Trampoline House is a community center for asylum seekers, refugees and other citizens in Denmark. Our vision is an asylum and integration system where everyone can work, live and participate in society.
We work holistically to ensure this through:
Job training and education, because it makes it easier to integrate in the job market if the asylum phase is spent building skills, taking an education, and establishing professional networks.
Democratic practice, because active citizenship entails understanding the social contract, your rights and duties, and last but not least the Danish democratic tradition and system.
System awareness and counseling, because this makes it easier, as an asylum seeker, to understand the asylum system and advocate for one’s own interests.
Social network, because integration is easier when life is easier.
Strategic partnerships, because Trampoline House’s methods are best disseminated in society at large through collaborations with companies, unions, non-governmental organizations, foundations, the press, municipalities, and the state.
Trampoline House brings together asylum seekers and Danish citizens, refugees and other residents of Denmark, united by a desire to improve the conditions for asylum seekers and refugees. We are a self-governing institution with a board of directors, a paid staff, and a large group of interns and volunteers.
Like in any other home, everybody contributes to the daily life of Trampoline House. Together, we organize a weekly schedule full of activities that include legal and medical counseling, language classes, cooking, cleaning, child care, creative workshops, debates, public campaigns, and art exhibitions. In our weekly Tuesday house meetings, old and new members of the house join discussions on global refugee politics and the daily organization of the house. And every Saturday, the Women’s Club organizes special activities for women asylum seekers and their children. Several days a week, we share a hot meal, meet for a cup of tea or coffee, and on Fridays we party and dance to our favorite music.
Every year, Trampoline House’s community includes:
Like a real trampoline, the house is a space for refugees and asylum seekers to recharge and gather the energy and support needed to jump-start a better life, and for the Danish public to get motivated to reform the current refugee and asylum system.
We support refugees and asylum seekers through mutual respect and the belief that all human beings have capabilities, resources and the need to be part of a community.
By offering a mix of capacity building activities with a sense of respect and being accepted, Trampoline House works to facilitate integration and to give refugees and asylum seekers a voice within Danish society.
Financial support comes from public and private funding, support events and donations.
We strongly believe in working together with external partners and that we can help and strengthen each other through a community of organizations. Therefore Trampoline House is one of the founding member organizations of Folkebevægelsen for asylbørns fremtid, which works to ensure a safe childhood for asylum-seeking children. Trampoline House is also an associated member of the Danish Fundraising Association ISOBRO, which includes a range of Danish fundraising organisations. ISOBRO works on ensuring the best conditions for its members. Furthermore, Trampoline House is part of the United Nations TOGETHER campaign to change negative narratives on migration and to strengthen the social cohesion between host communities and refugees and migrants.