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Service centres – active everyday life, peer support and social interactions
Our service centres, which operate in connection with senior centres, are open meeting places specifically designed for the elderly.
At the service centres, you can engage in different types of hobbies. In addition, you are welcome to participate in our varied events and excursions. The service centres are also an ideal place to seek peer support, guidance and advice.
There are multiple service centres around Helsinki. You can participate in the activities of any of the centres.
Guidance and support from social instructors
You can discuss any problems or concerns you might have with the social instructors working at our service centres.
Book an appointment directly from the service centre. We will refer you onwards if you need more support than we are able to offer.
Support from a peer support group
Peer support groups for the elderly – Kööri, Peesi, Vire and Toivo – start in February and September.
The meeting places vary from one service centre to another. If registration is currently not open, you can join the queue for the next group.
This group is suitable for you if you are looking to reduce or put a stop to substance abuse.
This group is suitable for you if your loved one has trouble with substance abuse and you feel the need for support in coping with the situation.
This group is suitable for you if you are feeling sad or depressed.
This group is suitable for you if you have lost a loved one.
Pilke groups are intended for pensioners who use or have used intoxicants. The purpose of the group is not to change your lifestyle. Participants are welcome to the group as they are.
Group activities include a free breakfast, discussions and other jointly planned activities.
Pilke groups are available at almost every service centre.
For more information, please contact the peer support group instructors. The contact information for the instructors is available via the links above (tapahtumat.hel.fi).
Support from social rehabilitation
In social rehabilitation, we will take a look at your life situation as a whole. In rehabilitation, we will consider your mood, financial situation, relationships, health, and food and exercise habits.
We offer pensioners two different forms of social rehabilitation.
Tsemppi is social rehabilitation at home for elderly clients who need enhanced support for their mental health or to stop or control their substance abuse. Tsemppi currently operates in eastern and northern Helsinki. From January 2024, Tsemppi will serve the whole city.
We will take a look at your life situation as a whole. You get to define the goals and rehabilitation methods yourself for a maximum period of six (6) months. Meetings take place approximately once a week.
Puhti is a group-based social rehabilitation service for elderly clients dealing with substance abuse or mental health problems. Puhti is a four-week, round-the-clock rehabilitation programme.
During the programme, we will work together to determine the kind of change you would like to achieve in your life and the means to do so. The weekly programme includes discussion groups, physical activity and relaxation exercises.