Kalasatama Activity Centre

Our activities are for you if you are on the autism spectrum and have a developmental disability, and you need a lot of guidance and support.

Our objective at Kalasatama Activity Centre will be to strengthen your ability to act as a member of society. We will practice everyday skills and interaction situations with you, without forgetting living an enjoyable everyday life.

Our shared activities take aspects such as individual means of expression and any stress and sensory loads into account.

Our activities at the Kalasatama unit are intended for Helsinki residents with developmental disabilities who are on the autism spectrum and need plenty of instruction and emotional support.

We are open on weekdays at 7.00-17.00 based on our clients' needs. The number and duration of your activity days will be determined in accordance with your resources and needs.

Contact information
Senior instructor: Mette Apell, +358 9 310 28068, mette.apell@hel.fi

'Luotsi' group: +358 9 310 28897
'Ankkuri' group: +358 9 310 28893
'Laiva' group: +358 9 310 28887
'Satama' group: +358 9 310 32018
'Majakka' group: +358 9 310 28884
Communication instructor: +358 9 310 32134
Occupational therapist: +358 9 310 32157

Telephone: +358 9 310 28897
Email: sote.toimintakeskus.kalasatama@hel.fi

Contact information

Tukkutorinkuja 7, 00580 Helsinki Show accessibility information View location on service map

Valid for the time being:
- Mon-Fri 7.00-17.00

P.O. Box 58758, 00099 City of Helsinki

What are the activities at the centre like? 

We operate in small groups, of which we have five.

The contents of the small group activities will be formed in accordance with your interests and those of the other members of your group. The activities will also follow the rhythm of the activity centre’s own annual clock. Once we have gotten to know each other, we will put our heads together with you to establish a meaningful goal for you for six months at a time.

We hold morning info assemblies, where we go through daily events and other current matters. If needed, we will create a day-specific programme together with you. This will enable you to receive a suitable amount of information at a time and return to the ongoing activities, as well as understand what we will do next. 

If necessary, we will utilise your personal communication aids in the activities.

We enjoy outdoor activities almost every day. Our operations are active, focusing on everyday skills and featuring a suitable amount of breaks. We have facilities such as a sensory room, an art space, a music room, a gymnasium and a teaching kitchen at our disposal. When possible, we also have trips in the local environment and all of Helsinki.

We remember to celebrate special occasions and enjoy humour that respects everyone. 

Do the activities cost something? 

The day activities are free of charge, but a fee is collected for meals. The activity centre will pay for your travel. If you use public transport, you will be given an HSL travel card. If you need transport services, the activity centre will pay for them. 


The staff of our unit consists of a supervisor, practical nurses, instructors with a university of applied sciences degree (such as a social services specialist), a communication instructor and an occupational therapist. 


Tukkutorinkuja 7, 00580 Helsinki
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The route to the main entrance

  • The route to the entrance is smooth and sufficiently wide and illuminated.

The main entrance

  • The entrance is located in a recess and is illuminated.
  • The doors connected to the entrance stand out clearly and the glass doors have contrast markings. Outside the door there is sufficient room for moving e.g. with a wheelchair. The door requires the use of a buzzer, opening easily manually. The buzzer has a light signal.

In the facility

  • The customer service point has two floors.
  • For moving around, there is a lift, which can hold a wheelchair; the door opens with an access control key. The floor numbers in the lift can be felt with fingers. The button for the exit floor stands out from the other buttons. (The minimum dimensions for an accessible lift are width 1.1 m and depth 1.4 m.)
  • The doors in the facility stand out clearly. The glass doors have contrast markings.
  • The facility has an accessible toilet on the entrance floor.
  • There is a second accessible toilet on floor 0.