The last two weeks of May have proved particularly effervescent with regard to European projects involving UISP Ciriè Settimo Chivasso.
Despite some technical difficulties, such as the cancellation of the flight that would have taken them to Bucharest due to a national strike, the Director of the Territorial Committee Roberto Rinaldi and the Project Manager Francesca Di Feo did not get discouraged and, through Skype, they managed to take part in the follow-up meeting concerning the European project RE [ENTER] on Wednesday 22 May. During the over-the-air meeting, purely technical topics were discussed regarding the project, which we would like to mention are volunteers who work in the prison facilities in order to promote integration through sports, offering all 8 partners involved interesting moments of reflection and arguments for comparison. For the Committee, the meeting was also the occasion to begin to illustrate the key points of the Training Module that will be presented in Tampere, Finland, from 18 to 22 November. And that in addition to the presence of Rinaldi and Di Feo will see the participation of the volunteer of the Civil Service Matteo Altare, graduated in Psychology with specialization in Criminology. That of Tampere will be the last training meeting at transnational level, which will be followed by local training appointments for the return of the acquired skills.
Coordination meeting also for PACE, held at the Polish city of Gdynia in the presence of Rinaldi, Di Feo and instructors of Adapted Physical Activity Lisa Crosetti and Davide Sottile, since this project is to awaken interest in sport and physical activity in the 50-75 age group, to which unfortunately little attention is often paid. It is in fact essential to work on these subjects to guarantee them a healthier third age, since while life expectancy has increased in subjects over 50, the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases has risen to the same extent – diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic and neurodegenerative pulmonary pulmonary diseases – and of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disorders. “This meeting, which took place on May 28 and 29, was interesting and productive and during the meeting the various partners presented the different activities they are proposing on their territories,” explained Rinaldi. In fact, each of the partners involved in PACE has decided to promote diversified activities: as far as the Ciriè Settimo Chivasso Committee is concerned, the proposal is that of AFA and Nordic Walking courses, AJSPT Suceava offers instead soft gym activities, the Courage Foudation courses of traditional dances and activities of the Norbekov method – very practiced in Russia, combining relaxing gymnastics and holistic components that derive from Sufism – while the Gdynia Sport Center offers gymnastics and dance aimed at the age group in question. “The structure of the manual that will be produced once PACE has been concluded has also been defined, as well as the composition of the video outputs that will serve to better illustrate the project during the dissemination phase,” said Di Feo. Unfortunately, some critical issues also emerged during the meeting, such as the difficulty, especially in some countries compared to others, in involving the elderly despite the free activities. The next meeting will take place in October, to be precise from 18 to 20, at Elche, headquarters of the Miguel Hernández University, which deals with the elaboration of the initial and final tests administered to the subjects involved.