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Community centres' neighbourhood circle

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Community centres' neighbourhood circles are local 'second living rooms' that are active within a certain residential area.

They are originally designed for the elderly, but cooperation between generations is also possible.

Neighbourhood circles meet once a week, in the afternoons. The meetings take place in facilities within the area that are free of charge, such as the library, facilities intended for residents, or club rooms. Visitors are also welcome free of charge to the neighbourhood circle meetings.

The intention is primarily to activate those living alone and to offer them something meaningful to do close to home. Peer support and personal relationships decrease the feeling of loneliness. Neighbourhood circles provide the opportunity to get to know others who live nearby, while sipping a cup of coffee.

The circles are lead by volunteers in partnership with City of Helsinki.

The service is free from charge fro the entrants.

To whom and on what terms

Neighbourhood circles are intended for anyone living in Helsinki, who is in need of recreation, who feels alone and needs company, and who can come to the meeting independently.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languageFinnish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 17/5/2022