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JärKeä – Longevity for Associations in North Savo

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JärKeä – Longevity for Associations is a project of Humak University of Applied Sciences.  It is funded by European Social Fund (ESF). The project started in April 2020, and it will close in the end of September 2022.

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JärKeä project promotes well-being of employees working in the NGOs. It aims at deepening the work management skills for the superiors who are usually members of the board.

JärKeä project

JärKeä – Longevity for Associations -project addresses the challenges and risk factors of well-being on the people who work in NGOs in the Northern Savonia region (cf. Kaunismaa & Lind 2014). The aim is to increase the well-being of employees working in the NGOs and to deepen the work management skills for the superiors that are usually members of the board.

The main goal is to improve the well-being of the target group. The project will also increase work well-being, helps to build longer working careers and it will also affect positively on the productivity. Another aim is to increase the work management skills of the members of the board.

The project provides information, support and tools to support well-being in NGOs. In addition to face-to-face meetings, the project utilizes remote connections and online coaching.

  • Main project promoter: Humak University of Applied Sciences (Humak)
  • Project region: North Savo, 18 municipalities. read more (link takes you to the web pages of the Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo)
  • Funding: mostly from European Social Fund (ESR), priority axis 3 “Employment and labour mobility”
  • Budget: 251.480  €
  • Flat rate: 15 %
  • Project period: 1.4.2020−30.9.2022

The results of the project

  1. Information on the state of work well-being of the people who work in NGOs in Pohjois-Savo region (North Savo).
  2. Modular Training Courses for Professional NGO Workers and members of the board who are in superior positions. These will be openly available at Pohjoissavolaiset.fi
  3. Peer learning and mentoring
  4. Employees’ perceived well-being at work increases
  5. Organizations’ competence in workplace well-being and work culture has increased, and organizations have acquired the skills for organizational self-evaluation and development.
  6. Organizations have received support from the project to streamline the work community structure and skills to manage changes in work and changing circumstances

Project Staff

Project Manager Erja Anttonen, Humak Kuopio Campus, tel. +358 (0)400-349 245, erja.anttonen@humak.fi

Developer & Lecturer Anniina Aunola, Humak Kuopio Campus, tel. +358 (0)400-349 334, anniina.aunola@humak.fi

Mailing address

Humak Kuopion Campus, Kansanopistontie 32, 70800 Kuopio, Finland

Additional information

European Social Fund’s Operational Programmes

ELY Centres, Finland: There are 15 Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Finland. Together with the six Regional State Administrative Agencies they function as the country’s regional state administrative authorities. The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) promote regional development by managing the central government’s implementation and development tasks in the areas coming under them.

EU Structural Funds