Day 2: A visit to a very special place: Kontakten at the Gottsunda Center, a mall that is also a third place.

Day 2 was a very intense day with many impressions,talk, new ideas and eye-openers.

We went to Gottsunda, a very challenging district with a lot of crime, poverty and culture clash: Gottsunda was nominated one of the most challenging districts all over sweden. In huge shopping mall “Gottsunda Centrum“, Studiefrämjandet Uppsala runs Kontakten – much more than just a meeting place…

Here Gunhild Hansen and John Nealis explain what makes their work special.

After been given a short introduction to the concept of Kontakten by headmaster Gunhild Hansen and her collegues, we started our visit at “Utbildnings- och jobbcenter”, the training- and employment center operated by Uppala Kommun – next to a supermarket. Here Andreas Christoffersson explained the importance of a meeting place for unemployed people. His center provides not only service by helping unemployed people in classes but also gives them the opportunity to study, using the Internet, write CVs and doing job-interviews.

Meeting room at Utbildnings och jobcente Gottsunda

Here we realized how important it is to provide quiet and safe space for people living in small apartments – or as our next host, Daniel Färnström from the Gottsunda Dance-School Dans & Teater said: “We want to create a safe haven”.

Daniel Färnström – Photo: Stefan Will

Daniel also showed us his blackboxes and stages, and told us about his team. All teachers are permanently employed so they can built relationship with the kids and young people aged 5-25. He also works together with a youth council to get more insights of his target group needs.

Here he explaines more about his work.

Helena Pennlov showed the wonderful library next to a huge café where there is a “secret chamber” to read books to kids.

To be continued…

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