Equality prize TASSU awarded to the employment of people with intellectual disabilities and to Nicehearts

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2019-08-29 11:48

The Espoo Equality Committee has awarded the TASSU prize for the work communities of the city to the Espoo City Library and the Riilahti activity centre offering work and day activities to adults with intellectual disabilities for their joint project to support the employment of people with intellectual disabilities. In the category of the City of Espoo’s outsourced services or other third-sector operators in Espoo, the TASSU prize was awarded to the Naapuriäidit concept by Nicehearts.

The joint project of the Espoo City Library and the Riilahti activity centre promotes the employment of people with intellectual disabilities at normal workplaces that value diversity. According to the assessment group for the TASSU prize, the project could be used as the basis for preparing a concept that could also be applied in other work communities of the city and the private sector.

This year, service users in Espoo could also nominate as award recipients equality-promoting acts by the City of Espoo’s outsourced services or other third-sector operators, such as sports clubs or other organisations. The winner of this category, the Naapuriäidit concept by Nicehearts improves the situation of women and those in a weaker position and gives them tools for participation in society. The assessment group for the TASSU prize hopes that the good concept of Nicehearts will spread more widely to different actors.

The TASSU prize is awarded to a concrete act that promotes equality

There were two categories in the contest this year. Work communities in the City of Espoo could participate in the contest with their own equality-themed acts or suggest acts by associated partners. There were five applications from work communities. For the other category, service users from Espoo sent four proposals for acts by the City of Espoo’s outsourced services or other third-sector operators in Espoo that promote equality.

The joint project of the Espoo City Library and the Riilahti activity centre and the Naapuriäidit concept by Nicehearts were both awarded €1,000 for joint development work. The lucky winner in the draw for cinema tickets was the staff of the Avokas day-care centre.

The Equality Committee of the City of Espoo has launched the TASSU prize, the aim of which is to promote activities that enhance equality in Espoo. The prize is handed out annually.

Last year, the TASSU prize was awarded to Espoo Youth Services’ project against hate speech. In the partner category, Dementia Home Villa Tapiola Oy came out on top with its DigiTales method that tells the life story of a resident and strengthens their identity. In 2017, the prize was awarded to the Entresse Library children’s team for encouraging children to read, among its other activities. Mayor Jukka Mäkelä serves as the patron of the prize.

Espoo’s operational equality plan Fair play at work and in other walks of life 2017–2020 (in Finnish) requires that the equality-related goals are firmly put into practice in the city of Espoo. Likewise, the Espoo Story showcases the city’s strong commitment to promoting these values with principles enhancing a positive view of human beings and appreciative interaction.

Additional information:

Hannu Heikkinen, chair of the Equality Committee
tel. +358 45 633 2984

Kaarina Salonen, presenting officer of the Equality Committee
+358 46 877 3462