The Integrated Social Assistance and Monitoring Service (SAASI) in Vila Franca de Xira improves the assistance provided, in view of a more effective and concerted response to individuals and families who are considered to be socially vulnerable. Seeking to optimise the results of social intervention and making the most of existing resources, made available through partner entities, the SAASI constitutes a privileged space for the assessment and diagnosis of the population’s needs and problems, which require a continuous and global intervention.
The Municipality of Cascais has developed the City of Professions initiative, which aims to provide a space dedicated to professional development and lifelong learning, with the participation of several local partners to share their experiences and expertise. Through this free service, citizens may access networking opportunities and training (practical and personal skills), as well as get support in active job searches and project development, for those who are interested in pursuing that trajectory.
The Social Network Program, of national character and regulated by the central state, defines a set of principles, purposes and objectives, which aim at the planning, articulation and coordination of social intervention at the level of each municipality (Local Council for Social Action) and parishes (Parish Social Commissions – CSF). Thus, public sector bodies, charities and other entities working in the area of social action are encouraged to combine their efforts to prevent, mitigate or eradicate situations of poverty and exclusion and promote local social development through partnership working.
The Local Councils of Social Action which exist in each municipality, are forums for articulation and pooling of efforts, with the participation of the municipalities, public bodies, private non-profit entities and some private for-profit entities. Considering its objective of integrated and systematic planning, through its instruments, Social Diagnosis and Social Development Plan, local development strategies are defined, articulated with other strategies and planning instruments from the municipality, supra-municipal, national or European levels, whose preparation favours a participatory and multi-method approach that allows a comprehensive reading of the reality and the challenges at hand, combining the evidence from the Social Diagnosis and the perceptions of local actors about intervention strategies. Thus, it contributes to the activation of responses and to the optimization of intervention resources at the level of the municipality and its respective parishes, focusing on the territorialized strategic planning of local social intervention.
The Networks for Employability arise from the search for a response to the complex social problem of unemployment and integrate the principles of Territorial Animation and the methodology of Supported Employment. These Employability Networks are composed of a set of organisations from the public and social sectors as well as from the private profit sector that share the same concerns regarding the challenges of employability and socio-economic inclusion in a given territory and thus develop a concerted and integrated action (sharing information, better knowledge of the territories, monetization of resources), in order to increase training opportunities, capacity building and, therefore, access to the labour market for people in situations of greater vulnerability. These Networks often assume the responsibility of leading the municipal strategies for Employability, as defined by the Social Development Plans.