Vision & Mission
Trampoline House is a community center for asylum seekers, refugees and other citizens in Denmark.
We work to ensure asylum seekers and refugees a decent, respectful and equality-based integration in Denmark.
We work holistically to ensure this through:
Job training and education, because it makes it easier to integrate in the job market if the asylum phase is spent building skills, taking an education, and establishing professional networks.
Democratic practice, because active citizenship entails understanding the social contract, your rights and duties, and last but not least the Danish democratic tradition and system.
System awareness and counseling, because this makes it easier, as an asylum seeker, to understand the asylum system and advocate for one's own interests.
Social network, because integration is easier when life is easier.
Strategic partnerships, because Trampoline House's methods are best disseminated in society at large through collaborations with companies, unions, non-governmental organizations, foundations, the press, municipalities, and the state.
Trampoline House brings together asylum seekers and Danish citizens, refugees and other residents of Denmark, united by a desire to improve the conditions for asylum seekers and refugees. We are a self-governing institution with a board of directors, a paid staff, and a large group of interns and volunteers. Financial support comes from public and private funding, support events and donations.
Every year, Trampoline House's community includes:
200 asylum seeking volunteers
20 job trainees from the asylum and integration program
180 volunteers with residency
40 university interns
and about 1,000 other visitors and guests
Why Trampoline House?
Trampoline House was formed in 2010 by a group of artists, asylum seekers, students, and professionals in reaction to the way in which the Danish state treats asylum seekers and refugees. People who seek asylum in Denmark, or have been denied asylum, are accommodated in asylum centers for months and years while they wait for the authorities to settle their asylum case or deportation. Inside the centers, there is very little to do, and the small allowance that people are given does not allow for many trips outside the centers, which are located far away from the big cities. Asylum seekers have very limited access to education and have to obtain special permission from the Danish Immigration Service if they want to work or live outside the centers. Research shows that many grow ill from the waiting, the uncertainty, the inactivity, and from the inability to control their own life situation.
You can help ensuring that asylum seekers can get a break from the worries and passivity in the asylum centers by becoming a monthly donor.
What we do
Like in any other home, everybody contributes to the daily life of Trampoline House. Together, we organize a weekly schedule full of activities that include legal and medical counseling, language classes, cooking, cleaning, child care, creative workshops, debates, public campaigns, and art exhibitions. In our weekly Tuesday house meetings, old and new members of the house join discussions on global refugee politics and the daily organization of the house. And every Saturday, the Women’s Club organizes special activities for women asylum seekers and their children. Several days a week, we share a hot meal, meet for a cup of tea or coffee, and on Fridays we party and dance to our favorite music. Like a real trampoline, the house is a space for refugees and asylum seekers to recharge and gather the energy and support needed to jump-start a better life, and for the Danish public to get motivated to reform the current refugee and asylum system. You can join us by signing up as a volunteer.
Networks & Partnerships
Trampoline House is one of the founding member organizations of Folkebevægelsen for asylbørns fremtid, which works to ensure a safe childhood for asylum-seeking children.
Trampoline House is an associated member of the Danish Fundraising Association ISOBRO, which includes a range of Danish fundraising organisations. ISOBRO works on ensuring the best conditions for its members.
Trampoline House is part of the United Nations TOGETHER campaign to change negative narratives on migration and to strengthen the social cohesion between host communities and refugees and migrants.
50 of around 60 families in deportation center Sjælsmark have written an open letter to Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Minister for Immigration & Integration Mattias Tesfaye. In the letter, they reject a Sjælsmark employee’s claim that most them want to stay in Sjælsmark. “It is indefensible and unethical to put words in our mouth,” they write.
“My daughter worries a lot about being deported. By investing in my education, I can help her dare to believe in a future in Denmark. And it’s good for me to take my dream education.”
“This is a life experience that I would recommend to anyone just because it teaches you so much; staying at Trampoline House is a nice experience and you get to learn a lot. Personal change and achievement, lessons for you and your life; it’s not just like any other internship that you get to do in other NGOs or organisations.”
Trampoline House offers free Danish classes for asylum seekers, refugees or other citizens who want to learn the Danish language and culture. Everyone is welcome.
New course on entrepreneurship makes it easier for refugees and asylum seekers to find a job or start their own business.
“I come to Trampoline House to learn Danish and to learn about the Danish society, so I can build my life. If you can learn it, it means you can do it.”
Trampoline House has seen a lot of reconstruction since last summer, improving the space for children’s activities, socializing in the café and focused work.
“All in all, it is giving a space for the groups of individuals which both Denmark and Copenhagen is actively trying to phase out via oppressive economic, social, and immigration policies.”
On 8th of March, women with and without refugee background came together to discuss their rights and possibilities.
Trampoline House’s new legal counselor focuses on making immigration law more understandable for asylum seekers and refugees. She offers free counseling every week.
At Trampoline House’s house meetings, the participants are practicing democratic dialogue. Meanwhile, the government and the Danish People’s Party are restricting refugees’ possibilities for integration.
The new Women’s Class empowers women by sharing stories and discussing feminism and human rights.
Ping Pong is more than just a popular sport. By playing ping pong, you can practice living in accordance with Buddhistic and philosophical values.
The government’s refugee policies don’t make sense on a humane, democratic or economical level. We have to resist!
“Please listen to our voices. We do not want our loved children crying every day because of the horrible living conditions. Our children are asking, why are we living here? Asking, what shall we eat? We, parents have no answers but to cry also ourselves. We don't want our kids to suffer any more.”
Since October 25, children and parents have been boycotting the cafeteria food in deportation center Sjælsmark. They ask for the center to be closed.
David is originally from China and now volunteering in Trampoline House. He has written a poem about hope.
Everyone who comes to Trampoline House now have the possibility to get help to find a job. Every Wednesday at 10am–12pm, volunteer job counselors arrange a job workshop that will strengthen the participants in their pursuit of the job market.
Support from Novo Nordisk Fonden, Lauritzen Fonden og private donationer, has made it possible for Trampoline House to hire a Children’s Club Coordinator. "The Children’s Club is to function as a nice place, where these children can find ease, security, positive relations, predictability and happiness," says Sara Ipsen
“The kids with citizenship got all that is needed, but not children who are growing up in the camps. I'm just sorry they don't have the same rights as Danish citizens. Also, they don't have the same opportunity, freedom, house, food, generally normal life.”
“There is discrimination on both sides. She wasn’t completely comfortable telling us that she was from Dansk Folkeparti. That’s why it’s an important thing for us to go to People’s Meeting and talk with people that are different from us.”
“If someone would ask what I miss the most from home, I would tell them I missed the smell of my mother and my brother. And the voice of the man I loved.”
“Before I started coming to Trampoline House, I was just in Roskilde. Sometimes I went shopping for maybe half an hour, and then I returned home to watch TV.”
“There’s a different atmosphere out here. It’s not about learning Danish or getting help with your legal issues.”
"You can get mental health and body health from ping-pong" Meet David, who’s behind Trampoline House’s weekly ping-pong workshops
"The kitchen before was very small and wasn’t prepared for this amount of people, but now it is good, and we are working more professionally."
"Some of the kids have had a traumatizing past, but they feel very safe here"
"Together, we can create a new paradigm". Get an overview of Trampoline House's activities and finances in 2017
"It’s not just Inger Støjberg who’s responsible for this. It’s all of us. And that’s why we’re here today."
Hunger strike at the Deportation Center Kærshovedgård: “Close the camp! We are also humans!”