Sosped foundation’s culture houses are based on a model called GFP (guided functional peer support). The culture houses are divided into two projects: Young Adults’ Culture House and ReAktori.

Read more about guided functional peer support here.

At the present moment Young Adults’ Culture House consists of three culture houses in Lohja, Kainuu and Tampere. Furthermore, ReAktori has an additional culture house in Jyväskylä and Pori.


What do culture houses offer?

Culture houses are designed for young, 18- to 35-year-old mental health rehabilitators. The focus is on content that interests the rehabilitator and thus culture houses are tailored to the assets and strengths of the rehabilitator and the possibilities to learn new things. The aims of the creative group activities in the houses are to enable participants to find natural tools for life management, to develop social skills and further improve their ability to work and function.

The members are the ones behind the focus of the groups. Peer instructors – the people who run the groups – are either mental health rehabilitators or professionals. All groups are functional and group members decide on the contents of the groups. The main priority for the culture houses is an open and safe atmosphere that supports creativity. All the groups are functional and based on structured peer support. The staff work as back-up for the groups.

The ReAktori project bridges this model, the GFP-model, to clubhouses. The main idea with clubhouses is to provide work-oriented activity and peer support for mental health rehabilitators. There are 20 clubhouses in Finland whereas worldwide there are over 400 clubhouses.

Culture houses in Lohja, Kainuu and Tampere

Culture houses has various themed groups including band and studio groups, creative writing groups, painting and drawing groups, craft groups, movie groups and game groups.

The opening of the culture house in Lohja was celebrated on February 2013. The culture house Marilyn in Kainuu started its activities on September 2013. The culture house in Tampere is the newest addition to the bunch. It was opened in May 2015.


Culture house ReAktori

ReAktori bridges the GFP-model to clubhouses. Old traditions and new ideas encounter and bring action to the world of mental health rehabilitation. The starting point are the individual interests of the youth that are participating.

ReAktori has been acting since the beginning of year 2015 and it has launched GFP-based activity in the clubhouses in Jyväskylä and Pori.

How can I join in?

We are constantly looking for young rehabilitators who are interested in group membership and participating in different activity groups. We are also looking for peer instructors to supervise these groups. The peer instructors will receive a monetary allowance, get their own working space and participate in the regular supervision of work. The peer instructors can be aged over 35.

Please contact us by phone or email. We will arrange a meeting with you to chart your interest and find out a little bit about your background.

The culture house in Lohja

Helena Prepula
Project Manager
+358 40 501 7955

The culture house Marilyn in Kainuu

Jaana Vanhala
Project Manager
+358 44 294 6518

The culture house in Tampere

Virpi Stenlund
Project Manager
+358 44 722 7780

The culture house Trombi in Jyväskylä

Panu Koskimies
Project Manager
+358 50 562 1221

The culture house Lumo in Pori

Minna Wallenius
Project Manager
+358 50 351 3874


Sosped foundation administers the RAY-supported Young Adults’ Culture House project and ReAktori project. The local partnerships play an important role, together with the senders and the theme content specialist. The first culture house Elvis operates in Helsinki. It was founded in 2010 and is run by the Niemisäätiö foundation.