In Rijeka for HOSPITALITY

Encourage and promote the participation in unified physical activities of people with intellectual disabilities and personality disorders, implementing through the courses a method that can promote the well-being – both physical and psychological – of the subjects, but also design and carry out a study that allows to collect data and strengthen a cooperation network between the partners participating in the project, so that the members and associations of each region can exploit the synergies and exchanges produced. These are the objectives of the European project HOSPITALITY, which sees the UISP Ciriè Settimo Chivasso Committee as a partner together with the Courage Foundation associations – from Bulgaria – Rijeka Sport – from Croatia – and Scout Society – from Romania. These realities are coordinated by the amateur sports association MeetLab, a young affiliate of the Ciriè Settimo Chivasso Committee, established in 2018 with the ambition to develop a new concept of sporting activity, which aims above all at mental well-being.

HOSPITALITY, which aims to make the integration of disadvantaged people its strong point, should have lasted a year and a half, from January 2021 to June 2022, describe in detail the current situation among user groups regarding sport and physical activity; help to understand the problems associated with the promotion of sport and physical activity that are perceived as obstacles or incentives for the practice of sport among user groups; propose specific actions to improve the shortcomings that have been identified; promote good practices among interested parties through the publication of a manual; disseminate all material, documents and studies produced during the project to interested parties and to those who work with the aforementioned user groups. Unfortunately, the current pandemic situation caused by CoVid-19 has greatly complicated the possibility of carrying out the activities properly: this was discussed at the meeting held in the Croatian city of Rijeka on 12 November. After the kick-off meeting held in May electronically through the Google MEET platform, this time it was possible to organize an appointment in person – despite the difficulties of the case, due to the increase in infections in Croatia – where all the critical issues related to the project. “The meeting was certainly very important from an operational point of view, but it highlighted several problems, especially with regard to the possibility of carrying out the gentle gymnastics and mindfulness meditation courses provided for in the project. Since these are fragile subjects, the ministerial regulations in Italy are very restrictive and provide for the possibility of carrying out activities with very small groups of no more than 3 people, including operators ”commented Giada Rapa representing the Territorial Committee.

“The current situation and the possible tightening of anti-CoVid restrictions in Eastern Europe, but also the strict regulations imposed by the Government to work with disadvantaged people, have prompted us to propose a 6-month extension to the European Commission, so to better develop the objectives of the project. At this moment, in fact, it is rather complicated for all partners to be able to manage a control group that deals with the activities constantly for the expected duration of 6 months. In addition to this we are also trying to understand whether to remodel the project according to the new needs that have arisen as a result of the pandemic ”explained Roberto Rinaldi, president of MeetLab. “In the next meeting, scheduled for January, we will further evaluate the line to be taken, well aware that unfortunately it is impossible to predict future developments in the trend of infections and possible restrictions. Even comparing the results for the creation of the Good Practices Manual becomes particularly complicated, so the idea is to create a manual that is more practical than theoretical “.