The Boys’ Activities of Ahjola, The Big Sibling activity and The Girls’ Cabin
”Be yourself, otherwise there will be no one like you”
The Boys’ Activities of Ahjola (Ahjolan Poikatyö), The Big Sibling activity (Isosisarustoiminta) and The Girls’ Cabin (Tyttöjen Tupa) are a part of the youth work of the Ahjola Settlement. The Activities started as the Big Sister Project (Isosisko-projekti) in 1998, being one of the oldest forms of gender sensitive youth work in Finland. The main goal of our work is to improve the daily lives of girls, boys and non-binary youth aged from 6 to 16 years, attending school in the area of Tampere.
The Boy’s Activities of Ahjola were founded in spring 2018. The Boys’ Activities comprise of the Boy’s Cabin Opening Hours (Mondays 15-19.30 o’clock) as well as different groups, activity days (eg. Boys’ Saturdays) and holiday activities. The Girls’ Cabin and Boy’s Cabin Activities also organize educative gender sensitive groups in various locations in Tampere (eg. schools, youth centres etc.). These groups aim to teach social and emotional skills and are offering ways to build a healthy self esteem. In 2019 there will be ca. 10 groups around Tampere.
The Boys’ Activites of Ahjola, The Big Sibling Project and The Girls’ Cabin together form our basic working methods for supporting children and youth. These activities are based on the principles of gender and culturally sensitive youth work, as well as the notion of sociocultural animation. We want to work towards equality and to encourage participation in everything we do – together.
The Big Sibling Activity
The Big Sibling Activity provides a Big Sibling, a Big Sister or a Big Brother, for all the children and youth who participate in this activity. The Big Siblings work as volunteers and their main task is to be a trustworthy friend and listener in the everyday lives of their own Little Siblings, supporting their healthy growth.
The Girls’ Cabin
The Girls’ Cabin for girls was founded 2001, when the Big and Little Siblings needed a place to meet each other in their free time. Nowadays the Girls’ Cabin is a vivid social activity space, where everyone is welcomed as they are and everyone gets to choose what they want to do. Activities (eg. groups) for non-binary children and youth started at the Girls’ Cabin in 2016.
The Boys’ Activities of Ahjola
The Boys’ Cabin
The Boys’ Cabin (Poikien Tupa) is open weekly on Mondays from 3 to 7.30 p.m.
The Boys’ Cabin (Poikien Tupa) is a space for boys and non-binary youth aged from 6 to 16 years, attending schools in Tampere. At the Cabin children and youth can spend their free time, meet each other and talk to adults in a relaxed atmosphere. We provide opening hours, groups, events and holiday activities. You have to sign up to become a visitor we like to call here a Little Brother.
At the Boys’ Cabin (Poikien Tupa) you can meet friends and get new ones, play, do arts and crafts, do your homework and read, discuss things with friends or adults, dress up, act, sing and dance. At the Cabin there are 1 or 2 adult workers and 1-2 volunteers on duty during opening hours. Everyone chooses the activities they prefer and we encourage our visitors of all ages to participate in the decision making.
At the Boys’ Cabin there is a large lounge with a toy and greenery corner, a theatre room, a beauty and resting room, a television room with console games, a free Wifi and tablet, and a clothing exchange spot. We offer a free snack serving at 5 p.m. You can also bring your own snack or buy some at the Cabin (eg. noodles). The fridge and the microwave oven can also be used for free.
During Boys’ Cabin’s opening hours over 18 year old men and non-binary persons can volunteer as Cabin volunteers. You can start as a volunteer after attending a short orientation course (4-5 hours). A Big Brother who has completed the Big Sibling course (11 hours) can volunteer at the opening hours of the Boys’ Cabin as a Cabin’s Big Brother.
If you haven’t visited The Boys’ Cabin (Poikien Tupa) earlier, you are welcome now!
The Boys’ Cabin (Poikien Tupa) is located opposite the main building of The Ahjola Settlement, on the other side of the road (Pispalan valtatie 45). Be safe and please use the underpass when crossing the street.
Little Siblings’ parents and siblings as well as students and professionals can visit the Boys’ Cabin (Poikien Tupa) during opening hours or by appointment. If your friend or customer wants to visit, you can bring him/ them ONCE during the opening hours to get a chance to acquaint himself with the place and the activities. After visiting he can sign up to be a Little Brother too. Parents can sign up their children to join the activities by filling out a form online (look at the main page) or at the Cabin. This way we can ensure the children a valid group insurance.
