Welcoming newcomers in Amsterdam-Noord
Foundation Warm Welcome (Stichting Warm Welkom) connects newcomers with local citizens and organisations in Amsterdam-Noord, The Netherlands.
They aim to, as the name suggests, give a warm welcome to newcomers, to help them integrate and facilitate a smoother landing in a new place where they feel welcome.
Their activities are focused on getting newcomers into contact with other newcomers, locals and organisations in an informal and friendly way. They organise programs where people can begin to integrate in their new country, find their way around in Amsterdam-Noord, get familiar with new administrative procedures, make friends, understand the culture and be happier. To help them build a new life.
The Warm Welkom team is a set of very engaged and energetic local people, some paid, some volunteers. They come from diverse backgrounds: a programmanager in the social domain; a mental health trainer; a creative therapisttrainer; a psychologist; an anthropologist; a Dutch language teacher; a socialworker; and native experts in the culture and language of Eritrea, Syria and Afghanistan.