Connecting People

1st Prize 2007

Country: Austria

Region: Vienna

Fields of action: Migration

Project owner: asylkoordination österreich

Responsible person: Dr. Klaus Hofstätter (Wien)

Website: Weblink

What is it about?
Faced with memories that are too much for some adults and left to deal with their fate alone, young asylum seekers need one thing above all: ongoing help in dealing with their emotions. The Viennese action group, Connecting People, finds voluntary adult sponsors for unaccompanied minor and young adult refugees. The sponsors give the young people the emotional support that they so urgently need. During a two-month course, sponsors gain an insight into the young people’s legal situation and also learn about their daily life and the specific problems confronting them. The relationship with the young people develops on an individual basis and Connecting People provides support to all those involved.
Appreciation of the Jury
In 2007, the third year of the SozialMarie awards, the jury awarded first prize to Connecting People and praised the “remarkable (…) variety, care and attractiveness of a project that merits imitation.”