TÚS – Community Workplacement Initiative

Aims of Tús

The aims of TÚS are to provide short-term, quality work opportunities for those who are unemployed and to provide certain services of benefit to communities.

While responsibility for the operation of TÚS rests with the Department of Social Protection, it is being managed at a local level in the Gaeltacht, on the Department’s behalf, by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Community & Voluntary Organisations will be able to develop and deliver services locally and benefit from the skills and experience the unemployed person can bring.

Who can participate on TÚS?

Participants will, in the first instance, be identified by the Department of Social Protection by applying the following conditions:

  • A person must be unemployed and in receipt of a jobseeker’s payment for at least 12 months, and in receipt of a jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months, and
  • Currently be in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and
  • Be fully unemployed.

The Department’s local offices will contact people who satisfy the criteria. However, not everyone who meets the criteria will be contacted, as limited places will be available locally. When those identified agree to participate, they will be referred to Údarás na Gaeltachta for interview and consideration for placement.

Údarás na Gaeltachta will maintain a panel from which persons will be recruited. As placement opportunities arise, those on the panel will be matched with the work and recruited.

Prior to being offered a placement, it will be necessary to ensure that a person’s general suitability for the work involved and their experience of similar work, is established. This will be done by Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Community & Voluntary Organisation.

What type of work will be undertaken

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 persons with a disability or limited mobility;
  • 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 the promotion of the Irish language, other cultural and heritage activities;
  • Community administration, research and community event mangement;
  • Coaching for sporting activities (where operated by designated sporting organisations);
  • Repair of equipment for developing world – farm tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment.

Further information available at www.welfare.ie