Support Group Network (SGN), is a non-profit organization initiated by refugees and collaborates with local societies to improve integration of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, were SGN provides psychosocial support through creating need-based activities and projects aiming to enhance their future in Europe or home countries if they go back.
Self-organization and strategic cooperation for improved integration.
- In August 2014 Support Group Network SGN started.
- In July 2016 and after two years of performing activities and projects at the biggest refugee camp in Sweden (Restad Gård camp with almost 1500 resident in it) in Vänersborg city, SGN became officially licensed non-profit organization in Sweden. Organization number: 802503-7097, EU commission PIC: 913700522.
- Being supported from “Save the Children-Sweden, The ReAct Project”, SGN has been established in other 13 cities and 16 camps in Sweden within 2016.
- More recently SGN’s concept started to spread to different European countries.
1- Human Rights Award in 2016 for SGN from Västra Götaland Region, Sweden.
2-Lifelong Learning Award (LLLAwards) 2016 in category of Best Practice, when SGN was chosen one of the best ten inspiring initiatives in Europe.
3- Two of SGN projects have been chosen in two different occasions by SKL (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions) as model example that other Swedish municipalities should follow.
1- Empower and encourage asylum seekers, refugees and migrants' own initiatives and support them in all fields: (social, cultural, educational, sports, health and psychological care).
2- Encourage communities to explore skills and expertise of refugees and immigrants for the sake of better and colorful multicultural communities that help achieving social sustainability.
3- Make refugees actors and mean stakeholder for their own matters.
4- Promoting the understanding of society’s norms to create a better integration and inclusion of children, youth, adults and families and provide them the tools to become active members in the society, with mean focus on: diversity, gender equality, women and youth empowerment and Children Rights safeguarding.
5- Cooperate with other organizations and initiatives in Sweden and Europe that share the same objectives.
6- Gather advocacy for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants' cases at all levels.
Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and immigrants, third-country nationals, local societies and associations and NGOs, municipalities, governmental institutions and international organizations.
SGN function as an umbrella that gathers associations and individuals efforts aiming to help and support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants' to integrate in the hosting countries through need-based activities and projects.
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