HYY is looking for volunteers to project groups of projects in Mozambique and Bangladesh and coordinators for the both projects. 4 to 6 volunteers will be chosen to both groups.

Apply to become the coordinator of HYY’s Mozambique project’s project group

As the Bangladesh project ends at the end of 2018, it is time to make plans for a new project. HYY’s new development cooperation project is planned for Mozambique. 4–6 volunteers will be selected for the project group, and we are now looking for a project coordinator to coordinate the volunteers’ work. The position is a position of trust, which means that no salary is paid. However, the coordinator receives a small compensation (€1,000).

During 2017, we have selected the Maputo metropolitan area in Mozambique as the target of the new project. Our Finnish partner in the project is the Children and Youth Foundation, and the theme of the project is youth. The Children and Youth Foundation is currently searching for a local partner for the project from the target country. We are also applying for project support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for the project.

In 2018, the project’s planning group will work on participating in the drafting of the project plan and monitoring plans, the preparation of the funding application and communicating to HYY’s members about the project planning. Additionally, our aim is to make the project’s planning trip to Mozambique in 2018. The coordinator of the project group is expected to participate in the project’s planning trip.

The selected coordinator is expected to have:
Experience of project management
Communication skills (communicating with other organisations and possible partners is central to the position)
Initiative and the ability to manage large issues
Fluency in English
Participation in HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee’s meetings
Commitment to the position for the entire year

We also hope the coordinator to have:
Enthusiasm and the desire to learn new things
Knowledge of Portuguese
Leadership experience
Experience of development cooperation project administration
Experience of HYY’s development cooperation activities

Applying
The call for applications is open to all HYY’s members. We ask anyone interested in the position to send their application to mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi by Sunday 12 November 2017. We will notify applicants of the selections by 16 November. Selections for other positions of HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee will be made in the Committee’s annual meeting at 6 pm on 29 November (in Sparre at Mannerheimintie 5 A, 2nd floor). If project group positions remain unfilled after the application round, it will still be possible to stand for the positions in the meeting.

Best applicants will be interviewed on Tuesday 14 November, and HYY’s Board will select the coordinator in its meeting on 16 November.

For more information on the application process and the position, please contact Mikko Kymäläinen, member of HYY’s Board in charge of development cooperation (mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi 050 543 9611).

Apply to become a volunteer in HYY’s Mozambique project group

HYY is looking for volunteers for the planning group for the new Mozambique project.

Planning group for the new project
As the Bangladesh project ends at the end of 2018, it is time to make plans for a new project. HYY’s new development cooperation project is planned for Mozambique. 4–6 volunteers will be selected for the project group, and the group will be led in its work by a project coordinator. The project is planned to launch at the beginning of 2019.

During 2017, we have selected the Maputo metropolitan area in Mozambique as the target of the new project. Our Finnish partner in the project is the Children and Youth Foundation, and the theme of the project is youth. The Children and Youth Foundation is currently searching for a local partner for the project from the target country. We are also applying for project support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for the project.

In 2018, the project’s planning group will work on participating in the drafting of the project plan and monitoring plans, the preparation of the funding application and communicating to HYY’s members about the project planning. Additionally, our aim is to make the project’s planning trip to Mozambique in 2018. The members of the project group take part in planning the trip, and some of the group members will also get to participate on the project trip itself.
Cooperation with the Children and Youth Foundation offers project group members a great opportunity to learn about project administration and development cooperation in general with experienced professionals of the field.

What is expected of volunteers?
Applicants must commit to the project group’s activities for the entire year and be prepared to work as part of a team consisting of students from different fields of study. We require the selected persons to be fluent in English. The group meets twice a month on average. Project group members are also expected to participate in HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee’s meetings. Project group members are required to be members of HYY.

We hope the volunteers have:
Previous experience of development cooperation
Knowledge of Portuguese
Experience of developing countries
Good writing and communication skills
Knowledge of HYY’s development cooperation activities
Experience of project work or project planning
However, above all else we value enthusiasm, the possibility to participate in meetings regularly and the motivation to act in the position actively throughout the entire year.

