TASOS – Financial capability and social inclusion

The TASOS project (2020-2023) aims to improve the resource-based and effective adult social work together with employees, clients, and partners of the project. The starting point is to identify and support the resources of clients, instead of approaching the client work from problem-oriented direction. 

Strengthening the financial capability and social inclusion of the clients is approached by community-based and operational methods, and new manners of approach. The application of nature-based activities in social work are tried out in the project. These activities strive to support the transition of the service system towards an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable direction. 

In addition to individual work with the clients, the project uses group and community work as well as peer support methods. Data from the AVAIN-mittari (adult social work effectiveness meter) is also being used to assess effectivity. There are five part-time municipal developmental social workers, and the project is being developed in alignment with everyday practices of social work. This structure is designed to reinforce the involvement of the whole working group in developmental work, testing of new methods, and ensuring that the new working methods will remain in place after the project. The developmental objectives of the project are defined by the needs that arise in local social work.

The municipalities of the Central Ostrobothnian Soite region, the municipalities of Jyväskylä, Laukaa, Äänekoski, and the Saarikka region from Central Finland are participating in the project. The Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius is coordinating and supporting the regional development work. In addition, a project manager and two employees are working part-time on the project. The Centres of Excellence on Social Welfare of the project area, KOSKE and SOnet BOTNIA, are closely involved as experts supporting the development work, along with third sector experts from the Keski-Suomen Tuki ry and Kosti ry.