Day centre for the traveller population
Hirundo is a day centre for the traveller population among EU citizens. In addition to tending to everyday matters, we provide social service and health care support for our clients. Hirundo is where they can safely come for a coffee, take a shower, do their laundry, use the internet, and eat their own meals. Hirundo’s staff also offer guidance and advice on using social welfare and health services.
The traveller population of EU citizens mainly comprises Roma, who face discrimination, inequality, and extreme poverty in their own countries. As a result begging has become a source of livelihood. Discrimination and inequality are not absent in Finland either, and this impedes getting residence registration.
Tel. +358 50 313 5606 (opening hours)
Hämeentie 31, 00500 Helsinki
Alppikatu 2, 00530 Helsinki
Project GEMMA against Violence was implemented between January 2016–December 2017. Read more