is a grassroots, volunteer-led, civil society organisation based in Eastern Bavaria/Germany working on European level issues and interventions that benefit citizens locally, nationally and across the continent.
Through their activities and projects, GLL promotes volunteering, equal opportunities in education and work for everyone, combats discrimination and inequality based on gender, racial or ethnic origin, disability, age or other social factors. Raising public awareness for social and cultural issues and encouraging social commitment is the major focus of their projects.
Their main target groups are socially disadvantaged people such as elder people, less-qualified workers, unemployed, migrants, as well as immigrants, women, families, disabled people or people with health restrictions, because they are particularly affected by discrimination and inequality. GLLs goal is to promote their integration into society by means of the activities and measures of their association and active involvement of the various target groups.
As an expert in the field of volunteer work, GLL provides some innovative measures for promoting and supporting volunteer work within the community. GLL runs an online platform on volunteer workplaces, provides training as well as advice and support services for volunteers. Moreover, GLL supports other NGOs recruiting new volunteers, organises an annual volunteer fair or information sessions on volunteering, and initiated a lot of volunteer projects, where a lot of people with various backgrounds (age, gender, race, religion, education, profession) become active on local level. Volunteers run and implement most of our projects; a lot of them are unemployed or disadvantaged in some ways.
Local projects are linked on European level (e.g. through Grundtvig learning partnerships and Erasmus+), as the promotion of intercultural learning and understanding within Europe plus the exchange of best practices and face-to-face cooperation with European partners is a core issue within GLL.
For its efforts in the field of integration of migrants, promoting the European ideas and volunteering GLL had won many awards such as the “European Citizen’s Prize” of the European Parliament (2015), the award “Europa-Lillie” by the Europa Union Professional (2014); the “Active Citizens of Europa Award” by Volonteurope (2014).