Mid-term conference

Event duration: 1 Day
Venue: University College Syd (Denmark)
The mid-term conference will take place in Esbjerg, Denmark on the 8th of November 2018.

The mid-term conference will take place in Hotel Britannica in Esbjerg, Denmark on the 8th November 2018.

Target group:Partners in In For Care and collaborators.

Agenda:9.00-9.30: Welcome

  • Conference opening by moderator Lene Bjerregaard
  • Welcome by Committee Chairman for Health & Care Olfert R. Krog, Esbjerg Kommune
  • Welcome by Ragni Macqueen Leifson and introduction to In For Care

9.30-10.30: Informal caregiving and its well-being consequences from a cross-national perspective

Key note speech by Ellen Verbakel.

Ellen is associate professor at the Department of Sociology, Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She has worked on describing and explaining international patterns of informal care provision as well as the consequences of providing informal care for employment and well-being of the caregiver.

Key note abstract:

With ageing societies and retrenching governments, there is a growing need of informal care: help and care provided to family or friends because of health problems. However, there are reasons to expect difficulties with recruiting enough informal caregivers and there are reasons to expect negative well-being consequences of providing informal care.

In this talk I will present recent research about informal care provision and about the negative well-being consequences of providing care from a cross-national perspective. The focus will be on the impact of long-term care services provided by the government and family care norms. Do they foster informal care and reduce the negative consequences of it, or is their impact perhaps counterproductive? Empirical results based on European Social Survey and European Quality of Life Survey will be presented.

Key publications

Caregiving to older adults: Determinants of informal caregivers’ subjective well-being and formal and informal support as alleviating conditions. Journal of Gerontology - Social Sciences, 2016.
Informal caregiving and well-Being in Europe: What can ease the negative consequences for caregivers? Journal of European Social Policy, 24(5): 424-441.

How to understand informal caregiving patterns in Europe? The role of formal long-term care provisions and family care norms. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2017. Speech of 40 minutes followed by discussion of 20 minutes

10.30-11.00: Coffee break and opportunity to visit exhibitors
11.00-11.50: Formal, non-formal and informal volunteering in the welfare sector in Denmark

Key note speech by Helene Elisabeth Dam Jørgensen.

Helene is a sociologist and analyst at Danish Institute for Voluntary Effort, a resource center providing research, training and consultancy in the field of welfare related voluntary efforts in Denmark. Helene has worked on mapping volunteering in Denmark to identify tendencies and patterns and further examine subgroups such as informally organised volunteers and volunteers in the welfare and health-related sector. Helene has a research background from universities and The Danish Center for Social Science Research.

Key note abstract

The voluntary effort in Denmark has been very stable for the past 15-20 years on a level circling 40 percent of the adult population. However, in the recent years we have seen an increase in the area of voluntary social work. Furthermore, it is debated whether informal help as well as non-formally organised volunteering is a growing tendency. However, research in the field is challenged by the informal nature of the informal help and voluntary work undertaken outside formally organised entities.

In this talk, I will present the latest figures on volunteering in Denmark with a focus on welfare and healthcare volunteering, non-formal volunteering and informal help as well as highlighting some of the challenges of recruitment and retention of volunteers. The empirical results are based on a national survey, “Frivilligrapport 2016-2018” as well as a study on informal help, based on a previous survey on volunteering in Denmark “Frivilligundersøgelsen 2012”.

Speech of 35 minutes followed by discussion of 15 minutes

12.00-13.00: Lunch
13.00-13.45: Storytelling - Team Twin

The brothers Steen and Peder Mondrup will tell their story and experiences in relation to informal care.

13.45-14.30: Informal care and welfare tech

Speech by Karen Lindegaard, Senior Consultant at the Welfare Tech Cluster

After working 15 years internationally with business incubator management, SMEs and Value Chain development, Karen is now leading the internationalization of the Welfare Tech Cluster, and managing the portfolio of international projects. Focus is on providing efficiency to the health-and-care sector by introducing innovative technology solutions, harvesting the benefits of technology introductions, and on sustaining the growth of SMEs within the health-and-care (Welfare) technology sector.

Topics in her speech:

How can welfare tech support informal care? Experiences with welfare tech at informal care What is the future?

14.30-15.00: Coffee break and opportunity to visit the exhibitors

15.00-15.30: Stomp - by Stomp Along

15.30-17.00: Workshops in four groups:


  • How to support young informal carers
  • Challenges in the collaboration between formal and informal care – what is “the solutions”
  • Work and informal care – How to create a healthy balance?

15.30 - 17.00: Reception with drinks and finger foods. Opportunity to visit the exhibitors