Supporting Rural Development in
Waterford County

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 provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas.

The Tús initiative is managed by Implementing Bodies (IB’s) formerly known as Local Development Companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme. Participants work 19 ½ hours a week and the placement lasts 12 months.

All the work carried out by participants on the Tús is community-based.

The types of projects eligible for the scheme may include:

  • environmental services (for example, conservation and maintenance of national walkways)
  • caring services (for example, childcare, care of older people)
  • general community services (for example, newsletters or information provision for communities)
  • heritage and cultural services (for example, local heritage project)

The Tús initiative is managed in County Waterford by Waterford LEADER Partnership CLG for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme.

How to qualify

To qualify for Tús, 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 for at least 12 months and
  • be currently receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance or
  • be 18 years of age or over, fully unemployed and in receipt of Disability Allowance (no qualifying period applies, applications by self-referral only)

Unemployed people who are eligible for the scheme will be identified and contacted by their local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office and offered the opportunity to participate in the scheme. Since May 2015, some Tús places can be filled through self-referral by potential participants.

If you agree to participate on Tús you will be referred to Waterford Leader Partnership CLG where you will be recruited for a suitable placement when it becomes available.

As there are only limited places available on the scheme, not all eligible unemployed people will be contacted.

Rates of payment

The minimum weekly payment for participants (based on 19.5 hours worked) is €259.50.

If the actual Jobseeker’s Allowance you were getting (including increases for dependants) was €232 a week or less, then you will get the minimum Tús payment of €259.50 per week, (that is €232 plus €27.50).

If your actual weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance (including any increases for dependants) was €232.01 or more, then you will get the equivalent rate plus €27.50 (there are some exceptions to this).

Participants will retain any extra benefits and the medical card, provided they are still eligible.


Useful Documents
Expression of Interest From pdf 145 KB 1002
Self Referral From pdf 174 KB 908

Corporate Governance

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