Familia ry – founded in 1988 – is a national expert organisation of intercultural families. We support the wellbeing of intercultural families by offering peer support and volunteer activities, information, and advice. We also aim at making improvements in the social and legal systems, so that the needs of intercultural and multilingual families and Finns would be better met.
Intercultural families as a term, refers to families in which at least one family member has a different cultural background. This means, that one partner or both partners were not born in Finland, or have different cultural backgrounds. A child or children raised by a parent (s) with different cultural background, are also considered part of an intercultural family.
Familia belongs to the Diverse-Family network. The network consists of ten different family associations representing a variety of different types of families. The aim of the Diverse Families Network is a society where families are equal, and every family can be proud of itself.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM CRISES? DIALOGUE BETWEEN CITIZENS AND POLITICIANS
Come and join with us for a discussion on Zoom on Friday 11.11. from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. about how we build a crisis-resistant society that, when crises come, can better take into account intercultural families in the future. We discuss topics such as what things should be fixed for the future? How have the crises been affected intercultural families? What are the things that worry you in the future? Member of the Parliament Erkki Tuomioja will participate in the discussion.
The discussion is part of the "Politicians and citizens 'What can we learn from crises?'" coordinated by the Ministry of Finance. The goal is to build an understanding of what we could learn from crises through the experiences of the participants and to create a dialogical discussion connection between citizens and politicians.
A summary of the discussions will be made and published at the turn of the year 2022–2023. The summary will be used, among other things, in the preparation of the open administration action program (2023–2027) coordinated by the Ministry of Finance, and it will be distributed to all parties and the highest level of the state administration. In addition, Familia uses the issues raised in the conversation as background material for advocacy work. The discussions are also a pilot for how dialogues between citizens and politicians could be promoted as part of the national dialogues starting in early 2023.
Come and influence, discuss and influence the affairs of intercultural families! Sign up latest 10th November.
WE HAVE TWO PAY SUBSIDY POSITIONS OPEN
We are looking for two new team members (pay subsidy positions)
Event coordinator (requires 100 % pay subsidy). We are looking for event coordinator for one year’s part-time (65 % working time) fixed-term contract. The tasks of the event coordinator include the planning, implementation, and coordination of Familia's 35th anniversary events and communication campaign, as well as other communication tasks and organizing events. DL for the application is 17.11.
Office secretary (requires 100 % pay subsidy). We are looking for office secretary for one year’s part-time (65 % working time) fixed-term contract. The main tasks include handling the registrations, marketing, and communications of our Finnish courses, customer service, creating and sending invoices, organising events and event communications and membership issues. DL for the application is 17.11.
Read more about the position on our webpage
FINNISH WORK-LIFE AND JOB SEARCH COURSE
Networks were expanded, and new friendships were made during our first course. The course will run from 18.10.2022 - 17.11.2022 on every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10.00 – 14.00.
Do not miss it and register today
JOIN US IN THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR CAMPAIGN
We are now looking for volunteers for our campaign team who are interested in multilingualism and especially in promoting registering several mother tongue’s in society. Familia is launching a campaign to highlight the importance of several mother tongue’s and to promote the recognition of multilingualism in society.
Read more on our webpage and join the team.
SEARCHING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS
We are once again searching for new volunteers interested in Familia's activities and supporting the well-being of intercultural families. As a volunteer you will get a meaningful volunteer assignment, support and training and a wonderful network of other volunteers. Read more about volunteering and sign up.
WHAT IS FAMILIA?
We are the leading expert and advocate of intercultural families. Our mission is to support intercultural families' two-way integration process in Finland. At the center of our work is to make equality and non-discrimination an integral part of Finnish society.