Program

The conference “On the Move – At Home in the World” deals with the development of displaced people and migration as a global phenomenon and its subsequent challenges. Therefore, we have arranged a diverse and exciting program which focuses on a country comparison of the conditions and possibilities for community work in the area of refugees and migration. National and international experts will hold lectures and panel discussions. Practical approaches and best-practice examples will be presented in workshops. Visits to different institutions will allow for the opportunity to get to know practical examples in Berlin and to speak to the employees on location.

The regular conference fee for IFS members is 380,- EUR and for VskA members 280,- EUR (the difference to 380,- EUR is paid by the german federation). Non- members are paying 400,- EUR.

 

We hope you enjoy discovering the content at our conference.

  • 2016-09-28 - Conference day 1

    11:00 - 12:00

    Registration

    ufaFabrik, Viktoriastraße 12, 12105 Berlin

    12:00 - 14:00

    IFS Membership Meeting

    ufaFabrik, Viktoriastraße 12, 12105 Berlin

    14:00 - 15:00

    Guided Tour ufaFabrik

    ufaFabrik, Viktoriastraße 13, 12105 Berlin

    15:00 - 18:00

    VskA Membership Meeting

    ufaFabrik, Viktoriastraße 12, 12105 Berlin

    18:00 - 21:00

    Welcome Reception

    A first personal meeting or a big reunion of the conference's participants in the lobby of Hotel Palace. The participants can get to know each other and talk within a relaxed atmosphere. There will be one drink for free and small snacks. ATTENTION: The small snacks do not replace a dinner. There are many restaurants and food stalls close to the hotel.

    Hotel Palace, Budapester Straße 45, 10787 Berlin

  • 2016-09-29 - Conference day 2

    08:30 - 09:30

    Registration

    Urania

    09:30 - 11:00

    Welcoming Speeches

    Stephan Wagner & Renate Wilkening, Rolf Rosenbrock, Barbara John, Michael Zisser

    Urania

    11:00 - 11:20

    Break

    11:20 - 12:45

    Lecture

    Refugees in Germany and Europe

    UNHCR, Stephan Wagner, Nivedita Prasad

    Urania

    12:45 - 14:00

    Lunch

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A1: Historical Insights of Neighborhood House Movement in Metro Vancouver

    In this workshop, through three different presentations, we will try to capture some significant historical moments of the NH movement in Metro Vancouver, to provide an overview of its current state, and re-tell the stories of people who keep this movement moving forward. Presentation 1 will be about the eighty-year history of the NH movement in metro-Vancouver, and will also highlight some of the historical events of the movement in Canada. Presentation 2 will give an overview of the current state of NH movement in Metro Vancouver. The last presentation will show through the oral histories of several immigrants, the successful pathway of three immigrants and how their lives were transformed by their engagement with the NHs.

    Dr. Eleanor Stebner, Kerstin Stuerzbecher,Debra Bryant, Dr. Pilar Riano-Alcala

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A2: Neighbourhood Houses and The Refugee Crisis in Nigeria

    The refugee situation in Nigeria has heightened in recent years. There are about 200.000 Nigerian refugees in Niger, Cameroon and Chad. The refugees face challenges such as food security and livelihood challenges. The violence in Northern Nigeria is a major factor pushing people from their borders. Although, the refugee crisis occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgence predates the existence of Umuebu Neighborhood House in Nigeria, we are of the view that the activities of Neighborhood Houses can address the socio-cultural issues that promote violence in Northern Nigeria. Not only can the neighborhood houses provide a broad spectrum of material assistance to the poor, they can also advocate for a more fundamental social reforms in Northern Nigeria.

    Ibobor Sunday

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A3: Looking at another way of welcoming the refugees- France

    At the end of 2015, from North to South, arrangements for welcoming and orientation have been set up; associations, public services and hospitals have in particular been mobilized. Social centers supply legal help for requests for asylum and access to rights, particularly for health care. Beyond this basic caring, associations and individuals have been actively concerned with welcoming them with dignity. Lessons in French, games of football, outings. The migrants voluntarily put their own skills to good use. This workshop presents some of the actions carried out by social centers in France and the vision of the Federation of social centers of France, and will be followed by a discussion amongst the participants.

    Patricia Brenner

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A4: Status and contribution of Refugees and migrants in India // Community Based Impact of U.S. Immigration Policies

    Presentation 1: The Indian condition is not different from Europe or North America so far refugees and migrant’s problems are concern. After civil society pressures the current union government of India decided to allow minority refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan to stay in India even after expiry of their visas. However more than 20 million immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are still living without any document those entered this country in different time and needs to be live with dignity. More than 30 million people in India are seasonal migrant laborers. The presentation will show Nysasdri project best practices and its work in this situation.

    Presentation 2: Immigration policies and laws have always been and will continue to be an ever-changing part of society. As geopolitical issues emerge and cease, the dynamic responses to these policies remain an imminent focus for those that help provide aid and services to immigrants in need. Therefore, it is our job as settlements and community centers to not only remain abreast of the new policies and laws that affect our immigrant communities, but to also empower immigrants to advocate for themselves. This presentation will provide a brief overview of some of the immigration policies in the U.S. that affect our work and communities. The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, located in New York City Housing Authority’s Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, the U.S.’s largest public housing development, strives to address these challenges by building and strengthening underserved communities in Western Queens and acting as a catalyst for change. We provide comprehensive social services to meet immediate needs while supporting community members in efforts to create long-lasting, structural change. The presentation will culminate with a video of several immigrants sharing their expectations of community based organizations and reminding us of the important work we do and have yet to do.

    Sarangadhar Saal // Driftnery Martinez

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A5: The Australian Neighborhood Centre Movement // 3 H - Hate and Help in Hungary

    Presentation 1: Can Yasmut will introduce the central principles guiding Australia’s Neighborhood Centers Movement whose organizations work with individuals and communities to participate in decisions affecting their lives. Australia is one of the most multicultural societies and policies as well as practices within the community services sector have involved in response to and with respect of different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Neighborhood Centers and other locally based community organizations are guided by principles of inclusion and social justice in their day-to-day interaction with the community including migrants and refugees.

    Presentation 2: In 2015 a bigger refugee wave reached Hungary. This workshop presents and analyze the state behavior and campaign, where hate was the core issue towards migrants and the civic behavior where the solidarity and the active help was in front. On this basis our association worked out a training called 'Help work for refugees' for activists, volunteers and help organizations. We discuss the major experiences and the possible activities in these serious cases.

    Can Yasmut // Peter Giczey

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A6: NH as a Place-based Policy Mechanism to Support Immigrants’ Settlement

    The transformation of the welfare state and the state-society relationship more broadly have a critical impact on the role of NHs in civil society and the funding sources that they rely on. While government funding is important resources that facilitate NHs in meeting the needs of local residents, receiving funding from government is a limitation that politically hampers NHs from fulfilling its advocacy role. Indeed, the relationship between government and NHs is not always smooth. In this workshop, we will centre our discussion of this relationship within the context of immigrant settlement and integration policy.

