Social economic practise to increase wellbeing and the ability to manage life, especially by young people driven by a mixture of staff and volunteers.
Research shows a strong correlation between somatic and mental health conditions the on hand, and especially social areas such as income, employment, social vulnerability and behaviour affecting health on the other. Hence, efforts to improve the situation of citizens, especially young people, can be expected to have a great positive impact on citizens' health conditions.
Started in 2010 INSP offers a framework for social entrepreneurship based on strong and vibrant local communities. INSP’s main objectives are to support active social participation, empowerment of especially young people in the local society as well as employment, and (2) develop and contribute to the collaboration between citizens’ organisations, education institutes, cultural organisations and businesses.
Focus is on creating change in areas related to work, health, social and cultural activities in order to increase wellbeing and the ability to manage life, especially for young people but also all other age groups. INSP offers facilities to support activities related to artisanship, music, multimedia, gardening, social events etc. A mixture of staff and volunteers supports the activities of young people and others.
INSP thus responds to the objectives of ITHACA. Helping INSP users to access the labour market, supporting participation in social and other networks, and assisting them to manage their lives make up a recipe for improving wellbeing and deal with or prevent health problems or illnesses.

Resources needed

Annual revenue of INSP has increased from € 100.000 in 2011 to about € 900.000 in 2016. Revenue is a proxy indicator for costs. INSP’s costs are financed as follows:
• 72% from earnings of commercial services and products
• 28% from public and private funding, including 1% membership fees.

Evidence of success

About 500 young people with social challenges have frequented INSP regularly since its start in 2012. Many have obtained jobs or started training but no exact figures exist. The INSP facility “Unemployed with Drive”, a network where unemployed help each other, was attended by over 600 participants during 2014-2017. Some 250 of these have reported that they got employment, stated training or became entrepreneurs during the period. The results were achieved together with Roskilde Municipality.

Difficulties encountered

A sustainable business model based on combined private-public funding is challenging but INSP has achieved financial sustainability for 9 years. NPM-based measuring of results does not fit very well with INSP’s approach. Ownership and enthusiasm of users and staff have been key drivers of success.

Potential for learning or transfer

Communities in Denmark and other European countries are faced with the same challenges related to social and economic integration of vulnerable and other sensitive groups in society. The open and unconventional design of the social space of INSP with a variety of practical and shared facilities with active participation of citizens, local businesses and public and cultural sectors can be transferred to other local neighbourhoods and municipalities to develop a new way of welfare support and a pre-supportive environment for entrepreneurship to strengthen local communities.
The open framework for social psychiatry with coaches supporting especially vulnerable young people, some with mental problems, can be transferred to similar communities to improve health and mental healthcare, social integration and job participation of this target group. The combined private and public funding eases pressure on public funds.
Main institution
INSP (short for “Inspiratorium”)
Sjælland, Denmark (Danmark)
Start Date
January 2011
End Date


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