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City of Sharing- a strategy for social vulnerability and exclusion

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City of Sharing - a strategy for social vulnerability and exclusion


Introduction


Sometimes life takes unexpected turns, and everyone can at some point in life experience being in a vulnerable position. There must be room for everyone in Fredericia, and there must be an opportunity for everyone to live a good and safe life. Therefore, in the spring of 2018, local politicians in Fredericia, Denmark, and the local Council for Social Exclusion took the initiative to develop a new strategy in the area of social vulnerability and exclusion, which aims to prevent and reduce vulnerability in Fredericia. Frederica’s citizens, businesses, volunteers, organizations, associations, public administration and politicians got together and created the strategy ‘City of Sharing - a strategy for social vulnerability and exclusion’ together.


Action oriented co-creation


The initiative must support vulnerable citizens and create effective effort across different areas. The strategy must focus on the important role that organizations, associations and existing services play. City of Sharing must be action-oriented. Therefore, everyone in the city can become ambassadors in City of Sharing.


A live report


The process launched at a kick-off event in June 2018, where citizens, associations, volunteers, organizations, politicians, companies and municipal actors were invited to bid with content for the strategy. Their input was transformed into 12 themes, which the participants for an open event in October interpreted into 12 small films. We call it "the living report", as these 12 themes/films form the foundation of City of Sharing and show what we will work towards.


Action Networks


In City of Sharing, we use action networks as a tool when different challenges call for action and coordination. An action network will consist of ambassadors with different professions and knowledge, who can benefit from each other in solving different challenges. Action networks are put together and initiated on the basis of the concrete challenge or, if a focus is on a specific theme, establishment of initiative or similar needs/actions. The establishment of action networks contributes to strengthening cooperation across the city and getting more people involved in the joint task solution. An action network can focus on: Action Network for the Homeless, Action Network for Christmas Help, Action Network for Employment, Action Network for Loneliness, etc.


Ambassadors


In City of Sharing, we gather all those who want to help reduce social vulnerability and exclusion in Fredericia. It can be citizens, volunteers, organizations, businesses, associations, politicians, public administration and others. Everyone has the opportunity to become an ambassador in City of Sharing and influence this important effort. As an ambassador, one becomes part of a larger network, where the purpose of the community is to prevent and reduce social vulnerability and exclusion in Fredericia, focusing on 12 themes, which have been carefully selected by the ambassadors themselves. There are currently more than 100 local ambassadors in City of Sharing.


12 themes


City of Sharing is built on 12 themes that form the foundation of the strategy. The 12 themes are made into 12 films. Frederician citizens, politicians, associations, volunteers, organizations and municipal employees made the films together. The films are available on the City of Sharing's website and Facebook page. The 12 themes are:


Theme 1: We want to focus on the whole human being


Theme 2: We want to be a city for everyone


Theme 3: We want to practice sports in communities


Theme 4: We want to involve citizens


Theme 5: We want more people included in communities


Theme 6: We want to move people from being vulnerable and excluded to being an employee


Theme 7: We want to be a good friend


Theme 8: We want to network and communicate


Theme 9: We want to co-create


Theme 10: We want more people to volunteer


Theme 11: We want physical and mental health


Theme 12: We want to work preventively


Development plan


A two-year development plan has been prepared in City of Sharing. The development plan serves as a tool that guides the ambitious vision of reducing social vulnerability and exclusion in Fredericia. The development plan contains development principles, focus areas, initiatives, success criteria and benchmarks. The development plan is based on the work of ambassadors and participants.


Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - supra-local and local level
Award type: submission
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: other
Type of activity:
Keywords: Co-creation, empowerment, vulnerability, social exclusion, strategy, ambassadors, action networks
Short English description: Sometimes life takes unexpected turns, and everyone can at some point in life experience being in a vulnerable position. There must be room for everyone in Fredericia, and there must be an opportunity for everyone to live a good and safe life. Therefore, in the spring of 2018, local politicians in Fredericia, Denmark, and the local Council for Social Exclusion took the initiative to develop a new strategy in the area of social vulnerability and exclusion, which aims to prevent and reduce vulnerability in Fredericia. Frederica’s citizens, businesses, volunteers, organizations, associations, public administration and politicians got together and created the strategy ‘City of Sharing - a strategy for social vulnerability and exclusion’ together.
Further information
Organisation: Fredericia Kommune, Velfærdsinnovation og Sundhed
Other applicants:
Homepage: Web: https://www.fredericia.dk/borger/omsorg-sundhed/strategi-udsathed , Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Strategi.for.udsathed/
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Denmark
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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