    Dr. Oliver Schmidtke, Antonia Beck, Joel Bronstein

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A7: “Anyone who knows the word ‘asylum’ can enter... ” - the diverse responses to refugee situation

    The geographical extremes of Europe have felt the consequences of the migration and refugee flows. This includes the lives of thousands of human beings and the migration of people has sparked a vivid discussion and activities around the phenomena. The deeds and words have been polarised also in Nordic countries and Finland - and have influenced the everyday life of refugee centers and their inhabitants and certainly also the agenda of the debate. There is a constructive and fruitful role for the settlement movement to play and strengthen the voice and experiences of cooperation, friendship and positive solutions to this challenge.

    Matti Cantell

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A8: IFS Youth and Expert Exchanges - in the past and in the future

    The workshop "IFS Youth and Expert Exchanges - in the past and in the future" gives an overview over the exchanges, that were organized in cooperation with the IFS Europe Office. Personal experiences will be shared and it will be discussed, which goals can be reached by those projects.

    Patrick Pesch

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A9: Hilfen für Flüchtlinge im Rahmen der Gemeinwesenarbeit im Bezirk Berlin Marzahn - Hellersdorf // Gegenseitige Lernprozesse (Workshop is in German)

    Präsentation 1: Flüchtlinge aus vielen Ländern sind Bewohner unseres Stadtteils. Neben Notunterkünften gibt es ein Wohnheim für Flüchtlinge und auch Flüchtlinge in eigenen Wohnungen. Für einen großen Teil von ihnen wird das Einzugsgebiet der Stadtteilzentren Hellersdorf-Ost und Kaulsdorf ihr neues Zuhause werden. Daraus ergeben sich erhebliche Unterstützungsbedarfe. Dabei geht es nicht nur um konkrete Hilfen und Unterstützung, sondern auch um die Einbindung in das Wohnumfeld und die Förderung der nachbarschaftlichen Kontakte. Auch neuen Bewohnern unseres Stadtteils soll die Teilhabe am gesellschaftlichen Leben ermöglicht werden. Unsere konkreten Erfahrungen in diesem Arbeitsfeld möchten darlegen. Dabei beleuchten wir die Vernetzungsstrukur in unserem Kiez und die Einbindung des Quartiersmanagement bei der Bewältigung dieser Aufgaben.

    Präsentation 2: Während der Arbeit mit Geflüchteten fällt auf, wie viel Engagement Menschen mit sich bringen, um sie zu unterstützen. Menschen kommen, um zu helfen und zu lehren und werden gleichzeitig zu Lernenden. Sie lernen neue Kulturen und Denkweisen kennen. Sie lernen die Hürden der deutschen Bürokratie im Hilfeprozess kennen, lernen Menschen und ihre Geschichten kennen. Und wo man eben selbst "Lehrer" war, ist man plötzlich Schüler geworden. Der Workshop berichtet von gegenseitigen Lernprozessen und wirft diverse Fragen auf.

    Detlef Granzow // Malak Awad

    Urania

    14:00 - 15:15

    Workshop

    A10: Wie verändert Flucht die Gemeinwesenarbeit? (Workshop in German!)

    Wie verändert die gegenwärtige Zuwanderung die Nachbarschafts- und Gemeinwesenarbeit in Stadtteilzentren in Berlin/ Deutschland? Welche Herausforderungen aber auch Chancen liegen in der aktuellen Zuwanderung? Welche Rolle können Nachbarschaftshäuser einnehmen? Bahar Sanli, Gemeinwesenarbeiterin, und Markus Runge, stellvertretender Geschäftsführer, werden im Workshop auf mögliche Antworten und weitere Fragestellungen eingehen und über veränderte Rahmenbedingungen in der Gemeinwesenarbeit eingehen.

    Markus Runge, Bahar Sanli

    Urania

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A1: Nachbarschaftshaus Orangerie, Kiezspinne FAS e.V. – Cross-generational Neighborhood Project

    Neighborhood House Orangerie was founded as a neighbor’s interest group in 1993. It aims to build a network between initiatives, projects, welfare organizations, public institutions and engaged neighbors. Projects are intercultural and cross-generational for children, families and seniors. The neighborhood house provides German language courses and leisure activities for refugees in a nearby shelter. Within the excursion, the participants will get to know the neighborhood house, its concept and work.

    Nachbarschaftshaus Orangerie // Kiezspinne FAS e.V.

    Schulze-Boysen-Straße 38, 10365 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A2: Stadtteilzentrum „Käte-Tresenreuter- Haus“- Self-determined Open Elderly Care

    Neighborhood Center „Käte-Tresenreuter-Haus“exists more than 30 years. It was planned, co-financed and built as self-help and counseling center for seniors by older people themselves. It is the first center in Germany that is in full responsibility of older people and is operated by them voluntarily. Conferences and projects are initiated to improve the life’s quality of older people and to defend their interests. The center organized personal sponsorships for refugee’s families and reached out for volunteers. It promotes the network of actors within the district as to strengthen the welcome’s culture of refugees.

    Stadtteilzentrum „Käte-Tresenreuter-Haus“// Sozialwerk Berlin e.V.

    Humboldtstraße 12, 14193 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A3: Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße e.V. in Berlin- Kreuzberg– Community Work in a multi-cultural Environment

    The community work in Urbanstraße was initiated by American Mennonites in 1949. On the basis of a high amount of people with migration background living in Kreuzberg, the neighborhood center is used to migration in its daily work. The work of the neighborhood house focusses on living – improvement, displacement, gentrification -, accessibility and inclusion, neighborhood assistance, support of refugees and the work with older people.

    Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße e.V.

    Urbanstraße 21, 10961 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A4: Paul Gerhardt Stift - ZukunftsHaus Wedding – Diaconical Work in a Social Hotspot

    For 140 years, the Paul Gerhardt Diocese is a place of social development, of health and of education in Berlin, Wedding. In the initiative „House of Future Wedding“ the Diocese and other actors are looking for answers related to social challenges within the district. Its working fields are the „Refuge” for refugees, a neighborhood and family center, an inclusive kindergarten, senior’s work and a religious center. Since 1988, the Diocese is active in the work with very vulnerable refugees. It combines living and counseling for refugees with offers from the kindergarten and from the neighborhood center.

    Paul Gerhardt Stift zu Berlin

    Müllerstraße 56-58, 13349 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A5: Verein für ambulante Versorgung Hohenschönhausen e.V. - A Center For Multi-generational Activities

    The association was founded 1991 in Lichtenberg, a district in East- Berlin. The association started as a small self-help center. Today, 186 employees are working in the neighborhood house. There are many multi-generational offers which provide encounter, leisure activities and civic engagement. Prior goals are networking and cooperation with other organizations and corporations. The neighborhood house organizes the coordination of offerings and support for refugees. It includes also an agency for volunteering. Furthermore, the association runs kindergartens, youth centers, social work at school and meeting places for seniors.

