Friend for an immigrant mum

Are you interested in internationalism and other cultures?Would you like to get to know immigrant mothers residing in Finland?

Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, South-Eastern District started ”friend for an immigrant mum” work in 2014. Its aim is to promote immigrant mum’s integration and learning of the language.

”Friend for an immigrant mum” work seeks Finnish-speaking women to befriend immigrant mums.

Why is ”friend for an immigrant mum” work important?

In particular, immigrant mums who are caring for their children at home are easily left out, as they lack a common network and are often unable to attend language courses.  All mothers are not given information about playground activities and family cafes for example, by the antinatal clinic. Those who receive this information may have a difficulty in going alone to the playground or other local activity aimed at families with children.

Learning the language in a new country is impossible if the mum has no-one to practice speaking it with. Also other regular activities , like going shopping, are difficult without sufficient language skills. It is difficult finding the right product without Finnish language skills.

What is it like being an immigrant mum’s friend?

We seek to find a friend for all immigrant mums, who lives nearby and who has similar hobbies and interests or is going through similiar issues.

It is possible to take part in this voluntary work with your child, as the purpose is to meet the immigrant mum in everyday activities e.g. playgrounds, walks together, shopping or in one or other’s home.

What kind of training do the volunteers get?

MLL (Mannerheim League for Child Welfare), South-Eastern District, offers participants one evening of training, get-togethers, regular follow-up training as well as guidance and professional advice. Each friendship begins with a meeting where the immigrant mum, volunteer and MLL coordinator are present.


Additional information and registration:

Virpi Meriläinen tel. 040 589 5584 or

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has suppported ”Friend for an immigrant mum” work with proceeds from Veikkaus.