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Youth Connection


Tue 22 Aug  – Wed 30 Aug 2023

Community Foundation took a group of young people from the UK to Croatia to take part in a week long outward bound education programme.

Are you aged 18-30 years old and have an interest in the great outdoors and outdoor pursuit activities?  Would you  like to learn practical new skills and meet new people in this  education trip to Croatia with participants from six other European countries?

The programme was completely free and all costs for travel, accommodation and food will be covered. We will be staying near Gospić, the beautiful mountain region of Lika in Croatia.

Deadline for application Friday 26 May 2023

Youth Connection is a project of Community Foundation for young people from the UK to work with other young people from across Europe to discuss issues of common interest, share experiences and learn new skills

To register, complete the Youth Connection form from our website


Tel: 0121 312 0135


Greece Youth Exchange Thursday 31st March – Saturday 9th April 2022

Community Foundation in partnership with other European countries is taking part in a 10-day Youth Exchange trip to Greece. We Will be taking 6 participants from the UK to join 48 other participants from 8 European countries to take part in the programme. This programme aims to encourage young people to use digital tools and resources more effectively, through non formal education activities. It will help young people to gain hard & soft skills important for the new digital age.

We will be staying at a hotel in the coastal area of Halkidiki, Greece, where you will also get free time to tour the city and spend time on the beach.

Physical and online workshops will be held to select participants more suitable for this youth exchange. The programme is completely free and all costs for travel, accommodation and food is covered.

Deadline for applicants is 31st December 2021. Please download the Youth Exchange application form down below.

Travel passes for young adults available from DiscoverEU

Young people (born between 1 July 2001 and 31 December 2003) can apply for travel passes to explore Europe as part of the DiscoverEU. Applications are open until 26th October 2021.

DiscoverEU is an initiative of the European Union giving young people the opportunity to experience travel around Europe. Travel us predominantly by rail, but there are exceptions to allow those living on islands or in remote areas to participate.

Young people can use their travel pass to discover Europe’s stunning landscapes and its variety of cities and towns. The journey gives them the chance to meet like minded travellers, to learn and to build their confidence by travelling independently.

UK nationals can take part in this round of DiscoverEU. This is because the DiscoverEU rounds in 2020 were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the funding moved to 2021. As UK nationals were eligible in 2020, the UK eligibility will still apply for this DiscoverEU round in 2021.

The successful applicants will be able to travel between 1 March 2022 and 28 February 2023, for a maximum period of one month.

How to apply

DiscoverEU applications must be made through the online form on the European Youth Portal. Applications opened on Tuesday 12 October and close on Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Notifications will be made on the 6th January 2022

Find out more at

Community Foundation Study Visit to Turkey

Delegation from Community Foundation took part in a week long study visit to Ankara, Turkey from 3 - 8 November 2018. The study visit hosted by Turkey was organised in partnership with Community Foundation from the UK, and organisations from Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. The delegation of 28 people from across the eight countries spent time learning about youth and community development, Education, governance and humanitarian relief work. Presentations and briefing were given to the delegation by senior staff from the World Bank, Turkey International Development Agency, Kecioren Municipality, Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Red Crescent, and the Middle East Technical University.

The last day was spent sightseeing and visiting historical sites and sampling even more Turkish delicacies, more tea and plenty of sweet deserts during stop overs.


Community Foundation in partnership with our Turkish counterpart will be organising an education visit as part of our international Youth Connections Programme (18-30 years old) involving 6 countries from 3 - 8 November to Ankara Turkey. All expenses paid.

Application deadline 9 September 2018

Training Course 9-13 October 2017 | Slovak Republic

All 4 Inclusion (Phase.1)

This TC focuses on encouraging and empowering youth workers, social workers to start inclusive projects with mixed ability groups through Erasmus+ projects. Our aim is to make the E+ more inclusive, accessible for young people with fewer opportunities.

Application deadline: 12 August 2017

Training Course 9-13 October 2017 | Norway

BiTriMulti (BTM) - Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges

The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects;especially newcomers to this field

Application deadline: 3 September 2017

Training Course 15-22 October 2017 | to be decided, Romania

Find Your Place

The course is developed to provide youth workers with competences, tools and ideas to use in their work with young people, in order to empower them to find their true place in life and in the labor field. We will work on personal and professional level.

Application deadline: 20 August 2017

Seminar / Conference 16-18 October 2017 | Berlin, Germany

Speak UP, Step UP! European youth work empowering young people’s democratic values & active citizenship. Speak UP, Step UP! A European conference to consider the practice, impact and future role of Erasmus+ Youth in Action in promoting democratic values and attitudes and active citizenship among young people in Europe.

Application deadline: 27 August 2017

Training Course 17-21 October 2017 | Sweden

SOHO - European Training Course for EVS Support People

SOHO aims at enhancing quality of EVS projects through development of essential competences of support persons. It also provides up-to-date information to its participants on the opportunities given by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme.

Application deadline: 4 September 2017

Study Visit 22-27 October 2017 | Lisbon, Portuga

Democracy Reloaded Study Visit

The aims of the Study Visit are to share and reflect on existing practices of youth participation in decision making at local level in order to elaborate on issues of quality in such practices.

