TeamUp stars at Goed Geld Gala
War Child, Save the Children and UNICEF Netherlands this week received €2.5 million in funds for their joint-project TeamUp. The massive sum was awarded by the Netherlands’ National Postcode Lottery at its annual 'Goed Geld Gala' awards event.
TeamUp was launched in 2016 as a collaboration between War Child, Save the Children and UNICEF. The project was designed to meet the urgent needs of refugee children who have arrived in the Netherlands - in particular their social and emotional needs. These children have undertaken arduous journeys to safety and have experienced significant stress and instability.
TeamUp provides children in asylum centres aged between six and eighteen with recreational activities, such as sport, music and dance. These activities help provide children with emotional support and a much-needed sense of stability.
This stability helps participating children to forget their bad experiences. They learn to make friends and trust other children and adults once again.
Expanding our support
The three organisations chose to launch TeamUp with a small-scale programme in five locations across the Netherlands - Ter Apel, Overberg, Sweikhuizen, Amsterdam and Tilburg. The last three months of 2016 saw the TeamUp expand to eight locations, with new locations added in Heerhugowaard, Alkmaar and Maastricht.
More than 500 children were reached across the whole of 2016 and 56 volunteer facilitators joined the programme. 2017 will see the TeamUp staff continue working hard inside the project's current eight locations and work to expand the programme to new locations.
The fantastic award from the National Postcode Lottery will bring the project nearer to its ultimate ambition - to reach every child living in a reception centre in the Netherlands.