DW Fund – a success story
“Deutsche Wohnen is one of the biggest landlords in Spandau and Falkenhagener Feld. We take our neighbourhood development role very seriously. By supporting children and young people, we also help many families in Falkenhagener Feld and strengthen social cohesion in the neighbourhood,” explains Ines Rankewitz, head of the Deutsche Wohnen’s Service Point in 55a Goebbelstraße in Spandau. Last year, a wide variety of initiatives were supported with money from the fund. What all these initiatives have in common is their commitment to children and young people in Falkenhagener Feld. For example, a girls’ football team was given sports kit and was able to appear at tournaments and championships in Berlin and score goals for Spandau. Money from the fund was also spent on a stage for the club Kniff e.V. This helped the club to stage a local party for the residents of Falkenhagener Feld. Toys and books were bought for the Spandau Sparrows [Spandauer Spatzen], a nursery school which is attended by many children who live in Deutsche Wohnen housing. Other projects that were able to take place in 2016 because of support from the DW fund were arts and crafts during advent, a BarCamp for young people, a procession with lanterns and a painting workshop for children.
When it comes to running the DW fund, Deutsche Wohnen quite deliberately focuses on its collaboration with the neighbourhood management team in Falkenhagener Feld East. This team manages the fund, takes receipt of applications and allocates funding in consultation with Deutsche Wohnen. As Ines Rankewitz explains, “Above all, our social engagement should benefit our tenants and enable projects to take place that achieve and improve something. This is why we work closely with the neighbourhood management team in Falkenhagener Feld. The members of this team know which initiatives in the neighbourhood need support and how attractive offers can be made to children and young people. At this point, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for their marvellous commitment.”
Applications for funding in 2017 start now
From now on, active initiatives and associations in Falkenhagener Feld can get in touch and apply for money from the fund. The requirement for a successful application is that the projects benefit children and young people in Falkenhagener Feld.
Applications can be sent by email throughout the year to the neighbourhood management team in Falkenhagener Feld East firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Quartiersmanagement Falkenhagener Feld Ost, Pionierstraße 129, 13589 Berlin.
Tour with Bettina Domer, member of the Berlin city parliament
On the occasion of the re-establishment of the DW Fund, Bettina Domer, member of the Berlin city parliament and representative of the electoral district of Falkenhagener Feld, visited projects today that were supported by the fund last year. Together with representatives of the neighbourhood management team and Deutsche Wohnen, she spoke with representatives of the club house in Westerwaldstraße, of the Spandauer Spatzen nursery school and the association Baum e.V.
Deutsche Wohnen is one of the leading publicly listed property companies in Germany and Europe with a business focus on managing and developing its portfolio, which consists mainly of residential properties. As at 30 September 2016, the portfolio comprised 160,500 units in total, of which 158,300 were residential and 2,200 commercial. Deutsche Wohnen owns flats in four Berlin Modernist estates, which were declared UNESCO world heritage sites in July 2008: the White City Estate, the Horseshoe Estate in Britz, the Carl Legien residential estate and the Ring Estate in Siemensstadt. Deutsche Wohnen owns almost 14,000 flats in Spandau, of which approximately 4,800 are located in Falkenhagener Feld. Deutsche Wohnen supports its tenants in Spandau with two Service Points. They provide tenants with a direct point of contact for personal advice on all tenancy matters.