Social Media Volunteers for Heritage is a participatory programme established in cooperation between European Heritage Volunteers and Europa Nostra to diffuse Europe-wide knowledge and information about issues and activities linked to heritage, especially among the youth.
Within the framework of Social Media Volunteers for Heritage, volunteers work with digital social media platforms to raise awareness for the highly complex nature of European heritage. They write and publish articles, and share photos and videos concerning heritage-related issues in their countries, whilst also following and reporting on the stories shared within the network by their colleagues from around Europe.
In September 2016, the first twelve Social Media Volunteers from twelve different European countries, who were selected from a large number of applications, received training at an introductory seminar in Weimar, Germany. Twice a year, in spring and in autumn, a new group of twelve volunteers will be trained and integrated into the existing platform. By 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Social Media Volunteers for Heritage will be active in nearly every country in Europe.
The main platform of Social Media Volunteers for Heritage is www.heritagetimes.eu, which is linked to various social media channels and other websites.