Eteenpäin – digital support for becoming independent in growth centres

Photo: Joonas Brandt / Nuorten turvatalo

The Eteenpäin project supports young adults in the challenges of becoming independent and living independently.

The project aims to strengthen the everyday skills of young adults becoming independent and the social participation and civic skills of young adults needing special support. It also aims to decrease exclusion and loneliness among young adults.

Equality and sustainable support for becoming independent

The Eteenpäin project model combines digital and face-to-face methods and environments. The project is targeted at  18–25-year-old young adults with a strong need for support for becoming independent, challenges with independent living or an acute threat of homelessness.

We meet with the young people and their immediate communities face-to-face and digitally. Based on the individual needs of the young person, our support includes individual work, family and community work, group training, volunteer activities and networking.

Become a part of society through volunteering

We train and support volunteers in helping young people and their immediate communities. Together with the young adults, we develop various volunteering, group activity and advocacy methods. These activities strengthen the social participation and personal agency of young adults.

Coordinated by the Finnish Red Cross Youth Shelters, the project is carried out in cooperation with the Deaconess Foundation’s Vamos youth services and the Lapland and Western Finland districts of the Finnish Red Cross. The project operates in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Jyväskylä, Seinäjoki and Rovaniemi, and it is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Contact information:

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

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Becoming independent and moving to your own home provide freedom and time to yourself. But when a toilet seat cracks or dark nights make you feel scared, independence can feel bleak – or even lonely. Everyone should have someone to help them, becoming independent does not mean dealing with things alone! Video: Terjo Aaltonen / Punainen Risti
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