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2. Voluntary Activities

2.6 Raising awareness about youth volunteering opportunities

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  1. Information providers
  2. Key initiatives

Information providers

Since there is no single public authority responsible for the voluntary sector, there is no single contact point or national website providing information on volunteering for young people. Instead, several actors provide information on volunteering in Denmark and abroad.

  • The Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science. The agency is the national agency for Erasmus+ and administers European Solidarity Corps (ESC).
  • FriSe: The national member organisation of voluntary centres and self-help Denmark.

 

Key initiatives

The Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science administers a website with information on Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC). Here, future volunteers can find relevant information. The agency is active on social media and publishes a newsletter, Udsyn, each month with information on new initiatives, deadlines, etc.

The agency is also responsible for the website Gribverden.dk (seize the world, in English). Here, young people can find information on mobility programmes and voluntary work. The website lists opportunities for voluntary work with self-payment, voluntary work for young people with an education and work camps. The agency is only responsible for the administration of The European Solidarity Corps and not for the quality of the voluntary programmes listed on the website.

Lastly, the agency coordinates several information meetings all around the country and hosts a large, annual Erasmus+ conference in the autumn.

Since 2005, FriSe manages the portal Frivilligjob/voluntaryjob, which has information on voluntary jobs in Denmark and abroad. The portal is the largest job portal for voluntary jobs in Denmark. The 2018 rate adjustment pool (satspuljen) has allocated further funds (0.4 million DKK = 53 646,7 EUR) to FriSe in order to improve and anchor the portal. The English version of the website, Volunteering, provides information on rules and regulations regarding volunteering in Denmark for non-Danish citizens.

On FriSe’s website, people can find their municipal voluntary centre. Each voluntary centre has its own site where information is provided, such as information for new volunteers, specific rules, local voluntary jobs, and other activities. Some local voluntary centres also launch a “voluntary exchange service” (frivilligbørs) where organisations and future volunteers can trade jobs and labour.

Since 2011, the last Friday of September is Denmark’s national volunteering day, Voluntary Friday. The event is coordinated by FriSe. The day is an effort to raise awareness and improve the recognition of volunteering in Denmark. The time leading up to Voluntary Friday is characterised by debates, workshops, and talks about and with the voluntary sector. On Voluntary Friday, people can participate in voluntary work through various local activities. On Voluntary Friday 2016, 426 activities took place in 82 municipalities.

YearParticipating municipalitiesactivities
201682426
201781407
201884392

 

Lastly, many private organisations provide volunteering programmes for young people but do not meet the criteria in section 2.5. Still, these organisations provide information about volunteering via their own websites, campaigns, advertising, etc.