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Vapari offers advice and guidance to people seeking volunteering opportunities in Jyväskylä. We work to raise the profile and standards of volunteering in our local area.

What we do:

  • We run our own volunteering activities in collaboration with other organisations
  • We offer advice and guidance to volunteers
  • We develop networks that allow us to work more effectively

Vapari´s volunteering activities

One time support (Kerta-apu)

Appointments and errands

  • to attend a GP or hospital appointment or visit the bank or tax office)
  • not the things that home care does! No cleaning or medica

Home maintenance assistance 

  • to help with everyday jobs around the house, including hanging up curtains or pictures, changing a light bulb, tightening screws, gardening or watering their plants 

Digital support     

  • to help set up a computer, phone or television, or teach someone how to use an app or software package.

Sports Buddies (Liikuntaluotsit ) 

• volunteers to help people getting active
• regular company for going out   
• one time company for bowling, swimming, gymnastics etc.

Home Buddies (Kotikaverit)

  • volunteers to give time and attension to people who need company at home
  • regular visits to the same client (once a week / two times a month)
  • chatting, going out etc.

How to get in to volunteer work?

Contact us and we will tell you about voluntary work at Jyväskylä and help you to find the place which you are interested in.
You can also join Vapaaehtoistoiminnan info, Information on volunteering -event. The event is open for everyone. Info is organized by the Jyväskylä Valikko-group. 

Next Information on volunteering -event in English will be on Tuesday 28.5. at 5-7- pm. It will be at Multciultural Center Gloria, Matarankatu 6 A 1

Register for Information on volunteering -event

Volunteer support

Do you need help or support with managing an everyday situation?

Appointments and errands
You can ask volunteer with you to attend a GP or hospital appointment or visit the bank or tax office. Inquiries on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9-12, on Wednesdays at 12-15.

Home maintenance assistance
You can ask volunteer to help you with everyday jobs around the house, including hanging up curtains, changing a light bulb, tightening screws, gardening or watering your plants. Inquiries on Thursdays at 9-12 and on Wednesdays at 12-15.

Digital support 
You can ask volunteer to help you set up a computer, phone or television, or teach someone how to use an app or software package. Inquiries on Thursdays at 9-12 and on Wednesdays at 12-15.

Please ask by calling on +358 50 569 2877.

Do you need help or motivation with getting active or have someone to spend time with?

Sports Buddies (Liikuntaluotsit) and Home Buddies (Kotikaverit) are volunteers trained by Vapari. You can be paired up with a volunteer free of charge. Buddies companion can be asked by calling on +358 40 575 8260

Sport Buddies help people get active. It can be just going for a walk regularly or one time visit to a swimming hall or gym etc.

Home Buddies come home to spend some time together: to chat, play cards, listen to music, read a paper or magazine, going out etc.  The same volunteer will visit you weekly or alternative weeks.

Would you like to see a play or visit an exhibition in the company of a Art and Culture Companions?

You can ask for Art and Culture Companions by calling on +358 50 312 5315.
Our Art and Culture Companions Coordinator has lots of helpful hints and tips on where to go and what to see.

Didn’t find what you were looking for?

Get in touch with us and see if we offer the service you’re looking for. You can contact us by contact form or calling +358 40 5758 260/ Mervi or +358 50 312 5315/ Leila.

Vapari – Services of voluntary work, city of Jyväskylä
Civil Center Matara
Matarankatu 6 A 1
40100 Jyväskylä
[email protected]

Coordinator Mervi Robert
phone +358 40 575 8260
[email protected]

Coordinator Leila Koskinen
phone +358 50 312 5315
[email protected]

Next Information on volunteering -event in English will be on Tuesday 28.5. at 5-7- pm. It will be at Multciultural Center Gloria, Matarankatu 6 A 1

Register for Information on volunteering -event

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