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Promoting healthy behavior through sports volunteering
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 31 Dec 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A healthy and vital Europe depends on a healthy and vital constituency. Adopting healthy behaviours early in life leads to benefits not just to the individual (physical, mental, social, emotional) but also benefits society (lower burden of illness, more productive and engaged citizens). Our proposed project is aiming to educate and highlight the advantages of a healthy lifestyle. We plan to conduct a youth exchange focusing on healthy behaviour with a special emphasis on the use of sports volunteering as a sustainable method by which to achieve this goal. The proposed youth project is the result of a collaborative effort by four diverse partners who all bring experience, commitment and enthusiasm to our project's theme. We will bring together 64 young people from the UK, Portugal, Lithuania, and Turkey to participate in a 10 day Youth Exchange to be held in Portugal that will focus on the promotion of healthy life long behaviours through sports volunteering activities. Each partner has previously worked on projects related on the promotion of healthy behaviors and the partners were chosen for this project because it is an area of keen interest to each organisation and each recognizes the need to promote healthy behaviours to a wider and wider audience. By bringing together the different perspectives and experiences of each of the partners we feel that we can create a stronger and more capable partnership that can run a effective youth exchange and multiple the results internationally. With this youth exchange we plan to spread the message on the advantages of the healthy behaviours by publicising the idea of a healthy lifestyle and sports volunteering in the European communities we represent. We will build on the previous knowledge and experience we have in this area, encourage innovative contributions to our project's design and ensure that the project is firmly rooted within the local community. This youth exchange will make it possible for the participants to meet for exploring volunteering as a strong tool to support their ideas and spread their message related to healthy behaviours far and wide and to practice healthy lifestyle and sports volunteering as part of the field work activity.The main objectives of the youth exchange:- Promoting the advantages of healthy behaviours by publicising the idea of healthy lifestyles and sports volunteering in the partner European communities.- Exploring volunteering as a strong tool to support participants' ideas and spread the message related to healthy behaviours far and wide.- Stimulating teamwork between the partners that will lead to further evolution of the theme of promotion of healthy behaviours through lifestyle changes and sports volunteering so that its impact at all levels of community can be increased.- Practicing healthy lifestyle and sports volunteering as part of the field work activity.- Providing participants with Youth Pass accreditation.We plan to reach continuous cooperation by inviting both those who are experienced in European youth work and newcomers. The participants will be young people who will come from regions or communities that give fewer opportunities in social, economic or geographic aspects (peripheral areas). The national economic structures of the countries normally do not offer these young people opportunities to gain international experience. The Erasmus+ Programme can be a very good opportunity for them to get inter-cultural experience as well as help advance the cause of promoting healthy behaviours.The main activities during this youth exchange will be workshop based, and will include facilitated discussions, educational means and techniques featuring good practice sharing, simulation exercises, role-play, an inspirational visit to a local organisation, and outdoor activities as lively non-formal means of education. Young people from partner groups will also prepare artistic, creative workshops related to the project theme that they have designed themselves. The advantages gained and skills acquired at the exchange will be used not only by participants of the project but will also be disseminated by local youth groups as well as the organisations that take part in intercultural follow up projects (which will be very strongly encouraged and supported). We wish to expand pour influence nationaly and internationally by initiating cooperation with the Erasmus + Programme Countries and promotion of the Erasmus + programme itself. We anticipate this leading to follow-up projects and continued usage of the skills gained during this exchange, especially in respect to valorisation and transfer of knowledge.The participants will be given records of what was accomplished during the exchange so that they can share it in their local groups and communities by making presentations and organising workshops. The partner organisations will publicize the results of the exchange on a broader scale.
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