The Italian Volunteer Centres (C.S.V) were founded thanks to a national law, n° 266/91 better known as “volunteer organization law” because it also establishes some distinctive principles of a volunteer organization (gratuitousness, democratic set-up and solidarity).
In Italy there are about 80 C.S.V. The Italian network of C.S.V. is called CSVnet; in Sicily the three Volunteer Centres have recently created a coordinating system in order to carry out some activities to support volunteering. ( for an example Sicilia Solidale News).
The mission of a C.S.V. is that to qualify and support volunteer organizations, providing them with various services which are free for the volunteers but not for the Centre itself. In fact, according to art. 15, law n.266/91, Italian Bank Foundations, created for social goals, have to give no less than 1/15 of their income to a Special Fund for Volunteering created in every region. This special Fund is administrated by CO.GE., a Committee created on a regional base, made of members coming from the Foundations, from the volunteer organizations and from institutional delegates. Each CO.GE. grants funds to its CSV after an annual evaluation of its three-year programme able to realize the objectives of the agreed mission.
C.S.V. are self-runned by volunteer organizations, which are organized on a democratic base in the so called second level organization.
CE.S.V. Messina is the name of the organization that since 2001 runs the Italian Volunteer Centre in Messina
CESV Messina is composed of 226 organizations from different cities of its province. Every three years these organizations, which are called “Assembly of Members”, elect the Board of Directors, the Political Board of C.S.V., which has the task to fulfil the will of the assembly. The CESV Messina Board of Directors is composed of eight elected members and one member chosen by CO.GE. The Assembly elects its president among the previous elected members.
To strengthen the volunteering action : sharing good practice and facilitating the organizations’ learning competence process for a suitable self management;
“living” the territories: supporting the Local Communities Network in their social dynamic;
“Make Community”: restoring useful links in order to promote an active network.
PROMOZIONE: Promotion of volunteering ( public and local events, European and National opportunities for volunteers, cooperation with schools or other partnerships).
FORMAZIONE: Training courses for volunteers ( ex: pc use, administrative and economic
management of organizations, planning...).
DOCUMENTAZIONE: Updating of any proposal concerning organizations and database on social legislation ( tools: CESV Messina and e-mails).
COMUNICAZIONE E UFFICIO STAMPA: Support to a strategic relationship with Media, organizing press conferences and promoting organizations’ events on our local and regional websites and newsletters.
CONSULENZA: Info and support to any activity connected to the management of a volunteering organization ( administrative, legal, economical, projecting…).
SERVIZI LOGISTICI: Logistic support to volunteering activites ( free use of telephone, fax, office devices instrumentations, rooms..).
The technical staff is composed of paid operators, and the organigram depends on the objectives the C.S.V. wants to realize. Considering that CESV Messina has a provincial competence, it operates with the support of “Coordinamenti Locali di Comunità”, a network of local associations that co-operate to make their activity more incisive in every district of the Province of Messina .
CESV Messina has implemented a Quality Management System which fulfils the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 ( code EA 35, 37) for the planning and provision of:
advice and logistic services for non-profit organizations;
training courses for volunteers and other social workers;
services for the promotion of voluntary work and rural animation services.