Family Centre Osloer Straße: colourful and lively from the start

What is a fami­ly cent­re? Doro­thee Fischer can’t ans­wer this ques­ti­on com­ple­te­ly eit­her. Gene­ral­ly spea­king, a fami­ly cent­re is a spot for fami­lies offe­ring coun­sel­ling, acti­vi­ties and cour­ses. Each fami­ly cent­re, fun­ded by the Ber­lin Sena­te, is very indi­vi­du­al, though. Doro­thee Fischer con­tri­bu­tes to this mix now – she is run­ning the fami­ly cent­re at Oslo­er Stra­ße (at Fabrik Oslo­er Stra­ße), which was ope­ned offi­cial­ly during the autumn break.

famZentrumOsloerEroeffnungOne cha­rac­te­ris­tic beca­me clear right away: Doro­thee can use the well-estab­lis­hed infra­st­ruc­tu­re and the social net­work of Fabrik Oslo­er Stra­ße. The holi­day work­shop, pre­ce­ding the ope­ning cere­mo­ny, was well accep­ted, and the ope­ning day its­elf was lively and visi­ted by many fami­lies from the Kiez. “The big­gest resour­ce here is the fact that the­re has alrea­dy been a lot of work done in the Kiez”, says Doro­thee – she does not have to start from scratch but wants to deve­lop the exis­ting offers for families.

The infor­ma­ti­on she­ets, fresh from the press, show what Doro­thee has been working on for the last cou­p­le of mon­ths: “We have regu­lar mee­tings whe­re peop­le can arran­ge their spa­re time tog­e­ther, we have sup­port offers like a social coun­sel­ling fur­ther cour­ses”, she exp­lains. “The chal­len­ge will be to crea­te offers for fami­lies who have strugg­le a lot and to also inclu­de fami­lies who don’t have the­se issu­es but are loo­king for a dan­cing class, for instance.”

Strong partners open the door to Soldiner Kiez

dorothee_fischer1Doro­thee wants to direct­ly assess the needs of tho­se who don’t search cour­ses on their smart­pho­nes: “I want to go to play­grounds and have a chat with par­ents and kids.” She also wants to inclu­de the kin­der­gar­ten next door, Kita Put­te. This Kita is, next to Fabrik Oslo­er Stra­ße, the second part­ner for the fami­ly cent­re. Doro­thee, who trai­ned as a kin­der­gar­ten tea­cher and in social pedago­gy, has alrea­dy made some good con­ta­cts. A lot of the kids par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the holi­day work­shop came from Kita Put­te. She also wants to build brid­ges for the refu­gees living in the refu­gee home at Goten­bur­ger Straße.

Some new offers have alrea­dy been star­ted as well. Every Thurs­day from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, for instance, a fami­ly evening is hap­pe­ning now in the Café at Nach­bar­schafts­E­ta­ge. Tues­days from 3–5 pm, a ‘Cha­sey-evening’ is offe­red the­re as well.

The Ber­lin fami­ly cen­tres have been going for a few years now. By the end of 2013, 24 cen­tres have been ope­ned by the Ber­lin Sena­te. In 2014 and 2015, seven more of them are meant to be estab­lis­hed. Mit­te now has three such cen­tres: At Fischer­insel, in Moa­bit, and now at Oslo­er Stra­ße. In addi­ti­on to that, several other fami­ly cen­tres exist, for examp­le at Watt­stra­ße (Brun­nen­vier­tel), at Naue­ner Platz, and at Paul-Gerhardt-Stift.

http://familienzentrum.fabrik-osloer-strasse.de

Text and pho­tos: Domi­ni­que Hensel

Trans­la­ti­on: Danie­la Hombach

Dominique Hensel

Dominique Hensel lebt und schreibt im Wedding. Sonntags gibt sie hier den Newsüberblick für den Stadtteil, fotografiert dort für unseren Instagram-Kanal (Freitag) und hat hier und da einen aktuellen Text für uns - gern zum Thema Stadtgärten, Kultur, Nachbarschaft und Soziales. Hyperlokal hat sie es auf jeden Fall am liebsten und beim Weddingweiser ist sie fast schon immer.

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