Settlement of Joensuu

Our association aims to strengthen people’s capabilities, sense of belonging and wellbeing through social participation and people-to-people interaction in the Joensuu-area. Moreover, we endeavour to create conditions for each individual to build up their own foundation in life through empowerment and interpersonal trust.

Our activities include Youth Work, Senior Work, Community and Residential Work and Multicultural Work.

Joensuu Settlement Activity

Youth Work

Joensuu Settlement Youth Work is for children and youngsters aged between 7 and 22. Our association approaches youth work with a gender sensitive touch and our emphasis is on a socioculturally specific approach. Our Youth Work includes the Boys’ Den on Mondays and the Girls’ Den on Tuesdays
(from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.). In addition we organize Themed Thursdays, voluntary Big Sibling -activities, small groups and cooperation with local schools.

Big Siblings are adults over the age of eighteen who act as safe friends to
youngsters. Joensuu Settlement organizes Big Sibling training in the autumn and spring for volunteers, who will be matched with their Little Siblings. Before any Big Sibling is matched, their criminal records will be checked for the safety of the young.

Senior Work

Our Senior Work consists of recreational activity aimed at pensioners. These activities involve voluntary activity, themed evenings, events and small groups. Our open activity is organized in Joensuu, Noljakka, Eno, Uimaharju, Kiihtelysvaara, Tuupovaara and Reijola. Participation in our activities is free of charge. Senior Work’s weekly group activities include meeting places where you can encounter people, drink coffee and join activities planned with others. Excursions, music, guests, art, exercise, games… or whatever you may fancy! The most important thing is to do things as a group, where everyone is comfortable. Our senior work is open for all pensioners and does not demand continuous commitment; you may visit the groups whenever suitable for you!

Senior Work volunteer activity includes acting as a group volunteer, when convenient for you, or acting as a Senior Buddy to another pensioner. As a group volunteer you may organize activities within a group with others. Senior Buddies spend time together doing activities that interest both Buddies, such as going to the movies, taking walks or gardening. Senior Buddies are given volunteer training when they start the activity. 

Community and Residential Work

Joensuu Setlement Community and Residential Work is a low threshold activity, which consists of meeting place activity, volunteer activity, small groups and themed events. Currently our community work is done in Joensuu suburban areas.

Multicultural Work

Joensuu Settlement organizes weekly Global Friday from autumn to spring on Fridays between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (17-21).

Global Friday is a multicultural meeting place, where people from all backgrounds can get together in a social setting. For more information, message global.friday@setlementtijoensuu.fi, or call +358 (0)40 0330 525

Settlement Values

  • Our activities are guided by the Settlement Values:
    Courage & Trust
    Locality & Community
    Equality & Equity

Data protection

You may find our data protection statement here (Data protection statement link) (in Finnish only). If you have questions about our data protection, please contact the association’s Executive Director: henna.karhapaa@setlementtijoensuu.fi.