Application deadline: 10 September 2017

Seminar / Conference 27 November - 1 December 2017 | Malta

Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation

The Conference would like to raise awareness about the role of youth work against violent radicalization. The event is part of long term strategy that is realising for 2017 a mapping exercise of inspiring practises of NGOs working on the topic.

Application deadline: 1 September 2017

[SPAIN - Painting The Future - EVS for young people aged 18-30]

Duration: 12months 17 to 30 - October

Three placements in Lugo, Galicia, Spain Tasks include working on an eco-garden, creating and participating in an intercultural exchange activity at the farm school with local children, participating in a weekly intercultural exchange with local youth at City Hall, Workshops (music, creative. dance, art)

[TURKEY - Join Our Journey EVS for young people aged 18 to 30]

Duration:  6weeks 6th November to 15th December

Two placements in Turkey - 1 for 2 months and 1 for 10 months. Office work such as as website admin, social media, updating database and helping disabled people, organising creative workshops and planning fundraising activities.

[AUSTRIA - Common Grounds EVS for young people aged 18 to 30]
Duration:1 month in September

Two placements in Wildermeiming, Austria - volunteers will create a natural playground for children in the forest, get involved in activities such as farming and spend their spare time cycling, hiking and swimming in the Tirol region.

[TURKEY - Meeting of Generations - EVS for young people aged 18 to 30]

Duration: 2 months

3 placements based in Ankara for 2 months each between now and the end of 2017. Volunteers will work with a social worker facilitating services and organising activities for elderly and disabled people and children.

[PORTUGAL - Okupados a Construir (Busy Building) - EVS for young people aged 18 to 30]

Duration: 2 months

Two placements available which involve supporting the renovation of the different departments of the Youth House. Activities will include masonry, carpentry, painting, gardening and cleaning. Help with workshops on painting for non-artistic people, rustic home decor, furniture makeovers, etc. Help to create, develop and organize summer and holiday activities for children with fewer opportunities. The final group will create and develop the eco garden at the Youth House. This will be an interactive space for the children. They will work in the garden and help with workshops on gardening, recycling etc.

[SPAIN - English For Kids - EVS for young people aged 17 to 30] -

Duration:12 months

1 placement available working in the Molí de Baix in Menorca, Spain. The volunteer will teach English to children aged between 3 and 15 while assisting the teachers during the non-formal afternoon classes. Help planning and preparing the activities which include handicrafts, activities and games, drawing and painting, dancing, singing, animation, excursions... and in July help at the summer camp in Sant Lluís.

[FINLAND - Elf Around! - EVS for young people aged 18 to 30]

Duration: 1 month

Two placements available in Kokkola - the volunteers will help to prepare Villa Elba’s Christmas project. The volunteers will be introduced to the history and secrets of Finnish elves and help to plan and create an elf path for children and families. In addition, volunteers will organise elf school for the primary school students. It is a great place to see the Northern Lights!

[HUNGARY - Tittle Tattle - EVS for young people aged 18 to 30]

Duration: 1 month

2 placements available working with the local community doing craft activities.

For more information including a full list of dates and applications please visit contact alternatively your inquiry can be taken over the telephone on 0121 238 3282

Varna, Bulgaria 10 - 14 May 2016

Community Foundation took part in a youth leadership training programme in Varna, Bulgaria

Sarajevo, Bosnia,  5th December -  8th December 2015

Community Foundation took 19 young people from across UK to learn about the Bosnian Genocide

Sarajevo, Bosnia,  5th April -  8th April 2015

Community Foundation took 23 young people from across UK to learn about the Bosnian Genocide

Youth Connection

Youth Connection is platform for Young people to come together to develop, discuss and come up with ideas to better respond to their collective concerns and issues. It is open to all young people between the age of 16-25 years old, living, studying and or working in the West Midlands.

Youth Connection offers young people a platform:

• for self development via support and action/activism
• to encourage to think outside the box and develop alternative approach to addressing issues in our community
• to be proactive in identifying upcoming challenges and exploring ways to best respond to them
• to engage in meaningful dialogue with relevant authorities and bodies to take on board collective concerns and suggestions
• to network and meet new people with similar views and aspirations

By being involved you will have fun- go places, try out something new and meet people of power, locally nationally and internationally.  You will learn new skills and gain valuable knowledge and expertise and make a difference in your life and the lives of others around you.

To get involved, click the link below for a registration form and email back to us.

If you want to find out more about Youth Connection or to join contact us on:

Tel: 0121 238 3282



Individuals must be unemployed

Willingness to learn



  • Opportunity to collaborate with young people from various European countries, fostering cultural exchange and understanding.

  • All costs for travel, accommodation, and food covered, making the programs accessible to a wide range of participants.

  • Learn practical new skills related to outdoor pursuits, digital tools, and resources through non-formal education activities.

  • Meet and connect with like-minded individuals, building a network of friends from different cultural backgrounds.

  • Discuss and address collective concerns and issues.

  • Opportunity for young people to explore Europe, experiencing stunning landscapes and diverse cities.

  • Participate in study visits to different countries, gaining insights into youth and community development, education, governance, and humanitarian relief work.

  • Engage in various training courses across Europe, enhancing competencies, skills, and knowledge in different fields.



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