Led by EUROCITIES, the network of major cities in Europe, VALUES - Volunteering Activities to Leverage Urban and European Social integration of migrants, enables cities to exchange know-how, expertise, and good practices on how best to implement local actions. It builds on the experience and success of past EUROCITIES projects (CITIES GROW, MIXITIES, DIVE, INTI-Cities, ImpleMentoring) that together addressed the gaps in the implementation of the Integrating Cities Charter, which embodies the cities’ commitment to third-country national’s integration.
By connecting city authorities and volunteer organisations through communities of practices and staff exchange, VALUES aims to improve structural cooperation and build partnerships between cities and volunteer organisations in integrating third-country nationals, by building and developing 4 communities of practices or clusters, on the following themes:
A. Community building in cities to foster a welcoming culture
B. Innovative voluntary activities in integration: engaging migrants and refugees in volunteering activities for integration activities
C. Cities and volunteer cooperation in migrant integration at neighbourhood (or ‘community’) level
D. Mobilising volunteers in engaging young migrant population in community life.