Multicultural activities in Sipoo
In Sipoo several different organizations arrange activities to which immigrants are welcome to join. Through the multicultural activities that are arranged in the municipality, you can get, for example, a Finnish mentor or study the language together with other immigrants.
The organizers (parishes, communities, associations, etc.) are welcome to contact the advisor on immigration at the Municipality of Sipoo (phone 09 2353 6505). A link to your activities can be added to this page.
Let’s Read Together Network
Sipoo municipality together with The Finnish Federation of University women and a group of volunteers offer free tuition in literacy and the Finnish language to immigrants in Sipoo.
Advisor on Immigration, tel. 09 2353 6505,
"Friend for an immigrant mum" - a project run by Mannerheim League for Child Welfare
Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Southern District, organizes "Friend for an immigrant mum" activities which aims at promoting the integration of immigrant mothers to the Finnish society and to provide learning of the language. The "Friend for an immigrant mum" project wants women who are fluent in Finnish to become friends with immigrant mothers. In the spring of 2014 there was a familiarization training for new friends in Sipoo.
Mentor programme FIKA, Luckan Integration
Through the FIKA mentor programme you can act as mentor for an immigrant in Sipoo or in the nearby municipalities, or you can get a Finnish mentor! The objective is to join volunteers and immigrants, who then meet over a six-month period. A mentor is a person who is familiar with the Finnish way of life and the everyday environment. For the immigrants the programme offers a possibility to become familiar with Finnish culture, society and the labour market through a personal mentor. The pairs are formed based on the individuals' education, work history and hobbies. Luckan organizes programme for the mentor pairs each month.
More information: http://welcome.fi/
An international meeting point at Risteys
The municipality of Sipoo and Luckan Integration organize an international meeting point at a local activity centre Risteys (Iso Kylätie 9). The objective is to promote two-way integration, and to establish a meeting point with a low threshold to enter and where new inhabitants in Sipoo can get to know old ones and vice versa. The activities are planned together with the participants.
Peer group activities in Persian and Kurdish, the Family Federation’s Centre for Multicultural Expertise
The Family Federation’s (Väestöliitto) Centre for Multicultural Expertise and the Municipality of Sipoo arrange peer group activities in Persian and Kurdish at Risteys, a local youth activity centre, in spring 2015. The aim of the peer group activities is to support the integration of persons receiving international protection, and they also cover integration on family level.
More information: Mina Zandkarimi, expert on multiculturalism at Väestöliitto firstname.lastname@example.org or Heidi Uuttana, advisor on immigration email@example.com
The Adult Education Centre (Kansalaisopisto) arranges a course in Finnish for foreigners and others who are interested in brushing up their Finnish
At the Adult Education Centre you can participate in a Finnish language conversation course where the discussion topics deal with everyday issues, for example, how to run errands at various offices, in shops, at the hospital, and how to get acquainted with others. No books are used, and no actual grammar or issues related to translation are included. All activities relate to supervised conversation in which everyone participates. The course is also suitable for Swedish-speaking Finns who want to brush up their Finnish skills.
More information: https://www.opistopalvelut.fi/sipoo/course.asp?tietuenro=5355