"You can get mental health and body health from ping-pong"
Klik her for dansk
By Stacey Goldberg, Communications Intern
Ping-pong has helped create an immersive and fun atmosphere in Trampoline House. Located in the multi zone, it is rare to see the ping-pong table folded up. Instead, the sound of the ping-pong ball hitting the table is a soothing and constant presence in Trampoline House.
In January, David Jason Lou, from China, started a ping-pong workshop in Trampoline House. Ping-pong has brought David a lot of fun in his life and he says it’s kept him young both physically and mentally. He started playing when he was only 6 years old and continued throughout his life thus far.
The idea behind the ping-pong workshop
David says, “Trampoline House is a place where asylum seekers and refugees can relax, get energy, and communicate. I think that ping-pong is the most fun and people who play ping-pong can easily have fun and become happier. So that’s the idea of bringing the ping-pong workshop to Trampoline House. The workshop allows people to jump to a higher level and lets more people play ping-pong and enjoy playing it.”
Trampoline house has a variety of activities happening throughout the day. David explains that his other motive for creating the ping-pong workshop is that “Trampoline House has a lot of language courses, such as English, French, and Arabic. And they have the democracy class, but all these things have to do with mental training, rather than physical training”. Thus, ping-pong gives people physical activity in Trampoline House.
Come along to ping-pong!
The ping-pong workshop is every Friday (except the last Friday of the month) at 2:00–4:00 pm. Ping-pong brings a different energy to Trampoline House.
“Some people come to my course because it’s very fun and they get some training and become healthier,” David says. “You can get mental health and body health from ping-pong and it’s a good reason for them to come my class.”
There is no need to be shy if you don’t play ping-pong well. David’s workshop helps serious and fun players of all levels and he says, “I can see many people enjoying when they come to my course. Sometimes many people come to my course, other times not too many, maybe just five people. Some people who come to play are good and some people are just at the first level. It is all different levels. None are professional so I’m teaching them how to have the standard movement.”
Competition is the mission!
David is often challenged by his students and explains, “If it’s a serious player, I don’t give them any chances. But sometimes I’m not so cruel. Sometimes I give them a chance.
David hopes to see more people for ping-pong workshops: “I hope more players come. I think it’s very important that people are challenged and I think competition is really good in life. People need to become strong and it’s good to have exercise and competition to struggle for the good life”.
Let’s see who can be the first to beat David in a match. ∎
We’re looking for a Counseling Coordinator – apply by November 1st.
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.
David is originally from China and now volunteering in Trampoline House. He has written a poem about hope.
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
We’re looking for a Children’s Club Coordinator – apply by August 7.
We’re looking for a Fundraiser (in Danish only) – apply by August 15.
“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."
This fall, Sisters' Cuisine cooked for 300 people at a job from the Environmental Ministry
Hunger strike at the Deportation Center Kærshovedgård: “Close the camp! We are also humans!”
Asylum seeking children and their parents from Trampoline House call for a campaign focusing on the right to a safe childhood for children in the asylum system.
It's the best kept secret in the asylum law that asylum seekers have the right to work in Denmark. Trampoline House is going to ensure that right with the new, job-focused initiative 'Next Practice'.
At this year’s Roskilde Festival, Trampoline House’s catering service Sisters’ Cuisine opened their own food stall in the Festival’s food court. It was a great experience, and hopefully a step towards opening a permanent Sisters’ Cuisine restaurant in the future.
"There were politicians who came and spoke with local people, something that is the opposite of in my country, and I think Danish people should be proud of their democratic culture"
"Trampoline House is a beginning of life and work"
"It’s a pleasure to be involved in a dynamic environment where everyone is part of a big family"
Sisters' Cuisine are getting ready for Roskilde Festival's legendary Food Court...
"We try hard to teach with a focus on how to get by in Danish society in everyday life"
"I unfortunately have had to realize that the politicians in this country don't want to finance a decent treatment of asylum seekers and refugees"
"It’s very important to me that I use fresh ingredients in my food"
In the beginning of April, Trampoilne House’s democracy class was invited by Humanity in Action and Roskilde University to participate in a workshop about the asylum system in Denmark.
"In my heart, I'm interested in helping people"
Support Trampoline House
Every contribution matters. You can help ensuring that asylum seekers can be part of a community from their first day in Denmark.
It means more than you can imagine.