The Play Hub in Enschede has opened on January 13th, 2020. It is run by two Roma mediators, Antonio and Kali. It is well visited – mainly by Romani families, with children between zero and 18 years of age.
For adults, cooking and sewing activities are organized. In the same sessions, information and advice on early childhood education and care is provided. The Play Hub is located in a church/community building where also other social activities are being organized and it is nearby the public library.
Enschede, together with neighboring Oldenzaal, is one of the so-called “Roma-municipalities”, with around 450 Romani people. It is a community at risk of exclusion with high percentages of criminality, unemployment and illiteracy. Child marriages and early pregnancies for the women also happen disproportionately more than in the majority community. Roma in Enschede, however, are looking for other perspectives in life. One of the means towards this change, is the TOY for Inclusion Play Hub.
It is opened every Monday from 12:00 to 17:00.