women’s well-being groups
The groups are open to all women of immigrant background. The groups focus on different themes relating to health and well-being. African Care’s instructors lead the discussion together with visiting experts. Our main group language is simple Finnish, but our peer-instructors are often present to support in several languages. A babysitter takes care of children during group activities.
The groups are organized at African Care’s group facilities (Meri-Rastilan kuja 2 B, Helsinki) close to Rastila’s metro station in the same building with S-Market.
For further information on women’s activities contact coordinator Paula Heikkilä (050 378 5660) or Fathi Osman (050 3780 251).
Currently the Covid-19 situation is affecting the organization of Women’s well-being groups. From 1-30.6. We are organizing summer activities outdoors and in July groups are not organized. The below group descriptions introduce our regular group activities, which we will hopefully return to in the fall 2021.
AILA-group focuses on family well-being. Various experts visit the group to discuss themes such as parenting, the education system and family services.
African Care offers free-of-charge advisory service for immigrants on issues related to everyday life in Finland (e.g. Finnish language courses, working life, education).
Meeting point café
At the meeting point café you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while getting to know other women living in Helsinki in a relaxed atmosphere. Private counseling is also available during the café opening hours.
Women’s club is planned and led by African Care’s volunteers, who organize weekly activities such as cooking, sports and crafts.
ILONA- group focuses on women’s well-being. Various experts visit the group to discuss themes such as sports, nutrition, mental well-being and health services.
Women’s swimming group
Women’s swimming group is for immigrant women. Swimming group is organized once a week for 1,5 hours in Helsinki. Swimming costs 30€ for 10 times and requires a swimsuit made from swimsuit fabric and a swimming cap. The group usually meets on Saturdays.
In the Homework Club volunteers provide homework assistance to women of immigrant background who study. The homework Club is designed for adult students in several fields such as vocational education, Finnish language studies and primary school. Volunteers and students are matched by African Care’s coordinators.
During 2021, Homework Club has been organized online and we hope to return to face-to-face support in Meri-Rastila during fall 2021.
African Care’s group activities are supported by STEA (Sosiaali- ja terveysjärjestöjen avustuskeskus, Funding centre for social welfare and health organisations)