Newcomers is a non-profit organisation and there are many ways to get involved. Maybe you can help as an interpreter or perhaps you have ideas for activities? Do you want to help organise a support party? Make posters? Here, we present some examples of how you can help us and our members. And don't forget, everyone is welcome to participate!
Become a Volunteer!
Whoever you are, we think you have something positive to contribute and we are always open to suggestions about how you could help our members and the network.
- You can help organise one of our ongoing activities, meetings, or events.
- Start new activities! Do you have access to an artists’ studio? Would you like to start a language café? Do you want to organise a CV workshop and coach our members in their job search?
- Are you great at graphic design and want to help us make posters and flyers?
- Are you, or studying to be, a music teacher? If so, you could start musical activities with our members. Or sporting activities, if you’re an athlete. The possibilities are endless!
As a solicitor, lawyer, or law student in the later stages of training, you have legal knowledge that is invaluable to our members. You can become part of our legal group and support our members with legal advice. It could be helping someone navigate the asylum process, advising or assisting in finding information that can facilitate their asylum case, or offering general legal counselling to our members.
Newcomers members are in need of practical as well as emotional support. Counsellors, therapists, social workers, and students in the later stages of training are welcome to organise mental health activities and provide counselling sessions to our members.
Become a Contact Person
We are always looking for dependable people in, and around, Stockholm who can become a contact person for asylum-seeking LGBTQ refugees. As a contact person, you are helping to support the individual with issues they might have. Our members are in different situations and have different needs; you might help them to find housing or information about healthcare, the Swedish Migration Agency, schools or different authorities.
As a contact person, there are a number of important things to bear in mind:
- A contact person supports the member when they are in the asylum process or have had their asylum application refused.
- Our members need help and support with practical errands as it is not always easy to navigate Swedish society when you are newly arrived. Much of the information provided by health services, the Swedish Migration Agency, and other authorities can be insufficient, hard to find, and difficult to access.
- The living situation for LGBTQ asylum seekers and LGBTQ undocumented people is often difficult. Our members sometimes do not feel safe in asylum accommodation – maybe they do not feel supported by the staff, which is why they often seek other types of accommodation. If you do not have a wide network of contacts, it is hard to find a place to live, so as a contact person, you can be of great help!
- Contact people can also help with fundraising for basic things like food and public transportation costs.
- Different members have different needs – many times you can assist with practical things, but as contact person you are there as a sounding board, someone to consult for advice, or just talk to.
- It is a huge advantage if you speak one or more languages in addition to Swedish and English, since our members’ language skills vary – Spanish, Farsi, French, Russian, Swahili – you name it!
Our members are often in emotionally vulnerable situations, so it is important that you, as a contact person, have sufficient time and commitment to be responsible for your member. It is also important to be clear about how much time you have, so that both parties are aware of this.
Open Up Your Home!
Newcomers strives to give LGBTQ people the security that a home provides during the time they are waiting for a decision on their residence permit or asylum application in Sweden. We need your help to give them somewhere to live.
Do you have the possibility to open up your home or know someone who can? A bed, sofa, or room – for one night or a longer period, everything is of interest!
Please get in touch with your name and contact information if you can help with accommodation, or if you want to know more.
Thank you for your engagement and support!
Telephone: +46 (0)73 509 17 27