Applying
Anyone interested in the positions should send an application with a maximum length of one page, describing your previous experience, motivation and intentions of being in Finland in 2018.

The call for applications is open to all HYY’s members. We ask anyone interested in the positions to send their application to mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi by Sunday 12 November 2017. We will notify applicants of the selections by 16 November. Selections for other positions of HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee will be made in the Committee’s annual meeting at 6 pm on 27 November  (in Sparre at Mannerheimintie 5 A, 2nd floor). If project group positions remain unfilled after the application round, it will still be possible to stand for the positions in the meeting.

For more information on the application process and on working in the project groups, please contact Mikko Kymäläinen, member of HYY’s Board in charge of development cooperation (mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi 050 543 9611).

Apply to become the coordinator of the Bangladesh project group

The goal of the ‘community-based climate resilience programme in Bangladesh’ project, carried out by the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) and the Bangladesh Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), is to improve the climate resilience of Bangladeshi rural communities by teaching them to adapt to and prepare for the environmental problems created and strengthened by climate change. The project utilises the local population’s own skills and knowledge as well as BARCIK’s research data on the regions’ main issues. The project takes women, the disabled and indigenous peoples into consideration as beneficiaries and aims to decrease inequality and to increase gender equality. Experience of working on the Bangladesh project is considered as an advantage to applicants.

The position is a position of trust, which means that no salary is paid. However, the coordinator receives a small compensation (€1,000). The coordinator is assisted in their task by a project group that is comprised of volunteers and expected to make reports on their activities to HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee. The coordinator’s task is to manage the project group’s work and delegate the group’s tasks equally between project group members.

The selected  coordinator is further expected to have:
Experience of project management
Communication skills (communicating with other organisations and possible partners is central to the position)
Initiative and the ability to manage large issues
Fluency in English
Participation in HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee’s meetings
Commitment to the position for the entire year

We also hope the coordinator to have:
Enthusiasm and the desire to learn new things
Leadership experience
Experience of development cooperation project administration
Experience of HYY’s development cooperation activities

Applications for the position should be sent to Mikko Kymäläinen, member of the Student Union’s Board in charge of development cooperation (mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi) by Sunday 12 November 2017. Applicants will be interviewed based on their applications on 14 November, and the new coordinator will be selected in the Board’s meeting on 16 November.

For more information on the position, please contact Member of HYY’s Board Mikko Kymäläinen (mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi 050 543 9611).

Apply to become a volunteer in HYY’s Bangladesh project

HYY is looking for volunteers for its Bangladesh project group. Volunteers will act in a project group led by a project coordinator. 4–6 volunteers will be selected for the project group.

Bangladesh project
The goal of the ‘community-based climate resilience programme in Bangladesh’ project, carried out by HYY and the Bangladesh Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), is to improve the climate resilience of Bangladeshi rural communities by teaching them to adapt to and prepare for the environmental problems created and strengthened by climate change. The project focuses on the weakest communities and the most vulnerable groups of people – whose livelihood is directly dependent on local natural resources and thus under threat due to the ecological changes. Project activities are based on strengthening the people’s own customs and knowledge as part of adapting to climate change as well as on increasing communal operating methods. The three-year project was launched in 2016 and is carried out in its entirety using 0.7% of HYY’s budget.

A more detailed description of the project can be found on the Development Cooperation Committee’s website: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/kehy-valiokunta/bangladesh-hanke-2016-2018/

What do the activities include?
The volunteers’ tasks include assisting in project administration by, for instance, monitoring the progress of the project, reporting, communicating about the project and organising events. Volunteers working in the project have meetings led by the project coordinator and, if necessary, in smaller groups, stay in contact via email and also perform tasks independently. The project group is expected to actively communicate to HYY’s members about the project. Their activities also include drafting the annual report and quarterly reports. The activities require the project group members’ active participation throughout the year.

What is expected from volunteers?
Applicants must commit to the project group’s activities for the entire year and be prepared to work as part of a team consisting of students from different fields of study. The group meets twice a month on average. Project group members are also expected to participate in HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee’s meetings. Volunteers act in their positions for one year at a time.

