Mar 18

Peer Counselling Garage – meetings for volunteer counsellors have started

Peer Counselling Garage – meetings for volunteer counsellors have started

After the earlier three planning meetings Citizens for Refugees Finland has started workshop meetings for volunteer counsellors working with refugees, going under the name Vertaisvarikko – Peer Counselling Garage. These meetings are arranged in collaboration with Tutu ry – Support for Asylum Seekers and

Kotimajoitusverkosto – Private Accommodation Network.

The first Peer Counselling Carage meeting was held in Saturday, March 17th in Pasila in Tutu and Homestay network’s premises. Taking part in the meeting on the spot were approx. 30 volunteer counsellors and over the aether a couple dozen more in cities of Turku, Jyväskylä and Joensuu.

Our advisors in the meeting were long term active volunteers. The themes broached circled around acting as a volunteer counsellor for an asylum seeker from many different viewpoints – mainly focusing on the aspect of assisting the legal advisor working on the asylum process. We also spoke about the roles and the actions of the authorities and officials connected with this process and how to deal with these officials in question.

Cfrf is already planning future meetings and workshops together with our associate networks. We would be delighted to hear ideas of subjects to be broached and questions to be tackled in following meetings, both from those who have already attended and who would be interested in attending the Peer Counselling Garage in the future.

TIINA PELKONEN

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