RFSL Newcomers Project

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Are you LGBTQ+ individual who just moved to Malmö / Skåne? Or, are you LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees who need support to integrate and navigate your new life in Sweden?
 
Welcome to RFSL Newcomers Malmö.
 
RFSL Newcomers Malmö is a project under RFSL Malmö to provide support, guidance and safe spaces for LGBTQ+ individual, asylum seekers, and refugees who just arrived in Malmö / Skåne. This project have several main goals:
1. To provide legal, social, cultural and wellbeing support for LGBTQ+ Individuals, asylum seekers and refugees who recently arrived in Malmö / Skåne
2. To provide support and guidance in integrating LGBTQ+ individuals, asylum seekers and refugees to Swedish society and navigating their new life.
3. To strengthen and develop LGBTQ+ individuals, asylum seekers and refugees competencies and capability to enter swedish labour market.
4. To provide a network, safe space and community for LGBTQ+ individuals, asylum seekers and refugees in Malmö / Skåne.
5. To bridge between LGBTQ+ newcomers community to broader Swedish LGBTQ+ community.
6. To increase public awareness and advocate on the human rights of LGBTQ+ individuals, asylum seekers and refugees globally.
 
RFSL Newcomers group focuses on protecting the integrity of our members and what is shared in this group is confidential.
 
If you are interested to participate in this group, or interested in volunteer with our group, feel free to reach us at newcomers@malmo.rfsl.se
 
Regards,
RFSL Newcomers Team

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RFSL Newcomers Malmö Activities

To support all of our members and LGBTQ+ newcomers in Malmö / Skåne in general, we regularly arrange wide regular activities, from fun-social activities to public advocacy. Below you will see our activities that we regularly offer.

Weekly Cafe and Legal Consultation

We regularly arrange Newcomers Cafe to provide safe space to all of our members. Furthermore, we also provide legal Consultation for all of our members who might need it. The meeting itself will be conduct confidentially, and thus if you are interested, you are welcome to email us at newcomers@malmo.rfsl.se or to our project manager at yves@malmo.rfsl.se

Social Support

Even though we might not be able to provide financial, or professional health support, our officer will be available to help you to navigate your new life in Sweden as newcomers. Furthermore, through our network, we can also provide you information and refer you to specific organization that you can approach to help your social needs.

When: Monday, 10.00-13.00; Where: RFSL Malmö office.

If you have any specific inquiries in regards to social support, you are welcome to contact our Social Support Officer at robin@malmo.rfsl.se

Job and Career Support

As part of our effort to support the integration process to Swedish society and Swedish labour market, we also offer our members support in regards to CV creation and Motivation letter creation. Furthermore, our integration officer also will provide some insight into Swedish culture and Swedish society and how to navigate the new reality in Sweden.

When: Monday, 10.00-13.00; RFSL Malmö Office

If you have any specific inquiries in regards to Job and Career support, you are welcome to contact our Integration Officer at noah@malmo.rfsl.se

Språkcafe / Language Cafe

As part of collaboration with RFSL Senior Project Malmö, we arrange regular language cafe where the newcomers will have a chance to practice their conversational Swedish with our senior members.

When: Thursday, 15.00 – 18.00; RFSL Malmö office. Notes: Språkcafe will be postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 outbreak.

If you have any specific inquiries in regards to Språkcafe, you are welcome to contact our Integration Officer at noah@malmo.rfsl.se

Public Advocacy on LGBTQ+ Rights

In addition to most of our activities that is targeted towards LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers, we also regularly conduct public advocacy on LGBTQ+ right, particularly focusing on LGBTQ+ migrants. In order to increase our public reach, we are aiming to have wider collaboration with external organizations.

Follow our facebook page and instagram account to keep update on our upcoming public advocacy events, such as public seminars, public workshop, etc.

If you have any specific inquiries in regards to public advocacy or interested to conduct join activities with RFSL Newcomers Malmö to increase public awareness, you are welcome to contact our Education Officers at barbora@malmo.rfsl.se, christopher@malmo.rfsl.se

If you are interested to have wider scope of collaboration and long term collaboration with RFSL Newcomers Malmö, you are welcome to contact our project manager at yves@malmo.rfsl.se or newcomers@malmo.rfsl.se

Peer-to-peer education for LGBTQ+ newcomers

We regularly conduct peer-to-peer education for our newcomer members who are new in Sweden, with the LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees as our main target. We have conducted various educations not only to support our newcomers member to navigate the Swedish society and also to improve and develop our newcomer members competencies and skills.

