The Foundation
Gyllenkroken caters to people with mental illness and disease, and their relatives. We are located at Garverigatan 2 in Gothenburg. If you go by bus or tram, get off at stop Svingeln.

Here you can find the administation, the Day centre with courses and projects,
The social kooperative Café Koopen, serving lunch, Gyllingens supportgroups for kids and youths and a short-term accommodation with 12 rooms.
Our other two accommodations can be found at Fräntorpsgatan and Hagforsgatan, with 6 apartments in each house.

Gyllenkroken a-huset

The activities of the Gyllenkroken Foundation are pursued in accordance with a humanistic outlook. It is based on the assumption that all people should be treated with respect and that all have equal value regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or origin. It assumes that human beings are social, change and developable and can be made to take responsibility for their lives and their deeds. In the concept of mental illness, we include all psychiatric diagnoses, from serious mental disorder to mental problem and instability that prevent well-being and affect one's daily life.

The Day centre

The Day centre offers a daily space for personal development, rehabilitation, fellowship and mutual support to over 100 persons in a meaningful social context through employment, job training, internships and jobs. The Day centre is a meeting-place where people can freely participate in different activities, such as art classes, professional writing, music, recording studio, filmmaking, art exhibitions, woodshop, textile and silver handicraft and a lot more. We maintain a high standard of co-operation with professional artists, writers, journalists, musicians, teachers and supervisors. This is an open house with no no membership requirement, and everyone is welcome to drop in just for a cup of coffe and a chat. Welcome to give us a call - we speak english. +46 31 808995

If you got any ideas about new activities, festivities, traveling places, or something else, don't hesitate to tell us about it. Just contact one of the supervisors at Gyllenkroken.

The Art school

The school of art at Gyllenkroken is a twelve-week arts education, 3 days a week, 5 hours per day. The course suits those who want to get on in life and develop their artistic talent.
The student's aim might be to after training proceed to established art schools or to just get started with his/her own creativity. The classes are water based media, sculpture, painting, qroquis, drawing and photography/film/storytelling.

If you are interested contact Annica Engström. The fee for the art school is 2 000 sek per term.

"The Long Road" an European Social fund pilot study


In Sweden today, it is very difficult  for people with prolonged mental instability or major mental disability, to get into, or back to the labor market and to maintain a job in long term and durable perspective.

There are today various forms of short time support and coaching to get help from. These work well for many, but we also see that a great number of disabled people are not ready for work first, but need to have the basic needs in place before the thought of a job is even possible, thus the name – The Long road. For many people with mental disability, the process cannot be sped up, since one would easily get draw backs, and repeated failures leads to even more illness. This has to take the well needed time, with suitable support.

The possibilities of looking for and maintaining work, increases for the individual when the basic conditions are fulfilled, for example, housing, childcare and abilities demanded in order for the day to day life to function. We see that lack of information given to the client We see that the lack of correct information given by authorities to the client in an understandable way, affects the understanding of their own situation and generates unhealthy stress. Our hypothesis is that the absence of a holistic way to consider the specific needs of the individual, is one of the causes to the above mentioned problem.

The Foundation Gyllenkroken has in 2014 been granted funding from the Swedish ESF counsel for a pilot study during six months for the project “The long road”.

The short term goal of the pilot study is to determine if there is a possibility to implement a project that focus on the individual in a holistic sense, all the way from basic needs and knowledge to support at the workplace. The goal of the actual project it to have a long term and holistic way of working together with people with mental disabilities on their path towards work, where the foundation Gyllenkroken is one of several cooperative partners.

We also seek partnership with similar organisations in the EU community.
The long road pdf.

We are currently working to improve our information in english.