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SALTO: Social Action for Life Quality Training and Tools

3 - Good health and well-being; Teaching Projects; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019

Programme: Strategic Partnerships. Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training, and youth.

The "SALTO- Social Action for Life Quality Training & Tools" project is based on the innovation of social worker training in order to improve the quality of life of the elderly and/or the disabled people. In particular such training should be focused on non-pharmacological therapies and social animation methods to cope with Alzheimer and mental and psychiatric disorders, like autism. Medical - social services are "social" because they target independence and protection, social cohesion, exercising citizenship and preventing exclusion. They are "medical" because such target requires care, whether routinely or occasionally, which is essential for their daily comfort. The project is focused on combining "life projects" and "care projects" to provide adequate personal support through holistic solutions. Such solutions involve breaking down the compartmentalization between the healthcare and medical - social environments, in order to start thinking and working in terms of coordinated paths. In fact, social workers interventions are focused on providing daily support to elderly or disable people through occupational activities, educational methods and non-pharmacological therapies. SALTO project aims to integrate such social-educational methods as part of the daily therapy, in order to develop or maintain cognitive, bod motion and social skills, which are all fundamental for the quality of life.

In order to provide a coherent and operational response to this issue, which is already the subject of both theoretical and practical debate, the SALTO project brings together professionals and organisations, by pooling their resources, to present and combine the perspectives of researchers and professionals, trainers/educators and social development specialists, healthcare and socio-medical professionals.

Organised between September 2016 and August 2019, the SALTO project aims to produce 3 main results:

  1. An "inventory and analysis of innovative field experiences and training courses", developed during the project's first 8 months.
  2. A "SALTO Social Development Training Booklet", implemented in 3 successive stages: production of an initial training program, tested with both professionals and students, adaptation and implementation of the final program. The aim of this booklet will be to promote different  social work, healthcare and medical - social training courses.
  3. A "SALTO Technical Guide for Social Development" which will propose proven tools and activities, associated directly with training principles developed within the framework of the training booklet.

These tools will be presented in the form of freely available downloadable files (creative commons license) on a dedicated website and on the European ADAMS platform.

Dissemination will take place through 4 events (one in each of the project's territories), as well as through local technical committees, which will pool all the professional organisations in these territories wishing to take part to the project.

Finally, support from public authorities in the fields of social and health work has already been requested through the following contacts: Emilia-Romagna Health & Social Agency, Bordeaux Regional Health Agency, Bayonne Hospital Centre, Atlantic Pyrenees Department, the Basque Government, Gipuzkoa Provincia Government, lstria Region in Croatia.

Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/09/2016
End Date: 31/08/2019

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