Cáritas Coimbra launched new Hands-on SHAFE project

Cáritas Coimbra was in Gouda, the Netherlands, on November 5th and 6th, for the launch of Hands-on SHAFE, a project approved under the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission.

On the first day of the meeting, Carina Dantas, Director of the Cáritas Coimbra Innovation Department, presented SHAFE – Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments, in partnership with Willeke Van Staalduinen, from AFEdemy, also coordinator of this international network. The SHAFE Stakeholder Network was approved in 2018 by the European Commission and involves 10 major European networks and 160 organizations from across Europe as partners. The objective is to align technological development with the construction industry in terms of policies and financing, coupled with a more efficient, better quality integrated health and social support system at a lower cost, in line with the Single Digital Market strategy.

On November 6th, Carina Dantas and Flávia Rodrigues, also from the Department of Innovation, represented the institution at the Health Workshop and explained the methodology for structuring learning modules for caregivers and the community in integrated care, as part of SHAFE, and discussed their link with housing and public spaces and ICT.

Over the course of these two days, all participants had the opportunity to discuss the content and development of Hands-on SHAFE and together defined each partner’s tasks and input.

AFEdemy (Netherlands) is the coordinator of Hands-on SHAFE and Cáritas Coimbra (Portugal), ISIS GmbH (Germany), Airelle Corrèze (France), Technological University Dublin (Ireland) and Politechnika Warszawska (Poland) are the partners of the project. This consortium will offer online training programs in informal learning contexts and practical tools to improve people’s skills (especially with low qualifications and/or cognitive or physical vulnerabilities), enabling them to implement healthy and friendly environments for all ages, in their own homes and neighbourhoods. Thus, the project aims to promote the social inclusion of these people and encourage them to be innovative and pioneering in their communities.


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