    Verein für ambulante Versorgung // Verein für ambulante Versorgung Hohenschönhausen e.V.

    Ribnitzer Str. 1b, 13051 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A6: Fabrik Osloer Straße – Center for Social and Cultural Work

    Fabric Osloer Straße has many social projects like a neighborhood center, a children museum, a training project and a flat-sharing youth community. The „NachbarschaftsEtage“ is a social-cultural facility since 1986. The facility supports the volunteer’s initiative „Wedding helps“, a citizen’s initiative that helps refugees. For example, the guest’s floor of the facility is used for a temporary housing of refugees and refugees have free access to the children museum.

    Fabrik Osloer Straße e.V.

    Osloer Str. 12, 13359 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A7: Stadtteilzentrum Pankow – Welcoming Refugees

    Neighborhood Center Pankow unites several projects. There are many offers for families and children, for adults and people with and without disabilities. The center offers information, counseling and support of self-help groups. Daily meetings in the neighborhood’s café give space where parents can have fun with their kids and can learn from each other. There are following projects concerning the work with refugees: job exchange for refugees, intercultural picnic, cooking evenings, mentors for welcoming classes at school, holiday school, exhibitions and a guideline for the work with refugees.

    Stadtteilzentrum Pankow // Bürgerhaus e.V.; Frei-Zeit-Haus e.V.; Humanistischer Verband

    Schönholzer Str. 10, 13187 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A8: Stadtschloss Moabit - Community Work in a multi-cultural Environment

    Stadtschloss Moabit has many offers which reflect the variety of the inhabitants with migration background. Some of these offers are open intercultural groups and creative workshops and the public neighborhood’s library. This library is connected with a project that provides the reading and language promotion for kindergarten groups and welcoming classes. In cooperation with the adult education center there are also German language courses for refugees which are guided by a mentoring program that was developed especially for the refugees. There are counseling offers in foreign language and the program „Stadtschloss Kids“- an open children and youth care for children from 5-12 years

    Stadtschloss Moabit // Moabiter Ratschlag e.V.

    Rostocker Str. 32, 10553 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A9: Gemeinwesenverein Heerstraße Nord e.V. – Community Center in a Social Hot Spot

    Some of the center's fields of activities are the promotion of neighborhood's relationships and civil engagement, the district development and improvement of the life's quality, self-help and volunteering. There are cross-generational and intercultural projects, family supporting work and activities against xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Since October 2015 the center integrates unaccompanied minors refugees into the district.

    Gemeinwesenverein Heerstraße Nord e.V.

    Obstallee 22e, 13593 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A10: SprengelHaus- Intercultural Community Center with Health Promotion

    SprengelHaus is a young community center in the center of Berlin. It is located in the „Sprengel Neighborhood”– an area with special need for development and part of the city program „Social City“. It also includes small non profit organizations. Most of them are self- help organizations for migrants and have a connection to African communities. The center focus on neighborhood work, health promotion and education and has many activities for integrating refugees.

    „Sprengel-Haus“ // Gemeinsam im Stadtteil e.V.; Moabiter Ratschlag e.V.

    Sprengelstraße 15, 13353 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A11: KOMPASS-Haus im Stadtteil.Integration by Cultural Events & Language

    The neighborhood center offers counseling, art and cultural events, exhibitions and informative events about current issues from the neighborhood. There are many leisure activities and sports courses for people who are out of school age. The center provides counseling and German language courses for refugees and people with migration background. An Arabic course and a German-Syrian dancing course organized by refugees from a nearby shelter are in preparation and will be part of the visit.

    KOMPASS - Haus im Stadtteil // Klub 74 Nachbarschaftszentrum Hellersdorf e.V.

    Kummerower Ring 42, 12619 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A12: Nachbarschaftshaus am Teutoburger Platz – Community Work in a Former Jewish Orphanage.

    The Neighborhood House’s aim is the participation of positive living conditions within the neighborhood. It develops and realizes different offers of education and counseling in child daycare, in youth care, in schools and in community work. The house’s history is special. It is a house of engagement for people in the neighborhood for a long time. But it is also a testimony of the anti-Semitic persecution, the displacement and assassination of Jewish neighbors during the National Socialism. In this context, the neighborhood house promotes a respectful, democratic and critical society.

    Nachbarschaftshaus am Teutoburger Platz // Pfefferwerk Stadtkultur gGmbH

    Fehrbelliner Str. 92, 10119 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A13: „Mensch Mach Mit“ - Inclusive and Barrier-free Leisure Activities

    "Mensch Mach Mit” provides leisure activities with focus on encounters, cooking, motions and music. In this project the participation of everyone is very important. It supports the competences and strengths of the participants and encourages them to participate. Barriers in minds are broke down. Values of diversity and of being together are lived. The project cooperates with shelters for refugees, supports refugees' families and is a meeting place for everyone.

    "Mensch Mach Mit"// TAEKS e.V.

    Naumannstraße 26, 10829 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A14: Stadtteilzentrum KREATIVHAUS – Theatre Educational Center and Multigenerational House

    The KREATIVHAUS (creative house) is a culture and meeting place with socio- cultural activities for people of all ages. It addresses to the promotion of art and culture as well as education by using the creative play and theatre as tools. More and more people with migration background are living surround the center and are visiting it. In summer 2015, the center functioned as a shelter for refugees and offered different holiday activities for children and youth. It now strengthens the bridges to the new neighbors and provides sustainable offerings.

    Familienzentrum Fischerinsel - MGH Berlin-Mitte // Kreativhaus e.V.

    Fischerinsel 3, 10179 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A15: Mehrgenerationenhaus Phoenix –The Neighborhood’s Living Room

    The multigenerational house “Phoenix” exists since 2008. Its working title is “The Neighborhood’s Living Room”. Currently the contact to refugees is a big issue in the neighborhood. Phoenix do not make any explicit work with refugees but works integratively. It relies on the encounter of people from different cultures. Thus, all offers are open for everyone. The house is supported by engaged citizens and cooperation partners. During the visit, participants have the possibility to meet volunteers, employees and partners and to talk with them about experiences and perspectives.

    Mehrgenerationenhaus Phoenix // Mittelhof e.V.

    Teltower Damm 228, 14167 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A16: Gemeinschaftsunterkunft Hohentwielsteig- Accommodation for Refugees

    The refugee home was opened in august 2015. it was built of prepared modules in less time. 340 men, women and children are living in the accommodation. A welcome’s network was established by churches, companies, social organizations and engaged citizens. This network is coordinated by the neighborhood house Mittelhof. There will be the possibility to talk with the residents, volunteers, employees and representatives of the network.

    Gemeinschaftsunterkunft Arbeiter Samariter Bund // Mittelhof e.V.

