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Safety and companionship at sea

Ålands sjöräddningssällskap Work in the rescue services can be tough and demanding. On an everyday basis it involves drills, preventive work and assignments that are not in themselves dangerous. Åland’s Sea Rescue Company has six stations and approximately 120 active members of staff who carry out around 100 assignments every year in the waters around Åland. The activity is…

14 December 2016

Motion for life

Folkhälsan på Åland Folkhälsan on Åland is a local association with the basic aim of contributing to a better quality of everyday life and health. In the association’s Allaktivitetshus, or activity house, there is housing available for the elderly providing services and activities. One example is sitting aerobics, which is suitable for those whose bodies are no longer in…

14 December 2016

Work on your own terms

  Fixtjänst In the employment market there are lots of people searching to fit in. People who need a place where they feel needed and important. Fixtjänst is a workshop enterprise for people with disabilities, who work as much or as little as they can manage and at their own pace for extended periods or just occasionally. The workshop…

14 December 2016

Half a century of the volunteer coastguard

Breakdowns, vessels running aground, ambulance services, repairs, sea search operations– regardless of the weather the coastguard are ready to help, provide assistance and carry out rescue operations in local waters. Ålands Sjöräddningssällskap was founded in 1965 when a number of people involved in the Åland shipping industry took over the local coast guard which had previously been under Finnish control.…

14 December 2016

A colorful lighthouse continues to shine

When the association Regnbågsfyren (en. Rainbow Lighthouse) was established on Åland in 2004, it was hard to imagine that ten years later 1,500 people would parade through the streets of Mariehamn in support of the local hbtq community. Though Åland Pride and the Pride parade are the most visible achievements of the association, much of the most important work is…

14 December 2016

A joyful pet project

A hand strokes the fur, a soft nose pokes at the fingers. A voice that has been quiet wants to speak again. A smile appears in an absent face. It may only be a small miracle that is happening but it’s a miracle all the same. The Red Cross’s Friendship Dogs bring a little life to an otherwise often uneventful…

14 December 2016