Community Work Placement

Rural Social Scheme (RSS)

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) provides income support to low income farmers and fishermen in receipt of long-term social welfare payments.

Mary Crowley, RSS participant at Field of Dreams, Cork

SECAD manages this programme in the South Cork area on behalf of the Department of Employment Activation and Social Protection (DEASP). SECAD helps to place participants in suitable community groups and works to ensure a positive experience for both the participant and community group.

There are currently 17 farming/fishing families benefiting from this support as well as 17 different community based projects.

How to participate

The RSS supplement is provided on the basis that you are available to work for 19.5 hours each week to support a community/not-for- profit project of benefit to rural communities.

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 and have an active herd/flock/pig herd/equine number from the Department of Agriculture and Food as a minimum requirement.

Types 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

Get involved as a participant or placement provider.  For further information, contact: Frances Burke on 021 461 3432 or email




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SECAD Community Training Programme

SECAD is currently finalising dates, topics and venues for the upcoming SECAD Community Training Programme which will run from April to the end of 2019.

Prior to the commencement of the Community Training Programme, SECAD would like to invite representatives from interested groups to a one hour meeting to introduce and discuss the community training for each area. See below details of the upcoming meetings and please choose whichever one suits you or a member of your group.

Please email to confirm if you or a member of your group will be in attendance and state which information session you will attend (this will assist us in planning the meeting).

Please feel free to contact SECAD on 021 4613432 if you have any queries.

Tuesday, 19 March
10.00 - 11.00 am
Celtic Ross Hotel

Tuesday, 19 March
12.00 - 1.00 pm
Skibbereen Family Resource Centre
63bTownshend St (beside Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre)

Tuesday, 19 March
3.00 - 4.00 pm
Clonakilty Council Chambers
Kent Street, Clonakilty

Wednesday, 20 March
9.30 - 10.30 am
Douglas Community Centre
Church Road, Douglas

Wednesday, 20 March
12.00 - 1.00 pm
Cobh Great Island Community Centre
Orelia Terrace, Cobh

Wednesday, 20 March
3.00 - 4.00 pm
Cumann na Daoine
Catherine Street, Youghal

Friday, 22 March
10.00 - 11.00 am
SAILE Sports and Leisure Centre

Friday, 22 March
12.30 - 1.30 pm
SECAD Office
Knockgriffin, Midleton
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SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893

+353 21 4613432