Peer Group support for everyday life
An immigrant understands fellow immigrants’ critical issues and underlying problems better than anyone else. The peer groups offer immigrants guidance to face the challenges of living in Finland, and they also help to familiarize them with various activities and services. We have been organizing peer support for immigrants within different projects since 2001. A peer group provides support particularly to immigrants with low-level language skills and those who have not fully integrated in Finnish society. The groups are intended for immigrants, in groups of 4 to 10 people, and is conducted in their individual native tongue. We provide training for the personnel of local communities, schools and organizations for starting up a peer group and support them with their administration throughout the country. If cooperation is established, we provide basic training for the peer instructors in each local community. We also keep records of the people who have completed the training, and who are interested in working as instructors in future. .The Face to Face project is financially supported by Finland’s Slot Machine Association.