News & activities

U-Award ceremony

Last Friday, November 11, we received a U-Award in Sonnenborgh from the Utrecht 4 Global Goals Foundation. Also, Vital’nya ANNE and Arthur Lippus both received an U-Award, congratulations! This year’s theme was ‘Hospitality’. Utrecht as a city without walls. The U-Awards are awarded each year to inspiring initiatives or people…

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Cheerfulness instead of pain and stress

For the newsletter of Plan Einstein we interviewed Ashebir. A welcome guest at a lot of Welkom in Utrecht activities. For a long time he was not doing well, but since six months he is doing much better mentally and physically. This is partly due to his participation in various…

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“This is the best year of my life.”

We know Orrwa as one of the most active AZC residents around AZC Joseph Haydnlaan. Since he came to live in the AZC around this time last year, he has been going to almost all activities of Welkom in Utrecht. But as it turns out, he is not only active…

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Rima builds what is lost

Rima is one of our regular volunteers. She helps with recruitment every Thursday morning at azc Joseph Haydnlaan. She lives with her family in the emergency shelter Star Lodge Hotels. Also there, she actively participates in a lot of activities from Welkom in Utrecht. What Welkom in Utrecht means to…

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Keep moving in a VR-workshop!

Last Wednesday, in collaboration with the de Vrolijkheid Foundation, the enthusiastic tea of On the Move Sports Friends visited us to give a VR workshop to the youth of the AZC. “This is soooo cool and you should come now…..” This was said by a boy who spontaneously called a…

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Welkom in Utrecht and Ukrainians

For a few hours last Thursday, Ukrainians sat drawing. In concentration and with a lot of feeling. Because this is what intuitive drawing, or ‘neurographic drawing’ as it is called in Ukrainian, is all about, according to Marina who guided the drawing class. Marina herself gave workshops in Ukraine. Now…

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Building light sculptures for Saint Martin

What a celebration, the kickoff of light sculpture building for the festive Sint Maarten Parade in Utrecht! On Friday, November 11, it is time again for this annual parade of people with music, performances and beautiful light sculptures from all over Utrecht. In district West a big Hendrikbeest (yaja) is…

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“A really special and beautiful show”

“It was a really special and beautiful show, I was very moved and a bit sad” This is what Karama from Iraq said after the fantastic concert by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble – NBE Wednesday, Sept. 21, on Peace Day in TivoliVredenburg. More than 70 people from azc, emergency…

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Yesss, Aikido!

….Yesss, Aikido!!! They have been doing it for a while, together with kids from the neighborhood, and with a lot of fun. A group of children from 8 to 14 years old from the emergency shelter in Star Lodge Hotels have been sports at Aikidio Utrecht for several months.

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Yoga for refugees!

Just imitate that, such a twist-yoga position! For years Claas Hille of studio iYoga Utrecht has been teaching classes to refugees. He did that when we were still on Einsteindreef inside Plan Einstein, at the azc in Oog en Al, and now in Theaterhuis De Berenkuil for people in the…

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