In English

Kajaani Girls’ Den and its Big Sister’s program are aimed at girls and women, as well as anyone considering their own gender, living in the Kajaani region who are aged 10-28-year-old. You are welcome to join us; everyone is worthy and of value just as they are, and, accordingly, the Girl’s Den is a safe space free from any kind of discrimination.

Family, friends and partners are also more than welcome to come and familiarise themselves with our activities as agreed outside our opening hours.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!  We want to hear feedback and develop our organisation with our stakeholder’s wishes in mind.  

Due to the coronavirus, registration is now required in advance for the open living room sessions by 2 p.m. on the same day. The limit is 12 people. If you register and are then are unable to participate, please remember to cancel your place. The sessions will go ahead as long as there is at least 1 individual enrolled.

Registrations can be made directly through the Girl’s Den phone number 044 901 3207.

Face masks are required. Please only attend if you are healthy, and take special care of hand hygiene, which includes washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitiser. The kitchen is limited to supervisors and snacks will be staggered to ensure adequate safety distances.

The open living room sessions are open to all 10–17-year-olds. They are organised on Wednesdays from 15:00 to 17:00 and on Fridays from 15:00 to 19:00 (excl. the last Friday of the month!).

Children over the age of 16 can stay on Wednesdays after 17:00, until 19:00, as well as the last Friday of the month from 15:00 to 19:00. In the open living room sessions, you can come and hang out, do homework and/or meet new acquaintances. The sessions also include light food. 

For young people

Join other Girl Den activities – don’t be afraid, we will accept you for yourself!

FOR VOLUNTEERS

Have a positive influence on others and be a role model in a younger person’s life!

 

WORKING WITH US

Visit us to find out more about the opportunities we offer.

For young people

Anyone in Kajaani aged 10-28 who identifies as a girl or woman, and anyone reflecting on gender and sexuality is warmly welcomed to participate in our activities at the Girl’s Den in Kajaani.  

Here, you can be yourself without fear of discrimination or bullying. Come alone or with friends, however you wish. At the Girl’s Den, you choose freely who you are and what you’d like to do.

The open living room is somewhere you can hang out and spend time with other girls and trustworthy adults. The living room is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 15:00 to 19:00. The living room also includes small snacks.

Timetables and age range

For 10–17-year-olds on Wednesdays from 15:00 to 17:00 and on Fridays from 15:00 to 19:00 (excl. the last Friday of the month!).
Children over the age of 16 can come to the living room sessions on Wednesdays from 17:00 to 19:00, as well as the last Friday of the month from 15:00 to 19:00.

Attention! Due to the coronavirus, registration is now required in advance for the open living room sessions by 2 p.m. on the same day. The limit is 12 people. If you register and are then are unable to participate, please remember to cancel your place. The sessions will go ahead as long as there is at least 1 individual enrolled.

Registrations can be made directly through the Girl’s Den phone number 044 901 3207.

Group and individual activities

The Den’s activities also include important professionally supervised group and individual work. Our aim is to support each individual’s growth and development through communication and friendship.

Groups are set up according to the wishes and needs of our visitors. There are two types of group activities: open floor, where you can without pre-registration, and closed, where you must register in advance with a supervisor. Group activities can be, for example, a hobby group, a discussion group or an experience-based peer group. Ideas and suggestions for the group’s subjects are encouraged, and we try to accommodate everyone’s wishes as much as possible.

Overlapping with our other activities, we offer individual support to those who need.

Together, we also sometimes make excursions to nearby areas and various events based on the suggestions we receive from our Den visitors. Tours and events are planned together, and participation is always free of charge. 

For volunteers

Big Sisters are adult volunteers who act as friends and support in the everyday life and growth of their Little Sisters. The aim of this program is for youths aged 10-16 to find their own Big Sister and meet 1 – 4 times a month. You can also participate in Big Sister activities as a Den Sister during our open living room sessions, and during our events and excursions, which is similar to Big Sister work.

Acting as a Big Sister is rewarding voluntary work: both sides of the sibling couple are involved in the activities of their own free will.

Participation in the Big Sister program requires completion of the Big Sister training. According to registration and interviews, trainings are usually arranged in autumn and spring. In addition, recreational activities, further training and support will be arranged for The Big Sisters. Remember that you are never alone, help and advice is always available from the Den’s instructors.

Note that before a Big Sister can have a Little Sibling, Girl’s Den will need a copy of their criminal record for safety reasons.

Work with us

Girl’s Den activities are strongly based on co-operative work, and we aim to create innovative ways of communication with local and national actors. Together we carry out for example, in small groups, excursions and events. More information can be acquired through pre-arranged visits at the Girl’s Den.

Girl’s Den is an excellent place for internships or work on theses/finals if you are studying for example, sociology, nursing, community pedagogy or youth and community instructorship. With us, you can complete training periods of different lengths from several weeks to months, and schedules are flexible. 

Our internships may include e.g. supervising girls during our open sessions, leading groups, planning and implementing events, excursions and holiday activities, and general development of our programs.

Peppiina Hakkarainen

GIRL’S DEN DEVELOPER

0449013205
peppiina@kajaanintyttojentupa.fi

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