Online Digital Database – Resource2022-04-07T11:55:57+02:00
Serve Now


On Monday’s between19:00 - 20:30 and twice on Wednesday’s (16:30 - 18:30 & 19:00 - 20:30) Serve the City, a non-profit voluntary organisation, runs a volunteer homework project and sports and recreation project called Serve Now at Leopold Asylum Seeker Centre which houses around 350 people including many children in the Brussels commune of Etterbeek. Volunteers support refugee and asylum-seeking children in different areas, including maths, language or general study. The objective is to give young people living in the centre help that is often lacking, foster community and inclusion with the host culture, and improve both physical and mental health for people who have experienced loss and sometimes trauma. It also encourages host country volunteers to engage with people living in the centres and to thereby foster understanding within the host culture. Volunteers also run games and sports activities once a week for students living in the centre. The programme is funded by donations and the workers are volunteers from across Brussels.

  • Good Practices
  • Country of origin / implementation:
  • Belgium
  • Language:
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Compliance with the Dashboard Outcomes:
    • Children's academic skills
    • Children's competence in host language
    • Children's life satisfaction / happiness
    • Children's sense of belonging
    • Friends and peers (bridges)
    • Friends and peers (support)
    • Institutions

    Evaluation ex post
    Information not available

    Projects’ deliverables
    Information and communication via the Website, the Serve Now app, and Serve the City social media (Twitter, Facebook).

    Information not available

    Motivation for the submission
    This is a grass roots movement encouraging host engagement through volunteering with newly arrived refugee and asylum-seeking children, which fosters an engaged and inclusive integration of young people with the host culture, particularly through education and sport.

  • Donations
  • Foundations
  • Private funding
  • Type of action:
  • Curriculum help, including maths and languages
  • Extra-curricular activity
  • Language class
  • Target:
  • Newly arrived migrant children
  • Refugee and asylum seeker children
  • Unaccompanied and separated children
  • Professionals involved:
  • Community Volunteers
  • Networking - Actors and institutions mobilized by the project:
  • Asylum and Refugee Reception Centres
  • NGOs, third sector organizations
  • Lastest news

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