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Participation and day activities

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Activities intended to increase the social participation of disabled customers in need of extensive or comprehensive assistance provide meaningful activity and content for their everyday lives.

In addition to City of Helsinki operations, services are also available at contract units.

Day activities for severely disabled customers comprise such activities that support their independent living and promote social interaction.


Day activities for people with disabilities

In the context of organising day activities, a person with a severe disability refers to a person who, despite being of working age, is not able to work and not able to participate in work activities due to a severe physical handicap caused by a disability or an illness and whose income is based primarily on benefits granted on the basis of an illness or incapacity to work.

Day activities for people with severe disabilities are goal-oriented activities that promote activity and are organised outside of the home. The activities support the client’s capacity for independent living and promote social interaction and participation in the local community and society.

Clients can apply for participation in day activities through their local social work unit.

The service is available at the Suez Day Activities Unit, the City service location. In addition to the City service location, the service is also available at purchased service units.


Day activities for promoting the participation of the intellectually disabled

The clients of activities for promoting the participation of the intellectually disabled are persons who need comprehensive or all-encompassing support. The activities aim at supporting adulthood, initiative, participation and independence. All clients are provided with meaningful activities based on their personal needs.

Activities for promoting participation are based on the client’s personal goals, which are determined in collaboration between the client and their interest group. The aim is to allow the client to operate and participate in their community and society in accordance with their own abilities.

The emphasis of the activities is on interaction with other people, making personal choices, experiencing joy and empowerment. The activities make use of communication methods that complement or substitute for speech. The activities include culture, arts, sports, music as well as sensory and nature-based experiences.

Clients can apply for participation in work and day activities through their local social work unit.

The service is available at the following City locations

  • Polku Activity Centre
  • Pasila Activity Centre
  • Sofianlehto Activity Centre
  • Tanhua Activity Centre
  • Kalasatama Activity Centre

In addition to City service locations, the service is also available at purchased service units.

Disability services have developed their digital activities

Woman wearing headphones and signing in front of a computer screen.

Helsinki's Disability services develop their virtual services.

The virtual services for the disabled (VIPA) are organised as group activities and the services are aimed at clients of ‘work and day activities for the disabled’ in Helsinki.

The digi groups are organised:


Mon 12.30–14.00

Tue 9.30–11.00 & 12.30–14.00

Wed 9.30–11.00 & 12.30–14.00

Thu 9.30–11.00

Fri 9.30–11.00 & 12.30–14.00

The groups discuss e.g. current issues, values ​​and attitudes globally, and strive to integrate into society by preparing for possible working life.

The groups also focus on physical and mental wellbeing.

A music therapy class is organised on Monday afternoons.

To participate in the online groups a client needs a computer, tablet or smart phone and an internet connection.

The instructors at VIPA help the clients, their relatives and staff at the group homes with all the technical arrangements.

Follow us also at instagram instagram.com/vipan_digiryhmat/

Link to VIPA's rules Microsoft Teams etiquette for VIPA


Contact your own social worker or VIPA!
Tel. 09 310 32262




22.06.2021 09:53