"Before I started coming to Trampoline House, I was just at home in Roskilde. Sometimes I went shopping for maybe half an hour, and then I returned home to watch TV."
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By Maya Wettergren Andreasen, Communications Intern & Kajsa Böttcher Messell, Communications Coordinator
Omar started coming in Trampoline House in March as part of Next Practice, which has led to a collaboration between Roskilde municipality and Trampoline House. Omar is living in Roskilde, but he comes to Trampoline House to improve his options on the Danish job market.
"Maybe Trampoline House can help me find a job, because it's a Danish NGO with a lot of contacts – it doesn't have to be Trampoline House, maybe I can find something myself after a while when I've gotten to know people. Then they might be able to help me find a job, no matter what kind. I would love to get a job," says Omar, who has already had one job interview.
But it's not only job training and language skills that motivate Omar to spend so much of his time in Trampoline House. He says that it has been a big help socially, as well.
"The best thing about coming here, for me, is that I don't have a lot of contacts where I'm living. Before I started coming here, I was very lonely. I want to get to know people. 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."
To Omar, who otherwise lives alone, it can be difficult to establish a network in a new country, but it has been a great help for him to get his job training in Trampoline House, where he takes on different tasks: "I chose kitchen work and Danish class, but I also like the other activities, so sometimes I also participate in other things that aren't my field. Being here has given me an opportunity to learn how I can meet people and be social. It's a new country, and everything is new to me, so there's a lot to learn."
Next Practice is Trampoline House's new employment project, which through collaborations between Trampoline House, municipalities and businesses will make it easier for refugees with asylum in Denmark to get access to the Danish job market. The project is supped by TrygFonden and Tuborgfondet.
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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.
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“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.”
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