First International Meeting on SpeeCh Project
20.05.2017
Between 18 and 21 May 2017, the first meeting of the SpeeCh project took place in the municipality of Karsoli, Italy, where Joanna Dochevska - coordinator and Stefka Djobova - a psychomotor for the project took part. The SpeeCh - Sports Psychiatric Community project is a project that starts on January 1, 2017 and will carry out a variety of activities in the next two years.

Its main activities are:
  • Creation of 3 integrated sports associations in Italy, Germany and Bulgaria. Members of the associations: patients with psychiatric disorders and young people. Goal of Associations: to promote the social inclusion of patients with psychiatric illnesses in society through sporting activities;
  • Publication of a manual "Methodologies and techniques for managing sports activities related to the social inclusion in the local communities of people with psychiatric illnesses".
The partner organizations will be part of the European Integrated Soccer Network, which was created under a previous project funded by the Erasmus + program. Identifying and linking policy-makers in this field, sharing good national practices on methodologies and techniques for managing sports activities to support the social integration of patients with psychiatric illnesses will be part of the project's results. Several international meetings will be held to prepare a public campaign for the active inclusion of the target group in social life.
In each of the partner countries, a campaign will be launched to present the project and the future creation of sports associations whose members will be patients from community psychiatric communities and youth from local communities. A sporting event will also be organized for 8 representatives of the target group to take part in an international sports tournament in Berlin, Germany. As a product of the project, "Methodologies and techniques for managing sports activities related to the social inclusion in the local communities of people with psychiatric illnesses" will be published.
The project is co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus + Program - Small Joint Partnerships and will be implemented within 24 months. Partners: Italy, Bulgaria and Germany. The partner from Bulgaria is Bulgarian sports development association.