Living with a disability

    Bielefeld offers many counselling and care services for people with disabilities.

    Here are some important addresses.

    Central Counselling Centre for People with Disabilities

    Here you will find all important information on matters relating to disabilities. The centre informs people with disabilities and their relatives about the help and support that is available to them.

    Office for Social Services
    – Social Welfare Office –
    Central Counselling Centre for People with Disabilities

    Niederwall 23
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 51-5051
    E-mail: behindertenberatung@bielefeld.de

    Central Counselling Centre

    Central Counselling Centre Bethel

    Here you can get help if your child has epilepsy, developmental problems or a disability.

    Central Counselling Centre Bethel
    Bethelweg 22
    33617 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 32966210
    E-mail: beratungsstelle@bethel.de

    Central Counselling Centre Bethel

    v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel

    Here you can obtain help if you or a member of your family have mental, physical and/or emotional disabilities. There are many forms of assistance, such as single flats and shared flats. They also receive help in establishing social contacts as well as nursing, medical and psychotherapeutic support.

    Stiftung Bethel
    Bethel.regional
    Disability and Migration Unit

    Herbergsweg 10
    33617 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 44-2874
    Bethel regional

    Advisory Board of the City of Bielefeld for Disability Issues

    The Advisory Board for Disability Issues is committed to the needs of people with disabilities in Bielefeld. This includes aspects such as accessibility or inclusion in schools.

    Office for Social Services – Social Welfare Office
    Niederwall 23
    33602 Bielefeld
    2nd floor, Corridor E, Room 246
    Phone 0521 51-2012

    Guide for people with disabilities

    Disability and Care Advice Centre of the City of Bielefeld

    Here you can gain advice, help and support for different life situations. Here is a list of the advisory and support services:

    Disability and care advice

    Kindertagesstätten

    Childcare facilities]

    Bielefeld has day-care centres in which disabled and non-disabled children are looked after and cared for together.

    More information can be found here.

    Early Intervention Centre of the City of Bielefeld

    This is where you can obtain help if your child needs special support due to a disability. You will receive support and gain an overview of suitable facilities.

    Specialist Unit for Early Intervention

    Schools

    There are many schools in Bielefeld at which all children and young people can learn together. This applies to both primary and secondary schools.

    More information can be found here.

    You can also find information about the various ways of getting your child into school at the Bielefeld Schools Department.

    Job placements

    If you want to work or commence an apprenticeship, there are various avenues for obtaining assistance.
    The Agentur für Arbeit [Employment Agency] and Arbeitplus job centre provide assistance in finding work and applying for financial assistance.

    Employment Agency
    Werner-Bock-Str. 8
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0800 4555500

    Employment Agency

     

    Jobcenter Arbeitplus
    Herforder Str. 67
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 556170

    Jobcenter Arbeitplus

    Job counselling and support

    If you would like advice on your choice of career or are experiencing difficulties in your work, you can contact one of these offices:

    LWL Integration Office Westfalen
    Von-Vincke-Str. 23-25
    48143 Münster
    Phone 0251 59101

    Integration Office Westfalen

     

    Office for Disabled People at Work
    Office for Social Services – Social Welfare Office
    Niederwall 23
    Neues Rathaus, 2nd floor, Corridor B, Room B 211
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 51-2600, -2531

    Office for Disabled People at Work

     

    Integration Service (IFD) in Bielefeld / Gütersloh
    Integration Service
    Karl-Siebold-Weg 9
    33617 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 1444540
    E-mail:ifd-bi@ifd-westfalen.de

    IFD Westfalen

    Workshops for people with disabilities

    If you or a relative are unable to work in the general employment market, you may be able to obtain a placement in a workshop for disabled people.

    Information on the workshops can be found here:

    Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe
    Freiherr-vom-Stein-Platz 1
    48147 Münster
    Phone 0251 591-01

    LWL Inclusion Office – Employment

     

    proWerk, advice on working, admission to workshops
    Heike Tobergte
    Am Bahnhof 6
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 144-5545

    proWerk

    Integration projects

    Some companies have special integration projects for people with disabilities.

    In Bielefeld these institutions offer integration projects:

    Evangelische Stiftung Ummeln Integrative Servicegesellschaft mbH
    Veerhoffstraße 5
    33649 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 4888220
    Integrative Servicestelle Ummeln

    Objects InServ GmbH
    Am Möllerstift 22
    33647 Bielefeld Tel.: 0521 44708319
    Objects Inserv

    proJob Bethel gGmbH
    Quellenhofweg 25
    33617 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 94284620
    proJob Bethel

    Elha GmbH
    Am Möllerstift 22
    33647 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 77019340
    ELHA

    If you are older than 18 years and want to live alone, you can choose between different residential forms. For example:

    • Assisted living in your own home
    • Living in a care facility

    Assisted living in your own home is an option for you if you need help in your day-to-day life. In this case, professionals will come to your home to help you manage your everyday life, for example cooking, money matters or accompanying you to the doctor’s.

