International Friendship Association Salzbergen
140 people are currently a member of this association (August 2020). 30 of those are actively working for integrating refugees.
The integration work is very versatile. It is devided into (at the moment) work groups:
1. Open speaking groups
The speaking group is open for everybody. Meetings are every monday at 18:30 pm at "IFS Treff" next to the "Gemeindezentrum". Often more than 30 people are taking part in these speaking groups. Main topics are about daily routines and behaviours of refugees in this new town. Moreover, refugees can improve their level of German in an easy, relaxed atmosphere. The local authority of Salzbergen is suggesting to new refugees to take part in these open groups.
2. Language promotion (children/adults)
We offer private teaching for students of all ages. The teachers are paid by the Landkreis Emsland. Nearly all of our refugee kids in Salzbergen have their own teacher now. (By the way: This support is not only available for refugee kids. Underprivileged German kids can also benefit from this support.)
Language teachers for adults are normal voluntaries from Salzbergen of all ranks of jobs. A special qualification is not necessary. The students can already start the lessons before they have the possibility to go to an official integration course. Classes are daily at any time at IFS-Treff.
3. Women’s Group
The group for women has special offers just for refugee women – with or without their children. We offer different activities like excursion to Ladies Nights, breakfasts for women or afternoon play times for kids. Often the women immigrated later than their husbands. That’s why they speak less German. Or they cannot attend a German course because of the kids. In our private small groups, they have the courage to try to speak German. Moreover, those meetings are a possibility to get in touch with others, get out of the house and be independent.
4. Donations and allocation
The association is constantly receiving used and also new donations like clothing, contents and furniture from citizens or companies to forward them to needy refugees. For storage of those items the former farm Wehkamp (Schüttorfer Str. 89) was allowed the association to use the rooms.
5. Carpool "Schüttorfer Tafel"
Workers from the company "H&R ChemPharm" are driving refugees voluntarily weekly to the institution "Schüttorfer Tafel", where they can buy cheap groceries. For these drives the company "H & R ChemPharm" is providing a car for free.
6. Bicycle Workshop
The bicycle Workshop is located in a small car garage in Wessendorfstraße 20 (old police office building). The team consists of local citizens as well as refugees. In the garage the refugees learn to repair their bikes by themselves. If possible the bikes are being fitted with shopping baskets or saddlebags, because for refugees the bike is most of the time the only transport possibility they have. The workshop is open on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 6 pm.