Töölö Work Activities Unit

At the Töölö unit, you will get to familiarise yourself with working life and practise and develop skills needed in working life.

The Töölö unit is located on Väinämöisenkatu by good transport connections. We have both the lively city and diverse nature areas near by.

You will get to learn and practise concrete and social working life skills: life management and independent life, arts and crafts and outdoor work. Our activities are group-based.

We have places for roughly 30 clients. Our facilities are not accessible.

We will create a work activity plan with you and provide you with support for reaching your individual goals in accordance with your plan.

Contact information:
Unit manager: Jaakko Auvinen, +358 9 310 69857, jaakko.auvinen@hel.fi
Downstairs: +358 9 310 44354
Upstairs: +358 9 310 44411
'Puistomestarit' outdoor work group: +358 50 396 8233
Email: vammaistyo.toolo@hel.fi

Contact information

Väinämöisenkatu 27, 00100 Helsinki Show accessibility information View location on service map

Valid for the time being:
- Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00

P.O. Box 10714, 00099 City of Helsinki

How long do the work activities last? 

The duration of the work activities will depend on your resources and goals. We will also tailor the number and duration of the activity days to suit your needs. 

How will the work activities affect my income? 

No salary is paid for the work activities of activity centres.

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

Can I influence the programme of the work activities? 

For your work activities, we will chart your personal goals with you. We listen to our clients’ wishes and provide activities in accordance with their individual resources, interests and capabilities.

Our activities consist of different themes: practising life management and living independently, work life skills, arts and crafts and outdoor work. We operate in groups with 5–10 members.

The theme of life management and living independently covers aspects such as: 

  • taking care of personal hygiene 
  • adhering to schedules 
  • following a good exercise, eating and sleep rhythm 
  • social skills. 

The theme of basic working life skills covers aspects such as: 

  • adhering to working hours 
  • following instructions related to work tasks and working with care 
  • getting acquainted with various work tasks and workplaces. 

The theme of arts and crafts covers various handicraft and visual expression methods, such as: 

  • weaving 
  • sewing 
  • felting 
  • macramé 
  • making jewellery 
  • papier-mâché work 
  • visual art. 

The outdoor work group carries out different yard and outdoor work tasks depending on the season: 

  • gritting 
  • sweeping 
  • snow clearing
  • raking 
  • weed removal 
  • lawn mowing 
  • collecting candles from cemeteries and sorting them 

Our activities in Töölö also include: 

  • baking 
  • practising kitchen work (dishwashing, preparing salads) 
  • practising cleaning work 
  • self-expression 
  • delving into various topical matters and broad themes 
  • moving about on foot and by public transport
  • museum visits and other trips.

What is life at the Töölö unit like in practice? 

The Töölö unit operates on weekdays at 8.00–16.00. We hold a morning info assembly at 9.15 and then start the work activities. We have lunch roughly at 11.00. After lunch, we continue our group-based activities.

We end the activities with coffee at around 14.00.  


Our daily staff consists of seven instructors working on different floors and with different groups. We also have a kitchen worker who instructs our clients in kitchen work. 

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Väinämöisenkatu 27, 00100 Helsinki
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The route to the main entrance

  • The pick-up and drop-off area is located in the vicinity of the entrance, giving easy access to the pavement.
  • The route to the entrance is smooth and sufficiently wide and illuminated.

The main entrance

  • The entrance stands out clearly and is illuminated. There is a canopy above the entrance.
  • In connection with the entrance, there are 2 consecutive steps with handrails on one side.
  • The doors connected to the entrance stand out clearly. 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.
  • The foyer is cramped.

In the facility

  • The customer service point has three floors.
  • For moving around, there is a lift, which can hold a wheelchair; the door opens automatically. 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.