Tús is a national activation initiative for those who are unemployed and on the Live Register. The aim is to provide short-term quality and suitable working opportunities for people in community and voluntary organisations.
Tús provides opportunities to improve a person’s work readiness and ability to enter the workforce by enhancing motivation and confidence, offering opportunities to experience different work environments and providing employment related experience.
Community and Voluntary Organisations can develop and deliver services locally and benefit from the skills and experience of the Tús participants.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) is responsible for the operation of Tús. It is managed at a local level by Local Development Companies. In Waterford City, it is managed by Waterford Area Partnership.
Participants work 19 ½ hours a week and the placement lasts 12 months. Placements are in community and voluntary organisations that provide a wide range of beneficial services to the community, including:
- Social care of all age groups and people with disabilities
- Caretaking and supervising of community buildings/facilities
- Renovation of community/sporting facilities
- Community administration and community event management
- Work in support of heritage and cultural activities
- Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings
- Environmental work in a specific area
The above is by no means an exhaustive list but is designed to illustrate types of work opportunities which might be available.
Aims of TÚS
TÚS aims to provide participants with;
- Quality work placements
- The Opportunity to learn new skills
- The Opportunity to build on previous experience
- The Opportunity to work in areas where previous experience and skills exist
- A boost in confidence to get back to work
- The chance to be placed in work areas where previous experience and skills exist
To be eligible to participate on the Tús Scheme you must:
- Have been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and ‘signing’ on a full time basis
- In receipt of a Jobseekers payment from DEASP for at least 12 months, and
- Currently in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance
RATES OF PAY
The minimum weekly payment for participants (based on 19.5 hours worked) is €225.50.
If your Jobseeker’s Allowance payment (including increases for dependants) was €203 a week or less, then you will get the minimum Tús weekly rate of €225.50 (that is €203 plus €22.50). If your weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance (including any increases for dependants) was greater than €203, then you will get the equivalent rate plus €22.50 (there are some exceptions to this).
Participants will retain any extra benefits such as medical card, provided they are still eligible.
Participants are paid directly into their bank accounts by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) on a weekly basis.
While the majority of people referred for Tús are selected on a random basis by the Department, places can be filled by self-referral by using the self-referral form.
Completed forms should be returned to your local Intreo office (Department of Social Protection)
For general queries, contact: John Barrett, Waterford Area Partnership, Westgate Retail Park, Tramore Road, Waterford
Community and Voluntary organisations
Waterford Area Partnership Ltd is also seeking Community and Voluntary organisations to provide quality work opportunities in the delivery of services. (The participants on the Scheme will be sourced by the Department of Social Protection and must be continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and signing on a full time basis and in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance).
Work opportunities within Communities/Organisations will be selected that:
1. Do not displace existing commercial activity or duplicate service provision by another agency
2. Is of sufficient quality
3. Makes a meaningful contribution within communities
4. Supports voluntary effort
Community & Voluntary organisations should contact Waterford Area Partnership Ltd on 051 841740 for further information or download an Expression of Interest Form by clicking here.
This project is supported by the Department of Social Protection, which is funded by the Irish Government.