A total of 5 institutions of the Brothers and Sisters of Saint John of God from 4 EU- countries are working together in the Erasmus+ project MOVE Grant Decision No. 621951-EPP-1-2020-1-AT-SPO-SSCP to motivate patients and vulnerable people such as people with impairments or psychiatric diseases to do more sport and exercise. Sporting activities not only contribute to social inclusion and recognition, they also increase self-esteem and psycho-physical well-being and promote a healthy lifestyle.
The project "MOtivating patients to Voluntary physical Exercise", MOVE for short, was approved by the EU Commission in October 2020 as part of the Erasmus+ 2020 programme. It aims to create synergies between sport and the social and health sectors and offers participating institutions the opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge in three transnational meetings. In addition, cooperations with external stakeholders are to be established or existing cooperations intensified.
Under the chairmanship of Lebenswelten Steiermark, with the participation of Hospitality Europe, the following institutions have joined forces in MOVE project: the Fundação S. João de Deus in Lisbon, the Istituto San Giovanni di Dio in Rome, the Club Deportívo Purísima Concepcíon in Granda and the Hospital San Juan de Diós in Santa Cruz in Tenerife.
All partners have decades of experience in the sports and health sector and combine their expertise and competences in the MOVE project.
The aim of the partnership is to create a network and exchange best practices and approaches to motivate patients or vulnerable people such as people with disabilities or psychiatric diseases to increase their physical activity and to provide them with access to sport and physical activity programmes, based on a holistic approach to health. In doing so, the regional programmes and methods of the facilities are to be standardized on a European level. At the end of the project, a publicly available handbook with best practices and a guide will be produced.