TÚS Employment Scheme
Within SECAD the Tús Community Employment Initiative commenced at the beginning of July 2011and we have been steadily building it up since then. The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are to be provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The Tús initiative is managed by local development companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme.
A current overview of our experiences to date is as follows:
• The scheme is now up and running within SECAD and there has been an excellent response from both the community groups and the participants to date.
• By March 2012 we had 112 groups on board with 145 positions currently identified. This number is increasing on a daily basis with several more groups ‘expressing an interest’ as the initiative commences in the local communities.
• By March 2012 we had 120 participants placed within the community groups . We have since been given an extra allocation for a further twenty places and we are endeavoring to fill these places by April 2012. East Cork Area Development (SECAD) Ltd
• The types of community and voluntary groups include Family Resource Centres, sports clubs, community radio, community councils, youth groups, charity shops, overseas development groups, groups for people with disabilities, supported living accommodation, heritage and cultural groups.
• All the candidates whom we have placed to date have given a very positive feedback to the scheme and are delighted to be back working and having a daily routine again. Also all the community groups have given very positive feedback on the candidates whom they have taken on.
• We have found a variety of skills from the available participants. A high number of them were from a construction background, but we also found people with experience in administration, electrical testing, art, radio and much more.
• Training will be provided to all of the candidates placed on this scheme. The types and amount of training will be decided depending on available budgets.
Rural Social Scheme
The provision of a Rural Social Scheme (RSS) was initiated by the Minister for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Mr Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D. and announced in the Budget of December 2003. The RSS was launched by Minister Ó Cuív on 17th May 2004. 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 in the Avondhu Blackwater area 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.
Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd currently has 17 participants and one Supervisor. Communities benefiting from the scheme include Araglin, Ballynoe, Bartlemy, COPE Mallow, Glenville, Kilavullen, Kilworth, Rathpeacon.
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
For further information on the programme contact Frances Burke on 025 33411 or email email@example.com