The picture above shows: "Blauer Bär" at "Rotes Rathaus" - European Award for civic commitment to Europe from the Senate of Berlin and the Representation of the European Commission in Germany
The Sonntags-Club e.V. is an NGO in Berlin, Germany, that dates back to the year 1974 in the former GDR. Over the last decades the SC has become a well established center for events, information & counselling for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, pan, fluid persons as well as for all friends and interested parties in the region. The cultural and educational events on the well-equipped stage held at the SC pose an interesting offer for a wide public. These aid in the integration of queer and transgendered persons in the larger society and support the understanding of these groups' lifestyle, and also contribute to the improvement of the Berlin's social infrastructure and diversity.
The Sonntags-Club is one of Berlin's official antidiscrimination locations and offers legal and psycho-social counselling. The café is an informal meeting point and open every day starting at 6pm and doesn't close before midnight. Many special-interest and discussion groups as well as various members of Berlin's queer scene meet here to enjoy fairly-priced drinks in a comfortable atmosphere. On Friday evenings the café is open for women* only.
The Sonntags-Club has got years of experience with the Erasmus+ / European Voluntary Service / European Solidarity Corps, both as a sending, hosting and coordinating organization, both for individual exchanges and youth exchanges. Young people from Germany, England, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia, Turkey joined our international program. Additionally, young people from Namibia, Iran and Syria have completed internships with us. 2019, the Sonntags-Club was invited as one of the "best practice programs" in the ESK and nominated for the Europe Award "Blauer Bär" 2019, at which the Land Berlin and the Representation of the European Commission in Germany honors exemplary, civic commitment to Europe.
The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is part of the Erasmus + Youth in Action program, which is a funding program of the European Union. It is intended for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who want to spend a certain amount of time (between 2 to 12 months) working on a social project in other European countries.
The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is a program of the European Commission for young people between 18 and 30 years old. The ESC is free of charge for the young people. There are no other access restrictions besides the age regulation. A certain level of education or language skills are not required. During the ESC, they can live for up to 12 months in one of the program countries and work there in a non-profit organization. They work not as an employee or trainee, but as a volunteer. For this they get pocket money, free accommodation and food. The travel costs from the home country to the project are also paid. Volunteers receive health, accident and liability insurance.
The ESC focuses on the idea of social engagement and the exchange of cultures. The ESC is based on a solid partnership between the volunteers, the sending and the hosting organization. All organizations must have valid accreditation. The recognized projects are listed in a database (http://ec.europa.eu/youth/evs/aod/hei_en.cfm).