In Rogaška Slatina and Krapinske Toplice, 6 learning modules for empowering people with disabilities and 6 parallel learning modules for gaining new competences for personnel will be implemented:
- M 1: Mental Health Care – we’ll explore mindfulness, meditation and sensory integration. We’ll carry out workshops to preserve and strengthen mental health, tailored to different types and levels of physical and mental disabilities – through therapeutic picture books, mindfulness techniques, deep breathing, mind hygiene, guided visualisation, gratitude, empathy.
- M 2: “I can feel both nature and myself through all my senses” – we’ll spend time together in nature and learn how to protect our planet. In the sensory park we’ll study the importance of sensory aids and try them out in practice. The sensory tools will stimulate us to feel, perceive and learn about ourselves and nature.
- M 3: Physical health care – through lectures and workshops we’ll find out about the importance of exercise for physical and mental health, hold a physiotherapy workshop on adapting chosen outdoor activities (cycling, horse riding, walking) to those with disabilities, a workshop on first aid in both general and for chosen sports injuries, learn how to motivate oneself and others, and pay a visit to a local stables with a hippotherapy workshop.
- M 4: Good practice examples and sensory activation – we’ll explore the creative work of the COOKT students (their artwork and theatre performance). Together, we’ll engage in outdoor activities: hiking and therapeutic horseback riding.
- M 5: “A healthy coffee in nature” – we’ll be cycling on adapted cycles, and training personnel on how to accompany people with disabilities for a safe and fun cycling experience. At the same time, we’ll raise public awareness that cycling is for everyone, including the disabled.
- M 6: Inclusive environmental care – we’ll visit the Re-use Centre and learn about sustainable practices (how to manage waste, be sustainably mobile and reduce our carbon footprints)
The funds from the project will finance the purchase of 2 adapted cycles for people with disabilities and accessories for the sensory park.