The project HOME helps young refugees to build a new home. Psycho-social care benefits the health and well-being of the adolescents, a buddy project extends their social network and an #openschoool gives them the opportunity of participation and co-creation. In cooperation with Flüchtlinge Willkommen Österreich, HOME supervises not only people with a refugee background, but also the flat shares and family who are part of this new home.
Young refugees (YR) find themselves in extreme situations. Traumatizing experiences in their home countries or during their escape, an insecure residence permit status, a lack of assurance of their existence, discrimination and a missing social network are only few of the many incriminatory factors that YR are confronted with. It takes qualified and straightforward support, to overcome these challenges.
The aim of the project is to increase the psycho-social well-being of young refugees as well as their contacts by creating a mutual home. Through psychological guidance for refugees as well as the flat shares and families who they live with, mutual understanding is promoted, potential conflicts are prevented and stress responses are averted. Social works leads to a comprehensive support in the fields of work, education and living.
1. Information events for flat shares/families
Themes: what are the possible challenges you could face living together? Self-reflexion: What are my wishes and expectations?
2. Information events for refugees regarding flat shares Themes: What is a flat share? Who makes the rules? What makes a shared living experience good?
3. Optimised matching
With the help of a questionnaire, information about preferences in living together are recorded, with the aim of finding a fitting roommate
4. Training for the voluntary staff and the flat shares
Themes: the effects of fleeing your home country on your mental health, involvement and boundaries, etc.
5. Continuous follow-up care for the new living arrangements
Psychological and social individual counselling, coaching of volunteer workers, mediation
The psycho-social care is offered to people with a refugee background and to the people living with them in shared living quarters or families offering them accommodation, as well as to the intermediaries who bring them together and support living together.
The project HOME rounds out the idea of providing accommodation to refugees, by also offering relevant aspects of mental well being, social integration and health. Hence, these people are not only offered a roof over their heads but also other important aspects to make them feel at. Especially the idea of offering psycho-social help to refugees and the people living with them, as well as volunteers, was born out of a very evident necessity, and proved to be an important support measure.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Personnel costs: Psychologists/team leader: 20259 € (20 hours/week) Social workers: 17455 € (20 hours/week) Administration: 8350 € (12 hours/week) Non-personnel costs: Rent: 1976 € Further training: 1400 € Material costs: 560€ In total: 50 000 €