    Hohentwielsteig 27/29, 14163 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A17: SPIRALE | Youth and Culture Center and Adventure Playground - Cultural and pedagogical Work with Children and Youth

    The Spiral is a meeting place for kids, youth and adults. There is a various event and activity program which focus on music, dance and theatre. The program is especially for young people from 14 to 27 years. The adventure playground provides many artistic and creative offers and leisure activities for children from 6 - 13 years. During the visit of the facility the various projects for refugees and migrants will be represented. For example, there will be a presentation about the work with welcome classes. After that there will be a cozy gathering at a campfire.

    Youth and Culture Center Spirale // NUSZ ufafabrik e.V. in cooperation with Nachbarschaftheim Schöneberg e.V.

    Westfälische Str. 16, 10709 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A18: Neighborhood and Family Center Steinmetzstraße - Family Activities in a Multicultural Neighborhood

    For 11 years, families are visiting the Neighborhood and Family Center Steinmetzstraße in the Berlin district Schöneberg. The center is a central place for encounter, counseling and education offers. The most important factors for the successful integration work in the district were the establishment of a family friendly infrastructure by networking, cooperation and promotion of self-initiative. Together with other houses of the provider, the center expanded systematically services for refugees like counseling and company of refugees.

    Neighborhood Center Steinmetzstraße // Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus

    Steinmetzstraße 68, 10783 Berlin

    15:15 - 18:00

    Site visit

    A19: Rabenhaus e.V. - Neighborhood House Köpenick

    This year Rabenhaus celebrates its 25 anniversary but its history began in 1990. In this time engaged citizens founded a children's theatre, developed sports activities and organized concerts and places for own ideas and voluntary work. After the foundation, a second neighborhood house was opened in East- Berlin. Prior goal was the establishment of common democratic processes and participation in context of the German Reunion. It claimed for responsibility for your own and others. This is still the basis of the houses daily work.

    Rabenhaus e.V.

    Puchanstr. 9, 12555 Berlin

  • 2016-09-30 - Conference day 3

    08:30 - 09:00

    Arrival and Refreshments

    09:00 - 10:15

    Lecture

    NHs as a Community Capacity Building Mechanism for Immigrants

    A great majority of the fourteen NHs in Metro Vancouver are situated in neighbourhoods with a dense population of immigrants. Immigrants bring with them rich knowledge, experiences and skills which are often undervalued by the host society. Being new to the host society, immigrants also need to develop some new skills and knowledge for them to function as a full member of the society. Inherited from the tradition of Settlement House Movement, neighbourhood houses in Metro Vancouver do not only provide services to meet the settlement and integration needs of immigrants. As a community capacity building mechanism, NHs are also instrumental in energizing, nurturing and building newcomers’ capacity so that they can fully participate in and contribute to the community where their home is. In this workshop, the three presenters will use the examples of NHs in Metro Vancouver to demonstrate what and how NHs can help build immigrants’ capacity.

    Miu Chung Yan, Sean Lauer, Karen Larcombe, Shelley Jorde

    10:15 - 10:30

    Break

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B1: Migrants of Kota (India) and their solutions // Possible local Solution to check labour migration in Indian Context

    Presentation 1: For the last 25 years, we have been working through Rural Development & Youth Training Institute in Kota (India) in rural and remote areas of Kota. Due to poverty thousand of poor people were migrating every year from rural areas to big cities to get job. Due to our continue efforts, we have started Income Generating Activities through Banks and Governments Support in their village. Now almost migration of poor people and labour have been stopped due to our continue efforts and poor people are whole year busy in their villages and are getting good earning through their job and for their families.

    Presentation 2: In 1971 Bangladesh liberation war, the union government of India has settled 200,000 Bangladeshi refugees in the district. Tribal are gradually becoming jobless and living with starvation so labor forces are migrating to other part of the country for quest of job. SEED organization organized the groups and facilitated with government of Odisha to open employment opportunity in local area. After a long battle, government has provided the job cards to each family and ensure 100 days’ job or wage to family. Many of them have been doing small business, running pretty shops and managing the family. They are now the pioneer and taking lead role for checking migration from the entire region.

    Jambu Kumar Jain // Sabita Swain

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B2: Working with Homeless and Street-involved Youth within a Youth Development Context: Challenges, Benefits, and Best Practices // Cooking Across Cultures: The Role of Community Cooking Clubs in Integrating Immigrants and Refugees in our Communities

    Presentation 1: This workshop will cover how best to work with homeless and street-involved youth within a general youth development model. Based on the experience of integrating a homeless youth drop-in program into The Door (a large and comprehensive youth development agency in New York City), the workshop will include the common challenges that arise when working within a integrated framework, as well as the benefits it can provide. Best practices will be discussed based on The Door's own process as they have worked to integrate this highly vulnerable and high needs population into a general youth development framework.

    Presentation 2: The "healthy immigrant effect"is a notion that immigrants are generally healthier than their Canadian born counterparts, however, this effect generally declines within 10 years of settlement for longer term immigrants. While there are many factors that may influence this phenomena, we were interested in exploring attitudes about health, nutrition and the role of cooking together to foster social inclusion. This workshop focuses on key social determinants of health and specific best practices that address food insecurity and social isolation for immigrants and refugees. Sharing some background information and best practice examples, followed by a short video produced by Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, the workshop will engage participants to form small dialogue circles to explore key themes emerging from the video and best practices, and to share applicability to their own context.

    Sarah Meckler // Jocelyne Hamel

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B3: Canadian Refugee and Immigrant Settlement: Community Strategies for Deep Inclusion // Sustaining Welcoming AND/ OR Canada's Private Sponsorship

    Presentation 1: This presentation will focus on key Canadian trends, national policies and local practices with regard to the social and economic inclusion of immigrants and refugees, including:1) trends in 40-year Canada Census data indicating increased income polarization in urban neighbourhoods, and associated increase in segregation by immigration status. 2) national policies that encourage immigrant and refugee integration, with focus on Syrian Refugee examples of granting immediate landed status, and unique private sponsorship model for creating community networks. 3) new research on the concept of "Collective Efficacy" exploring how the work of local agencies can achieve deeper inclusion and community solidarity.

    Presentation 2: West NH has experience to share about sudden influxes (and exoduses) of newcomers to a local community with example of Hungarian Roma. We can share what we learned about quick responses with local schools, other agencies and institutions as well as the work to promote inclusion, especially when there are sharp differences in cultures, language, income class and expectations. In addition or instead, West NH can briefly describe the Canadian model where groups of disadvantages of this model compared to governement-assisted refugees.

