HeSeta is a non-governmental organization that aims for a society of equality and individual welfare that includes everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. HeSeta organizes peer supportive group meetings for sexual and gender minorities, counseling and training on lgbtiq*-issues. HeSeta is based in Helsinki and operates in the Uusimaa area.
TOGETHER is a peer supportive community for lgbtiq*-people that are seeking an asylum in Finland or with refugee background. The aim is to support well-being, strengthen social networks and offer information about rights and services in Finland. You may have just arrived or stayed here for a while. You are welcome to join our group to meet new people from different backgrounds and enjoy a safe and friendly atmosphere. In the group we will get to know each other and have discussions on various themes.
TOGETHER activities are for lgbtiq*-people over 18 years old. In the meetings we speak English and most of the times have volunteers assist Arabic speakers. Some of the meetings are held in Russian, Farsi, Dari and Kurdish! The group meetings are held at HeSeta’s social space, which is located in Kaapelitehdas cultural centre in Ruoholahti district.
All the participants are met in private meetings before joining the group to ensure safety and give more detailed information to all participants. If you want to participate, please contact HeSetas manager Aaro Horsma. tel. 045 121 0026 / aaro(a)heseta.fi FB: Aaro HeSeta. All the participants are met before attending the TOGETHER-activites.
TOGETHER 2017 spring activities are;
- Community Art group, meetings weekly
- Together evenings, meetings weekly
- Open Art Cafe, meetings weekly
- HeSeta/Sopu-group, meetings weekly
- Womens Art group, meetings weekly
- Russian speaking meetings, once a month
- Farsi,Dari & Kurdish speaking meetings, once a month
- Africa Together, meetings once a month
The Community Art Project is for people that are seeking for asylum or have refugee background and belong to sexual and/or gender minorities (LGBTIQ*). The participants won’t need to have any experience in working with Art, the methods used are from Art Therapy, concentrating on creating a possibility for each participant to search for their unique artistic expression, their voice. Project will start September 2016, at HeSeta (located in Kaapelitehdas), it will last for a year. The project will have its’ own blog and exhibitions during the year. Project is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, that has provided Mimosa a grant. For more information contact Mimosa email@example.com / 0451210024 and from here
Community Art group, meetings weekly
Weekly group with a focus on learning about different art techniques and to encouraging each participant to find their own unique way of making art. Group is mainly for young people and young adults. In addition to visual arts, group’s activities include also discussions, creative writing, trips to museums and exhibitions, music and drama and relaxation exercises.
The Together evenings, meetings weekly
The original Together-group was created in Autumn 2015. Since then the weekly gatherings for lgbtiq*-asylum seekers and people with refugee background have gathered together for discussion on different topics, share experiences and strengthen their social support.Open Art Cafe, meetings weekly Weekly group dedicated to good coffee, tea, conversations, art and relaxation in a safe space. Participants can try out different art techniques or just come enjoy a cup of coffee and soothing music. Art Cafe is open to all those who are involved in HeSeta’s Together Group or other Community Art Project Groups. HeSeta/Sopu-group Closed group for lgbtiq*-asylum seekers and people with refugee background. Based on the knowledge of Sopu-rpject, such as honour believes and honoured related violence, and HeSetas knowledge in lgbtiq*-issues, the group focuses in issues such as sex & sexuality, family, community and culture, and all other topics the group chooses to discuss. Womens Art group weekly group open to all feminine-identified people. With a bit more therapeutical approach, the group focuses on learning art techniques, finding creativity and relaxation in a safe space. Russian speaking meetings Добро пожаловать в новую группу для русскоговорящих лгбтик*! Эти дискуссионные встречи – для представителей лгбтик* (18+), которые недавно переехали в Финляндию, например, просителей убежища, а также для тех, которые уже давно живут в стране. Цель группы – знакомиться с новыми людьми и усиливать связи и активность русскоязычного лгбтик*-сообщества в столичном регионе. Встречи в этом году: 19 ноября и 10 декабря с 13 до 16 часов в офисе ХеСета. За подробной информацией можно обращаться к ведущей группы Кирси: firstname.lastname@example.org. Предварительная запись не обязательна, но желательна. Спасибо и до встречи! Africa Together
Information about seeking asylum in Finland: Applying for asylum
Legal help for asylum seekers: Refugee Advice Center
You can support the TOGETHER-activities by giving a donation through the online shop of Helsinki Pride
You dont need to be a member to participate the HeSetas actitivies, but by joining you give your support for our work: Join HeSeta