If you have any specific inquiries in regards to Peer-to-peer education for LGBTQ+ newcomers, you are welcome to contact our Education Officers at barbora@malmo.rfsl.se, christopher@malmo.rfsl.se

Social activities and safe space for LGBTQ+ newcomers

Another important support that we offer to our LGBTQ+ newcomer members is to provide various social activities and safe space for LGBTQ+ newcomers in Skåne / Malmö. Follow us on social media to get update on our upcoming activities!

Several example of activities that we regularly conducts are:

Board Games Night

Are you interested to play various board games and in the same time to get to know other newcomers members and our local members? We provide various board games that you can play with your new friends in our offices.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 situation, we can not offer physical board games night, however, we provide virtual board games night instead. Follow our social media to get to know our upcoming events.

Movie Nights

Would you like to watch and discuss various LGBTQ+ themed movies and make new friends in our office? We regularly arrange movie nights where all RFSL members can enjoy a chill evening with a light snack.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 situation, we can not offer physical movie night, however, we arrange virtual movie night instead.

This events is only for our Newcomers members, if you are interested to join the movie night you can get the upcoming update in our Newcomers FB group, you are welcome to send email to newcomers@malmo.rfsl.se and you will be provided the information on how to become Newcomer members.

Cultural and festive celebration

We regularly arrange various cultural and festive celebration such as Eid, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine, etc. Furthermore we also arrange various cultural activities such as cultural dinner, potluck, etc.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 situation this physical activities will be postponed until further notice.

Do you have other suggestion?

Do you have other suggestion for further activities that we can do? You are welcome to contact our member engagement officers at liliana@malmo.rfsl.se, or adnan@malmo.rfsl.se

RFSL Newcomers Youth Malmö

We are aware that we also have younger LGBTQ+ members who have different social needs and would like to have specific LGBTQ+ youth community. Due to this reason we also have special activities that is targeted for LGBTQ+ newcomers youth (below 25 years old). Follow us on our social media to get update on our upcoming activities!

Several activities that we are currently offers are:

Its Gayme Time

As younger members tend to be more internet savvy, we offer opportunity to play virtual or internet games with other members. Some of the games that we have played such as Among Us, Risk, Scrabble etc.

Sport, culture and arts

We also provide various activities in relation to sport, culture and arts for our youth members. Some of the activities that we offer such as or museum exhibition visit, sport groups, platform to channel hobbies for the youth such as painting, singing, etc.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 situation, physical youth sport, culture, and activities will be postponed until further notice.

Youth oriented educations

We are aware that LGBTQ+ youths have a different needs than the older members, and therefore we offer various youth oriented educations for our younger members, some of the topic of education that we offer such as: Values workshop, leadership training, accessing education in Sweden, etc.

Do you have other suggestion for RFSL Newcomers Youth Malmö?

Do you have other suggestion for further activities that we can do? You are welcome to contact our youth engagement officers at lauren@malmo.rfsl.se, or our project manager at yves@malmo.rfsl.se

Do not miss it: World Pride 2021 in Malmö and Copenhagen

As an organization who work with LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers, we are excited for the World Pride 2021 that will be conducted in Copenhagen and Malmö. During this world pride, there will be international summit with the focus on The Refugees, Borders & Immigration Summit. We hope that through this summit, we can use this platform to voice out our LGBTQ+ friends and families who are still experiencing discrimination and oppression in the other part of the world.

So, make sure that you will not miss this upcoming events! If you are interested to see this upcoming events, you can check the official website:

https://copenhagen2021.com/

Our Team

RFSL Newcomers Malmö Team consist of eight different individuals from seven different countries with various professional background. Below you can see our RFSL Newcomers Team for 2020/2021:

Project Manager: Karl Yves Vallin (yves@malmo.rfsl.se)

Social Support Officer: Robin Laurence (robin@malmo.rfsl.se)

Integration Officer: Noah Bohm (noah@malmo.rfsl.se)

Education Officer: Barbora Majdisova (barbora@malmo.rfsl.se)

Education Officer: Christopher Cowan (christopher@malmo.rfsl.se)

Member Engagement Officer: Liliana Picchi Cappuccelli (liliana@malmo.rfsl.se)

Member Engagement Officer: Adnan Rifat (adnan@malmo.rfsl.se)

Youth Engagement Officer: Lauren Ashmore (lauren@malmo.rfsl.se)

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