Carlow Town
Carlow Town Impact


  • Runs a 3-week group programme focused on how to improve your chances of getting a job in today’s market, including preparation for interview and a Mock Interview conducted by members of the Carlow Business and Training community.
  • In 2016 the Jobs Club worked with over 600 individuals.
  • Feel free to drop in : Opening Hours are 9 - 1 and 2 - 5, Monday to Friday
The Carlow  Jobs Club supports job seekers in terms of CV preparation, one-to-one mentoring, mock interviews, filling in Application Forms and writing Cover Letters, as well as providing free computer access for job searches.   The Jobs Club is funded by the Department of Social Protection
Carlow Town


In a town like Carlow the support of the Tús scheme is vital for organizations and community groups in order to allow them deliver their services to the community or respond to their own particular service needs. Many groups rely on the expertise and professionalism of Tús workers to help them provide a service to the public.

For the Tús participant this work can  serve as a stepping stone to employment experience, and this is particularly effective in the Healthcare Sector, Childcare Sector, Special Needs Organisations and Hospitality.  Furthermore, it provides a daily structure and builds the  individual’s confidence through the learning of new skills.

  • A total of 66 Tús participants are on a number of Tús schemes supporting 33 different organizations
  • 3 participants support the care for older persons in Saint Fiacc's House
  • 7 Tus workers support St. Claire’s Hospitality Kitchen,
  • 4 Tus workers support the Delta Centre
  • Tús participants provide vital supports to the work of the Carlow Volunteer Centre, Carlow Citizens Information Service, Carlow Chamber of Commerce and the Holy Angels Day Care Centre.
  • 2 Tús participants supporting the work of the group developing the community garden, An Gairdin Beo


“LEADER have been instrumental in enabling DPF Engineering to realise their strategic goals. Part of the DPF strategy was to break into Aerospace manufacturing and the main barriers to achieving this was the ability to invest in high tech equipment to meet the demanding machining requirements of the Aerospace industry. LEADER recognised our potential and backed us with funding towards our equipment. Since the input from LEADER our turnover has grown by over 200% with exports accounting for 30% of turnover, our staff has grown by 8 people and we now operating at the top level of precision engineering in Ireland.”

Seamus Lancaster, DPF Engineering Carlow

The LEADER programme provided support for the development of the 19th-century great house,  Ducketts Grove, Hacketstown Road, Carlow. It is part of the Carlow Garden Trail.


  • The SICAP team is working with resident’s associations in the Tullow Road area in order to develop an overall Development Group for the area, and with the Graiguecullen Development Association.
  • It offers training in committee skills, governance and legal aspects of running a community group
  • The SICAP team also provides ongoing support to the Older Persons Forum and the Carlow Integration Forum
  • Support has been given to the Traveller Men's Shed project in Saint Catherine's Community Services Centre.
  • We have also provided support and training to the very dynamic Men's Shed in Carlow town, creating a space where men can come together to find meaning, purpose, friendship and belonging. One very worthwhile project they are involved in is the building of Buddy Benches. Carlow Men’s Shed in based in Askea Business Park and is open three mornings a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


  • Two participants who provided valuable environment support work in 2 locations.
Community Groups


Ensuring a warm welcome for migrants to County Carlow through conversational English classes.

Failte Isteach is running in 68 locations around the country. In Carlow town it runs in the Jobs Club building on Monday evenings from 5 – 7 and in the New Oak Community Centre on Friday mornings from 10 – 12, providing a warm welcome, advice and conversational English classes to migrants and members of new communities who wish to develop their English language skills.

It is a community initiative, and all our tutors are volunteers, giving of their time to help the students integrate better into Carlow society. There are always volunteers needed to help out, especially people who are interested in teaching English.

If you would like to take part and enjoy working as part of a team of volunteers please get in touch with us through the Contact page.