Always with the well-being of the children in mind
Created: 12/17/2022, 08:00
By: Gabi Zierz
Happy to be able to help families in need: Brücke Managing Director Barbara Huber and social worker Goran Markovic.
© Gabi Zierz
It is the support of many children and young people in the district: the Erding bridge.
Erding - Be it in social work at many schools or in families, where the social pedagogues of the association are placed aside because - for a variety of reasons - they can no longer cope on their own.
The social and financial hardship experienced by the employees there can be reduced through donations.
That is why the readers' aid organization "Licht in die Herzen" has been supporting the association for years.
Thanks to this help, the bridge was able to set up an emergency relief fund.
A family with five children, for example, benefits from this.
The father is the sole breadwinner, the mother on parental leave after the birth of the youngest child.
The children have not received new clothes for a long time and urgently need winter jackets and shoes.
This is possible thanks to "Light in the Hearts".
Winter clothing, the basic equipment for school or grocery shopping: that's what another family that looks after the bridge can hope for.
Five of them live in cramped conditions.
The mother is mentally ill and unable to provide for the family.
The main burden is borne by her husband, who is gradually reaching his limits alongside his part-time job.
Goran Markovic is regularly at home with the family.
The graduate social worker is one of three Brücke employees who take care of these families, especially the children.
He makes sure that they get out of the cramped and often chaotic living situation and are strengthened by sporting activities or other hobbies.
Afternoon care at school is also important here.
The 53-year-old wants to prevent children from being "parked" at home in front of the television or cell phone so that they are quiet.
"It doesn't work that way," says Markovic.
He advises, motivates, supports and also establishes contact with psychologists if he sees that mental health is at risk.
The bridge can build on the youth social work that it has been doing at many schools in the district for years.
This is where the consequences of the pandemic become obvious.
It's often the little things that become a big problem for children because they have forgotten how to socialize in schools, says Brücke Managing Director Barbara Huber.
“Some are withdrawn, sad, others angry.
It is important that we are there to absorb a lot," she emphasizes and reports on queues that form in the breaks in front of the Brücke counseling room in the schools.
"We're noticing that mental illnesses are on the rise," says Huber, whether it's among children and young people or their parents.
These also put a strain on the family system and would prevent the cord from being cut off.
As a rule, Brücke Erding takes care of the families for six months to two years.
Parents looking for help usually turn to the association or the youth welfare office.
This then commissions the bridge and decides which measure makes sense.
The aim: if possible, the children should be able to stay with the family.
The work of the association is billed by the hour.
Thanks to the donations from "Light in the Hearts", the bridge can provide a variety of support.
This can also include buying a bed when adults are about to move out.
"This is how we make it easier for young people to start in life," says Huber, emphasizing: "All expenses are billed with receipts to the cent." It's no different when it comes to grocery shopping.
Markovic goes to the supermarket with the family because "it's important to learn how to keep house," says Huber.
In principle, the bridge assesses neediness when families need support.
The number of these so-called individual cases is increasing.
"The need only becomes apparent when you go into the families," she knows.
Appearances are often kept to the outside world.
But if you take a closer look, “you see some things, it's unbelievable.
And when something improves, that's unbelievable," says Huber with satisfaction.
The feedback that Brücke employees receive is always positive.
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Light in the hearts:
The readers' aid organization of the Erdinger/Dorfener Anzeiger supports the work of the Erding Bridge in the district.
Donations can be made to the account (number 17 111) at Sparkasse Erding.
Account holder: Zeitungsverlag Oberbayern.
IBAN: DE54 7005 1995 0000 0171 11. Donation receipts can be issued on request.
Please note this with your address on the transfer slip.
The names of the donors will be published.
If you do not want this, please also note it on the transfer.