NICEHEARTS was established in 2001 with the aim to produce community-based activities for women and their families as well as for girls and young women while respecting gender diversity. NIcehearts is an NGO with a mission to enable participants to find their own place in society as its equal and unique members. All of Nicehearts’ work is based on strong gender and culture sensitivity and anti-racist work. We follow the safer space principles in our work. In the Uusimaa region, we have activities in the cities of Vantaa, Helsinki, and Espoo. We are looking for a volunteer to support our activities in Vantaa, Helsinki, and Espoo:
Neighbourhood Mothers in Vantaa, Espoo, and Helsinki is a voluntary program based on peer support and empowering, in which women who have moved to Finland some time ago, are the focus. Nicehearts organises them trainings that provide tools to become active local volunteers. At the very core of the program is helping others, especially other women who have moved to Finland more recently and organizing activities based on a person’s own interests.
Girls’ Space (Tyttöjen Tila) in Vantaa aims at supporting the growth and identity of girls and young women, while respecting gender diversity and intersexuality, supporting them to become their unique personalities in an atmosphere that respects the sense of community, diversity, and unity. Girls’ Space activities offer a safe and positive space where the youth can come together, participate in peer support groups and other activities, receive personal guidance and support, meet new friends and find a hobby nearby. We also offer sexual counseling and therapy. We aim at encouraging girls and young women to listen to and respect themselves and others, as well as learn new skills and one’s role in the community. We offer them opportunities to participate, be heard and seen, and contribute to the common good. We also coordinate a project called Sua varten somessa, which is an innovative youth work model running on social media channels, helping to prevent sexual harassment on social media.
We-house (Me-talo) in Espoo offers inspiring activities to all citizens. We-house offers leisure activities, courses, clubs and events, a meeting room, as well as support for different life situations. Our activities involve associations, local organizations, volunteers, and residents of the area, who can also have the We-house spaces at their disposal upon request. We-house also gives the opportunity to meet new people, get peer support, or, for example, play fun games. We provide facilities for all kinds of activities that support the well-being of our communities, planned according to their specific needs. Courses, events, etc. can also be arranged in the evenings and on weekends as well.
Role and tasks of the volunteer
The volunteer assists the Area Coordinators in running the activities of the Neighbourhood Mothers, the Girls’ Space, and We-house. The tasks include, for example:
- Helping to organize the events, such as training and group activities
- Helping to plan and organize trips and other refreshing activities
- Assisting the participants of the Neighbourhood Mothers, the Girls’ Space, and We-house with their own activities
- Based on the person’s know-how and interests, possibility to plan and organize own activities for the participants
- Based on the person’s know-how, assisting with the marketing and communications of the activities
The volunteer will work in the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa, and Espoo. In Helsinki, the activities of Nicehearts take place in the district of Malmi. In Vantaa in the area of Tikkurila and in Espoo at Espoon keskus.
Accommodation, food and transportation
The volunteer will stay in a host family in the Helsinki area. It is essential to be flexible and motivated to interact with the family members. The lunch will be provided in the form of lunch allowance and other meals will be provided by the host family.
We are looking for a volunteer who is independent, friendly and patient understands safer space principles, and anti-racism and/or be willing to learn more about it and is ready to commit to these has self-initiative is open to creating an own project within the possibilities that we can offer at Nicehearts We appreciate if the volunteer
- has some experience in youth work, as a youth worker or facilitator
- has some experience of organizing events
- is familiar with online tools, like social media, Canva, www-page management
Due to our activities, we prefer women or non-binary participants.
As this is our first time hosting, we, unfortunately, do not have enough resources to provide a placement for participants who require a lot of support, particularly those with limited mobility. Our offices are not 100 % accessible for participants with limited mobility. If you would like to ask further questions on the accessibility, please contact Nicehearts via Maailmanvaihto at email@example.com.
Website and social media channels
- Neighbourbood Mothers
- Vantaan Tyttöjen tila
- We-house Espoo