Tús is an activation initiative for those who are unemployed and on the Live Register. It supports the work readiness of those who participate. The initiative provides short-term quality and suitable working opportunities for people who are unemployed while at the same time carrying out beneficial work within communities. IDP has 140 Tús places in the community and voluntary sector covering Inishowen Development Partnership catchment area

Participants are contacted about Tús through the Department of Social Protection. The delivery of the programme is through IDP throughout the catchment area.

All of the work undertaken while participating on Tús will be beneficial to the local community and the types of projects carried out are likely to include:

  • Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings
  • Social care of all age groups and people with disabilities
  • Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces
  • Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation and sporting spaces
  • Work in support of cultural and heritage activities
  • Community administration and community event management
  • Coaching for sporting activities
  • Repair of equipment for developing countries
  • Farm Tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment etc.

For more information click contact.
Tel: 074-9373083
Email: oonagh@inishowen.ie

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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Participants will work 19½ hours per week for a duration of 12 months. This will help support unemployed people in remaining job-ready for re-entry to employment as the economic environment improves.

The Department of Social Protection will contact eligible people and offer them the opportunity to be considered for local placement as opportunities arise. Those who agree to participate will be referred to Inishowen Development Partnership for interview to determine the person’s skills and experience.

Eligibility:

  • To qualify for TUS a person must have been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and ‘signing’ on a full time basis
  • In receipt of a Jobseekers payment for Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months
  • Currently in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance

Participants will be paid the full jobseekers allowance rate plus an additional €20 per week. Under 25-year-olds will be paid the maximum Jobseekers Allowance plus €20 per week. Other payments in respect of qualifying adults/children, as determined by Department of Social Protection, may also apply. Participants are entitled to statutory annual leave during the 52 week period.

Participants on Tús can take up other employment provided it does not interfere with the work and times of the Tús work placement. If participants are offered alternative work or training they may terminate their work placement contract if they wish.

When the placement finishes, they should sign on again with their local social welfare office. They cannot participate in the Tús scheme again for 3 years.

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COMMUNITY GROUP INFORMATION
Community and Voluntary Organisations will be able to develop and deliver services locally and benefit from the skills and experience of the unemployed person. The types of projects carried out are likely to include:

  • Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings
  • Social care of all age groups and people with disabilities
  • Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces
  • Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation and sporting spaces
  • Work in support of cultural and heritage activities
  • Community administration and community event management
  • Coaching for sporting activities
  • Repair of equipment fordeveloping countries- Farm Tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment etc.

The above is by no means an exhaustive list but is designed to illustrate types of work opportunities which might be considered.

Organisations with a proposed work placement should contact West Limerick Resources to register their interest. They will be asked to submit a proposal detailing the work and the number of participants requested. Organisations applying for participants must demonstrate their need for such support along with the ability to monitor the participants and must supply detailed job description and work programme for each participant and for the full year.