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Information on Rural Social Scheme and TÚS placements

Galway Rural Development - Thursday, November 21, 2019

Galway Rural Development Co., Mellows Campus, Athenry, Tel: 091 844335

Tús

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

  • Continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and "signing on" on a full-time basis
  • Receiving Jobseeker's Allowance from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for at least 12 months

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

During your time on your Tús you can take up other employment provided it does not interfere with the work and times of the Tús placement.

Working conditions

Participants work 19 ½ hours a week and the placement lasts 12 months. You receive the same statutory annual leave and public holiday entitlement as other employees. During the 12-month placement, you can have up to 2 days’ uncertified sick leave and 7 days’ certified sick leave. When the placement finishes, you should sign on again with your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office. You cannot participate in the Tús scheme again for 3 years.

Rates

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 €203.00 plus €22.50). If your weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance (including any increases for dependants) was €203.00 or more, then you will get the equivalent rate plus €22.50 (there are some exceptions to this).

Participants will retain any extra benefits and the medical card, provided they are still eligible. Childcare If you need childcare in order to participate in the Tús scheme, you may be eligible for the After-School Child Care (ASCC) scheme.

TÚS SUPERVISORS

AREA

PHONE NO:

EMAIL

(1)  Jarlath Byrne

South Galway

087 6903463

jbyrnegrd@gmail.com

(2)  Julie McGrath

Oranmore/Turloughmore

087 4142222

juliemcgrathgrd@gmail.com

(3)  Joseph Shevlin

Tuam

087 3268282

josephshevlin@grd.ie

(4)  John Ashton

Portumna / Woodford

087 3792030

johnashton@grd.ie

(5)  Michelle Burke

Athenry Area

087 1927327

michelleburke@grd.ie

     (6)  Geraldine Donoghue

North Galway

087 2291658

geraldinedonoghue@grd.ie

(7) Joleene Cummins

Loughrea

087 2703956

jcummins@grd.ie

(8)  Linda Cummins

Ballinasloe

087 3686347

lcummins@grd.ie

(9)  Pat McGrath

NE Galway Area

087 7826445

patmcgrathgrd@gmail.com

     (10)  Paul Sexton

Mountbellew Area

087 6178113

paulsexton@grd.ie

     (11) Yvonne Hoary

Portumna/Ballinasloe

087 7113029

yhoary@grd.ie

Please contact the supervisor in your area for further information

RSS/TÚS COORDINATOR – SEAN BRODERICK – seanbroderick@grd.ie  - 0879335477

RSS/TÚS ADMINISTRATOR – Martina – mcaulfield@grd.ie 091875732

TÚS ADMINISTRATORS – Sinead & Emily – tusadmin@grd.ie – 087 1698345

TÚS Work Placements Vacancies

Sales Assistant Duties: Work as part of a team in busy charity shop environment. Customer service, cash handling, general cleaning and day to day running of the shop. Sorting, pressing/steaming, pricing and displaying stock and adhering to Manual Handling and Health and Safety procedures.

Sports Ground Worker/Caretaker –Duties: Pitch cutting, lining, weeding, strimming and general repair and maintenance of pitches. Cleaning and maintenance of club house. Preparation of pitches on match and camp days. Setup of meeting rooms etc.

Maintenance Worker - Duties:  Carry out general repairs such as painting, decorating and basic DIY repairs. Maintenance of grounds including mowing of lawns, weeding and strimming and litter control.  Ensure external areas are clean and tidy on an ongoing basis.

Youth Worker - Duties: Supervise youth club, be available to open and close the pitch for various clubs, groups and individuals. Organise events and trips, report to committee at monthly meetings. Duties to include general administration for a community organisation. Applicants may need to supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting application form.

Day Care Assistant – Duties: Interact with clients and offering support when needed. Assist with cooking and cleaning within the service and encourage clients to partake in these activities. Assist clients with practical daily living skills. Accompany clients on social outings. Participate in social and recreational activities. Applicants need to supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting application form.

Administrative Assistant - Duties: The role of Administrator will involve completing administrative duties which will include using Microsoft Office Suite, Database work and reception duties to include general office work, typing of letters, photocopying etc. Be organised, efficient and work on own initiative, excellent communicating skills, liaise with relevant staff and clients.   

Environmental Worker (Tidy Towns), Village Maintenance Person - Duties: Village maintenance, painting, landscaping, grass cutting, planting flowers and shrubs; weeding and watering flowers and litter control. 

Kitchen Assistant - Duties: Assist in preparation of veg/baking, general kitchen duties and aid other kitchen staff, responsible for washing/cleaning and general hygiene. Ensure that all equipment used is cleaned and stored appropriately. Set up the food areas as required.

Painter - Duties: Paint surfaces including canvas, walls, floors, doors, and cabinets. Mix, match, and apply paint, varnish, shellac, enamel, and other finishes. Scrape, sandpaper, prime, or seal surfaces prior to painting. Clean walls to ensure proper adherence. 

Heritage Assistant /Tour Guide - Duties: The applicant should have good communication skills with a positive outlook and will be working as part of a team. Have an interest in promoting the area and have an interest in history and working with the public.

Childcare Assistant – May require training/certification in a FETAC Level 5 Childcare award. Duties: Work experience supporting day to day activities in a community childcare setting.

