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We recommend that everyone who is 12 years old or older uses a face mask in all social and health care facilities.

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Work and day activities for persons with disabilities during summer 2022

The work and day activities units listed below are closed 4–31 July.

  • Haavikko teaching and adult education centre
  • Cäpsä disability work unit
  • Töölö disability work unit
  • Vallila disability work unit
  • Kalasatama activity centre
  • Pasila activity centre
  • Polku activity centre
  • Sofianlehto activity centre
  • Tanhua activity centre

If necessary, activities are organised for customers at the Kalasatama activity centre.

Disability services during the coronavirus pandemic

Services are open

The work and day activity services are open with full capacity. All available measures to help ensure safe operations have been taken, but group activities and our premises pose a major challenge when it comes to avoiding infections, and it is not entirely possible. All our clients are not able to keep safety distances or wear face masks. Daily group sizes in different centres vary.

Participate only if you are healthy and vaccinated

For ensuring the safety of our service, it is vitally important that clients only participate in work and day activities when they are perfectly healthy. Do not come to the centre if you have even the mildest symptoms of COVID-19. When returning from abroad, observe current recommendations related to travelling.

We also recommend that all work and day activity participants receive COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination is voluntary. For the residents of Uusimaa, vaccination appointments can be booked at bookcovidvaccine.fi.



Activities to orient customers towards employment support their social participation and active citizenship.

The activities seek to acquaint customers with employment and to develop and train them in skills required in the workplace.

Training for employment

The Haavikko Training and Adult Education Centre provides training for employment granted as special care to disabled young people who have finished their basic education, as well as working adults.

The aim of this training is to promote independence and growth into adulthood, familiarise and steer clients towards working life and provide housing training. Training for employment can include learning theoretical knowledge and skills and putting them into practice. In addition to this, the training also involves practising self-expression and interaction skills.

Haavikko engages in close cooperation with Keskuspuisto Vocational College’s TELMA group, which operates in Haavikko’s facilities. The training consists of two academic years and is conducted primarily as group education.

The application period to Haavikko is in March.

Haavikko Training and Adult Education Centre

Service area: all of Helsinki
Students’ working days Mon–Thu 9.00–14.00, Fri 9.00–13.00   
Metsäpurontie 13 i, 00630 Helsinki 

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Tel. +358 9 3106 9858

Groups

-  Haiko L  tel. +358 9 3107 3554
-  Haiko K  tel. +358 9 3105 5582
-  Haiko R  tel. +358 9 3107 3551

Haavikko is a teaching unit with 21 student places. It provides continuing education for young people with disabilities who have finished their basic education, as well as working adults. The objective of the education provided is to support students in becoming independent, as well as to provide coaching and guidance towards vocational studies and work.
Two preparatory training groups from Keskuspuisto Vocational College also study in Haavikko’s facilities. 

Staff

  • Acting Principal Antero Kettunen, tel. +358 9 3106 9857
  • Study Advisor Laura Pohjanpää, tel. +358 9 3107 3554
  • Study Advisor Tiina Lindroos tel. +358 9 3105 5582
  • Special Education Teacher Raija Louhivuori, tel.  +358 9 3107 3551
  • Special Education Teacher Hanna Eränen-Kosola tel. +358 9 3107 3550

Activities for promoting participation in working life

The activities are aimed at young and adult people with intellectual disabilities.

Activities for promoting participation in working life support social participation and active citizenship. The aim is to allow clients to experience working life and to develop and train the skills needed for it. The activities also include culture and art.
The main objective is to build the client’s career, based on their personal interests and capabilities, and to support life management in an individualised manner.

Activities for promoting participation in working life offer clients the chance to learn the rules of work life and consider individual career paths. Clients may also be referred to supported employment services or instructed to study.

Clients can apply for participation in the activities through their local social work unit.

Vallila Employment and Training Centre

Service area all of Helsinki
Kumpulantie 1, 00520 Helsinki, 4th and 7th floors

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PO Box 7751, 00099 City of Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 3105 2648, office
Fax +358 9 3105 2743
E-mail vallilan.tyo@hel.fi

Vallila Employment and Training Centre provides activities for promoting participation in working life for young people and adults with intellectual disabilities. The aim is to allow clients to experience working life and to develop and train the skills needed for it.

The objective of Vallila Employment and Training Centre is to build the client’s career based on their personal interests and capabilities. One of the primary aims is to help clients progress along their career path. The personnel at Vallila Employment and Training Centre aim to actively guide clients to continue their studies, as well as supporting people in finding jobs on the open employment market via the assisted employment service.