    Rob Howarth // Ildiko Franyo

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B4: IFS and The United Nations // If I know better.... I can serve better

    Presentation 1: IFS is a Non Governmental Organization that supports the Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon by all 193 member States of the United Nations in 2015. This presentation will connect IFS work with the following SDG goals: Goal # 5 - Gender Equality; Goal 8.8 - human rights of migrants to safe working conditions; Goal 10.7 - human right to safe, orderly and regular migrations; Goal # 16 - Peace, Justice, Strong Institutions. IFS joins forces with other NGOs at the UN to achieve common goals set forth in the Convention on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on Economic and Social Rights. Within the UN system we strive to empower and protect human rights of migrants with a particular focus on migrants in crisis in transit; especially the most vulnerable groups. We support and affirm self sufficiency of refugees and forcibly displaced migrants. IFS advocates for migrant’s human right to services such as schooling and market access. Dr. Nassar represents the IFS at the United Nations and has since 1991. She has served on the executive committee of the NGO Committee on Human Rights since 1997 and serves as Co-Chair. She has worked with refugee communities for the past 36 years.
    Presentation 2: We will take a look at three key elements of theory as it relates to acculturation and its role in program design and delivery. The importance of understanding acculturation for the leadership as well as the lay persons and the implementation of this through program design and daily operations. We will engage the audience in creating or adapting services which preserves dignity while meeting families’ basic needs through our work. We will address the difficulties we face as a result of the political climate surrounding immigration and cultural misunderstandings. We will examine two programs: food pantry and an urban farm and how the basics of addressing hunger can bring communities together to help create sustainable and healthy eating habits with appreciation and attending to culture norms.

    Roberta Nassar // Michelle Mills, Simeon C. Goodwin

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B5: Defending Unaccompanied Youth in New York // Dörren – an open door for youth

    Presentation 1: Since 2014, more than 90,000 children have fled Central America and made the arduous journey to the United States without a parent or guardian. After arriving, these children must fight the government’s efforts to deport them. New York is now home to more than 10,000 Central American children facing deportation. The Door is a leader in defending the rights of refugee children to remain in the U.S. Learn how The Door and immigrant advocates in New York are mobilizing to meet the legal and social services needs of immigrant children, and forging new local and national alliances in the process.
    Presentation 2: Inspired by the Door, Dörren started 2012 in order to attract youth between 16-25 years who by various reasons had not had the chance to realize their creative dreams. They become members and participate for free in 11 studios six days a week. Dörren is part of Mäster Olofsgården a settlement with many cultural projects for all ages important for the members to be part of. Many get a job or an education after. 30% of the youth are newly arrived refugees. The group of youth is a dynamic mix and the interest for the studio unites them and make them become friends.

    Eve Stotland // Christel Schulz

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B6: Redefinging Community in 21th Century // The Arab American Family Support Center

    Presentation 1:New York City is today one of the most diverse cities in the world. The challenge for new ethnic and national-origin communities that have emerged and taken root in New York is the extent to which the need to sacrifice their cohesive identities in order to fit into the social, political and economic mainstream of our city. Do such communities need to abandon their inclusiveness and in some cases exclusivity in order to gain lasting influence and power or can these seemingly contradictory paths be reconciled? As the former Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses of New York - the NYC association of settlement houses and community centers- for 13 years, Nancy Wackstein will examine the role that the association played in helping to resolve this question.
    Presentation 2: Lena Alhusseini presents herexperience providing social services to new immigrants, in particular to Arab Americans, South Asians and Muslim Americans. She will highlight the youth program successes in addition to their services and how they have impacted our community in New York.

    Nancy Wackstein // Lena Alhusseini

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B7: Re-designing and Co-designing community interventions // HOME - Housing Opportunities and Marketplace Exchange

    Presentation 1:West NH works with inWithForward, an international social innovation lab embedded in our drop-in services for "street-involved" adults, many of whom are Indigenous People who have migrated from northern Canada. InWithForward uses ethnography to better understand the nuances of daily living and then applies behavioural insights, design principles and prototyping practices to rapidly experiment and interate new interventions. This methodology can be and has been used with many different populations, including immigrants and refugees. InWithForward challenges our sector to broaden social inclusion beyond our organizational walls, to be braver with experimentation, and to constantly question how we could have more impact.
    Presentation 2: WoodGreen Community Services along with the donated services of Deloitte have come together to create a new online portal to match Syrian Refugees in need with offers of housing, goods and services. The HOME Portal is an incredible example of a private public partnership resulting in a fantastic tool that will ease the settlement process for refugees. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the Syrian Torontonains with the refugees they are hoping to support.

    Maureen Fair // Anne Babcock

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B8: Selbsthilfe- und Migration – Unterstützung für selbsthilfeinteressierte Migranten*innen // Ownership and Selbsthilfe (Workshop is in German)

    Präsentation 1: Das Projekt im STZ Neukölln gibt es seit drei Jahren mit dem Ziel, mehr Menschen mit Migrationsherkunft berlinweit für die Teilnahme und Mitwirkung in Selbsthilfegruppen zu motivieren. Zwei Mitarbeiterinnen mit eigener Migrationserfahrung beraten und unterstützen bei der Gründung und Begleitung neuer Migranten*innengruppen, kooperieren mit Migrationsorganisationen, Selbsthilfe- und Nachbarschaftsinitiativen und Einrichtungen der gesundheitlichen Versorgung, gestalten öffentlichkeitswirksamen Aktionen und Festen bezirksübergreifend, um auf die Möglichkeiten und Chancen der gesundheitlichen und sozialen Selbsthilfe für zugewanderte Menschen aufmerksam zu machen.
    Präsentation 2: Geflüchtete sind nicht nur Objekte von Hilfe, sondern können selbst aktiv werden und sich für andere Geflüchtete engagieren. Dabei sind sie hinsichtlich ihrer eigenen Erfahrung in der Unterstützung anderer Geflüchtete oft sehr kompetente und authentische Gesprächspartner*innen oder Vorbilder. Die Teilnehmer*innen des Workshops diskutieren mit den Referent*innen welche Unterstützungsmöglichkeiten Mentor*innen aus der Selbsthilfe benötigen und welche Rolle dabei Stadtteileinrichtungen spielen können.

    Azra Tatarevic, Pervin Tosun, Antje Klebs // Mohammed Jouni

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Workshop

    B9: Trauma – Transit – Teilhabe. Ethisch-politische und sozialprofessionelle Dimensionen der Fluchtmigration (Workshop is in German)

    Die Verabschiedung des EU-Asylpaktes im Jahr 2008 sollte ein neues Kapitel europäischer Migrationspolitik aufschlagen. Aber die Absicht, die Asylpolitik in strikter Übereinstimmung mit menschenrechtlichen Standards zu gestalten, hält dem Wirklichkeitstest aus heutiger Perspektive nicht stand. Die dramatische Situation an den EU-Außengrenzen, die mangelnden Möglichkeiten der Schutzsuche und Teilhabe sowie die restriktive Auslegung des Asylrechts deuten noch lange nicht auf eine »Menschenrechtstauglichkeit« europäischer Flüchtlingspolitik hin. Im Vortrag sollen unterschiedliche Herausforderungen für Politik und sozialraumorientierte Soziale Arbeit in den Blick genommen werden: Traumatisierung und Flucht sowie die Gestaltung von Migration, (temporärer) Integration und Teilhabe.

