The main purpose of TEKO -project is to create a community
pop up center in Hervanta. This center, Kototori, will form a basis
for the future regional well-being center in the area, similar to those
already in place in Lielahti and Linnainmaa.
The main, or
direct, target group of the project is immigrants who are in the early
stages of integration into the Finnish society. This includes asylum
seekers who have recently got their residence permits, refugees who have
recently moved into the country and those immigrants who for one reason
or another are unemployed and find it challenging to integrate into the
society. Meanwhile, the indirect target group is all the residents of
Hervanta, irrespective of their cultural and social background.
Objectives of the TEKO-project
The first objective of TEKO is to create a multidisciplinary operations model for enhanced integration.
The operation principle is based on the strategy and service model of
the city of Tampere, the essence of which is joint, equal participation
for all citizens. The close knit interaction and dialogue between
Hervanta residents play an important role in this. The community
motivates its residents to do things for themselves, which empowers the
participants and increases their value of self worth. The second objective is to support the target group's ability to manage their own lives.
This can be done by developing low threshold counselling services. 'New
arrivals' can come to Kototori and receive personal assistance and
guidance without prior appointment and in their own language. The
project reaches out to the 'New arrivals' instead of them having to look
for the services themselves. The operations model goes beyond sectoral
and organizational lines. The community consists not only of the project
workers and their clients, but all the residents in the area, students,
volunteers, parishioners, as well as activists of different NGO's. The third objective is to enhance multifaceted integration in Hervanta.
is seen as a many fold process, whereby the 'New arrivals' integrate
into Finnish society, but Finnish people also grow more tolerant to
immigrants. This is especially important in Hervanta, where around 20%
of the residents are immigrants. The fourth, and final objective is to develop cross sectoral co-operation.
The project becomes a communal learning process, whereby the
participating professionals reassess and update their working methods to
better suit today's needs.
How does the project aim to reach these objectives? 1. By supporting target group's ability to manage their own lives and provide them with low threshold counseling services.
For example, group briefings about housing, education, health services,
habitation etc. can be organized at Kototori. 'New arrivals' get a
clearer picture of how the Finnish system works and they are directed to
the right place to seek further assistance. 2. By training people with immigrant background to become experts by experience.
People who take part in the training become empowered by the simple
recognition that their background makes them experts and important
sources of information. 3. By recruiting residents to do volunteer work in Hervanta.
can, for instance, teach Finnish to 'New arrivals' or organize group
activities in the field of sport or art. It is important to note that
'New arrivals' are not mere objects of volunteer work, but can
themselves work as volunteers, and that way improve their own employment
4. By developing the model for community social work.
Professionals have vocational training at Praxis-workshops, where they
work side by side with their peers and experts by experience. Data is
being collected and researched in order to further develop the model.
5. By organizing discussion groups and community training.
Discussion groups are, for instance, a way to promote interfaith
dialogue, which contributes to mutual understanding and peaceful
coexistence of people.
Kototori - a meeting place in Hervanta
Do you need counselling or advise on how to find services? Are you looking for something to do on your spare time? Do you want to share your expertise to the community's benefit? Or do you just want to meet new people and hang out?
you answered YES to any of the above mentioned questions, then Kototori
is the place you should go to! Kototori is a multicultural, interfaith
meeting place in Hervanta. It is centrally located at the Hervanta
Leisure Center's cafeteria, on 2nd floor. Address is Lindforsinkatu 5.
Social Services are available at Kototori on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9
am to 3 pm. Along with Finnish and English, service is also provided
in Somali and Dari (Tuesday) and Arabic (Friday). No prior appointment
is needed, you can just walk in.
Together -open cafe welcomes you on Wednesdays at 12-16. Complimentary
coffee and tea is available. No registration is needed.
For updates and latest news, see our Facebook page: TEKO-hanke
is constantly looking for new volunteers to take part in its activities
(language groups, sport activities, community cafe, art classes etc.)
You don't need previous experience, only enthusiasm and a positive
attitude. We strongly encourage people to share their own ideas about
volunteer work and how it could be organized in Hervanta. Everyone can
help according to one's own abilities. Our motto is: Help where you can
and when you can!
For more information about volunteer work in TEKO, please contact Mr. Aku Hakulinen (email@example.com
All TEKO project members can be contacted either by phone or email. Please see "yhteystiedot"
for further details.