In 2018, Aarhus is the European Volunteering Capital. Previous capitals include London, Lisbon and Barcelona, and in 2017 Sligo in Ireland. The title is given each year to a European city or municipality, which has been particularly notable in terms of volunteering. In Aarhus’s case, the jury emphasizes that Aarhus City Council has adopted a citizenship policy that is measured and employed in the municipality.

The jury also highlights the integration that takes place between the municipality and the areas of culture and social welfare, where volunteers help to set the agenda on how municipalities and civil society can cooperate.

The title is awarded annually by the European Volunteer Centre (CEV). Read more about the network here

The vision for the year as Volunteering Capital is:

• To celebrate and recognize the volunteers and increase visiblity - through events and sharing of knowledge and communities
• To test and develop new roads to improve welfare through voluntarism, active citizenship and cooperation

The objective is to make voluntarism fun, easy and accessible for everyone. This is adressed through a focus on four main values:

• Legacy
• Diversity
• Social inclusion
• Cooperation