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Disability services during the coronavirus pandemic

Dear work and day activities client,

Let’s prevent the spread of the coronavirus together. Please take care of the following when participating in work and day activities:

  • Take care of good hand and coughing hygiene.
  • Avoid close contact where possible and maintain a safe distance from others. We strive to ensure that everyone can keep a safe distance, but doing so is not always possible, as a result of which close contact can also occur.
  • Please wear a face mask, if possible, if you cannot avoid close contact or maintain a safe distance from others.
  • Only participate in activities when completely healthy. You cannot participate in work and day activities if you have even mild COVID-19 symptoms.

    COVID-19 vaccinations

  • The COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against the symptomatic coronavirus disease and in particular its severe variations. Even if the vaccine does not provide complete protection against the disease, it will mitigate the disease and prevent severe forms of the disease. A high vaccination rate will ensure that we can all participate in activities and events.
    You can obtain your first dose of the vaccine at city vaccination points or pop-up vaccination points without an appointment. See vaccination points and pop-up vaccination points at:
    Please take your identity card or Kela card with you to the vaccination.
    You can also book an appointment for the vaccination at or by calling tel. 09 310 46300 (weekdays 8–18).
    The second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is given 8–12 weeks after the first dose. You will be given an appointment for the second dose when you get your first dose. You can also book both vaccination appointments at the same time. The second dose is not yet available without an appointment.

    Quarantine and isolation

    If you are exposed to the coronavirus and ordered into quarantine, you must avoid close contact with everyone outside of your home. During quarantine, you cannot go to get vaccinated or participate in work and day activities either. The typical quarantine period is 10 days from the last exposure.
    All those who have been exposed to the coronavirus are instructed to get tested during their quarantine. If you are found to be infected with the coronavirus, you will be ordered into isolation. You must spend the self-isolation period in your home.

    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.

    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.

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    Link to VIPA's rules Microsoft Teams etiquette for VIPA

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

    02.09.2021 15:22