The first stage of the eQyvol project was for the project partners to carry out a consultation in order to identify the most current, commonly used quality standards in the youth voluntary sector in EU countries. Based on these results, the first version of the European Quality Standards in Youth Volunteering was created.

The partners then carried out transnational testing to assess how these recently defined European Quality Standards in Youth Volunteering were understood and could be applied within the European youth voluntary sector. It was decided that in order to motivate voluntary organisations across the EU to participate, the testing would be presented as an award: European Youth Volunteering Award. The jury, made up of the project partners, used the newly designed European Quality Standards in Youth Volunteering to assess the entries and select the winner. Following on from the transnational testing, and based on the feedback from the testers, the project partners then considered any improvements that could be implemented on the European Quality Standards in Youth Volunteering.

The Award

Volunteer Ireland and the partners of the #eQyvol project are proud to announce that the winner of the 2022 European Award on Quality in Youth Volunteering is PZS Udruga za podršku žrtvama i svjedocima / Victim and Witness Support Service Croatia. The award ceremony was held in Brussels on 28th June, many thanks to all applicants who participated. We received many applications of good quality which is great news for Youth Volunteering in Europe. It was very difficult for the jury to make a choice but in the end PZS from Croatia was agreed upon as the overall winner. For more information on eQyvol have a look at the project website.

The project was initiated by the Spanish Volunteer Platform (Spain) in collaboration with: European Volunteer Centre (Belgium), Volunteer Ireland (Ireland), CSVnet (Italy), FriSe (Denmark), DKolektiv (Croatia), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bulgaria (Bulgaria), and Neptelia (Spain).