In English

Kumaja is a network of social welfare and health organisations operating in the Uusimaa county. When working together as a network, these non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are able to enhance their cooperation and have an impact on how the health, social services and regional government reform are planned and implemented. The mutual goal is to have functional services that promote wellbeing in the whole county.

Together as a network, the NGOs

  • enhance and develop their cooperation.
  • can have an impact on the planning of the health, social services and regional government reform.
  • can have an impact on the planning, implementation and evaluation of services and service chains in the Uusimaa county and the municipalities within it.
  • can offer the public sector information about the activities, services and experimental expertise the NGOs can offer.
  • can offer the public sector the right NGO partners to plan, implement and evaluate the services offered by the county and the municipalities.
  • can share information to the general public about their activities and opportunities to get involved in the organisations and their voluntary work.


In the Finnish language, kumaja is a poetical way of describing the sound of bells. United the voice of the organizations and the people tolls!

The Uusimaa yhdessä project

The Kumaja network is being built during the Uusimaa yhdessä project which will last until the end of year 2020. The project is a part of the national Järjestö 2.0 – Järjestöt mukana muutoksessa programme funded by the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA).

Read more about STEA funding:


”Sote” reform

The health and social services (”sote”) reform and the regional government reform  are due to enter into force at the beginning of year 2021.

What will change?

  • The ’sote’ reform will reshape the structure, services and funding of health and social services. The regional government reform will establish the new counties which will take responsibility for certain services previously organised by municipalities and the state.
  • After the reform, the counties will have responsibility for organising health and social services. Municipalities, on the other hand, will still be responsible for promoting health and wellbeing.
  • After the reform, health and social services can be produced by the public sector, private companies, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs).


Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Uusimaa county is home to over 1,700 social and health NGOs whose main goal is to promote health and wellbeing.

NGOs make a difference:

  • NGOs’ activities increase people’s wellbeing and sense of community.
  • NGOs have knowledge, know-how and experimental expertise that can be used in the planning and implementation of health and social services.
  • Non-profit voluntary work and peer support are an invaluable addition to the services provided by the public sector.
  • Many NGOs have an important role in representing groups of people that otherwise would often not be heard in public discussion.


Contact Us

Email addresses: firstname.lastname@kumaja.fi

  • Jaana Pirhonen
    Jaana Pirhonen Project Manager

    jaana.pirhonen (a) kumaja.fi
    044 734 3056

    • Paula Oittinen
      Paula Oittinen Regional Coordinator [Helsinki], communications

      paula.oittinen (a) kumaja.fi
      044 734 3010

      • Kaisa Luhtala
        Kaisa Luhtala Regional Coordinator [remaining metropolitan area]

        kaisa.luhtala (a) kumaja.fi
        044 734 3111

        • Elisa Lipponen
          Elisa Lipponen Regional Coordinator [Eastern Uusimaa]

          elisa.lipponen (at) kumaja.fi
          044 734 3120

          • Soile Törrönen
            Soile Törrönen Regional Coordinator [Western Uusimaa]

            soile.torronen (at) kumaja.fi
            044 734 3270


            Postal Address

            • Kumaja
              PO Box 60
              00030 IIRIS

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