Guided pilot projectsHelsinki Deaconess Institute’s communal theatre performance

The purpose of the guided pilot projects is to find and test operating and funding approaches with a view to expanding the percent for art scheme.

The pilots are selected on the basis of the experiences of the actors involved and the expert information collected in the project. The pilots also allow the testing of operating and funding models that are not currently available to the actors.

Helsinki Deaconess Institute’s communal theatre performance

An experiment organised by Helsinki Deaconess Institute studies the benefits that follow when art is linked as part of social work. How cooperation between different professions can be streamlined is determined at the same time. The theatre production realised during the experiment is done together with Helsinki Deaconess Institute’s substance rehabilitation clients and staff. 

”Tässä menee raja – laulu unelmien huomisesta” (The limit goes here – A song about the tomorrow of dreams) is a performance done by the whole community together with external participants. The entire block with its different people is involved in the production, and the block is also the site of the performance. The performance spreads across an entire block of Alppikatu street. The audience can go on an impressive artistic and social journey that opens new perspectives to the Deaconess Institute’s operating cultures as well as the various levels and cultures of the Deaconess Institute’s block and its fascinating history. The performance is directed by Sirpa Riuttala and realised by Helsinki Deaconess Institute’s clients and employees together with the mixed choir Koiton Laulu, HOS Big Band, members of the student theatre Ylioppilasteatteri and volunteers.

Developing the working methods of hospital clowning

In an experimental project carried out at the Helsinki University Hospital, hospital clowns develop methods for helping the little patients of the Children's Hospital. Clowning is believed to relieve children’s fears and promote positive patient experiences.

The experimental activities are based on a clowning approach preparing patients to a medical procedure developed in 2016-2017. The approach involves hospital clowns supporting children during their days of procedure. The currently carried out experiment focuses on the activities of hospital clowns during children’s day surgical procedures (such as joint aspirations) and day hospital procedures (such as MRI under anaesthesia). The hospital clowns will familiarise themselves with the care processes of day surgical procedures and day hospital operations. Together with the nursing staff, they will examine the involvement of hospital clowns in the different stages of the children’s days of medical procedures: waiting for the procedure, escorting the child to the procedure room, and participating in the procedure.

The experiment includes an effectiveness study, which examines the patient experience of children and their parents with/without the support of a clown on the days of day surgical procedures involving the insertion of an IV cannula for a child.

As part of the experimental project, a new working day structure for hospital clowns will be tested and introduced. The structure will allow establishing the clown’s working approach in supporting procedures as part of the hospital clowns’ working days, which will also enable providing regular support to the procedures after the end of the experimental project.

Culture as an anchor in health and social services 

Four experiments are being carried out with the City of Tampere. 

Client families of social family work are offered a cultural activity model as part of the service palette of family work. The aim is, in particular, to reach families whose challenge is activity outside the home. During the first phase of the experiment, cultural activity is brought to the home. In the experiment, an artist works as a partner with social family work personnel. During the second phase, the family is encouraged to participate in cultural group activities. The aim of the experiment is to activate families that have become passive or are at risk of becoming passive.

In another experiment, young adults are guided to cultural group activities. The target group for the experiment is young adults in the sphere of substance abuse and mental health services as well as personnel of the units. The aim of the experiment is positive strengthening of the young adults’ self-image and improving their functional capacity. It is hoped that an increase in the functional capacity will be reflected as a strengthening of interaction skills and as increased courage. The personnel will also receive new additional information about the patient.

The outpatient rehabilitation experiment of the occupational health company Tullinkulman työterveys provides one or two art forms for outpatient rehabilitation clients. The aim of the experiment is to add the cultural field to the service palette of outpatient rehabilitation. Alongside rehabilitation services providing care, the cultural field would serve as a supporting activity. The functionality and usefulness of the cultural field is evaluated, among other things, by measuring the improvement in the work ability of those participating. 

In the fourth experiment, a summary of regional or targeted cultural services will be compiled for older people, that will make it possible to guide them to these services better. The experiment will also determine criteria for client guidance services, i.e. how services and their accessibility for older people can be realised through guidance. The aim is advance prevention activity that helps older people to cope at home longer, and the content brought to life through social relationships. 

Taidetuulahdus project

The Taidetuulahdus (Breeze of art) project of the City of Jyväskylä determines how cultural and art activities can be anchored in health and social services in a sustainable manner. Day centres for older people in Kortepohja and Keltinmäki are participating in the project. Practical ways of raising clients’ spirits and functional capacity through cultural and art activities are sought during the project. The experimental phase of Taidetuulahdus is carried out between August 2017 and February 2018. Activity models found to be good on the basis of the project will be rooted throughout Finland.

Community artists Hanna Veander and Jari Siljamäki have been chosen for the project in Jyväskylä. The artists are part of the day centre’s work community for the duration of the project. The art contents are planned together with the staff and the day centre clients. Forms of activity leaning on nature and combining wellbeing and art (Green Care), among others, are developed during the project.