Social Care for Physical Improvement
The context of the project was a long-term social change achieved through training.
The context of the project was a long-term social change achieved through training, of youth workers from the partner organisations and involvement of young people with disabilities and fewer opportunities, social inclusion, promoting quality youth work, implementation of innovative youth work practices Adapted physical activity and sports (APAS ) focused on health and wellbeing, was a powerful tool for non-formal education. Through the activities of this project, we raised youth awareness of the importance of sports for young people with disabilities. We achieved it with the international help and expertise, and also through the exchange of good practices. The main objective of this project, which we reach was to exchange good practices about APAS culture in a social context, as well as raise awareness regarding APAS. The objective is to enhance knowledge in youth work on the topic of rehabilitation and improvement of quality of life of young people with disabilities – by providing materials, good practices, promoting the active participation of young people with disabilities in society, even participation in paralympic sports, and strengthening cooperation and networking between organizations. The profile of participants was practitioners – staff active in education and sports training for youth, youth workers, experts, specialists, professionals, social workers, young people with disabilities. The activities were: a collection of good practices in the field of application of APAS, development of e-brochure, youth worker mobility training and local training web site. The methodology we used: project management and coordination – created a management team who coordinated and managed the activities, monitored project progress, proper budget control and time management.
Two transnational project meetings (the second did not take place in Lithuania, because of the pandemic situation in the whole world that is why we adapt to the situation and made the meeting online via Skype and thanks to the good communication between partners we reached the aims of the meeting without physical contact) in UK and Lithuania, also the created of dissemination plan which included the creation and monitoring, leaflet in national languages, press release.
As part of the dissemination, info APAS days were organized with the local community members, interested learners, relevant key stakeholders and beneficiaries. Mobility of youth workers was in Bulgaria and Serbia and last for 3 days and 2 participants per partner participated in it. In youth workers, the training involved, 8 local participants.
Final dissemination event was supposed to be in Lithuania, but did not take place physically, because of the pandemic COVID-19situation in the whole world that is why we adapt to the situation and made the meeting online via Skype and thanks to the good communication between partners we reached the aims of the meeting without physical contact.
The impact we reach was that youth workers acquired more skills to enabled them to cope with their everyday working challenges with people with disabilities and were more motivated to participate in EU projects, were more fluent users of European languages; equal learning opportunities in sports were provided for young disadvantaged people, by adding more specific skills and they became self-motivated for continuously improving the gained skills; healthy mind-set was developed. The long-term benefits – skilled youth workers, facing obstacles and cultural differences in their work with people with disabilities, was found an attractive way both to learn about APAS and practice it.
The positive impact at a local and national level was noticed in sectors like healthcare and social services. The added value was decreasing the level of everyday stress, raised awareness of APAS is a powerful tool for social integration in Europe.
We delivered an enhanced multiplication of the project results in next 5 years, the application of the learnings into daily practice and creation of strong APAS network for the involvement of youth with physical disabilities and youth workers together, helping their families, community and improving the quality of life in terms of physical and psychological aspects.