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 three schemes with 60 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 Jobseekers payment (Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance) from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months: and

Be currently receiving Jobseekers Allowance


For further information on the above please contact: Brian Conneely, Supervisor  (b.conneely@forumconnemara.ie) or @ 095 41064/087 1342015


FORUM Connemara Ltd; Reg. No 160282. Reg. Office: Letterfrack, Connemara,
Co. Galway, Ireland. Registered Chaitable staus No. CHY9925,