    Living in a care facility is the right answer if you need more help and cannot manage your everyday life on your own.

    Bielefeld has various agencies that will help you find the right solution.

    The City of Bielefeld can also provide help:

    Help Centre for People with Disabilities

     

    Alt und Jung Nord-Ost e.V.

    Huchzermeierstr. 7
    33611 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 982630

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home

    Alt und Jung Nord-Ost

     

    Alt und Jung Süd-West e.V.

    Carlmeyerstr. 2
    33613 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 5576690

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home

    Alt und Jung Süd-West e.V.

    AWH – Ambulante Wohnhilfen gGmbH

    Heeper Str. 183
    33607 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 3044960

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home

    Ambulante Wohnhilfen

    Bethel.regional, Bielefeld Nord

    Herbergsweg 10
    33617 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 1443665

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home/living in a care facility

    Bethel.regional

    Bethel.regional, Bielefeld-Süd

    Werkhofstr. 7
    33689 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 1441507

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home/living in a care facility

    Bethel.regional

    Diakonische Stiftung Ummeln

    Veerhoffstr. 5
    33649 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 4888118

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home/living in a care facility

    Diakonische Stiftung Ummeln

     

    BeWo GmbH (Autism OWL)

    Herforder Str. 127
    33609 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 322011

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home

    BeWo

     

    Gemeinsam Wohnen in Bielefeld

    Turnerstr. 5-9
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 1439400

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home

    Gemeinsam wohnen in Bielefeld e.V.

    Gesellschaft für Sozialarbeit (GfS)

    Am Zwinger 2-4
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 520012749

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home/ “Mittendrin” communal living

    GfS

    Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.

    Arthur-Ladebeck-Str. 85
    3367 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 2990950

    What is offered: Assisted living in your own home

    Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe

    Lebenshilfe Wohnstätten gem. GmbH

    Am Möllerstift 22
    33647 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 447080

    Offer: assisted living in your own home

    Lebenshilfe Wohnstätten GmbH

    Family members who take care of their disabled family members often need support of their own.

    In Bielefeld, there are various agencies that you can turn to obtain some relief in everyday life if you are caring for a family member. Here is a list:

    Nursing Care Advice Centre Bielefeld

     

    Bethel.regional

    Family Support Service
    Saronweg 18
    33617 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 1445868
    E-mail: christa.suesse@bethel.de

    Gesellschaft für Sozialarbeit

    Am Zwinger 2-4
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 5200110
    E-mail: Vanessa.heller@gfs-bielefeld.de

    Diakonische Stiftung Ummeln

    Family support service – family mentor
    Veerhoffstr. 5
    33649 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 32921431
    Diakonische Stiftung Ummeln

    Mobile social services

    Various agencies offer household help, care and assistance with shopping or visits to the doctor’s.

    Here are some of the services offered by a mobile social service:

    GfS

    Arbeiter Samariter Bund OWL

    Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

    mofa e.V.

    Johanniter

    Caritas

     

     

    The following services are for people with and without disabilities and are available regardless of the person’s age and origin. The aim here is to encourage and support encounters between people.

    Café 3b

    Integrative Beratungs- und Begegnungsstätte für Menschen mit Behinderungen e.V.
    Feilenstr. 3
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 60202

    Café 3b

    Kunst- und Kulturhaus KuKu

    Kreuzstr. 32
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 78715390

    Kunst- und Kulturhaus KuKu

    Begegnungszentrum Prießallee

    Prießallee 34
    33604 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 2399902

    Begegnungszentrum Prießallee

    Centre for the Hearing Impaired

    Förderverein Kulturzentrum für Hörgeschädigte Bielefeld e.V.
    August-Bebel-Str. 16-18
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 05206 6454

    Centre for the Hearing Impaired

    Mofa-Treff – Verein mofa e.V.

    Jakob-Kaiser-Str. 3a
    33615 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 175496

    mofa-Treff

    Neue Schmiede Freizeit- und Kulturzentrum

    Handwerkerstr. 7
    33617 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 1443117

    Neue Schmiede

    Meeting Centre Café Komm

    Am Zwinger 2-4
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 5200110

    Café Komm