TÚS – COMMUNITY WORK PLACEMENT INITIATIVE
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 in Non Gaeltacht Connemara is managed by FORUM for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme.
FORUM has been granted one scheme with 20 places. Unemployed people who are eligible to participate in the scheme are selected and contacted by the Department of Social Protection.
Type of Project
All the work carried out by participants on the TÚS scheme must benefit the community.
The types of projects eligible for the scheme may 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 the Third World – for example, farm tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment
To be eligible to participate in the TÚS scheme you must:
Have been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and “signing on” on a full-time basis; and
Have been receiving a Jobseeker’s payment (Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance) from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months: and
Be currently receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance
For further information on the above please contact: Brian Conneely, Supervisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or @ 095 41064/087 1342015