Full legal name of organisation in native language Stichting voor sociaal-cultureel werk Rijnstad
Name of organisation in English language (Stichting Rijnstad) abbreviation Rijnstad
Country Netherlands
Country code NL
Organisation address Velperweg 13, 6824 BC Arnhem
Last and first name of the contact person van der Lugt Johannes Frank
Title and position in the organisation Director
Phone (include country and area codes) (+31) 26 4456452
Fax (include country and area codes) (+31) 26 4456456
E-mail address Jvdlugt@rijnstad.nl
Home page address

Type of organisation (legal status, main areas and type of activity)

Rijnstad is a private foundation, local welfare and training organisation in Arnhem the Netherlands, founded by a merger in 1990.

Rijnstad’s work pays special attention to disadvantaged people and is neighbourhood-based. The work is directed at the elimination of prejudice and discrimination and the promotion of social justice; the richness of difference that characterizes the meeting of human beings with each other is celebrated. The work aims at the empowerment of the local community; that people should take greater control of more of their lives and be full partners in the physical, social and economic regeneration of their neighbourhoods. The work is a mixture of social delivery to meet immediate need and social advocacy to deal with the causes of that need and based on the principles of equality. Rijnstad carries out activities and services mainly in seven districts of the city; the areas of greater need Malburgen, Presikhaaf, Geitenkamp, Arnhem-West, Arnhem-Midden and Klarendal/Sint Marten. All the community centres in these districts are run by Rijnstad. The range of activites is geared to the social problems found in the district in question and is harmonised with the activities offered by other social institutions. They include a number of municipal projects such as an Activity Centre for women, several Family Intervention projects and a Municipal Activities Centre, helping those in poverty. Youth and Immigrant work is also involved.

Size of organisation, in terms of the total number of personnel (use full-time equivalents)

The number of workers has increased in recent years by more than 25% to approx. 250 staff members. Every week, approximately 1,400 volunteers are involved in the activities and services of the neighborhood and youth centres.

Evidence of experience of the organisation of the women’s employment issues and experience in international co-operation

Rijnstad has a significant amount of experience in the project field. For example they are involved in the organisation of activities for women ( Activity Centre for Women ) geared at encouraging women’s confidence and self-esteem and allowing them greater opportunity, freedom and autonomy; empowering them in their everyday lives.

In terms of international cooperation Rijnstad has since 1997 been joint partners with the Social Innovation Fund, Lithuania in the execution of the project entitled “Community and Training Centre for Women” sponsored by the EC Phare Lien programme.

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