Accreditation for youth organisations

Any youth organisation wishing to take part in an Erasmus+ Volunteering project to host and/or send volunteers as part of Key Action 1 mobility for young people must have what is known as Volunteering accreditation. This includes signing up to the Volunteering Charter. Previously, this was known as the European Voluntary Service (EVS), and has been replaced with the Quality Label for European Solidarity Corps projects.

Youth accreditation is designed to ensure consistently high standards in youth volunteering activities and to help organisations find partners. Accreditation is a quality assurance process so that all parties involved are aware of the values, objectives and rules of Erasmus+ Volunteering projects. All accredited organisations must show they are able to implement Volunteering projects according to the rules of the Erasmus+ programme.

To send or host volunteers, all youth organisations involved in the project (i.e. the applicant and all partners) must have current accreditation. For a project coordinator, the accreditation must cover the duration of the project and be in place before the funding application deadline. In some cases, partners can be added after the project start date, but they must have relevant accreditation before becoming involved with any volunteers. Informal groups of young people cannot apply for accreditation.

Accreditation is an organisation's entry ticket for Erasmus+ Volunteering, and proves that it complies with the programme's quality standards, but it does not automatically lead to a project grant.

The accreditation of your organisation can be valid for the entire duration of the Erasmus+ programme, or for a shorter period, depending on the outcome of the accreditation process. Once you have your accreditation, your details will be published on the volunteering database of the European Youth Portal, where you can attract potential volunteers for your projects by promoting your opportunities to volunteer.

For more information

Key Action 1 youth is managed by Ecorys UK, as part of the Erasmus+ UK National Agency. If you have questions about accreditation, please contact us at [email protected].

How to apply

Partners wishing to be involved in existing Erasmus+ Volunteering or EVS projects should contact the UK National Agency for an application form, guidance, and to arrange an accreditation interview.

If you do not have accreditation for Erasmus+ Volunteering or EVS, but wish to apply under the new European Solidarity Corps, you will need to obtain a ‘Quality Label’. Quality Label applications can be completed on the European Commission website, using the ‘ESC52’ webform and accompanying guidance notes (746 KB).

Should you wish to be apply for a Volunteering Project in the next funding round and do not have any valid accreditation, you will need to apply for the Quality Label before 16 October 2018. 

Who should I contact?

If your question is about Key Action 1 youth, please contact Ecorys UK by email or telephone 0121 212 8947.

If you have questions about Key Action 2 youth or Key Action 3, please contact the British Council by email or telephone 0161 957 7755.

If you have any questions about European Solidarity Corps please email the dedicated team.