We hope the volunteers have:
Previous experience of development cooperation
Knowledge of the project themes (Bangladesh: agricultural and environmental issues)
Fluency in English as a requirement
Experience of developing countries
Good writing and communication skills
Knowledge of HYY’s development cooperation activities
Experience of project work or project planning

However, above all else we value enthusiasm, the possibility to participate in meetings and other activities regularly and the motivation to act in the position actively throughout the entire year.

Applying
Anyone interested in the positions should send an application with a maximum length of one page, describing your previous experience, motivation and intentions of being in Finland in 2018 .

The call for applications is open to all HYY’s members. We ask anyone interested in the positions to send their application to mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi by Sunday 12 November 2017. We will notify applicants of the selections by 16 November. Selections for other positions of HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee will be made in the Committee’s annual meeting at 6 pm on 27 November (in Sparre at Mannerheimintie 5 A, 2nd floor).

For more information on the application process and on working in the project groups, please contact Mikko Kymäläinen, member of HYY’s Board in charge of development cooperation (mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi 050 543 9611).
äsen Mikko Kymäläinen mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi ja 050 543 9611.

Have you come across a brilliant lecturer, a dedicated supervisor or an otherwise excellent teacher? The Student Union rewards this year’s best teacher at the University of Helsinki. Send in your suggestions! 

Every autumn, HYY's Good Teacher - Magister Bonus prize is awarded to a teacher who has shown skills and interest both in teaching and students. All the student community members or organisations may nominate candidates. A council of students will process all applications and make a suggestion to the Student Union board.  Special attention will be given to student-friendliness, expertise, active attitude towards developing, and giving and receiving constructive criticism.  This year we will also emphasize how the teacher supports study ability and students’ well-being in teaching. 

The award will be presented at the anniversary of the Student Union on 23rd November.

The criteria and nomination instructions for Magister Bonus:

Student-friendliness
In addition to a positive attitude, student-friendliness also includes the willingness to improve general well-being and communality. An attitude that appreciates students can be seen in counselling, lectures and in other activities.

Expertise
Expertise appears as the ability to highlight essential issues. A good teacher is enthusiastic about their field and also conveys one's enthuasiasm to students. A professional teacher is also a student's reliable guide to the scientific community. 

Active attitude towards development  
A good teacher actively develops both oneself as a teacher and one's teaching methods. A good teacher has a positive attitude towards the development of teaching and uses new teaching technology applications, electronic systems and information technology  in teaching. A good teacher works as a part of the scientific community and aims to develop teaching at one's department and the university.

Giving and receiving constructive feedback 
A good teacher knows how to collect feedback and also actively uses the feedback to develop teaching. A good teacher knows how to give constructive feedback to students and encourages students to an open dialogue.

The suggestions should be made by 7.11. at 23:59: https://www.lyyti.in/Hyva_opettaja__Magister_Bonus__Best_International_T...

Any member or a member organisation of the academic community can make suggestions. The candidates must be in a teaching position at the University of Helsinki. The reasons should include examples of how the nominated person fulfills the criteria. In addition, the application may include comments by students and other members of the academic community or other suitable examples of the candidate's merits. You may download this information as attachments in the e-form. 

For further information please contact board member Minna Suorsa, p. 050 5439612, minna.suorsa@hyy.fi

Have you come across a brilliant lecturer, a dedicated supervisor or an otherwise excellent teacher who teaches in a language other than Finnish or Swedish? The Student Union rewards this year’s best teacher who teaches in a foreign language at the University of Helsinki. Send in your suggestions!

A council of students will process all applications and make a suggestion to the Student Union board.  Special attention will be given to student-friendliness, expertise, active attitude towards developing, and giving and receiving constructive criticism.  This year we will also emphasize teachers ability to create a sense of a community through teaching.

The award will be presented at the anniversary of the Student Union on 23 November.

The suggestions should be made by 7.11. at 23:59: https://www.lyyti.in/Hyva_opettaja__Magister_Bonus__Best_International_T...

