On the 17.11.2015, in a packed council chamber, Mayor Christian Thegelkamp welcomed the many citizens who attended the second information evening to find out the latest news about the refugee aid in the municipality of Wadersloh.
In his welcome address, he presented the latest update of the numbers of asylum seekers and informed the community about accommodation for the refugees. He also pointed out that although these were the most recent figures, due to continuing refugee allocations in the coming days and weeks, the figures may already be outdated. The contemporary figures indictate, that currently 258 asylum seekers are housed in various locations within the community, however since the beginning of 2015, 219 new asylum seekers had arrived in Wadersloh. Currently there are 16 accommodation facilities, in municipally owned facilities or rented homes and apartments, which are available for these people.
The “Refugee Aid Wadersloh” website www.fluechtlingshilfe-wadersloh.de was also launched to coincide with this second meeting and was presented to those in attendance in the Council Chamber. The website is now available online to all interested parties as a simple information portal on the overall work of “Refugee Aid Wadersloh”. The online website will be the homepage to all refugee information, notices, meetings and updates on the current status of refugee assistance.
A central theme of this evening’s meeting was the work of volunteer helpers. With the launch of the “mentor concept”, the municipality of Wadersloh wishes to establish the principle of help to self-help among the refugees themselves. In every refugee accommodation, volunteer mentors who are in daily contact with the refugees will learn of the problems and issues facing refugess and act as a competent advisory service. In this context, those volunteers present who are already active in the refugee aid program, were able to highlight their experiences with refugees as being open and friendly and infused with gratitude.
Subsequently, the citizens had the opportunity for a question and answer session, which aroused considerable participation among the citizens and many suggestions. Among the issues raised were work opportunites for the refugees, the extent of provisions for German language courses and questions regarding further opportunities to assist with the refugee aid program. All senior members of the program were able to introduce themselves and their functions to the assembled citizens.
To conclude the event, Mayor Christian Thegelkamp took the opportunity to appeal to the volunteer helpers themselves, he encouraged them to become and remain courageous in carrying out their volunteer tasks and in their relations with the refugees. The volunteers should be unafraid of making a mistake while carring out this communal task. Indeed, the coordinators would always be available for support and to answer questions.
In the coming year more meetings will be arranged to provide further information and updates on the subject, with invitations to all concerned sent out in a timely mamer. A thankyou event for the many volunteers is also being planned and anyone willing to help is always welcome.
More information is available from Mr Werner Eckey at the Town Hall:
Phone: 02523 / 950-1278