Tús performing well in Carlow Town, but some rural areas lagging behind

“Tús gave me the opportunity and confidence to change career paths” said Stuart Wilson, former Tús participant who was unemployed for some time when he was contacted by Carlow County Development Partnership about interviewing for a place on the scheme.  He added “I was on social welfare and couldn’t get any permanent employment as a labourer. Stuart expressed an interest in changing career direction and began his Tús placement with BEAM Services Bagenalstown shadowing a Programme Facilitator before taking programmes himself. “At first, I was a bit nervous but once I got into it I loved it. The training was great, especially the lifestyle skills training.”

Stuart believes the time he spent working with Tús has changed his mindset. “It gave me a new lease of life! I am now employed and work with a member every weekend under Community Inclusion.  As a result of initially participating with Tús, I am now planning to study Social Care and further my career.”

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG manages Tús in Carlow since inception. Tús provides quality short-term work opportunities for people who are unemployed, while at the same time carrying out a broad range of services of benefit to the community and in a variety of community settings. The supportive team of Tús supervisors recognise each individual’s potential, listen to their aspirations and ambitions and carefully match unemployed people to community work placements in accordance with their career preferences. A particular emphasis is placed on up-skilling unemployed people in accordance with employer needs.

Tús is a key initiative under the Labour Market Activation Strategy for Carlow County Development Partnership CLG. Accessing the Tús programme also gives individuals a pathway to access other supports at Carlow County Development Partnership.

Out of a total of 140 places, 126 are already allocated with 60% of these taken up in Carlow Town.  Michelle Byrne, Tús Supervisor said “Its great, really great to work with Stuart and other individuals and hear about their successes. We know that there are many others who would benefit from Tús and we want to encourage them to come forward.  There remains a strong take up of Tús in Carlow Town, Bagenalstown and Tullow, however there is a low take up in the more rural areas and we are focusing on these areas for the remainder of this year”.

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG has the following vacancies on their books. Unemployed persons interested in any of these vacancies can self-refer for Tús can by contacting Michelle on 059 9720733 or mbyrne@carlowdeveloplment.ie

Role Area
Childcare x 2 Bagenalstown
Cook/Kitchen Assistant Bagenalstown
Tidy Towns x 2 Bagenalstown
Environmental Technicians x 2 Ballinabranna
General Operative x 2 Ballinkillen
Environmental Technicians x 2 Ballon
General Operative x 2 Borris
Administration x 2 Borris
Social Care x 3 Carlow Town
Administration x 3 Carlow Town
Retail x 4 Carlow Town
Health Care Support Personal Assistant x 1 Carlow Town
Church Caretaker/Tour Guide x 2 Carlow Town
Environmental Technician x 2 Carlow Town
Caretaker/Maintenance x 2 Carlow Town
Domestic Engineer x 1 Carlow Town
General Operative x 4 Carlow Town
General Operative x 5 Carlow Town
Environmental Technicians x 2 Clonegal
General Operative x 2 Fenagh
Multi-Task Assistant x 3 Graiguecullen
General Operative x 3 Graiguecullen
Environmental Technicians x 2 Kildavin
Childcare Workers x 2 Kildavin
General Operative x 3 Leighlinbridge
Care & Repair Workers x 2 N/A
General Operative Nurney
Environmental Technicians x 2 Old Leighlin
Caretaker x 1 Old Leighlin
General Operative x 2 Tinryland
Environmental Technicians x 4 Tullow
Cook/Kitchen Assistant x 2 Tullow
Caretaker/Maintenance x 6 Tullow
Mini Bus Drivers (Ordinary D1 Licence) x 2 Tullow
Health Care Support Personal Assistant x 2 Tullow

Hacketstown Community CORE Officially Opened

It was a momentous day for Hacketstown on Friday 23rd February as its new Community CORE was officially opened. This represents a huge achievement for the members of Hacketstown Community Development Association who are eager and enthusiastic about the CORE.

The CORE building (situated in the old CRISP centre) has recently been donated to the community of Hacketstown by Carlow County Council. Hacketstown Community CORE will be a focal point for educational and recreational courses for the entire community in Hacketstown. The community hub will also act as an information point and drop-in centre as well as a meeting place for all age groups.

Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, Councilors John Pender and Andrea Dalton, alongside representatives from Carlow County Development Partnership CLG, Carlow Volunteer Centre, Carlow PPN (Public Participation Network), St Catherine’s Community Services Centre, KCETB, and many more were present.

Speaking at the opening, CEO of Carlow County Development Partnership Mary Walsh highlighted several streams of funding and services that will be forthcoming through LEADER, SICAP and the Tús scheme, which has already been operational in Hacketstown for the past five years.  Mary also paid particular tribute to the Tús workers who assisted with the refurbishment of the centre and getting the CORE building ready for the opening day.

Chairperson of Hacketstown Community Development Association Mary Doyle was enthusiastic in her vision for the centre, "The Core means 'the centre, the  place to go to'. This is a huge achievement for the members of our Hacketstown Community Group and will act as an information point and drop-in centre as well as a meeting place for all age groups". 

Over the next few months, Carlow County Development Partnership will offer programs such as Online Safety, Nutrition Workshops, Yoga, Mindfulness, Safe Pass, Manual Handling, First Aid, Computer Training and many more.

The CORE will also be central to the Care and Repair scheme, of which there are currently 21 members catering to the home and social needs of the elderly in the Hacketstown area.

Resident Associations and Community Groups morning

It was great to be a part of such a fantastic event as the Resident Associations and Community Groups morning organised by the Community Section of Carlow County Council this morning.  Carlow County Development Partnership had both our Sicap Team and Tús Team represented.  There was a great turn out from the resident associations and community groups.

