Welfare as a focus area in Silkeborg Municipality
The master plan, which is the development of Denmark's Outdoor Capital, is structured around three focus areas; Welfare, Knowledge & Growth and Leisure & Nature. Each focus area has a number of initiatives.
It is Outdoor Institutes responsibility to bring together the actors in the three areas for common, interdisciplinary projects and to contribute with knowledge, inspiration and competences.
We work with the focus area "Well-being" because we know that increased use of the outdoors in everyday life can increase the quality of life of both children and adults. That is why Silkeborg Municipality wants to use outdoor to create new innovative solutions and better welfare for the citizens of Denmark's Outdoor Capital.
The "Welfare" focus area consists of the following initiatives:
- Knowledge and inspiration events
- Gear bank for citizens with special needs
- Youth contacts
- Natural Recreation Areas
- Housing with outdoor profile
- Nature guide for day care
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Knowledge and inspiration events
The Outdoor Institute will organise regular events for Silkeborg Municipality's employees and managers with the aim of sharing knowledge about the impact of outdoor initiatives on welfare and new national and international outdoor trends, as well as inspiring new outdoor projects or collaborations. At least three events will therefore be held in 2022 and 2023 respectively. The events are planned on the basis of Silkeborg Municipality's needs and wishes, which are identified in cooperation with Organisation & Personnel.
Tool bank for citizens with special needs
In order to make the outdoor space accessible to even more people, the possibility of establishing a equipment bank for citizens with special needs is being investigated. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Outdoor Secretariat, which is responsible for mapping existing equipment for citizens with special needs in Silkeborg Municipality. On this basis, the Outdoor Institute is researching possible equipment bank models that will make sharing across institutions and possibly associations possible and form the basis for a pilot project led by the Outdoor Secretariat. The Outdoor Institute will then evaluate the pilot project and fundraise for implementation and investment in additional equipment.
Continuation of cooperation with the Family and Youth Contact to increase the use of the outdoors among vulnerable children and young people aged 0-18. The Outdoor Institute will develop a concept for how the Family and Youth Contact can systematically implement the outdoors in work with children and young people, including drafting a project description, ongoing sparring with the Children and Family Contact, testing and anchoring the concept, and evaluation. The Outdoor Secretariat is invited to participate in the project in order to ensure coherence with Silkeborg Municipality's Youth Strategy, in particular track four on community.
Nature recreation space
The Outdoor Secretariat runs a project, organized around a municipal steering group and working group, which aims to develop a concept for nature recreation spaces, containing a number of outdoor facilities that both municipal departments, associations, etc. can use. The Outdoor Secretariat is awaiting political consideration of the project during 2022, after which the Outdoor Institute may undertake a fundraising task in late 2022/early 2023 with a view to realizing the project.
Nature recreation space
The Outdoor Secretariat is running a project, organised around a municipal steering group and working group, to develop a concept for nature recreation spaces, which include a number of outdoor facilities that can be used by municipal departments, associations, etc. The Outdoor Secretariat is awaiting political consideration of the project during 2022, after which the Outdoor Institute may undertake a fundraising task in late 2022/early 2023 with a view to realising the project.
Outdoor guide for day care
Outdoor Institute will be responsible for the evaluation of the joint project of the Outdoor Committee and the Children and Youth Committee (now the Day Care, School and Family Committee) concerning the development of local nature guides for a number of day care facilities in Silkeborg Municipality. On the basis of the Outdoor Institute's evaluation, the Children and Family Department will decide whether to extend the project to other day-care centres, after which the Outdoor Institute's possible role in this will be clarified.
Outdoor learning space
Outdoor Institute supports the School Department's work with outdoor spaces and provides new professionalism into the work. In addition, the Outdoor Institute can help the School Department to establish contact with other relevant partners. This effort is coordinated with the Outdoor Secretariat.