For the third time in succession, the EPQS team conducted a "Corporate Volunteering Day". This year we set ourselves the task of providing a group of refugees an enjoyable and productive day as well as bringing a little help and assistance to cognitively impaired working individuals. 

Experience a day with people who are cognitively impaired
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Experience a day with people who are cognitively impaired

In Bubikon, near Zurich, the Züriwerk has created a place where people with cognitive impairment have the opportunity to work regularly. The goal of this foundation is to offer each person the appropriate environment; to recognize individual competences and to grow. They do this by trusting their clients, asking them for their specific needs and giving their individuals the strength and capabilities. They have the opportunity to actively participate in the production, the packaging, the farm or the farm shop. The Züriwerk is already celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The orders handled by Züriwerk concern the manufacture of goods sold in their farm shop, such as their hand-held tools. Many companies even prefer to have their Christmas presents made here e.g. bags. Manufacturers of hearing aids also rely on the skills of the employees of the different workshops to carry out certain production processes and to stock spare part kits. At this location, Züriwerk also takes over the complete process of packaging and shipping for some companies. The gardening procures the cultivation of herbs, vegetables and flowers. The harvest either goes directly into the farm shop or is processed beforehand.

After an interesting and exciting assignment, the Sika team exchanged ideas with the customers and supervisors.

Experience a day with refugees
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Experience a day with refugees

As part of the team’s social commitment, Sika staff wanted to give some refugees from a school run by the Asylum Organization Zurich (AOZ) a stimulating and entertaining day.

The AOZ is an independent and politically neutral public-law institution in the City of Zurich. They provide the following services in the fields of migration and asylum:

  • Social assistance and accommodation
  • Education and labor integration
  • Promoting social inclusion

The class of refugees assigned to the Sika team, all of whom are learning German at the AOZ, consisted of 14 refugees and 2 tutors. The individuals were originally hailing from Eritrea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey and Somalia. Some of them had already received positive feedback regarding their status to remain in Switzerland, while others were still waiting to hear, some of them already for almost 2 years. This is a very intense and difficult situation for those affected because they can only work and start to live a normal life if they have permission to stay in the country.

After some presentations on the company and its business, Sika staff and the group of refugees spent the day together and played football, badminton and volleyball in the afternoon. There was plenty of time for conversations and for articulating experiences.