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@ease in the running for Appeltje van Oranje awards 2021

@ease is proud to be one of the candidates for this year's Oranje Fonds' Appeltje van Oranje awards. The theme of this year's Appeltje van Oranje is Mental Power. This means that this year the awards go to projects that help people who are facing mental health challenges.


There are only three Appeltjes van Oranje to be awarded. The project that receives the most votes has a chance of winning a place in the finals. A panel of judges will ultimately choose the three winners. The awards will be presented by Koningin Máxima. The three winners will receive a bronze statuette, made by Princess Beatrix, and a cash prize of 15,000 euros.


@ease is the Dutch version of the successful Australian initiative Headspace. Headspace was founded in 2006 by Professor McGorry in collaboration with the Australian government. There are now more than 100 centers spread across the country. They offer young people free help and psychiatric support in an easily accessible way. The results are very positive as the concept has been implemented all over Denmark, Belgium, Ireland and many other countries.


@ease now has four offices across the Netherlands, including #Maastricht and #Heerlen, with a fifth office opening in Groningen in spring 2021.

From 11 January to 20 January, everyone can vote for one of the nominees for an Appeltje van Oranje. Click here to cast your vote for @ease: stem.oranjefonds.nl/ease

With your vote we can ultimately support our volunteers who are there every week for the young people who need it. At @ease, all young people between 12 and 25 years old can drop by or chat when things are not going well. It is always free of charge, anonymous if they so wish and there is no waiting list or appointment. Very important, especially in these uncertain Corona times! Many young people are going through difficult times and deserve a listening ear.

Oranje Fonds

The Oranje Fonds is an endowed foundation and the largest in the area of social welfare in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It aims to promote participation in society. Their support brings people together, or enables them to find a new place in society. Annually, they invest about € 30 million in almost 9,000 social initiatives in the Netherlands and Caribbean.


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