The objective of rehabilitative work is to help long-term unemployed people find a path into the labour market, education or another long-term solution. Rehabilitative work promotes the wellbeing of people who have been out of work for a long time. It also prevents social marginalization. The statutory service is offered for unemployed residents of Helsinki. Customers are referred to the service by the local social services or employment office.
At Uusix, the rehabilitative work program lasts from three months to two years. Uusix offers low-threshold rehabilitative work where the first three-month period concentrates on evaluating the customer’s working capabilities. Our customers may struggle with substance abuse, physical or mental health problems. The cause for prolonged unemployment may also be the lack of education or work experience.
Annually, approximately 600 long-term unemployed people participate in our rehabilitative work program. In addition to rehabilitators, there are trainees, disabled and subsidized employees working at Uusix. The instructional personnel consists of about 70 people.
Uusix runs 18 workshops that offer versatile rehabilitative work ranging from traditional handicrafts, such as jewellery design, pottery, textile printing, knitting, metal and wood work, to more career-oriented programmes, such as kitchen and cleaning services, communications, building and maintenance work. The working time varies from 2-4 days a week, four hours a day.
During the years, Uusix has grown into a working community that thrives to live up to the values of caring, learning, sense of community and joy.