EVEHD United Kingdom

EVEHD United Kingdom

EVEHD is all about 6 European partners helping each other to develop a more mutually-rewarding interaction with local volunteers. Most of all the project is about ‘valuing volunteers’. We were inspired by the Grundtvig works on volunteering and the handbook ‘Volunteering in Museums and Cultural heritage – A European Handbook’ (Cristina Da Milano, Kirsten Gibbs and Margherita Sani) and the ‘Manifesto for Volunteering in Europe’. To quote: As recent data illustrate, millions of citizens in Europe are actively involved in volunteering, mainly during their free time. On average, more men engaged than women, but both devote between three and six percent of their free time to volunteering. Most volunteers are between 35 and 55 years old. In recent years, the role of volunteering in Europe has become more socially and politically significant as a tool for addressing a wide range of issues. Volunteers are engaged in a diverse range of activities such as provision of education and social services, mutual aid, advocacy, campaigning, management and community or environmental action.

The main activity of EVEHD involves each partner offering a 7 day-long action involving local volunteers, schools, educational institutions, local people and stakeholders (including cultural businesses). The action focuses on a skill of that partner organization and a ‘track record’ of successful work with volunteers.

We will host our action to coincide with our “Discovering Derventio” HLF project, so the group will join local volunteers on an archaeological excavation as well as local volunteers in restoring a holy well in the area.

In the UK we will host our action to coincide with our HLF Discovering Derventio project, so the group will work on our excavation project at Papcastle (‘Derventio’) & work with church leaders to restore a holy well.