Next training for Metsälä Detention Centre Visits

Metsälä Detention Centre Visits group are looking for new volunteers. 
Volunteers from the Metsälä Detention Centre Visits (DCV) group visit the Metsälä detention unit regularly every or every second week on Thursday evenings. The unit is a closed institution where asylum seekers whose identity is unknown and migrants awaiting removal from the country are held by court order. The detainees cannot leave the premises and may need to stay from a few hours to many months.
During the visits volunteers offer social support and organise workshops and short performances. The visits from the Red Cross volunteers may be the detainees’ only contact from outside the detention centre.
Volunteering with the group requires completion of an introductory training course and long-term commitment to attending visits.

We are interested in open-minded volunteers, who are at least 20 years old, preferably with experience in voluntary work with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants or other foreign people here in Finland or abroad, and/or in caring activities with other people in need.

Next training

Volunteers must participate in a training session that will take place on Friday 4th ( 5 pm to 8 p.m.) and on Saturday 5th of May (10 a.m. to 4 pm.).  The working language of the group is English and all training and materials will be provided in English.

If you are interested in signing up or have any further questions, please send an e-mail lähettää sähköpostin)

Applications must be sent to the same address by no later than 23rd of April 2018, please answer the following questions in your application.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Languages spoken (scale 1-5; 1=basics, 5=fluent/native)
  • Skills that you could teach or perform in Detention Centre
  • Please describe your previous volunteering experience
  • What is your motivation for volunteering, in general, and at the detention centre in particular?
  • Why are you suited to this type of volunteering?
  • Visits are every week on Thursdays from 6-8 pm. Can you commit to bi-monthly visits for one year or more?
  • Do you have any commitments that could be in conflict with the confidentiality or principles of Red Cross?