Savolaiset Selviytyjät ry – The Savonian Survivers Registered Association (aka. “Selkkarit”)

Savolaiset Selviytyjät ry - The Savonian Survivors Registered Association (AKA. Selkkarit)

Founded in 1993, we are an independent local association for people who are suffering from psychiatric problems as well those who are dealing with substance abuse problems and rehabilitation.

Our association is a member of the Finnish Central Association of Mental Health which is the largest European association working with mental health issues.

Our facilities are located in Savonlinnas central city area, near the Kauppalinna shopping center.

Our Hours are:
-Monday to Thursday- 8am to 2pm
-Friday- 8am to 1pm
-Closed on weekends as well as Bank and public holidays

Our Associations goals are:
-To promote the health, well-being, and stabilty of our members and guests
-To offer moral and peer support
-To assist our members and guests in discovering their own strengths and resources in the rehabilitation process
-To offer a place with a low barrier to entry where our guests and members can participate in our daily routines as well as have a positive and fun experience

We are well  known for our experienced expertise and peer support. No one is left behind, we have dedicated ourselves to offering help and support!

We also offer rehabilitative experience where you can test your skills in:
-Handcrafting-
-Kitchen work- cooking/baking
-Café work- Cashier/Customer service
-As well as some light woodworking-

As well we offer opportunities for work trial experience and wage subsidie work.

Our weekly programs offer physical and mental stimulus, we play Bingo, we exercise, sing karaoke, talk spiritual issues, create handcrafted items and once a month we have a "Good will" coffee day.

Our facilities are open to the public and as such you don't have to participate in any of these activities to join us, all are welcome to come inside have a cup of coffee and a conversation, read the daily newspaper, play board games, read, or simply to warm up from the Finnish winter.

If you do want to become a member we have a membership fee currently only 17€ for the whole year which includes our newsletter "Revanssi", our visits and travels, 3€ lunch is for members and employees, discounted tickets on the local swim hall (€2.50 per ticket [maximum 4 tickets per month]), sewing services, and alot more!

We welcome you to come in for a visit, participate in our day to day, you may just fall in love!!! We have a high ramp but a low threshold!!!

OUR FACILITIES AND LOCAL AREAS ARE DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE ZONES!!!!!