Transnational Projects
Organisation’s full name: RUMO, Cooperativa de Solidariedade Social, Crl.

Status: RUMO is a private, non profit co-operative

Address, Country and Contact Information: Baía do Tejo – Parque Empresarial do Barreiro - Rua 19, nº 13 | 2831-904 Barreiro,Portugal | Cx Postal 5063

Phone: +351 212064920 / Fax: +351 212064921

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A- Information about the organisation:

a) Since when in existence? Rumo is working since 1981
b) Main objectives, priorities and target groups:

VISION: To RUMO, social inclusion of people in disadvantaged situations and citizenship exercise implicate the participation at all levels, in a perspective of self-determination and community involvement, in a inclusive, fraternal and no discriminatory society.

MISSION: To promote educative, professional and social inclusion of disadvantaged persons under the perspective of supported employment movement.


Vocational guidance, vocational training (on job training), employment and support after contract of people in disadvantaged situations, linking companies, vocational training centres, employment centres and self-advocacy groups
Community intervention, in local co-operative networks
Training of trainers; staff training
Social companies providing support in kindergartens and schools of 1st level
Residential and life support to youth persons in risk of social exclusion
Intervention with victims of domestic violence

Main Goals

a) Empowerment

Community leadership

b) Inclusion / Equal Opportunities: Access and participation in community’s mainstream resources
c) Diversity / Social Change: Promote inclusiveness and valued diversity in companies, social settings and communities

Methodologies / Strategies

a) Individualized Pathways to Inclusion:

Access and support for all (in disadvantaged situations)
Self-determination, choice (person driven approach)
Matching process
Support / advocacy
Keeping the job / career
Quality of life outside working situations
Role of mediators / tutors / employment specialists

b) Employer networks and natural supports

Employer networks: increase employment opportunities
Natural supports: tutors, co-workers
Work inclusion: equal status, interdependence and social relationships

c) Community networks

Territorial approach / Private and public organizations / Self-advocacy groups
Practical guides / common criteria
Inclusive perspective
Quality indicators

d) Self-advocacy and Community Leadership

Local forums – Local Advisory Councils, related with local authorities
Training for leadership

e) Quality in Supported Employment

Real jobs and equal opportunities in the open labor market
Individualized, flexible and ongoing supports
Partnerships and community coalitions
Consumers participation
Staff empowerment
Evaluation based on outcomes (employment, consumers community participation and satisfaction)
Continuous quality improvement

c) Relevant activities, products, etc


Rumo started working in the field of education in 1981, with young people with learning difficulties.
Vocational guidance, vocational training (on job training) and employment, ongoing support, for people with disabilities, mental health problems and people in risk of social exclusion, since 1988.
Rumo collaborated in PROISET (Project promoted by the National Institute of Vocational Training and Employment – IEFP) with other seven private agencies, five Employment Centres (from IEFP) and three hundred private companies -SETÚBAL PENINSULA/ Vocational training and employment. – 1990-1996.
Rumo collaborate with Barreiro City Council and other organisations (private and public), in a regional network for young people in risk of social exclusion, since 1995.
Rumo collaborate with Ministry of Justice in MOITA REGIONAL GROUP for young people in risk of social exclusion, since 1992.
Transitar and TVA Projects – Transition from school to work – work with students with special needs or in risk of social exclusion; partnership with regular schools, since 1997.
Housing – Partnership with social services and Ministry of Justice, since 1992, for youngsters in risk of social exclusion.
Training of trainers (teachers), in collaboration with Ministry of Education, in the field of transition from school to work – National project – 1996.
Other programmes of training of trainers, since 1982.
Social Companies – providing meals service and child support toBarreiroregular basic schools and kindergatens and social inclusion of disadvantaged persons, as employees (since 2000).
Prevenir Project – prevention of drugs abuse – families and youth – partnership with local authorities and schools (since 1997 to 2005).
Incluir School – Education / Vocational training and employment for youth – partnership with mainstreaming vocational training centres, schools, companies, Barreiro City Council (since 2000 to 2004)
Promoter of APEA – Associação Portuguesa de Emprego Apoiado (Portuguese Association on Supported Employment).
Member of the Board of FENACERCI – Portuguese Federation of Co-operatives for people with disabilities (1987 – 1991).
Co-ordination of a EQUAL Thematic Group – Working on Partnership –Portugal (2003 – 2005).
Vice-President (1992-1994) and President (2002-2004) of FORMEM – Portuguese Federation of Rehabilitation Vocational Training Centres, for people with disabilities.
Promotion of FORUM ON DIVERSITY, a forum of People from Ethnic groups and self-advocacy groups, in order to promote community inclusion and participation – Vale da Amoreira – (2003-2006).


