SECAD commenced the Tús Community Employment Initiative in July 2011 and steadily expanded it since then. The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The placement opportunities benefit community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The Department of Social Protection has overall responsibility for the Tús Initiative which is managed locally by Development Groups like SECAD as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta.


SECAD staff working on the Tús Initiative

SECAD staff working on the Tús Initiative

Back row L-R: PJ Dennehy, Derek Kiely, Gearóid Coholan, Mark O’Connell ... Front row L-R: Joe Dilworth, Frances Burke (Tús Co-ordinator), Karen Power, Frank Geary



> With the scheme up and running within SECAD, there has been an  excellent response to date from both community groups and participants.

>SECAD has received an allocation of 220 places for South & East Cork Facilitating 175 Groups.

> Types of community and voluntary groups catered for include Family Resource Centres, sports clubs, community radio, community councils, youth groups, charity shops, overseas development groups, groups for people with disabilities, care for the elderly, supported living accommodation, heritage, tourism and cultural groups and website development.

> The candidates placed to date have given very positive feedback about the scheme, being both delighted to be back working and benefitting from the daily routine involved. In addition, community groups have given very positive feedback on the candidates they have taken on.

> The participants have a wide variety of experience, skills and abilities. A large number of them are from a construction background, but many people have varied experience in administration, electrical testing, art, radio, retail and much more.

> Training will be provided for all candidates placed on this scheme. The types and amount of training provided will depend on job requirements and available funding.

> Employment supports, such as CV Preparation, Interview Skills, information on Benefits and information on Supports and Training are also being offered to all candidates, including those who are unplaced.




It is not possible to apply for a position on the scheme. Participants are selected randomly by the Department of Social Protection and the names forwarded to SECAD. They then interview all the candidates to appraise their relative skills, experience and aspirations. Selection for interview does not necessarily mean the Participant will actually be placed on the scheme, but that they will be considered for placement when positions become available.

When a Community Group has a position available they can assess the list and see which Participants may suit their needs…deciding factors include skills, experience, location etc. They can then invite Participants for interview to decide on who fits their needs best.

Participants are allowed to refuse a position if they have a genuine reason for doing so.


From L-R: Joe Dilworth (Tús Supervisor), Tony Flynn (Tús Participant), Frank Geary (Tús Supervisor)



Any Community or Voluntary Group in the South & East Cork Area can apply to take Participants on year-long placements on the scheme. As part of the application process they must show that the work will not displace someone who may already be doing the work. They must also show how the work will benefit the Participant, as well as the Community Group.


Any group interested in applying for a placement should contact our Tús Supervisors on 021-4613432


Tús Participant Dick O'Shea working at the new Boardwalk in Youghal



> Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven

> Community Radio Youghal

> Lower Aghada Pier Group

> St. Laurence Cheshire Homes, Glanmire

> The Social Health & Education Project, Ballincollig

> Mens Shed Midleton

> Bicycle Repair Scheme for 3rd World

> Care & Repair Scheme

> Community Gardens

> Tidy Towns

> Many Family Resource Centres

> Community Councils

> Development Committees

> A wide variety of sports organisations including Rugby Clubs, Soccer Clubs and GAA Clubs

> Website development for a variety of Community Groups


Tús Participant Frank O'Brien pictured at work at Fota



The aims of the RSS are to provide income support for farmers and fisherpersons who are in receipt of long-term social welfare payments, and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities. The RSS will allow those low-income farmers who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding, to earn a supplementary income in return for 19.5 hours work per week, undertaken within the community and voluntary sector.

While responsibility for the operation of the RSS rests with the Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, it is managed at a local level by the LEADER groups and in the Gaeltacht by the LEADER groups in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta. Participants under RSS are employees of their implementing body.




To be eligible to participate on the RSS you must be in receipt of Farm/Fish Assist or meet the criteria for a Self Employed Farmer have also been allocated and an active herd/flock/pig herd/equine number from the Department of Agriculture and Food is a minimum requirment.


Categories of Work


> Maintaining and enhancing waymarked ways
> Energy conservation work for the elderly and less well off
> Village and countryside enhancement projects
> Social care and care of the elderly, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups
> Environmental maintenance work-maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities
> Projects relating to not for profit cultural and heritage centres
> Appropriate community projects identified during the course of the scheme
> Community Administration/Clerical work


Further Information


For further information on the programme contact Frances Burke on 025 33411 or email fburke@secad.ie

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