Valli - The Finnish Union for Senior Services
The Union for Senior Services, Valli, is a national non-profit umbrella organization for the care of elderly. Valli is founded in 1953. The organization has approximately 70 member associations around Finland, which serve about 20 000 older people with 2000 professionals.
Valli works actively in co-operation with its member associations and professionals towards a welfare society where everyone can grow up and grow old in harmony.
We work for and with older women and men to achieve policy change, involvement of the elderly and interaction between generations. Due to our experience of 60 years, we have both the recognition and the proven ability to reach and influence high-level politicians and decision-makers in Finland.
Valli organises projects to support the involvement of senior citizens in service development and policy-making and to develop their knowledge of technology. Valli also encourages the interaction between generations and strives to increase young people’s interest in working in the field.
Valli is a member organisation of HelpAge International.
What we do
The Technology for the Elderly Centre is a centre of expertise which assembles and shares information related to technology for the elderly. We promote collaboration between different operators, and aim to influence stronger consideration of the needs of senior users in technological development and in social discussions. Technology belongs to everyone!
The Everyday Joy stations are open meeting points for the elderly. This work addresses loneliness, strengthens communality, and provides meaningful content to everyday living for both the elderly and the participating volunteers.
The Elderly Care Trainee initiative increases young people’s interest in elderly care, and encourages elderly care employers to recruit employees of a young age.
The Multicultural Elderly Care initiative runs experiments and develops a new kind of multicultural and plain language approach to Finnish elderly care through volunteer work.
The Elderly Care Outreach Network provides practical support and help for local and regional actors already conducting or initiating outreach work within elderly care.