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2. Voluntary Activities

2.8 Current debates and reforms

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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

In the political memorandum of understanding, A fair direction for Denmark, the 2019-government and its three supporting parties outlined the political objectives and priorities for the government.

One of the objectives of the government is to strengthen Danish democracy. Among other things, this will take place via the following initiative:

Mapping and removing bureaucratic burdens for voluntary associations and increase the use of “leisure time passes” to vulnerable youths and children, so that more have the opportunity to participate in associations.

 

Ongoing debates

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. When schools and leisure activities are locked down, and restrictions reduce the number of social contacts, young people are isolated in their families. The isolation gives rise to loneliness, insecurity and a failure to thrive.

The government allocated funding for projects that support children and young people during the corona outbreak in Denmark. See section 8.8, 8.98.10 for more information on the support.