the first week. 


The government also announced the Third Sector Resilience Fund and the Supporting Communities Fund in response to COVID-19. Both emergency funds of initial £20m investment are targeted at voluntary organisations to support local services dealing with the pandemic.