Volunteer coordinators’ view on volunteering among asylum seekers and refugees

An asylum seeker is someone who has moved to a foreign country and whose request or application for asylum is being processed. Whereas a refugee is someone who fled persecution or conflict, and is granted the right to reside in… Continue Reading →

Strength and new ideas from voluntary work

Finland is the promised land of associations. Some 75 percent of its citizens will be members of some kinds of associations during their lifetime. Even though most people participate in association activities as members, activity piles up. Educated and high… Continue Reading →

Volunteers are heroes of action

Brother Christmas, a man who does delightful everyday deeds all year round dressed up in a grey beanie and a santa’s beard, was chosen as the volunteer of the year last year. The person behind the smiling character is an… Continue Reading →

Good feelings from voluntary work

Sometimes life may seem meaningless. Maybe we seek too hard, and in vain, for something special to cheer up our everyday life. Instead of parachute jumps, hot yoga or travelling, we could search for a meaning in life by helping… Continue Reading →

In civic action, the volunteers set the pace

It would be difficult to image Finland without volunteer or peer work. Volunteers work in over a hundred thousand organizations, which in one way or another involve every Finn.  They maintain camping sites, beaches and community centers. They offer peer… Continue Reading →

Views on peer support differ between employers and peers, show results of a recent study

It may be said that peer support first started in the AA groups of Alcoholics Anonymous, founded in the United States in 1935. Peer support may mean activities arranged by organizations which provide rooms as well as training and support… Continue Reading →

Volunteering opportunity for English speakers

Michael Hummel, originally from Austria, moved to Finland in 2009 to work at Aalto University. Michael used to attend meetings organized by the Helsinki Fair Trade coffee club “Eetti”. There he asked his friends about volunteering opportunities for English speaking… Continue Reading →

Supporting the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees

SERENE – calm, peaceful, tranquil Most of those who have come to Finland as asylum seekers and refugees have lived through  extremely hard experiences, both back in their home countries and when fleeing from there. Often, difficulties continue also in… Continue Reading →

Health and social services reform will not be fulfilled without the third sector and volunteers

Author: Katrina Harjuhahto-Madetoja Translation: Jenni Mäkelä Health and social services reform has been recorded in many government programmes but thus far progress has been deterred by the Constitution of Finland. The current government has included the health and social services… Continue Reading →

Voluntary aid work is possible even when sitting on your own sofa

Author: Vesa Vattulainen Translation: Merja Luukkanen A post on the public site of HOT-OSM Finland’s Facebook group caught a journalist’s interest. Soon he was participating in drawing maps of Zimbabwe’s unmapped areas, together with an international group of volunteers. Digital… Continue Reading →

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