Participation in HELIOS I, (economic integration) through Integrated Program of Vocational Training and Employment (PROISET), as a Local Model Activity (AML) – 1988-1991.
Participation in HELIOS II, (economic integration) through Integrated Program of Vocational Training and Employment (PROISET) – Group 10 – Supported Employment – 1993-1996.
AGORA PROJECT (Horizon I) – On job training – 1992-1994.
SMEA PROJECT (Horizon I) – Ongoing support – 1992-1994.
YOUTHIN project (Youthstart) – transition from school to work – 1995-1997.
NETWORKS project (Horizon II) – building regional network with AERSET (Employers Association), IEFP (Employment Centres) and Associations of people with disabilities – vocational guidance, vocational training, on the job training, ongoing support 1995-1997.
NETWORKS project (Horizon II) – Diploma in Supported Employment – training of trainers in economic and social inclusion of disadvantaged people, since 1998.
PROACT project (Youthstart) – transition from school to work; national network of local projects, in relation with the Ministry of Education from Portugal (Department of Basic Education).
Partners in Policymaking – Leadership for Change – An European Dimension – Leonardo Da Vinci Project promoting self-advocacy, self-determination of adults with disabilities and parents of young people with disabilities – 1999 – 2000.
Réseau ECOS – Transition / Inclusion (Leonardo Da Vinci project) Local projects network at regional level, promoting transition from schools to work and inclusive perspectives – 1999 – 2001.
Open Guidance and Advisory Services Model – Develop an open model involving a European network to promote new approach in the field of vocational guidance and advisory services. – Joint Actions project – 2002 – 2003.
Emprego Apoiado Project – Dissemination of supported employment, empowerment, professional and social inclusion of persons in disadvantaged situations – Partnership between 17 Portuguese organisations and transnational partners – Equal Initiative – 2001 – 2006.
Nautilus Project – Diversity Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Supported Employment – Partnership between 9 Portuguese organisations and transnational partners – Equal Initiative – 2005 – 2007.
Promoter of EUSE, European Union of Supported Employment (1992), with other European partners.
Relation with EUSE, European Union of Supported Employment, since 1992.
Participation in conferences, seminars, workshops, training.

Products (in partnership with several organizations):

Training package for self-advocates / Partners in Policymaking – Leadership for Change.
Training package for employment specialists / job coaches (co-production).
Guiding Document on Integrated Insertion Pathways (co-production).
Quality Indicators for people involved in integration processes, staff and organisations (co-production).
Toolkit for human resources managers in diversity management (co-production).
Guide of good practice in diversity management (co-production).
Study / survey about the cost-benefit for companies of professional inclusion of disadvantaged groups / Study costs-benefits of supported employment from the employers perspective (co-production).
Training package “Working on Partnership”.
Studies on satisfaction of workers with disabilities (supported employment).
Studies on satisfaction of employers about supported employment.
Studies on level of integration in work settings of workers with disabilities (supported employment).
Toolkit for Managers / HR for the Diversity.
Toolkit for Self-Promotion and Marketing Staff for people from disadvantaged situations.

d) Network capacities in the country

Build local partnerships between employers and employers associations, organisations working with disadvantaged persons, employment centres and self advocacy groups.
Community work.

e) Network capacities inEurope

We are promoter and member of the European Union of Supported Employment – EUSE, so we have connections with national associations on supported employment in more than 17 countries within the European Union.
We worked with CEEH several years (1992 to 1996).