Local alliances for family
Local alliances for families are local alliances of various social actors who make concrete agreements to improve family-friendliness and put their ideas into practice. Local alliances for families exist in Germany at the municipal level on a similar basis to the Local Agenda 21 . It is about bundling the potential of citizens , associations, businesses, educational institutions, politics and local government in order to better meet the needs of families today. The alliances are funded by the European Social Fund and the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth . The Local Alliances for Family initiative is part of the “Alliance for Family” initiated by the federal government, the leading business associations and the trade unions.
“We want to help women and men realize their ideas about life. The vast majority want both professional success and children. (...) Politics does not have to dictate how people should live, but rather to create framework conditions so that young people - as they want - can choose children and families. "
At the beginning of 2008, between 400 and 500 municipal alliances had already become active. By the end of the year, three model projects are still running in the Ansbach district , Cottbus and Heidelberg . Two further pilot projects in Jena and Rügen are testing the sustainable safeguarding of the goals of the alliances by working with family cooperatives.
On May 15, 2008, a nationwide action day of the local alliances for families took place on the topic of expanding child day care .
In September 2009 the BMFSFJ wrote: “Over 575 alliances are already active in the initiative, around 200 further alliances are being prepared. More than 13,000 actors, including 5,000 companies, are involved in around 5,200 projects. "
Fields of action
Local family alliance activities include support in the following areas:
- Work-life balance and family -friendly working conditions
- Advice offers
- Reduction of time stress
- Perception of responsibility for upbringing
- Family-friendly living environment (playgrounds, etc.)
- Volunteering and intergenerational collaboration
- Health and care
- Local family policy
- National Action Plan for a Child-Friendly Germany
- Compatibility of family and work in Germany
- Local Family Alliances. (No longer available online.) In: Online Family Handbook. October 11, 2004, archived from the original on September 28, 2008 ; Retrieved September 28, 2009 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Local Family Alliances. BMFSFJ, September 8, 2009, accessed September 28, 2009 .
- 250. Local alliance for families founded. January 19, 2006, accessed September 28, 2009 .