IceHearts Europe – Preventing social exclusion, enhancing social skills and promoting the wellbeing of vulnerable children
The main goal of IceHearts Europe is to integrate mental health into the grassroots of sport programmes, aiming to benefit the wellbeing of vulnerable children. By scaling up at European level, IceHearts aims to do this by using the Finnish IceHearts model, which uses team sports as a tool for engaging children with social work. The scale up at European level will be achieved by bringing a group of five grassroot sport partners together, from five pilot implementation countries (early adopters) and a group of expertise and associate partners (next adopters).
Results are expected both within the first 18 months of the project and in the long-term. The short-term impacts will be achieved by the early adopters implementation of the refined IceHearts model, while its implementation in additional countries by the next adopters will guarantee the long-term impact. Finally, by involving a wider group of stakeholders from the sport, health and education sectors, IceHearts Europe expects to contribute to policy changes at national level.
EuroHealthNet’s goal is to involve a wider group of stakeholders from the sport, health and education sectors to facilitate more substantial implementation as well as effective advocacy efforts and policy changes in the national settings, as the experience and evidence from piloting countries start to roll in. EuroHealthNet will mainly contribute to Work Package (WP3) focused on gathering and assessing information about the reality of opportunities and barriers in each pilot country to implement the Icehearts model.
The final goal is to the implement the developed Icehearts model in 5 European countries.
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