Community Work Placement

Community Work Placement

Tús – Community Workplace Initiative

Tús is a community work placement initiative providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people (52 weeks on Jobseekers Allowance). The work placements are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The placement opportunities aim to benefit both the Tús participant and the community and voluntary organisations in which they work. 

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) has overall responsibility for the Tús Initiative which is managed locally by SECAD Partnership.

Click below to hear about the experience of Mike Kingston on a Tús Community Work Placement.

How to participate

Tús participants can be selected randomly by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP). A participant must;

  • Have been receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance for at least 12 months and should be “signing on” on a full-time basis with the Department of Social Protection.

What to expect

  • It is possible to apply as a self-referral to SECAD Partnership for a position on the scheme.
  • If selected by the DEASP, SECAD Partnership will invite you to an interview to find out your skills, experience and areas of interest.
  • Selection for interview does not necessarily mean that you will be placed on the scheme.
  • You will be considered for placement when positions become available.

When a Community Group has a position available, SECAD reviews the waiting list to find a match between the potential participant and the job on offer, deciding factors include skills, experience, location etc.

Basic training will be provided for all participants. The type and amount of training provided will depend on job requirements and available funding.

To enhance the value of the Tús programme to participants, SECAD also offers employment services (CV & interview training techniques) tailored to your needs.

Job profile and types of work placement

At any one time, SECAD works with in excess of 175 community and voluntary groups to place up to 240 people annually.

Current placements and job types include a wide variety of groups and organisations including the Tidy Towns and work in the area of tourism, culture and heritage, environmental and biodiversity. As well as Community Groups, Family Resource Centres, Community Councils, Care & Repair Scheme and Community Gardens. Sporting organisations – Rugby Clubs, Soccer Clubs and GAA Clubs.

Examples of placements include: (Select a placement for more information)
Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven
Community Radio Youghal
Lower Aghada Pier Group
The Social Health & Education Project, Ballincollig

Fota House & Gardens

For further information, contact: PJ Dennehy, 021 461 3432 or

Click through below to view case studies of Tús participants’ experiences on the community work placement.

Any community or voluntary group in SECAD’s area of operation can apply to take on participants for one year placements on the Tús scheme. As part of the application process, groups must show how:

  • The participant’s work will not displace any paid employee who may already be doing the work.
  • The participant’s placement will be of benefit to the participant, as well as the community group.

There is a requirement for host groups to make a 100 euro contribution towards training for each participant.

During 2016 and 2017, 421 people successfully participated in SECAD’s Tús initiative. In 2016-2017, the work carried out by participants in the Tús scheme benefitted 160 community based organisations and their communities.

Community groups interested in applying for a placement can contact Tús Supervisors on 021 461 3432

’’I am a huge advocate of the TUS programme, I would 100% recommend it to anyone getting back to work. My only regret is that the twelve month TUS programme is so short. Getting back to work was an adjustment, it took four to six months to really find my feet but now I feel at ease.’’

Nicole Keeshan, Tús Participant



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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