Roscommon LEADER Partnership:
  • EISF - European Interagency Security Forum
  • ESF - European Social Fund
  • Department of Social Protection

TÚS Community Work Placement Initiative

The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short term working opportunities for unemployed people. All the work carried out by participants in the Tús scheme must benefit the community.

The types of project 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 andenhancement 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 of the Third World i.e. farm tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment
Unemployed people who are eligible for the scheme will be identified and contacted by the Department of Social Protection and offered the opportunity to participate in the scheme. There is no application process for unemployed people who are eligible for this scheme.

If someone agrees to participate in the Tús scheme they will be referred to Roscommon LEADER Partnership, an informal interview will take place and thereafter a suitable work placement will be made when it becomes available.

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. Participants will work for 19 1⁄2 hours a week and the placement last 12 months. They will receive the same statutory annual leave and public holiday entitlement as other employees.
The work placements are proposed and provided by community and voluntary organisations. The organisations must provide good quality work opportunities that are of benefit to the community. Community and voluntary organisations with a proposed work placement should register with Roscommon LEADER Partnership Company. They will be asked to submit a proposal detailing the work and the number of participants requested. Roscommon LEADER Partnership Company will assess and make a decision on the proposal.

If you are a community organisation looking to offer a placement, please contact the office on 090 6630252.

Some of the community groups and voluntary organisations who have benefited from the Tús scheme are:

Mote Park, Knockcroghery Tidy Towns, Tremane GAA, St Johns Cemetery, St Johns Community Centre, St Johns AFC, Kiltoom Cemetery, Curraghboy tidy towns, Warmer Homes Scheme, Brideswell tidy towns, Cam Preschool, Dysart Tidy towns, Dysart Soccer Club, Ballyforan Tidy towns, Angela’s Attic, Ballaghaderreen Rural men’s Group, Foroige Roscommon, Greenfields Childcare, Ros FM, Roscommon Citizen Information Service, The Big Blue Playbus, Roscommon Retail Therapy Society Ltd, Roscommon Sports Partnership, Roscommon Community Playgroup, The Carer’s Association Roscommon, The Museum/Information Centre, Vita House Family Centre, Youth Work Ireland Roscommon, Ros Safe Link, Men’s Sheds, Hospice, St Asicus Social Centre, St Michaels Roscommon Tidy Towns, Roscommon Support Group for People with Disabilities. Ballyleague Tidy Towns, Roscommon Ladies Gaelic Football, Strokestown Tidy Towns, St Faithleach’s GAA, Strokestown Soccer Club, Kilglass Gael’s GAA, Roxboro Community Pre-school, Strokestown Community Centre, Strokestown GAA, Aughrim / Kilmore Development Association, Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, NCBI, St Coman’s Handball, Ballaghaderreen GAA, Ballaghaderreen Soccer Club, Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk Community Childcare, Phoenix Youth Centre, CDP Ballaghaderreen, Tulsk Voluntary Housing, Tulsk Parish Services, Tulsk Macra Hall, Jigsaw, IWA, Cuisle, Athleague Old Cemetery, Bealnamulla Handball Club, Bealnamulla Sports Club, Clonown Cemetery, Cregg’s Rugby Club, Cregg’s GAA Club, Drum Cemetery, Four Roads Tidy Towns, Fuerty GAA Club, Kilbegnet Heritage Group, Involve Traveller Magazine, Monksland Tidy Towns, Mount Talbot Tidy Towns, Social Car Scheme, Oran Parks, Trinity Arts Castlerea, CP AJAX, Foroige Castlerea, Kilbride Community Group, Ballinlough Youth Café, The Hub Castlerea, The Walks Castlerea, Gorthaganny Community Hall.