Any member or a member organisation of the academic community can make suggestions. The candidates must be in a teaching position at the University of Helsinki. The reasons should include examples of how the nominated person fulfills the criteria. In addition, the application may include comments by students and other members of the academic community or other suitable examples of the candidate's merits. You may download this information as attachments in the e-form.

The criteria and nomination instructions for Magister Bonus are applicable, and can be viewed at:

Student-friendliness
In addition to a positive attitude, student-friendliness also includes the willingness to improve general well-being and communality. An attitude that appreciates students can be seen in counselling, lectures and in other activities.

Expertise
Expertise appears as the ability to highlight essential issues. A good teacher is enthusiastic about their field and also conveys one's enthuasism to students. A professional teacher is also a student's reliable guide to the scientific community. 

Active attitude towards development  
A good teacher actively develops both oneself as a teacher and one's teaching methods. A good teacher has a positive attitude towards the development of teaching and uses new teaching technology applications, electronic systems and information technology  in teaching. A good teacher works as a part of the scientific community and aims to develop teaching at one's department and the university.

Giving and receiving constructive feedback  
A good teacher knows how to collect feedback and also actively uses the feedback to develop teaching. A good teacher knows how to give constructive feedback to students and encourages students to an open dialogue.

For further information please contact board member Minna Suorsa, p. 050 5439612, minna.suorsa@hyy.fi

Hello all student musicians – would you or your band like to play a gig at the HYY's Events Committees Band Night on November 21st?

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki's (HYY) Committee of Events organizes a band night for student-affiliated bands in Ravintolalaiva Wäiski (Hakaniemenranta 11) on tuesday November 21st (from 6:00pm to 1:00am). The band night is a part of HYY's anniversary week. It's main goals are to promote the musical activity among student community as well as to provide relatable entertainment for students.

If you or your band find the prospect of playing in the band night interesting, please send your application to us either via e-mail to tapahtumatjakulttuuri@gmail.com or in facebook at our page (https://www.facebook.com/hyyntapahtumat/) by wednesday November 8th. Include in your application your band's line-up, genre and/or artistic inspirations, email and phone number of your band’s contact person; mention also any needs for logistical assistance. If you have already published music (i.e. in SoundCloud or YouTube), please send us a link or a sample.

If you have any related questions, please don't hesitate to send them to us. Each band gets about 30-40 min. of stage time for their performance. Bands chosen for the event are informed on November 10th.

Student of Agriculture and Forestry, Student of Science Johanna Riitakorpi and Bachelor of Laws, Student of Science in Economics and Business Administration, Student of Theology  Antti Kähkönen have been selected as the new student representatives to the Board of the University of Helsinki in the Representative Council’s meeting on 10 October 2017. The new student representatives begin their two-year term in the University Board on 1 January 2018.

Riitakorpi has been a member of the University Board since September 2015 and member of the Board’s Audit Committee in 2016–2017. Besides the University Board, she has broad experience of university administration from department councils (2009–2010, 2014–2015) as well as from the University level: the Jubilee Fund, the Board of the Centre for Facilities and Properties, the working group on human resources policy, the coordinating working group on social responsibility and a review panel for the Teachers’ Academy during 2014–2015. Riitakorpi has also been a member of HYY’s Representative Council in 2012–2016 and acted in HYY’s Board as the member in charge of educational policy in 2014.

Kähkönen has previously acted as a student representative in positions such as the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Law (2013–2015), the University Collegium (2013–2015) and the University’s Quality Management Steering Group (2017). Kähkönen has also been a member of HYY’s Representative Council in 2011–2013. He has also worked as the Secretary General of the Student Union of Hanken School of Economics (2014–2015) and been a member of HYY Group’s Board since 2016.

In their speeches in the Representative Council meeting, both Kähkönen and Riitakorpi emphasised strengthening the internationality, communality, social responsibility and societal impact of the University. They also highlighted the need to strengthen internal trust at the University as well as cooperation between the students and staff. Both agree that one of the most important decisions awaiting the Board during its upcoming term is the selection of the new Rector for the following five-year term.

