Social return


Social Return

(Leonardo da Vinci 2004-2007)

has developed a low cost rehabilitation system through an innovative, multi-disciplinary, and home-based services approach. The project has contributed to the personal development and promoted the employability of the hard-to-reach group of people with various disabilities.

Why best practice?

The holistic approach applied to social inclusion has been highly successful and the project has a wide-spread impact. The project has brought together the social and labour market sectors and ensured the cooperation of key actors from the different sectors. The multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach has challenged the mindsets among the professionals in all countries. A new way of thinking the social and labour market integration has been introduced and the barriers that stood in the way to this type of approach have largely been overcome.

The project success is evident. Through the rehabilitation and vocational training the socially excluded men and women have found their way back to labour market: 60-75% have returned to active work or education. There have even been some new business start-ups, as enterprise training has also been provided.

The methodology developed can be and has been transferred to other countries. The project success has been especially strong in Iceland, resulting in mainstreaming the methodology (ideology) as a part of the public rehabilitation system of the disabled.

Soffia Gísladóttir: "It is a gain for each society if you can get the people to return to social life and the labour market again. We believe in the Social Return ideology and will keep spreading it around the world!"

To learn more about the European cooperation experience from this project, see the whole interview with the promoter here


Contact the promoter:
Félags- og skólaþjónusta Þingeyina (FSÞ), Iceland
Soffía Gísladóttir

Project leaflet

A Handbook on Social Inclusion