    Stefan Kurzke- Maasmeier

    Urania

    10:30 - 11:45

    Panel discussion

    B10: How Can Integration be Successful?

    How can integration be successful and what are the factors for a sustainable and long-term integration? What can Neighborhood and Settlement Centers do to enable a multi-ethnic life together? Where and what are challenges and how can we solve them? In a small discussion round, six experts from different countries will discuss about different ways and possibilities of integration. Every speaker has a diverse professional background and thus can give a multi-perspective overview. The discussion will be moderated by Joanna Holmes (Chair of Board of Locality). The speakers from Germany are Dr. Gabriele Schlimper, CEO of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Berlin, an umbrella and lead organization of independent charities and Ayten Dogan who works for a professional qualifications network for refugees and migrants. Further speakers are Matti Cantell (Director of the Multicultural Activities Sector of the Finnish Federation of Settlement Houses), Marwa Chebil (Diversity Consultant of Swedish Federation of Settlements in Stockholm), Stephan Reichold (Executive Director of "La Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes"), Claudie Miller (President of the Federation des Centres Sociaux et Socioculturels de France).

    Gabriele Schlimper (GER), Ayten Dogan (GER), Matti Cantell (FIN), Marwa Chebil (SWE), Claudie Miller (FRA), Stephan Reichold (CAN), Joanna Holmes (UK)

    Urania

    11:45 - 12:00

    Break

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C1: Leadership Through Governance: Caring for Your Board of Directors

    As immigrants become part of an existing community, many establish nonprofit organizations or NGOs to both serve their people and advocate on their behalf. Too often, the immigrant organizations struggle with meeting the legal and practical requirements for operating a quality organization. Creating and maintaining an effective board of directors is critical for success. This presentation examines the elements and best practices for a healthy, well-functioning board of directors.

    Anthony Wagner

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C2: Best practices of "Youth to Youth Empowerment Project Model" in western Kenya

    The Youth-to-Youth Empowerment Project is a program targeting vulnerable and migrant youth to generate innovative project ideas on how to create entrepreneurship and business opportunities for their peers. The project Model has been implemented in Kenya. The ultimate goal of the project is to enable vulnerable and migrants youth within Eastern Africa to turn their energy and ideas into business opportunities, to increase their income and to create decent work so as to avoid in engaging into risky behaviors. This presentation provides a snapshot of best case practices and success stories. It explores how best practices of youth engaged as active development partners have led to the creation of sustainable jobs and businesses among their peers.

    Douglas Otieno

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C3: Engagement of seniors from multi-ethnic communities

    West NH has developed and implemented culturally sensitive ways to support seniors from diverse ethnic groups in Toronto Central-West and to encourage community participation and civic engagement. This presentation will demonstrate how we use a participant- centred approach in service planning, delivery and evaluation; and how culturally sensitive training and support motivate immigrant and newcomer seniors to play meaningful roles in the community as volunteers, peer supporters and public educators. This presentation will also illustrate some of the methods we use in our community work with diverse ethnic groups, including the highly interactive Health Action Theatre by Seniors, a community development tool and successful model in popular education with multi-ethnic seniors communities.

    Vera de Souza

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C4: IFS - Always on the Move

    What do we want IFS to be in 2017? Take part in this workshop where we together try to point out the direction of our movement.

    Pentti Lemmetyinen, Staffan Lindqvist

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C5: Successful Implementation of a Parent Group Model in Early Childhood

    University Settlement and the evidence based program model, ParentCorps, an enhancement to our early childhood education programs. ParentCorps is a family centered, school based prevention program designed to foster healthy development and school success among children aged 4 and 5 living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. 80% of our Preschoolers come from immigrant families. The program focuses explicitly on family cultural values, beliefs and norms, and recognizes the broad spectrum of strengths and multiple stressors associated with urban disadvantage.

    Bonnie Cohen

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C6: Documentary Film - "Theater ist meine Heimat" (Theatre is my Homeland)

    (DE): Der Film erzählt von einer ungewöhnlichen Unternehmung: Eine deutsch-türkische Altentheatergruppe, die Bunten Zellen (Theater der Erfahrungen) aus Berlin, machen sich auf die Reise in die Türkei und besuchen das Dorf Bademler bei Izmir.
    Dieses kleine Dorf empfängt die Laienspielgruppe mit einer großen Bühne, denn hier hat die Theaterbegeisterung eine lange Tradition. Hier leben Menschen, die nicht nur für ihr Leben gern Theater spielen sondern auch teilweise jahrzehntelang in Deutschland gelebt und gearbeitet haben. Beides haben sie mit einigen türkischsprachigen Spieler_innen der Bunten Zellen gemeinsam. Mit dem Stück ‚Alles ganz anders, aber so verschieden nun ooch wieder nicht‘ verarbeiteten die Bunten Zellen ihre deutsch-deutschen und deutsch-türkischen Migrationserfahrungen und initiieren einen regen Austausch.
    Die so entstandenen Begegnungen fängt dieser Film ein und zeigt, dass Theaterspielen im Kontext von Migration ein Stück Heimat sein kann. Der Film hat auf dieser Konferenz Premiere. Der Film ist auf deutsch und türkisch mit englischen Untertiteln.
    (EN): The film tells about an unusual adventure: The German- Turkish senior theatre group, Coloured Cells (Theatre of Experiences), from Berlin travels to a small Turkish village called Bademler. Due to a long theatre tradition, this small village welcomes the amateur drama group with a huge stage and passionate actors. Many people from here love to play theatre and have lived for a long time in Germany like some members of the theatre group. Here, in Bademler the people from the theatre group start to deal with their own German-German and German-Turkish migration experiences. These experiences are expressed by the play "Alles ganz anders, aber so verschieden nun ooch wieder nicht" which became a starting point of an intensive exchange between the Bademler people and the theatre group. The film documents the experiences of this adventure and shows that theatre can give a piece of home in context of migration. The film celebrates its premiere at this conference. Film is in German and Turkish with English subtitles

    Johanna Kaiser

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C7: Meetings across borders

    Over 65 million people estimated to be on the move. Not since the end of World War II has the world seen a more dramatic refugee situation. Approximately 30 million children are on the move. And more and more unaccompanied children fleeing.

    In many of the Swedish municipalities, it is the youth leaders who are in the prime front line to meet the needs of young refugees. It's about giving these young people a relaxed and home-like environment as possible. The majority of children and young people who have fled alone to Sweden come from areas with violent and bloody conflicts. Many carry the experiences of a failing adult world.
    Youth leaders are close adult support to young people in everyday life, and also has contact with others such as schools, health care, associations and so on. But not least, they offer recreational activities that take advantage of young people's inherent power!

    The workshop starts with a short introduction and statistics about the 2015 changes in Swedish immigration policy - From open arms to closed borders.
    Together we will discuss the common understanding for people's different backgrounds. We will discuss how we can meet across borders through good practices, tools and methods - by sharing good experiences.

