What can I do as a volunteer?
As a Familia volunteer, you can
- organise a Duo Mother & Baby (or a Parent & Baby) group with a pair
- organise Duo Living Room meetings
- facilitate chats and online discussion groups
- assist in organising events and trips
- facilitate Partner's Path peer support group
- facilitate language and discussion groups
- write for the Duo Blog
- write articles and opinion pieces for Duo Library
Who can volunteer for Familia?
If you sympathise with the principles and aims of the association, you can support our activities by sharing your time and expertise with Familia and its members.
You can volunteer regardless of your age and whether you were born in Finland or elsewhere. We value the knowledge and skills of ordinary people, so you need not be an expert.
You can also be a volunteer at Familia in your own native language. You can, for example, lead a group in your native language for others who speak the same language or those wishing to learn your language.
We ensure that our volunteer activities are flexible and respectful to your life situation by offering opportunities in very different tasks of varying duration that do not necessarily require any lengthy commitments. There are also volunteer opportunities online, so you can participate in the volunteer activities no matter where you are in Finland or abroad.
You can even be a volunteer without being a member of the Familia association. We do, however, warmly welcome all volunteers to become members as well!
FAMILIA PROVIDES VOLUNTEERS WITH FUN ACTIVITIES AND A DIVERSE RANGE OF POSSIBILITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT
A significant portion of Familia’s activities rely on volunteer involvement. The Finnish language discussion groups, for example, as well as other language groups for adults, language clubs for children and families, and Duo activities for intercultural families are all primarily led by volunteers.
As a volunteer you will donate your time and know-how, as well as care and compassion. As a volunteer you will get new friends and contacts, as well as new skills and knowledge that you can benefit from in both personal and working life.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteers represent a vital resource for our association. We offer volunteers a variety of possibilities for involvement from online group leadership to chat organiser and blog author. Regardless of your life situation, you can always find a suitable way to contribute to Familia’s activities.
As a Familia volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a difference and get involved while also utilising your own competencies and experiences for the benefit of others. Volunteering opens the door to meet people from all around the world. As a peer group leader, you will come into contact with others who are interested in the same things and living in similar life situations. It is a chance for everyone to learn from one another.
Volunteering provides opportunities for networking and collecting information and experiences that will be beneficial both in your work and personal life.