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Borough Liaisons

Since spring 2018, Helsinki’s major districts have an appointed seven borough liaisons to help residents make their voices heard in Helsinki. The borough liaisons give residents information and advice on matters associated with participatory budgeting, playing a part in society and having an influence. They further cooperation between players in neighbourhoods and organise, among other events, the Mayor’s Resident Evenings. They also develop and implement participatory budgeting in collaboration with the city’s administrative divisions, and work to ensure equal citizen participation in the participatory budgeting process.

We are bridge-builders between the citizen and the city, we establish connections to the city organisation with others who engage in participation work, says Outi Rissanen, borough liaison for north-eastern Helsinki.

The borough liaisons confirm in unison that they are excited and full of expectations ahead of the new job.

– I am ready to break down prejudices, if we should meet such, says Jarkko Laaksonen, borough liaison for southern Helsinki.

The liaisons will begin by planning how to best reach out to the residents, companies and communities and become known in their own areas. In the future, they can be contacted through electronic channels or met, for example, at libraries, playgrounds or events. Initially, the liaisons outline the co-operation networks, needs and resources in their own areas.

– I am waiting to be able to further the community relations in my area, says Silja Lindblad, borough liaison for western Helsinki. On the same track is Antti Sarpo, borough liaison for the central neighbourhoods, who hopes to be able to guide the citizens through the complicated city organisation.

The areas of the borough liaisons have mainly been allocated according to the seven major districts of the city. The population of the major districts varies from about 40,000 to over 100,000, which is why the district division has been reworked a bit. The attachment includes a list of the neighbourhoods allocated to each borough liaison.

Ella Tanskanen from the northern major district wants to build new kinds of activities, specifically activities rooted in the needs of the citizens. A colleague, Belinda Barbato from the Eastern major district and Östersundom, wants to start off by getting to know the residents and players in her area, and sorting out what kind of ideas the residents already have for developing their own area.

"Participatory budgeting on the city level is a new thing"

The borough liaisons note that the city already offers a lot of opportunities for interaction and participation, but a new thing in the operations of the city is the participatory budgeting. There, the citizens get to decide annually the purposes for which a sum of €4.4 million is spent. The borough liaisons work together with other city players to ensure that the preparation of area-specific projects is carried out in a multi-voiced and equal manner.

– The aim is to make all citizens join in. Even those who have not participated before, says Pauli Saloranta, borough liaison for the south-eastern major district and Vuosaari.

Borough liaisons in neighbourhoods:

Borough liaisons

The liaisons are available at or by phone. Please consult the City of Helsinki’s telephone directory for the numbers. You can also find the liaisons on the social media:

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29.05.2020 18:32