INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Many immigrants need support navigating through the Finnish bureaucracy and building their everyday lives. The Finnish Refugee Council supports immigrants in the challenges of the service system, work-related problems and questions about everyday life.

Individual guidance for young adults

The counsellors of the FRC’s Kurvi (Curve) function support young adult immigrants to utilise their own capacities and find a meaningful direction for their lives. Our counsellors are on the move, helping where they’re needed.

Kurvi provides ad hoc assistance, support and counselling on specific issues related to immigration and permits for foreign nationals.

  • Helsinki residents aged 15–29: Ohjaamo Helsinki (Fredrikinkatu 48, Kamppi), Mon-Fri 12–17
  • All ages: Itäkeskus Library (Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus, Helsinki) Thu 13–17

In addition, we provide training for public sector professionals and NGOs on permit issues for immigrants as well as the situation of immigrants in the service system.

Inquiries regarding support for young adult immigrants:
Eero Lehtovirta, tel. +358 44 7328 061

Inquiries regarding trainings:
Iina Helldan, tel. +358 44 767 1594

Support for immigrant families

The Refugee Council’s Linkki (Link) project experts provide cultural interpretation in kindergartens and schools.

We provide support for immigrant families in the kindergarten, school and service system. We support teaching staff at parents’ evenings, staff and family meetings, as well as by providing telephone consultation. Linkki also organises thematic group meetings for immigrant families. Linkki project is part of STEA’s Kaikille eväät elämään programme.

Inquiries about support for families:
Ala Saeed, tel. +358 44 776 4859

Jenny Joensuu, tel. +358 44 779 0791

Training courses and mentoring for jobseekers, information and support for employers

Finnish Refugee Council’s Sauma project brings together employers and immigrant jobseekers. We provide mentoring and training courses tailored to the needs of jobseekers. We offer support for companies by participating in recruitment processes as well as assisting in orientation and adaptation to Finnish working life. Our goal is to support creating sustainable employment and diverse work communities.

Sign up for Sauma working life training course here. Please note that you must have basic Finnish language skills to participate in the training.

Inquiries about working life partnerships and mentoring:
Jenni Tahvanainen, tel. +358 44 734 9297

Inquiries related to training courses:
Iikka Tuominen, tel. +358 44 774 6153