2.10 Current debates and reforms
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On the government platform from December 2022, Responsible for Denmark (Ansvar for Danmark), the government states that it will strengthen voluntary sports and association activities and make it easier to recruit and retain volunteers and leaders. The government will support associational life by launching initiatives that strengthen voluntary engagement, eliminate bureaucratic burdens and ensure stable terms for associations, e.g., make it easier to make an association account.
The government will support Danish sports (which is relevant because most young people volunteer in sports associations, for instance, as assistant coaches).
The government wishes to make it easier for municipalities to include associations in welfare tasks, for instance, at schools.
Lastly, the government will initiate a new funding model for civil society organisations in the area of social affairs and health.
As a consequence of the corona pandemic and the lockdowns of society, young people have not been able to participate in associational life to the same extent as previously. This has spurred a debate on young people’s inability to thrive and loneliness because of their isolation and exclusion from communities in which they normally participate. Several representatives from education institutions, politicians, youth organisations, researchers and young people have expressed concern over young people’s well-being during the coronavirus lockdown of society.