Kokkotyö-foundation is an organisation specialized in activating persons with challenges in finding employment. It supports and trains individuals in their working skills and in coping in their everyday life. The aim is to encourage them forward into working life or studies and give them learning opportunities and work experience. The target group is adults. Kokkotyö-säätiö has 10 workshops with employed personnel working together with the trainees. The workshops offer products and services to their clients (individuals, associations and companies) and the workshops serve as a tool in training the working skills. Also all the trainees have an individual trainer helping them with different issues in their personal life.
Hosting 2 volunteers, start and length of project can be negotiated

Proposed activities:

Sewing-media& secondhand workshop:
Most work is made with sewing machines, but also crafts by hand. The workshop is coaching and activating the participants, and the methods are: Sewing, repair sewing, patterns drawing on fabric, fabric cutting, foundation’s own production, recycled crafts
Work is done by hand, with small machines and on computers. The workshop is coaching and activating the participants, and the methods are: Signs and stickers, engraving, graphic design, textile printing, product packaging, foundation’s FB-pages, web shop, recycled crafts
The workshop has two employees, work coach and production worker, and 10-15 trainees between 17-60 yrs. The trainees are with different backgrounds and abilities and therefore have individual working times.

Wanha Markku, Kaustinen

The Wanha Markku workshop is located in Kaustinen, a community of 4300 people 45 km from Kokkola. Kokkotyö has a recycling shop and other activities for trainees. The daily activities include: work in the shop, restoration of furniture, looming and other handicraft. There are 4 employees in Wanha Markku and about 25 trainees ages varying between the range17-60. The trainees are with different backgrounds and abilities. Therefore, trainees have individual working times.

Profile of the volunteer:

We are looking for a social, open-minded, motivated and active young person. The volunteer should have a sense for initiative and be able to live independently.

Practical arrangements:

The living arrangements for these projects can be a host family or private apartment. Most probable accommodation will be in shared rooms, and volunteers should understand that we cannot guarantee private rooms for anyone.