Supporting Communities – Supporting People
We work with a range of agencies and organisations in Waterford City and County to help individuals, groups, and communities find ways to bring about positive change; and to create more hopeful prospects for people who experience unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
Administered by Pobal and funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development, it also receives funding from the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
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 in Waterford City is managed by Waterford Area Partnership
The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who are long-term unemployed (or otherwise disadvantaged) to get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities. Participants can take up other part-time work during their placement. After the placement, participants are encouraged to look for permanent jobs elsewhere, based on the experience and new skills they have gained while on a Community Employment scheme.
Local Employment Service
Waterford City Local Employment Service provides a range of labour market guidance and support services to unemployed job seekers living in the Waterford city catchment area. We also provide services to employers, helping with recruitment, up-skilling and access to employer incentives. Our services are tailored to the needs of each individual client without cost to the employer or job seeker.
Our goal is to provide a range of quality professional services to unemployed jobseekers to help them find suitable employment, training or self-employment.
Local Training Initiatives
The Local Training Initiative programme is a training and work experience programme carried out in partnership with community and voluntary organisations. The programme enables local communities to carry out valuable and necessary projects of benefit to their communities, while at the same time training participants in areas related to the project work so that they can go on to gain employment or progress to further training.
Waterford Area Partnership provides support to target groups and all communities regarded as socially excluded. The target groups that the partnership supports are as follows:
- Children and families in disadvantaged areas
- Lone Parents
- New Communities(including refugees/asylum seekers)
- People with disabilities
- The Unemployed (including those not on the live register)
- Young unemployed people living in disadvantaged areas
- NEETs – Young people aged 15-24 years who are not in employment, education or training
“Over 70 people turned up for our planting day, young and old. It was more than we could have imagined it to be. The pastoral council had some buns tart and brack left over and gave it to us. Great buzz around. The ripple effect across the community has been massive. Thank you for your support” – Clonea Power Development Committee