    Marwa Chebil, Frida Dahlberg

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C8: Community Work and economic self-help in neighborhoods with refugees

    The German society is currently challenged to integrate many refugees from various countries. Therefore, the neighborhood and social environment of the shelters where the people live play an important role. Community work has a long tradition of working with migrants and is specialized in networking, focuses on resources and supports structures of self-organisation. Due to the fact many addressees of social work, as well as new arrivals, are economically disadvantaged, community work approaches that contribute to an improvement of the economic situation seem to be highly relevant. The presentation considers several interesting examples such as Local Exchange Trading Systems (Tauschringe), Intercultural Gardening Projects, Social Cooperatives (f.e. Weltküche), as well as other attempts and their relevance for integration of refugees in the neighborhood.

    Milena Riede

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C9: Financial Empowerment and Advocacy: beyond financial literacy // Improving Work in or out of the Informal Economy

    Presentation 1: West NH developed a program model that has delivered milions of dollars to diverse low-oncome adults in 3 neighborhood houses in Tortonto. The Financial Empowerment and Advocacy (FEPS) model works with people, many of whom are immigrants, to decipher and address their financial stresses caused by "tricks and traps" in both mainstream financial services and in unregulated financial services. In addition, FEPS addresses systematic problems in financial services and with government regulators and public policy makers.
    Presentation 2: West NH worked with diverse local low-income people to identify the dynamics that pull or push people into jobs in the informal economy. Immigrant workers have additional vulnerabilities in the informal economy and Canada's recent shift in immigration policy toward more temporary foreign workers increases the potential for more immigrants living without status and working in unregulated jobs. Borrowing the "harm reduction" approach from the health sector, we explored ways to improve the safety and security of these workers without jeopardizing their current situation.

    Lynne Woolcott

    Urania

    12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop

    C10: Wie funktioniert Nachbarschaftsarbeit in einer steigenden multiethnischen Gesellschaft? (Workshop is in German)

    Ina Kozojed und Monika Homschak arbeiten als Gemeinwesenarbeiterinnen in zwei unterschiedlichen Kontexten der Koordination von Unterstützung für Geflüchteten und ehrenamtlich Engagierte: in einem Kreuzberger Nachbarschaftshaus sowie der Anlaufstelle für Ehrenamtliche und geflüchtete Menschen am Tempelhofer Flughafen.
    Sie möchten die Methode der Gemeinwesenarbeit mit ihren Potentialen für dieses Feld vor­ und zur Diskussion stellen sowie aus ihren Erfahrungen berichten. Dabei sollen die verschiedenen Perspektiven von Geflüchteten im Gemeinwesen, Anwohner_innen, Mitglieder von lokalen Vereinen und Institutionen einfließen.

    Monika Homschak, Ina Kozojed

    Urania

    13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B1: Nachbarschaftshaus Orangerie, Kiezspinne FAS e.V. – Cross-generational Neighborhood Project

    Neighborhood House Orangerie was founded as a neighbor’s interest group in 1993. It aims to build a network between initiatives, projects, welfare organizations, public institutions and engaged neighbors. Projects are intercultural and cross-generational for children, families and seniors. The neighborhood house provides German language courses and leisure activities for refugees in a nearby shelter. Within the excursion, the participants will get to know the neighborhood house, its concept and work.

    Nachbarschaftshaus Orangerie // Kiezspinne FAS e.V.

    Schulze-Boysen-Straße 38, 10365 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B2: Stadtteilzentrum „Käte-Tresenreuter- Haus“- Self-determined Open Elderly Care

    Neighborhood Center „Käte-Tresenreuter-Haus“exists more than 30 years. It was planned, co-financed and built as self-help and counseling center for seniors by older people themselves. It is the first center in Germany that is in full responsibility of older people and is operated by them voluntarily. Conferences and projects are initiated to improve the life’s quality of older people and to defend their interests. The center organized personal sponsorships for refugee’s families and reached out for volunteers. It promotes the network of actors within the district as to strengthen the welcome’s culture of refugees.

    Stadtteilzentrum „Käte-Tresenreuter-Haus“// Sozialwerk Berlin e.V.

    Humboldtstraße 12, 14193 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B3: Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße e.V. in Berlin- Kreuzberg– Community Work in a multi-cultural Environment

    The community work in Urbanstraße was initiated by American Mennonites in 1949. On the basis of a high amount of people with migration background living in Kreuzberg, the neighborhood center is used to migration in its daily work. The work of the neighborhood house focusses on living – improvement, displacement, gentrification -, accessibility and inclusion, neighborhood assistance, support of refugees and the work with older people.

    Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße e.V.

    Urbanstraße 21, 10961 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B4: Fabrik Osloer Straße – Center for Social and Cultural Work

    Fabric Osloer Straße has many social projects like a neighborhood center, a children museum, a training project and a flat-sharing youth community. The „NachbarschaftsEtage“ is a social-cultural facility since 1986. The facility supports the volunteer’s initiative „Wedding helps“, a citizen’s initiative that helps refugees. For example, the guest’s floor of the facility is used for a temporary housing of refugees and refugees have free access to the children museum.

    Fabrik Osloer Straße e.V.

    Osloer Str. 12, 13359 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B5: Stadtschloss Moabit - Community Work in a multi-cultural Environment

    Stadtschloss Moabit has many offers which reflect the variety of the inhabitants with migration background. Some of these offers are open intercultural groups and creative workshops and the public neighborhood’s library. This library is connected with a project that provides the reading and language promotion for kindergarten groups and welcoming classes. In cooperation with the adult education center there are also German language courses for refugees which are guided by a mentoring program that was developed especially for the refugees. There are counseling offers in foreign language and the program „Stadtschloss Kids“- an open children and youth care for children from 5-12 years

    Stadtschloss Moabit // Moabiter Ratschlag e.V.

    Rostocker Str. 32, 10553 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B6: Gemeinwesenverein Heerstraße Nord e.V. – Community Center in a Social Hot Spot

    Some of the center's fields of activities are the promotion of neighborhood's relationships and civil engagement, the district development and improvement of the life's quality, self-help and volunteering. There are cross-generational and intercultural projects, family supporting work and activities against xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Since October 2015 the center integrates unaccompanied minors refugees into the district.

    Gemeinwesenverein Heerstraße Nord e.V.

    Obstallee 22e, 13593 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B7: Nachbarschaftsheim Schöneberg e.V. - A Walking Tour through the Neighborhood

    Nachbarschaftsheim Schöneberg e.V. was founded in 1949 and is a non-profit organization offering socio-cultural and care services. We see ourselves in the tradition of the worldwide “settlement” and “neighborhood center” movements and pursue the aim of encouraging citizens to participate and to help themselves, to develop their own creative skills and to become involved. During the excursion you will visit different project which are very close by. After a short introduction about the work of the neighborhood center, a guided walking tour will show you a youth center with a focus on media, music, theatre and dance, and also a school day-care service at a nearby school. The walking tour through the neighborhood will end at the “Theatre of Experiences” a senior citizens’ theatre group. Here you will learn about the cooperation’s between the different projects with a focus on cross-generational work and how to including refugee families into the groups and activities.

