Helsinki’s LiiKu support encourages residents to get to know and participate in culture and exercise services and exercise on their own

Helsinki is experimenting with the LiiKu support operating model from January to July 2023. The LiiKu support is an operating model based on the residents’ needs and research. It is aimed particularly at customers with risk factors related to health and well-being.
Oodi - central library's main entrance.
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

The objective is that the residents at risk of deteriorating health and well-being could enjoy exercise and culture services equally with other residents. The LiiKu support combines competences from Social Services, Health Care and Rescue Services Division, Culture and Leisure Division as well as Education Division. 

Good experiences from the previous LiiKu support trial were utilised when planning the trial period, and they form the basis of expanding the trial to wider range of social and health services. The LiiKu support was first tested between October 2020 and February 2021. 

Units from the following services participate in the second LiiKu trial:/p>

  • Health centres  

  • Western adult and youth social work 

  • Adult social work social rehabilitation and employment support  

  • Special services for immigrants

  • Substance abuse outpatient clinics and Follow-up rehabilitation of substance abuse services 

  • Psychiatry’s psychosis services  

  • Physiotherapy 

  • Occupational therapy 

A professional motivates and supports/h2>

In the LiiKu support operating model, a professional motivates and supports the customer to get to know and take part in culture and exercise services or to move on their own. Special attention is paid to service guidance. The personnel participating in the trial has been trained to use the LiiKu support. 

The customer writes down their goals and plans for being active and enjoying culture in a paper LiiKu passport. With the LiiKu passport, the customer and professional can together monitor the customer’s progress in achieving their goal.  

The LiiKu passport also presents a wide variety of free and affordable exercise, culture and adult education institute’s services.  

The operating model’s results will be reported at the end of the year 

A project group consisting of members from various city functions will support and assess the implementation of the second LiiKu support trial. The customers’ and professionals’ experiences and insights regarding the LiiKu support will be examined through surveys. A permission to conduct research has been applied for, and results will be reported at the end of 2023. In addition, the implementation of the trial will be reported as part of monitoring the current City Council’s well-being plan.