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Live Foundation Finland

Live Foundation aims to promote and support people’s ability to become and remain a fully-fledged member of Finnish society. We facilitate employment by offering our customers education, training, rehabilitation, and coaching.

The Live Foundation, previously known as Invalidisäätiö, was established in 1940 to provide treatment, rehabilitation, and vocational training to those injured in the Winter War. For nearly eight decades, we have systematically developed our operations to meet the changing needs of society. In August 2018, we launched the Live service brand under which we have compiled all of our services for people and corporations.

Live Vocational College, the largest special education institution in the Helsinki Metropolitan area. It also acts as the national competence unit for special education. The Live Vocational College is an operation for the public good and mostly funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. In March 2020, the college opened a new campus in Puustellinmäki in Espoo’s Leppävaara.

Live produces rehabilitation, employment and coaching services designed to help our customers find employment, remain in working life and promote their physical and psychological resources for work. Live works in close cooperation with Finnish businesses, municipalities, cities and authorities. We also produce high-quality, competitive outsourcing services for households and businesses in the Helsinki Metropolitan area.

We have a strong network with various socially responsible operators who are connected by the desire to contribute to social betterment. As a non-profit organisation, our activities are focused on solving social challenges and building the prerequisites for a good life in line with our strategy that is summarised in the phrase ‘We facilitate employment’.

The team that is working at Goodwill recycling store which is one of the learning environments for our adult learners.

Elina Turunen, in the picture at nearest to the camera

Responsibilities in my work include making contracts, participating in the service, and guiding learners. The best thing about my job is meeting different people, and that’s when a person might find a new direction in their life. It’s also great that my work is diverse and varied, and no day is the same as another.

I have studied job counselling and job coaching in recent years. So I am an industry changer, and I could already call myself a job coaching professional.

Mari Luukkonen, in the picture sitting behind Elina.

The people-oriented work is close to my heart and the sale of recycled products is interesting because you never know what stuff will arrive at the store next. I am a professional in trade and management, a seamstress and a visualist.

At Goodwill, I get to use my skills and creativity. I spend my free time in nature, running, dancing and crafts.

Pia Törnwall,

I work as an innovator and service designer. Previously, I have worked as a project manager for 6 years and before that for 17 years as a professional teacher with special needs students in the upholstery and interior design industry.

Lifelong learning has been strongly present throughout my career, and I am currently studying alongside my work. Studying gives me a lot of added value to my work-related skills by inspiring me to do things in new ways.


Tuula Mikkola, I’m working as a study counsellor and I am also Vocational special education teacher, Specialist in competence-based learning and Solution orientation neuropsychiatric coach.

I have knowledge and experience in vocational special teaching at painting and interior decoration, prison education and adult education.

My passion is to find various paths of learning, education and employment for students with special needs.