Young people in the EU face the risk of marginalisation and social exclusion, with the countries involved in this project being on the top of this list. Different studies made at EU level have pointed out that the skills and qualifications of the volunteers do not always match with the needs of the developing countries or the volunteer organisations. As volunteers, advocates and practitioners of volunteering affirm, specific attention must be given to young people as agents of change, providing them with volunteer opportunities for civic participation and life-long learning through formal but also non- formal education. At the same time, professionals working with youth and particularly with disadvantaged youth, do not have the necessary capacities and tools required for effectively promoting them towards volunteering in a sustainable manner that will enhance their participation, civic engagement, and active citizenship.
The VOLUME project aims to foster the active participation of youth (between 18 – 29 years) at community level, utilising volunteering as a vehicle. This will be pursued through a user-led approach and by developing a capacity building programme and respective tools tailored to the specific needs of this target group. High quality preselected informal learning content will be developed, which will equip young people and professionals working with them with key personal, professional and technical competences and crosscutting common values. Therefore, the main project target group considers young adults wishing to be engaged in volunteering actions while a secondary target group includes professionals working with volunteers, policy makers and civil society actors.