The Board of the University of Helsinki is the highest decision-making body of the University. The Board makes decisions on the University’s Strategy, operating and financial plans, budget, University Statutes, the operational structure of the University and the number of students accepted into the University. It also controls the University’s asset management and use, organises accounting and asset management monitoring, approves the University’s performance agreement with the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as any other significant or principled agreements, and issues the University’s statements on major matters of principle.

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) is a corporation consisting of 27,000 university students and subject to public law. The Student Union acts as an advocacy and service organisation for its members and for the organisations that operate under HYY.

HYY is looking for a specialist in educational policy who loves higher education policy to join our ranks on a permanent contract starting on 6th November or as agreed.

Does educational policy inspire you? Good – it certainly inspires us. Do you not know anything better than looking after students’ interests? Great! Do you dream of a career where you can directly influence students’ lives? That is what we do. We want you if you speak fluent higher education policy but can also explain things in plain language, are excited about supporting student representatives at the University of Helsinki and keep tabs on the changes in higher education policy. Besides your love for higher education policy, you are a good fit for our relaxed and skilled work community.

The responsibilities of your job include the nomination of student representatives in administration as well as motivating them, training them for their work and actively communicating with them. You are also responsible for issues related to students’ legal protection. Additionally, you are in charge of presenting your sector’s issues to HYY’s Board. Your tasks also include communicating about issues in educational policy both within the office and externally, for instance, through social media.

We are:
A student union with around 27,000 members
An efficient, active and passionate actor in advocacy work
An enthusiastic and youthful work community, consisting of 8 specialists and 12 members of the board among others, that gets things done together in a competent yet relaxed fashion

We expect you to have:
Basic knowledge of higher education policy and its current trends
Understanding of the administration of higher education institutions
Precision in your work and the ability to manage large issues
An independent approach as well as teamwork and problem-solving skills
Communicative skills
Studies in a higher education institution
Willingness to develop as an expert in educational policy

You will get:
An interesting, independent and challenging job
A salary that is in accordance with the student unions’ collective agreement (2,270.85 €/month) with potential bonuses for education and experience
Opportunities for education and development
Awesome colleagues

The application period ends on Thursday 26th October at noon. Send us a free-form application letter with a maximum length of one page. Please attach your CV too. Send the application with its attachments to hallinto@hyy.fi with ‘Asiantuntija’ as the subject. Interviews will be held on Monday 30th October or Tuesday 31st October. The Board will make their choice for the position in their meeting on Thursday 2nd November. For more information, please contact Chair of the Board Laura Luoto (050 543 9610) or Specialist in Educational Policy Aaro Riitakorpi (050 543 8460), emails: firstname.lastname@hyy.fi.

HYY emphasises diversity and equality in all its activities. We hope to receive applications from a large number of people with different backgrounds.


One of the central tasks of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) is health promotion. Locally this health promotion work is organized through working groups, which include both representatives of the staff of the FSHS, students, university staff and other stakeholders.

The tasks of the health workgroups include identifying the phenomena in the study environment and study life that currently affect student health and developing cooperation opportunities between FSHS, the university and the students. Previously, the health workgroups have been involved in projects whose purpose was to reduce loneliness and sitting, to identify risk situations in studies or internships, and to support associations in the organization of alcohol-free events.

The health promotion of the students of the University of Helsinki is organized by two working groups, one for the faculties of the City Centre Campus and one for the faculties operating at Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki Campuses. New student representatives for these working groups were appointed in May-June and they work during the period 1.9.2017-31.8.2019. The student representatives are happy to receive your thoughts or ideas about your own study environment!

