The cooperation between the civil society and municipalities is growing

The cooperation between the civil society and municipalities is growing

The Center for Voluntary Social Work (CFSA) has recently released a Volunteer Report 2016-18, which illustrates the co-operation between volunteers and municipalities. The report shows that all Danish municipalities has increasing cooperation with associations – as well as an increase of knowledge-sharing and dialogue between municipalities and the civil society.

CFSA has conducted the municipal survey as a part of the Volunteer Report 2016-18. The survey also shows that municipalities have become more aware of how associations and volunteers can contribute in fields in which the municipalities are less effective. This has led to the municipality’s interest in creating good relationships and frameworks for a cooperation between the municipality and civil society, to create better welfare for all citizens. Creating better welfare is one of the two main legs of the European Volunteer Capital along with celebrating the voluntariness in Denmark.

One of the actions that has made voluntariness easier and more accessible, is the Government’s regulation that allow unemployed and retirees to spend more hours on volunteering.

But voluntariness is also facing challenges. Unions is keeping a close eye on volunteers and is making sure that they are not moving into the fields of their members – a line the volunteers themselves are making sure not to cross. The balance between paid and voluntary work was also one of the issues raised at the meeting on September 23, when the heritage from the volunteer program, that was established during Aarhus as the Culture Capital 2017, was discussed.

ReThinker’s experience from 2017

To learn from the experience and to continue the best elements from the 2017 volunteer program, so called volunteer ReThinkers, municipal officials, citizens and representatives from companies and culture institutions, educational and tourism organizations met and raised questions like: What should we take into the future? And what challenges are we facing?

We have just published a report with the main results from this meeting, which you can soon read in its’ full length and download from “Press room”.

In the report you can, among other things, read about these nine issues that was discussed for the future:

– How is the balance between voluntary and paid work kept?

– What motivates voluntary ReThinkers to continue after 2017?

– Which organizations can continue Aarhus Culture Capital 2017 volunteer program?

– How can we organize and finance future volunteers?

– How can we make sure that culture voluntariness can be continued?

– How do we make it more easy and accessible to be a volunteer in the future?

– How can we make sure that all volunteers feel that they are a part of the Volunteer Capital 2018?

– How do we recruit a new volunteer coordinator who can continue after Aarhus Culture Capital 2017?

– How do we get more disabled people as volunteers?

For each issue, a coordinator signed up as the responsible for working on a solution. The role of The Volunteer Capital 2018 is to support the coordinator and assist with networking.

(CFSA publishes the overall results from the municipal survey at the end of November 2017).