Sport and play are central to SAD’s work. With “Moving Together”, SAD and partner organisations have published a handbook to help aid workers use sport and play in disaster zones. The publication is available free of charge from SAD.

As SAD’s experience in South Sudan and Iran shows, sport and play really help traumatised people to escape isolation. Playful groups increase the sense of community and lead to increased exchange and mutual support between affected people, at the same time improving people’s physical fitness through movement.

With the aim of sharing knowledge on sport and psychosocial health with aid workers, SAD, together with the Technical University of Munich, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education published “Moving Together”. The handbook provides support for aid workers using sport and play to help people return to everyday normality after disasters.

Illustrated activity cards link theory and practice

In the first chapter of “Moving Together”, the handbook’s underlying concepts are explained. In the second chapter, there is an activity plan that can be implemented directly. Through specific examples, specialists learn what sport and play-based interventions are like in practice. 28 illustrated activity cards provide examples of activities which can be used right away. The third section helps with the implementation of sport and play-based disaster operations, from the feasibility study to the exit strategy. For example, “Moving Together” shows how important it is to investigate the sense and aim of interventions during their implementation. That way, weaknesses of the programme can be identified and efficacy continually improved.

Handbook is available free of charge from SAD

The handbook is already available free of charge from SAD. A digital version can be downloaded too.