Health workgroup 1 –
City Centre Campus

 

Email

 

Email

 

Member

 

Deputy member

 

Faculty of Arts

Juho Kajava

juho.kajava@helsinki.fi

Kaisa-Leena Rahikka

kaisa-leena.rahikka@helsinki.fi

Faculty of Educational Sciences

Minna Inkinen

minna.inkinen@helsinki.fi

Lovisa Hirvonen

loviiisa.hirvonen@gmail.com

Faculty of Law

Rita Härmälä

rita.harmala@helsinki.fi

Venus Mahmood

 

Faculty of Theology

Petra Harju

petra.harju@helsinki.fi

Emmi Virtanen

 

Faculty of Social Sciences

Laura Wathén

laura.wathen@helsinki.fi

Emilia Knaapi

emilia.knaapi@helsinki.fi

 

 

 

 

 

Health workgroup 2 – Meilahti, Kumpula, Viikki Campuses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Ansku Holstila

ansku.holstila@helsinki.fi

Minna Silvennoinen

minna.silvennoinen@helsinki.fi

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Iina Leppänen

iina.m.leppanen@helsinki.fi

Maija Tiainen

maija.c.tiainen@helsinki.fi

Faculty of Pharmacy

Metti Sarmalinna

metti.sarmalinna@helsinki.fi

Nerdjusa Beciroski

 

Faculty of Medicine

Eeva Leivo

eeva.leivo@helsinki.fi

Ville Liu

villeliu@hotmail.com 

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Tiia Kuronen

tiia.kuronen@helsinki.fi

Jenni Jääskeläinen

jenni.e.jaaskelainen@helsinki.fi

Faculty of Science

Anne Huhtasalo

anne.huhtasalo@helsinki.fi

Jessika Isomeri

jessika.isomeri@helsinki.fi

In addition to the health workgroups and on a broader level, a member of the board and a specialist at HYY’s central office is working with student health. Mikko Kymäläinen, the board member in charge of health affairs, is responsible for HYY policy. The specialist with responsibility for health, Sofia Lindqvist, is in charge of HYY’s representation in the decision-making bodies of FSHS and for making HYY’s policies come true in this context. You can also contact Lindqvist if you have experienced such issues associated with FSHS services, which could not be solved by direct contact with them.

The Representative Council of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) has appointed law student Aaro Riitakorpi as the new Secretary General of the Student Union. He will begin his three-year term in November with an induction period.

Riitakorpi, 29, studies law in the University of Helsinki. He has extensive experience of a variety of positions of trust both in student unions and in the administration of the University of Helsinki. In HYY, Riitakorpi has been Member of the Board in 2011, and served in the Board of HYY Group during 2012–2015- He was Secretary General of the Student Union of the Sibelius Academy in 2012–13, and Chair of the Federation of Green Youth and Students for the year 2014.

Riitakorpi will move to the position of Secretary General from his current job since August 2016 as HYY’s Specialist in higher-education policy.

The Secretary General is the operative manager of HYY: she is responsible for the activities and finances of the student union and works as the supervisor of HYY’s staff of approximately 10 persons. The Secretary General also runs organizational development in HYY and manages both general interest representation and relations to stakeholders.

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki was founded in 1868 and it is the oldest and largest student union in Finland. It has approximately 27 000 undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Helsinki as members.

Further information:
Jannica Aalto, Secretary General
+358 400 816 426
jannica.aalto@hyy.fi

#HYYtymättömät – Blood donation challenge to the student organisations of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki

We are offering our hand to help this autumn, too – the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) and Stydi, the organisation for social work students, challenge all organisations operating within HYY to take part in this life-saving campaign.

The campaign, launched two years ago, continues with even greater excitement than before as it is now a part of the University of Helsinki’s campaign called ‘Hyviä tekoja – luovuta verta, tue tiedettä’ (‘Good deeds – donate blood, support science’) that will last for the entire academic year. The campaign aims to create a positive atmosphere of doing good deeds and to encourage students and personnel to donate blood and, at the same time, support science. 

Every working day, around 800 volunteer blood donors are needed so that around 50,000 seriously ill patients (such as premature babies, cancer patients and accident victims) get the treatment they need annually. The patient could be you – donated blood cannot be replaced with medication. Many hands help more than one so let’s get the blood circulating together. It does not cost anything!

The blood donation campaign kicks off on 2 October 2017, and the organisations that donate the most blood both quantitatively and in proportion to their number of members during the campaign period of 2 October–30 November 2017 will win one sauna evening at HYY’s premises.

