Welcome to the Circle!

ARE YOU A PEOPLE PERSON?

WILLING TO HELP AND BE HELPED?

OPEN TO NEW ENCOUNTERS?

Curious on meeting new people?

With the Circle you have the chance to get to know new people, for instance in your home. Every Circle consists of four people who don’t know each other: one host and three guests. The host plans the programme, which can be anything from cooking at home to coffee in town. An incredibly easy way to meet new people in a relaxed way. Every group meets once, but you can participate as many times as you wish.

BRIEFLY

A circle is four people, all strangers to each other, who are brought together to do something good. The group meets once, and the host plans something fun for the group to do. It can be cooking, gardening or even a game night.

Sign up by using the form on this page, and we’ll contact you once we have found a group for you. You can then decide whether you’re ready to join, or if you want to participate a bit later. When all four have agreed, the participants get an email, through which they can decide the date. The host will also let the others know the plan, so that everyone is prepared. The host will bear possible costs for the meetup, but the guests can of course offer to bring something in case the host is inviting to dinner.

TO DO WHAT?

The host can choose to offer work or pleasure or both, here are some suggestions:

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Organizing cupboards or storage
  • Fixing-up around the house
  • Gardening
  • Small paint jobs
  • Coffee & language practise
  • Excursions
  • Mushroom or berry picking

GUIDELINES FOR THE ACTIVITY

We recommend meet-ups of 2-3 hours each, so everyone knows what to expect. 

If you’re hosting, think of the following:

  • Choose tasks that you can do together in a group or in the same space. That way you can concentrate on the most important; spending time together.
  • Prepare the work thoroughly. Make sure everyone has a job and that everyone can feel useful and welcome.
  • You do not have to welcome people into your home, if you don’t want to. There are plenty of things to do outdoors or in public places, too.

If you’re a guest:

  • Be open to different activities. You might get to help out with something, or you might be invited to a lovely dinner. As long as the activity makes it possible to spend time together, it’s a good one. If you want to make sure the programme is something you enjoy, you should definitely consider hosting 😉

WHO CAN JOIN?

The age limit for participating is 18 years, but otherwise there are no restrictions for participating. You may live wherever and however. Having your own home is not a requirement and (apart from the fact that groups are more likely to form faster in a busy neighbourhood) your living area is as good as any other.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Join the Circle by filling in the application here. Make sure you tell us if you want to be host or guest. You will receive an e-mail when you have a spot in a group, and you may then decide if you accept the spot or choose to wait. The wait depends on how your requests match the others. When all four have confirmed, the group receives an email, through which they decide on the date (the host makes a couple of suggestions and the guests choose the best option).

CAN I CHOOSE MY CIRCLE?

The most important criteria when matching the groups are area, gender and language. When signing up you may express other request, which we consider if possible.

WHAT DO I COMMIT TO?

All Circle members commit to one meet-up. If you do not want to join our suggested group, you let us know when we contact you. If you need to cancel your participation later, please let your group and us know, so that we can find a missing group member.

RESPONSIBILITY

Your Circle coordinator at Luckan forms the groups, contacts the participants and does follow up. Everyone participates at their own risk. Should there be misconduct of any kind, please contact us at Luckan. In the Circle the obvious rules apply as anywhere else: every person and every home is to be treated with respect.

CIRCLE MINGLE

A couple of times every year we invite all the participants of the season to a big Circle Mingle at Luckan in Helsinki. There will be food and programme, and not least: a possibility to meet a whole bunch of social butterflies, just like you.

IS IT WORTH IT?

Meeting new people isn’t always easy. You might end up in a group with very different people from yourself, and it might take some time to find flow. One thing you have in common with these people, though, is curiosity for new encounters and a will to challenge your comfort zone. The rest you will figure out. Keeping an open mind will help you discover so many new things, both in yourself and others. We are pretty sure you will end up feeling pride for your courage and joy for everything new you’ve learned.

And also, YOU are worth getting to know. Give people that chance.

YES, SIGN ME UP!

Fill in the form to sign up for the Circle. The registration is free and non-binding. You can make your final decision once we contact you.

Name*

Email*

Phone number*

Your age*
18-2526-2930-3536-4243-5051-5859-6566-

Nationality

Group role*
HostGuest

I want to participate in*
Let us know in which area you are interested to join the Circle. For example: "Anywhere in Helsinki" or "Only Porvoo".

Languages I want to use in the Circle*

Tell us shortly about you and what you wish for in the Circle.

Got questions? Ask [email protected]

The Circle is a part of Frendi, a project funded by EU’s national Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and coordinated by Föreningen Luckan r.f.

Graphic design “The Circle”: Linn Henrichson