    Nachbarschaftsheim Schöneberg e.V.

    Vorarlberger Damm 1, 12157 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B8: Nachbarschaftsheim Schöneberg e.V. / Nachbarschaftshaus Friedenau – The Neighbourhood House in Friedenau

    We invite you to visit our neighborhood house in Friedenau. Here you have the chance to talk to our social workers working at the community center, a place for Leisure activities, courses and groups, counseling and personal support. After an introduction we will talk about the experiences at our shelter for refugee women which was opened in March 2016. A visit to Al Nadi and Kidöb advice centers for Arab and Turkish women and girls will round up the day.

    Nachbarschaftshaus Friedenau // Nachbarschaftsheim Schöneberg e.V.

    Holsteinische Str. 30, 12161 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B9: ufaFabrik Berlin - Interdisciplinary Living and Working Project

    For decades, the celluloid dreams produced on the grounds of the south Berlin UFA film lab were banned. The building was slated to be demolished in 1979, but was eventually saved in order to create the International Cultural Center ufaFabrik Berlin, the most unique work/life project in all of Europe. On its 18,566 square meters of land, 200 employees and around 30 residents work around the clock to bring harmony and meaning to issues such as housing, employment, cultural events, creativity, and other social areas of life. The Neighborhood Center ufafabrik e.V. is part of these network and was founded in 1987. The Center has its headquarter on the ufaFabrik and runs over 30 facilities all over the district. During the visit you will get to know the history of the area and several projects of the neighborhood center.

    ufaFabrik & Nachbarschafts- und Selbsthilfezentrum in der ufaFabrik e.V.

    Viktoriastraße 10-18, 12105 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B10: 3D Medienhaus – Pedagogical Work with Children and Youth from Refugees Homes

    3D Medienhaus (media house) is a meeting point for children and youth between 6 and 21 years and for families from the region. Since 2015 the facility is more and more engaged in the work with refugees. There is a temporary accommodation for refugees and several shelters for refugees very close to the house. Many people from these places find their way to the 3D Medienhaus. During the site visit, the work of the so-called integration facilitators will be presented as well as different projects with refugees like the language and integration school. There will be a small performance at the end.

    3 D Medienhaus // Nachbarschafts- und Selbsthilfezentrum in der ufafabrik e.V.

    Domagkstraße 3, 12277 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B11: Neighborhood and Family Center Steinmetzstraße - Family Activities in a Multicultural Neighborhood

    For 11 years families are visiting the Neighborhood and Family Center Steinmetzstraße in the Berlin district Schöneberg. The center is a central place for encounter, counseling and education offers. The most important factors for the successful integration work in the district were the establishment of a family friendly infrastructure by networking, cooperation and promotion of self-initiative. Together with other houses of the provider, the center expanded systematically services for refugees like counseling and company of refugees.

    Neighborhood Center Steinmetzstraße // Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus

    Steinmetzstraße 68, 10783 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B12: „Welcome- Promotion by Volunteer Work and by Work Integration of Refugees” – Integration into Labor Market

    The project started in 2016. In this project, refugees are supported strengthen and expanding their competences as to get integrated into the labor market. The participants of the project get advised and coached. They participate in trainings and get active practically during internships, work shadowing and volunteer work. In context of the site visits the participants get to know the approach of the project by the employees and refugees.

    Villa Mittelhof e.V.

    Königstrasse 42-43, 14163 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B13: Visit to the German Bundestag

    The German Bundestag is elected by the German people and is the forum where differing opinions about the policies the country should be pursuing are formulated and discussed. The most important tasks performed by the Bundestag are the legislative process and the parliamentary scrutiny of the government and its work. Another important function performed by the Bundestag is the election of the German Federal Chancellor. During your site visit you will get a good impression into the building, history and work of the German Bundestag. Source: www.bundestag.de

    Bundestag

    Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B14: Visit to the refugee shelter Tempelhof

    Since 2015 the former city airport Tempelhof is a shelter for refugees. Currently it becomes the biggest shelter for refugees in Germany. In January 2016 the great coalition of Berlin passed a law that provides a development plan for the listed and historic area. Currently it is planned to host 7.000 refugees in the shelter in the future. During your visit your will get to know about the new developments and plans of the shelter.

    Shelter Tempelhof

    Platz der Luftbrücke, 12101 Berlin

    14:00 - 17:00

    Site visit

    B15: Visit to a current project related to refugees and migrants

    Every month new projects related to refugees and migrant get started. During this visit we will show you a current project and we will reflect the current and new developments of the work with refugees and migrants. You will have the possibility to talk with involved people of the project.

    to be announced

    to be announced

    19:00 - 23:00

    Anniversary Party

    Sign up for our Gala Event*
    and celebrate the 90th anniversary of IFS with us!

    Culinary delights will be provided as well as a special culture program. We are looking forward to an exciting evening. See you at 30th of September 2016 at the International Culture Center, ufaFabrik!

    *This event is not included in the conference fee and has to be booked separately at the registration process.

    IKC, ufaFabrik, Viktoriastraße 13, 12105 Berlin

  • 2016-10-01 - Conference day 4

    09:30 - 10:00

    Arrival and Refreshments

    10:00 - 11:00

    Lecture

    Closing Remarks

    Urania

    11:00 - 12:00

    Theatre Performance: Berliner Pflanzen – Berlinli Bitkiler (Berlin plants)

    The theatre for seniors "Theater der Erfahrungen" (Theatre of Experiences), which is located in Berlin, was founded in 1980. Its concept is a specific style of theatre based on experiences of elderly people who develop the plays themselves. Sometimes amusing and cheeky, sometimes tragic and touching. By using different dialects and languages, true and fictional stories are brought to stage. There are always issues – political or personal – which are collected and discussed in the theatre group and later on, under the supervision of trained drama educators, transformed into scenes through improvisation.
    Since its start, the theatre has formed several groups. Three of them are continuously working: Spätzünder (Late Bloomers), OstSchwung (Eastern Uptising) and the German-Turkish group Bunte Zellen (Coloured Cells). Each group has its own repertoire of plays.
    The theatre group "Bunte Zellen" (Coloured Cells) performs "Berliner Pflanzen – Berlinli Bitkiler" (Berlin plants). This play is about a special and typical issue for big cities like Berlin: gentrification. With comical characters, a lot of music and two languages, the actors show how solidarity and love can help solving problems. The theatre performance is in German and Turkish with English subtitles.

    Theater der Erfahrungen (Theatre of Experiences)

    Urania

    15:00 - 16:30

    Boat Trip

    The boat trip is not included in the participation fee and will be paid on-site

    Berlin

Conference Program (PDF)