How to participate in the campaign:

1. Update the contact information of your organisation’s BloodGroup by sending the name, phone number and email address of your contact person for this year to sanomatalo.verenluovutus@veripalvelu.fi. If you know the name of your previous contact person, mention that in your message.
OR Register a BloodGroup for your organisation at www.veripalvelu.fi/ryhmat. Name your BloodGroup as ‘HYY + your organisation’s name’ – for instance, HYY-Stydi.
2. Let HYY know that you are participating in the campaign by filling in the following form: lyyti.in/hyytymattomat
3. Go and donate blood either as a group or one by one in one of the Blood Service Centres in the Capital Region or in a blood collection event. To help us keep scores, please remember to mention your organisation’s name to the staff when you sign up at your donation location.
If you want to donate blood as a group, please reserve a time for donation in advance by calling the Blood Service Centre. The contact information can be found at https://www.bloodservice.fi/blood-donation/donate-blood/where-can-you-donate and in the Facebook event. This way, Blood Service will be able to prepare for potential rushes. A suitable group size is around 4–6 persons, and you should reserve around an hour for the donation.
4. It is recommended that you test your suitability as a donor in advance atwww.sovinkoluovuttajaksi.fi. You can also call the free info phone for blood donors in case you have a question. The number is 0800 0 5801.
5. Communicate about the campaign and about potential group donation days on your own channels. If you so wish, you can also use the material bank available at Blood Service’s website at www.veripalvelu.fi.
6. Use the hashtags #HYYtymättömät2017, #HYYtymättömät, #HYviätekoja, #isokäsielämälle and #VeriRyhmä in social media so that the blood donation challenge gets spread and more patients get help. We communicate about the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HYY.HUS and www.facebook.com/veripalvelu. Follow us!

Contact information

Blood donation campaign’s contact person at HYY, board member Matias Nurmi, matias.nurmi@hyy.fi
Helsinki, Sanomatalo Blood Service Centre, Töölönlahdenkatu 2, 2nd floor, open Mon, Wed and Fri 11 am–7 pm, Tue and Thu 8 am–7 pm, group reservations: 029 300 1030
Helsinki, Kivihaka Blood Service Centre, Kivihaantie 7, open Mon–Thu 11 am–6 pm, Fri 9 am–4 pm, group reservations: 029 300 1020
Espoo Blood Service Centre, shopping centre Iso Omena, Piispansilta 9, open Mon and Wed noon–7 pm, Tue, Thu and Fri 11 am–6 pm, group reservations: 029 300 1040
Other donation locations in the Capital Region: https://www.bloodservice.fi/blood-donation/donate-blood/where-can-you-donate
www.veripalvelu.fiwww.sovinkoluovuttajaksi.fi
Free information for donors, tel. 0800 0 5801
www.facebook.com/HYY.HUSwww.facebook.com/veripalvelu

Will housing allowance finally start to make sense? Find out this week! The political pressure that students have generated for solving the problems of general housing allowance has made the Environment Committee of the Finnish Parliament look for ways to stop both the discrimination against people living in shared apartments and the spying of the relationships of people who receive the allowance.

This week, the Environment Committee is hearing Kela, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of the Environment – in other words, all the parties needed to reform the legislation on housing allowance. As we mentioned last week (https://www.facebook.com/HYY.HUS/posts/10154651386301986), the Environment Committee agrees with us that Kela’s interpretations on roomies being cohabiting partners complicate students’ living arrangements in a completely incomprehensible manner.

Issues that the Committee will discuss with the ministries and Kela include the household-based nature of the housing allowance, making shared living easier and, most likely, the “part-apartment norm” currently being circulated for comments (see https://www.facebook.com/HYY.HUS/posts/10154658338036986).

It seems that our message that it is not Kela’s business to interpret people’s relationships and complicate living in shared apartments starts to be registered. According to our sources, Kela has begun to prepare for updating its ideas on household-based benefits. Kela’s initiative is needed to make the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health use legislative means to instruct Kela, in turn, to change its practices.

The direction that the development of the housing allowance takes will largely become clear this week. Now we just have to maintain the pressure!

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