Our project doesn’t just offer the possibility for intercultural exchange, but we also offer the possibility for some of our participants to gain experience in the Swiss work world, to participate in product development and design, and to learn how to develop different aspects of a business.
These are our current activities:
From August 2018, Social Fabric is offering for the first time an official apprenticeship for a person who comes from a refugee background. (the title of the education is Bekleidungsnäher/in EBA).
Starting in autumn 2019, Social Fabric offers a “pre-apprenticeship” to a refugee. This is the newest addition to our efforts in the work integration of refugees.
We work together with the Zurich-based organisation AOZ, under their GEP-Program to offer work placements to people with a refugee background.
Through a crowdfunding campaign that we carried out in September, 2016, we were able to offer a paid internship to Cisse Sekou, a tailor from the Ivory Coast who comes from a refugee background. Cisse was a permanently employed member of our core team until May 2019. We aim to hire more employees from a refugee background in the future.
Social Fabric Association has been working with refugees in Zürich since June, 2015. We offer a drop in sewing class for refugees every Monday and Thursday morning from 9.30 – 12.00 (except in July and December, when we are closed). Participants can learn how to make clothes and accessories using donated fabrics with the help of volunteers and the Social Fabric team.
20% of the sales price of these T-Shirts goes to the refugee designer, or to a non-profit organisation of their choice (depending on their permit status).We couldn’t run our refugee activities without the help of volunteers. Volunteering gives you a great opportunity to get to know new people, learn new skills and do something valuable. For volunteers who make a weekly commitment, we offer our membership for free during the volunteer period.
We need volunteers for our weekly Monday and Thursday morning sewing workshops; volunteers for this activity should have good basic sewing knowledge, good German skills and be ready to commit weekly for at least 4 months. On Friday afternoons (from 2pm to 4pm) we offer a Sprachencafé and for that we are looking for native German speakers to volunteer. In future we might expand the selection of the refugee activities to other days of the week and sometimes we have one time events when volunteers are also welcome. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to know more about it, please contact Helka.
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