The universal voluntary service born in Trento

The universal voluntary service born in Trento

48085958_434c810163_mIn the northeastern city of Trento, was born in the past few days, thanks to an amendment to the provincial law, the first universal voluntary service. It might represent in an innovative way an effective response to budget cuts to national service, that has been reduced to just 68 mln euro in 2012 (by 299 mln euro in 2008) due to the global economic crisis, and a way to revitalize this institution. A primary institution that allows both the personal development  of the youth (but also the growth of the sense of civic duty) and the multiplication of social value.

By the new provincial law the voluntary service is considered a right for all young people and private entities also have for the first time the possibility of accrediting and so contribute to the voluntary service system (before only the public was permitted to take part in). Moreover the duration of the service becomes more flexible, allowing a period from a few months to a few years, according to the needs of all stakeholders. Finally the Province will certify the skills acquired by the volunteers during the time of the service. In short a revolution compared to the classic model, which could maybe become the future of  voluntary service at the national level.