We recommend that everyone who is 12 years old or older uses a face mask in all social and health care facilities.
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The escalating pandemic situation makes the safe organisation of work and day activities difficult. Several infections and chains of infections have been diagnosed both in group homes and in work and day activity centres. There are currently more infections in Helsinki and in the Metropolitan Area than at any earlier stage of the pandemic.
The work and day activity services are open with full capacity. All available measures to help ensure safe operations have been taken, but group activities and our premises pose a major challenge when it comes to avoiding infections, and it is not entirely possible. All our clients are not able to keep safety distances or wear face masks. Daily group sizes in different centres vary.
We recommend that every client considers the possibility to voluntarily drop out of the service, if the situation at home allows. This has a direct impact on the number of contacts in the centres.
However, there are currently no restrictions on the use of social services’ premises or availability of work and day activity services, so every client is welcome to attend according to their own decision.
For ensuring the safety of our service, it is vitally important that clients only participate in work and day activities when they are perfectly healthy. Do not come to the centre if you have even the mildest symptoms of COVID-19. When returning from abroad, observe current recommendations related to travelling.
We also recommend that all work and day activity participants receive COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination is voluntary. For the residents of Uusimaa, vaccination appointments can be booked at bookcovidvaccine.fi.
We also provide virtual service, either in addition to physical services or only virtually. If you are interested in virtual services, please contact your work and day activity centre. Additional information on the service is also available directly from the virtual service instructors, tel.: 040 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
In addition to City service locations, the service is also available at purchased service units.
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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Contact your own social worker or VIPA!
Tel. 09 310 32262