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Do you want to support young people?

Photo: Joonas Brandt / Suomen Punainen Risti

We help young people and their loved ones at our Youth Shelters in five cities and meet young people in their everyday environments, such as schools and educational institutions, youth centres and shopping centres. We also offer help for young people and their loved ones throughout Finland online in the Suhteellista service (on a break until 31 August) and Sekasin chat.

Youth Shelters help around the clock, every day of the year. We can offer a young person a safe place to spend the night, if necessary, and parents also receive support in matters concerning parenting.

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Welcome on board as a volunteer at a Youth Shelter!

Professionals and volunteers work together to help young people and their loved ones at the Red Cross Youth Shelters. Volunteers play a central role in the Youth Shelter activities alongside professionals.

As a volunteer, you have a unique opportunity of developing our operations together with professionals, young people and other volunteers.

Youth Shelters genuinely listen to the young people and often work together with the whole family. Youth Shelter professionals always offer their support to the volunteers.

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Who can become a volunteer?

Over 500 volunteers of different ages and backgrounds work at our Youth Shelters. Our Youth Shelter volunteers are interested in matters related to adolescence.

If you have a genuine desire to help young people and their loved ones by being present and doing ordinary everyday things, you are a suitable volunteer. The Youth Shelter will offer you training, support and guidance. 

We hope to have people of all ages with different language and culture backgrounds volunteer for us. In some of our volunteer activities, you can volunteer without any knowledge of the Finnish language. Join our community of volunteers – Let’s make the world a better place together!

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How can I help young people?

Volunteers support young people at different stages of life. They listen, discuss, offer information and perspectives, but also do many practical things with young people, such as cook food and engage in hobbies. The volunteers are present at the Youth Shelters, but also where young people spend their time, e.g. online. You can become an online volunteer from anywhere in Finland or the world.

As an online volunteer, you can e.g.

  • help young people in the Sekasin chat (requires a good knowledge of the Finnish language)
  • participate in Digiraati (requires a good knowledge of the Finnish language)
  • be an online support mentor to a young person becoming independent 
  • work in Youth Shelter communications and advocacy as a social media ambassador
  • be present as a safe adult in the Discord living room

As a volunteer, you can e.g.

  • be on call at our temporary accommodation with our professionals
  • be a support mentor, i.e. a safe adult, to a young person becoming independent
  • meet young people in their everyday environments, such as schools, youth centres and various events

How can I become a volunteer at a Youth Shelter?

Joining us is easy. Contact your nearest Youth Shelter and say that you are interested in becoming a volunteer. Together, we can come up with a suitable role for you. 

Every new volunteer receives an introductory training and a personal introduction to their role.

We are glad to have you on board helping and making a difference!

Contact us or pay us a visit!

Espoo Youth Shelter

Läkkisepänkuja 2 A 14, 02650 Espoo
+358 (0)9 8195 5360
turvatalo.espoo(at)redcross.fi

Director Isto Onali
+358 (0)40 770 4579
isto.onali(at)redcross.fi

Coordinator Erik Salminen 
+358 (0)40 627 3431
erik.salminen(at)redcross.fi

The Youth Shelter is open around the clock on weekdays and from 5 pm to 10 am on weekends.

Temporary accommodation for young people is open every day from 5 pm to 10 am.

PLEASE NOTE! Summer opening hours

Youth Shelters in the Helsinki region will be on duty on a rotating basis, serving the region’s young people and their loved ones throughout the summer. The temporary accommodation and discussion support services are available around the clock on weekdays and from 5.00 pm to 10.00 am on weekends. 

• In Vantaa Youth Shelter from 24 June to 4 July. 
• In Helsinki Youth Shelter from 5 July to 18 July.
• In Espoo Youth Shelter from 19 July to 1 August.

The employees at the programme for young people becoming independent will be available at the shelters throughout the summer.

From 2 August 2021 onwards, the Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa shelters continue their usual operations in their own areas.

Espoo Youth Shelter is easily reached with A, S, U, L and Y train services that stop at Leppävaara and with Espoo’s internal buses.

WhatsApp: +358 40 776 5548

instragram.com/turvatalo_espoo

facebook.com/TurvataloEspoo

Helsinki Youth Shelter

Uudenmaankatu 32 A, 00120 Helsinki
+358 (0)9 622 4322
turvatalo.helsinki(at)redcross.fi

Director Miki Mielonen
+358 (0)40 570 9397
miki.mielonen(at)redcross.fi

Coordinator Anne-Maria Pitkänen
+358 (0)40 757 6276
annemaria.pitkanen(at)redcross.fi
(volunteer activities, cooperation with schools and educational institutions, student internships: +358 (0)9 622 4322 Helsinki Youth Shelter)

The Youth Shelter is open around the clock on weekdays and from 5 pm to 10 am on weekends.

Temporary accommodation for young people is open every day from 5 pm to 10 am.

PLEASE NOTE! Summer opening hours

Youth Shelters in the Helsinki region will be on duty on a rotating basis, serving the region’s young people and their loved ones throughout the summer. The temporary accommodation and discussion support services are available around the clock on weekdays and from 5.00 pm to 10.00 am on weekends. 

