The basis for settlement work is the belief in the empowering effect of communality. Settlement work covers the entire spectrum of life and realises the ideals of equality and communality in practice. The Settlement of Jyvälä is a non-governmental organization which includes an adult education centre, after school activities for children, civic activity and child, youth and family work. In addition, Jyvälä carries out projects and organizes events for people of all ages. Jyvälä is guided by the values of equality, communality, participation and meeting, supporting and respecting others.
The settlement work in Jyväskylä dates back to the 1940’s. Currently the Settlement of Jyvälä offers a variety of educational and recreational courses, as well as opportunities for multicultural encounters in a communal atmosphere. We support new Finns in their integration, and native Finns to life in a multicultural Finland. We operate jointly with volunteer workers and professionals from local needs, with and amongst people. The Settlement House serves as a meeting place for all the citizens of Jyväskylä. We encourage people to plan and execute activites themselves and make the Settlement of Jyvälä a place where everyone feels welcome, cherished and able to achieve their personal goals.
is an agile adult education centre which bases its curriculum on the needs and wishes of municipal citizens. Different fields of study include the well-being of body and mind and the enhancement of knowledge and skills. The adult education centre offers education also for immigrants and courses in English.
can be arranged by the adult education centre for various occasions, such as recreational days or private parties. Education can be arranged quickly at Jyvälä or at any chosen location.
organizes supervised and controlled after school activities for young children in the Jyväskylä area. Jälkkärit provides children with a safe and comfortable afternoon and supports their general well-being and health.
Child, youth and family work
organizes hobbies and camps for 7–15-year-old children and events for children, teenagers and families. The aim is to support parenthood and the well-being of the entire family.
supports citizens in becoming active members of society and empowers them to arrange different types of groups and events themselves. Everyone is welcome to plan and execute activities.
offers interesting tasks in various groups and activities. Volunteering opportunities include multicultural work and events.
Avaimet onnistumiseen (Keys to success)
Program for young immigrants living in Jyväskylä
Kotokolo courses (UMAKO literacy training)
Jyvälä has a lot of experience with projects that concern employment, life control and social empowerment. Projects have been funded by the city of Jyväskylä, The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Central Finland, Finland’s Slot Machine Association, STEA, ESR, Regional State Administrative Agency and private foundations.
The Settlement House
offers various spaces for rent. The spaces are suitable for educational and group activities, business conferences, events and private parties.
by becoming a member, by giving your time or by donating materials and equipments. You can also support Jyvälä financially by giving a donation, by buying a gift voucher to the adult education centre or by renting a space from the Settlement House.
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