Peer groups supporting integration
Immigrants are the best experts on supporting newcomers in managing their everyday life in Finland. Face-to-face provides training on peer-to-peer support.
The Finnish Refugee Council has more than ten years’ experience on organizing peer-to-peer groups and training different actors on our model of mutual support.
Peer-to-peer groups are especially helpful for newcomers, whose language skills are still low or who have not yet integrated to the society. The groups are small, consisting of 4–10 people who share the same mother tongue.
We offer the employees of municipalities, parishes, educational institutions and NGOs training on funding and managing peer-to-peer groups.
Currently we have offices in Helsinki, Turku and Joensuu, but have organized training in several other municipalities, such as Lahti, Lappeenranta, Lieksa and Kontiolahti. Currently we work closely with Kotka, Kouvola, Vantaa and Espoo.
Furthermore, we have funded a network of actors organizing different kinds of peer-to-peer groups in the Helsinki metropolitan region. More information on the network and how to participate can be found on our website www.pakolaisapu.fi/kasvokkain.
Face-to-face is financed by the Finnish Slot Machine Association (RAY).
Head of Face-to-face
Tel: +358 45 110 0768
Regional Coordinator, Helsinki capital region
Tel: +358 45 1209 036
Regional Coordinator, Turku
Tel: +358 44 7249882
Regional Coordinator, North Karelia (Joensuu)
Tel: +358 40 580 4639