The aim of the Get Together Network is to through gatherings, information sessions and other activities, make the settling down of people who move to our region as smooth as possible, help them to find enjoyable free time activities and offer them a possibility to network and meet new people. Welcome to join the group!
On Midsummer week on Tuesday, we will gather for an evening at the Onkilahti Park (Onkilahdenpuisto in Palosaari). Eg. Vaasa Rugby Club will join the event to present their club. Take the chance to try some fun games and meet new people – welcome!
Spring Get Together - 05/2022
The Spring Get Together on 11.5, opened by mayor Tomas Häyry, gathered people to try handicrafts, culture and dance workshops but above all, to meet new people. During the evening the Welcome Office 10-year long journey in the city was celebrated with a delicious raspberry cake!
On the same day, Kokkola celebrated its first International Kokkola Day. The day included a seminar, a public lecture and guided walks in the old town Neristan. During the evening Get Together at the Welcome Office at the city library you could enjoy a fashion show and music performances.
Possibilities to do Voluntary Work in Vaasa - webinar 02/2022
On 15.2.2022 associations from different fields in Vaasa informed about the possibilities they offer to do voluntary work. The associations welcomed all interested to join their respective activities. When it comes to language requirements, it’s good to know some Finnish or Swedish, but you can get started in English.
An introduction to the theme was presented by Virve Flinkkilä, the Director of Welfare at the City of Vaasa.
Presentations by the associations (pdf-files):
- Culture services City of Vaasa 15.2.2022
- Red Cross Introduction Österbotten 15.2.2022
- Red Cross Vaasa Finnish branch 15.2.2022
- Ritz presentation 15.2.2022
- Vaasa Food Aid presentation 15.2.2022
- Volunteering – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vaasa 15.2.2022
- Folkhälsan – Associations and volunteers and information about activities in Österbotten (links to Folkhälsan’s website)
Guided walk - 01/2022
The guided walk in the city center of Vaasa which was arranged in January 2022, gathered some 45 people. The participants got to hear about the history of the city, about its inhabitants and about its buildings.
The event was highly appreciated and according to the feedback, it seemed to be the perfect way to get to know the city. Similar walks could therefore be a regularly upcoming event, eg. twice a year.
Get Together Network - kick-off and planning 12/2021
In December 2021 we started thinking about how the TCE project could be of assistance in creating a network and plan spare time activities for persons, who for different reasons have moved from abroad to the Vaasa region.
The invitation to the first meeting on Dec 2 at ALMA got a good respons. Present were a big number of interested people who gave their view on the matter and also commented the ideas by the others.
The second meeting was held just a couple of weeks later on Dec 16. A summary of ideas, including information on already existing services, was presented. The planning of activities for the Get Together Network for spring 2022 was then started on the basis of this material and in cooperation with the group.
How to Manage the Dark Season - webinar 11/2021
How can you keep up your energy levels during autumn and winter season? We wanted to find answers to this in our webinar “How to Manage the Dark Season”.
Dietitian Katarina Mäkynen spoke about the importance of nutrition and exercise. Among many interesting issues, Katarina pointed out how regular meals, the use of exercise in your daily life and a good sleep routine can help you keep up your energy levels.
Quan Hoang, originally from Vietnam, and Pablo Cisneros Chavira, from Mexico, offered their own, personal advice on the subject. Having lived in Finland some years and having encountered the autumn and winter months, they mentioned the importance of a positive frame of mind. Keeping active with friends and spening time eg. cooking, listening to music or watching films is also very helpful. When days are at their shortest, Pablo suggested a short walk outside during your lunch break, so that you are able to make use of the natural daylight.
The discussion also touched winter clothing, cycling during the winter and the importance of using a reflective items – more useful tips here!