I want to live on my own but I need support

I want to live on my own but I need support

Savulaiset service network project The Savulaiset Housing Project, is an initiative developed by an active community of families with disabled children. In 2007, the Savulaiset community initiated a co-housing project in conjunction with the City of Helsinki to plan and build an assisted living facility for young adults.

The objective of our collaboration with the Savulaiset Project was to research and develop a service network for the residents of the Savulaiset House. The project was a part of Designing for services course in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University. Through intensive research and collaboration with the partners, we created a solution that acknowledged their actual needs; the need of a self-empowered service network. To achieve such a service, we looked at various opportunities and laid important steps to achieve it. The steps that were developed included the following:

Building a strong in-house as well as inter-house communication, to enhance and encourage the exchange of skills and knowledge. This link empowers the residents to take initiative and encourage self-organisation. Activating residents to become providers and recipients of the services. This acceptance of responsibility will reduce the reliance on the caregivers. Ultimately the role of the caregiver in the service should become more of a catalyst. To sum up, we created a service network within the community, rather than bringing the outside service in.

Project team: Sarang Ganoo, William Harmer, Jukka Itala, Aino Kiviranta and Mikko Tamminen