The Employment and Training Centre comprises four units and two coaching groups. In the units clients are provided with training to encourage participation in different tasks and coaching groups both internally and externally, based on the client’s individual abilities.

Vallila Employment and Training Centre works in active collaboration with local operators and a range of different educational institutions.

Assisted employment service

Current news about the Assisted employment service

The Assisted employment service is functioning normally.

Client meetings for the Assisted employment service are carried out wearing face masks and observing good hand hygiene and safe distances. We also utilise remote connections when agreed upon. Please only come to the meeting if you are healthy. When you come to the meetings, wear a face mask and sanitise your hands. At workplaces, we follow the instructions of the employers.

You can contact the Assisted employment service by calling either your employment counsellor or the number 09 310 69597. The number also accepts text messages.

Our address is Säästöpankinranta 2 A, 4th floor.

When you come to a meeting, press the 4th floor door buzzer outside.

The attendant will let you in. Take the lift to the 4th floor and the employment counsellor will come and pick you up from the lobby for the meeting.


The assisted employment service provides comprehensive services to clients who need support in regard to employment.

The service includes support for job-seeking and work orientation provided by an employment counsellor. The employment counsellor engages in close cooperation with both the employer and the client throughout the employment process, if necessary.

The assisted employment service is provided to clients over the age of 18.

Service area: all of Helsinki
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00
Telephone service: Wednesdays 11.00-15.00, tel. +358 9 3106 9597
Meetings must be scheduled separately
Address: Malminkatu 3 F, 00100 Helsinki 
P.O.B. 7732, 00099 City of Helsinki

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Staff

Senior Employment Counsellor Sami Niemi-Ruuth tel. +358 9 3107 3386, e-mail sami.niemi-ruuth@hel.fi 

Employment counsellors 

  • Team 1:    
    • Saara Adado-Sani .tel. +358 9 3107 338
    • Maiju Ahonen tel. +358 9 3107 3382
    • Fanny Ala-Heikkilä tel. +358 9 3107 3385
    • Anneli Brandt tel. +358 9 3104 6882 
  • Team 2
    • Hannaleena Luoma tel. +358 9 3107 3391
    • Mirjam Ruusunen tel. +358 9 3104 5966
    • Teija Soini tel. +358 9 3107 3390
    • Satu Westerholm tel. +358 9 3107 3383   
  • Team 3: 
    • Tarja Kannisto tel. +358 9 3107 3389  
    • Anna Leppänen tel. +358 9 3102 2023
    • Kanerva Medel tel. +358 9 3104 5967
    • Pirjo Niskakoski tel. +358 9 3107 3387
    • Netta Tuominen tel. +358 9 3107 338

  •  Swedish speaking team:
    • Fanny Ala-Heikkilä
    • Hannaleena Luoma
    • Netta Tuominen

The assisted employment service supports the employment of the disabled and those with reduced working abilities in the open employment market.

The assisted employment service offers a comprehensive service system, which includes finding a job, individual training for it, continuous support in the work through support visits at the work place and maintenance of the employment contract.

The service aims to help the disabled become a part of society and to improve their quality of life and livelihood.

Work coaching by the service of supported employment

The main objective of supported work is to find part-time or full-time paid work for the customer.

The service is applied for from the Service of supported employment. Written application is not required.

The services of supported employment offer a comprehensive service system, which includes finding a job, individual training for it, continuous support in the work through support visits at the work place and maintenance of the employment contract.

The service aims to help the customer to become a part of society and to improve the customer's quality of life and livelihood.

Customer service tel. +358 9 3106 9597. In case the line is busy or we are not able to answer the phone, please leave a message.

Modified work in work activity services

Work activity services arranges salaried work that allows you to try out different types of work tasks and find a suitable amount of work for you.


Virtual services for the disabled

Digital skills for customers of disability services

The virtual services for the disabled (VIPA) unit is part of the work and day activities for the disabled. VIPA aims to prevent the digital exclusion of special groups. The goal of the activities is for customers to practice and maintain their digital skills and receive digital support. In addition, VIPA acts as a representative of disability work in the development and network work related to digitalisation.

VIPA activities take place in groups. The groups meet either face to face at the Vallila disability work unit or online through Teams.

The digital coaching groups practice basic and rudimentary digital skills, such as the selection of digital devices and applications, safe Internet use and electronic communications and services. The digital culture group introduces members to diverse Internet use in daily life and deals with topics like digital well-being, social media, information search and online entertainment.

The VIPA activities are fixed-term (6 months), but the customer’s overall situation is always taken into account in the participation. You can join the activities at any time of the year.

If you are interested in the VIPA activities, please contact your social worker or VIPA by phone on 09 310 32262 or by email at vammaistyo.vipa@hel.fi



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