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Haabersti Vaba Aja Keskus

description of organisation

To get information about service possibilities in Haabersti Youth Centre, please contact their coordinating organisation Tallinn´s Sport and Youth Department - Haabersti Leisure Centre is a municipal organization wich works at local level and coordinates Haabersti Youth Centre. The aim of the organization is to coordinate and organize the leisure activities, health prevention, culture- and sport activites, hobby clubs and ditsrict´s youth work for the people that live, work or study in Haabersti.The tasks of the organization are: - coordinate and organize youth work in the district- prevent youngsters using drugs, alcohol, smoke and doing crime prevention- organize healthy leisure activities- coordinating hobby clubs for the youth- providing information for youngsters- organizing youth camps- managing projects and providing opportunities for volunteersHaabersti Youth Centre was established 13 years ago in interests of children and youth for taking active part in social life and processes around, for spending time with friends, getting new skills, developing international relationships through non-formal learning and projects for and with young people. It also has a prevention function to avoid violence, alcoholism and drug addition among youngsters of district Haabersti. The Centre cooperates with schools, day care centre, police, local government, other Tallinn youth centres to direct children in to the Centre using its facilities and activities instead of browsing on the streets. Starting from this year we are using a new method in our work - mobile youth work. Mobile youth work is a method what can be used doing youth work. Youth workers using this method do their work on the streets or places where youth gathers(shopping malls, parks etc.). Aim is to get contact with youth and give them information and knowledge. With this method youth workers are able to give help if they need or empower youth to reach their full potential.Haabersti Youth Centre is open Monday to Friday 14.00 – 20.00, sometimes there are events on Saturdays. The activities are free for the youth. Usually there are 3-5 youth workers. There are around 50 youths daily in Centre aged 7-25. Our target group aims the 7-26 year olds. The children and the youngsters can study, communicate and play with the other children and youth workers in the centre amd organize events and projects. Our organisation also works on raising the awareness through international non-formal learning by using Erasmus + programmes. We have experience in youth exchanges as a hosting and a sending organisation. Centre receives most of materials and funds for its work from the Municipality of Haabersti and different projects.Activities where volunteer can participate:*Open youth work - talking with the youth about culture, problems, playing games etc. (in the youth centre open area)*Organizing events - volunteer can put up new ideas what kind of events she/he wants to organize*Giving tasks- when organizing events volunteers need help so she/he will be giving tasks for youth workers so that everyone can help with the event/events.*Helping in hobby clubs- doing the hobby club together with the youth worker. If the volunteer is making recipes for cooking lesson and helping then eventually the volunteer will have a opportunity to do the cooking lesson herself/himself but the youth worker will support.*Organizing culture nights - the volunteer has opportunity to organize his/her culture nights what can be held in every month or more often if needed.*Preparing activities- volunteer prepares different activities in certain events, which are given from the people who work in the youth centre

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Educational difficulties
Cultural differences
Economic obstacles