Work Experience for Refugees

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).


“Pre-Apprenticeship” (Vorlehre)

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.


GEP – Program

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.


Open Sewing Classes

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 for themselves using donated fabrics with the help of volunteers and the Social Fabric team.


Do you want to volunteer for our refugee project?

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. 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.


Do you want to support our refugee projects?

Send your donation to:


IBAN CH39 0839 0034 1225 1010 6


Social Fabric Association
Eichstrasse 29
8045 Zürich


or via PayPal:



Do you want to know more about our past activities?

Find more Information in our annual reports:

Social Fabric Association – Annual Report 2019

Social Fabric Association – Jahresbericht 2018
Social Fabric Association – Jahresbericht 2017
Social Fabric Association – Jahresbericht 2016
or send an E-Mail with your questions to Justine.

Impressions of our refugee projects