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Rehabilitating work activities

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

The purpose of rehabilitating work activities is to improve the customer's life management skills and create good conditions for finding employment.

The rehabilitating work activities are based on the Act concerning rehabilitating work activities. Rehabilitating work activities are adapted, in accordance with the customer's work skills and functional abilities, so that it supports and promotes their working abilities. Rehabilitating work activities are primarily organised in three month periods, and take from one to four days a week, at least 4 hours at a time.

You can apply for rehabilitating work activities via as a client of Helsingin TYP or via the service point for adult social work.

During the rehabilitating work activities, the customer receives either a labour market subsidy or an income support payment and maintenance compensation, and it is based on an activating plan, compiled together with the customer. Rehabilitating work activities are arranged at city's own units, at organisations and companies the city purchases services from.

The services are free of charge for the customers.

To whom and on what terms

The services are intended for people, who have been unemployed for a long time, who have trouble finding their own place in the job market or who need other, specialised support measures, in order to find employment.

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Background information

Work activities maintain and promote functional capacity and participation. Work activities organised by the municipality are intended for persons who, due to such reasons as a disability, illness, need for rehabilitation or some other reason, cannot manage an ordinary job. Participants in the work activities do not have an employment relationship with the organiser of the activities. Work activities can be organised at centres dedicated for this purpose or in ordinary workplaces as so-called open work activities.

Work activities represent holistic rehabilitation where each participant works as permitted by their resources and abilities. A plan is drawn up for the work activities, and its implementation is evaluated regularly.

The participants work part time, and may continue participating over the long term. A daily payment is made to the participants for the work activities. Participants may have to pay for meals served during the work day and commutes to and from work.

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: 22/5/2022