Integration

In addition to stabilizing the health of our clients, integration is an important concern for us. In order to support them, OMEGA offers various integration-promoting projects. They mainly focus on  learning the German language, getting to know culture and customs and finding one's way in the health, social and educational system.

Our clients often have come a long, difficult way to get there or are still in the middle of it. Our mission is to stabilize them and accompany them on the way to a more safe, quiet and relaxed future.


Integration projects


Portobella - accompanying integration

Portobella has been implemented by OMEGA for many years. The target group is asylum seekers, newly arrived women and convention refugees.

For most women, the initial phase in a new country is a major challenge. The women and their families are usually well looked after and all essential basic needs are covered. Meanwhile a very common and central concern of women is that they want to be perceived as individuals. Many are very motivated and interested, but they lack the necessary support to introduce them to independence.
Portobella focuses on these women. In the course one can think about own present and future and actively devote oneself to it.
Portobella therefore pursues societal and psychosocial integrative goals as well as labor market integrative goals for orientation on the Austrian education and labor market.


The courses include language training, communication, information about the Austrian health system, the Austrian school system, the Austrian social system, and the Labor Market Service; moreover, about general information and getting to know the culture of Graz. In addition to the course hours, trips are undertaken to bring women closer to Graz, its culture (monuments) and nature.


Power of Mermaids - A film project for young women on more civil courage and violence prevention

Young migrants are at multiple risk of social exclusion due to their social status, their origin and possibly also their religious affiliation. In the project “Mermaidchenpower- We show civil courage” they are encouraged to deal with the issues of discrimination and civil courage in a solution-oriented way.


Target of the project is that girls find suitable solutions on how to deal with discrimination and pass them on publicly through the medium of film as options for action. Interested girls receive free film workshops from experts from the Film and Media Initiative Graz and independently implement 3-5 short films on the subject of civil courage, which are brought closer to the general public in the form of a film presentation and social media.

 

The symbolism of the mermaid
The mermaid is known in many facets, luring in playful femininity, as a rescuer for shipwrecked people in need, as an activist against piracy and injustice - only as one not, namely as a sexual object. If the mermaid wants it, you can swim, sing or play with it, but you can't have it! The Mermaidchen-power project encourages girls who, like the Mermaidchen themselves, are marginalized or disadvantaged in some way by their life in the water.


OMEGA School

Language, basic education, professional orientation for those entitled to asylum and those with subsidiary protection aged between 18 and 25

The association OMEGA organizes the OMEGA school for the target group of persons entitled to asylum and those with subsidiary protection from the age of 18, in which the participants are taught German, English, mathematics and political education over a period of 6 months. The ÖSD B1 integration test concludes the cycle. The total number of hours is 650 hours, participation is free.

In addition to basic training, the participants receive support in career orientation / finding through to internships. After completing the OMEGA school, every participant should be able to either do the secondary school leaving certificate, find an apprenticeship, go to a secondary school, or go straight into the work process.

The training duration for each group consists of 2 cycles and a total of 6 months, in addition there is a follow-up phase.


Similarities and differences - let's get to know eachother

The coexistence of Austrians and migrants is sometimes affected by ignorance about the lives of others, from prejudice to latent rejection and avoidance of contacts. This is unsatisfactory for both target groups. What is important (therefore) is an offer for everyone, where you can get to know each other on an equal footing, learn from each other and spend time together, leave tracks and leave memories and impressions. This is where the project "Similarities and Differences - Let's Get to Know Each Other" comes into play.

In two-hour workshops in various institutions (e.g. sports clubs, youth clubs, social facilities, neighborhood offices), both target groups should have the opportunity to learn from each other, with each other and above one another, and not as members of a certain ethnic group, but as individuals with their own interests and preferences .

If you are interested in a free workshop - we will come to your institution, club, school, youth club or other institution!


Communication 55+

"55 + communication in German" is a measure that is specifically tailored to the target group "older migrants". In 2 courses of 10 weeks and 60 hours each, basic basic knowledge of German in communication situations is imparted and consolidated.

This is a very targeted offer for people for whom systematic learning has not worked, men and women who have lost their confidence over the years and who have built up fears and frustration. Here you can practice in a relatively sheltered atmosphere and regain confidence.


Papa Chai - German communication for young men

Papa_Chai is an open, low-threshold offer for language and culture-communication as well as for the exchange of gender-specific topics and problems of everyday life. At weekly meetings, communicative competencies are acquired within the non-binding framework of drinking tea together (= Chai)
In doing so, gender stereotypes should be critically reflected on and any existing patriarchal structures questioned. The setting as a German communication training serves as a neutral framework. The focus is on the ability to language one's own needs express and understand and recognize those of the other person.

The German trainer assumes the role of a moderator rather than that of a knowledge provider, whereby linguistic knowledge is not a priori, but as required and on the initiative of the participants.
Content-based inputs serve as impulses for discussion, whereby the participants themselves have a lot of creative freedom. This creates a protected framework for respectful exchange.

The offer is aimed at men between 20 and 40 who ideally speak German at least at level A2.

The meetings take place every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Omega; registration is not required.