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Rehabilitative work activities

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Work activities during corona time

  • Rehabilitating work activities and work activities for the disabled are still provided to current clients in the Pakila Work Centre, Non-institutional work activities and Uusix workshops. Some of the services are provided as distance services.

  • New clients are admitted to the local rehabilitating work activities and work activities for the disabled. You can get access to the rehabilitating work activities through the regional social work for adults and young people, Helsinki TYP and the TE services. You can get access to the work activities for disabled through the social rehabilitation team.

  • Face to face group work training, events, trips or excursions are not organised in the work activity locations.

  • The shop and pick-up point of Pakila work centre and the shops and service points of the Uusix workshops (recycling of building parts and recycling of bikes and computers) are closed, except for the Uusix pop-up shop in Hakaniemi market hall. The shop in Hakaniemi market hall is open until the end of 2021.


    The changes are valid until 30.4.2021.


  • Hopeatie 6, 00440 Helsinki
    P.O. Box 8680, 00099 City of Helsinki
    Fax +358 (0)9 3104 1471

    The goal of rehabilitative work activities is to improve the client's life management and give  prerequisities for employment. 

    What are rehabilitative work activities?

    Rehabilitative work activities are a municipal social welfare service for unemployed jobseekers. They are based on the Act on Rehabilitative Work. These activities do not constitute an employment relationship. Rehabilitative work activities are organised at City of Helsinki work activity centres, associations and foundations, as well as City and Government locations and other places.

    Rehabilitative work activities give you a chance to gain experience in:

    • assistive care duties, custodial duties and cleaning, kitchen and cafe work
    • duties related to manual skills in workshops, including sewing, printing, ceramics, jewellery, upholstery, woodwork, painting, metalwork bicycle repair, etc.
    • duties related to IT and PC workshops, communications and sales, transport, warehouses, packaging and mailing, as well as assistive office tasks
    • duties in the fields of nature and the environment, as well as building and facilities management.

    How to participate in rehabilitative work activities

    You must be an unemployed jobseeker living in Helsinki. Please contact the Employment and Economic Development Office to make sure that your jobseeker status is still active. Then, contact an expert at the Employment and Economic Development Office, your own social instructor, or your own social worker. You can also access rehabilitative work activities through TYP Helsinki.

    Rehabilitative work activities are based on a plan drafted in cooperation by the client, social worker or social instructor and an Employment and Economic Development Office expert. Participation in the work activities agreed upon in the plan is compulsory.

    Duration of rehabilitative work activities

    The first rehabilitative work period is always three months long. Rehabilitative work activities may be continued for up to two years in periods of varying lengths. Jobseekers may work for 4-6 hours a day for 1-4 days a week in rehabilitative work activities.

    The impact of rehabilitative work activities on income

    When you participate in rehabilitative work activities, you are entitled to the unemployment allowance or social assistance. Additionally, you will receive 9€ in cost compensation for each work activity day as well as travel expense compensation.

    Ask your assigned worker for more information.




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