Boy’s Saturdays are theme-based Saturday happenings for boys and non-binary youth aged from 6 to 16 years. During the Boy’s Saturdays there are different theme-based activities, games and snacks which you can enjoy in good company. The themes are chosen by the visitors themselves before the actual event.
1.2.2020 12–5 p.m.
7.3.2020 12–5 p.m.
4.4.2020 12–5 p.m.
9.5.2020 12–5 p.m.
At the Boys’ Cabin
You can sign up to participate p. 044-553 8432 or e-mail niklas.soderstrom (at) ahjola.fi.
We also provide free hobby and growth groups for boys and non-binary youth aged from 6 to 16 years. You don’t need any earlier experience so you can participate with your own personal skills, just as you are.
Diversity in us – open group for LGBTQ people under 16 years old
Every other Monday from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m.
20.1.-11.5.2020 (not on 13.4.)
The Girls’ and Boys’ Cabin
VIP group (max. 6 participants) for youth aged from 10 to 16 years to practice emotional and interactional skills
Every Tuesday from 3 to 4.30 p.m.
21.1.-17.3.2020 (8 times) (not on 25.2.)
Voima-room (Next door to The Girls’ and Boys’ Cabin)
Game group (max. 8 participants)
Every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
22.1.-13.5.2020 (not on 26.2.)
The Boys’ Cabin
Every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m.
30.1.-9.4.2020 (not on 27.2.)
Ahjola Sports Hall (Ahjolankatu 3, Tampere)
Ask more about the groups and sign up to participate p. 044-553 8432 or e-mail niklas.soderstrom (at) ahjola.fi.
The Big Sibling Activity
A Little Sibling
- is a boy, girl or non-binary child or young person aged from 6 to 16 years attending school in the city of Tampere
- the boys Little Brothers, the girls are called Little Sisters and the non-binary children and youth choose their name according to their identity
A Big Sibling
- is a man, woman or non-binary person over 18 years old
- is motivated to work as a volunteer for one year as a Big Brother or a Big Sister
- has a positive attitude towards life
- is a good example for the Little Sibling
- has completed the Big Sibling course
About the activities
- The Big Siblings (Big Sisters and Big Brothers) meet their Little Siblings (Little Sisters and Little Brothers) 1 to 4 times a month – according to their mutual agreement.
- The Big Sibling and Little Sibling, together with his/ her/ their parents, plan the content of the mutual activities such as playing, baking, doing crafts or going outdoors, swimming, to a movie, cafe or a museum, etc.
- We arrange common activities for all Sibling pairs around the year, eg. trips, events, and camps etc. There are eg. social activities for Sibling pairs, where they can meet other pairs (Siblings’ Days i.e. Sisaruspäivät). Some of the Siblings’ Days are trips to other locations than the Girls’ Cabin. Some Siblings’ Days are arranged at the Girls’ Cabin and every Sibling pair is welcome.
- We offer our volunteers personalized counseling and support, additional further education, peer support, and recreational activities.
Big Sibling courses
We arrange Big Sibling courses 2 to 4 times a year (in Finnish). The courses are free of charge and meals are offered. Attending the course is a requirement for starting as a Big Sibling in the activity. There is, however, no obligation to start as a Big Sibling after the course. The next Big Sibling courses take place in spring 2020:
- course: Wed 19.2. 17 – 19 o’clock, Fri 21.2. 17 – 19 o’clock and Sat 22.2. 10 – 17 o’clock
- course: Wed 15.4. 17 – 19 o’clock, Fri 17.4. 17 – 19 o’clock and Sat 18.4. 10 – 17 o’clock
Sign up: p. 044-553 8432 / niklas.soderstrom (at) ahjola.fi
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Our work is protected by docent Leena Kurki from the University of Tampere. She has introduced the notion of sociocultural animation (sosiokulttuurinen innostaminen) to the field of Finnish youth and social work.
The Big Sibling activity, Girls’ Cabin and The Boys’ activities of Ahjola are a part of the youth work of the Ahjola Settlement and they are funded by Finland’s state owned gaming company Veikkaus / STEA.
Niklas Söderström, youth leader/ boys, Big sibling Activity, +358445538432, niklas.soderstrom (at) ahjola.fi
Essi Räsänen, youth leader/ girls, Big Sibling Activity, +358445538435, essi.rasanen (at) ahjola.fi
Pispalan valtatie 45