Together we make sure that newcomers feel at home in the Netherlands.
An easy and effective way to reach all newcomers in your municipality.
Discover which other organizations around are active and look for partnerships with them to make more impact together.
Gain insight into how newcomers experience your activities and what is needed in the municipality.
Only together we integrate! This asks for a platform that easily facilitates this. That’s why Welcome app launched a web-app for all organizations interested in supporting newcomers. This way you can easily activate the activities of your organization for the Welcome community in your municipality. At the moment we are active in Venlo, Leiden, Dordrecht and Almere.Register as organisation
As an organization you can work with us to welcome newcomers to your city. You can upload your events, workshops, language or sports lessons, fun activities for children, walk-in consultation hours, but also calls with your organization. You upload these via the web app in your own organization’s portal. There you can easily see which organizations there are in your city and what activities are organized by them. There is also a possibility to connect with them to make collaboration easier. You can also send messages to newcomers who have indicated that they want to be at your activity. At the same time, we ensure that Welcome app reaches newcomers in your city and that the events of organizations are visible to them through our app.
Welcome app is different from the ‘traditional’ social maps. Social maps are often heavy websites, with a lot of text and a dry overview of projects or organizations. These maps are often not designed with the target audience in mind: information is centralized but not easily accessible (often only in Dutch) or action-oriented. They do not call for participation.
Welcome app is different because it is designed together with the target group. It is a platform that informs people on an activity level and motivates them to participate. The activities that are displayed are structured in categories (language, sports, kids, culture, etc.), presented in your own language and linked to your location. In addition, Welcome app is more than just an app: we are also a community. We continuously collect feedback from our users and provide demand-driven offerings. In addition, we are available for personal approaches and we are always available for questions via our helpdesk.
Anyone can create an account on the app. We have developed a web app for organizations to make it easier to manage the activities. This is completely free.
The maintenance of the activities is the responsibility of the organizations themselves. We regularly check the offers in the app and contact organizations if we see that activities are no longer relevant or current.
We take the security of our app users very seriously. Activities uploaded by organizations are always checked by us first.
We understand that it is a lot of work to put all the activities on it. We therefore recommend focusing on activities that are interesting for newcomers. Consider, for example, activities where it does not matter what language the visitor speaks, activities that are free, or activities that are accessible to newcomers in a different way. You only have to post recurring activities once!
No compensation is given to organizations for providing activities. We think we can be a useful tool to make it easier for your activities to reach the target group. The app is designed for them. This makes us different from other social maps.
We share this wish with you – at the moment this is not yet possible, but something that is planned for the coming year. We would like to hear your feedback on how to make the web app as user-friendly as possible. Even creating an API will involve human work in managing activities.
Welcome app aims to support newcomers in different phases of their integration process. All these initiatives are great and are exactly the activities that should be included in Welcome app. It is our goal to inform people in the language of the newcomers, in an accessible way, about all the possibilities that are available.
Welcome app exist for newcomers with a refugee background. As a ‘local’ you can also create an account. You can answer questions from newcomers and chat with all users of the app. You can also see the activities that are organized in your city.
The use of Welcome app is completely free for organizations, newcomers and locals!
As an organization, you create an account on the web app. You can then set up your activities here, so that newcomers to your municipality can find and book them.
If your organization offers activities that are interesting for newcomers, then Welcome app is for you! Not only when it comes to activities that directly contribute to the integration of newcomers, such as language lessons or informative consultation hours, but also when you organize cultural, social or sporting activities. In integration, it is important that newcomers can participate in all facets of society.