There are plenty of opportunities for social contacts! These initiatives include sports, activities for children and adults, social networks for newcomers and websites that match 'buddies' with refugees from Ukraine.
There are multiple networks in the Netherlands that match 'buddies' with newcomers. A buddy is a volunteer who can help you with different aspects of your life in the Netherlands, such as education, social events, or financial matters.
Help is provided in the form of finding buddies, shelter, food, other necessities and transportation. Do you have a spare room in your house? Your own restaurant or shop? Can you give rides? If you have additional resources that can be shared with refugees from Ukraine and aid seekers, you can offer them directly through Help380.
The platform connects everyone who wants to help with someone who needs something. From the neighbor on the corner, local or national foundations, to companies and the government.
People can ask for help on the platform, who are then actively matched with the community of approximately 170,000 volunteers. Refugees can also place a request for help here and people who want to help can place an offer that can be actively responded to by anyone looking for help, such as a buddy, friendship or language buddy.
At 'Het Begint met Taal', you can find a voluntary language coach (one-to-one or in a group) throughout the Netherlands. A language coach will practice Dutch with you as a 'language buddy' in a language café or online. The main aim of language coaching is to enable you to participate in society.
Bridge to Better
Bridge to Better is an organisation that offers support to illegal immigrants, refugees and now also refugees from Ukraine. They have developed a website for refugees from Ukraine where you can go with questions. They also organise activities and offer psycho-social and trauma support. See the website for more information.