Caretaker - Duties: light cleaning duties, light D.I.Y work, opening and closing the community centre, preparing room for meetings and light painting and decorating duties for inside the building. Grass cutting and all other light D.I.Y duties outside the building.

Support Worker Meals on Wheels – Duties: work as part of a team and delivery meals to members of the community. 

Bus Escort- Duties:  Assist with transporting clients. Have a friendly helpful manner and have good communication skills.

RSS/ Rural Social Scheme

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen/women. It provides a supplementary income for low-income farmers and fishermen/women who are unable to earn an adequate living. To qualify for the RSS you must be getting a social welfare payment. In return, people participating in the RSS provide services that benefit rural communities.

The type of work carried out by RSS participants includes:

Maintaining and enhancing various walking routes (that is, waymarked ways, agreed walks) and bog roads, energy conservation work for older people and those at risk of poverty, village and countryside enhancement projects, social care and care of older people etc.

To be eligible to participate in the RSS:

You must be 25 years or over and getting Farm Assist

Or

If you are actively farming or fishing (this means that you must meet the criteria set out below), you may qualify for the scheme if you are getting one of the following social welfare payments:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance,
  • Jobseeker's Transitional payment
  • Disability Allowance
  • One-Parent Family Payment

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension or Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension

Increase for a Qualified Adult under 66 years of age as part of your spouse, cohabitant or civil partner's State Pension (Non-Contributory)

Working conditions

You work 19.5 hours per week or 39 every other week. These hours are based on a farmer/fisher-friendly schedule. This is to ensure participation on the scheme does not affect your farming/fishing activities. If you get a place on the Scheme, you are offered a contract from your start date up to the following 31 March. You may be considered for a further term following the initial contract, if you continue to meet all the criteria for the Scheme.

The local management decides on your application. The time limit for participation for new entrants to the scheme will not exceed 6 years.

Criteria for a farmer
You must provide proof that you are actively farming. To do this, you must provide a copy of your application for the Basic Payment Scheme for the current year, including a valid herd number. If you are actively farming and have not applied for the Basic Payment Scheme, you should contact your local RSS implementing body for advice.

Criteria for a child/sibling of a farmer
If you are a child/sibling of a herd number owner and you can certify that you are resident and/or working on the farm and you are getting one of the qualifying social welfare payments, you may be eligible to participate in the RSS on the basis of your parent’s/sibling’s herd number.

Criteria for a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of a farmer
If you are eligible but do not wish to participate in the RSS, your dependent spouse, civil partner or cohabitant can take the available place.

Alternatively, if your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting one of the qualifying social welfare payments and is actively farming, they can use your herd number to qualify for the scheme.

Your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant can participate in the RSS, if he/she is under 66 and you are getting a State Pension (Non-Contributory) which includes an Increase for Qualified Adult for him or her.

Criteria for a fisherman/woman

To be considered eligible to participate on the RSS a fisherperson must meet one of the following categories:

Self Employed Fisherperson and is:

  • Entered in the Register of Fishing Boats
  • Issued with a pot fishing licence
  • Issued with a commercial salmon fishing licence from Inland Fisheries Ireland
  • Issued with a commercial eel fishing licence from Inland Fisheries Ireland
  • Issued with a dredging licence for shellfish from Inland Fisheries Ireland
  • A Holders of an aquaculture licence

Permit holders for shell fishing issued by a registered cooperative.

Criteria for a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of a fisherman/woman
Your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant can participate in the RSS, if he/she is under 66 and you are getting a State Pension (Non-Contributory) which includes an Increase for Qualified Adult for him/her.

Rates

The rates of payment for new participants on the RSS depends on your qualifying DEASP payment. The minimum weekly payment increased to €225.50.

If the actual social welfare payment (including dependants) you were getting is €203.00 a week or less, then you will get the minimum RSS weekly rate of €225.50 (that is €203.00 plus €22.50). If your actual weekly social welfare payment (including dependants) was €203.00 or more, then you will get the equivalent rate plus €22.50.

If you were getting an age-related reduced rate of payment your payment is increased to the minimum weekly rate of €225.50.

Related Documents

Farm Assist

Farm Assist is an income support scheme for farmers.

 To find out about the means test for this payment and the rules about who can qualify.

Please contact the Supervisor in your area for further information

RSS SUPERVISORS

AREA                      

Phone NO:

EMAIL

(1) Sean Larkin

Sliabh Aughty

087 9337491

seanlarkingrd@gmail.com

(2) Joe Kenny

Belclare/Caherlistrane

087 6762480

joekenny@grd.ie

(3) Niamh Divilly

Dunmore/Milltown

087 6379077

ndivilly@grd.ie

(4) Michael Stapleton

North East Galway

086 8098255

mstapletongrd@gmail.com

(6) Martin Donnellan

Kilconly/Headford

087 7647450

mdonnellan@grd.ie

(7) Kathleen Cannon

Galway Central

087 6297285

kcannon@grd.ie

(8) Liz MacDonald (Coordinating Supervisor)

Ballinasloe & District

087 9326400

lmacdonald@grd.ie

      (9) Ita Kenny

St Brendans

087 7784685

itakenny@grd.ie

    (10) Martin Collins

South East Galway

087 7746923

mcollins@grd.ie

RSS/TÚS COORDINATOR – SEAN BRODERICK – seanbroderick@grd.ie  - 0879335477

RSS/TÚS ADMINISTRATOR – Martina – mcaulfield@grd.ie 091875732


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