2.3 National strategy on youth volunteering
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Denmark has no national strategy on youth volunteering.
However, in October 2017, the former government launched a civil society strategy, Strategy for a Stronger Civil Society (Strategi for et stærkere civilsamfund), that also included young people. The strategy was implemented in the four-year period, 2018-2021.
It was the former government’s opinion that a strong civil society composed of voluntary communities and voluntary initiatives strengthens the social cohesion and social trust in society. Socially marginalised people and people outside the labour market are less involved in voluntary activities and in associational life than the rest of the population. It was the objective of the strategy to include a larger share of vulnerable children, young people and adults, as well as persons with disabilities in voluntary communities. Thus, the objective of the strategy was ‘inclusive volunteering’.
With regard to young people, the strategy funded strategic partnerships (Project 3: Strategy for a Stronger Civil Society) between local authorities and private associations that develop methods to include vulnerable people in leisure activities and voluntary work.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Senior Citizens was the top-level responsible authority for the Strategy for a Stronger Civil Society. According to the agreement on project 3:
- The National Board of Social Services was responsible for an exchange of experience among the participants.
- FriSe was responsible for developing a model of quality measurement.
- CFSA was responsible for the monitoring of the development of voluntary social work launched in the strategy and for research on how to improve the cooperation between the voluntary sector and municipalities.
There have been no revisions or updates to the strategy.