DECIDE Testing phase of the project kicked-off by the Municipality Velje, Denmark
On 16th May 2015, the Municipality of Vejle, Denmark, will launch the testing phase of the project DECIDE by implementing one of the measures of democratic compact - Bazaar of NGOs. The event will be arranged as a fair for associations and volunteer groups in the area and will be hosted in the city centre.
More than 30 good practices promoting citizen participation have been collected during the first phase of the project and exchanged through an international platform. The aim of this phase is to test existing forms of participation and to analyse the possibilities of forming Bazaar of NGO in Velje based on the experiences of other municipalities.
Specific target group of the Danish local event are expats and newcomers to the country (migrants and refugees). The focus is therefore specifically on communicating the variety and diversity of possibilities and options to be active in the local community through volunteering and joining associations. The event though, will also be open to the general public. The event will be presented by different speakers and presentations as well as cultural inputs. Expected outcomes of this phase are: stronger visibility of NGO’s and associations, specifically among expats and newcomers; knowledge of the diversity in associations and volunteer work; networking, spreading knowledge and experience between the participating associations and groups.