HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Social inclusion» in the region of Aargau/Solothurn
The HEKS/EPER Regional Office Aargau/Solothurn sees itself as a practice-oriented counselling and service entity that advocates with great professionalism on behalf of deprived groups in our society. The needs of the socially marginalized are effectively being met by providing social and legal services and cooperating with other aid agencies, government authorities and private institutions.
Important priorities in the work of the Regional Office are legal advice for asylum seekers and the socially disadvantaged, and the social inclusion of refugees, migrants and Swiss citizens experiencing poverty. Through its interpreting service, the Regional Office also facilitates contact between foreign language speakers and institutions concerned with health, social and educational matters.
HEKS/EPER Regional Office Aargau/Solothurn
Tel.: +41 62 836 30 20
Fax: +41 62 836 30 29
Head of Regional Office:
Ever more people are being excluded because of their social background, ethnicity, age, gender or religion. Integrating people with a migration background can be compounded, for example, by the lack of the requisite language proficiency, ignorance of Switzerland's cultural specificities or by disadvantages on the job market. HEKS/EPER works actively to ensure that the affected people have access to education, work, government programmes and services. But integration is incumbent on society as a whole, which calls for openness as well as regulatory structures that ensure the right of social participation for all. This implies that everyone has the same rights and opportunities and that features such as gender, age, social background, nationality or religion do not give rise to discrimination.
HEKS Linguadukt – Intercultural Interpreter Services
Linguadukt serves as a language bridge between foreign-language speaking people and qualified staff from the health, social and education sectors to surmount language and cultural barriers and to elevate participation chances of migrants in general and to also lower costs (e.g. in the health sector).
Project Aargau and Solothurn
HEKS/EPER New Gardens Aargau/Solothurn
HEKS/EPER New Gardens leases allotment gardens at different locations in the cantons of Aargau and Solothurn and works them together with refugee women.
HEKS/EPER Visit Aargau is a job creation scheme that offers new prospects to the long term unemployed.
HEKS Wohnen Aargau offers assisted living for the socially disadvantaged.
«HEKS/EPER MosaiQ» advises and accompanies qualified migrants in obtaining recognition of their foreign diplomas so that they can bring their professional potential to the Swiss job market.
AltuM – Age and Migration
The HEKS/EPER AltuM Project supports and assists older migrants 55 years and over. Preventive action is taken to prepare them for potential health problems in old age.