MOVE project Erasmus+
First transnational meeting
Under the motto "Needs assessment as an important tool in motivating vulnerable people", the first transnational meeting of the MOVE ("MOtivating patients to Voluntary physical Exercise" Project, Grant Decision No. 621951-EPP-1-2020-1-AT-SPO-SSCP) funded under the Erasmus+ programme took place in Granada on 30 September and 1 October 2021. The project coordinator is the Austrian Brothers of St. John of God Centre in Kainbach/Graz. This EU project has been promoted by the Brussels Hospitality Europe office.
The purpose of the project partnership is to network and exchange best practices and approaches to motivate people with disabilities or mental illness to increase their physical activity, all based on a holistic concept of health.
Considering that people are more motivated to take up physical exercise when their individual needs are met, the project partners -- Fundação S. João de Deus/Lisbon, Instituto San Giovanni di Dio/Genzano-Roma, Club Deportívo Purísima Concepcíon/Granada and Hospital San Juan de Diós in Santa Cruz/Tenerife -- shared and discussed their assessments of the basic criteria for identifying the clients' psychophysical needs.
Several local experts also spoke on the topic, including Mr Jose Antonio Huertas (Deputy Mayor of Granada and Councillor for Sport & Finance), Ms Cristina Manzano (Special Olympics Andalusia), Ms Rocío Suárez (Special Olympics Andalusia) and Ms Rocío Bírrez (Special Olympics Andalusia).
The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, with valuable meetings, and constructive discussions.
The next transnational meeting will be organised in Lisbon in mid-December.