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1 Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities (FPD) Established 16 January 1938 in Helsinki, Finland Established by the associations of people with physical disabilities in Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Vyborg, Kemi, Kuopio, Lahti and Oulu Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 1

2 Operations idea Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities aims at operating in the society in such a manner that functional everyday life will enable an independent and good life for physically disabled persons. Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 2

3 Basic values of the association Human dignity Justice Courage Fairness Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 3

4 Organisation Local branches/member organisations, individual members Diagnosis-based member organisations, 12 National member organisations, 2 Finland divided into 8 activity areas Council, 57 members Board, 13 members Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 4

5 Operational units and member organisations Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 5

6 Operations methods ORGANISATIONAL ACTIVITIES advocacy on Local, regional and national level Securing preconditions for member associations SERVICE ACTIVITIES Rehabilitation Housing services () FPD offers and develops services which the disabled need but which are not generally available or properly arranged. Special target groups are multiply handicapped and severely disabled persons. Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 6

7 Organisational and social activities ACTIVITIES: advocacy and campaigning Influencing local, regional and national planning and decisionmaking Information on disabilities and the rights of the people with disabilities Securing basic services and services for the people with disabilities Promoting the right of the people with disabilities to work, receive training and participate in cultural activities SUPPORTING MEMBER ORGANISATIONS: Guidance and counselling Organisational training Regional activities and training Youth work International activities: development projects in Zambia, Ethiopia Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 7

8 Rehabilitation OPERATIONAL UNITS Käpylä Rehabilitation Centre, Helsinki Lahti Rehabilitation Centre, Lahti Lapin Kuntoutus (Lapland Rehabilitation), Rovaniemi Järvenpää Training Centre SEESAM Vocational Work Activities, Helsinki Kuntoinva rehabilitation, Järvenpää Service dog activities 3 rehabilitation centers 1 vocational training center Service dog activites 800 employees Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 8

9 Housing Services = Validia Services Housing services for disabled and elderly people Services supporting independent housing and life of disabled persons, such as a housing experiment, daytime activities, holiday assistant activities and assistant services Operational units There are Validia Services units in 20 towns around Finland Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities 9

10 Key figures 38 Validia-units in 22 municipalities nationwide Over 250 municipality-clientsasiakasta, 1400 user clients days of supported living Over 1400 työnmployees Revenue over 60 M

11 Validia-services nationwide Service housing for elderly at Validia homes in Vantaalla Hämeenlinnassa Kauhajoella

12 Ownership structure and partnerships :n is owned by omistavat: FPD (75 %) ja Terveysrahasto Oy (25 %) Service housing concepts are developed in close co-operation with several partners

13 Over 40 years of service housing FPD service housing started for severaly disabled started in 1970 in Helsinki with one unit is part of FPD group

14 Clients of Validia services Municipalities are responsible for carring out services for severely disabled insurance companies, individual citizens user-clients: people with disabilities have a subjective right to (national act on disability services) senior housing & care (social welfare act)

15 Validia portfolio for people with severe disabilities Supported living Short term housing/respite care Housing training Daytime activites Personal assistance (help the disabled people according to their needs in their daily activities)

16 A finnish model: Ngo as service provider There is a long tradition of NGOs and parishes being involved in social welfare work in Finland. Several organizations not only provide services but are active in safeguarding the interests of their members and also engage in peer and volunteer services FPD is the largest service provider among finnish ngos

17 Ngo as service provider Social innovation Based on strong ethical values Social enterprise-model not business as usual an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximising profits for external shareholders FPD validia s profit return to organization s non-profit work (advocacy, councilling, campaigning)

18 Ngo as service provider pros and cons Pros: by being involved in services the ngo has direct connection to disabled people s everyday life, their expectations and needs fundraising Helps the advocacy and campaigning Cons: Conflict of interest Deal with the devil Making money with people you represent

19 Thank you!

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