Stop Loneliness, Start Volunteering

Networking activity

Stop Loneliness, Start Volunteering

 Ireland • Belgium • Denmark • Germany • Croatia • Slovenia |  

01. January 202331. December 2023 

The Stop loneliness – Start volunteering project is a response to the increasing isolation and loneliness experienced by young people across Europe, especially caused by the pandemic. Volunteering can at least be a partial solution to this problem.

This is a networking project with our partners: Slovenska Filantropija in Slovenia, CEV in Belgium, DKolektiv in Croatia, FriSe in Denmark and Volunteer Ireland in Ireland.

The following activities will be implemented in the project Stop Loneliness, Start Volunteering: 

1) Research of existing practices in partner as well as other European countries in the field of youth volunteering and combatting loneliness, isolation and social exclusion. Here you can download the research analysis below.

2) Good Practice Compendium in partner as well as other European countries. Interviews with volunteers, beneficiaries and representatives of volunteer organizations (volunteer mentors, managers), record and videotape personal interest stories of young volunteers and beneficiaries. Here you can find the interviews.

3) We organised 5 World Cafés with 160 participants to explore the current challenges and needs in the fight against loneliness and in youth volunteering. You can have a look at our web-campaign “The Voice of Youth” and the messages of volunteers around the world.

4) We will delve into the role of volunteer centres and networks in combatting loneliness among the youth and research the potential for further actions to the benefit of young volunteers and other youth, especially the young with fewer opportunities. Guidelines will be published.

5) We will provide a theoretical framework and tools for quality work with young volunteers to volunteer and youth organizations.

6) The previously listed activities will serve as a basis for advocacy activities, resulting in the European framework for combatting loneliness, isolation and exclusion of the youth – policy paper, which will be sent to decision-makers and other key stakeholders on local, national, regional and EU levels. 

Click the posts below so you can have a look on our activities, videos and multiplying events, in all the partner countries. We are presenting the results in an interactive and participatory fashion and establish new connections and communication among organizations working in the field.


15. May 2024

Multiplier event in Athlone, Ireland

e.p.a. team participated in one of the largest volunteering events in Ireland

16. November 2023

Multiplier event in Zagreb

Stop Loneliness, Start Volunteering

27. October 2023

Is Volunteering the answer to Loneliness?

Check out our Good Practice Compendium!

19. October 2023

Let’s talk about loneliness

Good Practice Video Interview with Joschua, Tilman and Matthis from “Spielmobil Falkenflietzer”

16. October 2023

Good practices interviews

Are you interested to hear what youth workers and volunteers around Europe want to share with us?

18. July 2023

Let’s talk about loneliness

Good Practice Video Interview with Nathalie and Marius from “Die Falken”

11. July 2023

Volunteering and Youth

Let’s talk about loneliness…

6. June 2023

Multiplier event in Hamburg

Invitation to connect local and European organisation practitioners!

1. December 2022

“STOP Loneliness, START Volunteering” in Ljubljana

… with our partner organisation from Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Croatia and Slovenia.

10. June 2022

“STOP Loneliness, START Volunteering” project in Aarhus

Our transnational project meeting in Denmark.

network partners in this Networking activity



Slovenska Filantropija


European Volunteer Centre




Volunteer Ireland


mainly responsible ... 

This project is funded by

the European Union