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Tús is a Community Work Place Initiative. The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people over a 12 month period (19.5 hours per week).  The Tús initiative is managed by Local Development Companies and Údasás na Gaeltachta for the Department of Social Protection (DSP), which has overall responsibility for the scheme. 

Department of Social Protection

The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. 


To be eligible to participate in the Tús scheme you must:












Note:  If you are getting JA and have break(s) of up to 30 days in your jobseekers record over the last 12 months, you may still be eligible for Tús.

Childcare: If you need childcare to participate in the Tús scheme, you may be eligible for the National Childcare Scheme.

Examples of Work Available

Environmental/Outdoor Role

Tidy Towns Groups, Football and Rugby Clubs, Residential Estates etc.

Administration Role

Office Based Administration Work, reception, Front of House, Telephone Support etc

Retail Role

All Charity Shops i.e. SVP, NCBI, Let's Talk Mental Health, Women's Aid, Simon Community etc

Cleaning Role

Indoor Cleaning Roles in Community Centres & Halls, Sports Clubs etc

Caretaking Role

Key Holder, General Maintenance, Room Set up in Advance of Meetings, Classes, Functions etc

Kitchen Role

Preparation & Cooking of Meals in Simon Community

Details on how to qualify and rates of payment can be found here

Have been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and "signing" on a full-time basis

Have been receiving a jobseeker's allowance payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months

Be currently receiving Jobseeker's Allowance (JA).

Be in receipt of Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension or the Blind Person's Pension.

For further information on Tús please contact

Noel Mackin

+353 87 0668414

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