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Social Action for Life Quality Training and Tools
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  ONGOING 

The "SALTO – Social Action for Life Quality Training & Tools" project is based on adapting social worker training to improve the quality of life of the elderly and/or the disabled, especially by reducing the effects of behaviour-related disorders linked to illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s, as well as mental and psychiatric disorders, like autism.Medico-social structures are ‘’social’' because they target independence and protection, social cohesion, exercising citizenship and preventing exclusion. They are ‘’medical’' because these populations require care, whether routinely or occasionally, which is essential for their daily comfort.So, how can we combine ‘‘life projects’’ with ‘‘care projects’’ to enable the emergence of a project providing individual support and, in terms of the contribution of social work, a holistic solution satisfying the needs of users?Implementing this solution involves breaking down the compartmentalisation observed between the healthcare and medico-social environments so as to start thinking and working in terms of co-ordinated paths. In fact, social workers intervene with these populations by providing them daily support, as well as through occupational activities. The SALTO project aims to integrate these activities as part of therapy in order to develop or maintain cognitive, motor and social skills, which are all essential to the quality of life of users, in coordination with the healthcare sector.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 players with the ability, by pooling their resources, to present and combine the perspectives of researchers and field players, trainers/educators and social development specialists, healthcare and socio-medical professionals. Piloted by Etcharry Formation Développement, a social work training organisation working at the heart of professional networks in the Atlantic Pyrenees and Landes in France, the SALTO project also includes:- CAMINANTE: An association which manages several healthcare and social establishments in this area of France- AAPAVA: Manages two establishments for the elderly in the French Basque Country- CEFAL: Professional training organisation based in Bologna (Italy)- University of Bologna Department of Learning Sciences (Italy)- C’ENTRO: An organisation which coordinates several social structures in Venice (Italy)- MATIA Foundation: With its social science research laboratory, it is developing its own care and support model (Spain)- CIFP Hernani Social Innovation: Specialised in social development training (Spain)- VILA MARIA: An establishment for people with mental disorders in Pula (Croatia)- DIOPTER: Professional training organisation based in Pula (Croatia) 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 programme, tested with both professionals and students, adaptation and formalisation of the final programme. The aim of this booklet will be to promote different social work, healthcare and medico-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 licence) on a dedicated website and the European ADAMS platform. The consortium will organise 9 international meetings to give researchers and professionals as much shared time as possible to guarantee a truly common result. A work relation via a collaborative platform and meetings by videoconference will complete the system.Dissemination will take place through 4 events (one in each of the project’s territories), as well as through local technical committees which will associate all the professional structures in these territories wishing to take part.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 Provincial Government, Istria Region in Croatia.
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