If you would more information on the Tús Programme Click here or contact us in the office at 059-9720733

SICAP supports for those facing mental health challenges. Working with the Mensana Programme 2017

Mensana Fest 2017 is nearly underway.  It is running through October 9th until October 27th with loads of events around Carlow.  Have a look at the brochure and see what events interest you.

Leader Consultation with local communities

Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to see such a great turnout at the recent Leader consultation with communities at Mount Wolseley on. Facilitated by Mary Walsh CEO, the presentation included the latest statistics from the 2016 census which proved to be of great interest to all concerned.

Katrina's Journey


Katrina Curry is a current Tús participant who has taken the opportunity to follow her goal.  After her previous place of employment had been sold, Katrina looked at what her next steps would be.

I had completed a Business & I.T course after completing my Leaving Cert, but after several interviews I was always told I didn’t have enough experience. I spent 11 years working in my parents bar until it was sold but always wanted to pursue an administrative role using the knowledge I gained at college”

With the help of Carlow County Development Partnership, a Tús placement was found within Katrina’s local community in the Forward Steps Resource Centre that would allow Katrina to work in an administrative role as a receptionist.  The placement started in September 2016 and is currently on going.

“In my 9 months here,  I have picked up all the skills needed for running a reception area from answering phones, typing, post, ordering stationary & supplies, invoicing & helping with event management.”

Katrina was appointed a Tús supervisor who was able to utilize  funding provided to help Katrina to upskill.  The TESG grant  is available to all Tús participants to use towards training that may help the participant to further improve their skills in order to better their chances in employment.

“Thanks to my Tús supervisor I have begun an online Business & Finance Diploma course. We sourced the course online and my supervisor helped me apply for my TESG grant which funded it. This is something which I couldn’t have afforded on my own. I hope this will help me secure full time employment when my placement  is complete. It gives me the options of a career in banking, admin or insurance.”

Katrina has found in her placement a place where she is happy, motivated and enjoying what the Tús Scheme opportunity has brought her.  Not only is she recognized as a key member of staff but has helped create friendships

“What I really love about my placement is the people! From day 1 I was made feel welcome and part of the team straight away. Whether you are a full time, part time, CE scheme or Tús worker everyone is treated the same. I have made many friends for life here at forward steps who have all made my time enjoyable. The time is going by way too fast.  I will be sad the day I have to say goodbye to all my work buddies, if I could stay longer I would.”

At the time of writing Katrina has another 3 months on the Tús scheme. After that she will have to vacate for the opportunity to be available to someone else.

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Labour Market Activation: Mock Interviews in the Carlow Jobs Club

One of the challenges facing job-seekers is the length of time they have been out of the processes involved in getting a job, such as designing a CV, filling in Application Forms and getting past an Interview. Mock interviews respond to one of these challenges by providing candidates with an opportunity to test out their interview skills with someone who isn’t evaluating them for an actual job. Mock interviews also help job seekers clarify responses to certain questions and work on areas where they may have weaknesses. Furthermore, whereas in a real interview, feedback is not always forthcoming, the mock interview allows the interviewee ask questions, hear how to improve,  and where to focus their answers.

As part of its 3 week Group Programme the Carlow Jobs Club held Mock interviews this Easter week, where each participant on the programme took part in a half hour session. The Interview panel was made up of members of the Carlow business and academic community who generously give of their time every three weeks to assist the programme in this way. The interviews are also video-recorded, and participants have the option of looking at their performance afterwards, to see aspects such as posture and Body language, as well as noting the answers given in the interview setting.

If you have any questions about finding a job, or would like help in any way with your CV or preparing for an interview just call into the Jobs Club. Its opening hours are 9 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 5.00

Bagenalstown Area

Labour Market Activation: Tús work benefiting the Community: Queen of the Universe National School, Bagenalstown

One of the positive aspects of the Tús Programme is the fact that it benefits both the participant and the community where the participant is placed.  The participant gains valuable work experience and skills as well as a supportive structure on the path to full-time employment. The sponsoring body and wider community benefits from the work done by the Tús worker and by their contribution to the service provided by the body.

A very good example of this can be seen in the work done in the Queen of the Universe National School, Bagenalstown. As part of the Tidy Towns assessment of the town, it was felt that the area in which the school was located needed to be “softened”  through the addition of flowers and trees. The school was identified as an ideal way to do this, thus benefiting both the school and the wider community.

As the photographs show, the outside area has been transformed through the skills of the Tús workers, under the guidance and support of their Supervisor, Fergal. New planting areas were designed and laid down, raised beds installed, vegetables planted and even an insect hotel was built. The area was transformed into a much brighter and creative space, providing valuable ecological learning opportunities as befits a school setting. A huge congratulations to all involved.

If you wish to find out more about Tús or see how you can become a Tús participant, check out the “Programmes” part of the website.

Labour Market Activation: New Jobs Club Programme starts

A new  Jobs Club Group Programme with 9 participants started this morning in the Jobs Club Premises at 9 The Royal Mews,  Dublin St.,  Carlow. The 3 week programme is designed to prepare participants for success in job interviews, and does this by covering areas such as telling the life story, identifying your strengths, how to successfully apply for a job, CV preparation and interview practice. Previous participants have found the programme to be of huge benefit in sharpening their skills in preparation for interviews or in raising motivation and confidence following a period of inactivity. The Jobs Club is funded by the Department of Social Protection.

If you are a job-seeker and would like to take part on the Programme, talk to your Intreo Case Worker who will nominate you onto the Course.