• In Vantaa Youth Shelter from 24 June to 4 July. 
• In Helsinki Youth Shelter from 5 July to 18 July.
• In Espoo Youth Shelter from 19 July to 1 August.

The employees at the programme for young people becoming independent will be available at the shelters throughout the summer.

From 2 August 2021 onwards, the Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa shelters continue their usual operations in their own areas.

You can travel to Helsinki Youth Shelter with 14 and 14B buses and tram route 3.


WhatsApp: +358 40 173 4149

instagram.com/nuortenturvatalohelsinki

facebook.com/turvishelsinki

Tampere Youth Shelter

Hämeenkatu 22 C, 33200 Tampere
+358 (0)40 556 6661
turvatalo.tampere(at)redcross.fi

Director Mari Uusi-Niemi
+358 (0)400 740 798
mari.uusi-niemi(at)redcross.fi

Coordinator Johanna Riiheläinen
+358 (0)40 726 1307
johanna.riihelainen(at)redcross.fi
(volunteer activities, cooperation with schools and educational institutions, student internships)

The Youth Shelter is open around the clock on weekdays and from 5 pm to 10 am on weekends.

Temporary accommodation for young people is open every day from 5 pm to 10 am.

We are available by phone around the clock (excluding Sat–Sun 10 am–5 pm)

PLEASE NOTE! Summer opening hours

The Tampere Youth Shelter will provide discussion support in person and online from 28 June to 30 July on weekdays from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

The temporary accommodation service of Tampere Youth Shelter is closed from 24 June until 1 August 2021.

Starting on 2 August, the Tampere shelter will be open according to its usual opening hours.

WhatsApp: +358 40 556 6661

instagram.com/turvis_tampere

facebook.com/tampereenturvis

Turku Youth Shelter

Yliopistonkatu 24 A 15, 20100 Turku
+358 (0)2 253 9667
turvatalo.turku(at)redcross.fi

Director Marina Stubb
+358 (0)40 187 0664
marina.stubb(at)redcross.fi

Coordinator Susanne Etholen-Rättö 
+358 (0)40 540 8430
susanne.etholen-ratto(at)redcross.fi
(volunteer activities, cooperation with schools and educational institutions, student internships)

The Youth Shelter is open around the clock on weekdays and from 5 pm to 10 am on weekends.

Temporary accommodation for young people is open every day from 5 pm to 10 am.

We are available by phone around the clock (excluding Sat–Sun 10 am–5 pm).

PLEASE NOTE! Summer opening hours:

The temporary accommodation and discussion support services of Turku Youth Shelter are open around the clock throughout the summer.

When other shelters are closed, you can contact Turku by phone or e-mail.

WhatsApp: +358 40 660 8048

instagram.com/nuortenturvatalo_turku

facebook.com/TurvisTurku

Vantaa Youth Shelter

Rekola Estate, Sairaalakatu 3, 01400 Vantaa
+358 (0)9 871 4043
turvatalo.vantaa(at)redcross.fi

Director Pekka Väänänen
+358 (0)40 548 2750
pekka.vaananen(at)redcross.fi

Coordinator Sara Jessen
+358 (0)40 620 2138
sara.jessen(at)redcross.fi
(volunteer activities, cooperation with schools and educational institutions, student internships)

The Youth Shelter is open around the clock on weekdays and from 5 pm to 10 am on weekends.

Temporary accommodation for young people is open every day from 5 pm to 10 am.

PLEASE NOTE! Summer opening hours

Youth Shelters in the Helsinki region will be on duty on a rotating basis, serving the region’s young people and their loved ones throughout the summer. The temporary accommodation and discussion support services are available around the clock on weekdays and from 5.00 pm to 10.00 am on weekends. 

• In Vantaa Youth Shelter from 24 June to 4 July. 
• In Helsinki Youth Shelter from 5 July to 18 July.
• In Espoo Youth Shelter from 19 July to 1 August.

The employees at the programme for young people becoming independent will be available at the shelters throughout the summer.

From 2 August 2021 onwards, the Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa shelters continue their usual operations in their own areas.

Vantaa Youth Shelter is easily reached with K train service (Rekola) and Vantaa’s internal buses.

WhatsApp: +358 50 339 5413

instagram.com/popupturvatalo 

facebook.com/TurvataloVantaa

Further information on Vantaa Youth Shelter also available on Rednet.

Kirsti Viinikka, Project Manager
kirsti.viinikka@redcross.fi
+358 (0)40 660 1108

Johanna, crisis and family worker (client work)
+358 (0)40 709 1735

Elina, crisis and family worker (client work)
+358 (0)40 182 4072

Heidi, crisis and family worker (client work)
+358 (0)40 595 1006

Read more about the Eteenpäin project.

Kirsti Viinikka, Project Manager, Kotipolku project
+358 (0)40 660 1108
kirsti.viinikka(at)redcross.fi.

instagram.com/kotipolku_spr

In the Sekasin chat, young people can talk with reliable adults about anything on their mind (this service is only in Finnish).

Come meet and listen to young people online: become a volunteer in the Sekasin chat. (requires a good knowledge of the Finnish language)

Leena Suurpää, Manager of Finnish Red Cross Youth Shelters 
+358 (0)50 543 8251
leena.suurpaa(at)redcross.fi