Take part as a volunteer

You can get involved through us in mentoring for young people
or immigrants, organising events for older people, helping out formerly homeless people, or being a language mentor for people learning Finnish.


Become a volunteer

Through the Helsinki Deaconess Institute you can take part in valuable civic activities. There are currently nearly 2 000 volunteers and peer support people involved in improving the lives of people and communities. Welcome on board!

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Adding value to everyday life

You’ll find we have just the right activity to suit you, such as working with youth, families, or immigrants. You’ll get to know new people and get a chance to draw on your own strengths and skills. Tasks are appropriately tailored to each person, and we provide regular training and support for volunteers and peer support persons.

We also provide the scope and opportunity for civic activities by businesses, higher education institutions, and different population groups.


97 %

of the Deaconess Institute’s volunteers say that civic activism improves their wellbeing and adds meaning to their lives. Such activity is fun, dispels loneliness, and improves your capabilities. Many of our volunteers have learnt new skills, made new friends, and found new activities and communities bringing people together.

Activities with young asylum seekers