Responsible body: Network family and birth (registered association)
Sponsorship since: 2012
Since 1986, the Network Family and Birth in Munich offers services for women, families and children. All of their offers are aimed at supporting people in their perception of their self-responsibility.
As part of various projects, long-term unemployed women – including many mothers and single parents – are employed and professionally qualified. Most women suffer from the consequences of abuse, violence, trauma or chronic illnesses.
The aim of the projects is to stabilize these women through education and work – with joy and creativity – so that they can increase their chances of integration into the general workforce or, wherever possible, directly transfer them to a suitable employer. All women who work in the Network Family and Birth live off basic German unemployment benefits.
Moving Child supports several preventative medical services in the framework of the network. These include group activities, such as courses on “exercise and relaxation”, “breathing and voice”, dance therapy courses, offers for the pelvic base and body posture, gyrokinesis and creative classes in the form of art therapy.
Moving Child finances therapist fees and the furnishing of the rooms as well as smaller purchases (e.g., swim passes of the Stadtwerke München).
“Not only through our own studies, but also in our day-to-day life, we have experienced that intensive preventative medical measures have a very positive effect on the individual women and their children. We also notice these effects through better mood, improved concentration and reduced periods of absence in the workplace.”
Project: Dance therapy for long-term unemployed women
Responsible body: Network Family and Birth e. V.
Sponsorship since: 2013
On a voluntary basis Anna Schulz-Dornburg offers dance therapy within the framework of health promotion in the Network Family and Birth. Her dissertation entitled “Die Würde bewahren (Preserving Dignity)” describes her experiences in the period from 2013 to 2017 within this project.
“In today’s industrial society, employment is considered an important pillar of identity. Unemployment is seen as a blemish by those affected and also by society as a whole. Long-term unemployment also leads to self-depreciation and feelings of shame. It often triggers strong feelings of helplessness and means exclusion and restriction of self-determination in social life. The main purpose of my dance therapies and interventions is to allow women access to their inner resources and to more joy and freedom in their own lives.”
You can view the final thesis of the Dance Therapy Training (diploma thesis) by Anna Schulz-Dornburg here.
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